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1. Astrological Fundamentals: Natal Astrology

This certificate series provides a solid grounding in the symbolism of western natal astrology. It covers how the symbolism has evolved over time, how to synthesize and apply that knowledge to delineate a natal chart, as well as an awareness of the ethical issues involved.

By the end of this certificate, students will have gained an understanding of how different philosophies and techniques developed within the western astrological tradition from Hellenistic to modern. They will be aware of many astrological controversies and enjoy continual practice in chart interpretation.

FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATE:

These courses are offered 3 terms a year

W101 Fundamentals I: Introduction
W102 Fundamentals II: Interpretation Tools
W103 Fundamentals III: Building Delineation Skills

EXTENDED FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATE:

W101 Fundamentals I: Introduction
W102 Fundamentals II: Interpretation Tools
W103 Fundamentals III: Building Delineation Skills
W104 Fundamentals IV: Natal Practicum

Completion of this certificate or its equivalent is required for the Diploma.
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1.1. W101 Fundamentals I: Introduction

Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice 

Instructors: Tamira McGillivray, Donna Young, Enid Newberg

Required for the Professional Diploma
Prerequisite: none

This course is designed for students who know the very basics of astrology and/or want to solidify the astrological knowledge they have already gained on their own. The astrological chart will be taken apart in order for students to clearly understand how each set of symbols functions and how their interaction provides the basis of interpretation. Students in this course will not only build a solid understanding of the basics of astrology but learn how to immediately apply what they learn to chart interpretation, even if there is no birth time.

Topics covered include: 

  • An introduction to the astronomical underpinnings of the astrological chart
  • Exploration of the interplay between astronomy and the astrological meanings of the planets; comparing meanings from Hellenistic to modern; and an introduction to the mythology and archetypal meaning of the planets.
  • Introduction to natal retrograde planets and meaning.
  • Understanding the big picture by working with elements, modes and polarities; the hemispheres and quadrants, and Marc Edmund Jones modern chart patterns.
  • Examining the construction of meaning within the astrological signs.
  • Introduction to the astrological houses and how they are created; the meanings of the houses and their changes over time; how to use the houses to enhance an interpretation.
  • Introduction to the major aspects.
  • Introduction to basic dignities, debilities, and dispositor trees to help hone chart interpretation.
  • Layering all this together to create your own interpretation without any outside resource

By the end, students will have a solid understanding of the planets and how the signs and houses modify their meaning. They will learn to evaluate what planets are highlighted in the chart based on their placement by sign and house, basic dignities, and their interaction through aspects and dispositors. They will be able to synthesize this information into a basic coherent and meaningful interpretation without relying on outside resources.


1.2. W102 Fundamentals II: Interpretation Tools

Instructors: Carol Tebbs, Enid Newberg

Required for the Professional Diploma
Prerequisite: W101 or equivalent

Beyond basic interpretation of planets, signs, houses and aspects, this course introduces students to techniques that clarify, or modify the chart interpretation to identify major life themes. Students learn the the lineage of techniques and their modern practice, plus any controversy, to better understand the diversity of traditions in the 21st-century astrology community. The W102 course focuses on modifying the natal planet expression, taking interpretation from “cookbook” memorization to nuanced and personalized interpretation.

Topics covered include: 

  • Explore the range of philosophical purposes for natal chart interpretation
  • Compare house systems to identify those suited for regular use from other more traditional or situation-specific.
  • Explore how decans and dwads personalize planet sign and degree placement
  • Interpret natal moon phases and lunar nodes to reveal areas of growth
  • Examine the harmonic foundation of aspects with major and minor aspects
  • Identify major life themes of planets in close aspect by longitude and declination, as well as in close aspect configurations
  • Personalize interpretation with sensitive points such as Arabic parts, solstice points, decans and dwads, midpoints, Aries point and the vertex.
  • Explore how major asteroids, dwarf planets and 8 notable fixed stars add interpretative detail

By the end of W102, students will have developed the skills necessary for evaluating chart information and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. They will be able to synthesize the core astrological components and modifying information into a coherent and meaningful interpretation without relying on outside resources.


1.3. W103 Fundamentals III: Building Delineation Skills

Instructors: Karen McCauley, Inga Thornell, Suzie Cox, Ali Gully

Required for the Professional Diploma
Prerequisite: W102 or equivalent

This course focuses on building students' ability to interpret a chart. They add additional techniques to their toolbox which help hone their understanding.

Students will have the benefit of a two-session exposure to the methodology developed by veteran astrologer, Susie Cox. This is a simplistic but powerful, visual, and linguistic approach to chart synthesis. They will also hear a traditional Hellenistic approach used by Ali Gully.

Topics covered include: 

  • Tempo of adjustment
  • Introduction to ethics
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Derivative houses
  • The helm narrative
  • Biology of belief
  • Retrogradation
  • Essential and accidental dignity
  • Profections
  • Aversion
  • Fixed stars
  • Demonstration of traditional and modern approaches to interpretation

By the end of W103 students will have developed an awareness of personal values that could influence or interfere with making accurate chart interpretations. On a regular basis, students will examine techniques to synthesize the astrological symbols to create a coherent interpretation. Along the way, students will explore their own beliefs and filters in order to develop their delineation skills and become aware of additional ethical issues.


1.4. W104 Fundamentals IV: Natal Practicum

Students who have completed this course will receive an extended Fundamentals Certificate.

Instructors: Karen McCauley, Inga Thornell
Required for the Professional Diploma
Prerequisite: W103 or comparable and accepted outside training

In this practicum, students work with various ways to enter and explore natal charts depending on the questions and issues that clients present. This course presents some chart interpretation alternatives available for achieving successful understanding and delineation. 

The main emphasis in this course is live interaction. Students need to participate in live sessions to pass. Instructors attempt to accommodate different time zones to ensure students can fulfill this requirement.

Students will:

  • Have the opportunity to use and improve their critical thinking skills in peer review.
  • Use who, what, where, when, and how questions to identify key issues in the chart.
  • Gain ways to integrate the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant integrating factors in the chart.
  • Be able to use hemisphere, quadrant, and nodal analysis to locate major themes in life.
  • Explore and use methods of identifying potentials in a relationship, employment, and money via the natal chart.

2. Astrological Fundamentals: Movement & Forecasting

Prerequisite: A solid working knowledge of the fundamentals of natal chart interpretation.

Interpreting the natal chart is only part of a person’s story; the movement of planetary cycles reveals when the natal promise is activated. Layering several predictive techniques confirms timing. 

The movement courses range from ancient to modern techniques for interpreting actual and symbolic planetary movement to unfold the past and forecast the present and future. Students explore the advantages and disadvantages of forecasting techniques in astrology’s historical traditions to choose a path that best serves their interpretive outlook and their client’s needs. In addition to weekly homework practice and discussion board participation, live chat sessions focus on interactive participation between teacher(s) and students. Student presentations are often a “demonstration of learning” featured in the required movement courses.

By the end of this certificate, students will effectively:

  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of various predictive timing techniques and select those preferred for regular use.
  • Practice layering several movement techniques to confirm the timing of what is activated in the natal chart, to what extent, and for how long.
  • Apply appropriate criteria for selecting the movement technique(s) for the interpretive scope and need.
  • Demonstrate interpretive skill in forecasting the timing of the situation or issue activated in the natal chart and its potential for a positive outcome.

Diploma requirements: W110 and W111A, W112A or W113A

Certificate requirements: W110 and W111A, W112A or W113A and an additional 10 weeks from the list below.

Extended Certificate requirements: W110 and W111A, W112A or W113A and an additional 20 weeks from the list below.

  • W111B (CS153A) Cycle of the Year: Predictive Astrology
  • W111C Mapping Your Life History
  • W111D Mundane Methods
  • W111E Electional Methods
  • W111F Horary Methods
  • W111G (CS536A) Ancient Predictive Techniques and Applications
  • W112B 24-hour Rectification Practicum – finding birth time
  • W113B Advanced Professional Practicum – tips and tricks for consulting with clients
  • V110A When All Else Fails (Muhurta) - Indian Electional astrology

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2.1. W110 Fundamentals V: Predicting Major Life Circumstances - Flowering of the Natal Chart Promise

Instructors: Carol Tebbs, Gloria Scigliano
Required for the Professional Diploma
Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the fundamentals of natal chart interpretation and synthesis, including moon phases and declination. 

Knowing what is promised in the natal chart is just the beginning. Knowing when that promise is activated and to what extent completes the interpretation. This course presents modern techniques that time the symbolic and actual planetary movement for interpreting current life issues. Students layer several predictive techniques for confirmation. The timing of chart activation is a “bread and butter” skill for the consulting astrologer because almost always, the client comes for guidance on a current situation or issue.

