Kairos School of Astrology

At Kairos Astrology, we offer a two-year accredited training programme in astrology, a foundation certificate (year 1) followed by an applied diploma programme (year 2), which will give you a comprehensive education both in astrological technique, and in the art of counselling others in particular areas of life with astrology.

Founded by John Wadsworth in 2008, with classes originally held in Glastonbury, UK, the school has taken over over a hundred students through the certificate level, and over fifty through to diploma level. The school now runs online, and can be followed through live classes in combination with an online classroom.

Kairos School of Astrology Foundation Programme

This comprehensive astrology programme will give you the foundational skills to understand the language of astrology, the dynamics of a birth chart, and the nature of planetary cycles. The course also offers a journey of profound self-understanding and personal transformation. It is run over three terms of nine weeks, with weekly online classes on Zoom, and includes ongoing support and assessment throughout the course.

The birth chart is an expression of wholeness, and the course is carefully crafted to reflect this. We build up the layers of interpretation each week, working systematically through the elements and crosses, signs, planets, houses, house rulership, aspects, nodes & eclipses, learning to work with an ephemeris, understanding retrograde motion, working with transits and progressions.

A Complete Course in Birth Chart Interpretation
Whether you are completely new to astrology, or have some experience of it already, the course will give you a thorough grounding in the subject, and give you the tools to read your birth chart effectively and coherently. During the course, we approach each area of study in depth and with a focus on enriching your own self-understanding. There is a strong emphasis on self-awareness, individuation, healing and transformation. You will be working with your own chart primarily, but you will also be encouraged to work the charts of friends and family members also.

The course is suitable for beginners, and also those with existing astrological understanding, who wish to consolidate their knowledge and become proficient in interpretating a chart.

The next foundation course will begin in March 2022. Full dates and details TBA.

Term One: The Archetypal Language of Astrology

Lesson 1: Introducing Astrology, its History & Context. Introducing the Birth Chart
Lesson 2: Introducing the Zodiac Wheel
Lesson 3: The Four Elements
Lesson 4: The Three Crosses / Quadruplicities
Lesson 5: The Luminaries: The Sun & Moon
Lesson 6: The Personal Planets: Mercury, Venus & Mars
Lesson 7: The Societal Planets: Jupiter & Saturn
Lesson 8: An Introduction to the Twelve Houses
Lesson 9: An Introduction to Aspects

Term Two: Interpreting The Birth Chart

Lesson 10: The Houses Part 2: Angular, Succedent & Cadent Houses. Planets in Houses.

Lesson 11: The Outer Planets 1: Uranus & Neptune. Understanding the planetary archetypes. The house position of these planets and their aspects to personal planets.

Lesson 12: The Outer Planets 2: Pluto. Understanding the planetary archetype. How to interpret its house position and aspects to personal planets.

Lesson 13: Houses Part 3: House Rulerships. How to identify which planet rules each houses of our chart, and how to interpret this.

Lesson 14: Planetary Strength – assessing how strong a planet is according to its sign, house placement & aspects.

Lesson 15: Aspects Part 2: The Inconjunct & semi-sextile; Aspect patterns. Introducing these two new aspects, and exploring aspect patterns such as the t-square & the grand trine.

Lesson 16: Nodal Axis. The north and south node of the moon. What they are, and what they mean

Lesson 17: Chiron. Understanding the archetype of the wounded healer. How to interpret its house position and aspects to personal planets.

Lesson 18: The Birth Chart in Context. An overview of everything we have covered so far, and a step-by-step guide to interpretating the chart.

Term Three: The Evolving Cycles of the Planets

Lesson 19: Introducing the Ephemeris & Retrograde Planets
Lesson 20: Planetary Cycles (1): Jupiter & Saturn (introduce the time-line)
Lesson 21: Planetary Cycles (2): The Outer Planets – Uranus, Neptune, Pluto & Chiron
Lesson 22: Transits to natal chart placements (1)
Lesson 23: Transits to natal chart placements (2)
Lesson 24: Moon Phases – Lunation cycle
Lesson 25: The Progressed Chart & Progressed Lunation Cycle
Lesson 26: Progressions to Natal Positions
Lesson 27: Putting it All Together. Steps to follow in Interpretation

Worksheets and handouts accompany each class, and students are expected to complete a worksheet for each class and submit these at the end of the term.

