These are courses that contain a significant philosophical component to help understand how astrology has developed or explore the philosophical basis of different types of astrological practice.
Astromapping uses the chart to consider the impact of place on an individual. The two most common variations include Astro*Carto*Graphy (mapping the chart to the globe) and Local Space (mapping the chart to the home or even an individual room).
It's not sexy, but every astrologer should be familiar with the basics of chart calculation. Why? Because it really does help interpretation to understand planetary movement, the challenges of identifying the correct time and place for the houses, the length of retrogrades and their shadow periods, and why there are different options in your software. It can even help you spot when the chart is wrong-whether you made a mistake typing in information or the program has an error (this really does happen!).
While all counseling activities have similarities, astrological counseling does have some unique features. And it is easy to get caught in an ethical dilemma based on what we see in a chart, or think we are seeing. While Kepler believes in including ethical components in as many of our courses as we can, these specific courses have a significant component related to this important topic area.
These courses include esoteric and soul-based astrological traditions such as the Alice Bailey's 7 Rays and Evolutionary Astrology as well as theurgic concepts and soul concerns of Hellenistic and Medieval astrology.
These courses are primarily concerned with the blueprint from birth for an individual - their natal chart. It does not include much, if any, use of movement techniques such as solar arcs, progressions or returns.
These are courses with a significant component dedicated to movement techniques for forecasting and prediction that can be used to understand the past, rectify a chart, elective a good time, predict times of stress, etc.
Understanding the history of astrology opens up a much wider view of astrology's significant and excellent impact on the development of both Western and Eastern civilizations. There are many misconceptions about our heritage. In addition, it helps to understand why certain techniques were developed to address important issues of a specific time and/or place and how they may have changed over time.
Indian astrology (also known as Vedic astrology or Jyotish) is the astrology developed in India that has spread throughout Asia and has a significant following in the West. It has many similarities to Western practice and a few significant differences such as the use of a sidereal zodiac and the emphasis on the importance of the Moon over the Sun.
Modern astrology begins to take hold in the 17th century, but most modern concepts arise from astrology's resurgence beginning in the mid-1800's to modern day. What particularly distinguishes modern astrology is adding in a mix of eastern concepts such as karma, reincarnation and using the chart as a map for spiritual growth, as well as the emphasis on psychological development, the incorporation of new planetary bodies, and new approaches and theories such as astro*carto*graphy, harmonics, cosmobiology, uranian astrology and its broader sibling symmetrical astrology.
Relationship issue are among the most prevelent when someone consults their chart or goes to an astrologer. People have questions about many different types of relationships. For example: Should I marry this person? What is the best way to help my child? Why is my work group so chaotic? How come everyone in my family but my sister has the same problem with commitment?
Traditional astrology has become a catch-all term for astrological practice from the Hellenistic period through to Medieval and even early modern. This group of courses cover techniques and methodologies primarily from this long heritage.
Uranian astrology was developed in the early 1900s by Alfred Witte. Although there have been more recent modifications, the basic concepts remain. The focus is on the relationships between planets and their midpoints, along with a group of hypothetical planets. Symmetrical astrology is an expansion of Uranisn concepts. It adds to the Uranian approach all techniques and methodologies that focus on symmetry between elements, for example antiscia or the traditional assignment of sign rulership.