Topics covered include:

  • Solar and Lunar Eclipse interpretation
  • Outer Planet Transits and Inner Planet Stations for prediction
  • Solar Arc Directions to forecast the year
  • Test Secondary, Tertiary, and Minor Progressions for current patterns
  • Progressed Moon Phases, with Progressed New and Full Moon Periods
  • Apply Movement techniques to the Relocated Chart
  • Test Progressed Lifetime Declination as a predictive tool

Upon completion of W110 students will understand the lineage and controversy of course techniques and apply them effectively to forecast current patterns. They will be able to synthesize the natal chart promise and the activation timing into a coherent and meaningful interpretation without relying on outside resources.

2.2. W111A Fundamentals VI: Advanced Predictive Techniques- Ancient to Modern

Primary Instructors: Carol Tebbs, Gloria Scigliano

Required for the Professional Diploma
Prerequisite: A working knowledge of the fundamentals of natal interpretation and synthesis as well as the W110 movement methods.

W111A presents additional predictive techniques that are foundational to our astrological lineage, yet still relevant in modern times for the “full service” astrologer. The ancient Solar Return is just as relevant now as the precision timing of Symmetrical interpretive methods. As well, clients ask astrologers to elect a chart for a special purpose or to assess a world situation, which compels us to reach beyond just natal chart interpretation. This course provides a gateway to the wide array and depth of elective movement courses in the W111 series.

Topics covered include:

  • Traditional Solar and Lunar returns for natal forecasting
  • Derive an Electional Chart for an event
  • Use Synodic Cycles and Cardinal Ingresses for mundane forecasting
  • Apply techniques of Symmetrical Astrology for prediction

 By the end of W111A students will understand the lineage and the controversy of course techniques and apply them effectively to forecast current patterns. They will be able to synthesize the natal chart promise and activation timing into a coherent and meaningful interpretation without relying on outside resources.


2.3. W112A / W112B Practicum: Applied Rectification and Unification of Forecasting Techniques

W112A or W113A Required for the Professional Diploma
Prerequisite: A solid knowledge of astrology fundamentals and W110 or proof of equivalent training in movement techniques

W112A Practicum: Rectification 1

Instructors: Carol Tebbs, Gloria Scigliano

Birth time recording is too variable for reliability with estimated or rounded times leading to inaccurate forecasting. Chart angles should be confirmed by aligning appropriate astrological descriptors to life events or situations near the correct date. Once ten or more important life events appropriately align near the correct date, the pattern gives confidence in the birth time derived from that information. W112A focuses on time range searches from a few minutes up to six hours and meets the PAA/NCGR rectification requirement for their Level IV professional certification.

Topics covered include: 

  • Learning the important areas of practice and controversy in rectification
  • Testing major life turning points for activation of the possible natal angles by moving planets to angles and angles to planets with several techniques
  • Advising the client to search family resources to narrow the birth time range
  • Establishing the most effective methods for narrowing the time range from Solar Arc Directions, to Secondary Progressions, Outer Transits, and more.
  • Dealing with ranges of data accuracy from AA to DD (Dirty Data) that often lead to several possible birth times to test for appropriate astrological descriptors of actual life events aligning correctly near the given date.

By the end of W112A, Students will learn the limitations of the rectification process in aligning appropriate astrological descriptors with actual life situations or events. They will understand that the client is instrumental in verifying the interpretive results in verifying a known birth time, or narrowing a search time range.

W112B Practicum: Rectification II

Instructors: Carol Tebbs, Gloria Scigliano
Optional Elective - not required for the diploma

Technology advances have created a global community for the 21st century, but there is an extreme disparity in recording birth time worldwide – in fact, many countries do not record birth time at all. Without birth time, interpretation is limited – we do not have houses for the planets or sign descriptors for the angles. W112B focuses on techniques to narrow the 6 to 24-hour time range to a specific and workable birth time. Once ten or more important life events appropriately align near the correct date, the pattern gives confidence in the birth time derived from that information. This course meets the PAA/NCGR rectification requirements for Level IV professional certification.

Topics covered include:

  • The important areas of practice and controversy in rectification
  • Test major life turning points for activation of the possible natal angles by moving planets to angles and angles to planets with several techniques
  • Advise the client to search family resources to narrow the birth time range
  • Establishing the most effective methods for narrowing the time range from the easiest, Solar Arc Directions, to the more complex Secondary Progressions.
  • Dealing with ranges of data accuracy from AA to DD (Dirty Data) that lead to several possible birth times to test appropriate astrological descriptors of actual life events aligning correctly near the given date.

By the end of the course, students will know the important areas of practice and controversy in rectification. They will demonstrate knowledge of timing all planetary cycles: transit, progression, and direction as shown in the student’s final rectification presentation, evaluate the importance of activated natal chart angles at important events, and test potential birth times with several movement measures for appropriate alignment with life events within the birth time range.


2.4. W113A Practicum: Applied Forecasting in the Client Session- How to Respond to Common Client Questions

Instructors: Kenneth Miller, Tamira McGillivray
W112A or W113A Required for the Professional Diploma

prerequisite: W110 or proof of equivalent training

Many who work with transits, progressions, directions or other methods of moving the chart in time find it difficult to synthesize all the different factors or choose the right tool to answer a specific question. This course provides practice in chart interpretation and synthesis to understand unfolding chart themes and life events and to identify future significant times in a native’s life.

Students will use techniques such as transits, progressions, directions, returns, eclipses, moon phases, relocation, lifetime declinations, sign changes, and other techniques learned in W110 and W111. For their final, students will provide a cold-reading for a volunteer client.

Students will practice

  • Responding to the most common client questions and issues, including
    • Relationship status
    • Career situation
    • Financial concerns
    • Health issues
    • Family concerns
  • Electing the date and time for an important event

2.5. W111C Mapping Your Life History Practicum

Instructor: Linea Van Horn
5-week course

Learn how to prioritize events to better evaluate the expression of transits, secondary progressions, and eclipses.

In this 5-week intensive class, the student will develop a list of well-timed events of their lives. This will include not just chronological occurrences but longer, more subtle themes, too. Then, using the natal chart, the student will view this life story through the lens of astrological transits, secondary progressions, and eclipses. Personalized lists will be provided for each student, as well as other useful tools.

By the end of the class, the student will have developed a detailed, concise, and thorough life history alongside the corresponding astrological activity. In addition, the student will have learned how to prioritize the many factors that must be considered in such an in-depth study, and how to coordinate information from various forecasting systems.

3 short writing assignments (500 – 1,000 words) will be required to demonstrate a grasp of the material. Most of the work produced in this class will be intensely personal. Therefore, to protect their confidentiality, students will not be asked to share details of their stories with each other or the instructor, except as necessary to complete the assignments.

Required texts can be found under the section for Moving the Chart in Time in https://keplercollege.org/index.php/required-books-for-courses 


3. Astrological Fundamentals: Chart Formation

Kepler College believes it is important that astrologers have a basic understanding of the astronomy underlying astrology and how the chart is calculated.

3.1. M100: Chart Calculation

Instructor: Enid Newberg
Required for the Professional Diploma

The fall term will have live sessions. All other terms are independent study and each student can request an hour of dedicated tutoring.

This course is designed for students intending to take the organizational exams or complete the Professional Diploma.

There is a trade-off in having the benefit of computers to calculate an astrological chart. Chart Calculation gives students a deeper understanding of how the chart relates to the movements of the earth and sky, which aids chart interpretation.

This course initially covers the process of calculating a natal chart. Students will learn to calculate charts from time zones around the world, as well as in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The second portion of the course adds additional calculation techniques, including the Part of Fortune/Spirit, adjusted calculation date, progressions, directions and solar returns.

Students who need additional assistance may request tutoring.


3.2. E400 Astronomy for Astrologers (independent study)

Instructor: Bruce Scofield
Required for the Professional Diploma

Self-paced independent class (you will have 6 months to complete)

Astronomy is the study of the nature, motions and history of the Earth's cosmic environment. Astronomy is a highly developed science and encompasses many technical subjects. In this course, the emphasis is on subject matter relevant to a general and non-technical understanding of astronomy. The course is a unique introduction to astronomy and would benefit students of astrology or anyone seeking a practical overview of the subject.

