Instructor: Gary Christen

Symmetrical Astrology in the Modern World -
New Tools for the Ancient Arts

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.

In Program

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.

Professional Diploma in Astrology: Core Requirements

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. 

  • Fundamentals of Natal Astrology
    • W101 Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice
    • W102 Alternate Tools for Interpretation
    • W103 Building Delineation Skills
    • W104 Practicum: Natal Chart Delineation
    • M101 Chart Mechanics Level 1
  • Movement in Natal Astrology
    • W110 Moving the Chart in Time Part 1 
    • W111 Moving the Chart in Time Part 2 
    • M102 Chart Mechanics Level 2
  • WR201 Counseling Issues in Astrology. This course introduces the basic issues involved in interpreting a chart for someone else, as well as exploring ethical considerations.
  • E300 or E301 Astrological Heritage. Astrology has a rich heritage that is most often neglected in the history books. This course corrects this oversight and gives the student a deeper understanding of astrology's roots by providing a 3,000 year overview.
  • E400 Astronomy for Astrologers. Astrology does not exist without astronomy. This course gives the astrologer a solid understanding of the solar system and the linkages between astronomy and astrology.  
  • Electives (3 courses or equivalent*)
    • Astrological Interpretation or Forecasting: This requirement can be satisfied by E531 Traditional Horary, E535 Methods and Applications for Electional Astrology, or an intermediate or advanced delineation like W112 Rectification Practicum or W113 Practicum in Moving the Chart in Time; E550 Vocational Astrology, E510 Symmetry in Astrology 1; WR202 Temperament, Family Themes and Issues; WR203 Attractions Comparisons and Composites.
    • Alternate Methodologies: V100 Indian Astrology for Western Astrologers, E511 or E512 Symmetry in Astrology 2 and 3; WL220 Astro*Carto*Graphy; E520A, B and C Character, Calling and Karma; E260 Mesoamerican Astrology; or other approved course in Hellenistic, Classical/Medieval, Symmetrical, Uranian, Cosmobiology, Evolutionary Astrology, Astro-Mapping, Heliocentric, Chinese or Tibetan, Relationship Astrology, or Financial/Business.
  • Final Demonstration of Learning. This can be satisfied by an article or research project for publication or a community webinar presentation prepared with input from a Certificate instructor and critiqued.

*Or Equivalent means a series of workshops on interconnected topic which places focused material in context; presents alternate perspectives; requires demonstration of student competency; includes at least 10 hours of live student interaction plus additional online discussion forums, quizzes, assignments and/or emails. Students wishing to transfer credits from classes taken outside of Kepler should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss options.

Applying an External Course to a Diploma Course

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:

  • Must have a minimum of 20 hours auditory or live instruction
  • Must have assigned readings
  • Must have written homework
  • Must cover the historical and philosophical underpinnings of content presented
  • Must have regular feedback and a final evaluation process that tests the student’s knowledge

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

  • Three courses in one specialty area (one complete certificate beyond the core essentials, that was not completed in the basic diploma)
  • 3 courses (as above you can petition to have external courses apply to this requirement) focusing on
    • Mythology: astrology-related world mythology or that of a specific era, ancient & modern archetypal astrology;
    • Literature: astrological symbolism in world literature or literature of a specific time period or focus.
    • Philosophy: systems theory, Vedic philosophy, western philosophy, or esoteric philosophy. 
  • Final Demonstration of Learning. This can be a paper, artistic or research project, webinar or conference presentation (recorded) or other tangible demonstration of learning which must be pre-approved and critiqued by two designated instructors.


INDEPENDENT STUDY. Instructor: Bruce Scofield.

Astronomy and astrology have the same origins in the explorations and explanations of the visual sky. Astronomy is the study of the nature, motions and history of the Earth's cosmic environment, astrology is the study of how the cosmic environment affects Earth and its inhabitants. In this course, specifically designed for Kepler College students, we will emphasize themes relevant to a general understanding of the subject rather than one involving technical knowledge and mathematics.