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The Alchemical World of the Four Elements

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 Non-Residential Live Event

October 11 - 16, 2024

Tutors: Safron Rossi & Carole Taylor

Buellton, California, USA

This two-part workshop explores in depth the meaning of the Four Elements and their role in shaping our character, desires and sense of destiny. It will take you on a powerful and illuminating journey through your own chart via the presence of Fire, Earth, Air and Water contained within it, as well as offer you rich imagery and ideas to bring into your consultancy, teaching or creative work.

 

You can book either for the whole event, or just for the first part or the second part.

 

In the first part of the course, Safron will explore the Four Elements through Greek myths and alchemical images, showing how they express themselves through the signs of the zodiac. This will be rooted in an understanding of their origins in ancient Greek spiritual philosophy and their consistent presence in the western mystery tradition to which astrology and alchemy belong.

 

In the second part, Carole will explore the notion of balance and imbalance of the Four Elements in our charts, how the Elements shape our expression of the planets, angles, houses and points located in them. We will look at how their presence or absence might reflect family and ancestral patterns and how they influence our relationships, vocational choices and path of self-development.

 

We conclude the workshop by bringing the Elements fully into our conscious awareness, with a practical session guided by Safron and Carole. Here you can explore your personal relationship to the Elements through drawing, music, poetry, journalling, dream work and other experiential media of your choice.

The workshop is suitable for a range of skill levels, from foundation to advanced, but it is not suitable for complete beginners. You must have the basics of astrology under your belt and a basic understanding of how to read a birth chart. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

All places are non-residential, but there is plenty of accommodation within a short drive of the workshop venue. Please contact us if you would like a list of nearby options for different budgets. 

Venue: Redtail, 585 Bobcat Springs Road, Buellton, California 93427.

Please note that you will need transportation to get to the venue. There is plenty of free on-site parking. More information on the venue plus accommodation recommendations may be found here

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SCHEDULE

 

FRIDAY 11 October

Session 1 - 11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Safron - An Archetypal Psychological Approach to the Four Elements in the Zodiac and Alchemy

1:00 pm: Lunch

 

Session 2 - 2:30 - 3:45 pm: Safron - Earth: Mythic and Alchemical explorations of Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn

3:45 - 4:15 pm: Tea/Coffee Break


4:15 – 5:30 pm: Safron - Earth Element continued with chart work

 

SATURDAY 12 October

Session 3 - 10:00 - 11:15 am: Safron - Fire: Mythic and Alchemical explorations of Aries, Leo & Sagittarius

11:15 - 11:45 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Safron - Fire element continued with chart work

1:00 pm: Lunch

 

Session 4 - 2:30 - 3:45 pm: Safron - Water: Mythic and Alchemical explorations of Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces

3:45 - 4:15 pm: Tea/Coffee Break


4:15 – 5:30 pm: Safron - Water element continued with chart work

 

SUNDAY 13 October

Session 5 - 10:00 - 11:15 am: Safron - Air: Mythic and Alchemical explorations of Gemini, Libra & Aquarius

11:15 - 11:45 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Safron - Air element continued with chart work

 

No inclusive lunch today 

 

Free Afternoon or Local Winery Tour, to be paid for individually.

MONDAY 14 October

Session 6 -10:00 - 11:15 am: Carole - The Four Elements: cosmology, psychology, balance and imbalance  

11:15 - 11:45 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Carole - Fire – an exploration of the element, its behaviour patterns and psychology. Planets and house cusps in Fire. 

1:00 pm: Lunch 

 

Session 7 - 2:30 - 3:45 pm: Carole - Earth – an exploration of the element, its behaviour patterns and psychology. Planets and house cusps in Earth. 

3:45 - 4:15 pm: Tea/Coffee Break


4:15 – 5:30 pm: Carole - Air – an exploration of the element, its behaviour patterns and psychology. Planets and house cusps in Air. 

 

TUESDAY 15 October

Session 8 - 10:00 - 11:15 am: CaroleWater – an exploration of the element, its behaviour patterns and psychology. Planets and house cusps in Water. 

11:15 - 11:45 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Carole - Element balance and the quest for wholeness I 

1:00 pm: Lunch 

 

Session 9 - 2:30 - 3:45 pm: CaroleElement balance and the quest for wholeness II 

3:45 - 4:15 pm: Tea/Coffee Break


4:15 – 5:30 pm: CaroleElement combinations 

 

WEDNESDAY 16 October

Session 10 - 10:00 - 11:15 am: Carole - Elements in Relationships and Family Patterns I  

11:15 - 11:45 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Carole - Elements in Relationships and Family Patterns Part II 

1:00 pm: Lunch 

 

Session 11 - 2:30 - 3:45 pm: Experiential Session with Safron and Carole

3:45 - 4:15 pm: Tea/Coffee Break


4:15 – 5:30 pm: Experiential Session with Safron and Carole

 

COST

(Prices are in GBP £ sterling, preferred payment through Wise.)

Part 1: October 11 -13 with Safron Rossi - £585

 

Part 2: October 14 -16 with Carole Taylor (Safron will join her for the final afternoon) - £650

Full Attendance: October 11 - 16 - £1,235

A light vegetarian lunch will be included every day, (except for Sunday, October 13), plus tea and coffee at all break-times.

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