This is a self-motivated course that requires the student to set aside time each week to study the material presented. Learning in this course depends on taking the time to go over the assigned readings, listening to the lectures, and doing the weekly assignments. The readings overlap with the lectures and provide additional information. The assignments are based primarily on the lectures which set the parameters of each week's topic. In addition to the lectures and assigned readings, assignments for the course include online forums, multiple-choice questions, and a short report on a relevant topic.

The course begins with a week on cosmology - how the universe came into being. The current Big Bang model will be covered. This will be followed by a few weeks on the sky as it appears from Earth and how it is measured. We will consider the three basic coordinate systems used in astronomy and astrology, and we will also consider how the sky was measured by ancient peoples.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, you should have a solid foundation in astronomy and a much better understanding of how the subject developed historically and where it is today. You will understand the astronomy of ancient cultures and how astronomy is used in mapping the sky. You will learn much about current topics in solar system astronomy and you should also find articles on astronomy in magazines like Scientific American and Discover much easier to read and understand.

Topics Covered

  • Cosmology - the origin of the universe
  • The visible sky and its motions
  • Coordinate systems - measuring the sky
  • Archaeoastronomy - Stonehenge and the Maya
  • Early cosmological models - the Aristolelian/Ptolemaic universe
  • The new cosmic order - Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton
  • Origin and evolution of the solar system
  • The Sun
  • The Terrestrial planets
  • The Jovian planets
  • The Earth as a planet


4. Counseling and Relationships

This certificate introduces astrological counseling as a profession and
the ethical, psychological, and communication issues involved in becoming a successful interpreter and practitioner.

By the end of this certificate, students will know how to locate various
relationships, contact needs, and abilities in the natal chart. They will
exhibit communication skills that contribute to effective counseling. They will be able to solve ethical dilemmas and differentiate Astro-consulting from other healing and helping modalities. They will be able to focus on specific areas of inquiry raised by the client and deliver helpful information using effective non-astrological language. They will be familiar with using comparisons and composites in evaluating relationships.

WR201 Astrological Counseling is required for the Professional Diploma. The Certificate requires 20 additional weeks from the courses listed below:

  • WR202A Working with Parents and Children
  • WR202B Astrology and Family Patterns
  • WR203A  Relating 101 - Start to Finish
  • WR203B Comparisons and Composites
  • WR204A Astrology and Adolescents for Parents and Teachers
  • WR205A Introduction Jungian to Psychological Astrology

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4.1. WR201 Counseling Issues in Astrology

Instructor: Karen McCauley and Inga Thornell
Required for the Professional Diploma

Throughout this course students will work on communication issues with clients, including organizing a session, delivering content, dealing with ethical issues, and developing referral strategies. They will also develop skills known to contribute to effective counseling.

Topics covered include:

  • Starting and maintaining a counseling practice
  • Communication skills promoting success in client contacts
  • Awareness of body language, personal values, and needs
  • Psychological disorders and counseling issues
  • Boundary issues
  • Issues of Vocation and Role Play Exercise
  • Limits of prediction

By the end of this class students will be able to:

  • Differentiate astrological counseling from other healing and helping modalities.
  • Understand the importance of and be able to identify specific listening, focusing, and communication skills integral to successful counseling interactions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop specific parameters for counseling sessions.
  • Locate basic relationship needs and potential in the natal chart.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on specific areas of inquiry posited by the client and to deliver information to the client using effective non-astrological language.
  • Demonstrate understanding of solutions to ethical dilemmas inherent in counseling.


4.2. WR202A Working with Parents and Children

Instructor: Cornelia Hansen
5-week course

Based on a lifetime of work in the fields of astrology and child development, Cornelia has developed a new and effective approach that combines the ancient origins of astrological temperament and modern child development concepts.​

These are concepts that can be applied to any age.

Temperament is present at birth and the class is built around the first two years of development. However, temperament remains over time, so the concept can also be used for older children and adults because it describes the behavioral style of the individual. It's useful for understanding the interaction of couples, between family members, between parents and children, and even in the workplace with co-workers. 

This course helps the astrologer understand the fit between a child and their physical and social environment and how that aids the astrologer's interpretation. The course covers:

  • How analyzing and interpreting a child's chart differs from an adult's.
  • What are temperamental "types" and their characteristics? 
  • What parenting strategies will effectively meet the child's individual needs? 
  • How does the astrologer counsel parents in a way that promotes positive developmental progress? 
  • The lifelong influences and effects of temperament on behavior.
  • Possible uses of temperament information in making comparisons among both children and adults plus applications for couple’s counseling. 

"...Parents ask astrologers to read their children's charts.  How can we provide helpful insight without delving too deep into predictive language that might cause undue concern?  That's what your class helped me do!  Temperament provides a safe terrain to assist parents in better understanding their children.  At least that's what it helped me do."  R.B. Fall 2017


4.3. WR202B The Astrology of Family Patterns

Instructor: Joseph Crane
5-weeks

This course offers practical guidance for astrologers working with their own and clients’ family issues: parents, children, siblings, or extended relationships.

Family relationships form much of the background complexity of a person’s life: they set patterns that manifest in relationships with bosses and subordinates, close friends and intimates, and in our career and life-style choices. This course will go beyond the “nuclear family” to include a consideration of the social, ethnic, and historical contexts of family life.

Students will sample psychodynamic approaches that inform much modern astrology and systems approaches that enable an exploration of the interlocking patterns of our birth and family connections.

Students will examine parental/offspring and sibling relationships within family structures through the astrological chart. They will look at generational transmission, sibling position, and changes within the family to see how astrological indicators reflect these considerations and how they might run counter to them.

Participants are invited to share cases they have encountered in their work and to share insights from their own family experiences and their own lives.


4.4. WR203A Relationships 101

Instructor: Karen McCauley
5-week course

This course will help you better understand how to work with questions about relationships. It will help you improve consulting and communication skills when clients come with questions like: "Are he and I compatible?" "How can I fix my relationship with my sister?" "Why am I having so much trouble with co-workers?" 

Students will look at relationships primarily through charts of individuals and couples. We will differentiate needs from wants and abilities. Students will also explore issues that arise between astrologer and client(s).

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  1. Identify the primary categories of human relationships & their locations by house in the natal chart
  2. Identify and evaluate the individual capacity for Love, Sex, and Life responsibilities,
  3. Explore the individual's attraction to and from others,
  4. Understand challenges that may be present in the individual capacity for commitment and the ability to maintain enduring relationships. 
  5. Identify and address the basic needs as dictated by the charts

4.5. WR204A Astrology and Adolescence for Parents and Teachers

Instructor: Alex Trenoweth
5-week course

Professional astrologers can help parents to understand their adolescent child's cycles of development and show how they, as parents, function as authority figures. This can aid parents through insights into their relationship with their child, and empower them to discipline their child appropriately and most of all, support their child when it really matters. Although Child Protection guidelines discourage unqualified people from working with the under 18s, you can use astrology to help provide a unique insight into how this age group grows and develops.

The instructor’s unique position as both a professional astrologer and a school teacher provides a perspective that has been previously unexplored in astrology. Participants will work with information discovered through the instructor's research on the cycles of Jupiter and Saturn. Students will also be provided with unpublished resources from the tutor’s own collection as well as resources from other fields. 


4.6. WR205A Introduction to Psychological Astrology

Instructor: Ali Gully
5-week course

In this class, students will do a deep dive into the astrological foundations of elements and modalities, and how they drive our personality and life choices. By examining their own chart, students will learn preferences of taking In, processing, and sharing information. They will work with the MBTI (Myers Briggs Personality Test) and learn the astrological correspondences and how this information can be applied to client work. Communication skills, keys to rapport-building, and locating successful avenues leading to client understanding will be the central topics explored.

Many astrological consultations involve identifying and solving problems. Understanding a client’s motivation and overall life themes is helpful to the success of this process, This course provides tools that students can use to explore interpretations of planets in signs, the difference between the natal promise, and how the individual can evolve over time with their chart.

Through discussions, reading, process journaling, and case studies, students will gain insights into self-understanding and client work. Students will learn how to coach clients on accepting their talents and challenges as well as achieve balance in their lives. Students will also gain insight into their own natal chart by exploring preferences, symbols, and the subconscious.


5. Symmetrical Astrology

Many of the fundamental principles of astrology are based on symmetry. Best known is the distribution of signs by element and quality, a scheme that is based on equal distances along the ecliptic and that produces perfect triangles and squares. 

Symmetrical Astrology also incorporates the principles of Uranian Astrology and the use of midpoints. 

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5.1. E510 Symmetry in Astrology 1 (Independent Study)

Instructor: Bruce Scofield
Diploma program elective

This course considers a range of astrological techniques that share a common principle – symmetry, which turns out to be quite a few.

