If you are already familiar with using dignities and debilities but know there is yet more interpretative depth to be gained, this course is for you -- particularly if you work with or want to work with horary or electional charts.

Instructor: Charles Obert
5 week intensive with course site and live meetings
Sundays, beginning Feb from 1:00-3:00 pm PST, 4:00-6:00 pm EST

The traditional astrology tool of dignity and debility can be a detailed and nuanced way to add detail to chart interpretation. But much of the information about using this amazing tool was lost or misunderstood by modern astrologers.

The goal of this class is to help you improve your skill at utilizing the power and subtlety of dignities and debilities.

Students will dig deeper into the use of dignities and debilities and, through practice and feedback, develop their skill in using this handy toolset.

Topics covered:

  • The many types of Reception, Mutual Reception and "Not Reception." Dignity and reception make a huge difference in how aspects work out, A major mutual reception is very important in a chart even without an aspect. And don't forget receptions made with the minor dignities!
  • Angularity, Good and Bad Houses, and other considerations with House placement. Angularity in particular is often the single most important factor in how a planet plays out.
  • Minor Dignities - these are often disregarded or just used to add more points to a planet. But they have more to say than you might think. The course will cover triplicity rulers and good fortune, including taking the 3 rulers as 3 sequential phases. Combinations of minor dignities can be particularly important.
  • Sun issues, including combustion, cazimi, applying or separating combustion - these can make a definite difference in the dignity of a planet and its ability fulfill its promise.
  • Retrograde and Stations - how much does retrograde weaken or affects a planet? What helps? What hinders? What kind of emphasis does a planet get with stations?

Students will have lots of practice in applying this information as they evaluate charts, and determine where problematic planets or points can get assistance.

In addition to 2 hours a week of live online lecture, students will have a course website that includes additional resources. Plus there are discussion forums, and many opportunities to practice the material and get feedback from fellow students and the instructor. All students will receive the opportunity to review and download their own copy of the recorded session.

Students in the Diploma program who successfully pass this workshop can count it as 1/2 an elective in either the forecasting or interpretation sections. 

More About Charles Obert

If you are not familiar with Charlie's work, we invite you to enjoy his webinar on Traditional Aspects: Seeing and Aversion:


obert charles 100pxInstructor 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.