3. Astrological Fundamentals: Chart Formation

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