Donna Woodwell teaches classes on astrology and other metaphysical topics online and around the world.
Surfing Cosmic Waves: Introduction to Astrology
The ancients listened to the rhythms of the natural world, including the heavenly “music of the spheres.” You too can surf these cosmic waves through the study of astrology. Explore the mysteries of the night sky and find out how astrological symbols have manifested throughout the ages. Discover how you can begin to use astrology as a tool for self-understanding and timing life’s events.
Astrology and Midlife Awakenings
Major transits involving the outer planets underlie the so-called midlife “crisis.” Learn how to harness these cosmic energies to turn moments of “crisis” into “awakenings.” As part of the class, participants will receive a timeline of their personal midlife transits.
Working with the Cosmic Weather
Hitchhikers Guide to the Aquarian Age
Feel anxious and overwhelmed by current events? Struggling to find balance in your daily life but don’t know how? Don’t Panic! Welcome to the Aquarian Age! In this class we’ll look at the astronomy and history behind the astrological ages, as well as what the future holds for us as a society and as individuals. You’ll receive a timeline of key dates to watch out for between now and 2020, as well as take-home tools to help you flow with the coming changes and manifest personal and professional abundance.
Calling All Change Agents
Are you experiencing any of the following? Longing to do something different, but with no clear plan what that is? The desire to be uncontainable in any way? The deep urge to blow something up? (even if just metaphorically) If you have experienced any (or all) of these symptoms, you are not crazy! But you are a member of the CHANGE AGENCY. As an Agent of Change, it’s your mission to harness these cosmic waves (called Uranus square Pluto for the astrologically literate) to create a better world for yourself – and for others.
Venus Illuminated: Diaries from the Underworld
Lover, Avenger, Avatar – trickster Venus is always changing form. From innocent Persephone blithely picking narcissus to grieving Isis seeking her lost love to enraged Innana banishing her beloved — in ancient times the goddess’ travels in the Underworld were a source mystery and magic far removed from our modern saccharine image of Venus. Explore Venus’ rich archetypal history, as well as reflect on the faces of Venus as she manifests in your chart and your life.
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Neptune Rhapsody: How to Swim with the Fishes
Neptune, lord of oceans and earthquakes, slips into Pisces for the first time since 1861. How will this archetype of unseen forces manifest in our modern digital age? In this lecture we’ll muse over the mythology of Neptune, reflect on its last sojourn through Pisces, and improvise ideas for how to work with its energy in the present age. As a special bonus, we’ll take a hypnotic journey into Neptune’s water realms, attuning ourselves for days to come.
Pluto-nium: Sex, Death and other Magical Transformations
Delve into the mysteries of Pluto, god of the Underworld. After exploring the mythology of Pluto, we’ll look at how its slow movement shapes the soul of the times, as well as natal charts, transits and relationships.
Storytelling: Astrology’s Art and Soul.
We tell stories to evoke soul — to bring depth, dimension and meaning to our conversations. In this five-week workshop, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need for more masterful storytelling – whether for working with clients, writing or speaking. You’ll also have a chance to put what you learn into practice, receiving feedback to make your stories sizzle.
1: Telling Stories, Making Soul
Communication scholar Walter Fischer called humanity “homo narrans“; we are storytelling animals. Ever since we began to speak, we have used stories to convey information with emotion, depth and meaning. We’ll explore the power of stories through history and across cultures, as well as how modern research has given us clues for how you can tap in to this potent aspect of human nature.
2: The Elements of Story
Make your stories compelling by learning a few simple techniques employed by professional journalists, storytellers and speakers. You’ll learn how to structure your narrative, how word choice affects your story’s pace, and other practical tips for constructing gripping tales.
3: Astrologer as Storyteller
Storytelling is a potent therapeutic tool that complements astrology’s rich symbolic and soulful language. We’ll examine narrative therapy techniques and how these may apply to an astrology client consultation. You’ll also learn how you can encourage clients to create their own meaningful stories from astrological elements.
4: Writing for (Astro) Story
The best examples of astrological writing – from horoscopes and blogs, to articles and books – is based on good storytelling. Whether your work is 75 words or 75,000, you can learn to use elements of storytelling to enliven your writing, leaving your audience wanting more.
