There are many elective courses available that can be taken on their own or to fulfill requirements for the Certificate Diploma. In addition, Kepler periodically offers one-time focus seminars or private workshops by noted astrologers.
Electives cover a wide variety of perspectives and can include courses on astronomy, the history of astrology, writing for the professional astrology market, spiritual approaches to astrology, esoteric studies and more.
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. They are also required for the Professional Diploma in Astrology.
Why use Essential Dignities? Because they are a crucial part of good interpretation. From William Lilly's book Christian Astrology (1647), Chapter 18 (with the spellings modernized):
The exact way of judicature [interpretation] in Astrology is,
- First, by being perfect in the nature of the planets and Signs.
- Second, by knowing the strength, fortitude or debility of the Planets, Significators, and a well posing of them and their aspects and several mixtures, in your judgment.
- Third, by rightly applying the influence of the position of Heaven erected, and the Planets aspects to one another at the time of the Question, according to natural (and not enforced) maxims of Art; for by how much you endeavour to strain a judgment beyond nature, by so much the more you augment your Error.
A Planet is then said to be really strong when he has many Essential dignities, which are known, by his being either in his House [Rulership], Exaltation, Triplicity, Term or Face, at time of the erecting the Figure [chart].
INDEPENDENT STUDY. Instructor: Bruce Scofield, PhD
In Mesoamerican astrology, multiple units of time become signs. Learn how to work with this fascinating and unique tradition!
There are four major, world-class astrological traditions: The Western astrological tradition that grew out of the Near East, Mediterranean and Arab cultures; Indian astrology (Jyotish) that was strongly influenced by Greek astrology around 300 B.C.; Chinese astrology, an ancient indigenous astrology utilizing interlocking cycles of 12 and 10; and Mesoamerican astrology, whose origins go back to at least 500 B.C.
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.
INDEPENDENT STUDY. Instructor: Bruce Scofield.
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, astrology is the study of how the cosmic environment affects Earth and its inhabitants. 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.
Instructor: Madalyn Hillis-Dineen
The Uranian system of astrology was developed by Alfred Witte (1878-1943) in the early part of the twentieth century. Witte postulated that the character and destiny of a person is not solely determined by the aspects between the planets but is seen primarily through the symmetry of the planets.
The cultivation of soul is the key to human flourishing and happiness, in this life and in future lifetimes. This is a basic truth held by wisdom traditions of all kinds – Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary – yet this means different things in different traditions.
Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg (6 week course)
What happens to us when we die? Is there nothing forever, are there realms of the afterlife, have we lived before and will live again in human form? Or will we exist in a different form that we can still call “me”? Are we planning for an eternal outcome or to come back again into another life, maybe a better one, maybe as a spiritual entity, or to become absorbed into Universal, without separate identity?
Instructor: Elena Lumen
Traditional horary astrology is one of the most precise forms of astrological practice, which enables the practitioners to give guidance and detailed answers to meaningful life questions. In this course, students will examine traditional foundations of horary astrology, and establish a clear understanding of foundational principles and philosophy of this art. Students may expect to leave the class with a step-by-step structured approach to interpreting Horary charts. In addition to covering many important astrological principles, we will do lots of hands on chart delineations and discussions.
When should I get married?
What is the best time to buy a car?
What is a good time to incorporate my business?
In electional astrology, the astrologer selects the most appropriate time for a particular activity. This can be challenging because you need to know not only the planet but the house that best reflects the event.
In this course students will consider electional astrology from a broad spectrum perspective. Methodologies considered will include classical, modern and Uranian procedures. Students will be required to demonstrate capabilities of electing times in several systems.
This course can be used as a diploma program elective.
Instructors: Faye Cossar and Judith Holloway.
Meets 10:00 AM PST on Sundays
Whether we are 5 or 50, we can be faced with the question of “what do I want to do when I grow up?” We usually have a better sense of what we don’t want than where we might fit. But using the techniques of vocational astrology, you can gain insight into your unique areas of opportunity. Students will create their own vocational profile as they learn how valuable a tool this can be for their themselves and their clients.
Instructor: Barbara Millios
The first course in this seminar series will focus on understanding the techniques of Evolutionary Astrology as founded by Jeffrey Wolf Green, along with its links to the spiritual astrology of the past.
By the end of Part 1, students will have acquired a cohesive understanding of the main principles of Evolutionary Astrology, how it relates to chart interpretation and how to apply the Pluto Paradigm as taught by Jeffrey Wolf Green.
Instructor: Barbara Millios
This second course in this series continues the exploration of the modern iterations of Evolutionary Astrology as a methodology within mainstream astrology. This course focuses on the variation developed by Steven Forrest. Along the way, students will also see how Steven's approach fits into and is an outgrowth of historical developments in spiritual astrology, particularly in the last 150 years.
Primary Instructor: Kenneth Miller.
Indian Astrology, called JYOTISH or Vedic Astrology is India’s method for understanding your Destiny.
Many astrologers who practice Western tropical astrology are curious about Indian astrology, but hesitate to explore it further because it seems so strange to have different names for the signs and planets and a different look to the chart. But Jyotish has many powerful tools that can enhance your practice.
Certificate / Diploma students can apply this course as 1/2 unit toward an Elective credit or toward the Alternate Traditions Certificate.
Does anything change when you move from one place to another? Yes!
What needs to be considered when you search for the most desireable places to travel or relocate? This course will give you the tools you need to help yourself and your clients understand the importance of place.
This course includes a survey of the development of 20th century astro-mapping; basic astronomical principles involved in mapping techniques; relation of mapping to natal chart construction and meaning; themes connected with specific planet-angle combinations; analysis of natal chart to determine desirable planets to emphasize through relocation. Students will have guided hands-on practice in applications and techniques.
This course will prepare you for the Jim Lewis certification test in Astro*Carto*Graphy offered at Continuum. (continuumacg.net)
When you can’t travel to the best location ... bring the best location to you!
This course provides students with astrological tools that can enhance their life through exploring their personal local landscape. While Astro*Carto*Graphy examines the interaction of the natal chart and planetary lines of influence across the globe, local space astrology brings the focus close to home.
Instructor: Tamaria McGillivray.
You do not need to take WL220 in order to take this course.
No textbook. Course materials will be supplied.