All classes are video recorded, and recordings will be sent to all participants after each class.

At the end of the third term, students are expected to complete a short assignment, where they demonstrate their learning from the course. Upon successful competion of this assignment, students will be awarded a certificate in foundational studies in astrology.

Course Fees

Full Price: £795.00

 

Kairos School of Astrology Diploma Course 2021-22

Course Leader: John Wadsworth

Teaching Assistants: Gillian Crawford & Tamsin St George

An opportunity for students who have complete the Kairos Astrology foundation course to apply what they have learned in practice, with the award of a professional qualification upon completion, accredited by the APAI (Association of Professional Astrologers International).

The course will significantly increase students’ ability to interpret a chart in depth and give them confidence in being able to apply their interpretive understanding in real life situations with clients. The course will help students to really ground their existing knowledge of astrological technique, and develop their intuitive and empathic skills in the way they connect to astrological symbols. The course is rooted in its ethical approach to offering astrological guidance and giving consultations.

The course is delivered in seven modules.  Each module will focus on the questions that clients typically come with to a consultation. Each module carries a different theme, such as vocation, relationships, money, health, family issues, karma and spiritual calling, and the course completes with a module dedicated to the ethics of astrological practice. It is a practical training specifically designed for those looking to practice professionally as astrologers, and/or develop students’ capability and confidence in being to offer guidance to family and friends.

Each of the seven modules centres around the recognition of astrological signatures in a birth chart pertaining to each area of life, and how to address these with clients. The learning process is experiential, with lots of personal chart work, combined with case study research. We will be revising the astrological basics for interpretation, and significantly developing this so that students can give more detailed guidance. We will be looking at life-themes from the different perspectives, ensuring that students are offering astrological insight from an ethical standpoint, one that is of genuine service to others.

Maximum number of students: 32

2021-22 Diploma Course Programme
This course is full subscribed and will next run from March 2023.

Modules:
Module One:  Vocation / Career / Life Path Direction
Module Two:  Relationships & Synastry
Module Three:  Family Dynamics
Module Four:  Money / Self-Worth / Pleasure
Module Five:  Health & Healing /  Physical & Mental Well-Being
Module Six:  Karma & Past-Life Perspectives
Module Seven:  Ethics & Counselling

Dates for Teaching Weekends in 2021-22:
Module One:  9 – 10 Oct 2021
Module Two:  20 – 21 Nov
Module Three:  8 – 9th Jan 2022
Module Four:  19-20 Feb
Module Five:  9 -10 April
Module Six:  28- 29 May
Module Seven:  9-10 July

Summer Break to Complete Final Module

Course Completion / Final Assessment by Sat: 10 Sept

Students need to pass the foundation course in order to qualify for the diploma entrance.
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COURSE DELIVERY
Each Module (six weeks) consists of.
4 x 90 minute classes held over the teaching weekend that begin each module (facilitated by John, with support from Gillian & Tamsin)
1 x 90 minute case study seminar (whole group, facilitated by John)
1 x 90 minute small group class with Tamsin or Gillian to work on case study example brought by group members (2 cases per class)
1 x 90 minute lecture on a particular area of technique (e.g. solar arcs, harmonic aspects, composite charts, temperament calculations etc)

Total Delivery Hours:  12 hours per module /  84 hours for the whole course

COURSE ASSESSMENT
Each module requires the following assignments to be submitted by students
30 minute zoom call per module with their own case study (recording sent for assessment)
1 x written assignment per module on selected case study chart
Ongoing assessment based on participation in small learning groups
Final assessment (module 7) of a full-length chart consultation (recording sent for assessment)

Module 1
Vocation & Calling
Module One:  Vocation & Calling: 9th October – 12th November 2021
Teaching Weekend: 9th/10th October
One of the most common motivations for a person to seek astrological advice is when they feel at a crossroads in their life and sense that the path they have been following in their life is no longer true for them, no longer authentic. It could be about personal ambition and may relate to career, a change in the type of work that they do, but often it relates more to their sense of vocation, in a wider sense, more to do with their role in life, their sense of purpose or spiritual calling. It could be about wanting to make more of a difference in the world in some way, to be of service above and beyond personal ambition.

