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.
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