Editorials & Opinions

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.

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!

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.

Joseph Crane, author of Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy, brings together various Hellenistic sources to show students how they can incorporate the richness of these older techniques into their own natal practice.
The course introduces students to ancient terminology and concepts, philosophical underpinnings, and how this applies to chart interpretation and synthesis. Along the way, Joseph will highlight where Hellenistic and modern astrological methods are similar and where they differ.

Topics include:

  • planetary symbolism and application,
  • signs, house definitions and house systems,
  • planetary sect and dignity, planetary assessment,
  • lots, fixed stars.

Students will apply these concepts to the natal chart to assess fame and fortune, relationships, vocation, and character. 

 

The following courses cover the history and astronomy of astromapping and current applications related to geodetics, local space, relocation, and astro*carto*graphy.

Primary Instructor: Karen McCauley

In addition to her expertise in psychological astrology, Karen McCauley has been active in astro*carto*graphy for many years. She is the administrator for Continuum (dedicated to educating others about astro*carto*graphy and certifying practitioners). She also maintains the certification test.

For many astrologers, the next step after you have become skilled in various delineation techniques is to develop your own business. And - YES, you can make a living as an astrologer! No matter if you are new to an astrology business, or have been a pro for years, there are proven practices that will help your business grow. Workshops in this section are designed to help you build the skills you need as an entrepeneur in a digital world. Topics covered include: 

  • Finding your niche and forming your business (business plan, legal research re local and state ordinances)
  • Marketing: print, social media, etc.
  • Working with your websites
    • Practicum – development of a website
    • Managing and marketing your website
  • Writing for publication
  • Lecture and presentation skills
  • Issues with teaching in different formats

 

 

 

Primary Instructor: Christine Arens.

The math calculation labs guide the student into an understanding of how to calculate a chart by hand. If you want to pass the organizational exams, you will need these classes.
One Unit. Cost: $150.00 or $75.00 if you are enrolled in another class in the Fundamentals or Movement Certificate.

Free Courses: There are free courses available to anyone who registers and logs into the Kepler website and enters as a “guest” on the Certificate course site. These classes are provided for your own enjoyment and development. They do not have any “live” interaction or instructor assistance.
Free Webinars: Kepler offers free webinars on a regular basis. A description of the webinar and a link for registration is posted on the homepage of the Kepler website. For most webinars, anyone who signs up and attends will receive a link to download the recording.

by Enid Newberg

 

"Economists have suffered a collapse in credibility since the global financial crisis began. Faith in the efficiency of markets and the invisible hand is out; 'behavioral economics,' which stresses that humans are fundamentally irrational actors, is in. We are blind to risk; we make decisions on a whim; we prefer consuming now over saving for later. Human fallibility seems to be the perfect explanation for an unfathomable crisis." Foreign Policy Magazine

 

The discredited "invisible hand" of economics sounds a lot like the position of those astrologers for whom the planetary configurations cause events. Trends, whether in our own lives or in the economies of nations, seem to have an invisible and inevitable life of their own - an illusion that lasts only as long as everything remains fairly stable. But once the balance has been lost, all bets are off. That is the point when our individual, discrete choices can ripple through our own lives and the lives of those around us, to move in new and unexpected directions.

What does astrology offer us then? Whether a beginner or an expert, the astrologer (economist, psychologist, politician ...) inevitably interprets through his or her own lens, picking and choosing from all the complex possibilities, a hint, a path, a possibility that combines with his or her experience and knowledge to select an interpretation and/or a path for action.

But once you have made a proclamation, is the result increased self-knowledge or a self-fulfilling prophecy? How much additional strain was added to a banking system already on the verge of collapse by relentless news coverage proclaiming disaster. How much additional strain on yourself or your client is added by announcing a string of bad aspects or bad transits.

Yet the opposite response to life's stresses is equally unhelpful. Not all difficult times are wonderful opportunities. Bad things happen that we have no control over.

Astrology can be a rich and deep pool for self-knowledge and growth. Like economics, there are aspects of astrology that will never fit into the scientific paradigm because people are complex "irrational actors." To fulfill your potential as an astrologer, you need to know far more than just techniques. Our astrological interpretations are a mirror of who we are, what we believe, and the breath and depth of all our knowledge.

The best astrologers, like the best in any field or profession, never stop learning - about their field, about themselves, and about the world around them.

by Enid Newberg

The Professional Astrologers group on Facebook has had a fascinating discussion about whether or not you can identify evil in an astrological chart. The premises of evolutionary astrology bring up a similar question for me. I don't think a chart can tell you that someone is evil or has a propensity for evil, nor do I believe that you can use a chart to measure "the growth of a Soul from life to life."

 

Carol Hunt responded to this question as follows: I do not think that you can see who is capable of evil acts from a birthchart. People are not born evil. Charts indicate tendencies, and parents can adapt their behaviors based on the response and need of the child that is indicated in the birthchart. If we can't adapt our behavior to prevent poor responses, astrology is a waste of time.

You can look at the assumed birth chart of Adolf Hitler and there is nothing in the chart that indicates mass murder. All anyone would likely assume among other facts, is that he is an artist, a persuasive public speaker, who has a need for control, and possibly he has very pronounced fears. Another example of this inability to tell would be Timothy McVeigh. His Pisces Moon trine Neptune doesn't really strike the mind as the kind of thing that would make a person blow down a building even though the negative of Pisces is the tendency to be paranoid and often have delusions in regard to the government; the absences of his mother in his teenage years was certain difficult for him. Looking in hindsight one might suspect that his shyness and sensitivity contributed to his inability to socialize-- which developed into a very serious problem for him that he masked behind an intellectual front (Gemini rising). I don't see how you can tell the difference between a Taurus that is going to blow down a building and one that is just irritatingly stubborn from the natal chart without knowing more about the person. Once you know the circumstances, the behaviors are more explainable, but truthfully much of it is hindsight.

The better question might be how are going to define evil. It is more likely that these people actually are not evil, but that negative behavior is the result of people being extremely mistaken and misguided. Hilter thought that he was beautifying the world. Ignorance looks like evil and it doesn't have any limitations. It seems more likely that people are capable of the most destructive acts simply because there is some extreme lack in their education, and it is going to be hard to pinpoint that on a birthchart.

Oldest astrologer's tool - Image from LiveScience.comIn the news is information about an astrologer's tool dating back over 2,000 years that was found in a cave in Croatia. It is a board consisting of ivory fragments, that when reconstructed showed a tool with the images of the zodiac. An astrologer would have used it to help prepare a horoscope.

This appears to be the oldest known example of such a tool, pre-dating any of the written horoscopes from the Greco-Roman World.

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