Astronomy is the study of the nature, motions and history of the Earth's cosmic environment. Astronomy is a highly developed science and encompasses many technical subjects. In this course, Kepler E400, the emphasis is on subject matter relevant to a general and non-technical understanding of astronomy. The course is a unique introduction to astronomy presented at the 12th grade or first year college level, and would benefit students of astrology or anyone seeking a practical overview of the subject.

This is a self-motivated course that requires the student to set aside time each week to study the material presented. Learning in this course depends on taking the time to go over the assigned readings, listening to the lectures, and doing the weekly assignments. The readings overlap with the lectures and provide additional information. The assignments are based primarily on the lectures which set the parameters of each week's topic. In addition to the lectures and assigned readings, assignments for the course include online forums, multiple choice questions, and a short report on a relevant topic.

Most chart interpretation is done on the ecliptic using standard aspects and sign and house positions. But there are other ways to get similar information from a chart that are based entirely on symmetry. Probably best known of the symmetrical techniques is declination, planet distance relative to the celestial equator. Other traditional techniques that employ symmetry include antisia and Arabic points. The Hamburg School, aka Uranian Astrology, and later Ebertin's Cosmobiology, place a major emphais on symmetry and nearly all interpretive work is based on it.

This course offers a survey of the history of astrology, primarily in the West. Students will:

·         Examine how astrology originated in various cultures and what questions it sought to address
·         See how astrology became embedded in mainstream culture in these societies
·         Study the lineages in which different astrological theories developed
·         Examine the relationship between the history of science and religion, philosophy and mythology
·         Examine the changes in cosmology throughout history and how these changes affected society's attitudes.
·         Critique the intellectual shifts in religion and philosophy that led to the modern scientific and secular worldview, and the rejection of intuitive ways of knowing
·         Explore how changes in 20th century philosophy and science affected the arts and sciences, and how 21st century research is moving toward a more inclusive world view.

By the end of this course, students will have a greater appreciation of the role astrology has played in the development of modern science and its interaction with religion, philosophy and the arts.

In this course students will become acquainted with the nature of Mesoamerican astrology and its foundations in the cosmology and mythology of the several cultures that flourished in ancient Mexico and northern Central America. 

This self-directed course introduces you to the math required to calculate a natal chart by hand. You will learn how to accurately calculate a birth chart for any time, date and place on earth. The calculations are broken down into separate segments using examples and homework for practice.

You will have 6 months to complete the modules. If you have questions, you can email the instructor at any time.

Required Books: 

Simply Math by Lauren Fowks and Lynn Sellon 

Midnight Ephemeris for the 20th Century. Find one that has declinations if possible. 

Book of Tables. The examples used will refer to the Michelsen Book of Tables, but any Placidus House book of tables will work. 

Optional Books: These are not required to complete this course as time zones will be provided. You do need them (or at least know how to use them) if you intend to take the NCGR exam. They would also be important if you wanted to calculate time zones by hand, so you may want to add them to your library and study the chapter on how to use them. 

The American Atlas, US Longitudes & Latitudes Time Changes and Time Zones Compiled and Programmed by Thomas G. Shanks 
The American Atlas, World Longitudes & Latitudes Time Changes and Time Zones Compiled and Programmed by Thomas G. Shanks