Electives

Electives

There are many elective courses available that can be taken on their own or to apply to the guided series that leads to the Certificate Diploma. Electives cover a wide variety of perspectives and can include courses on astronomy, the history of astrology, using astrology to help find a vocation, 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 part of the guided learning series.

Why use Essential Dignities? Because they are a crucial part of good interpretation.This is especially true is you want to work with forecasting (particularly horary and electional astrology). 

Instructor: Charles Obert
Counts as 1/2 credit for a Diploma Program elective or 1/2 credit for the Alternate Traditional Certificate
CS151 or equivalent knowledge is needed

Both we and our clients often have specific questions we hope astrology can answer or at least provide insight. Dignities and debilities are an effective tool to provide a more nuanced answer than "looks like stressful times ahead" or other general statements about the condition of a chart. This course takes you deeper into the use of dignities and debilites to improve your interpretative and predictive skills.

Instructor: Adam Elenbaas
Diploma Elective

A number of modern astrologers wonder why there is a big push for ancient astrology. Our current methods work great. But many older methods have been lost because no one was interested in translating ancient astrological techniques. But this changed beginning in the late 1970s, particularly with the work of Robert Hand, Robert Zollar and Robert Schmidt and with today's translators like Benjamin Dykes. We now have enough information to start testing older methods and determining what is or is not useful. Once you get used to some new vocabulary, it turns out there is a wealth of new tools and approaches that we can readily use today.

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.

Astrology has a rich heritage stretching back thousands of years. This class offers a survey of the history of astrology from the late Renaissance to modern times, 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.

Many astrologers have heard the term Uranian Astrology, but do you know how useful it can be?

Instructor: Madalyn Hillis-Dineen
  5-week course 

3 Workshops over 3 terms
Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg

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.

Explore the different dimensions of our experience of soul. Discover and how soul, psyche and astrological psychology are entwined. 

Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg (6 week course)

It is a narrow view of soul that confines it to the individual and the world of the personal psyche. What is the intersection of individual and universal soul?  One name is magic. Another is a calling.

What happens to us when we die? Is there nothing? Are there realms of the afterlife? Have we lived before and will live again in human form? 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?

Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg (6 week course)

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. 

Instructor: Bruce Scofield

  • When should I get married?
  • What is the best time to buy a car?
  • What is a good time to incorporate my business?

Astrology is about the qualities of a moment of time. 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.

By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate their ability to elect a time for a specific question through the use of multiple techniques.

This course can be used as a diploma program elective.

 

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.

Instructors: Faye Blake and Judith Holloway

 

Learn how astrology can help understand health and medical issues.

Instructor: Judith Holloway, Masters in Public Health (5-weeks)

This course is a perfect way to introduce yourself to the practical application of astrological knowledge to health issues. It is designed for astrologers who want to gain a basic understanding of techniques that can be used. Students will see how these methods were put to use in ancient, medieval, and today.

You will need to have a basic knowledge of planets, signs, houses and aspects to be able to participate.

This course is useful for beginning to define a personal health profile that can help you with assessing potential health related problem areas for yourself and your clients.

Students will have both an online course site and weekly live lectures

Each week this course contains a variety of supplemental material: the written overview, visual presentations available, and links to additional resources. Some weeks also have audio and/or audio-video lectures. Handouts will be available after the lecture.Please focus on understanding the concepts during the weekly lecture session.

Each week the class will meet live via an online conference service. You will see the instructor's screen as they give an overview of the material for the week. The first 1-2 classes will have more lecture than chart practice in order to help you gain familiarity with the material. As we progress through the course, the live portion will be more and more interactive as you participate in chart interpretation as a group exercise.

Each week there will also be an online discussion forum and a written assignment to upload to the course site. The online discussion forum is where you will be able to not only provide your answer to the question for the week, but read the answers of your fellow classmates and comment on their perspective. The written assignment will be graded by the instructor and will be returned with feedback to help you improve your skills.

This course is available for credit toward the Certificate Program or as an audit for your own continuing education

Instructor: Judith Holloway, MA

Judith HollowayInstructor Judith Holloway has a Masters of Public Health and earned a Master of Arts in Eastern and Western Traditions: The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology from Kepler College. Judith has studied astrology since the early 1980s. She is currently continuing her research in the area of astrological factors and their correlation and usefulness as predictors for health care outcomes. Judith has also been employed in the health care field since 1974.

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.

Instructor: Kenneth Miller  

Many astrologers who practice Western tropical astrology are curious about Indian astrology, but hesitate to explore it further. 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 - particularly Muharta, the Vedic art of electing a good time.

Instructors: Karen McCauley & Madalyn Hillis-Dineen
Diploma program elective
Prerequisites: basic knowledge of astrological symbolism

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.