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Instructor: J. Lee Lehman, PhD
Independent study

This short course can be taken anytime as an independent class and as a prelude for CS102 Traditional Medical Astrology and CS101 Horary Astrology in depth (this workshop or the equivalent is required for these two courses).

How do you determine which planet is stronger when looking at aspects? How do you quickly find the strongest planets in the chart? Or which planets may pose more challenges even if they aren't aspected or mainly have trines? Classical astrologers used essential dignities and debilities.These were their building blocks for interpretation.

Students who want a well-rounded introduction to astrological practice and philosophy are encouraged to complete a Diploma. The core diploma also grants them NCGR Level III certification. It will take approximately 3 years to complete this diploma if students take a single class each term.

Core Diploma 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
    • M101 Lab: 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 Lab: Chart Mechanics Level 2
  • WR201 Introduction to Astrological Counseling. This course introduces the basic concepts of counseling as well as exploring ethical considerations.
  • E300 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.  
  • Astrological Interpretation or Forecasting (2 courses or equivalent*) This requirement can be satisfied by taking W104 Natal Delineation Practicum, CS101 Horary, E530 Electional Astrology, or an intermediate or advanced delineation like W112 Practicum: Rectification or W113 Practicum in Moving the Chart in Time
  • Alternate Methodologies (2 courses or equivalent*) Vedic, Hellenistic, Classical/Medieval, Symmetrical, Uranian, Cosmobiology, Evolutionary Astrology, Meso-American, Astro-Mapping, Heliocentric, Chinese or Tibetan, Relationship Astrology, Financial/Business

*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.

Recommendation:

Students who intend to become practicing astrologers are encouraged to complete a Practicum such as WR204 Delineation offered through the Relationship Certificate. This practicum would allow them to work collectively to apply chart reading skills for clients in a guided environment. This is an excellent way to get a headstart on the the practice and skills you need to see clients on a professional basis.

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
Required:

  • Three courses in one specialty area (one complete certificate beyond the core essentials, that was not completed in the basic diploma)
  • 1 course: Mythology: astrology-related world mythology or that of a specific era, ancient & modern archetypal astrology;
  • 1 course: Literature: astrological symbolism in world literature or literature of a specific time period or focus.
  • 1 course: Philosophy: systems theory, Vedic philosophy, western philosophy, or esoteric philosophy. (E520A, B and C can be used to satisfy this requirement)
  • Final Demonstration of Learning. This can be a paper, project, webinar or conference presentation (recorded) or other tangible demonstration of learning which must be pre-approved and critiqued by at least two designated instructors.

 

Instructor: Frank Piechoski and Bruce Scofield

Prerequisite: W101 or equivalent

For any major undertaking, it's wise to consider “planning its birth” through the judicious use of Electional astrology. Electional astrology works with a specific set of tools and rules to do discover the most appropriate timing for an event that will give a desired outcome.
Students will learn the basic rules for Electional astrology, and when and how those rules have been modified over time.

 

Taught by Bruce Scofield
This course is required for the Certificate Diploma, but can also be taken as an elective.

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. 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. Our text book is "The Evolving Universe" by Michael Zeilik, an easy to read college astronomy text with many illustrations and well-thought out exercise questions - a number of which are assigned.

Astrology has a rich heritage stretching back thousands of years. We sometimes think of astrology as just one thing, but different cultures asked different questions as they found meaning in the ever-changing sky. This class offers a survey of the history of astrology, primarily in the West.

Primary Instructor: Joseph Crane

The student should have a background in the basics of modern astrology prior to taking this course.

The Hellenistic underpinnings of modern astrology are being re-discovered as more texts are translated. Using primary texts of the Hellenistic astrological tradition and modern commentaries, this certificate introduces the student to Hellenistic techniques and procedures plus develops basic chart interpretation skills in both natal and predictive.

Every serious student of astrology should at least take an introduction to this tradition in order to fully appreciate the richness of our own astrological history!

Using primary texts of the Hellenistic astrological tradition and modern commentaries, this certificate introduces the student to Hellenistic techniques and procedures plus develops basic chart interpretation skills in both natal and predictive.

Joseph Crane, author of Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy, brings together various Hellenistic sources to show students how they can incorporate the richness of these older techniques into their own natal practice.
The course introduces students to ancient terminology and concepts, philosophical underpinnings, and how this applies to chart interpretation and synthesis. Along the way, Joseph will highlight where Hellenistic and modern astrological methods are similar and where they differ.

Topics include:

  • planetary symbolism and application,
  • signs, house definitions and house systems,
  • planetary sect and dignity, planetary assessment,
  • lots, fixed stars.

Students will apply these concepts to the natal chart to assess fame and fortune, relationships, vocation, and character. 

 

The following courses cover the history and astronomy of astromapping and current applications related to geodetics, local space, relocation, and astro*carto*graphy.

Primary Instructor: Karen McCauley

In addition to her expertise in psychological astrology, Karen McCauley has been active in astro*carto*graphy for many years. She is the administrator for Continuum (dedicated to educating others about astro*carto*graphy and certifying practitioners). She also maintains the certification test.

For many astrologers, the next step after you have become skilled in various delineation techniques is to develop your own business. And - YES, you can make a living as an astrologer! No matter if you are new to an astrology business, or have been a pro for years, there are proven practices that will help your business grow. Workshops in this section are designed to help you build the skills you need as an entrepeneur in a digital world. Topics covered include: 

  • Finding your niche and forming your business (business plan, legal research re local and state ordinances)
  • Marketing: print, social media, etc.
  • Working with your websites
    • Practicum – development of a website
    • Managing and marketing your website
  • Writing for publication
  • Lecture and presentation skills
  • Issues with teaching in different formats

 

 

 

Primary Instructor: Christine Arens.

The math calculation labs guide the student into an understanding of how to calculate a chart by hand. If you want to pass the organizational exams, you will need these classes.
One Unit. Cost: $150.00 or $75.00 if you are enrolled in another class in the Fundamentals or Movement Certificate.

The Marion D. March Electronic Research Library, through Kepler College, offers all serious astrologers and students the opportunity to share this invaluable resource of academically respected primary source material as a foundational basis for lectures, articles and books. You can gain access either as enrolling as a student at Kepler or through our agreement with ISAR.  Enrollment in the library provides you with thousands of articles and books through Early English Books Online, JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections I and II and the Proquest Sociology database.

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Electronic Library: Besides JSTOR, Proquest and EEBO, Kepler has links to many digitized collections found throughout the web. These are available to individuals who have subscribed to the library.

On-site Library: Thanks to generous donations by many, Kepler has a large collection of books and periodicals. For a small fee, we will search for articlesand either scan and e-mail or photocopy and mail them via US postal service, unless doing so infringes on copyright laws.

Marion D. March Online Research Library (start any time)
$60.00