with The Astro*Synthesis Collection in Applied Astrology
The Astro*Synthesis Collection in Applied Astrology is an in-depth and comprehensive journey into the heart of contemporary astrology. This complete program of study has been developed from over 35 years of classroom teaching and covers the fundamental aspects of astrology.
Each unit contributes to the syllabus in a sequential and logical fashion, assisting you to assemble your astrological framework coherently. As you move through each unit, you will build your confidence and knowledge as you progress. From this secure grounding in the principles and practice of astrology, you complete the program with commitment and respect for the imaginative art of astrology. The Astro*Synthesis Collection in Applied Astrology is a sequential study; however, it is also suited for students who feel they may have gaps in their learning or would like to refocus on a particular theme.
Learning astrology is a reflective and participatory process. Each unit can also be taken as a standalone unit for your interest only, or to further your skill in a specific area of astrological practice. The course includes twelve units as follows. Click on a unit number to learn more.
After an introduction to the imaginative and enduring study of astrology, we begin our journey with investigating the heavenly wheel of life or the zodiac. The Greek root of the word refers to a circle of sculptured animals or life-like figures. Therefore the zodiac means a circle of animals, a wheel of life and in essence is one of the first picture books. We will study these zodiacal images through the traditional astrological divisions of the four elements and the three qualities, along their psychological and astrological correspondences. The elements and qualities of the zodiac reveal subtleties of human temperament, character and personality.
Considering the zodiac includes its history and astronomy to understand its development and how constellations are different from zodiac signs. Each sign will be covered in detail examining their astrological descriptions, as well as the mythic template that underpins their images. The signs of the zodiac also symbolise twelve initiatory stages in the individuation process; therefore the study of each sign is not only an insight into human temperament, but also reveal essential qualities of human experience.
The contemporary planetary pantheon consists of the traditional seven planets which include the two luminaries of the Sun and Moon. The other five planets known to the ancients of Mesopotamia and Greece were Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. However, towards the end of the 18th Century CE, another planet was discovered and named Uranus which changed the composition of the known solar system. And since then Neptune and Pluto along with a host of other minor and ‘dwarf’ planets have been discovered, including Chiron. It is these planets which we will study in detail and depth.
Planets are potent metaphors of our personal, social and collective experiences. Metaphorically planets symbolise the powerful urges, impulses, energies and instincts that underpin all of life, which motivate and influence every human being. Therefore each planetary archetype will be thoroughly examined with reference to their psychological and astrological qualities. As archetypes of human experience, planets were once conceived as divine; hence each has their unique mythology which we will study.
To contemplate and find meaning in the symbols of the sky from a particular place, astrologers use the angles of the horoscope to orientate themselves. Angles take shape when certain great circles intersect with the ecliptic, another imaginary line sketched on the canvas of the heavens by the Sun. The angles of the horoscope or the Ascendant, Descendant, MC, and IC are the reference points of our lives and orientate us to the world. These form the axes of the horoscope which we will study, along with the quadrants and hemispheres. The twelve houses will be introduced in reference to the process of human development and experience. We will begin to synthesise planets in signs and houses to give meaning to astrological statements.
Major aspects are the astrological threads connecting planets that weave archetypal patterns into the tapestry of our lives. Aspects are planetary dialogues which reveal sub-personalities in the horoscope. As the lifelines between planets, aspects will be thoroughly examined including major patterns and planetary pictures. Many examples of the complexity of planets in aspect will be examined.
Since the four main astrological doctrines of signs, planets, houses and aspects have been covered in depth, we will turn our attention to new material on specialised topics in order to have an appreciation of the richness of the horoscope. These include the study of the lunar nodes, another axis in the horoscope which suggests an intriguing encounter with past patterns and destiny; the phenomenon of intercepted signs, which occur when using unequal house systems; understanding the occurrence and meaning of retrograde planets in the horoscope; the lunation cycle or the phase of the cycle you were born under. We will also study this cycle as a prototype of all astrological cycles. As well we will examine the angle of the vertex-anti/vertex and its unique relational imagery as well as studying some of the minor aspects of contemporary astrology.
