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Advanced Training Certificate: Applied Archetypal Astrology

April 4th - July 25th, 2024

16 Live Courses | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

What you will receive:

  • 16 Interactive Live Webinar Sessions with world recognized experts in archetypal psychology and archetypal astrology
  • 16 Video Learning Sessions to watch at your convenience
  • A Learning Resource Guide with links to suggested books, articles, films
  • A Private, on-line Discussion Forum
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute Advanced Training Certificate upon successful completion of the course

Course Description

“Astrology consists of symbolic configurations, as does the collective unconscious with which psychology is concerned: The planets are the ‘gods,’ symbols of the powers of the unconscious.” C. G. Jung

The times they are a changing, and we need a new language for a new era. Archetypal astrology offers a navigational tool for seeing through personal and global chaos to the deeper currents that influence individuals and nations. This Advanced Training Certificate brings together internationally recognized experts—an experienced Jungian analyst, an archetypal astrologer, and a Jungian scholar—who will introduce students to the language of archetypal astrology. In addition, they will present case studies of how they apply this language in clinical, corporate, and creative work.

Astrology and archetypal psychology mutually enrich each other in offering a deeper revelation of the interconnected nature of the visible and invisible worlds. This course teaches students how to dissolve the artificial divide between inner and outer, microcosm and macrocosm.

The Advanced Training Certificate course consists of 16 pre-recorded lectures that students can watch at their convenience. The lectures are preparation for live, weekly interactive sessions with master teachers. Rather than offering a single perspective, students will learn multiple approaches to understand and apply archetypal astrology for personal and professional development.

Decoding the universal language of archetypes increases our capacity to hold multiplicity as a response to polycrises. Students will realize that an archetypal perspective is not only useful, it is essential.

This course is ideal if:

  • You have a basic working knowledge of astrology and you have an accurate copy of your natal chart
  • You wish to begin training in archetypal astrology
  • You are interested in learning how to understand and apply archetypal astrology in your own life
  • You are a depth psychologist or a therapist of any orientation wishing to use archetypal astrology in your practice as a map of the psyche

You are interested in the archetypal psychology of James Hillman

You are interested in the practical applications of archetypal astrology in the corporate world

  • You are interested in the insights archetypal astrology offers your creative practice.
  • You are a coach or a consultant curious about how to blend archetypal thinking with a developmental model to more effectively lead—ourselves, and others.

Course Overview:

Module I:  An Introduction to Archetypal Thinking with Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.
(12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Week One: Thursday, April 4th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Developing an Archetypal Eye

Week Two: Thursday, April 11th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Recognizing Archetypes in Culture

Week Three: Thursday, April 18th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Life Purpose and the Nodes of the Moon

Week Four: Thursday, April 25th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Introducing Archetypes of Creativity, Part I: Mercury and Saturn

Week Five: Thursday, May 2nd (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Introducing Archetypes of Creativity, Part II: Uranus and Neptune

Module II:  A Typological Approach with Marianne Meister, Ph.D.
(9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT)

Week Six: Saturday, May 11th  (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT)

The 4 Elements in Astrology – Fire, Earth, Air, and Water – and in Jungian Typology – Intuition, Sensation, Thinking, and Feeling

Week Seven: Saturday, May18th (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT)

The 12 Sun-Signs or the 4 Elements in 3 Modalities each

Week Eight: Saturday, May 25th (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT)

The 10 Planets as Gods in us. The 12 Houses and Jung’s concepts of Introversion and Extraversion

Week Nine: Saturday, June 1st (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT)

Behind every Complex is an Archetype: The Archeytypal structure as a basis of the Complex structure in the birth chart

Week Ten: Saturday, June 8th (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT)

Sun and Moon as Father – and Mother Archetypes as well as Father- and Mother Complexes in each individual

Module III:  Applied Archetypal Astrology with Laurence Hillman, Ph.D.

