In a mere five weeks, we’re going to explore basic planetary symbolism to capture the dynamics of who we are and how we can flourish.
Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg
No external texts are required for this course
These difficult times provide an opportunity for personal reflection and new opportunities for learning. This course looks at different perspectives on personal identity and character as they relate directly to our astrological symbolism - in a way more profound than you can imagine.
In an unusual alliance with some trends in modern psychology, this course investigates why we say someone is a "good soul" and how the cracks and breaks in soul express in "character flaws." We also explore what diminishes, or even kills soul – and how it can come back to life. These ideas form the bedrock of "the good life” and how we can act in harmony with all of ourselves and with the larger world.
The course also draws core material from the ancient world that saw the soul or psyche in a variety of perspectives: body and mind together, animating breath and life force, a basic form that may exist alongside and may outlive the body, or as an identity that reveals itself to others and lives among others in the larger world. Psyche and soul also represented states of being and were used to express an immortal essence transcending our personal identities.
Through five weeks of live meetings, and a course site with written discussion forums to continue the conversations started during the live meetings as well as readings and videos, students will grow their understanding of how astrology incorporates these concepts and how this understanding can enliven and deepen astrological interpretation.
Topics covered include:
- Matters of Life and Death: Psyche, Zombies and Ghosts, the Afterlife and Astrology’s Sun
- Body and Soul, Temperament and the Rhythms of Life
- How Soul Weakens and Dies and how it Heals
- In the Community: Human Flourishing in the Larger World
- Ego and Self in Modern Psychology and Astrology
Our emphasis is not on advocating a specific point of view but to engage in meaningful conversation, generate deeper exploration and contemplation, and to offer astrologers further tools for meaningful interpretation.
Prerequisite: Basic astrological knowledge
Joseph Crane, M.A. is a consulting astrologer, teacher, and author. He has conducted beginning astrology courses, training programs on astrological interpretation, and on counseling skills for astrologers. He has been involved with the Kepler College and Certificate Program since 2007. He also works 1:1 with those who wish to include astrology in their counseling work. He has been involved with the Kepler College and Certificate Program since 2007.
Joseph is the author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1997), Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy (2007) and Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (2012). He publishes a monthly astrology newsletter that currently profiles historical and contemporary public figures. Newsletters and other information can be found at The Astrology Institute. Joseph is also a psychotherapist and a Buddhist practitioner. He lives in Rhode Island. You can find out more at his website: https://www.astrologyinstitute.com/
Enid Newberg, MA Whole Systems Design, discovered astrology in the 1970s when she went with friends to listen to a lecture by Dane Rudhyar. From that point on she was hooked. She particularly enjoys introducing students to the dynamic aliveness of an astrological chart. She is also fascinated by astrology's history and philosophy as well as its intersection with magic, culture, and spirituality.
Enid became involved in the dream of creating an academic college where astrology would be openly taught and joined the board of Kepler College in 1993. She was president when the college first opened in 2000 through 2001. In November 2004, she rejoined the administration and was president again from 2006 until 2019. She is still a member of the Board of Trustees and teaches a variety of astrological classes.