In this module, we will explore in depth the main signifiers of vocation in a person’s chart and how to best address this in practice with clients.

Session 1:
Student enquiry process into vocation & calling.
Key questions that clients present with
Focus on the MC & 10th House
The Angles, Angular Houses & Angular Planets in the context of vocation

Session 2:
The Houses of Profession (2, 6 & 10)
Assessing Planetary Strength
Revision of Rulerships & House Placements
The 5th & 10th House: The Amateur & the Professional

Session 3:
Temperament & Motivation: Elements & Quadruplicity Balance in a vocational context
Exploring the Planets in a vocational context

Session 4:
Exploring the Nodes in a vocational context
The Succedent Houses in a vocational context
Students explore their own charts in the context of vocation and look for signatures

Session 5: Technical Class: Arabic Parts: Part of Fortune / Part of Spirit

Session 6: (whole group case study): Volunteer case study: question about vocation. Students prepare questions in advance and identify signatures on the same chart.

Session 7: (small group): 4 student groups of 8 people in each group (facilitated by Gillian Crawford & Tamsin St George) to work on case study example brought by group members (2 cases per class)

Students are also expecting to meet in smaller sub-groups at least once during each module to develop their learning through peer support.

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Module Two:  Relationships & Synastry: 20th November – 17th December 2021
Teaching Weekend: 20th/21st November

In this module we will explore the signatures in the birth chart that indicate relationship issues; our needs and desires in connection with others, different styles of relating, sexual dynamics, trust issues, power dynamics; the nature of attraction and compatibility; the contrasting wants and needs that we experience in our relationships and love affairs. We will introduce the subject of synastry (the comparison of two charts) and the composite chart of a relationship (midpoint method).

Session 1: Introducing the Topic of Relationships
Student enquiry in relationships
Key questions that clients present with
Identifying Key Relationship Indicators in Individual Charts
Themes around attraction, relationship dynamics, signs of love & connection
Focus on AC/DC 1st House / 7th House Dynamics
Focus on Sun/Moon dynamics
Focus on Venus/Mars dynamics

Session 2: Intimacy, Communication & Sexual Dynamics
Moon / Mercury themes (sign / house / aspects to other planets)
Venus / Mars themes (sign / house / aspects to other planets)

Session 3: How to Approach Relationship Issues
Identifying relationship issues (e.g. manipulation/control, trauma, abuse, trust)
Focus on the Succedent Houses (sustaining relationship)
Focus on 8th House themes & issues around trust

Session 4: Chart Comparison & Synastry
Identifying astrological signatures & handling specific issues between partners
Introversion / Extroversion
Independence / Dependence
Commitment & Loyalty / Need for Freedom
Ability to Communicate & Stay Related / Tendency to cut off break connection or retreat
Emotionally expressive / unexpressive
High/low sex drive
Tendency toward jealousy or possessiveness
Students explore their own relationship charts and look for patterns

Session 5: Technical Class: Midpoints & The Composite Chart

Session 6: (whole group case study): Volunteer case study: question about relationship. Case study has their own chart, plus partner chart & composite. Students prepare questions in advance and identify signatures on the same charts.

Session 7: (small group): 4 student groups of 8 people in each group (facilitated by Gillian Crawford & Tamsin St George) to work on case study examples (including synastry/composite charts) brought by group members (2 cases per class)

Plus ongoing sub-group peer support.

Module Three:  Family Dynamics: 8th January – 11th February
Teaching Weekend: 8th/9th January

In this module, we will be look to our roots, to where we come from, and explore how our relationship with our parents, siblings, and ancestors play such a key role in shaping the type of people that we ourselves become, and the type of families that we create. The astrological chart has an extraordinary capacity to describe these family dynamics and how they inform our instinctive disposition toward the world and the choices that we make. We will explore these signatures in depth and also look at the dynamics of the families that we have created as adults, our own children and grandchildren. Developing the theme of synastry from the previous module, we will compare charts of family members, and identify certain themes or resemblances, which show up as recurring signatures in these charts.