A major part of the course will concern itself with an organized set of techniques that are entirely based on the positioning of points and planets at equal distances from each other. These techniques have an ancient pedigree in the form of antisica and parts, but they blossomed in the 20th century as the core principle of the Hamburg School, or Uranian Astrology. This development, surely one of the most important technical developments of the entire century, has had a profound influence on modern astrology in Europe and in the eastern United States. More than half of this course will work directly with Uranian methods and techniques.

By the end of this course, students will have a good understanding of the importance of symmetrical techniques and how they are applied. They will also be able to use the techniques covered to hone their astrological interpretations and obtain more specific information to answer questions by clients.


5.2. E513A Introduction to Uranian Astrology (5 weeks)

Instructor: Madalyn Hillis-Dineen

Many astrologers have heard the term Uranian Astrology, but do you know how useful it can be? The Uranian system of astrology was developed by Alfred Witte (1878-1943) in the early part of the twentieth century. Witte postulated that the character and destiny of a person are not solely determined by the aspects between the planets but is seen primarily through the symmetry of the planets. 

This mini-course provides an overview of the system, touching on the main aspects of Uranian astrology: a discussion of the 6 personal points; the cardinal axis and antiscia; midpoints, sensitive points, and planetary pictures; the use of the 360- and 90-degree dials; the hypothetical planets and their meaning in both a personal and mundane context; forecasting the general trends for the year as well as daily transits; and, the use of the dials, midpoints and planetary pictures in synastry.

The sub-title of the Uranian classic by Witte and Lefeldt, "Rules for Planetary Pictures," is The Astrology of Tomorrow and in many respects, this system has come of age with the advent of modern astrological tools such as Nova Chartwheels.

Includes a course website with additional resources. They will also receive a discount on the purchase of Nova Chart Wheels.
Students will have the chance to practice and receive feedback on their work

Topics include:

  • Uranian Concepts including the Laws of Alfred Witte, antiscia, planetary pictures, sensitive points, and a brief introduction to the hypothetical planets.
  • Planetary Symmetry and the 360 and 90-degree dials
  • The Hypothetical Planets
  • Forecasting Tools and Techniques
  • Synastry on the Dial

6. Astromapping

This certificate explores the development of astromapping and local space techniques, the basic astronomical principles involved, interactions of mapping with natal and relocated chart interpretation, likely themes connected with planet-angle combos, interpreting potentials in locations, and understanding issues to consider in relocation or home planning. 

In earning this certificate, students will: 

  • Understand the history and astronomy connected to local and global astromapping techniques 

  • Assess and demonstrate varying interpretations of combining planets with angles and directions 

  • Have skills for including natal and relocated charts in identifying advantageous global and local places contributing to a satisfying life experience 

This is a 20-week certificate composed of: 

WL220 Astromapping I: Astro*Carto*Graphy (A*C*G) (10 weeks) 
WL221A Astromapping II: The Astrology of Local Space(5 weeks) 
WL221B Astromapping III: Practicum(5 weeks) 

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6.1. WL220 Astromapping I: Astro*Carto*Graphy (A*C*G)

Diploma program elective 

Instructors: Karen McCauley & Madalyn Hillis-Dineen 
Prerequisites: Basic natal astrology 

This course shows students how to understand and interpret basic A*C*G. It  explores astro-mapping history and development in modern times. The course covers line meanings and angle placements as well as connections to natal and relocated charts as they interact to provide significant astro-mapping information. 

Topics include: 

  • historical development of astrological mapping 
  • themes connected with specific planet-angle combinations 
  • influence of crossing lines and shadowed planets 
  • common cartography software and usage 
  • desirable planets to emphasize through visitation or relocation 
  • angle analysis and dial use 
  • familiarity with significant points and hypothetical Uranian planets 

Students will understand the interactions of natal and relocated chart info with A*C*G maps, relate the global connections shown in A*C*G maps to their natal chart, life experiences, and encounter and be able to navigate Astro-mapping software to get information helpful to solving locational questions and issues. 

This course will prepare you for the Jim Lewis certification test in Astro*Carto*Graphy offered at Continuum. (continuumacg.net) 


6.2. WL221A Astromapping II: The Astrology of Local Space (5 weeks)

Instructor: Tamira McGillivray and Gemini Brett  
Diploma program elective 

When you can’t travel to the best location ... bring the best location to you! 

While Astro*Carto*Graphy examines the interaction of the natal chart and planetary lines of influence across the globe, local space astrology brings the focus close to home.   

This course provides students with astrological tools that can enhance their life by directly working with their personal local landscape. Students will learn practical local space techniques for their home or work (similar to Feng Shui). Combining local space with the natal chart, transits, progressions, solar returns, and solar arcs can lead to innovative methods of enhancing or balancing one’s own local space to create a harmonious and supportive personal environment.  


6.3. WL221B Astromapping III: Practicum (5 weeks)

Instructor: Gemini Brett and Tamira McGillivray 
Diploma program elective 

This course is designed for practical application of Astromapping techniques. Students will learn how to select from both Astro*Carto*Graphy and Local Space options in order to answer common client questions. 


7. Astrological Heritage

This section covers astrology's role in history and literature 

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7.1. E300 Astrological Heritage: The History (independent study - 10 weeks)

Instructor: Inga Thornell  
Required for diploma program.  
Prerequisites: none 

This course starts with the beginning of recorded astrology. It explores the major periods from Mesopotamia to the European Renaissance and the contributions of each. It surveys of the historical periods incorporating astrologically significant events and discoveries. 

Students will learn 

  • Significant international history and major astrological discoveries from Mesopotamia through the Renaissance  
  • Development of critical thinking in choosing sources and creating citations 
  • Topics such as the origins of science and philosophy, Christianity, Islam, Hellenophilia, Orientalism, Scholasticism, and Humanism. 

Student outcomes:  

  • Understand how astrology fits into the cultural milieu of each sequential historical period.  
  • Awareness of geographical and historical periods. 
  • Appreciation of current cultural beliefs influencing astrology. 
  • Developing a framework for understanding the totality of astrology 

7.2. E301A Astrological History-Modern (5 weeks)

Instructor: Inga Thornell  
Elective in the Diploma program and will also count toward a certificate in Astrological Heritage OR Multi-Cultural Traditions.  
Prerequisites: E300 or equivalent recommended, but not required 

This course covers the Enlightenment to the Modern period. Astrology developed within cultures, not independently of time and place. Understanding the geography, historical periods and concurrent cultural beliefs helps us to understand the differentiation between natural and judicial astrology, including the astrology practices and techniques that developed in response. 

Students will learn: 

  • Significant international history and major astrological discoveries from the 17th through 21st centuries 
  • Development of critical thinking in choosing sources and creating citations 
  • Topics such as the Philosophy of Science, Comparative Religion, Theosophy, New Age, and Postmodernism. 

Student outcomes:  

  • Understanding how astrology continued to fit into the cultural milieu of each historical period subsequent to the 17th century.  
  • Appreciation for the complexities that have influenced and added to astrological lore and techniques over time.  
  • Awareness of how many modern applications are really quite old.  

7.3. E305A Astro-Mythology: An Introduction

Instructors: Inga Thornell 
Diploma elective or can be applied to the Alternate Traditions Certificate. 
Prerequisites: none 

This course relates the planets to the Greek and Roman gods. Understanding the gods and their mythology provides helpful background information to astrological chart delineation and synthesis. The Greco-Roman Gods have not been worshipped in any official capacity for over 2000 years, and yet this mythology is also the foundation for much of the allusion, characters, and literary forms in Western literature. 

Topics covered:  

  • Creation myths and their significance 
  • The contrast of Greek and Roman attitudes about the Olympian gods and goddesses 
  • In-depth discussion of Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Hermes 
  • Identifying appropriate planetary keywords for the planets  
  • Group work in applying the mythological stories to astrological charts 
We still refer to people as jovial, Junoesque, or to music as martial. What keywords can we discover as we read the god's stories and try to understand them from a more astrological point of view? This five-week course will focus on individual gods, their attributes, spheres of influence, and their interactions with each other and with human beings to develop an understanding of the origins of the astrological keywords and meanings we rely on for interpretation.

Student outcomes 

By the end of this class, students will be able to adopt appropriate and historically realistic keywords for the planets, locate significant themes related to myth in the chart, and realize that myths are personal as well as universal 



7.4. E310A The interplay of Religion and Astrology

Instructor: Kenneth Miller

This course explores the history and development of astrological practice within the nexus of culture and religion. Is astrology a religion as it was developed in Mesopotamia and integrated into ancient Indian faiths? Or is it science as Ptolemy tried to explain in 150 CE?

