Carole Taylor D.F.Astrol.S, BA Hons, MA (with distinction), has been a full-time professional astrologer since 2000. A Cambridge University graduate and prize-winning Diploma holder of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (studying alongside Heaven & Earth’s Evelyn Roberts), she has held posts as administrator of the Faculty’s programme of classes and seminars in London and as organiser and course convenor for its prestigious annual Oxford Summer School. She was the school’s Vice-President for 8 years and President for 3 years and is currently Director of Studies, with responsibility for its syllabus and written course material. Carole also works as a tutor at the Faculty’s London classes and by distance learning, as well as teaching each year at the Summer School. As a member of the Faculty’s Council and Education Committee, Carole is at the heart of this flourishing international school with its thousand-strong student community.
Outside the Faculty, she runs a private astrological practice in West Sussex, UK, involving client work as well as private and small-group tuition. She draws inspiration from an ongoing study of mythology and of the Western mystery tradition, as well as several years as a professional reflexologist working in hospices and HIV/AIDS clinics across London for the Complementary Health Trust. She is particularly interested in astrology’s potential as a medium for personal growth and self-development, as well as a framework for spirituality and spiritual practice, and the promotion of professional training and standards within astrology.
Carole is proud to be co-convenor with Evelyn Roberts of the workshops taught by Liz Greene on Jung’s Astrology and the Planetary Journey of the Red Book, to be held in Cornwall, UK in 2017.
In 2015, Carole gained the MA in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred from Canterbury Christ Church University, studying with Geoffrey Cornelius and Angela Voss. She is also a past editor of the Journal of the Astrological Association of Great Britain.
Carole speaks regularly at conferences and local groups, including the Astrological Association of GB annual conference, the Astrological Lodge of London and UAC 2012. She also writes occasionally for the Astrological Association Journal.
In 2013, Carole was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, in honour of her substantial work for the school as a leader, tutor, writer and course convenor.
The Faculty of Astrological Studies is a UK-based school with an international tutor and student community. Founded in 1948 it is the country’s oldest school of astrology, offering a full training programme and optional examinations. It offers its courses by distance learning, by classes in London and at its world-renowned annual Summer School at Oxford University where Faculty tutors teach alongside a selection of the very best guest tutors from around the globe, including Brian Clark, Darby Costello, Rob Hand, Lynn Bell, Michael Lutin, Rick Tarnas and Bernadette Brady. Its current patrons are Liz Greene, Melanie Reinhart, Rob Hand, Julia Parker and Baldur Ebertin – past patrons include Dane Rudhyar and John Addey.
The courses are modular, designed to fit flexibly around busy lives and schedules. There are nine core modules, divided into three levels of study – Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced – building step-by-step as a comprehensive training in the art and craft of astrology. At the heart of the Faculty’s courses is a two-fold process – firstly a professional training which develops all the skills required for consultancy and client work, and secondly an emphasis on personal growth and the flourishing of personal potential via a focus on the student’s own chart. Many of the students learn purely for pleasure – others go on to establish careers as astrological consultants, teachers and writers.
Each new module builds on existing knowledge and skills, introducing new techniques and deepening the student’s understanding and connection to the living symbols. We are at the leading edge of astrological education, in the UK and beyond – our latest addition to the programme is a module on The Astrology of the Family, written specially for us by Australian astrologer Brian Clark, a particular expert in the field and a regular tutor at our Oxford Summer School.
The courses deftly interweave the mythic, the psychological, the philosophical and the technical into an exciting and integrative programme of study.