Dr. Ben Rovers (1964) is a Dutch astrologer with an interest in cosmological aspects of astrology. His current research focuses on a triad of closely related topics: elements, alchemy and soul theory. He applies these to astrology to deepen his understanding of charts and chart interpretation. Ben recentely finished an MA on Mythology, Cosmology and the Sacred (in Canterbury, UK). Besides 'running' an astrological practice and teaching en lecturing about astrology, he is active as a researcher in the field of Criminology.
Ben will deliver a lecture on finding the soul in the birth chart using Plato's theory on elements. He will also conduct a mini-course on elements and the potential for change in the chart.
Finding (the) soul in the birth chart: exploring Plato’s notions on soul and elements
The question of soul frequently pops up in discussions between astrologers. Can we find ‘it’ in the chart? Do we look for specific planets or points? And how do soul and incarnation relate to each other in a chart? In this lecture the idea of soul and its place in astrological chart interpretation is briefly explored, before focusing on Plato’s tripartite notion of the soul and how this can be related to the three ‘highest’ elements in the birthchart: fire, air and water, the movable elements. Earth, the immovable and thus unsouled fourth element, represents incarnation.
Elements and change: The alchemical potential in the (birth) chart
The medieval science of alchemy was based on working with the four elements of matter: fire, air, water and earth. Carl Gustav Jung turned this old science into soul theory when he equated the four elements with the four psychic functions of intuition, thinking, feeling and sensing. Both classical and Jungian insights on elements are very useful in understanding the notion of change in a (birth) chart. This mini course explains the basic ideas about change through elements and applies these to astrological chart interpretation. The first hour is used for instruction, during the second hour this material is illustrated by discussing (some) charts of attendees.
For more information, please contact me: ben - at - astrozolder.nl