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 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.

Because the world is subject to change...

nebulaActively 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.

Discrimination and Astrology
©2008 J. Lee Lehman

Text of speech:

Since this graduation is being held in the shadow of a US election, it seemed to me that this would be an excellent time to discuss politics – or not!

Back in 1989, the United Astrology Congress was held in New Orleans. Just before the Congress started, there was a press conference, attended in part by the New Orleans Times Picayune. Carol and Rob were there, and I'm sure said great things about I don't remember what. However, in the midst of all the wonderful things said by the astrological representatives, one of the reporters asked a question along the lines of: if what you say is true, then why is astrology ridiculed by so many people, including scientists. It was at that moment that my Mars-Pluto rising stood up, and I made a statement to the effect that, one of the major problems with astrology is that astrologers themselves do not recognize that the status of astrology is a political issue, and that the position of astrologers in our society is completely analogous to the position of gay people before Stonewall.

My statement drew some rather pained looks from some of my esteemed elders. But I, unlike they, knew just how gay New Orleans Mardi Gras could be, so I actually appreciated the irony that the reporters probably understood my statement a little more clearly than some of the astrologers present.

So now, a nodal cycle later, I would like to examine the question: is the astrological community like the gay community before Stonewall, and, if so, what does this mean for the future of astrology?

Welcome from Enid Newberg, President

Witches, wizards, and muggles – a warm welcome to our celebration here at what we call Hogwarts West.

Test of speech

Gregory Bateson, an anthropologist, sociologist, and systems thinker, stated that meaning is found in the pattern that connects. In his book Mind and Nature, he states a “pattern may be changed or broken by addition, by repetition, by anything that will force you to a new perception of it, and these changes can never be predicted with absolute certainty because they have not yet happened.”

When you change the pattern that connects, you have learning, not just acquiring new facts. And new learning may take you to unexpected places. This is the goal of higher education and our goal at Kepler College. We follow the liberal studies tradition that gives its students not just new facts and figures, but skills that will sustain them in the future –habits of questioning and reconfiguring old patterns into something new and meaningful.
Reconfiguring patterns is not a comfortable or easy process. But right now, with the sudden and unexpected changes happening day by day, these skills are critical.

And the freedom that this type of education provides is that it gives you choice - Instead of accepting what others say or bowing to the pressures of conformity, you can consciously explore your options, decide what is important and what is not. Life is too short to be trapped by a litany of what other’s think or by your own internal comfort zones. Thank you for being here tonight as our graduates start the next phase of their lives and began to create new patterns for themselves.

2007 Commencement Speech
by Enid Newberg, MA President, Kepler College

The title of this speech is rather audacious and certainly covers a broad territory. But it comes from an article in the Boston Globe written by Anthony Kronman, a professor of law at Yale University. It was an opinion piece written earlier this year entitled “Why are we here?” He was worried about the direction modern colleges are taking. He stated, “In a shift of historic importance, America's colleges and universities have largely abandoned the idea that life's most important question is an appropriate subject for the classroom. In doing so, they have betrayed their students by depriving them of the chance to explore it in an organized way.”

That raises the question of what colleges are for and why should any one go to college?

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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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.

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