Session 1: Introducing the Topic of Family Dynamics
Student enquiry in family issues
Key questions that clients present with
The Sun / Moon relationship (father/mother image or archetypes)
Identifying & introducing key family dynamics indicators in the chart
Aspects to Sun & Moon (issues pertaining to father / mother image or archetype)
4th / 10th house axis (parental dynamics)
The Water Houses: 4, 8 & 12 (ancestral lineage, ancestral legacy & family soul)
5th / 11th house axis (children / adopted or foster children)
3rd / 9th house axis (siblings / in-laws)

Session 2: Examining Parental Dynamics in Depth
Aspects to Sun & Moon (issues pertaining to father / mother image or archetype)
4th / 10th house axis (parental dynamics)

Session 3: Examining Wider Family Issues in Depth
The Water Houses: 4, 8 & 12 (ancestral lineage, ancestral legacy & family soul)
5th / 11th house axis (children / adopted or foster children)
3rd / 9th house axis (siblings / in-laws)

Session 4: Family Patterns / Resemblances
Family synastry / Identify themes across the charts of the family
Sign & Element themes across family charts
Quadruplicity themes across family charts
Repeating aspects or prominent planets
Students explore their own family charts and look for patterns.

Session 5: Technical Class: Harmonic Aspects

Session 6: (whole group case study): Volunteer case study: question about family dynamics. Case study has their own chart, plus charts of other family members. Students prepare questions in advance and identify signatures on the same chart.

Session 7: (small group): 4 student groups of 8 people in each group (facilitated by Gillian Crawford & Tamsin St George) to work on case study examples (including charts of family members) brought by group members (2 cases per class)

Plus ongoing sub-group peer support.

Module Four:  Money:  19th February – 25th March
Teaching Weekend: 19th/20th February

In this module we will explore the astrological signatures for money, wealth and abundance in the birth chart. We can learn much about the energy of money through astrology, and how to deepen our relationship to what it is at an archetypal level. The chart can provide powerful clues to help identify our particular issues around it. This module will help pinpoint areas of blockage in relation to money and abundance and help indicate ways in which we can assist in transforming these challenges, and help a person tune in to their own natural wealth flow.

Session 1: Introducing the Topic of Money
Enquiry into money: what does it mean to us, what are its origins
Open up the question of its role and function in society
Identify the issues and complexes we, and our clients have around money
Taurus, Venus, the 2nd House & the Great Mother Archetype
Temperament toward money: the element balance

Session 2: The Planetary Archetypes Applied to Money
Sun: Gold standard
Moon: Consumer / consumerism
Mercury: The market / trade / business / exchange value
Venus: Tangible assets & experiential value
Mars: Enterprise, profit, debt & competition
Jupiter: Economic growth, possibility, optimism, inflation, the belief that ‘more is better’
Saturn: Economic regulation & control, austerity, accountability, limits to the money supply, the belief that ‘there’s not enough’
Uranus: Sudden changes of fortune, radical new approaches to money, cryptocurrency
Neptune: Loss of wealth, charity, compassionate investment the glamour of money & wealth
Pluto: The shadow of wealth & power, toxic or unsustainable debt, mining the treasure of the underworld, exposing money as being connected to the deep core of the soul

Session 3: The Houses of Money & Wealth
The Houses of Employment (2, 6 & 10)
Focus on the Succedent Houses as the Cornerstones of Wealth
The Angular Houses: Direction and orientation
The Cadent Houses: Networking/beliefs/re-education around money, distribution & redistribution of wealth flow

Session 4: Examples & Student Case Studies
Focus on how to approach the topic with clients
Identify where fear, anxiety and other issues around money may lie buried underneath top-level concerns – identify signatures in the chart that suggest this
Students present their own charts as case studies

Session 5: Technical Class: Solar Returns

Session 6: (whole group case study): Volunteer case study: question about money. Students prepare questions in advance and identify signatures on the same chart.

Session 7: (small group): 4 student groups of 8 people in each group (facilitated by Gillian Crawford & Tamsin St George) to work on case study examples brought by group members (2 cases per class)

Plus ongoing sub-group peer support.

