Writing Your Sky

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Narrative Strategies using Qualitative Time

Astrology is a set of practices that give qualitative meaning to events on Earth using the behavior of various celestial objects. Put another way, it is the qualitative assessment of the experience of time. For thousands of years, various world traditions have developed a vast array of symbolic ways to interpret celestial data in human terms. For the last three hundred, these epistemological systems have been neglected in most modern education. Join Dr Jenn Zahrt for a four-week deep dive into astrological theory and practice with an aim to train our brains to think differently about time and how we construct story and meaning in our lives.

In this course students will learn how to apply new concepts of temporal experience to their narrative practice. Workshop participants will be expected to journal and share their writings with the group in the course portal each week. No prior knowledge of astrology is expected. All beginners welcome.

We live our lives on Earth through apparent temporal cycles. Some of these—the day, the month, the year—are obvious to our senses. As meaning-making creatures, we create words to describe the experience of the seasons, or, in places of the world where seasons are absent, we give words to that, too. 

So what about cycles of time that are not as self-evident?

In this writing workshop cum astrology course, Dr Jenn Zahrt will guide you through various astrological timing techniques to help reveal narrative threads that run through your life that you may have never put together before. Through journaling our own charts using the techniques presented, we will gain a personal gnosis that we can apply to future memoir projects or other creative writing.

2020 schedule: Five live sessions every Saturday in August from 10–12 PDT, beginning August 1st!

Syllabus:

August 1  • A Primer of Astrological Theory introduces the bare bones concepts required for thinking astrologically and using astrological epistemology as a foundation for narrative construction. Essential viewing before the first live module.


August 8  • Deep Transits examines planetary cycles and synodic cycles (the cycle of a planet in relation to the Sun) and offers alternative timelines for thinking about how we experience various events in our lives. There will be an emphasis on the Venus and Mars cycles. Love-to-hate-them retrogrades will be covered in depth.


August 15  • Dodecahedral Time reveals a recurring pattern across segments of twelve years. Part of this path is common to all ages, and another set of variables allows us to see how we diverge from the shared route. Mastering this lesser-known timeline can help provide a lifetime of meaningful orientation—and fodder for new types of character development.


August 22  • Deep Time Twins explores the relationships between you and people born up to three months after you, and what meaningful connections can be drawn between you. This is especially potent if you are closely connected to someone born within a month after you.


August 29  Zones of Intensity presents a technique for understanding the symbolic unfoldment of one’s spark of creativity. This approach provides a clear lens on to vastly disparate chapters of life that suddenly cohere once observed. After this module, you will be able to identify your own creative peaks and use this information to plan out your future work.

 

A note on focus: This course will not address static correspondences between astrological symbolism and narrative technique—e.g., this planet equals that character, or I want to write twelve characters who exemplify the twelve signs. We are geared toward examining dynamic cycles and their relation to emplotment, and how various threads of meaning are built according to seemingly unrelated times of our lives. The focus is on memoir first, fiction second.

About the Instructor

Dr. Jennifer Zahrt writes about the history, philosophy and epistemology of astrology, with a special focus on the German cultural realm. Her doctoral thesis, titled The Astrological Imaginary in Early Twentieth Century Germany (University of California, Berkeley, 2012), concerns the ways in which astrology shaped philosophy, literature and the arts during the Weimar Republic. 

Since 2007, Zahrt has worked as a professional editor. She is the Creative Director of Sophia Centre Press; and the Curator of Possibilities at Revelore Press, which she founded in 2017. Zahrt’s first book of poetry, Foil Holocrine, appeared in 2019. Learn more about Jenn at www.jennzahrt.com

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