In Program

For students who want to anchor their astrological knowledge in a well-rounded series of courses that: 1) grow their practical skills, 2) provide a broader understanding of astrology's history, and 3) expand their understanding of the philosophies that lead to different types of practice, there is a recommended path of courses. 

It will take approximately 3-4 years to complet this series of courses if students take a single class each term. ISAR and NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) lets students who have completed the this program to take Professional level exams without needing to take the previous exams. Kepler acknowledges the student's who complete this series with a badge for a Professional Diploma in Astrology.

The Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA)

This Diploma is designed for anyone who wants a broad overview of the history of astrology, its controversies, the links between astrology, astronomy and other fields, and various ways astrology has been and is being practiced. 

Students take a total of 12 courses plus two chart calculation labs. 

  • Fundamentals of Natal Astrology
    • W101 Fundamentals I: Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice
    • W102 Fundamentals II: Alternate Tools for Interpretation
    • W103 Fundamentals III: Building Delineation Skills
    • W104 Fundamentals IV: Practicum in Natal Chart Delineation
  • Movement in Natal Astrology
    • W110 Fundamentals V: Moving the Chart in Time Part 1 
    • W111 Fundamentals VI: Moving the Chart in Time Part 2 
  • Chart Calculation
    • M101 Chart Mechanics Level 1
    • M102 Chart Mechanics Level 2
  • WR201 Counseling Issues in Astrology. This course introduces the basic issues involved in interpreting a chart for someone else, as well as exploring ethical considerations.
  • E300 or both E301a and E301b Astrological Heritage. Astrology has a rich heritage that is most often neglected in the history books. This course corrects this oversight and gives the student a deeper understanding of astrology's roots by providing a 3,000 year overview.
  • E400 Astronomy for Astrologers. Astrology does not exist without astronomy. This course gives the astrologer a solid understanding of the solar system and the linkages between astronomy and astrology.  
  • Electives (three 10-12 week courses, six 5-6 week courses, or equivalent*)
    • Astrological Interpretation or Forecasting: This requirement can be satisfied by E531 Traditional Horary, E535 Methods and Applications for Electional Astrology, or an intermediate or advanced delineation like W112 Rectification Practicum or W113 Practicum in Moving the Chart in Time; E550 Vocational Astrology, E510 Symmetry in Astrology 1; WR202 Temperament, Family Themes and Issues; WR203 Attractions Comparisons and Composites.
    • Alternate Methodologies: V100 Indian Astrology for Western Astrologers, E511 or E512 Symmetry in Astrology 2 and 3; WL220 Astro*Carto*Graphy; E520A, B or C Character, Calling and Karma; E260 Mesoamerican Astrology; CS151 and/or CS152 on Dignities and Debilities, or other approved course in Hellenistic, Classical/Medieval, Symmetrical, Uranian, Cosmobiology, Evolutionary Astrology, Astro-Mapping, Heliocentric, Chinese or Tibetan, Relationship Astrology, or Financial/Business.
  • Final Demonstration of Learning. This can be satisfied by an article or research project for publication or a community webinar presentation prepared with input from a Certificate instructor and critiqued.

*Or Equivalent means a series of workshops on interconnected topic which places focused material in context; presents alternate perspectives; requires demonstration of student competency; includes at least 10 hours of live student interaction plus additional online discussion forums, quizzes, assignments and/or emails. Students can transfer credits from classes taken outside of Kepler, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Applying an External Course to this Series

Students can petition to apply a course they have taken from another school to the electives, history or astronomy courses required for this series. The course must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 20 hours auditory or live instruction
  • Must have assigned readings
  • Must have written homework
  • Must cover the historical and philosophical underpinnings of content presented
  • Must have regular feedback and a final evaluation process that tests the student’s knowledge

Students must provide written proof of successful course completion.

Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology (KAPDA)

The Advanced Professional Diploma offers students a chance to further develop a breadth of knowledge. It consists of the equivalent of six 10-week courses plus a demonstration of professional growth. This Diploma gives the student the opportunity to build skills in three ways: (1) expansion of knowledge about astrology’s development, (2) further development of astrological skills, (3) demonstration of knowledge.

Pre-requisite: Completion of basic diploma, or demonstration of knowledge and permission of administration

The Advanced Professional Diploma offers students a chance to further develop a breadth of knowledge.

Required: 60 weeks of additional courses (a mix of 5 or 10-week courses). NOTE: Independent study in a specific area of astrology can be substituted for up to 20 weeks

  • At least 5 weeks in business and/or marketing for professional practice
  • At least 10 weeks in History, Literature or the Arts and astrology
  • At least 10 weeks in Philosophy: systems theory, Vedic philosophy, Western philosophy, or Esoteric philosophy.
  • At least 10 weeks in practical application
  • Up to 20 additional weeks of electives
  • 5 weeks advanced practicum/mentorship for professional practice
  • Final Demonstration of Learning pre-approved and critiqued by a committee of designated faculty members. Examples:
    • Publication of a non-opinion or straight expository written article or video presentation (YouTube, Vimeo or other provider)
    • Recording of a speaking engagement at a conference
    • Presentation of a Kepler webinar
    • Facilitator for a Kepler study group
    • Or other tangible demonstration of learning

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.

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.

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. (