register blueWith Donna Woodwell & Russ von Ohlhausen - See how to use the living cosmos to "create gold"
 Five Thursdays: August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10; 8:30-10:30 pm ET/ 5:30-7:30 pm PT
 (Knowledge of how to read an astrological chart is useful, but not required, for this workshop.)

Rather than accepting “fate” as decreed by the stars, Renaissance astrologers used the techniques of alchemy and magic to align with the forces of a living cosmos in order to “make gold” – on both a spiritual and mundane level. By learning these Renaissance techniques for balancing imbalances in astrological temperaments, you too can become a more astute observer of your own life, creating more adaptability and success under any circumstances.

In this workshop, you’ll create an alchemical “lab manual” to track the results of your own alchemical experiment. In the last class, everyone will have an opportunity to share their results! You’ll also learn how-to techniques from Renaissance magical practice and alchemy that are geared for astrologers, such as making altars for a planet, creating astrological talismans and using planetary invocations. We’ll also explore the life stories of a few of the most influential Medieval and Renaissance astrologers, alchemists and magicians, including Albertus Magnus, Marsilio Ficino, Johannes Trithemius, Cornelius Agrippa, and Paracelsus.

Over these five weeks, we'll cover:

Week 1: What ignited the rebirth of occult wisdom?
Week 2: Who were the astrologer-mages?
Week 3: Making Gold: Alchemy and Astrology
Week 4: The Modern Astrologer's Inheritance
Week 5: Student presentations of alchemical experiment results

Aside from the alchemical experiment, there is no required homework for this workshop. Sessions will list reading for more information, as well as practices you can try out for yourself.

Your Instructors

Woodwell Donna 100Though Donna Woodwell attended grad school to become a foreign correspondent, she had no idea how foreign she would get. An explorer of Western and indigenous philosophical, magical and shamanic practices, she brings ancient wisdom to re-enchant modern life. In addition to her private consultations, Donna hosts a weekly call-in radio show, writes a daily horoscope for, and teaches astrology and esoteric studies at Kepler College and at the University of Texas Informal Classes. Over the years, Donna’s served on the boards of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR), the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) and as the founding president of the Astrological Society of Austin. Currently, Donna's working on a book about the modern-day applications of astral theurgy. Find out more at

von Ohlhausen Russ 200x240Russ von Ohlhausen has practiced Western astrology for 16 years. As a writer and researcher, his work reflects a lifetime study of science, religions, myths, metaphysics & most importantly nature —and what they reveal about consciousness and human behavior. Russ is currently serving as the Vice President of the Astrological Society of Austin, and has taught on metaphysics and science at Kepler College. A student of Buddhist, Jainist, & Hermetic philosophy, Russ has travelled extensively in South East Asia, Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia. In former 'lives' he studied history, science and psychology at Texas A&M University-Commerce; served in the U.S. Navy; advised orphanages and youth organizations in Nepal & Tibet; and design-built sustainable homes (and tiny houses) in Austin, Texas, where he currently resides. Today, Russell is focused on creating tools and resources to help reintegrate the ancient wisdoms with modern science and reviving the path to holistic spiritual living and evolution. He's the founder of the Sol Invictus Society (