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.
Instructor Gloria Scigliano, has a BS Information Systems, San Francisco State University. Gloria's interest in astrology began in the early 1970s, after a difficult time led her to an astrologer for a five-minute-five-dollar reading. During the years of raising her children, Gloria worked in the software development field, eventually traveling all over the US and Canada teaching large corporations how to install and implement the company's financial software. There was little time for astrology, and there were so many laborious steps involved! Untold hours were spent dreaming of better designs for astrology systems. When Solar Fire came along, readings for family, friends, and then clients finally got serious.
Michael Bartlett is a practicing Astrologer and Business Consultant who lives in Santa Fe, NM. Michael focuses on traditional and esoteric astrology while utilizing the skills he learned from Core Energetics. He utilizes this body-oriented process in concert with his highly intuitive nature, three decades of business experience and two decades of astrological experience and understanding. Michael has an extensively resourced toolbox to provide his students and clients with excellent guidance.
Instructor Charlie Obert is a student of astrology since high school, and has studied and practiced both modern and traditional astrology techniques. He teaches workshops and leads study groups on traditional astrology. Charlie is the author of An Introduction to Traditional Natal Astrology and Using Dignities in Astrology, which are currently being used as textbooks at Kepler College. His teachers included Dr. Benjamin Dykes and Chris Brennan.
Charlie's current focus is working on how traditional and modern astrologers can complement and learn from each other. He has a twice-monthly blog on astrology topics on his website at https://studentofastrology.com.
Listen to Charlie's interview on The Astrology Podcast to find out more about his work on traditional dignities and debilities.
Instructor Senay Devi lives in Turkey. She received her professional education from the United States, UK and Turkey. She has taken courses and private tutoring from Gary Gomes, a Vedic astrologer and instructor at Kepler College. She also also completed Dirah. She has studied with a number of international teachers. including Turkish astrologer Yucel Sugen. She works with international students and continues her studies and research. Senay's areas of expertise include Western, Chinese, Vedic Astrology, and Esoteric. In 2007 she opened her website, astrodeha.com, and in 2008 founded the Center for Counseling astrodeha.
Madalyn Hillis-Dineen, C.A. NCGR, is a nationally-known astrologer. She began her study of astrology with the Uranian system in 1979 and has taught, lectured, and practiced Uranian (Symmetrical Astrology) techniques for more than 30 years. She is certified as a Consulting Astrologer by the National Council for Geocosmic Research and is a certified astro*carto*graphy interpreter.
Madalyn has written for a variety of publications, StarIQ.com, and is a contributor to the Llewellyn anthology, Astrology for Women: Roles and Relationships. Since August 1994, Madalyn has been the Marketing Director of Astrolabe, Inc., publishers of Solar Fire. She has helped hundreds of people make the most of their Solar Fire program through her best-selling DVD series and thousands more every day at Astrolabe.
Madalyn also teaches courses at Kepler College in Uranian Astrology and Astro*Carto*Graphy.
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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.
Kepler 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