Your Astrological Toolkits (Intermediate Astrology Classes)

These four series of classes are on topics specially requested by students.  They are designed for astrology students who have a basic understanding of the twelve astrological archetypes and who have a rudimentary ability to read a chart.

These “toolkit” classes are packed full of tips, tricks and techniques that give you special insight into yourself, your friends and family and (especially) into your clients—and you’ll be eager to use these tools right away!  Classes are in small groups (6 to 9 people), guaranteeing personal attention from the group on your own chart.  This gives you vibrant, living examples that illustrate how to apply the information.  The classes are lively and fun, with lots of room for your questions.

Classes are held in person in Berkeley, California, or online.  Online class sections include teleconference and webinar software that you’ll find easy to use.  Find out about class pricing by contacting me.

NOTE ABOUT SCHEDULING:  I schedule these classes in response to student appetite.  If you want to take one of these and it’s not currently scheduled, ask me to schedule it by emailing me at pandora@pandoraastrology.com

Included are:
Toolkit of Chart Analysis Techniques (the Four Elements, the Three Qualities, the chart’s signature sign, Keywords and Formulas, rulerships, the Ascendant and Midheaven, the Thumbprint, the Power Source, aspects and aspect configurations, synastry and composite charts)
Toolkit of Essential Archetypes (Chiron, Ceres, Pallas-Athene, Juno and Vesta)
Toolkit of Time-Based Techniques (Transits, Progressions, Mercury retrograde cycles, Lunar cycles and eclipses, Life Cycle astrology, Solar Return charts and the Personal Year)
Chart Synthesis Practicum (the Owner’s Manual perspective, theme-hunting, spotting hot and compelling traits in a chart and the all-important practice of putting it all together and delivering an honest-to-goodness, coherent and illuminating reading)

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Your Astrological Toolkit of Chart Analysis Techniques

This series of nine classes gives you down-to-earth ways to interpret pieces of the chart so that you get it, your readee gets it, your readee is helped and your readee comes back for more.  Being able to understand charts and the people who occupy them improves all your relationships, whether you aim to practice astrology professionally or just as a hobby.

You can attend in person in Berkeley, California or by teleclass
and get all the same information, materials and attention.

Each class includes a lecture recording, which you get to keep.
Each class has time for questions and answers at the end.
Be ready to take notes and to ask questions about your own chart.

1. The Four Elements, The Three Qualities and the Chart’s Signature Sign
In-person class on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.
This class includes exercises that give a physically embodied sense of what the 4 elements mean.  If you’re confused about why Libra is Cardinal or why Scorpio is Fixed, this class is for you.  The Elements and Qualities lead to discovering the chart’s Signature Sign.  It’s not your Sun sign, or your Moon or Rising–it’s the one sign that arises from the strongest element and the strongest quality in your chart.  It shows your soul’s overall agenda in this lifetime.  This will move your readee deeply!

2. Keywords & Formulas:  Astrological Interpretation Made Easy
In-person class on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.
Using the astrological ‘alphabet,’ we’ll string together archetypal sentences that expand and illuminate your interpretations.  Learn how to brainstorm meanings and grow your own ‘box of tricks’ to help you translate self-understanding into astrological language.

3. Your Four Faces:  The Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven & Nadir
(prerequisite:  Rulerships, Dispositors and Planet-Chasing)

In-person class on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.

This class includes how to discover your Thumbprint (the stamp of your personality), the Face of the Mythical Beloved and your Public Image planet.  You can apply these interpretation tips to anybody’s chart and get powerful, immediate results!

4. Rulerships, Dispositors and Planet-Chasing
In-person class on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.
Do you wonder why Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and why Saturn ruled Aquarius before Uranus showed up? This class clarifies rulerships and dispositorships, the basis for techniques like the Thumbprint, the Public Image planet and the Face of the Beloved.

On October 1 the in-person class will take a break.
On October 2 the online class will take a break.

5. Your Power Source
(prerequisite:  Rulerships, Dispositors and Planet-Chasing)
In-person class on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.
Here’s where you come to understand the ‘engine at the center of the works of your life.’  This class explains dispositorship and in particular the final dispositor.  Find out how giving your planets the appropriate ‘food’ is the key to success and happiness.

6. Aspects, the Scripts Your Inner Characters Play Out
In-person class on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.

