In general, personal charts are not used in the live portion of the class. However, you as a student may be asked to interpret your own chart as part of a written assignment and receive an evaluation or comments from your instructor.
The reasons personal charts are not often used or interpreted during the live session are:
Privacy – Natal charts and the work done in interpreting charts expose a great deal of private information. The live chats are recorded and all students in the class have access to it. Neither Kepler nor the student has any control over how that recording may be used outside of the classroom.
Ethical – Related to the privacy issues above, there are ethical issues inherent in reading a student’s chart in class. And, ethically, a faculty member should never do a consultation for a student’s chart while that student is enrolled.
Pedagogical – When using an individual student’s chart for discussions or class exercises, it is inevitable that students focus more on the processes of their own chart than on what is happening in the class as a whole. In addition, it is far too easy to forget that the specific focus of the exercise is to maintain a critical eye toward the questions raised by any techniques being studied.
Students will certainly use multiple astrological charts in the classroom to examine and explain how charts have been used and interpreted historically through to the present, and the sociological and cultural issues involved. They will also explore how charts have been cast and interpreted by different astrological traditions.
Of course students can still ask questions in class related to their own charts. And, of course, students are welcome to share their charts with their fellow students and friends if they wish to at any time outside the classroom.
If you are a student – No.
It is not ethical for a faculty member or instructor to play the role of a consultant or astrologer for someone who is being evaluated as his or her student.
If you are not a student, then you should go to the instructor’s website to separately arrange for a consultation. Or, you can send an email to Kepler and we will forward your request to the instructor.
No. Kepler College is not in a position to maintain lists of local astrologers nor is the College a professional organization of astrologers.
We recommend you check first with one of the primary organizations. Below is a list of the primary organizations that have certification programs and can link you to an astrologer.
- ISAR (International Society of Astrological Research) ISAR is an international organization.
- AFA (American Federation of Astrologers). This is a link where you can find AFA certificated astrologers.
- NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) NCGR has many local chapters where you can find qualified astrologers close to you.
CVA (Council of Vedic Astrology) CVA provides education and certification for Vedic astrologers worldwide and lists certified teachers and practitioners
- We also recommend you check your local area for any astrological organizations or practitioners. The easiest method would be to search online using search terms such as astrology and your State or City name.
No. The Kepler program does not encourage or discourage belief in astrology.
The Kepler College curriculum teaches how astrology, which links cosmological events with human concerns, has been utilized and practiced in different time periods and different cultures. We also note its influence on various cultures in different time periods.
None of this information requires belief, just curiosity.
Students get not only the techniques, but where they originated, how they may have changed over time, the philosophy behind them, what controversies may surround them, when they seem to work best (or not), and who uses them. If you know more than “just do this” you not only become a better astrologer, but are better able to evaluate any new method you encounter.
None. We do not assume that incoming students know any astrology at all.
To start out, you can look at our free introduction to astrology to help you begin to learn about the symbols.
If you want to delve further, sign up for W101 Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice. The objective of this first class is to learn the basics of astrological symbolism and begin to successfully synthesize that knowledge to interpret a natal chart. This includes a solid understanding of the core meanings for the planets, a basic introduction to additional sensitive points (such as dwarf planets, asteroids, and nodes), the core meaning of the signs (polarity, element, mode of action and ruling planet), the meaning of the houses by hemisphere and quadrant division, a basic introduction to house systems, and an introduction to essential dignities and dispositor trees. By learning these basics, students can understand how astrologers have added additional concepts, particularly in modern times, and be able to evaluate whether or not they agree with these additions. By the end of this course, students will be able to do a basic interpretation of a natal chart on their own.
In addition, some of our classes in the esoteric track (such as the E520 series on the soul) can be taken with little to no knowledge of astrology.
Kepler offers several options for anyone who is interested in astrology: If you don’t have much time available, there are our Community Webinars and various online workshops. If you want more, our intensive courses meet online one to two hours per week and have a course website with additional resources, written discussions and assignments to ensure you understand the material.
Our approach to astrological education is to expose our students to a variety of techniques and to explore their philosophical differences and effectiveness, so students can better evaluate the information and intelligently choose their own path.
You can sign up for individual intensive courses or take them in a guided sequence. Students who successfully complete an entire sequence have their work acknowledge through a Certificate (for a series of 2-3 courses) or a Diploma (for a series of 12 courses plus the two chart calculation labs). These in-depth courses are most often 10 weeks in length (although we have an increasing number of shorter courses only 5 weeks in length). Since these courses are in a series, we have starting points 4 times a year. The cost of each course includes access to additional library and student help resources.
In the guided program, the first course is W101 Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice. This course breaks down the astrological symbols and then re-builds them to enable the student to interpret a chart based on their own knowledge instead of relying on a book. We have had people brand new to astrology and ones who have studied for 12 years take this course (we provide extra assistance to students who don’t know astrology and additional challenges for those who do).