5: “A funny thing happened on the way to Neptune…” Astrology and Public Speaking
Astrology lectures aren’t just about the dry transmission of information. Adding life with stories allows you to connect with your audience on a deeper level. In this session we’ll review strategies you can use to make your presentations more memorable, and fun, for all in attendance.
Planets and Pajamas: Inner-Planetary Bedtime Stories
Get personal with your planets! The Planets & Pajamas storytime series helps you to get to know your planets, their favorite things and stories. Each one includes a special guided visualization so you can talk to your inner planet and see what wisdom will be revealed to you.
Vitality and life. The Sun, our star, sustains all living creatures on Earth. When you need to stoke your creativity and passion for life, the Sun is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke the Sun’s charismatic fire in your own life? This one-hour storytime on the Sun features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Moody and ever-changing. Moonlight stirs the imagination, and sings to the soul. When you need nurturing and dreams, the Moon is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke the Moon’s gentle compassion in your own life? This one-hour storytime on the Moon features her mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Quick and witty. The “god in between,” speedy Mercury is ever in motion between the worlds. When you need to sharpen your mind, Mercury is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke Mercury’s smarts and humor in your own life? This one-hour storytime on Mercury features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Enticing and Beguiling. Whether in her guise as morning or evening star, Venus draws all eyes to her dazzling beauty. When you need to indulge in the sweetness of life, Venus is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke Venus’ pleasure principles in your own life? This one-hour storytime on Venus features her mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Hot and Stimulating. The red planet Mars excites the passions and inspires action. When you need that extra zing to accomplish great deeds, Mars is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke Mars’ passion in your own life? This one-hour storytime on Mars features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Hope and new horizons. As the king of the Gods, Jupiter’s regal gaze inspires good fortune and a sense of limitless possibility in all he surveys. When you need to believe in magic and miracles again, Jupiter is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke the Jupiter’s optimism and gratitude in your own life? This 1-hour-23-minute storytime on Jupiter features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Discipline and determination. Saturn, our solar system’s personal trainer, will ensure your success by making you stick to your practice schedule. When you need roll up your sleeves and pull up your big kid pants, Saturn is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke the Saturn’s pragmatism and dependability in your own life? This one-hour, 23 minute storytime on Saturn features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Know Thyself: Ancient Techniques for Self-Knowledge and Well-Being
To ancient Greeks and Romans, philosophy was not simply an intellectual curiosity, but also a set a practices meant to bring greater enlightenment and self-mastery. Many of these practices are just as relevant to the human condition today. In Part One of this workshop, we’ll review some basic tenets of the Greek and Roman metaphysical philosophical worldviews. Part Two explores some of the “spiritual exercises” they practiced, as well as tips on how you can use them to improve your own life. Finally in Part Three, we look at the connections between these practices and modern astrology and astrological magic.
Cosmic Firedancing: Astral Magic For a Modern Age
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble! In this lecture we’ll explore the ancient practice of sympathetic magic using astrological elements and symbols. Learn to use astrology’s rich lexicon of planetary hours; color, plant and mineral correspondences; talismans and more to bring a little stellar magic down to earth.
Planet Trancing: How to Re-enchant Your World View
Have you ever blamed a transiting planet for misfortune in your life? Then feel like a victim no longer – learn to negotiate with cosmic intelligences! Using simple hypnotic techniques you can access powerful trance states and establish an inner dialog with the Sun, Moon and planets. Live the life you want, and help your clients do the same.
Dreamworking: How to Use Astrology as to Work with Your Dreams
Astrology and dreaming have a long, intertwined history that dates back to ancient Greeks and Romans. We’ll review the highlights of our dreaming history and explore which practices may be relevant to you today. Learn tips how to: recall dreams, explore their symbolism, use astrological timing to invoke dreams, as well as encourage lucidity in dreamtime travels. Finally, we’ll consider ways to use dreaming in your personal astrological practice or when working with clients.
Introductory Astrology Courses.
These courses focus on learning how to read a horoscope for yourself and others.
Know Thy Stars: Astrological Keys for Self-Understanding
Unravel the mystery of astrology! Experience the meanings of the planets, signs, houses and angles, and learn how to read horoscope charts for yourself. Students’ natal charts will be provided.
