The cultivation of soul is the key to human flourishing and happiness, in this life and in future lifetimes. This is a basic truth held by wisdom traditions of all kinds – Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary – yet this means different things in different traditions.
Most of us have also experienced a “soul crisis” or “dark nights of the soul” in which we feel our very existence is called into question and when we find our way back – we sense we have changed in a fundamental way.
The soul’s crises and cultivations are one of the reasons we work with astrology. And this concern for the soul has been part of astrology throughout its history. This program is the most comprehensive treatment of soul and astrology offered anywhere. It traces the connections between concepts of soul, from 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.
All three courses survey the traditions that astrologers inherited and created and apply their ideas to astrological practice.
Instructor: Gary Christen.
This course will aquaint the participant with the background, materials and methods behind the emerging Symmetrical Astrology. Symmetrical Astrology is a modern framework for astrology comprising the work of Arthur Blackwell, Alfred Witte, Rob Hand and Gary Christen. It affords astrology the possibility of a truely structured form with common rules, observations and methods in keeping with modern times. Please note that this course only references Uranian Astrology and uses the Uranian System as a departure point for the structural integration of future astrological possibilites.
Because students are expected to practice the techniques each week, there will be a discount for the course and a 1/2 price discount for the software used to work with symmetrical astrology, Nova Chart Wheels.
Symmetrical Astrology is a modern framework for astrology comprising the work of Arthur Blackwell, Alfred Witte, Rob Hand and Gary Christen. It affords astrology the possibility of a truly structured form with common rules, observations and methods in keeping with modern times. Please note that this course only references Uranian Astrology and uses the Uranian System as a departure point for the structural integration of future astrological possibilities.
Symmetrical Astrology can be distinguished from anything else that has come before it. It breaks from the past without losing the conceptual basis of astrological practice.
Symmetrical Astrology is a work in progress spanning close to 100 years. While the core technique of Uranian Astrology is widely practiced all over the world, Alfred Witte, the principle designer, could only re-conceptualize what was available in his era and more discoveries in our field have been made since his time.
Many practitioners think that his ideas mainly concern funny dials and non-existent planets and such opinions are wrong. Witte thoroughly examined all the available ancient sources (and prior to WW1 these sources were considerable), creating underlying principles that conceptually tied together previously unrelated material. However, he wasn’t exposed to any knowledge of the emerging discoveries of pre-Greek astrology.
Witte didn’t study Mayan or Babylonian sources as most didn’t exist or weren’t accessible in a useable way during his era. His development of a language of astrology and other viewpoints were based on planes and the Greek concept of the horoscope as a point in time – very two-dimensional. Arthur Blackwell conceived of the Babylonian direction early on as the translations of the cuneiform texts became available to the scholarly public. Blackwell introduced three-dimensional, very practical ways of looking at the heavens. His concepts combined with Witte’s core elements opens up an amazing amount of data and possible research possibilities.
Rob Hand has suggested that astrology is a dangerous knowledge that, by its very existence, threatens the current worldview and scientific paradigm. He provides the spark to make our work have great meaning and purpose. I consider these concepts to be his greatest contribution to the field.
In this course, we will learn these underlying principles in a practical, useful way. You should, by the end, be equipped to help build new and modern astrological forms to bring what was known in the past into the new cultural world that is emerging and transforming everything.
Topics include: The personal points and their use in delineating the horoscope; connections and planetary pictures, the 360 degree dial, variations of planetary pictures, introduction to difference theory, working with solar arc, working with oblique angularity and the polar azimuthal equidistant project format, 3-D planetary pictures, integration of aspect and house frameworks, working with event charts, natal analysis and predictive techniques, reconsidering the philosophy and implications of symmetrical astrology.
Requirements: This is not a beginning course. Students should have a strong grounding in the basic astrological symbols and natal interpretation. E510 is highly recommended because this course assumes students have a basic knowledge of the principles involved in symmetrical astrology.
The Uranian system of astrology, also known as the Hamburg School of Astrology, had its origins in the early part of the twentieth century. It was first established by Alfred Witte (1878-1943) and his student and colleague Friederich Sieggrum (1877-1951), both well-known German astrologers.
Uranian astrology, and its offshoot Cosmobiology developed a specific set of highly useful techniques. Most well known are midpoints and the 90 degree dial, which have gained wide usage. But there is far more to Uranian astrology than just these two methods.
The techniques of Uranian astrology are precise and specific in both their natal interpretations and their application to pinpointing events.
Instructor: Bruce Scofield.
This course considers a range of astrological techniques that share a common principle – symmetry. Much of astrology is done using signs, houses and aspects which are essentially spatial, but do not necessarily involve symmetricality. The astrological chart itself is a grid on which planets are located in specific compartments, i.e. houses and signs. The planets can be shown to relate to each other by aspects based on the the division of the circle by various integers. In this way a delineation is produced. In this course we will consider only astrological techniques that are based on symmetry, which turns out to be quite a few.
The Professional Diploma in astrology is designed for students who want to anchor their astrological knowledge in a well-rounded series of courses that: 1) grow their practical skills, 2) provide a broader understanding of astrology's history, and 3) expand their understanding of the philosophies that lead to different types of practice.
It will take approximately 3-4 years to complete this diploma if students take a single class each term. ISAR and NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) lets students who have completed the diploma program take Professional level exams without needing to take the previous exams.
This Diploma is designed for students who want more than just knowing a bucket of techniques. It gives students a grounding in the field, plus an understanding of astrology's place in history and culture.
The following 12 classes plus the two chart calculation labs are required.
Students can petition to apply a course they have taken from another school to the electives, history or astronomy courses required for the Diploma. The course must meet the following requirements:
Students must provide written proof of successful course completion.
Advanced Diploma with Specialization
The Diploma with Specialization (6 courses plus demonstration of professional growth) gives the student the opportunity to build their skills in three ways: build a solid foundation of knowledge about astrology’s development and breadth through the ages, concentrate on a specialty area and do a demonstration of their professional.
Pre-requisite: Completion of basic diploma