Module Five:  Health & Healing:  9th April – 13th May
Teaching Weekend: 9th/10th April
In this module we will focus on the signatures in a birth chart that indicate physical, psychological and spiritual health. We will look at temperament, the humours, the correspondences between planets, signs, and parts of the body, and traditional astrological correspondences with plants and healing remedies. Astrologers traditionally look to the first house for an indication of life force and vitality, to the sixth house for a an indication of disease and susceptibility to particular physical health conditions and to the 12th house for susceptibility to mental or psychological health issues.

We will include these areas, and expand this understanding to also consider the issue of how our faith and beliefs influence our capacity for health and well-being, as part of a greater paradigm, and explore how this reflected in an astrological chart, taking a whole chart perspective on health. We will also explore the topic of woundedness, and consider Chiron, the archetype of the wounded healer.

It should be noted that in this module we address specific ethical issues around the temptation to diagnose and prescribe health conditions, and emphasise that the school does not condone (and strongly advises against) this practice.

Session 1: Introducing the Topic of Health & Well-Being
Personal enquiry into health. What do we mean by health / healing / well-being?
Identifying key questions that clients present with regarding chronic and acute health issues, fears about illness etc.
The Zodiac, parts of the body, health correspondences
Focus on The 1st, 6th & 12th House as traditional indicators of health & disease

Session 2: The Planets & Health
Identify the health themes associated with each planet
Questions to ask of each planet in relation to health?

Session 3: A Whole Chart Perspective on Health & Well-Being
Looking at each of the 12 houses in relation to health
Looking at the 12 houses as a developmental Journey to whole health & well-being

Session 4: An Ethical Approach to Questions of Health & Well-Being
Focus on ethics with regard to questions of health – recognising what we can and can’t help clients with in this area as astrologers.
Focus on Chiron, the wounded healer archetype, and introduce the paradigm that the place where we are wounded (physically or psychologically) holds within it the key to our healing path.
Identify remedies with astrological correspondences

Session 5: Technical Class: Temperament & the Four Humours

Session 6: (whole group case study): Volunteer case study: question about health. Case study with health issues or question. Students prepare questions in advance and identify signatures on the same chart.

Session 7: (small group): 4 student groups of 8 people in each group (facilitated by Gillian Crawford & Tamsin St George) to work on case study examples brought by group members (2 cases per class)

Plus ongoing sub-group peer support.

Module Six:  Karma & Past-Life Perspectives:  28th May – 1st July
Teaching Weekend: 28th/29th May

One way of approaching a birth chart is to consider how the patterns and tendencies that colour a person’s character and inform his or her destiny, might originate in unresolved issues from previous incarnations. And that these karmic patterns can be be revealed through the astrological placements in a person’s birth chart. In this module, we will be considering the birth chart within a re-incarnation context, paying special attention to the placements of the Ascendant, Moon, Saturn, lunar nodes, hard aspects, retrograde planets and the 4th, 8th & 12th houses of the horoscope. We will be looking at personal examples from participants own charts and those of participants friends and family members.

It should be noted in this module that we address specific ethical issues around the identification / labelling of past-life issues and the dangers of literalising past-life experiences. We are also very mindful in the way we define karma and explore the ways in which the philosophy around it is understood and communicated.

Session 1: Introducing the Topic of Karma & Spirituality
Enquiry into the nature of karma, spirituality, path of balance
Identify the kinds of questions that students present with around this topic
Introduce the key astrological signatures on this topic
Saturn
The Moon
The Moon’s Nodes
Retrogrades
Hard Aspects
Ascendant
Focus on the 12th House

Session 2: Focus on Saturn, the Moon & the Nodes
Saturn: lord of karma / record keeper / accountability & reckoning
The Moon: familiar, instinctive karmic memory / pattern / habits
The Moon’s Nodes: inherent karmic conditioning accumulated over many lifetimes, where we are vulnerable to repeating the past / indicators of the need for balance

Session 3: Focus on the Karmic Houses, Retrograde Planets, Hard Aspects & the AC
Retrogrades – reflective / retrospective / need to go back over old ground / integration
Houses – 4, 8, 12 – the karmic houses / psychic trinity
Hard Aspects – oppositions, square, semi-square / sesqui-quadrate, inconjunct (especially involving Mars, Saturn, Pluto) – karmic tensions / inner tension & friction seeking resolution. Contrast with ‘soft aspects’ – trines, sextile etc – as indicators of ‘positive karma’
Ascendant – karmic doorway into the future

Session 4: Examples & Student Case Studies
Focus on how to approach the topic ethically with clients
Take student examples and identify key themes

Session 5: Technical Class: Solar Arc Directions

Session 6: (whole group case study): Volunteer case study: question about health. Case study with karmic issues or questions. Students prepare questions in advance and identify signatures on the same chart.

