E520A Astrologies of Soul: Psyche and Character

Explore the different dimensions of our experience of soul. Discover and how soul, psyche and astrological psychology are entwined. 

Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg (6 week course)

The ancient world saw soul as body and mind, as breath and life force, as our basic nature that outlives the body, and as the self that reveals itself to others. Here are the beginning investigations of why we say someone is a "good soul" and how the cracks and breaks in soul express in "character flaws." These ideas also form the bedrock of what we consider "the Good Life” and how a soul can act in harmony with itself and the world. 

Throughout this course, students will grow their understanding of how astrological psychology incorporates these concepts and how this understanding can enliven and deepen astrological interpretation. Students will also play the astrological daemons (planetary guides) and how they can be applied to an individuals’ natal charts. And since Eastern ideas have also been a strong influence in how we view the soul, we will also take a short excursion to the East to look at the development of the subtle body and subtle energy midway between body and soul.

Topics include:

  • Tantra and Yoga: Eastern Dimensions of Body and Soul
  • Soul’s Relationship to Body and Astrology’s Planets
  • Soul, the Virtuous Life, and Astrology
  • The Soul as Self in Modern Astrology and Psychology

The required book is: 
Cousineau, Phil, Soul: An Archeology. (1994) Harper/San Francisco

This course is part of a series on different aspects of the soul and how differing ideas can be reflected through different astrological techniques. 

The soul’s crises and cultivations are one of the reasons we work with astrology. And this concern for the soul has been part of astrology throughout its history. This three-part program is the most comprehensive treatment of soul and astrology offered anywhere. It traces the connections between our ideas about soul in philosophy, religion and astrology, through Western and Eastern history and practice. It will introduce you to a range of perspectives and applications that can aid in living a good life and help sustain the spirit through life's transitions.

Students can take E520A, E520B and E520C to apply toward a diploma elective.