Instructor: Gary Christen
This course will aquaint the participant with the background, materials and methods behind the emerging Symmetrical Astrology. Symmetrical Astrology is a modern framework for astrology comprising the work of Arthur Blackwell, Alfred Witte, Rob Hand and Gary Christen. It affords astrology the possibility of a truely structured form with common rules, observations and methods in keeping with modern times. Please note that this course only references Uranian Astrology and uses the Uranian System as a departure point for the structural integration of future astrological possibilites.
Because students are expected to practice the techniques each week, there will be a discount for the course and a 1/2 price discount for the software used to work with symmetrical astrology, Nova Chart Wheels.
Recently two new moons were discovered orbiting Pluto. They were called P4 and P5 (pretty dull). Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter announced a contest on February 13, 2013 where the public was asked to help name the newest discoveries. The named suggested needed to come from Greek mythology.
With the help of Star Trek fans, the most popular name turned out to be Vulcan followed by Cerberus. Vulcan was the Roman god of fire and is a nephew of Pluto. Cerberus was the three-headed hound that guarded the gates to the underworld. Go to http://www.plutorocks.com/to see how the voting came out. For more details about how Vulcan got in the running, click here.
The voting results do not automatically mean that P4 and P5 will end up being called Vulcan and Cerberus. SETI is going to recommend the winning names to the International Astronomical Union — the organization ultimately responsible for naming the moons. While the IAU will take the results into consideration, they have final say over in naming these tiny moons.
Pluto's three bigger moons already had mythological names: Charon, the ferryman of Hades; Nix for the night goddess; and the multi-headed monster Hydra. Charon is almost as large as Pluto, so some astronomers consider them to be a double-planet system.
February 15, 2013 will be a close flyby of an asteroid named 2012 DA14. This is a smaller asteroid (although its impact would be quite large if it hit the earth), about 50 meters in size--to small to see without a telescope. There is an interesting video that shows its near-earth pass from the perspective of the asteroid on the website Universe Today.
If you don't have a telescope, you will still be able to see a near-earth visitor when comet PANSTARRS gets closer in March. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you should have the best views from now to the end of February. The Southern Hemisphere is also where the comet Lemmon can barely be seen as a greenish glow right now.
Comet ISON will become visible as early as October, could be as bright as the full moon. NASA has caught it's first pictures at 493 million miles away. Read More
Julia Purdy, former Kepler College MA student, and Mark Richardson recently released their first astrological applications for mobile devices. This article is about the challenges they faced.
How to create an astrology application for mobile devices in three easy steps:
The trick to getting a commitment from your developer in step three requires that he be totally oblivious to the complexities of astrology and the scope of effort required to build this idea of yours, until things have progressed to a point that there is no turning back.
By Walter C. Cambra, M.A. (F. R. C.)
The last unsolved riddle in The Sibylline Oracles suggests there is an arcane name for the Heavenly Father of Jesus-the-Christ. The numerical value total for the letters of the Heavenly Father’s name conceals two occult features which, when elucidated, reveal the Heavenly Father to be the source of light in its physical and metaphysical aspects.
The proposed solution to the last unsolved riddle explains the solar/astronomical context for the riddle and its connection with the magic square of the sun, from which are generated significant numerical triplicities such as 666 in The Book of Revelation 13:18 in the New English Bible, 888 in Book One of The Sibylline Oracles, and 999 mentioned in The Kabala of Numbers.
Kepler graduate Chris Brennan prepared an overview article that gives a roundup of predictions made by astrologers about the outcome of the 2012 presidential election in the United States. The article doesn't just focus on the predicted outcome, but includes the techniques used. "The purpose of this exercise is so that we can go back after the election and have a discussion within the astrological community about which techniques worked, and which ones didn’t." Read the article.
The Astrology News Service oversaw an interview series by the award winning reporter Art Harris in New Orleans, during the United Astrology Conference 2012. Severl Kepler instructors ere included. Georgia Stathis gave an interview on the financial markets. Lee Lehman and Enid Newberg talked about astrological education. And, Bruce Scofiled did a masterful job explaining facts about the Mayan Calendar scare of 2012.
Saturn's Moon Iapetus shows evidence of up to 30 massive landslides, which is rare elsewhere in the solar system. New images from the Cassini space mission, reported in Nature Geoscience, suggest that heating of icy surfaces helps the landslides keep going. Read the full article.
The Hubble Telescope has spotted a 5th moon for Pluto. So far, neither it nor moon 4 has names, they are just referred to as P4 and P5. Both are very small and seem to be related to the orbit of Pluto's largest moon, Charon. Pluto (which is smaller than the earth's moon) and Charon are similar to the earth in that they are considered more of a dual planet system than planet and orbiting moon. The two other moons of Pluto are Nix and Hydra. Read the full article on this discovery in the Scientific American.
Nicholas Campion, Kepler College board member and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, has an interesting commentary on the Huffington Post.
"It's a shocking fact that there has never been a human culture which has not related its myths, institutions and identity to the stars. This is as true of the modern West as it was of our stone-age ancestors, and is as relevant to the last, surviving, indigenous inhabitants of Amazonia, as it is of today's American astronomers. After all, no scientist spends cold nights scanning the sky in search of new stars, or long hours decoding data from deep space, if the exercise is completely meaningless."