Saturday 27 January 2001
Liz Greene, Zürich: The Troubles with Trines
This seminar will explore the group of aspects usually known as
"good" - trines, sextiles, and semisextiles which are often interpreted
in a simplistic way without the context of the complexities of human
psychology. The undoubted gifts and aptitudes reflected by these
planetary configurations need to be viewed together with the more
difficult dimensions of the horoscope to understand why they are
so often undeveloped, or linked with serious problems, and why transiting
planets in trine or sextile to natal ones frequently do not reflect
the cosmic bonus that astrologers anticipate. Particular focus will
be given to ways in which we can work with and develop the "benefic"
aspects with greater consciousness.
Saturday 10 February 2001
Liz Greene, Zürich: The Joker in The Pack
Mercury is often equated with "intellect", or with "communication".
But there are many kinds of perception and understanding, not all
of them intellectual. Recent debates on the nature of intelligence
and the appropriateness of intelligence tests highlight our increasing
realization that the human capacity for understanding is far more
complex than simple intellectual aptitude. In ancient and medieval
alchemy this planet was the chief symbol of integration and the
unfolding of the inner process of development. This seminar will
explore Mercury from mythological and psychological perspectives,
in the birth chart and by transit and progression, and also from
the mundane perspective in terms of the infamous "retrograde Mercury"
cycle which so often seems to correspond to confusion and difficulty
in particular collective spheres.
Saturday 20 October 2001, Liz Greene, Zurich
The Psychopath - Astrological Signatures
The much-hyped return of Hannibal the Cannibal to the box office
signals our continuing horror and fascination for what is know in
clinical circles as psychopathy. We tend to associate psychopathic
behaviour with the florid and deadly characters of films such as
The silence of the Lambs, or historical figures such as Hitler,
or criminals such as Charles Manson.
Yet there are many degrees of psychopathy, some of them subtle and
alive and well in suburbia; and perhaps there are even elements
of it in all of us.
This seminar will explore the possible astrological signatures of
psychopathy, raising not only the question of wether particular
chart configurationes can reveal or hint at such a personality pattern,
but also the much-debated issue of wether psychopaths are born or
made. Example charts as well as extensive psychological and mythological
exploration may help us to get a clearer picture of this most disturbing,
frightening, and yet all-too-common human condition.
Seminar participants are welcome to bring any charts which they
feel might be relevant.
15 December 2001, Liz Greene,
Trust No One: The Saturn-Pluto Cycle
We are currently experiencing the half-point of the present Saturn-Pluto
cycle which began in 1982-83 when the two planets conjuncted in
the last degrees of Libra.
This important and transformative cycle reflects the emergence and
development of new forms of the most fundamental human survival
mechanisms, involving an often unwilling revelation of the deeper
and darker elements of human nature and a sense of confrontation
with fate. Yet the fundamental meaning of these two "heavy" planets
is not in itself negative. Although as individuals and as a collective
we are often, under Saturn-Pluto transits, required to face what
we fear most in ourselves and others, the capacity to survive, endure,
face emotional truths, and function efficiently as independent entities
requires the grit and honesty of these planets.
This seminar will explore the present Saturn- Pluto opposition from
Gemini to Sagittarius, in collective and individual terms, as it
is reflected as a transiting configuration in individual birth charts
and as it is embodied worldly events and trends. We will also examine
the special psychological perspective of those born at the critical
phases of the cycle, when the planets are in sextile, trine, square,
opposition and conjunction. Participants are welcome to bring their
own charts on transparency.