If your chart is a stage play, with planetary characters wearing sign costumes and occupying house settings, then the aspects are the scripts of that play.  Here’s you’ll find out why having a lot of trines can make a person prone to arrogance, why people with a lot of squares can turn out so successful and why those with lots of oppositions are argumentative.  In this class you’ll learn to see each of your hard aspects as a gift wrapped in an unattractive package and to love the difficult quincunx.

7. Aspect Configurations
(prerequisite:  Aspects)

In-person class on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.

Grand Trines, Grand Crosses and T-Squares, oh my!  After learning about the individual aspects in the previous class, we are now ready to see how they fit together into larger aspect configurations.  If your Grand Cross makes you. . . cross or if you’re mystified by your Mystic Rectangle, all will be explained.  In this class we’ll also tackle the anxiety-provoking Yod (mwa-ha-ha-haaaaa!).

On November 5 the in-person class will take a break.
On November 6 the online class will take a break.

8. Synastry, Chart Comparison and Composite Charts
In-person class on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.

Relationships are hard enough—but most people don’t even understand the astrology behind their attractions and behaviors.  They need your help!  This class teaches you why people relate the way they do and about that elusive thing called “chemistry.”

9. Astrology’s Checkered Past
In-person class on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Teleclass by phone on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.
This class gives the novice astrologer a sense of the breadth and depth of astrological tradition,  including facts and stories from Western astrology’s history, as well as a brief overview of the other astrologies:  Chinese, Vedic and Meso-American (Mayan).  Why our tradition won’t die, even though astrologers and libraries got burned.  This class ends the series with a broad view, reminding us of the majesty and many important scientific contributions of our field.

On November 26 the in-person class will take a break.
On November 27 the online class will take a break.

10. How To Use “The Force” Wisely
In-person class on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Berkeley, CA
Online class on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific time / 8 PM Eastern time.

Astrology is a very powerful tool that enables you to get right inside someone’s world very quickly.  You’ll learn why it’s important to respect your readee and how to use his chart to help him become the finest person possible.  In this class you’ll learn the most important gift you can give another human being and how to give it effectively (hint: it’s not money and everyone’s got it!).

To find out cost, and to register, Click Here.

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Toolkit of Essential Archetypes

In this set of 5 classes on Chiron and the asteroid goddesses
we will delve into the meanings of these archetypes,
drawing on mythologyand archetypal psychology.
You’ll come away with solid ways
of interpreting them that your clients will really relate to.

You can attend in person in Berkeley, California or by teleclass
and get all the same information, materials and attention.

Each class includes a lecture recording, which you get to keep.
Class time is spent on examples from students’ charts.
Each class has time for questions and answers at the end.
Be ready to take notes and to ask questions about your own chart.

Chiron, The Wounded Healer and Shaman
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 5PM PT/8PM ET

Is he broken or brilliant?  Answer: both.  We all have inside us that primally wounded place where we know ourselves to be special.  Understanding Chiron gets you rapport with your clients faster than anything.  Learn how to take them on a healing journey.

The Asteroid Classes:
If your clients are women, you definitely need
to know these powerful goddess archetypes.

Ceres, Midwife and Goddess of the Cultivated Land
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 5PM PT/8PM ET

Mother Nature, Mother Earth—whatever you call her, Ceres represents our essential relationship with the physical world.  Her themes line up beautifully with those of Taurus:  food, money, physical security.  Ceres explains eating disorders.

Pallas-Athene, Warrior Woman and Goddess of Wisdom
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 5PM PT/8PM ET

Is she a ball-buster or is she Daddy’s Little Girl?  This complex female warrior archetype defies comprehension yet an understanding of her themes is essential to understanding the dilemma of the modern woman: “how to balance my strength with my softness?”

Juno, Matriarch, Matchmaker and Goddess of Marriage
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, April 15th, 20151 at 5PM PT/8PM ET

How come the Queen of Heaven can’t get no respect?  She gets it here in this class devoted to her themes of marriage, matchmaking and feminine (non-hierarchical) leadership styles.  Compare her with Venus for mind-blowing relationship insights.

Vesta, the Temple Priestess and Sexual Healer
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 5PM PT/8PM ET

The misunderstood and much-maligned Sacred Prostitute and sexual healer finally has her day in this class, where you’ll learn to sympathetically explain her meaning to any client, even those who are terrified of infidelity.  Learn why “focus” is her key theme.

To find out more and to register, Click Here.