We will examine the history of astrology paying particular attention to the relationship of culture, religion, and theory in astrological practice. We will explore the role of Belief in astrological meaning and expose the often unconscious religious underpinnings of modern astrological practice. A lot of religious dogma is brought into the consultation room without the conscious perception of the astrologer or client.
This course seeks to make these assumptions conscious by stripping away the dogmatic religious ideology from our everyday practice of astrology. Afterwards, you may wish to add them back into your practice, but at least now they will be conscious decisions enabling you to be a more effective astrologer.
 
Weekly Topics:
 
1. The study of religion & the philosophy of science: the religion of astrology’s birth from Mesopotamia to Alexandria to Ujjain.
2. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, & Enlightenment: Religion & critiques of astrology
3. The Reincarnation Revolution: Theosophy vs. Church of Light
4. Spiritual Darwinism and Esoteric Astrology
5. 21st century Spiritual Astrologies & The New Age
 
Students Will:
 

• Will identify the workings of religious assumptions in their own practice. 
• Will understand how culture, religion, and science combine into an astrological system.
• Will understand various techniques that spiritualize the astrological chart
• Will have an understanding of the changing concept of The Meaning of Life over time and culture.



7.5. L201A Sacred Paths Through the Written Word: Western (5 weeks)

Instructor: Carol Tebbs & Batya Stark 

This sacred literature course explores the shared historical roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam through their sacred works. Utilizing the Torah, Bible, and Koran, we will focus on their differences as to man’s relationship to the cosmos and to his maker. The phrase, “As above, so below" has been understood by every astrologer from ancient to modern times. Indeed, the concept has roots in much of the world’s sacred literature. 

We also explore the common belief that the firmament has a correlation to conditions on earth and on mankind through passages from the Jewish Torah, the Christian New Testament, and the Islamic Koran. Each week we consider astrology references in the sacred literature and the related scholarly arguments for natural science as an influence on man. 


7.6. L201B Sacred Paths Through the Written Word: Eastern (5 weeks)

Instructor: Carol Tebbs & Batya Stark 

This sacred literature course explores works from the East that describe the acceptance of a relationship between the cosmos and life on earth. Students are introduced to common themes found in selections from the literature of three major Eastern religions: Hinduism via The Rig Veda, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita, and Ramayana; Buddhism via The Wheel of Life (story of Siddhartha), and Dhammapada; Confucianism via the Analects,  I-Ching, and Tao Te-Ching (an off-shoot of Confucianism). Students will compare the sacred works according to themes such as creation, life challenges, the fall of man, divine punishment, the rewards of virtue, and the power of love.  

L201A or L201B may be taken for expanding cultural understanding OR as an elective for the Diploma program, which will also count toward a certificate in Astrological Heritage OR Multi-Cultural Traditions.   


8. Indian Astrology Certificate

Kepler College is evolving a series of courses in Indian (Vedic) Astrology. Indian astrology has a rich, long, and unbroken tradition to draw from. It is the only astrology system to be fully dialed into its native culture and practiced continuously since its development. By completing the requirements for this certificate the student will know how to read a natal chart and be able to make helpful predictions for a client. 20 weeks of classes are required. Classes in Indian Astrology also qualify for the Alternative Traditions Certificate. 

Required Classes: 

V100A Crash Course OR V101A Intro to Vedic Astrology Part 1 (5 weeks)  
V101B Intro to Vedic Astrology, Part 2 (5 Weeks) 
 
And 10 additional weeks from the following classes: 

V102A Advanced Shadbala (Strength & Dignity) (5 weeks)  
V110A Muhurta: Vedic Electional Astrology (5 Weeks)  
V120A Jaimini Astrology (5 Weeks) 
V130A Varshaphal (Indian Solar Return) (5 Weeks) 
V140A Advanced Predictive Methods: Bhrigu Astrology (5 Weeks) 
V141A Advanced Gochara (Transit) Analysis (5 weeks) 
V150A Remedial Measures for Indian Astrologers (5 Weeks) 
V150B Advanced Remedial Measures (5 Weeks) 
V190A Practicum: Indian Astrology in a Client setting (5 weeks)  
V191A Practicum: Remedial Measures in a Client Setting (5 weeks) 
E311A/V200A History of Indian Astrology 2021bce-2021ce (5 Weeks) 
E550A/V210A A History of Fate, Karma, & Astrology (5 Weeks) 

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8.1. V100A Crash Course in Indian Astrology (5 weeks)

Instructor: Kenneth Miller 
Required for the diploma program. 

In this innovative course, you will learn to do more with less as we focus on the essential features of Indian Astrology that will allow you, the motivated student, to begin reading charts in only 5 weeks. 

Imagine if there was a way to access the details of your life-script (your karma). You could gain understanding of your life purpose, know when to seize the opportunity, and have the foreknowledge to remediate difficult circumstances. This is the power of Jyotish, the traditional astrology of India. 

In this class Kenneth D. Miller, MA will lead you to an understanding of the concepts and practice of Indian astrology and how it can play a healing role in our lives. 

  • Learn the differences between Western and Indian Astrology. They are complementary systems of understanding Life. If you are a Western astrologer, you will learn a method that will allow you to maintain the integrity of each system. 
  • Learn how the planets are understood as intelligences, and how you can develop relationships with these intelligences to benefit every aspect of your life. 
  • Learn how the birth chart is a blue print to the karma you were born with and how to improve your life choices. 
  • Hear astrological mythology that makes learning the concepts easy. 

SYLLABUS 

  • Week One: Everything you need to know (Planets, Houses, Signs) 
  • Week Two: Dignity and Strength 
  • Week Three: How to read a Natal Chart 
  • Week Four: Planetary Combinations (Yogas) 
  • Week Five: Predicting with Dashas & Transits 

8.2. V101A Introduction to Indian Astrology Part 1

Instructor: Gary Gomes and Kenneth Miller
5-week course

Indian Astrology is a uniquely unbroken tradition of astrology, practiced continuously for as long as 2,000 years according to modern scholarship. In Indian, the tradition is viewed as extending back at least 5,000 years. It is referenced in the religious writing of India as far back as the Maha Bharata and the Atharva Veda, two ancient spiritual texts.

In addition to its spiritual origins, the Astrologies of India are renowned for several distinct differences from the Western traditions: First, its emphasis is on prediction, so the Indian astrological system can function as a very strong predictive and analytical tool. It also uses special techniques that seem to have originated solely in India—the use of the lunar nodes, major planetary periods, etc. which are very useful in assessing when events will occur. And include an extensive collection of remedies that are often used to allay bad planetary effects. Finally, it consistently uses tools that are only infrequently used in other forms of astrology, such as a whole system of harmonic charts that cover certain specific parts of life; Nakshatras (or one a day lunar mansions, which map out destiny) and, of course, the sidereal zodiac, which is used in lieu of the tropical zodiac common to most non-Indian astrology systems.

The course will cover
  • A Brief Introduction to Hinduism and its key philosophical concepts and how these concepts apply to astrology;
  • An overview of several of the commonly used astrological systems in India.
  • Chart organization & styles, including a discussion of the three primary styles of charts (North, South and Bengali) used in India
An overview of how to use the system of Indian Astrology will include:
  • Interpretation of the significations of Planets, Signs & Houses and how these are to be used in a chart
  • Understanding the unique system of planetary dignities and aspects, and how they affect delineation.
  • Rasis-How the signs are interpreted in Indian Astrology and how nakshatras (lunar mansions) are used in Indian Astrology.
  • The Basic principles of judging a chart, including how to make an accurate chart analysis
By the end of the class, the student will be able to provide a basic chart interpretation using standard analytical techniques of an Indian chart.

8.3. V101B Introduction to Indian Astrology Part 2

Instructors: Gary Gomes and Kenneth Miller

Students will learn commonly used Indian astrology techniques and put their knowledge to work by delineating a chart every week. Example charts will emphasize “ordinary” people, the kind of charts people see in the real world. Although some would argue that they are more difficult to interpret than famous charts, this approach will help students to swiftly refine their judgments.

By the end of this course, students should be able to make a meaningful delineation of a natal chart in the Indian style. The goal is to help students think like an Indian astrologer and combine chart elements into a meaningful whole.

Indian Astrology (also called Jyotish or Vedic Astrology) is a uniquely unbroken tradition of astrology, practiced continuously for as long as 2,000 years according to modern scholarship. In Indian, this tradition is viewed as extending back at least 5,000 years. It is referenced in the religious writing of India as far back as the Maha Bharata and the Atharva Veda, two ancient spiritual texts.

