Instructor: Gary Christen

Symmetrical Astrology in the Modern World -
New Tools for the Ancient Arts

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.

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 truly 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 possibilities.

Symmetrical Astrology can be distinguished from anything else that has come before it. It breaks from the past without losing the conceptual basis of astrological practice.

Symmetrical Astrology is a work in progress spanning close to 100 years. While the core technique of Uranian Astrology is widely practiced all over the world, Alfred Witte, the principle designer, could only re-conceptualize what was available in his era and more discoveries in our field have been made since his time.

Many practitioners think that his ideas mainly concern funny dials and non-existent planets and such opinions are wrong. Witte thoroughly examined all the available ancient sources (and prior to WW1 these sources were considerable), creating underlying principles that conceptually tied together previously unrelated material. However, he wasn’t exposed to any knowledge of the emerging discoveries of pre-Greek astrology.

Witte didn’t study Mayan or Babylonian sources as most didn’t exist or weren’t accessible in a useable way during his era. His development of a language of astrology and other viewpoints were based on planes and the Greek concept of the horoscope as a point in time – very two-dimensional. Arthur Blackwell conceived of the Babylonian direction early on as the translations of the cuneiform texts became available to the scholarly public. Blackwell introduced three-dimensional, very practical ways of looking at the heavens. His concepts combined with Witte’s core elements opens up an amazing amount of data and possible research possibilities.

Rob Hand has suggested that astrology is a dangerous knowledge that, by its very existence, threatens the current worldview and scientific paradigm. He provides the spark to make our work have great meaning and purpose. I consider these concepts to be his greatest contribution to the field.

In this course, we will learn these underlying principles in a practical, useful way. You should, by the end, be equipped to help build new and modern astrological forms to bring what was known in the past into the new cultural world that is emerging and transforming everything.

Topics include: The personal points and their use in delineating the horoscope; connections and planetary pictures, the 360 degree dial, variations of planetary pictures, introduction to difference theory, working with solar arc, working with oblique angularity and the polar azimuthal equidistant project format, 3-D planetary pictures, integration of aspect and house frameworks, working with event charts, natal analysis and predictive techniques, reconsidering the philosophy and implications of symmetrical astrology.

Requirements: This is not a beginning course. Students should have a strong grounding in the basic astrological symbols and natal interpretation. E510 is highly recommended because this course assumes students have a basic knowledge of the principles involved in symmetrical astrology.


The Uranian system of astrology, also known as the Hamburg School of Astrology, had its origins in the early part of the twentieth century. It was first established by Alfred Witte (1878-1943) and his student and colleague Friederich Sieggrum (1877-1951), both well-known German astrologers.

Uranian astrology, and its offshoot Cosmobiology developed a specific set of highly useful techniques. Most well known are midpoints and the 90 degree dial, which have gained wide usage. But there is far more to Uranian astrology than just these two methods.

The techniques of Uranian astrology are precise and specific in both their natal interpretations and their application to pinpointing events.



Instructor: Bruce Scofield

This course considers a range of astrological techniques that share a common principle – symmetry. Much of astrology is done using signs, houses and aspects which are essentially spatial, but do not necessarily involve symmetricality. The astrological chart itself is a grid on which planets are located in specific compartments, i.e. houses and signs. The planets can be shown to relate to each other by aspects based on the the division of the circle by various integers. In this way a delineation is produced. In this course we will consider only astrological techniques that are based on symmetry, which turns out to be quite a few.

register blueInstructor: J. Lee Lehman, PhD
Independent study. 

How do you determine which planet is stronger when looking at aspects? How do you quickly find the strongest planets in the chart? Or which planets may pose more challenges even if they aren't aspected or mainly have trines? Classical astrologers used essential dignities and debilities.These were their building blocks for interpretation.

In Program

Students who want a well-rounded introduction to astrological practice and philosophy are encouraged to complete a Diploma. It will take approximately 3 years to complete this diploma if students take a single class each term. ISAR and NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) lets students who have completed the diploma program take Professional level exams without needing to take the previous exams.