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Your Toolkit of Time-Based Techniques

This series of six classes gives you powerful predictive techniques.
Arm your clients with the knowledge of what’s coming,
along with how long it will last
and its precise rhythm—down to the day.
Help them understand what it means and how to respond in ways
that leave them feeling empowered, masterful and on the right path.

You can attend in person in Berkeley, California or by teleclass
and get all the same information, materials and attention.

Each class includes a lecture recording and handouts,
which you get to keep.
Class time is devoted to examples from students’ charts
with ample time time for questions and answers.
Be ready to take notes and to ask questions about your own chart.

Transits:  Understanding How Events Feel And Flow
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET

To really know transits, you have to make friends with the outer planets and their themes.  In this class you’ll learn how to interpret and diagram a transit for a readee so that they “get” it and can make use of it.  Your readees will refer to your readings again and again.

Progressions:  Your Natural Unfolding (prerequisite:  Transits)
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, March 4th,
2015 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET
You might call progressions ‘developmental astrology’—progressions are similar to developmental psychology, but they don’t stop with childhood’s end.  Understand how each sign flows into the next.  Great stuff here for Mercury and Venus retrograde people.

Moon Magic (prerequisites:  Transits, Progressions)
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, March 25th,
2015 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET
This class is a potpourri of lunar techniques:  understanding and interpreting the lunar phases, eclipses, and how to calculate and understand the progressed Moon.  When you interpret your client’s Moon, you hand her the invaluable key to her self-care.

Retrogrades and Trigger Planets (prerequisite:  Transits)
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, April 8th,
2015 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET
Ever experienced a Mercury retrograde period and wondered if Mercury is your friend or foe?  Ever been through a Venus retrograde period and felt like your relationship went through the wringer?  The often-feared retrograde period is just one piece of a very productive cycle—when you use it properly.  In this class you’ll also learn how the fast-moving planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars) act as powerful triggers for longer-term transits.

Life Cycle Astrology (prerequisite:  Transits, Progressions)
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, April 29th,
2015 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET
The Saturn return heralds several milestones that take every human being through young adulthood into midlife “crisis” and into the elder years.  They include the rocky Pluto square, the confusing Neptune square and the restless Uranus opposition—and more.  Learn about the passages we all experience and how to help people through them.

Using Return Charts (prerequisite:  Transits)
Teleclass by phone and screenshare
Wednesday, May 13th,
2015 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET
The Solar Return, a technique astrologers tend to disagree about, illustrates that the simple way is the best.  Using a tropical, non-precessed solar return and adding the rhythm of the Personal Year, we’ll reveal the native’s strongest themes this year.  In this class you’ll also learn to read Saturn, Jupiter and other planetary return charts, as well as charts for their quarter-phases.

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Chart Synthesis Practicum:  Putting It All Together

(Prerequisites:  Chart Analysis Techniques and Time-Based Techniques)

This series teaches a combination of analytical/detailed
and big-picture techniques, then brings them all together
into practical application in a round robin chart study group.
Take this class only after you have taken
the classes in the Natal and Time-Based Toolkits,
because it draws heavily on your understanding of those techniques.
This class is held in an emotionally warm, small-group atmosphere.

You can attend in person in Berkeley, California or by teleclass and get all the same information, materials and attention.

Your Chart as an Owner’s Manual For Your Life
This class gives you a basic perspective that is at once practical, spiritual and personal growth oriented.  The Owner’s Manual analogy sets you up to have rapport and compassion with your clients, while also inspiring them to embody their greatest potential.

Theme Hunting
This class is packed with techniques for finding and articulating core themes in a chart.  How to spot multiple instances of an archetype.  Places where the archetypes blend and merge.  This is about weighting.  It’s also about when to get ‘cuspy’ and when to not.

What Jumps Out?
This class is a basket of techniques you don’t want to ignore, because clients identify strongly with them.  You’ll learn which character traits are going to be the most compelling to the individual, stuff they definitely need and want to know.

How To Do A Reading
How on earth do astrologers prepare to read for someone they are just meeting for the first time in session?  Hint: ‘the client IS the chart IS the session.’ In this practical class you’ll learn to sort through all the information and craft a coherent 90-minute reading.

Round Robin Chart Study Group
In this series of classes, students will form an astrological ‘group-mind’ to interpret the chart of a single participant each meeting.  You’ll walk through all the necessary techniques to perform a comprehensive and instantly useful astrological session.

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