The concepts covered in this course include:

  1. Yogas (planetary combinations)
  2. Navamsa and other divisional charts
  3. Predicting the Future with Dashas (Planetary Periods).
  4. Predicting the Future with Transits (Gochara).
  5. Comprehensive Chart Delineation

8.4. V110A Vedic Tricks to Elect the Best Time (5 weeks)

Instructor: Kenneth Miller 
Prerequisites: Having a basic knowledge of planets, houses and rulerships is essential; having a beginning knowledge of Indian astrology is useful but not essential. 

Did you know that in India they have a five-fold qualitative division of time that differs significantly from our Western time concepts? If you are a Western astrologer you will learn how to easily integrate this and other considerations in your practice without having to learn Indian astrology!

There is a lot of overlap between Indian and Western astrology. But one area of radical difference is the function of different units of time. This class is for western astrologers who do electional work and run into situations when there simply is no “good” time to do things according to their principles. This class is also for Vedic astrology students who want to begin to do Muhurta, the election of auspicious time for business, marriage, even sending important emails!

Muhurta, the electional astrology of India, is the art of picking auspicious times to begin endeavors, whether that is opening a business, getting married, even submitting a homework assignment through the internet. Any action that has a consequence can be timed for maximum success. 

Each week will feature real-life example charts and have homework so you are able to immediately integrate the principles into your astrological practice. 

Schedule 

  • Week 1: Indian concepts of Time and their influence on events (Panchang and Beyond)
  • Week 2: Special Combinations for Success
  • Week 3: Principles to Nullify Adversity
  • Week 4: Integrating Natal Chart considerations with Election Charts
  • Week 5: Applying all to Life: Examples charts for a variety of circumstances.

We want you to know that you understand the techniques, so there will be weekly homework, and homework will be given prior to the break to keep you busy and learning.

Certificate students can use this course as an elective.


8.5. V120A Introduction to Jaimini Astrology

Instructor: Gary Gomes
Prequisites: Students will do best with a solid grounding in the basics of Indian (Vedic) Astrology

The Jaimini system of interpretation is appreciated for its ability to provide a wealth of accurate information.

This course provides an overview of Jamini Astrology, which reorganizes the chart based on sign aspects, indicators for career, marriage, health, etc.; characteristics that change for every chart. This provides the astrologer with new methods of interpretation. Students will be introduced to the basics as well as some of the alternatives for interpretation with this system.

8.6. V130A Varshaphal Astrology

Instructor: Gary Gomes
Prerequisites: Students will do best if they have a solid grounding in the basics of Indian (Vedic) Astrology

Varshapal is a predictive style of astrology that examines a single year in a native’s life, exploring it in detail.

Like the Western astrology solar return, the Varshapal chart is created for when the Sun returns to the same sign and degree as that of its natal position. However, Varshapal uses almost a blend of Indian and old Middle Eastern astrological techniques. It also includes some components that are similar to Arabic parts. The interpretation rules are different enough from both Indian and Western astrology to provide a fascinating glimpse into how various systems were blended for prediction. 

9. Electives

Electives are specific areas of study that allow people to expand their depth of knowledge. 5-10 week electives are presented in a variety of methods and often combine interactive and self-paced learning. They are usually combined with other areas of study to combine into a certificate.  

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9.1. CS151A Dignities and Debilities

Instructor: Charles Obert 

Are planets better behaved in some signs than others? In an opposition, what planet is most likely to win the tug of war? Are mutual receptions always nice?   

The key to answer these questions and many more is to understand dignities and debilities. By the end of the course, students will able to interpret the nuances that come from using the power of the full dignity and debility scheme (and know about the variations that exist). They will also be able to show how dignities can provide assistance for a problematic point in the chart. The goal of this class is to show how you can reclaim more of the power and subtlety of this tool.  

Students will explore the full traditional system of essential dignity and debility, and how it can be a powerful tool in modern chart interpretation.  

Student will learn: 

  • the history and etymology of the concepts of dignity and debility  
  • what the different dignities mean, important concepts, and why there are variations  
  • how the meaning and usage of the dignities has changed through history  
  • how to apply major and minor dignities in chart interpretation and how they can be used to determine assistance for problematic areas of the char

9.2. CS153A/W111B The Cycle of the Year: Traditional Predictive Astrology

Instructor: Charles Obert 

Traditional astrology offers a particularly effective system of forecasting that combines techniques to help you prepare for the future and understand the past. This system is known as the Cycle or Turning of the Year. Instead of just using a Solar Return, this method was prepared yearly for each birthday. It has its roots in Hellenistic astrology, came to full flower in the Arabic and Persian eras, and persisted through the late Classical period of Lilly and his contemporaries. Ben Dykes' translation of Abu Mashar's On Solar Revolutions in Persian Nativities 3 is a full exposition of this system. 

This course covers the three techniques involved in this system: 

  • distribution through the bounds or terms (aka primary direction) 
  • profections 
  • solar returns 

Using clear explanations, examples and exercises, Charlie will initially show students how to apply each technique individually and then practice putting them all together. Students will then practice using them in combination with traditional techniques for evaluating a chart. 


9.3. CS201A Magical Elections

Instructor: Nina Gryphon
5-week course
Prerequisites: Basic to intermediate astrological knowledge is necessary for students to get the most out of this class. Students should understand basic natal astrology, as well as transits. It is helpful but not necessary for students to have magical knowledge or experience. 

This course will teach the theory, methods, and practical application of astrological magic, as practiced in the West and the Middle East for the past two thousand years. Historic astrological magic has only been fully rediscovered in the past two decades as older astrological and magical texts were translated into modern languages.

The course will rely heavily on important magical texts such as the Picatrix (10th-century Arabic magical text), the 2000-year-old Greek Magical Papyri, and other medieval and Renaissance texts that teach magical methods. Astrological magic has been growing in popularity due to its effectiveness compared to modern styles of magic, which do not utilize astrology and are therefore missing the crucial time factor. 

Required books can be found on https://keplercollege.org/index.php/required-books-for-courses

The course will start with a discussion of the theory and philosophical concepts underlying this style of magic, which were strongly influenced by ancient Greek philosophy, as well as ancient Egyptian traditions. Then, we will move into the astrological portion of the workshop to teach students how to elect the most favorable moments for magical rituals, including planetary magic, the use of fixed stars, decans, and access to the personal guardian daimon.

Strong astrological elections are key to successful magical rituals, and we will learn how to prioritize among many factors that go into a high-quality electional horoscope. As part of this module, we will study for example magical electional horoscopes and examine ancient “recipes” for specific magical effects. After learning the basics, we will turn to the practical instructions for rituals for various needs (love, luck, career, studies, etc.). We will start with the intangible qualities we need to bring to a ritual and discuss material aspects of ritual (materials, incantations, writing styles, images, music, and more). We will learn about the deities and spiritual beings we call upon in order to create a magical effect and give life to the talisman. We will finish up with a discussion of the use and disposal of completed talismans. At the end of the course, we will bring all of this together, as we will walk through at least one complete astrological magical ritual, start to finish, and create a real talisman together. We will go through additional examples if time permits.



9.4. CS205A Beginning Horary Astrology

Instructor: Nina Gryphon
5-week course
Applies to Alternate Tradition Certificate
Prerequisites: To be successful in this course, you should be familiar with the majority of the terms in the table in this article: https://www.skyscript.co.uk/dig5.html

Horary astrology is an almost magical method for answering questions, using only a chart cast for the time and place of the query.

This five-week class teaches the fundamentals of this practical yet nuanced art for obtaining guidance wherever we encounter a dilemma or problem. Once the cornerstone of astrological practice, horary has experienced a massive resurgence in the past few decades due to its uncanny accuracy and flexibility. Mastering horary will make you a better astrologer regardless of your style or school of practice. 

By the end of the course, you will be able to answer common horary questions about relationships, lost objects, jobs, finances, and more. Please note this class is targeted to intermediate or advanced students of astrology and will require substantial amounts of reading and study.


9.5. CS201A Introduction to Hellenistic Astrology

Instructor: Ali Gully
Prerequisite: Students should have an understanding of the basic components of chart interpretation: planets, signs, houses, and aspect
Click here for required materials 

This 5-week course introduces students to the basics of Hellenistic Astrology. Explore the lens of whole sign house systems and aspects, why sect matters, observational astronomy with solar phases, house rulership vs. planetary placement, and how planetary condition influences events.

