Mentored by: Raye C. Mathis, MSW, LSW
October 8 - November 4, 2014
An astrological horoscope is a tool for illuminating, in symbolic language, the themes and archetypal patterns in your life. These themes include your talents and skills you have to work with this lifetime but also the karmic issues you have, as well as unconscious traits that you need to develop for your highest spiritual growth.
You do not have to meet all of these issues at the same time. There is a time line or timetable for meeting these karmic patterns. You can access this time line by studying the cycles of planets after your birth. Your birth does not stop the planets from moving and as they cycle around the zodiac in their particular orbits, they will eventually touch and activate the various themes or karmic patterns in your horoscope. These moments are called "transits" in astrology and it is during these moments that the timing is right for you to work on whatever particular issue is being illuminated by the transits at that moment.
"... when cycle rolls around the influence is there." Edgar Cayce Reading #452-6
This Cayce reading indicates that the astrological influences will occur, but it is up to you to use your will in choosing how to best use the influences.
Every planet in our solar system can be examined from a transit perspective. For the purposes of this eGroup you will be working with the four outer planet transits: Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These planets move more slowly giving longer periods of time when the intensity of the influences can build. This makes it more likely you will meet transformative situations.
This is a beginner eGroup in regard to transits and cycles but it is not a basic beginner course for astrology. You need to have some knowledge about the structure of your birth chart to get the most benefit from this eGroup, for example: the concept of "houses" and the placement of your Sun and Moon by sign and by house. If you have participated in a previous astrology eGroup then you should have a good background upon which to study transits.
At the beginning of each week, you will have the opportunity to view a short PowerPoint presentation introducing the topics to be covered that week. The following is a summary of what you will be learning each week during this eGroup.
Summary of the 4-week Experience
Week One: Saturn
You will be introduced to the topic of cycles in astrology after which you will study Saturn in your horoscope. You will review the meaning of your natal Saturn by sign and house; you will examine the generic cycle of Saturn and will then explore the transit of Saturn at the present time. You will research the interpretations of these Saturn placements and record your thoughts on worksheets.
Week Two: Uranus
You will first learn how to read an ephemeris in order to find the placements of the transiting planets for any given time period. You will then explore Uranus in the same way as you did for Saturn, looking at the natal placements, the generic cycle and then the transit of Uranus at the present time. You will research the interpretations of these Uranus placements and record your thoughts on the worksheets that are provided.
Week Three: Neptune
This week you will be introduced to the 5 major aspects: conjunction, sextile, trine, square and opposition. You will practice using your natal Neptune to see what planets aspect Neptune in your birth chart. You will also explore Neptune in the same manner you explored Saturn and Uranus in previous weeks. You will research the interpretations of these Neptune placements and aspects and record your thoughts on the worksheets that are provided.
Week Four: Pluto
You will explore Pluto, finding all the applicable aspects being made by transiting Pluto at the present time. If Pluto is making no aspects, you will choose a past transformational time in your life and explore transiting Pluto at that time period. You will be introduced to some healing activities that can be used during any major transit but especially during a Pluto transit period. After that you will be led through a summary of the steps you have learned during this 4 week period that will help you find, identify and explore the influences on your horoscope at any given time period.
You will be provided with (online)
- A copy of your own birth chart.
- All the information you will need. (i.e. written materials, audios and videos)
- Questionnaires and inventories to complete, along with some experiential exercises to enable you to understand your unique astrological symbols in a more creative and non-verbal way.
You will (online):
- Read and/or listen to the information and explanations and work through the exercises provided.
- Respond with your reactions, feelings, and questions on the community bulletin board. Directions for doing this will be sent to you.
- Receive responses to your postings by Raye Mathis.
Testimonials from courses taught by Raye:
"You are a great teacher and are very clear in your explanations. I also enjoyed seeing the breakdown of our planets and signs as a group. Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge."
“I didn't want to miss the opportunity to THANK YOU, Raye, for this wonderful class. I have learned a great deal, with more to come as it sinks in, I'm sure. I look forward to your next e-class, maybe on Relationships? Hint, hint. :-)”
“You are an excellent teacher! Thank you for all your clear and easy to understand information. I have a better understanding of where I need to look for my next "life" after retirement.”
"This class has opened up a whole new world for me and I plan to continue astrology studies on my own now, when time allows…Finally, thank you Raye, for a wonderful learning experience. You are appreciated!"
"Thank you for the course, it has been a treat. The time flew by."
"What a journey! You really did do such a masterful job of leading the group - thank you ever so much for offering this "course." I knew next to nothing when we began, and although I'm certainly still no expert, there is SO much more that's understandable to me now! Thank you for facilitating that."
Raye Mathis is a
member of the faculty at Atlantic University where, among the
courses she mentors, are her Spiritual Crisis and Symbols and
Mythology courses. Her column, The Astrologer's Corner, appears in
the A.R.E.'s Venture Inward magazine. Raye is an experienced
teacher, workshop presenter and has over 35 years as a conference
speaker. She is a former member of the A.R.E. and the AU Boards of
Trustees. She has maintained an on-going astrological counseling
practice for almost 40 years.
What's an e-Group?
Your A.R.E. eGroup will meet on an Internet discussion board. This discussion board has been created especially for A.R.E. by BulletinBoards.com, a secure Internet site that makes learning online interactive and easy. In Internet terms, your eGroup is called a "discussion board", a virtual meeting room where you will join with other like-minded people and your mentor, Raye Mathis, in an interactive discussion on Astrological Cycles: The Timing of Life.
In the virtual meeting room, you will have access to the written and audio materials prepared for you by Raye. Every Wednesday, she will post a lesson along with exercises for you to practice during the week. Posting is very similar to sending an e-mail, except that all the e-mails are viewed within your virtual meeting room. You may post your thoughts, questions, and experiences on the site for Raye and the other participants to read and respond to. In this way, everyone will benefit from one another's experiences and insights and the coaching offered by Raye to individuals.
Once you register for your A.R.E. eGroup, we will send you an e-mail from eGroups@edgarcayce.org detailing how to access and navigate our discussion board for the eGroup Astrological Cycles: The Timing of Life. Then, you're in! You will be able to visit your eGroup any time you desire. The meeting room is accessible 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week and you may participate at your convenience from anywhere in the world. There are no specified times that you have to be in the room. You decide when and how often you wish to participate.
In this personalized reading with Raye you will receive an interpretation of your natal chart, along with current patterns (transits and progressions) for the coming year. The natal consultation illuminates your potential talents and skills in all areas of your life, as well as the major life issues and karmic patterns you chose to work on this lifetime. Current patterns are based on the cycles of the planets and provide you with the timing and transformational nature of the transition periods in effect during this moment in your life. A personal discussion allows us to clarify specific problem areas as well as synthesize the many facets of your horoscope. The consultation is by phone and a CD recording of the conversation will be mailed to you afterward.
Astrology eGroup Members only- $99
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