W101 Fundamentals I: Introduction

Instructors: Tamira McGillivray, Donna Young, Enid Newberg

This course is designed for those who are curious about what astrologers do, or those who want to solidfy the astrological knowledge they have already gained on their own. It takes the astrological chart apart to help you understand what the core symbols of astrology represent. By the end of the course, you will be able to create a basic interpretation of a natal chart, even if there is no birth time. 

Students will learn

  • Introduction to the astronomical underpinnings of the astrological chart
  • Working with Elements, Modes and Polarities to create an interpretation
  • Examining the construction of meaning within the astrological signs
  • Getting a start on chart interpretation through the quadrants and Chart Patterns
  • Looking at the interplay between astronomy and the astrological meanings of the planets; comparing meanings from Hellenistic to modern; introduction to the mythology of the planets
  • 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
  • The harmonies of the chart - working with the Major Aspects and Aspect Configurations
  • Introduction to Dignities and Debilities to help hone chart interpretation
  • Introduction to the sensitive points: the Lunar nodes and the Part of Fortune

By the end, students will have a solid understanding of the planets and how the signs and houses modify their meaning. Students 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.