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DPL07 Classical Medical Astrology

9 Class Meetings
Prerequisites: DPL01, DPL04

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Class Meeting 1: Hippocratic dis-ease concepts

This class places the modern student in the historical concept of disease, which is driven by an understanding that the body in health is in balance with the environment, and then various factors may drive an imbalance. If an imbalance backs up past the body’s natural ability to cope, disease results.

Class Meeting 2: The soul's relationship to physiology

Virtually all traditional medical systems consider the soul as part of the system of health and disease, because disease through the soul is as important a consideration as through the body. In this week, we explore the concepts of souls as they affect the functioning of the body and the mind.

Class Meeting 3: Temperaments and their calculation

The temperament represents the personal balance of the elements fire, earth, air, and water, in the body. But this personal temperament is like the birthchart or genetics: it represents a starting point. Waldorf schools have used the temperament to adjust the learning experience for pupils, because a whole host of characteristics are correlated with the temperament.

Class Meeting 4: The Body and its Diseases

The qualities hot, cold, wet, and dry that we began studying in week 1 are now applied to a system of understanding the nature of disease, along with an analysis of the 6th house and its workings.

Class Meeting 5: Medical Horary

This class will focus on medical questions and decumbitures, charts for medical events.

Class Meeting 6: Critical Days and Solar Returns

Solar returns are a useful technique for examining medical predispositions for a year, such as the susceptibility to stress, and the tendency to be able to hold balance. Using lifetime solar returns, it’s possible to project these circumstances out for several years for planning purposes. Critical days are a system of projecting the future course of disease once it has occurred.

Class Meeting 7: Medical Electional

Medical questions and electionals are among the most common medical requests from clients. We will consider not only the traditional rules for electing surgery, but how they can be applied to nonsurgical medical events, and how to evaluate time periods using the natal chart.

Class Meeting 8: Interfacing with Alternative Therapies

The system of the four elements was completely embedded in traditional Western medicine, and astrology’s connection to the four elements made this a powerful connection. We will examine how this connection worked with traditional Western herbalism, but also in order to examine how connections can be made to other modalities.

Class Meeting 9: Final Exam/Demonstration of Learning

In this class, the student will present a demonstration of learning rather than write an exam. This demonstration will consist of presenting two horaries, two electional, and two natal examples according to the criteria specified.

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