Start Here With the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology

Start Here With the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology

Primary instructors include Tamira McGillivray, Donna Young, Enid Newberg, Carol Tebbs, Jacqueline Menkes, Karen McCauley and Inga Thornell.
Guest lecturers include Susie Cox, LeeAnn Curtis, Claudia Dikinis, Robert Glasscock and more.

The three courses of the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology Certificate provide a solid grounding in the symbolism of Western natal astrology, how the symbolism has evolved over time, how to synthesize and apply that knowledge to delineate a natal chart, and an awareness of the ethical issues involved.

Through written material, lectures, assignments, online discussion forums and live classes, students will learn how to apply the symbolism and natal techniques of Western astrology to a coherent interpretation of the natal chart. They will also be knowledgeable about some of the controversies that surround different methods and when you may want to use one technique instead of another. Most importantly, students will have had constant practice in applying what they have learned so they can successfully synthesize these different methods in their interpretations.

Each class is 10 weeks long. All three classes are required for the Certificate Diploma.

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:

Instructors: Carol Tebbs and Jacqueline Menkes

The course introduces students to the basics of cosmological symbolism and applications developed in Western cultures and in current use. Beyond planets, houses, signs and aspects, 102 introduces students to natal patterns and chart points that clarify natal interpretation, such as: configurations, essential dignities, sensitive points, house systems, harmonics, asteroids, declinations, Moon phases and the natural cycles of outer planets. This course covers:

The primary focus in this course is the practical application of what the student has learned. A good astrologer must also reflect upon their own world view, assumptions and other personal filters. Students will be challenged to explore their own personal filters, attitudes and beliefs as they develop their chart interpretation skills. They will also actively consider and discuss potential client issues and ethical considerations. In addition, students get guidance in how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to delineation by examining how multiple astrologers approach chart interpretation.

Topics include:

  • Developing critical thinking skills through examining conflicting views and asking questions about subjects such as house systems, the use of dignities, the use of the nodes, whether there are good and bad planets, or good and bad houses, etc.
  • An exploration of what makes a good or bad astrologer
  • Practice with and evaluation of multiple approaches to delineation
  • Learning how to identify your own filters in yourself and in the natal chart
  • Additional techniques to fine tune the chart
  • Learning to integrate dispositors, Part of Spirit and additional Arabic Lots, the lunation cycle, time lords, decans, fixed stars, retrogrades, planetary speed, derivative houses and more into chart interpretation
  • Introduction to transits

Instructors: Karen McCauley, Inga Thornell, Judith Holloway. 

So you know the astrological basics, but do you need help putting everything together? If the answer is yes, then this course is for you. This course focuses on finding basic themes, answers and interpretations using the natal chart for addressing client issues.