About us

Kepler began as a dream to improve the educational opportunities for astrologers. Originally, this took the form of a 4-year college that included astrological studies embedded in a liberal arts program. The College included specialized study courses to present a survey of techniques from different cultures and different time periods.

Kepler would not have existed if it were not for the many people who have contributed to its development. This includes donors and volunteers as well as our Board, administration, faculty, staff and, of course, students. We thank you all.

After 12 years of academic offerings, economic realities meant that we could no longer keep the degree program open. But like the proverbial phoenix, Kepler was reborn into a new format. 

Our promise to our students and supporters is that Kepler will keep to its primary goal: to provide high quality educational opportunity for anyone interested in the broad field of astrology and how it has been practiced in different time periods and different cultures up through present day.

Our current governing structure uses a shared system of governance between the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Governance Council.

The Board of Trustees's primary mission is to ensure the College has adequate resources to perform the College's mission and oversees matters of general policy relating to its mission, overall educational programs, general operations and strategic plannning.

The Administrative Governance Council is designed to ensure administrators coordinate on the implementation of administrative policies, work with the instructors to design the overall curriculum, and communicate this information to the Board of Trustees.

As a global educational leader, Kepler is passionate about enhancing the field of astrology in a professional and structured way by developing and offering quality resources for investigation, education and practical application.

We strive for excellence by applying academic standards and professional ethics to the study of astrology.

We aim to transform the modern understanding and value of astrology by presenting the field in its historical, philosophical and cultural context.

We encourage and prepare our students to participate in professional circles

 

The practice of interpreting cosmological events as related to human endeavors has a long history and continues to evolve today. This activity is inextricably entwined in the development of Western and Eastern cultures.Yet to skeptics and those for whom astrology is simply entertainment, exploration of these philosophies and practices have no place in formalized study.

Maggie Nalbandian, Joanne Wickenburg, Roxana Muise, Michael Munkasey, Rick LevineIn 1991, a group of astrologers and academics decided that such a controversial and widespread practice deserved a place in academia where it could be analyzed for its historical, philosophical, and cultural significance and utilization.

Kepler College was born in 1992 from the creative audacity and hard work of this group.

For twelve years Kepler College offered academics and astrologers alike a unique opportunity to participate in a challenging liberal studies curriculum. Courses included the critical examination and analysis of the history and development of cultural interpretations of cosmology in both Western and Eastern cultures over the past 3,000 years, and how cosmological viewpoints influenced and was influenced by the cultures in which they developed.

Many of these courses are now found in our certificate program, which continues to grow and continues to serve our mission of providing an outstanding education for anyone interested in the many facets of astrology.

We are one of the oldest online astrological programs in the US: we were founded in 1992 and have over 13 years of continuous experience in offering an online program of expert quality education to our students.

Kepler began as a dream to improve the educational opportunities for astrologers. Originally, this took the form of a 4-year college that included astrological studies embedded in a liberal arts program. The College included specialized study courses to present a survey of techniques from different cultures and different time periods.

Kepler would not have existed if it were not for the many people who have contributed to its development. This includes donors and volunteers as well as our Board, administration, faculty, staff and, of course, students. We thank you all.

After 12 years of academic offerings, economic realities meant that we could no longer keep the degree program open. But like the proverbial phoenix, Kepler has been reborn into a new format. 

Our promise to our students and supporters is that Kepler has not changed its primary goal: to provide high quality educational opportunity for anyone interested in what astrology actually is and how it has been practiced in different time periods and different cultures up through present day.

Short Biography

Johannes Kepler was born at 2:30 PM on December 27, 1571, in Weil der Stadt, Württemburg, in the Holy Roman Empire. His family was Lutheran and he adhered to the Augsburg Confession. This adherence later caused him hardships. He was a sickly child and his parents were poor. But his evident intelligence earned him a scholarship to the University of Tübingen. There he was introduced to and delighted in the ideas of Copernicus. In 1596, holding the position of Matematicus (professor of astronomy and astrology) in Graz, he wrote the first outspoken defense of the Copernican system, the Mysterium Cosmographicum.

Because the world is subject to change...

Actively interpreting the connection between the cosmos and nature as well as between the cosmos and human being are ways that cultures worldwide have dealt with issues of change - changes in individual lives or changes in one's society or nation.

Today we would call many of these practices astrology, and for the last 400 years they were seldom studied in depth in an academic or vocational environment. Few colleges had courses that critically examined how various cultures interpreted and applied their knowledge of cosmological events to human affairs, nor how these beliefs influenced the development of science, medicine, the arts, politics, literature, mythology and religion.

Kepler College was founded to change this picture.

It succeeded.

Even though we no longer offer a degree program, our mission to change the educational landscape continues.

Subcategories

Kepler attracts a wide range of individuals from all over the United States to all over the world, both as students and as teachers. Our students come because they want more than just rote learning or sitting at the feet of a single astrological guru. They are seeking a world-class astrological education. Our teachers come because they love astrology and love the chance to present their material.

Kepler has two modes of instruction available for any interested student: webinars and workshops that introduce participants to specific topic areas and intensive Certificate Courses that require significant effort for those who want to take the courses for credit.

In our donation-based webinars and paid short workshops, Kepler seeks astrologers who are working in a unique area, have an excellent approach to a specific topic, or are a newcomer and bring fresh eyes to astrological material to offer a webinar or short workshop. We seek a wide range of presenters who are enthusiastic about their topic and are excited to share their vision.

Our instructors in the Certificate program are known for both their astrological skill and their ability to teach in an online environment. Some of them are well-known names. But Kepler cares about more than a name. We want instructors with practical experience and most of our instructors have been practicing their craft for over 25 years. Equally important, we want instructors who are skilled at teaching.

This means our students get instructors with amazing astrological skills, the wisdom that comes from working in the field for many years, and a dedication to ensuring that students can learn what they are presented. Teaching is its own unique skill and Kepler hires instructors that can organize class materials so that if the student does the work, the end result should be what was promised. We want our students to be able incorporate the information from a course into their own knowledge base. We want them to be able to go into the astrological world and know how to fit what they have learned with the new things they encounter. Our teachers go the extra mile to help their students succeed.

The Certificate Program focuses on providing context for the astrology you are learning and the ability to critically exam the material. That means we hire instructors who are not only willing to show you how they practice, but will also show you alternatives, the history and even the controversies surrounding different techniques.

 

 

 

The instructors in the Kepler educational program are known for their astrological knowledge and ability to teach in a challenging online program.

The first academic class in 2000Kepler was founded in 1992 and opened its doors to academic students from 2000-2012. In 2010, we began our transformation to a Certificate Program. This allows us to continue our mission of offering the best astrological education available online.

While Kepler College currently only offers Certificates, it had been authorized by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board from March 9, 2000 through March 9, 2012 to grant Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Eastern and Western Traditions: The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology degrees to its students attending during those dates. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Board at: Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430

Anyone who desires to know whether an individual was a student in the degree program of Kepler College can email the registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for confirmation.

Administration

Kepler President:
Kenneth Miller

Vice President:
Carol Tebbs

Director of Operations:
Donna Young

Director of Certificate Program:
Karen McCauley

Director of IT:
Enid Newberg

Registrar:
Jillian Yuhas

Bookkeeper:
Jan Porter

Board Officers
Omari Martin, Chair
Tamira McGillivrary, Vice-Chair
Denise Menton, Secretary
Enid Newberg, Treasurer