As part of this unit we will be also cover some technical aspects to understand the astronomical basis behind astrological techniques, introduce the ephemeris and also begin to look at a chart as a whole by contemplating how we might analyse, delineate and consider the horoscope.
While developmental psychology emphasises the influence of the parents and family on an individual’s maturity, astrological doctrine suggests their imprint is already etched upon the soul at birth. Its perspective suggests that the images of the parents, the familial complexes and inheritances are innate, which suggests that the soul already has an essential template for its experience. Astrology allows us to reflect on familial fate and ways of being authentic with our ancestral inheritance.
Planetary movements have always revealed and interpreted the changing dimension of time. Attempts to measure time using the planets have existed since antiquity; for instance the changing face of the Moon helped ancient man measure and record the passing of time. Each planet has its own unique timing whether that is the fast moving cycle of the Moon which takes 27.3 days to orbit the earth or the slower moving Uranus which takes a lifetime of 84 years to encircle the Sun. Astrology offers an imaginative and incomparable method of charting the life cycle and our unique personal timing and initiations.
We will study each of the planetary cycles and its correlation to the human life cycle. Stages of the life cycle such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood, mid-life, the 50’s etc. will also be explored in context of the planetary cycles. The impact of cycles and transits of all the planets, including Chiron, will be analysed thoroughly. We will look at the effect of each planet’s transit and cycle on the development of the individual using allegories and case examples.
The horoscope reveals inherent skills and resources that are unique to each individual. As part of this unit we will examine vocation, which includes exploring the areas of resources, income and assets, skills, routines and work patterns as well as possibilities for a fulfilling profession. Astrology also has a long tradition associated with medicine; commonly known is the correspondences between parts of the body and zodiac signs. During this unit we will explore both physical and mental health along with ways to maintain well being and a healthy lifestyle. This will entail examination of a range of emotional states and learning the astrological correlations between planets, signs and the body.
Our personal horoscope also comments on the areas of creativity and spirituality which we will also address. The unit will end studying the four main asteroids which were discovered in the early 19th Century. These asteroids in astrology will be introduced as potent indicators of feminine resources; however, we will also address the asteroids in general.
In the final unit of the foundation course we will examine the astrological tradition of progressions, a symbolic way of evolving the horoscope. Progressions and directions will be introduced, specifically concentrating on secondary progressions, as this symbolic way of advancing the horoscope seems most akin to the soul’s inner development and journey. We will study the cycles of the progressed planets with emphasis of the Sun and Moon and their progressed lunation cycle. However we will also examine the progression of other planets, their change of direction, sign and house to help understand how they reveal significant life passages.
Other methods that will help us determine upcoming trends for an individual will be presented. Therefore the cyclic patterning and meaning of solar and lunar eclipses will be explored. The cycle of the lunar nodes and their transits through the horoscope will also be addressed. The unit ends with an overview of presenting a chart for delineation and consultation.
Relationship is an archetypal experience of enormous significance and concern for us all. And astrology excels at helping us understand the patterns and programmes we carry into relationship. The sphere of astrology that focuses on helping us analyse and understand the dynamics of relationship is synastry. This unit considers the relationship dynamics and issues experienced on the journey towards intimacy. Synastry, relational analysis, the art of chart comparison, composite and other important relationship charts will be covered, along with skills required for working with couples seeking astrological counselling.
This module includes 8 CDs, one workbook, one reading booklet and the booklet Synastry: an Astrological Anatomy of Relationships.
Ancestral patterns are inborn; therefore these images will also be embedded in our horoscopes and this unit concentrates on the transmission of these patterns through the family over time examining various areas of the familial experience. Using astrological and psychological theory we will explore the family life cycle, family and ancestral patterns carried through the generations. Areas to be covered include the family of origin, working with a genogram, family myths and patterns, early stages of childhood, adolescence, leaving home, marriage and the extended family, mid life and beyond as well as specific topics such as family secrets, birth order, family dysfunction etc.
