The primary focus in this course is the practical application of what the student has learned. A good astrologer must not only know techniques but be able to reflect upon their own world view, assumptions and other personal filters. Students will also actively consider and discuss potential client issues and ethical considerations. In addition, students get guidance in how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to delineation by examining how multiple astrologers approach chart interpretation.
Instructors: Karen McCauley and Inga Thornell.
Students will be challenged to explore their own personal filters, attitudes, and beliefs as they develop their chart interpretation skills. They will actively consider and discuss potential client issues and ethical considerations. In addition, students get guidance on how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to delineation by examining how multiple astrologers approach chart interpretation.
Students will have the benefit of a two-session exposure to the methodology developed by veteran astrologer, Susie Cox. This is a simplistic but powerful, visual and linguistic approach to chart synthesis.
Required texts can be found under the Fundamentals Series section of https://keplercollege.org/index.php/required-books-for-courses
- Developing critical thinking skills through examining conflicting views and asking questions about varying subjects such as dignities, sect, the existence of good or bad planets and house placements
- Characteristics of effective and ineffective astrologers
- Practice with multiple approaches to delineation of the chart
- Learning to identify personal filters and those related to the natal chart
- Techniques for blending chart components such as the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant
- Identifying and using essential and accidental dignities to differentiate between expressions of planetary essence and strength in the natal chart
- Learning how to differentiate the quality of aspects through consideration of variations in planetary relationships by their nature and placement in the chart
- Learning how dispositors, time lords, planetary speed, and derivative houses can enhance chart interpretation
- Introduction to use of profection and transits in chart activation
Karen McCauley has an M.A. in Educational Psychology from UCLA and spent four years studying clinical psychology at California Graduate Institute. She was the Editor of ASPECTS Magazine, an astrology journal, from 1987-94. A long-time associate and friend of Joan McEvers and Marion March, she taught for Aquarius Workshops from 1976-1999 and has lectured for AW, OAA, NCGR and UAC. She has served on the AW Board, the AFAN Steering Committee and as Oregon Astrological Association Treasurer and President. Since 1993, Ms. McCauley has been administrator of Continuum, a subsidiary of the Jim Lewis Foundation, where she designs and administers the international Astro*Carto*Graphy certification exam. She currently serves as Kepler’s Director of Student Services and the Director of the Certificate Program.
Inga Duncan Thornell graduated from Kepler College with a BA in East West Studies and a minor in Mythology. She continued her studies at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David in the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology program.
She has returned to Kepler College as a Teaching Assistant in the Counseling and Relationships track. She also works with clients in a private coaching practice in Seattle, WA. Her interests include astrology, mythology and ritual.
Inga’s goal is to help her clients to better understand and constructively utilize the planetary energies in their lives by recognizing them within themselves and others and to invoke their powers at will. Please see www.dunthor.com for information.