Students who want a well-rounded introduction to astrological practice and philosophy are encouraged to complete a Diploma. It will take approximately 3 years to complete this diploma if students take a single class each term. NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) lets students who have completed the diploma program take their NCGR Level IV Professional exam without needing to take the previous 3 exams).

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.

 

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.

Instructor: Inga Thornell

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!