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Self and Other:
Honouring the Depth and Diversity of Relationship


Brian Clark and Carole Taylor
in affiliation with
The Faculty of Astrological Studies and Astro*Synthesis

October 26 - November 2, 2016
Bayad, Ubud,


During this decade two major planetary pairs have reached a critical turning point in their cycles. Uranus and Pluto have arrived at the waxing square of their cycle while Saturn and Neptune have reached their waning square. We open the workshop at 8.30 am on October 26, 2016 with Venus rising approaching her square to Neptune and conjunction with Saturn while Mars is separating from the conjunction with Pluto approaching the square to Uranus.

During the period of the workshop, the two personal planets intimately involved in relationships are intermingling with the tension of the planetary squares that have been so prevalent on the global landscape this decade. Perhaps it is a good time to reflect on the changes that have taken place in our personal relationships and how we might come to honour these. Using the symbols of astrology the intention of the seminar will be to discover a more authentic way of relating while honouring the mysteries of attachment, love and relationship.


This workshop will focus on relationships throughout the life cycle starting with our first interactions with family through to adult attachments and relationships in later life. We will look at many different kinds of relationships, including romantic connections, marriage and long-term partnerships, family bonds, professional relationships, work mates and friendships. We will also turn our attention to the different stages of development within such partnerships and how astrological timing can be an effective tool in understanding the cycles of relationship whether this is the beginning, middle or end of a relationship.

The workshop occurs at a crossroads in the yearly cycle. In northern hemisphere it is harvest’s end. Many mythic images gather around the theme of this ‘darker’ part of the year. The Celtic festival known as Samhain is during this period; it is a liminal time when the boundary between this world and the otherworld is porous and contact between the living and the dead is more accessible. When consciously working with this moment in time, it becomes time to appease and honour the dead, to let go and to return to living. Using this living symbol we will turn our gaze during this time to reflect on endings and losses in relationships.

There will be plenty of time for participants to work with their own charts in the context of relationships and to gain grounding in how to approach the horoscope through the eyes of attachments, love and relationship. As part of the workshop experiential processes will be used to deepen our understanding, stimulate our imagination and reveal steps forward.




Workshop Times and Dates


7:00 am - 8:15 am - Breakfast for residential students.

8:30 am – 9:00 am - Meditation and Creative Time

9: 00 am - 12:30 pm - Morning Session

10:15 am - 10:45 am
- Coffee, Tea, and Coconut break

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch for residential students.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Afternoon Session

Evenings Free




Arrival October 25

Day 1
October 26

Moon conjunct North Node 9.46 am 11 VI 39

Day 2
October 27

Venus square Neptune 9.54 am 9 SG 24 9 PI 24

Day 3
October 28

Sun conjunct Mercury 0.16 am 4 SC 40

Venus square Nodal Axis 5.28 am 11 SG 36 - 11 VI/PI 36

Moon Conjunct Jupiter 6.43 pm 10 LI 27

Day 4
October 29

Mars square Uranus 12.06 pm 21 CP 57 - 21 AR 57

Day 5
October 30

Venus conjunct Saturn 8.45 am 14 SG 10

Day 6
October 31

New Moon 1.38 am 7 SC 43

Moon conjunct Mercury 6.12 am 9 SC 59

All Hallows Eve

Day 7 November 1


Day 8 November 2

All Souls Day

Departure November 3

Moon conjunct Saturn 4.09 am 14 SG 34

Moon conjunct Venus 1.32 pm 19 SG 14




Workshop Times, Dates and Schedule

Day 1 First Impressions

October 26 Moon conjunct North Node 9.46 am

Today we splash astrological colours over the large canvas of relationships starting with an overview of the astrology of relationships, concentrating on the archetypes of relating and patterns in the horoscope that speak to the dynamics of relating. We will begin by reflecting on our first encounters with parents and siblings through our horoscope’s patterning, as well as discuss the impact our primary relationships.

Day 2 Beliefs and Biases

October 27 Venus square Neptune 9.54 am

With Venus in Sagittarius squaring Neptune in Pisces it is appropriate to explore our philosophy of relating, cross-cultural connections, romantic love and all the beliefs, ideals and principles we carry into our relationships. Today we focus on the authenticity of our approach to and intention for relationship.




Day 3 Intimacy and Diversity

October 28 Sun conjunct Mercury 0.16 am

Venus square Nodal Axis 5.28 am

Moon Conjunct Jupiter 6.43 pm

Relationships comprise a broad spectrum from familiarity to formality or from friend to foe. Today we will look at the spectrum of relating using astrological symbols and images from our own horoscopes.



Day 4 Cycles and Passages

October 29 Mars square Uranus 12.06 pm

Expect the unexpected when Mars squares Uranus. What can we expect when using astrological cycles and passages in terms of our relationships? Today we will focus on the cyclical nature of relationship and how we can best participate with the astrological intelligence.