Session 7: (small group): 4 student groups of 8 people in each group (facilitated by Gillian Crawford & Tamsin St George) to work on case study examples brought by group members (2 cases per class)

Plus ongoing sub-group peer support.

Module Seven:  Ethics, Counselling & The Art of Astrological Practice:  9th July – 10th September (including summer recess)
Teaching Weekend: 9th/10th July

In this module we will be focussing on the ethics of astrological practice, and looking at how we best serve our clients, exploring use of language, ways of handling symbolism and how to manage client expectations. When should we offer advice? Should we predict? An astrological chart clearly gives us powerful ‘inside information’ into a person’s life, but how should we be presenting that information, and what role are we playing in our client’s lives? In this final module we will bring together everything we have learned and set it within the context of how we actually conduct ourselves as astrological practitioners.

Session 1: Introducing the Topic
Enquiry into the ethics of astrological practice
Managing clients’ expectations: what do clients want & how do we best help them?
Introducing the question of the ‘role of the astrologer’
What do our clients expect of us?
What roles do our clients project onto us?
What roles do we accept?
Historical / cultural role of the astrologer
Issues of authority & projection onto the astrologer
Preparation for an astrological session
How do we prepare ourselves practically & mentally for a session?
Setting boundaries & creating the container
Setting up a contract with the client
Ethical questions to consider when entering into astrological practice

Session 2 & Session 3:
The Role of the Astrologer: Mythic & Archetypal Themes Associated with Each Planet
Mercury: Magician, wordsmith, trader in ideas, themes around communication with clients
Saturn: Lord of time – astrology as study of time & cycles of time, boundaries, authority issues, creating, ritual container for the work
Uranus: Heretic / outsider: being outside of conventional thinking / Promethean impulse to see into the future, stealing fire from the Gods
Sun: process of individuation / raising self-awareness, bringing issues to light, danger of hubris
Moon: Working with acceptance of cycles – sensitivity to cycles of life & death, listening deeply to clients needs – counselling skills – capacity to hold space, working with empathy, compassion, working ‘magically’.
Jupiter: Seeing the bigger, cosmic picture – faith in divine guidance, giving advice to our clients, dangers of hubris: ’Trust me I’m an astrologer!’
Venus & Mars: Relationship & sexual dynamics & issues
Pluto: shadow work: facing repressed aspects of the psyche, confronting our relationship to power, both its destructive force and the possibility of empowerment, trust issues, initiation & empowerment
Neptune: Psychic insight, use & metaphor & the poetics of astrology, compassion, surrender, deep acceptance
Chiron: The role of mentor / educator, healing / wounded healer
– The Fates: the Moirae / fates – coming to terms with the end of life, or accepting a situation you cannot change; Issues around prediction / especially warnings around prediction of death or illness
– Urania: Inspiration / cosmic connection, divine harmony of the cosmos

Session 4: The Art of Astrological Practice: Bringing it All Together
Use of language / open questions / ways of communicating with the client
Being prepared to listen to the client / ways of responding
Role playing specific client situations
Handling questions & expectations involving prediction
Handling questions involving with giving advice
Handling questions about other people’s charts, esp. family members or partners

Session 5: Additional Lecture: Setting Up an Astrological Practice

Session 6: (whole group case study): Volunteer case study: a facilitated live consultation – students work with the chart, prepare questions in advance and prepare questions to ask the client as if they were conducting a session.

Session 7: (small group): 4 student groups of 8 people in each group (facilitated by Gillian Crawford & Tamsin St George) to work on case study examples brought by group members (2 cases per class)

Plus ongoing sub-group peer support.

FINAL ASSESSMENT: Each student conducts an hour consultation with a volunteer client – this is video recorded and assessed by the tutors.