Archetypal Astrology




The Archetypal Pluto:

Power, Compulsion, and Transformation


Keiron Le Grice, with Jay Dufrechou


September 15–16, 2018

The Open Center, 22 E. 30th St.

New York, NY 10016


Saturday 9am to 5:00pm; Sunday 9am to 4:00pm

Early Bird Rate (by August 15th 2018): $250

After August 15th: $295


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During this two-day workshop, one of a series of four foundational modules on archetypal astrology, we will explore the place of the planetary archetype Pluto in human life. The universal principle of depth, power, and transformation, Pluto manifests in the elemental force of nature, ever destroying and creating, ensuring that life is always dying to the old and being born to the new, symbolized by the alchemical Uroborus, the tail-eating serpent or dragon, consuming itself in the perpetual cycle of instinctual life. In Jungian psychology, Pluto is associated with the dark power repressed into the shadow that finds expression in our drives, obsessions, and compulsions. It is connected, too, with Dionysian passion, demonic possession,  shamanic dismemberment, and the binding grip of fate, imposing on us a calling and pulling us inexorably into our depths for rebirth and transformation.


Using film clips, music, and text, the lecture presentation by Keiron Le Grice will draw on a range of examples from the arts, philosophy, and psychology to help you recognize and understand Pluto’s role in your own life. Over the weekend, you will learn the fundamental techniques and principles needed to work with astrology for yourself mediated through a close engagement with your own chart. There will also be opportunities for group discussion and informal conversation with instructors and classmates. Other workshops in this series focus on Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.  We hope you can join us!  See schedule and further details at the bottom of the page.


Keiron Le Grice, ITAS director and faculty, is a professor of depth psychology and archetypal cosmology, and chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara,  where he teaches courses on archetypes, individuation, alchemy, synchronicity, and the history of depth psychology. He was educated at the University of Leeds, England (B.A. honors, Philosophy and Psychology) and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion) and has studied astrology for almost 30 years.. He is the author of four books––The Archetypal Cosmos, Discovering Eris, The Rebirth of the Hero, and Archetypal Reflections––and co-editor of Jung on Astrology, a compilation of Jung’s writings on this topic. Keiron helped to establish the field of archetypal cosmology, and is the founder and former co- editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, now serving as senior editorial advisor. In 2016, he co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) with colleagues in the U.S. and the U.K. He has edited several books for Muswell Hill Press, and has also taught for CIIS and Grof Transpersonal Training.  



Jay Dufrechou, J.D., Ph.D., is the author of Moving through Grief, Reconnecting with Nature. He worked for many years as an attorney before undertaking doctoral studies at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), now Sofia University, where he teaches transpersonal research ethics and dissertation research. Dividing his time between the mountains of Montana and New York City, Dufrechou also works as a mediator and consultant in conflict resolution, and is a professional archetypal astrologer. Jay has training in the enneagram, psychodrama, dreamwork, Holotropic Breathwork, and a range of other psychospiritual modalities for personal growth, conflict resolution, and community building.  As an advisory member of the Board of Directors of Inner Explorer, Jay supports research, program development, and provision of daily audio programs to assist mindful awareness, learning readiness, and behavioral self-regulation in school children. He is a founding member of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Alliance (ITPA), which provides a forum and community for educational, literary and scientific endeavors in the field of transpersonal psychology.




September 15 – 16 2018

The Open Center, 22 E. 30th St.

New York, NY 10016


Saturday 9am – 5pm

Morning: Welcome and Lecture

Lunch Break 12:30pm – 1:30 pm

Afternoon: Lecture and Discussion

Optional Gathering and Wine after Class


Sunday 9am – 4pm:

Morning: Lecture

Lunch Break: 12pm – 1pm

Afternoon: Working with Your Astrological Birth Chart

Discussion Circle and Q & A




$295 (for Saturday and Sunday inclusive);

Early-Bird Rate (until Aug 15 2018): $250

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and meals, which are not included in the above fee



Keiron Le Grice, assisted by Jay Dufrechou


Nearby Hotels

Clarion Hotel, Park Avenue and E. 30th

The Ramada NY East Side, Lexington between E. 30th and 31st

The Redbury, E. 29th and Madison

Courtyard by Marriott, W. 30th between 6th and 7th

Hotel Chandler, E. 31st and Madison


Budget Hotel Option

The Jane Hotel (in the West Village), Jane St. and West St.

(cabin rooms with shared bathrooms)








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