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Astrology, Alchemy and the Journey of the Soul

Shrewsbury, England 

Friday, May 3rd – Friday, May 10th, 2024

Clare Martin & Carole Taylor

Astrology and alchemy share a common history, the shared belief that we live in a participatory universe which responds to our engagement with it.  Alchemy’s powerful imagery and symbolism reflects the structure of the horoscope and the alchemical opus, or great work, describes the journey of personal initiation as its various stages and processes guide us through the ever-deepening discovery of what has been there from the beginning, in the birth chart, but unknown.

 

The alchemists knew that change depends on the movement of the planets and an alchemical approach tracks the journey of self-discovery, in the great work of extracting the buried light from the darkness of matter, bringing the universal spirit, soul and body into alignment, as we gradually come home to our deepest selves, to the most fundamental understanding of our own nature.

The alchemical journey guides us through a personal metamorphosis. As we die to our old, adapted selves, ancestral and cultural distortions are gradually purged and released and we find ourselves reborn into a profoundly new way of being, conscious of ourselves as both individual and universal.

Consisting of more than 30 hours of learning, we will alternate between formal teaching and personal chart work sessions. We will chart our experiences of transits, weaving these into our understanding, as the base matter of our horoscope is slowly transformed into alchemical gold.

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SCHEDULE

Friday - May 3

Arrival

Check in after 1:00 pm

Stroll around Shrewsbury, or rest
5 - 6:15 pm: Gathering for Introductions and Orientation with Carole & Clare

Dinner together locally 

 

Saturday - May 4

7:30 - 8:30 am: Breakfast

Alchemy and the Birth Chart

Separatio: differentiation of psychological functions

9:30 - 10:45 am: The history and vision of alchemy - the 'magnum opus' and

the art of transformation

10:45 - 11:15 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Number symbolism in astrology and alchemy

12:30 pm: Lunch & Rest
3:30 - 4:45 pm: Stages of the alchemical process - a developmental framework

Short Refreshment Break
5 - 6:15 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

7:00 pm: Dinner
 

 

Sunday - May 5

7:30 - 8:30 am: Breakfast

Alchemy and the Birth Chart

Separatio: differentiation of psychological functions

9:30 - 10:45 am: Polarity and projection - tension and conflict in the birth chart

10:45 - 11:15 am: Tea/Coffee Break
11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work
12:30 pm: Lunch & Rest
3:30 - 4:45 pm: 
The modes and elements as soul work

Short Refreshment Break
5 - 6:15 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

7:00 pm:  Dinner
 

 

Monday - May 6

7:30 - 8:30 am: Breakfast

Planetary cycles and transits
9:30 -10:45 am: Saturn - the Earth process; COAGULATIO

10:45 - 11:15 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11:15 am -12:30 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

12:30 pm: Lunch & Rest
3:30 - 4:45 pm: Incarnation - Chiron and the Nodal Axis

Short Refreshment Break
5 - 6:15 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

7:00 pm: Dinner
 

 

Tuesday - May 7

7:30 - 8:30 am: Breakfast

Planetary cycles and transits
9.30 - 10:45 am: Uranus - the Air process: SUBLIMATO

10:45 - 11:00 am: Tea/Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

12:OO pm: Lunch
HALF DAY – Excursion to Hawkestone Park Folies
 

 

Wednesday - May 8

7:30 - 8:30 am: Breakfast

Planetary cycles and transits
9:30 -10:45 pm: Pluto - the Fire process: CALCINATO

10:45 - 11:15 am: Tea/Coffee Break
11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

12:30 pm: Lunch & Rest
3:30 - 4:45 pm: 
Neptune - the Water process: SOLUTIO

Short Refreshment Break
5 - 6:15 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

7:00 pm: Dinner
 

 

Thursday - May 9

7:30 - 8:30 am: Breakfast

Coniunctio: Prima Materia to Lapis

Lead to Gold
9:30 - 10:45 am: Soul-centred Astrology: Mercurius

10:45 - 11:15 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

12:30 pm: Lunch & Rest
3:30 -4:45 pm: 
The Mystical Marriage of opposites: CONIUNCTIO

Short Refreshment Break
5 - 6:15 pm: Discussion/Personal Chart Work

7:00 pm: Dinner
 

 

Friday - May 10

7:30 - 8:30 am: Breakfast
9:30 - 11.00 am: Closing session – Carole & Clare

Check-out by Noon

(extra nights can be booked, subject to availability)

Recommended Reading - Alchemy: The Soul of Astrology by Clare Martin

Clare Martin YouTube Video

 

All group meals and excursions are optional 

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Shrewsbury on the River Severn

Our workshop will be held in the charming, medieval town of Shrewsbury, in the west of England 9 miles from the Welsh border. Set inside a loop of the River Severn, its town centre is lined with half-timbered houses. The birthplace of Charles Darwin, it is also known as the "town of flowers", and the pearl of the Marches region. One of the best kept secrets in England, it is also amongst the most well preserved and beautiful historical towns in the UK, noted for its Tudor and Jacobean architecture.

Easily accessible, just 70 minutes direct train ride from Birmingham International, (BHX), with the train station being conveniently located within the airport itself. 

Our workshop/retreat venue is Abbots Mead, a lovely Georgian hotel in the very heart of Shrewsbury, close to the river, on the edge of the park; adjacent to shopping, restaurants and pubs. We have reserved the entire hotel for our retreat, and will have  exclusive use of all its facilities.  

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INCLUDED IN WORKSHOP PACKAGE

 

30+ Hours Tuition with Clare & Carole

7 Nights Ensuite Hotel Accommodation

7 Breakfasts

6 Lunches

Refreshments at Break Times

Transportation & Entrance Fee to Inclusive Excursion

Free Onsite Hotel Parking 

 

​Cost

 

Single Occupancy per person

£1,650

 

Shared Occupancy (twin or double bed) - Limited Availability

£1,260 per person

Payment in full due by February 18th, 2024

Dinners paid for Individually

Inclusive breakfasts will include vegetarian and meat choices

Inclusive lunches will be vegetarian and light (so we stay awake!)

(Post this workshop is a 10-day tour of Shropshire, with accommodation at the same location: The Joys of the Shire, May 13-24, 2024)


If you have any questions about passports, travel insurance, or how to get to there, we are happy to assist in any way we can. Visit our Travel Plans page.


We are limiting the group size to meet the hotel capacity - 16 rooms total

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