About us

grads-2008Kepler began as a dream to improve the educational opportunities for astrologers. Originally, this took the form of a 4-year college that included astrological studies embedded in a liberal arts program. The College included specialized study courses to present a survey of techniques from different cultures and different time periods.

Kepler would not have existed if it were not for the many people who have contributed to its development. This includes donors and volunteers as well as our Board, administration, faculty, staff and, of course, students. We thank you all.

After 12 years of academic offerings, economic realities meant that we could no longer keep the degree program open. But like the proverbial phoenix, Kepler has been reborn into a new format. 

Our promise to our students and supporters is that Kepler has not changed its primary goal: to provide high quality educational opportunity for anyone interested in what astrology actually is and how it has been practiced in different time periods and different cultures up through present day.

Our current governing structure uses a shared system of governance between the Board of Trustees and Administrative Governance Council.

The Board of Trustees's primary mission is to ensure the College has adequate resources to perform the College's mission and oversees matters of general policy relating to its mission, overall educational programs, general operations and strategic plannning.

The Board delegates to the other governing bodies the duties which lie in their areas of expertise. 

The Administrative Governance Council is designed to ensure administrators coordinate on the implementation of administrative policies, to work with the instructors to design the overall curriculum, and to communicate this information to the Board of Trustees.

Kepler College is a global leader in quality astrological education.

The Mission of Kepler College is to create an online learning environment conducive to the promotion of the best practices of in education. The College seeks to prepare students with the attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong learning, enabling them to be useful members of a global society.

Kepler's objectives are to provide a sound, liberal intellectual basis for students to gain knowledge, to think critically, to communicate effectively, to appreciate many cultures, to achieve personal growth and to gain technology skills.

The practice of interpreting cosmological events as related to human endeavors has a long history and continues to evolve today. This activity is inextricably entwined in the development of Western and Eastern cultures.Yet to skeptics and those for whom astrology is simply entertainment, exploration of these philosophies and practices have no place in formalized study.

Maggie Nalbandian, Joanne Wickenburg, Roxana Muise, Michael Munkasey, Rick LevineIn 1991, a group of astrologers and academics decided that such a controversial and widespread practice deserved a place in academia where it could be analyzed for its historical, philosophical, and cultural significance and utilization.

Kepler College was born in 1992 from the creative audacity and hard work of this group.

For twelve years Kepler College offered academics and astrologers alike a unique opportunity to participate in a challenging liberal studies curriculum. Courses included the critical examination and analysis of the history and development of cultural interpretations of cosmology in both Western and Eastern cultures over the past 3,000 years, and how cosmological viewpoints influenced and was influenced by the cultures in which they developed.

Many of these courses are now found in our certificate program, which continues to grow and continues to serve our mission of providing an outstanding education for anyone interested in the many facets of astrology.

We are one of the oldest online astrological programs in the US: we were founded in 1992 and have over 13 years of continuous experience in offering an online program of expert quality education to our students.

johanneskeplerShort Biography

Johannes Kepler was born at 2:30 PM on December 27, 1571, in Weil der Stadt, W├╝rttemburg, in the Holy Roman Empire. His family was Lutheran and he adhered to the Augsburg Confession. This adherence later caused him hardships. He was a sickly child and his parents were poor. But his evident intelligence earned him a scholarship to the University of T├╝bingen. There he was introduced to and delighted in the ideas of Copernicus. In 1596, holding the position of Matematicus (professor of astronomy and astrology) in Graz, he wrote the first outspoken defense of the Copernican system, the Mysterium Cosmographicum.

grads-2008

Kepler began as a dream to improve the educational opportunities for astrologers. Originally, this took the form of a 4-year college that included astrological studies embedded in a liberal arts program. The College included specialized study courses to present a survey of techniques from different cultures and different time periods.

Kepler would not have existed if it were not for the many people who have contributed to its development. This includes donors and volunteers as well as our Board, administration, faculty, staff and, of course, students. We thank you all.

After 12 years of academic offerings, economic realities meant that we could no longer keep the degree program open. But like the proverbial phoenix, Kepler has been reborn into a new format. 

Our promise to our students and supporters is that Kepler has not changed its primary goal: to provide high quality educational opportunity for anyone interested in what astrology actually is and how it has been practiced in different time periods and different cultures up through present day.

Because the world is subject to change...

nebulaActively interpreting the connection between the cosmos and nature as well as between the cosmos and human being are ways that cultures worldwide have dealt with issues of change - changes in individual lives or changes in one's society or nation.

Today we would call many of these practices astrology, and for the last 400 years they were seldom studied in depth in an academic or vocational environment. Few colleges had courses that critically examined how various cultures interpreted and applied their knowledge of cosmological events to human affairs, nor how these beliefs influenced the development of science, medicine, the arts, politics, literature, mythology and religion.

Kepler College was founded to change this picture.

It succeeded.

Even though we no longer offer a degree program, our mission to change the educational landscape continues.

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Mark Urban-Lurain, Maria Mateus, Robert HandKepler has attracted a wide range of individuals from all over the United States to all over the world.

Our instructors are are known for both their astrological skills and their ability to teach in an online environment. Classes are often team-taught or have adjuncts and lecturers so that students get multiple perspectives.

Out students come from all over the United States and all over the world because they want more than just rote learning.

The instructors in the Kepler educational program are known for their astrological knowledge and ability to teach in a challenging online program.

The first academic class in 2000Kepler was founded in 1992 and opened its doors to academic students from 2000-2012. In 2010, we began our transformation to a Certificate Program. This allows us to continue our mission of offering the best astrological education available online.

While Kepler College currently only offers Certificates, it had been authorized by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board from March 9, 2000 through March 9, 2012 to grant Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Eastern and Western Traditions: The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology degrees to its students attending during those dates. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Board at: Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430

Anyone who desires to know whether an individual was a student in the degree program of Kepler College can email the registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for confirmation.