About us

grads-2008Kepler 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.

Our current governing structure uses a shared system of governance between the Board of Trustees and 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 Board delegates to the other governing bodies the duties which lie in their areas of expertise. 

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

Speech by Robert Hand, MA, Kepler faculty member
Given at the Kepler Commencement on October 26, 2007

At the risk of seeming to hammer too much on a theme, I am once again going to speak on the liberal arts at Kepler. This theme has been a constant of our public talks, and that is not likely to change in the near future. The reason for this is simple: there is a widespread misunderstanding in American education of what the term “liberal arts” means; and the level of this misunderstanding seems to be increasing rather than decreasing. However, on this occasion I am going to focus specifically on what the term “liberal arts” means at Kepler and tell you something of how it has been implemented and what the consequences of this are for astrology, astrologers, and those whose sympathies lie with astrology.

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Part 2

Challenging Boundaries

NICK CAMPION

First of all, many congratulations to this year’s graduates for passing an extraordinarily rigorous and demanding course – and thanks to Kepler College’s founders who, in the last century, had an educational vision which is now being fulfilled.

This talk is about challenging boundaries. The boundary I wish to address is that between heaven and earth. What is it, I ask, about the sky, that excites human feelings about deity and soul? Is it, the excited shout of Pierre in Tolstoy’s War and Peace: ‘that’s me up there!’? I read this passage when I was sixteen and have wondered ever since what it means to be ‘me up there’. What does looking at the stars do to our minds? I want to address this problem partly by treading lightly around the views of some of our greatest philosophers.

 

Opening Borders and Challenging Boundaries:
By Carol A. Tebbs, MA

Welcome Kepler College trustees, faculty, friends and students,

The group of graduates who sit before us are the true embodiment of our 2006 theme, “Opening Borders and Challenging Boundaries”. The two women are Canadians, one born in Argentina, and our “alpha-male” is a local Washington resident. Though a small group, they represent the world-wide diversity of the students at Kepler College by nationality, age and gender. In case you are wondering at the term, “alpha male”, Roland Matthews is the first male graduate of Kepler College in three (3) classes. Fortunately, other men have taken up the gauntlet to study at Kepler College, and our first and second year classes are now equally men and women.

To expand on, “Opening Borders”, in the nearly seven (7) years Kepler College has been in operation, our students and graduates represent three (3) continents, eleven (11) nations, and many more ethnicities and cultures. They come internationally from countries spanning the globe, and in the U. S. from nineteen (19) states across the nation. The ages of our students have varied from seventeen (17) to (71), not possible in most other colleges that cater to youngsters away from home for the first time. Distance learning opens borders and is the key to the great student diversity we cherish so dearly here at Kepler College.

Kepler College
President’s Address
October 13, 2006

Welcome students, faculty, board of trustees and honored guests to Kepler College’s third commencement ceremonies.Tonight we honor the hard work and dedication of our students. We have three students here on stage tonight and one who is not with us, Johnathan Edwards, who only just completed the last requirements for his AA degree this past week.

Kepler College continues to change and grow into a strong academic institution. Each year since our opening in 2000, we have seen additions or improvements in our academic programs so that we can join the family of accredited colleges. Each year for our first four years, we had a new year added to our BA program. In 2005 we saw the start of our AA program and last year saw the start of our MA program, and this year we complete that program.

 

Kepler Graduates’ Influence in Academia
Mark Urban-Lurain PhD

A Commencement Address by Dr. Mark Urban-Lurain

Welcome Kepler students, families, friends, board members and faculty.

It gives me great pleasure, and pride, to be part of this celebration in honor of the Nereids, Kepler’s second graduating class.

As Carol, Dennis and I discussed this evening’s theme – Expanding our Sphere of Influence – one of the images we had was that of ripples on water. The idea that each of you is a ripple in the river that is astrology – and life. Each and every one of you, through your hard work, sweat, tears and perseverance, arrives here today a different person than you were when you started your studies just a few years ago. The flow of your each of lives has been altered in ways you may not yet perceive. And will take you in directions you cannot begin to imagine.

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Mark Urban-Lurain, Maria Mateus, Robert HandKepler has attracted a wide range of individuals from all over the United States to all over the world.

Our instructors are are known for both their astrological skills and their ability to teach in an online environment. Classes are often team-taught or have adjuncts and lecturers so that students get multiple perspectives.

Out students come from all over the United States and all over the world because they want more than just rote learning.

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.