October 30 Venus conjunct Saturn 8.45 am





As Venus and Saturn come together we find more time to be alone with our thoughts and to reflect on our relationships. It is the time before the New Moon; the darkened Moon and its final waning phase. In an ancient context this was the time for Hecate’s suppers, when food was taken to the crossroads to appease the mistress of the night and her dead. It was here at the crossroads of both the earthly and heavenly routes that the restless dead congregated seeking sustenance from the living. Offering the suppers to the restless dead and Hecate Trivia, the goddess of the crossroads and the Night, guaranteed that the dead would be pacified. We are in time being supported to let go and appease the ghosts of the past.

Day 6 Rewriting the Script

October 31 All Hollows Eve

New Moon 1.38 am

Moon conjunct Mercury 6.12 am

Today is a New Moon, at 6:00 am in the morning we will head for an ancient Balinese temple in a town called Tampak Siring. Here we will join the local people in a ritual bathing/purification ceremony followed by a temple blessing. This is of course an optional event, and women during their cycle do not participate.

We will return from the ceremony at around 9:30 am, have a late, light breakfast and then a short break before starting class. Today will be a shorter lunch break due to the later start.

What are the relationship patterns that you would like to change? First we must recognise and give them a name. Today, with the guidance of our horoscope, we will spend the day discovering and discussing the patterns of our relationships that keep us from feeling free to be who we are meant to be in relationship.




Day 7 Remembrance

November 1 Samhain

Endings, grief and loss play a major role in our relationships and today is the perfect day to make contact with the ghosts of the past. We will explore the nature of endings and beginnings, mourning, grieving and remembering past relationships so we can create more space for relationship in the present moment.

Day 8 Blessing

November 2 ALL SOULS DAY

Today is the last day of our workshop and we will tie together the themes of the week and give thanks for the new relationships we have made during the week as well as look ahead to going home and how we can feel freer and more present in our everyday relationships.





The Faculty of Astrological Studies

The Faculty was founded in 1948 and is the oldest school of astrology in the UK. It has a global student base and a team of 18 tutors across several countries. It offers an integrated programme of study which many people take simply out of a deep love of astrology and others are keen to follow as a professional training from beginner to practitioner level. Its mission has always been to raise the standard of education for astrologers, encouraging a thoughtful and ethical approach, as well as good technical skills and not least the confidence to exercise creative imagination in the reading of charts. These principles will all be reflected in this seven-day course.

Gain Faculty Diploma credits for the Bali workshop

For anyone who wishes to gain the Faculty’s Certificate and Diploma awards, this workshop attracts 40 credits. If you are new to the Faculty, you can opt for the credits for Modules 1 and 2 (20 credits per module) – this would enable you to move straight into Module 3, which you can take either by Distance Learning, at our classes in London or at our annual Summer School in Oxford, England. If you are an existing Faculty student and have already gained the credits for Modules 1 and 2, you can opt for the credits for two of the following modules: 3, 4 and 5. If you would like to talk through your credit options, contact Carole at carole.taylor@astrology.org.uk .

For more information about the Faculty’s courses, including the syllabus, examinations and qualification process, see our website.



Seminar hours may be applied as a credit towards elective studies, as part of the Astro*Synthesis Diploma in Applied Astrology as per our prospectus.






Optional Borobudur Tour

November 3 - 4, 2016



What you will need for this workshop

You should have some prior knowledge of astrology and of working with charts. If you have any questions about this, or about any other aspect of the work we will be doing, please feel free to contact either Brian at astrosynthesis@bigpond.com or Carole at carole.taylor@astrology.org.uk .


Please only address questions about the actual course work with Brian and Carole, they have no involvement whatsoever in the logistical, practical, financial or organisational running of this workshop. All questions regarding these matters should be directed to Evelyn Roberts at evelynroberts@earthlink.net. Thank you.





Credit Card Payments can be made through PayPal only. There is a 4% service charge on all payments through PayPal.

Payment in full by July 15th, 2016






The size of this workshop is limited to 20 participants, it will therefore be required that some students room share.


The following penalties will apply to all cancellations:
Minimum fee $500 per person
31-75 days prior to workshop - 50% of package price
0-30 days prior to workshop - 100% of package price


*Full Accommodation Package will include*

  • Ground transfers in Bali, (between the airport and Rahasia Manis only, no exceptions), if arrival is within 3 days before or after the actual workshop dates
  • 9 nights accommodation at Rahasia Manis
  • Breakfast for 9 days, and Lunch for 7 days
  • A visit to the Holy Springs on the morning of the New Moon
  • Full Tuition
  • Class Materials
  • We will have some transportation available for Ubud town center




Many thanks to Suki Zoë for her beautiful photos of Bali.

Evelyn Roberts, D.F.Astrol.S.