Cosmic Clocks: How to Forecast with Astrology
The ancients knew there is a time for everything under the Sun. Learn to read the cosmic clock as a tool for understanding our personal story. In this class we’ll learn to analyze transits, progressions and solar return charts to get an overview of the upcoming events in our lives.
Star-Crossed Love: The Astrology of Relationships
Ever wondered why it seems you’ve known some people forever? And some just rub you the wrong way? See what your chart has to say about your relationship style, and learn how others’ “stars” affect you. Bi-wheel, synastry and composite relationship charts provided to participants.
All in the Family: Astrology and Family Dynamics
Family patterns of relationships are mirrored in the astrological relationships between charts. By exploring the charts of your relatives, you can gain insight into family dynamics and consider new avenues for healing. (Family members’ birth information is needed for this class.)
Hearing Your Call: Vocational Astrology
When asked how a person can create a fulfilling life, Joseph Campbell replied with a quote from ancient Sanskrit wisdom: Follow your bliss. Astrology is a great tool discovering your own bliss and finding your calling in life. Learn how to read the clues in your own horoscope; natal charts will be provided in class.
Astrolocality: The Astrology of Place
One place makes you feel energized. Another makes you want to hide under the bed. Discover your personal astrological map for finding career success, romance or just relaxation. A great class if you want to relocate, or are just looking for new vacation spots.
Advanced Astrological Techniques
Way of the Moon: How to Use the Lunar Mansions
Astrologers are familiar with the 12 signs of the solar zodiac – Aries, Taurus, Gemini and so on. But did you know there’s also a 28-sign lunar zodiac? In India lunar zodiac signs are called naksatras, but in the West they’re called Mansions of the Moon. In Arabic and Renaissance astrology, lunar mansions were considered an important tool for predictive, electional and magical astrology. In this lecture, Austin-based astrologer Donna Woodwell will explain the astronomy of the mansions and explore how to use them in electional astrology and chart interpretations. She’ll also share the traditional interpretations of the mansions, as well as her own modernized mansion images.
Other Metaphysical Topics
Unlocking the Secrets of Tarot
Take an expedition into the world of Tarot. In this class we’ll follow the Fool on his journey through the Major and Minor Arcana and reflect on how Tarot images manifest in our daily lives. By the end of the class, you’ll be ready to read the cards yourself! Bring along your favorite deck.
The Healing Art: Practical Hands-on Healing Techniques
The ancient art of hands-on healing can help you become a more conscious participant in your health and well-being. This class takes a practical, common sense approach to energy work through guided meditations, Reiki attunements and hands-on experience. Students should wear comfortable clothing and bring a pillow to class.
Love Your Sensitivity! How to be a psychic, intuitive or empath without overloading your circuits
Are you overwhelmed by noise, crowds, stores, the strong emotions of others, or vivid dreams that linger? Would you consider yourself an intuitive, psychic or empath who has often wished you had an off switch? If so, this is the workshop for you. As a child, Donna Woodwell’s psychic sensitivities made her literally sick. Her illness put her on a path to discover not only how to manage her abilities, but to use them to thrive (and have fun!) In this workshop, she’ll share practical techniques you can start using immediately including meditations, herbs, flower essences, psychic skills and more.
Creativity on Demand: Summoning the powers of your inspired imagination
The modern world often requires “Creativity on Demand.” Whether you’re writing a new book, meeting a project deadline at work, brainstorming a new product, or just want to write a clever Facebook post – there’s no time to wait for the mood to strike. Creative catalyst Donna Woodwell will share the latest science on how creativity works, and how you can use that knowledge to unlock your own creative potential. Workshop includes a live guided meditation as well as easy techniques you can incorporate into your own life and work.
Dreamworking: How to harness your dreams for fun and creative-problem solving
Artists, Nobel prize winners, entrepreneurs, and athletes have learned to unlock the secrets of dreaming to maximize their potential. In this workshop, Donna Woodwell will share how you too can tap into the problem-solving potential of your own dreams. You’ll learn techniques for improving your dream recall, how to request specific information in dreams, how to work with dream images in the waking world, and more. This workshop is suitable for both those with an established dream practice as well as those new to dream-walking adventures.