W101 Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice

Instructors: Tamira McGillivray, Donna Young, Enid Newberg

The objective for this course is that, by the end, students will have learned the basics of astrological symbolism and be on their way to successfully synthesizing that knowledge to interpret a chart, even if there is no birth time. To accomplish this goal, the following areas will be covered:

  • 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; working with a second house system
  • 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 of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the core meanings for the planets and be introduced to additional sensitive points such as dwarf planets, nodes and Arabic parts. Through an introduction to essential dignities and dispositor trees, student will learn to evaluate what planets are highlighted in the chart. Because the meaning of the signs was stripped to its core, students will be able to see how and where astrologers have inserted additional concepts. This enables students to evaluate whether or not they agree with these additions. Students will also learn how the major aspects are tied to the sign organization as well as mathematical divisions of the 360 degree circle.

Students will also have an understanding of the basic structure of the house as divided into hemispheres and quadrants. They will begin to understand the logic between house systems and how interpretation changes when using different systems because they have worked with and interpreted natal charts using two different systems.

See what our students have to say

My first experience with the Kepler Certificate Program has been an amazing journey. After many years of reading and trying to understand how astrology works, I decided I needed help pulling all the pieces together.

Since I work and have a family, the Kepler online learning program has been a wonderful way for me to reach out to the Universe and understand just a little more about who I am and where I want to go. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and accessible.

The online learning environment is a great tool with video, audio, webinars, resource links, pdf documents, etc. Kepler also includes their own text and work book and a great selection of an easy to understand astrology books. With the ability to review any area I may find challenging, my learning is exciting and adapted to my needs.

I am enthusiastic and looking forward to continuing my astrological search with Kepler.

Thanks again, Linda Schingen (W101)

Kepler is an ISAR Affiliated School

ISAR supports and recommends schools of astrology all over the world whose curriculum enables students of astrology to raise their knowledge to the high standards necessary to become an ISAR CAP (Certificate of Astrological Proficiency).


As of January 2012, the NCGR-PAA Board has unanimously approved acceptance of Kepler's Certificate Program into their Equivalency Program. Those students completing the Kepler Certificate Program must take NCGR-PAA's Level IV exam in order to earn NCGR-PAA certification. They are exempt from taking Levels I, II, and III. Shirley Soffer, C.A., NCGR-PAA Director of Education