Unlock the Secrets of Medieval Astrology with Chris Mitchell

Suitable for all levels

I’m delighted to announce that Chris Mitchell is returning for the second year running. This was a hugely successful week last year and for new or returning students this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from Chris in the perfect setting.

Chris’s area of expertise is the history of astrology and he’s a tutor on the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology MA course at the University of Wales.

Chris writes:

As modern astrologers, we’re used to drawing up charts in seconds on a computer, and using numerous techniques, outer planet transits and a psychological language to work with our clients. Ours is a rich and subtle art.

  • How, then, did medieval astrologers manage with just seven planets and five aspects?
  • Was theirs simply a limited cut-down version of what we have available to us in modern astrology?
  • How did a society rife with political intrigue and power struggles, and the Black Death, do meaningful astrology without Pluto?

In this course, we’ll discover some of the richness of medieval astrology.

Despite the lack of outer planets and modern techniques, medieval astrologers had a surprisingly large toolkit of methods lost to modern astrology.

The recent resurgence of modern translations of ancient texts mean these fascinating methods have been rediscovered and can be adapted to our modern lives too.

Join us and find out how you can incorporate these rich techniques into your own studies or practice.

Unlock the secrets of medieval astrology with Chris Mitchell


Arrival date: 11 September 2024


Study days are Thursday / Friday and then Sunday / Monday

First day 11am to 3pm

Other three study days 10am to 3pm


Joanna’s home in Nidri, Lefkada, Greece


Chris Mitchell – hosted by Joanna Watters

Prices & How To Book


Course fees include tutor fees, refreshments and taxis to and from your hotel on the four study days.

For more information and to book email

Course content

Unlock the Secrets of Medieval Astrology

This medieval astrology course is suitable for beginners and experienced astrologers alike, and will demonstrate some of the richness of medieval astrology that you can put to use in your own charts. Here’s an outline of what we’ll be exploring – there are plenty of hands-on practical sessions in an informal and friendly setting:


  • Stories of the Sky – where does our astrology come from?
  • The Sky is our Canvas – find your way round the night sky, and why the zodiac is so important.
  • The Medieval Theatre – meet the cast: the planets.
  • Who’s in charge around here? Finding your strongest planet. Essential dignities, and a practical session.


  • Friends and enemies – medieval friendship, aspects, and orbs.
  • How did I end up in this situation? Accidental dignity, and a practical session.
  • Working together – Reception and a practical.
  • Welcome to my humble abode – medieval houses.


  • Give us today our daily bread – Arabic Parts. Find your Part of Fortune.
  • What’s round the corner? Medieval prediction: profections and solar returns and practicals.


  • Mapping out your life: Firdaria, and a scary-sounding technique
  • Putting it all together: How to do a medieval chart delineation for yourself and others.

As well as the sessions on the four study days, I’ll be making a detailed handout available for you to download when you get home, and we’ll have plenty of chances to socialise over a glass or two – and I’ll show you how to do a bit of “quick and dirty” medieval fortune telling!


Regular tea, coffee and water is included in the course fee. Please bring along your choice of infusion or special diet items.

Lunch break is one hour.

Buffet lunch

You can bring your own lunch or opt to choose from a local menu.

This includes a selection of salads, local cheese pies and more.

Special dietary requirements are taken into account – simply email Joanna with your preferences.

Allow 8 to 12 Euro per day


There is a 15 minute break in the morning and another in the afternoon.