In these intensive courses, students meet live online for 1 to 2 hours every week to work with each other and the instructor on the material for that week. In addition, students have required book(s), as well as a course website with additional written and/or audio-visual presentations.
Each week covers a particular topic area and students interact through an online written discussion forum focusing on the week’s topics. The week may also have specific assignments as well as quizzes to help students find out if they are learning the material. Instructor feedback is a key component of these courses.
As noted, these are intensive courses, so students generally spend 8-10 hours per week working on the material. At the end of the course, students will receive a written evaluation and a pass/fail grade. The 10-week courses cost $530. The 5-week courses cost $265.
If students take a series of courses around a specific topic area, their successful completion is acknowledged with a Certificate honoring their work (examples include The Fundamentals of Natal Astrology, Moving the Chart in Time, Counseling and Relationships).
If students find they are fascinated by astrology and want both breadth and depth, they can take a series of 12 courses plus the two chart calculation labs. This series is designed to ensure the students learn how to successfully use different methods to interpret a chart, and gains an understanding of astrology’s history, its links to astronomy, and its ethical and interpersonal challenges. Students who complete the Diploma receive a web badge and acknowledgment that honors their work and recognition by ISAR and NCGR (where they can by-pass the first three exams and go on to take NCGR Level IV).
Kepler College offers an assortment of online workshops that provide a great opportunity to pursue your interest in astrology and explores its many facets. Workshops can range from 2 hours to 2 hours per week for 12 weeks. The cost ranges from $25 to $295.
Students use GoToMeeting to connect with the instructor and fellow students. The instructor provides a lecture and students can interact and ask questions. In nearly all cases, students can later download their own copy of the recorded lecture. There is no homework or evaluations.
Nearly every month, Kepler offers 1 to 2 community webinars on a wide variety of astrological topics. We ask for donations to help defray our costs, but we would never turn someone away as these are our gift back to the community (we just hope we are as tasty as a specialty brewed beer!). Even if you cannot attend, sign up and you will receive an opportunity to download a copy of the recorded webinar.
Each spring for International Astrology Day (and for various other special occasions), we offer a several-hour marathon of interviews with practicing astrologers. These are a wonderful chance to hear astrologers talk about their own experiences, opinions, and considerations. Everyone is invited!
Kepler offers three different types of learning opportunities, each with a different focus. Our primary offerings are the for-credit courses that comprise the Certificate and Diploma Program. But we also offer free Community Webinars and paid Workshops, which are described below. The primary differences between these options are instructor assistance, feedback and evaluation. All our live sessions are recorded. Students and participants receive access to the recordings shortly after the session.
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There are free classes available to anyone who enters as a “guest” on the Certificate classroom website. These classes are provided for your own enjoyment and development. They do not have any live interaction or instructor assistance.
Our donation funded Community Webinars are 1-1/2 hours in length and provide an opportunity to astrologers to experience a new topic and hear a variety of speakers. These webinars are offered to the community as part of our non-profit mission and as a thank you.
Community Webinars are designed to give speakers a chance to present a topic they are excited about – and perhaps one that may not normally be offered. We provide this opportunity not only to presenters comfortable with public speaking but also to those new to the community.
Prior free webinars are sometimes offered for sale to raise scholarship money. Students enrolled in for-credit courses can view many of the Community Webinars through the Marion D. March Online Library.
Kepler periodically offers paid webinars that are designed to raise money for student scholarships.
Workshops range from 2 to 10 hours in a variety of interesting and entertaining areas. Topics vary from the history of astrology to astrological techniques. Workshops are in a lecture format and participants may ask questions. Workshops provide time for interaction and questions. Workshops are an excellent opportunity to build one’s knowledge of astrology.
In workshops, the burden of learning is on the participant. Students can interact and ask questions during the live meeting, but feedback is minimal. There is no required homework and students are not evaluated.
Workshops are recorded and access to the recording is sent to all participants within a few days after the workshop has been held.
Students have access to an online research library. Enrollment gives you access to thousands of books and peer-reviewed articles not generally available to the public. Kepler currently has a database subscription to Early English Books Online (EEBO): complete primary source material written in or translated to English through the nineteenth century. There are complete works by Lilly, Ramses, almanacs and more available in EEBO. In addition, there are numerous digital resources.
If you purchase and download a digital file, for example, a recording of a webinar, a workshop or an ebook, there are NO refunds. If you have a problem with a digital file that you have previously purchased, contact email@example.com and we will evaluate your situation on a case-by-case basis.
Workshops that are online and are joined via online conferencing software: You can request a refund up to 24 hours before the start date. There will be a $20 service charge per workshop.
If you sign up for a multi-week workshop and cancel after attending one session for good cause, you will be refunded a proportional amount minus a $20 service charge.
Refunds are available up to one week prior to the course start less a $20 service charge per course.
