Archetypal and Holotropic Astrology: Blueprint of the Universal Mind, March 23 – April 13

Dates: March 23, 30, April 6, and 13
Location: On Zoom: 11 AM Pacific Time / 8 PM CET All sessions will be recorded (except breakout groups)
Zoom Information: Once you have registered for this program, please ensure you are signed in to your account and return to this page to access the “Get Your Zoom Link” lesson at the very bottom of the page. The Zoom link will be added 2 weeks before the sessions. You will then also get an email once the Zoom has been created. You must register separately on Zoom to get your participation codes and reminder emails.
Faculty: Renn Butler, Ph.D.
Academic Credit: Masters – 1 credits; Doctoral – 1 credits
Enrollment: This course is available both to enrolled students and lifelong learners.
Email our Registrar Veronica Saldias for more information.

Course Description:

“So it comes to pass that, when we pursue an inquiry beyond a certain depth, we step out of the field of psychological categories and enter the sphere of the ultimate mysteries of life. The floorboards of the soul, to which we try to penetrate, fan open and reveal the starry firmament.” – Bruno Schulz

The research of Stanislav Grof and Richard Tarnas has yielded some of the most groundbreaking and beneficial discoveries of the modern era. Their work unveils an accessible, effective, and established bridge to psychospiritual healing and awakening.

Grof’s research in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy determined “what” material exists in the various layers of the human psyche, and the benefits of exploring and resolving those layers. Tarnas’ approach to archetypal astrology reveals “when” these various layers are likely to emerge in healing sessions and in everyday life. Their research provides an invaluable roadmap and compass for the journey of deep self-exploration.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the multivalent nature of planetary archetypes and some of their range of expressions
  • Grasp the correlation between Grof’s four perinatal matrices (BPMs) and the outer planets Neptune, Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus
  • Begin to understand how to perceive archetypal patterning in the birth chart and transits
  • Understand the most important principles of safe and effective psychedelic therapy and self-exploration

Intro Videos:


Renn Butler, Ph.D. studied with Grof and Tarnas at the Esalen Institute in California beginning in 1980 and certified as a Holotropic Breathwork® facilitator in 1989. He offers workshops in British Columbia and abroad, as well as archetypal astrology consultations with clients around the world. Renn’s first book, Pathways to Wholeness, about astrology and psychedelic experiences, was published in 2014, followed by The Archetypal Universe in 2018, which focuses on dreams, and The Astrology of Love and Relationships in 2022 about relationships. His six-month online course in Archetypal and Holotropic Astrology has received enthusiastic reviews. Renn worked part time as a health care worker with physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged adults for over thirty years and lives in Victoria, B.C.


YouTube channel: Archetypal News Network (ANN) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPhz4c6KHp5LP81F-Ky-2sg

Weekly Sessions:

Week 1: Introduction to Archetypal and Holotropic Astrology We will review the essential discoveries of Richard Tarnas which inform the field of archetypal and holotropic astrology. These include the multileveled and multivalent expression of the archetypes and Tarnas’ expanded orbs (the operative range within which two planetary archetypes are observed to interact). These discoveries adjust the archetypal telescope with just the right calibration to illuminate inner psychological experiences as well as archetypal manifestations in society.

Week 2: Principles of Effective Psychedelic Healing and Exploration Grof writes that psychedelic substances, when used responsibly, have the same role in psychology and psychiatry as the microscope in biology and the telescope in astronomy. This class will review Grof’s expanded cartography of the psyche and the key principles of effective healing and self-exploration with psychedelic medicines. We will also look at archetypal astrology’s function as a profound “Rosetta Stone” of the psyche. This can be highly beneficial for choosing positive days for sessions, for understanding their content, and for integrating them afterward.

Week 3: Alignments of Neptune and Saturn Through a series of evocative slideshows, we will explore the planetary alignments of Neptune and Saturn, which occur in people’s natal charts for their entire life, or by transit for a certain period of time. The Neptune archetype represents our yearnings for higher meaning, peaceful security, and cosmic unity. Saturn, on the other hand, symbolizes experiences of boundaries, constriction, separation, maturity, and hard work. Students will have time in breakout sessions to reflect on and share their experiences of these archetypal principles.

Week 4: Pluto and Uranus Alignments We will look at the powerful alignments of Pluto and Uranus by natal aspect and transit. The Pluto archetype manifests through the hero or heroine’s journey into the psychological underworld to face repressed elements of human nature, followed by powerful experiences of catharsis and abreaction, renewal, regeneration, and evolution. Uranus represents the impulses toward freedom, breakthroughs, and rebirth in our psyches and in society. Students will have time to share their experience of these archetypal forces in their lives.

Required Reading:

Study Guide of the Archetypes by Renn Butler

Pathways to Wholeness: Archetypal Astrology and the Transpersonal Journey by Renn Butler

The Way of the Psychonaut by Stanislav Grof

 Required Viewing (Video on ANN):

– “Archetypal Astrology the Rosetta Stone of the Psyche”


Recommended Reading

– “Introduction to Archetypal Astrology” – special article by Richard Tarnas https://www.archetypalnews.net/resources

Prometheus the Awakener by Richard Tarnas

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