W102 Fundamentals II: Additional Tools

Instructors: Carol Tebbs and Jacqueline Menkes

This course moves the student beyond the basics of interpreting planets, signs, houses and aspects to where students can distinguish how these components are modified for each individual. Students are encouraged to critically consider the various techniques through a discussion of their strengths and weaknesses as well as any controversies surrounding them. Guided practice each week in “Live Chat” refines the process of spotting major life themes in the natal chart.

Weekly topics include:

  • Exploring our historical roots and the philosophical purposes for natal chart interpretation
  • Comparing house systems to select one for regular use and others that are more situation specific, such as a client without a birth time, or from an extreme latitude
  • Knowing how lunation phase suggests a psychological base for chart specifics and how the lunar nodes suggest habit patterns and what needs to be developed
  • Learning harmonics as the foundation of all aspects, including the minor aspects
  • Exploring major life themes through close aspect networks, aspect configurations and declination aspects
  • Personalizing interpretations with sensitive points such as: the nodes, the vertex, part of fortune, solstice points, pre-natal eclipse, decans and dwads, the Aries point and more
  • Clarifying chart interpretation with major asteroids, dwarf planets and fixed stars
  • Identifying major life themes in the natal chart through guided practice

By the end of W102, students will know the important areas of practice and controversy in the course topics and will be able to understand the basis of many specialized interpretive techniques. Most lessons are “must know” supplements to the basics; however, some lessons introduce less used topics as “good to know” to provide a broad range for students to learn independently beyond Kepler at conferences and through major astrological publications.

Students will be able to critically question and/or evaluate the rationale of authors and workshop or conference presenters on their methods for natal chart interpretation.