Week Eleven: Thursday, June 13th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Staging Your Inner Astrological Play

Week Twelve: Thursday, June 20th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

How to Understand a Chart in 3 Minutes

Week Thirteen: Thursday, June 27th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Venus in a Chocolate Mousse

*NOTE: Week of July 4th – No Class

Week Fourteen: Thursday, July 11th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Introduction to Archetypes at Work

Week Fifteen: Thursday, July 18th (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

The Polypoetic Mind for Today’s Leaders

Week Sixteen: Thursday, July 25th (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PT)

Community Wrap-up

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Cultivate an archetypal eye to understand the poesis of soul
  • Discern the dynamics of the theatrical, polypoetic psyche
  • Apply the archetypal eye to the participants’ personal and professional lives
  • Understand the Hermetic idea “As above, so below” and be able to speak cogently about the correspondences between macrocosm and microcosm
  • Acquire expertise in selected archetypal figures and patterns
  • Apply archetypal pattern recognition to astrological charts, organizational life, and world events
  • Understand the idea of a development plan for individual archetypes

Suggested Reading:

  1. Marianne Meister, The Key to the Self. Understanding Yourself Through Depth Psychological Astrology (Chiron, 2022).
  2. Laurence Hillman, Planets in Play: How to Reimagine Your Life Through the Language of Astrology (New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2007).
  3. Laurence Hillman & Richard Olivier, Archetypes at Work: Evolving your story, one character at a time (London: Matator, 2019).
  4. James Hillman, Re-visioning Psychology (Harper & Row, New York, 1977, ©1975).
  5. James Hillman, The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling (Random House, New York, ©1996).
  6. Joseph Coppin and Elizabeth Nelson, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (Spring Publication, Putnam, Conn., 2005).
  7. Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses: Exploring the Houses of the Horoscope (Flare, 2010).
  8. Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas, The Inner Planets: Building Blocks of Personal Reality (Weiser Books, 1993).
  9. Liz Greene, The Astrology of Fate (Weiser Books, 1984).
  10. Laurence Hillman and Donna Spencer, Alignments: How to Live in Harmony with the Universe (Lantern Books, 2002).
  11. Martin Schulman, Karmic Astrology: The Moon’s Nodes and Reincarnation (Samuel Weiser, 1992).
  12. Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View (Plume, 2007).

Program Details


April 4th – July 25th, 2024


Registration Fees

  • $795.00 – Pacifica Student Rate
  • $995.00 – Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $1095.00 – General Rate

About the Teachers

Laurence Hillman, PhD
Dr. Hillman has been practicing archetypal astrology for 45 years. He is the co-creator of Archetypes at Work™, a cutting-edge method to assess and develop people, and applies it to help individuals and organizational leaders understand their archetypal patterns. He lectures internationally and is the author of Alignments (Lantern Books, 2002), Planets in Play (Tarcher/Penguin, 2007), and Archetypes at Work (Matador, 2019).

MEISTERMarianne Meister, Ph.D. Lecturer at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, Küsnacht. Astrologer, clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst. Teaching analyst and supervisor at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, Küsnacht, for work with adults, adolescents and children in individual and group settings, with special emphasis on dreams, images and sand pictures, and birth horoscopes. In addition, teaching analyst, lecturer, supervisor and teaching analyst of the SGSST and the ISST. As a member of the teaching staff of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich she teaches internationally (Switzerland, Germany, USA, South Korea) on Jungian and astrological typology (couple relationships, parent-child relationships), on the topics of “love”, on dealing with dreams, images, sand-images and mythology, always with a practical reference to life.  Before the master in psychology and psychopathology, she acquired a master in German studies, philosophy & art history. She began delving into astrology as a 16 year old, has worked as an astrologer for some 50 years. Former Vice President of the Board of Curatorium of the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, Küsnacht. Own practice in Zurich.  Author of specialized books and articles, and contributor to various interviews (Youtube videos) with specialized topics. First book about astrological Typology in German: Schlüssel zum Ich (2015): Patmos Publishing. Most recent article in German: Schöpfungsmythen und erste Sandbilder  (2018): In: Sandspiel Therapie, Zeitschrift für Sandspiel. Most recent book, translation of “Schlüssel zum Ich”: The Key to the Self (2022): Chiron.

Elizabeth Eowyn Nelson, PhD
Dr. Nelson, faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, has been a professional writer and editor for more than 30 years. Her books include Psyche’s Knife (Chiron, 2012) and The Art of Inquiry (Spring Publications, 2017). She lectures internationally on Jungian and archetypal psychology, and has published numerous scholarly papers on the presence of archetypal images in personal, professional, and cultural life.

General Information


Hosted Online


Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.

Registration Details

April 4th - July 25th, 2024

  • Number of Classes: 32 Classes
    16 Video Learning Sessions (60 mins.)
    16 On-line Interactive Sessions (90 mins.)
  • Class Length: 60-90 min.
  • Class Time: Noon – 1:30 PM PDT
  • Total Duration: 32 Hours