In courses that students have accessed, there are NO REFUNDS. However, fees can be transferred to another course.
Refund requests based on non-attendance or unawareness of refund procedures are NOT considered justifiable.
In the Fundamentals courses (W101, W102, W103, W104, W110, and W111A), if a student is unable to attend or complete a course in one term, they may extend their tuition to the next term the course is taught (for example, a student enrolls in the Spring, but is unable to complete the course – upon request, they can attend Summer term for no additional cost). They must notify the instructor prior to the end of the first course in order to take advantage of this option.
For all courses other than those specified above, any extension is solely at the discretion of the instructor. Additional fees may be required.
Cancellation of a Course
Occasionally enrollment is not sufficient to offer a course that was scheduled to take place in a particular term, or an instructor may have an emergency that prevents him or her from teaching a scheduled course.
If Kepler cancels the course, any money already paid by the student may be applied to other courses. Students may also ask for a refund of such funds after the cancellation of the course. If the request is made for a cash refund after 30 days, a $20 service fee will apply.
Formal courses speed up your learning. Instead of picking things up piecemeal, a well-structured course helps you build your knowledge as logical pieces in a larger whole. This enables you to more easily fit in and learn new concepts and ideas even after the course is over.
Kepler also approaches astrology as a subject. What this means is that we believe that you cannot separate astrological techniques and approaches from the larger culture in which they are practiced. For example, if you want to do astrological counseling, then you should learn something about the fields of psychology, counseling practices and ethics along with astrological methods. This helps you anchor your knowledge within a context that makes it easier to understand and easier to use.
Our faculty represent a wide range of views and traditions. They are dedicated to helping you learn not only the techniques, but the tools you need for a lifetime of learning and evaluating new information. Instructors for the Certificate and Diploma program structure the weeks based on what the student should know and be able to do after each week and for the course as a whole. That way students know what is expected. And it keeps the work focused which helps ensure a match between what is being taught and what is being learned!
The presentation of techniques includes their history and development, research on the origins of a technique, who were and are the strongest proponents, what are the philosophies and reasons behind the methods, and what are the questions and controversies that surround different views. We do not want to teach you the approach of a single teacher or school of thought – we want to help you make up your own mind.
In addition, Kepler offers resources for you to develop the practical skills needed to be a successful astrologer, with classes in the areas of communication, marketing, technology, business development and client interaction.
Kepler’s Academic Transcripts
The transcripts are the primary records of academic achievement at Kepler College. Maintained by the Registrar, the transcript contains the record of all work done, the credit Equivalencies of that work, the official courses and program descriptions. All transcripts are protected in a fire-safe cabinet in the event of disaster.
Currently, to order a transcript or verify a student’s enrollment or graduation status, email the registrar firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two types of transcripts: the normal one, and the complete one. The normal one has the courses listed, with the credits and grades. The full complete transcript includes the Student Evaluations that the faculty fills out and the studentâ€™s self-evaluations. Unless otherwise requested, only the normal transcript is released. Copies of official transcripts may be requested at a cost of $5.00 U.S. dollars per transcript request. Students should allow two weeks between the time of request and the mailing of a transcript. Kepler College will withhold transcripts if the student owes a debt to the College, until the debt is cleared.
All transcripts, credentials and original documents submitted by a student in support of his/her application become the property of Kepler College and may not be returned or reproduced. Such documents will be held on file for two years, and then discarded.
Transferability of Kepler College Credits
Students in the degree program at Kepler College (as at any other academic institution) should be aware that the acceptance of credits by other institutions is entirely at the discretion of the other institutions. Kepler students have had credits accepted by other academic institutions. Previous Kepler graduates have had their degrees accepted by other academic institutions. There is no guarantee that this will always be the case.
Retention of Records
All transcripts, credentials or original documents submitted in support of admission become the property of Kepler and may not be returned or reproduced. Such documents will be held on file for two years, then discarded.
Degree program: Currently, any student or former student requiring a transcript may email the registrar directly at email@example.com. Once the academic program has fully closed, transcripts can also be obtained from the Higher Education Coordinating Board of Washington.
Certificate program: Any student or former student requiring a transcript of classes may email the registrar directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confidentiality of Records
Kepler complies with the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which guarantees fair information practices with student records at U.S. Colleges and Universities. Information about student views, beliefs, private activities, and political associations, which is acquired or learned by Kepler employees in the course of work, is treated with professional judgment and confidentially. Professional evaluations and references about the ability and character of students may be provided under appropriate circumstances and with student knowledge.
We were not accredited by a federal accrediting agency. Kepler College was authorized by the Higher Education Coordinating Board of Washington to grant AA, BA and MA degrees from March 9, 2000, through March 9, 2012. Although this type of authorization is called “accreditation” in some States (for example, Connecticut), this is not the same as national or regional accreditation recognized by the Federal government.