Learning the roots of Hellenistic will deepen your astrological practice in modern times. Understanding the rich origins of how the ancients interpreted charts will layer into all astrological practices whether you evolve to natal, electional, medical, horary, or mundane.

Weekly practice of each new interpretive technique is presented through reading, practical application with your own chart, discussion board posts, and a final essay pulling all of the concepts together.


9.6. E260 Mesoamerican Astrology

Instructor: Bruce Scofield
Independent Study Course

In Mesoamerican astrology, multiple units of time become signs. Learn how to work with this fascinating and unique tradition!

There are four major, world-class astrological traditions: The Western astrological tradition that grew out of the Near East, Mediterranean and Arab cultures; Indian astrology (Jyotish) that was strongly influenced by Greek astrology around 300 B.C.; Chinese astrology, ancient indigenous astrology utilizing interlocking cycles of 12 and 10; and Mesoamerican astrology, whose origins go back to at least 500 B.C.

Required books can be found under the self-paced courses section of https://keplercollege.org/index.php/required-books-for-courses

No significant outside influences altered the development of Mesoamerican astrology until the arrival of the Spanish five hundred years ago. At that time the Maya were in a state of decline and the Aztecs were at the peak of their empire. The effects of the Spanish invasion on indigenous astrology was devastating. Friars were brought in to systematically eliminate as much of the traditional ways as possible, to be replaced by the Christian model. Disease decimated the populations eliminating nearly all who were knowledgeable of the astrological traditions. Worst of all, most of the books were burned. Only a few relics, books, inscriptions, and an oral tradition kept what is truly Native American astrology alive.

This course will allow students to become acquainted with the nature of Mesoamerican astrology and its foundations in the cosmology and mythology of the several cultures that flourished in ancient Mexico and northern Central America. In Mesoamerican astrology, time serves as a sign. The basic unit of one day, one rotation of the earth, is the foundation on which other units rest. The core of time-based Mesoamerican astrology is the 260-day astrological calendar. This time unit has links to many astronomical cycles and was used for character description and choosing times for activities such as business trips and political or religious rituals. This 260-day calendar operates on several levels, one being the Long Count which structures a 5,125-year era – best known as the Mayan Calendar which “ended” in 2012.

Topics include:

  • An overview of the region in which the Maya, Aztec, and other Mesoamerican cultures were born followed by a first look at the astronomical underpinnings of the Mesoamerican calendars that are the basis of the indigenous astrology. 
  • An overview of the Popol Vuh, the Maya creation myth, and a discussion of the mysterious god Quetzalcoatl and the Four Suns legend of the Aztecs. 
  • The day-signs are at the core of Mesoamerican astrology and students will learn their traditional meanings, god rulers, and modern interpretations. 
  • An analysis of the planet Venus, which so important in this tradition's astrology and how the ancient Mesoamericans regarded the Moon and planets. 
  • The Long Count, the longest time cycles of the Maya that maps out the ages. 
  • Future possibilities of Mesoamerican astrology will be considered by creating a horoscope based on the symbols studied in this course. 

This course can count as an elective for the Professional Diploma in Astrology. 


9.7. E520A Psyche and Soul: Foundations of Character

Instructors: Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg 
Diploma elective or can be applied to the Alternate Traditions Certificate. 
Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of astrological symbols; a desire to explore different ideas about the soul and astrology.

This 5-week course explores basic planetary symbolism to capture the dynamics of who we are and how we can flourish.

These difficult times provide an opportunity for personal reflection and new opportunities for learning. This course looks at different perspectives on personal identity and character as they relate directly to our astrological symbolism - in a way more profound than you can imagine.

In an unusual alliance with some trends in modern psychology, this course investigates why we say someone is a "good soul" and how the cracks and breaks in soul express in "character flaws." We also explore what diminishes, or even kills soul – and how it can come back to life. These ideas form the bedrock of "the good life” and how we can act in harmony with all of ourselves and with the larger world.

The course also draws core material from the ancient world that saw the soul or psyche in a variety of perspectives: body and mind together, animating breath and life force, a basic form that may exist alongside and may outlive the body, or as an identity that reveals itself to others and lives among others in the larger world. Psyche and soul also represented states of being and were used to express an immortal essence transcending our personal identities.

Through five weeks of live meetings, and a course site with written discussion forums to continue the conversations started during the live meetings as well as readings and videos, students will grow their understanding of how astrology incorporates these concepts and how this understanding can enliven and deepen astrological interpretation.

Topics covered include: 

  1. Matters of Life and Death: Psyche, Zombies and Ghosts, the Afterlife and Astrology’s Sun
  2. Body and Soul, Temperament and the Rhythms of Life
  3. How Soul Weakens and Dies and how it Heals
  4. In the Community: Human Flourishing in the Larger World
  5. Ego and Self in Modern Psychology and Astrology

Our emphasis is not on advocating a specific point of view but to engage in meaningful conversation, generate deeper exploration and contemplation, and offering astrologers further tools for meaningful interpretation.


9.8. E520B Astrologies of Soul: Calling and Vocation

Instructors: Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg 
Diploma elective or can be applied to the Alternate Traditions Certificate. 
Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of astrological symbols; a desire to explore different ideas about the soul and astrology.

In ordinary experience, our primary interactions with the world are through our daily work, our job, or career. But this may not be the same as being "called" to a particular type of action or work.

Astrologers have been concerned with these matters for centuries. In this course, we will ponder the differences between the Midheaven and the 10th house, what other houses play a role in calling and vocation, the guidance from the positions of the Sun and Lot of Spirit, determining the planetary daimon as what planet guides the astrological chart.

This is such a great course!!! I would recommend that anyone interested in astrology take it, it is fascinating and has something for everyone!!!!
-- Iva Podrug, Facebook review

Weekly topics:

  • Job and career vs. calling and vocation: What is the difference?
  • The Soul's calling and our response
  • Revisioning and the future: the hard path - Fall and Redemption
  • Finding support in unusual places. Astrological magic
  • Personal Alchemy: Living in accord with our calling and the planets

This course is part of a three-part series on the Astrologies of Soul. It is one of the most comprehensive treatments of soul and astrology offered anywhere.



9.9. E520C The Recurring and Evolving Soul 2nd ed.

Instructors: Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg 
Diploma elective or can be applied to the Alternate Traditions Certificate. 
Prerequisites: A solid knowledge of astrological symbols; a desire to explore different ideas about the soul; an interest in exploring the links between history, philosophy, religion, and astrology

What can we tell from an astrological chart about the soul and potential past lives? It's a really good question and astrologers have been finding answers since ancient Greece. This course looks at the intersection of ideas about the soul and astrological interpretation from ancient to modern. Each week, students will have a chance to work with a different technique, applying it to their own charts and the charts of others. 

This incarnation of the Recurring and Evolving Soul emphasizes astrological techniques along with a deeper understanding of karma. Topics covered: 

1. Planets are divine (or at least they are people)! 
The Western tradition: karma and metempsychosis
Meeting the characters
The ascent and descent of the soul
Talking to your planets

 2. Daemons are Forever
Find your soul's guardian spirit - Techniques from our astrological ancestors
How to use the astrological chart to help a planet in need

3. Karma and astrology from the Indian perspective.
Indian astrology's approach to the lunar nodes
Using the entire chart to talk of soul, incarnation, and reincarnation.

4. The rebirth of reincarnation and astrology in the 1800s 
The soul's ghostly rise - Spiritualism
Theosophy's multiple children consider reincarnation and the astrological chart:
The Wheel of the Zodiac and the Seven Rays

5. The Evolution of Evolutionary Astrology
Birth and rebirth in modern times
Pluto and the Nodes 
Reclaiming the Past

Required texts can be found under the Soul and Spirit section of https://keplercollege.org/index.php/required-books-for-courses 

Students' final project will be a chart analysis using one of the reincarnation techniques presented in class. 

This course presents an overview of reincarnation's role in astrological practice and is students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in both the live sessions and in online discussion forums. Basic knowledge of astrology is required, for we’ll look at different astrological techniques that have been used to tease out information about the soul's incarnations.

Anyone is welcome to join this workshop

This course has two parts (1) an online course site with supplemental material and online discussion forums and (2) a weekly live interactive online conference. The live portion of the course is recorded and students will receive a copy of the recording.

This course is part of a three-part series on the Astrologies of Soul. It is the most comprehensive treatment of soul and astrology offered anywhere.

The series traces the connections between our ideas about the soul in philosophy, religion, and astrology, through Western and Eastern history and practice. It will introduce you to a range of perspectives and applications that can aid in living a good life and help sustain the spirit through life's transitions.