This course helps draw the family portrait using astrological images and track the familial inheritance through horoscopes of family members. This module includes 8 CDs, one workbook, one reading booklet and the booklet Family Development: The Family System through Time.
The nature of astrological time is cyclical. Embedded in each planetary cycle is the ancient notion of the eternal return and recurrence. This course addresses the nature of time in its linear and cyclical temperament as well as the nature of astrological timing and prediction. When astrological time is applied to the human experience life cycle passages and natural initiatory periods in the life cycle are evident.
In this module we will review the planetary cycles in depth and focus on the passages of the life cycle and the initiations that occur at important stages. The principle of return will be amplified and the technique of return charts will be introduced, especially the solar return chart and its cycles. Studying the solar return horoscopes over the course of a lifetime will be examined. We will appraise astrological methods for delineating specific periods of time, which will deepen our perspective on transits and progressions with alternate viewpoints and techniques. This module includes 8 CDs, one workbook, one reading booklet and two booklets Dynamic Solar Returns and Planetary Pairs: Symmetry of the Spheres.
Our first look at a horoscope presents us with an abundance of symbols, images, ideas, intuitions, feelings, opinions and narratives. How do we begin to understand these impressions and find a way to communicate them to the holder of the horoscope? How do we find words for a symbolic language? This module will contemplate astrology from a counselling perspective, reviewing counselling skills and techniques, ethics and how to effectively communicate with a client about their horoscope. We will bring our attention to the use of symbolism, imagery, metaphors and myths and reflect on the spectrum from literal to imaginative thinking. Case studies will be used to illustrate different issues that arise in the consulting process.
This module includes 8 CDs, one workbook, one reading booklet and the booklet Myth, Metaphor, Dream and Symbol: The Imaginative Language of Astrology.
Each unit in the Astro*Synthesis Collection in Applied Astrology consists of:
8 – 11 modules specifically recorded for The Astro*Synthesis Collection in Applied Astrology
1 – 3 Astro*Synthesis student booklets on a PDF file
A Workbook with detailed notes in a PDF file, including
A suggested reading list
Diagrams, graphs, visual aids
A voluntary assignment
While we recommend 3 months per unit, you can work at the pace you feel comfortable with. We suggest about 4-6 hours study a week which includes listening to the class, taking notes, doing the exercises, your own self-study, and extra reading.
All course materials have been copyrighted by Brian Clark, who has developed this course. All recordings have been designed, recorded and produced specifically for this course of study.
Astrology is a unique course of learning. If you’re a beginner, you may be surprised at how vast the study is, but also inspired by the revelations and self-insights that occur through the process! Studying astrology can be pursued academically, vocationally, or as a personal and intimate course of study.
If you feel drawn to pursue astrological accreditation or qualifications, we recommend the Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA) examinations, an accreditation process developed and administered by the FAA which leads to the Diploma and professional membership. Read about the full details on the FAA Exam System page. International students are welcome to join the FAA and sit the exams.
You are welcome to order any of the units in the Astro*Synthesis Collection in Applied Astrology either by:
Digital download (zip file including mp3 recording and PDFs)
Digital files (mp3 recording and PDFs) on a USB stick or
Each unit is AU $195.00
If you download any four units the total cost is AU $699.00; if you download any eight units, the total cost is AU $1,359.00; if you download all twelve units the total cost is AU $1999.00.
You are welcome to download whatever units you prefer. If you are just beginning your study of astrology we recommend that you begin with the first unit.
Once payment has been received, no refunds are available.
These are 3 USB’s already containing units 1 – 4, units 5 – 8 and units 9 – 12. You can purchase one, two, or all three of these USB sticks.
Students in Australia or New Zealand
For students in Australia or New Zealand, fees are AU $195.00 per unit. A 10% discount is available if 3 or more units are ordered at one time.
Students outside Australia or New Zealand
For students outside Australia or New Zealand, the fees are AU $225.00 per unit. A 10% discount is available if 3 or more units are ordered at one time.You are welcome to order whichever units you prefer. If you are beginning your study of astrology we recommend that you begin with the first unit. These will be sent to you via express post or air mail.Once payment has been received, no refunds are available.