Diploma in Professional Astrology: Core Requirements

This Diploma is designed for students who want more than just knowing a bucket of techniques. It gives students a grounding in the field, plus an understanding of astrology's place in history and culture.

The following 12 classes plus the two chart calculation labs are required. 

  • Fundamentals of Natal Astrology
    • W101 Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice
    • W102 Alternate Tools for Interpretation
    • W103 Building Delineation Skills
    • M101 Lab: Chart Mechanics Level 1
  • Movement in Natal Astrology
    • W110 Moving the Chart in Time Part 1 
    • W111 Moving the Chart in Time Part 2 
    • M102 Lab: Chart Mechanics Level 2
  • WR201 Counseling Issues in Astrology. This course introduces the basic issues involved in interpreting a chart for someone else, as well as exploring ethical considerations.
  • E300 Astrological Heritage. Astrology has a rich heritage that is most often neglected in the history books. This course corrects this oversight and gives the student a deeper understanding of astrology's roots by providing a 3,000 year overview.
  • E400 Astronomy for Astrologers. Astrology does not exist without astronomy. This course gives the astrologer a solid understanding of the solar system and the linkages between astronomy and astrology.  
  • Astrological Interpretation or Forecasting (2 courses or equivalent*) This requirement can be satisfied by taking W104 Natal Delineation Practicum, CS101 Classical Horary (independent study), E531 Traditional Horary, E535 Methods and Applications for Electional Astrology, or an intermediate or advanced delineation like W112 Rectification Practicum or W113 Practicum in Moving the Chart in Time; E550 Vocational Astrology, E510 Symmetry in Astrology 1; WR202 Temperament, Family Themes and Issues; WR203 Attractions Comparisons and Composites.
  • Alternate Methodologies (2 courses or equivalent*) V100 Indian Astrology for Western Astrologers, E545 Introduction to Medieval Astrology: E511 or E512 Symmetry in Astrology 2 and 3; WL220 Astro*Carto*Graphy; E520A, B and C Character, Calling and Karma; or other approved course in Hellenistic, Classical/Medieval, Symmetrical, Uranian, Cosmobiology, Evolutionary Astrology, Meso-American, Astro-Mapping, Heliocentric, Chinese or Tibetan, Relationship Astrology, or Financial/Business.
  • Final Demonstration of Learning. This can be satisfied by some type of research project for publication or a community webinar presentation prepared with input from a Certificate instructor and critiqued.

*Or Equivalent means a series of workshops on interconnected topic which places focused material in context; presents alternate perspectives; requires demonstration of student competency; includes at least 10 hours of live student interaction plus additional online discussion forums, quizzes, assignments and/or emails. Students wishing to transfer credits from classes taken outside of Kepler should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss options.


Students who intend to become practicing astrologers are encouraged to complete a practicum course (such as W104, W112, W113, WR202, WR203, or E550). Practicums allow students to work collectively to apply chart reading skills for clients in a guided environment. This is an excellent way to get a headstart on the the practice and skills you need to see clients on a professional basis.

Advanced Diploma with Specialization

The Diploma with Specialization (6 courses plus demonstration of professional growth) gives the student the opportunity to build their skills in three ways: build a solid foundation of knowledge about astrology’s development and breadth through the ages, concentrate on a specialty area and do a demonstration of their professional.
Pre-requisite: Completion of basic diploma

  • Three courses in one specialty area (one complete certificate beyond the core essentials, that was not completed in the basic diploma)
  • 1 course: Mythology: astrology-related world mythology or that of a specific era, ancient & modern archetypal astrology;
  • 1 course: Literature: astrological symbolism in world literature or literature of a specific time period or focus.
  • 1 course: Philosophy: systems theory, Vedic philosophy, western philosophy, or esoteric philosophy. (E520A, B and C can be used to satisfy this requirement)
  • Final Demonstration of Learning. This can be a paper, project, webinar or conference presentation (recorded) or other tangible demonstration of learning which must be pre-approved and critiqued by at least two designated instructors.