9.10. E522A Finding the Whole - Systems Thinking in Astrology

Anyone learning astrology knows how challenging it is to make sense of the chart as a whole. This course uses a modern scientific theory to make this easier. 

How do we find meaning? Systems theorist Gregory Bateson famously answered this question by stating that meaning is the pattern that connects. Astrologers understand this. It is only by finding the patterns of the chart that we can synthesize our interpretations into a deeper meaning.

General Systems Theory provides a structure and framework for thinking about wholes that can enhance how we work with the astrological chart. Students will learn and practice applying the basic principles of system thinking as a method of helping build their skills in making chart interpretation more meaningful for themselves and their clients.

The course begins with a brief introduction to systems theory and this approach to science matches what astrologers instinctively understand - the astrological chart needs to be interpreted as a whole just as a person's life is a whole. The following 4 weeks move into the practical application of this approach and how it applies to both chart interpretation and working with clients. The focus will not only include practice in layering techniques but taking into account the environmental and cultural factors that influence our chart interpretations.


9.11. E540A Introduction to Mundane Astrology

Instructor: Omari Martin
5-week course

This course presents the basic principles and related concepts of mundane astrology. Dealing with global issues and the politics of nations does change the basic meanings of the chart. So there will be an emphasis on ensuring students understand the modified meanings of houses and planets coupled with delineation and synthesis of major planetary conjunctions and eclipses.

Practice charts will examine the effects of astrological configurations and forecasting for countries and political leaders. 


9.12. E550A Vocational Astrology

Instructor: William Morris
5-week course
Prerequisites: Learners would benefit from having professional astrology software.

At the end of this course, you will be able to assess a chart for clients in a way that helps them to succeed in the fulfillment of their life’s purpose.

Vocational astrology is the assessment and advisement of the potential work-related and purpose fulfilling features of life. In this process, the cycles of unfolding are used to inform the client – and ourselves – about life direction and timing. This course explores the practice of astrology as it relates to the professions, and as a tool for advisement. At the core is the process of making recommendations for the choice of profession, education, and the variations that take place at different stages of life. Business planning such as incorporation, marketing, and contract signing is included.

This course is vital to those who need to counsel others in their occupational choices and development. In that vein, is the advisement for contracts, business startups, and engagement of marketing plans. The results will improve one’s own skills in the areas of astrology as an occupation. This knowledge is helpful as it provides tools for analyzing business prospects, and missions in a way that helps the presentation of the brand in a market place. Success in the professions is composed of skills that are not limited to the knowledge and excellence required for practice. They include the business components and the very essential feature of psycho-social intelligence. We will explore these features in terms of advising clients on the development of social intelligence, personal mission, practical concerns of engagement with business success, and lastly the freedom to enjoy life.

The idea of occupation as the right livelihood takes place in the context of the earth houses. And it is the condition of these houses which becomes the most fundamental feature of the astrological conditions that speak to the occupation of the native. Having said this, each house has an occupational feature unto itself. After taking this course, your ability to counsel others in the selection of occupation will improve. You will be able to assist yourself and others relative to timing the cycles of rising and fall in the professions. Most important will be the solace you can provide for those who are at a new ‘crossroads’ in their lives.

The background necessary to succeed in this class is the fundamentals of planets, signs, houses, aspects, and the ability to have transits for a person in hand.



9.13. E536A/W111G Ancient Movement Techniques and Applications

Instructor: Oner Doser  
Independent Study
Prerequisites: Basic astrological knowledge  

  • Using the Ages of Man technique for determining longer periods within a lifetime 
  • Predicting by Fidaria, a planetary period system from Abu Mashar which is similar to the dasha system in Vedic astrology 
  • Directing by terms and bounds which describes the types of events and developments that take place during specific time periods.  
  • Direction by triplicity in 25-year segments applied to each of the houses 
  • Integration of the above traditional predictive techniques 

9.14. MD100 Medical Astrology

Instructors: Judith Hill, Marcos Pratchett, William Morris

This course is designed to be a historically inclusive, in-depth, and practical introduction to medical astrology. By the end of the course, students will have an overview of the development of medical astrology and its potential applications, as well as the legal, ethical, and philosophical principles informing its use. 

Students will be equipped with the techniques to hold a medical astrological evaluation (within the bounds of their own medical knowledge, legal permissions, and personal competence). These procedures will include the medical assessment of birth charts, consultation charts and decumbitures, transits, profections, and solar returns for the purposes of understanding medical concerns from astrological perspectives. The course covers traditional concepts of Temperament from both Elemental and Humoral frameworks and will enable students to utilize astrology to help clients dealing with medical issues in practical and responsible ways.


10. Alternative Traditions Certificate

This certificate allows students to expand their breadth of exposure to a variety of astrological traditions outside of general modern practice. 30 weeks of coursework are required for this certificate. 

10-week courses: 

E260 Mesoamerican Astrology 
E510 Symmetrical Astrology 
WL220 Astromapping I: Astro*Carto*Graphy (A*C*G) 
V101 Introduction to Vedic 

5-week courses: 

CS153A/W111B The Cycle of the Year: Traditional Predictive Astrology 
CS205A Beginning Horary Astrology 
E513A/B Uranian Astrology 
E536A/W111G Ancient Movement Techniques and Applications 
E540A Mundane Astrology 
V100A Indian Astrology Crash Course 
V110A Vedic Tricks for Western Astrologers (Electional Astrology) 

Additional traditions would include Natural, Shamanic, Chinese, Tibetan, or Gnostic Astrology

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11. Professional Development Certificate

This certificate is designed to help in developing a successful astrology business. Whether a pro for years or just starting out, ongoing professional training provides new avenues for an astrological career.  

Choose from a variety of professional development programs designed to get a business up and running and find a unique voice to make a business stand out in the crowd.   

The Professional Development Certificate is earned by taking 30 weeks from any of the following:  

PD101A Marketing Your Astrology Practice 
PD101B Web Design and Content Writing 
PD102A Public Speaking 
PD103A Creating a YouTube channel 
PD104A and PD104B Astropreneurship 
PD105A Sun Sign Writing 
PD106A Writing for Publications 
E550A Vocational Astrology 

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11.1. PD101A Marketing Your Astrology Business

Instructors: Janet Matiisen and Kimberlee Jones
5-week course

Marketing is key to your successful astrological practice!

Discover the strategies to propel your business to the next level. Kim and Janet will guide you through this five-week basic marketing course, where you’ll learn how to use your website as the hub for your marketing efforts. You’ll figure out SEO and target markets, subscriber lists, and how to use social media for good and not evil.

11.2. PD101B Web Design and Content Writing

Instructors: Kimberlee Jones and Janet Matiisen
5-week course

This course is a combination of web design and writing for the web to help you quickly get your website online. 

In this course, Kim and Janet get you up and running fast with a WordPress website that will launch your business. You’ll learn how to set up your site and write the content for your Home and About pages and for blog posts. You’ll also learn some of the basic strategies that help you grow your market.

This class is offered to Kepler College students who need assistance in launching their practice but is ideal for any entrepreneur. It is instructed by non-astrologers with the intention of helping you get your website up and running.


11.3. PD102A Public Speaking

Instructor: April Elliott Kent
5-week course

Under development for Spring 2020-2021

11.4. PD103A YouTube for the Professional Astrologer

Instructor: Nadiya Shah
5-week course

Youtube has been a revolutionary force for astrologers today. It provides a platform to reach others with your unique astrological voice, demonstrate your expertise, attract clients from around the world and served as a tool for many astrologers to be financially independent and self-supporting.

Video astrology is a skill of its own. This class is ideal if you are considering offering videos as part of your astrological practice, if you new to YouTube, or you want the support, ideas, and inspiration to reignite your established channel.

This class does assume you have some basic astrological knowledge, but registration is not limited only to astrologers. Anyone who is open to astrological. Insights and wants to bring a more conscious approach to developing a YouTube channel, within a supportive environment, are welcome.


11.5. PD104A Astropreunership

Instructor: Omari Martin
5-week course

This course is your first step toward developing a successful astrology practice. It introduces issues to consider and the tools needed to move toward a profitable business. Your vision and creativity are integral parts of this process.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

1. Create a business name based on your inspiration and vision
2. Identify a form of business ownership to match your business interests and risk tolerance
3. Use proven business principles to create your successful business
4. Identify and develop your competitive advantage

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The goal of this course is to help you understand how you can 

1. Create your business identity
2. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of different business forms
3. Recognize how major business functions work within your own business