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NAT-1 Foundations in Astrology

12 Class Meetings
Prerequisites: Must have a general knowledge of fundamental astrology

Course Description:

This introduces the basic structure of a horoscope and its components. You will learn the elements and modalities of the signs, the sect and quality of the planets, and the house types and meanings. The dignities of the planets of the planets will be taught including triplicity and its relationship to sect. You will learn both the modern and classical approach to temperament analysis.The course finishes with a comparison of chart analysis using classical and modern methods of interpretation.

All classes are held with Citrix GoToMeeting. If you are new to this medium, contact your instructor at least one week before the course begins to schedule a practice session.

All starting times below are listed in Eastern Time. Please use the guide on the Home Page to help you adjust your time to your particular time zone.


Class Meeting 1: Great Circles, Hemispheres & Sect

We begin this course with the Great Circles that divide the East/West and North/South hemispheres of the chart and intersect to form the important sensitive points in astrological analysis. Nocturnal and diurnal charts are discussed along with an introduction to sect.

This week contains supplemental video materials to watch prior to class.

Class Meeting 2: The Historical Periods of Astrology

This course provides the student with an overview of the historical periods of Astrology from Babylonia to the 20th century.

This week contains supplemental video materials to watch prior to class.

Class Meeting 3: Quadrants & House Meanings

This week combines the hemisphere divisions into four Quadrants. It covers the house types of angular, succedent and cadent and introduces the student to the meaning of each of the twelve houses.

This week contains supplemental video materials to watch prior to class.

Class Meeting 4: Elements

This week teaches the elements of signs and compares the classical and modern astrological characteristics of elements

Class Meeting 5: Modalities and the 3/4 rhythm of the zodiac signs

This week teaches the modalities of signs. The unique element & modality overlay of each sign is discussed in learning the meaning of the signs.

Class Meeting 6: Modern Temperament Patterns

This week focuses on the modern temperament patterns of Marc Edmond Jones based on the distribution of the planets through out the chart.

Class Meeting 7: Classical elements and temperaments

We will discuss the classical temperaments, their use, and their association with elements.

Class Meeting 8: Triplicity

In this class, we discuss the relationship between the elements and triplicity rulerships. Interpretation of triplicity in a chart will be discussed.

Class Meeting 9: Essential dignities: rulership and exile

This class will be focused on the system of essential dignities. Rulership and affinities of outer planets will be discussed and delineated in example charts.

Class Meeting 10: Other essential and accidental dignities

This week will focus on the rest of essential dignities: exaltation and fall, term, and face. Accidental dignities will be also discussed and used to delineate chart examples.

Class Meeting 11: Comparison of Methods

Chart practice week! Students will apply the techniques they've learned thus far in a classical chart analysis and a modern chart analysis for the same chart. Several example charts will be used.

Class Meeting 12: Review and chart examples

This lesson will be dedicated to a review of the material and analysis of several example charts using the techniques learned during the course. At the end of the class, students will receive an examination assignment: a chart that has to be delineated using all the techniques learned. This is a take-home exam. The students will have a week to complete it.

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Required materials:

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  • NAT-1 Foundations in Astrology Course Book
    The cost of this book ($36.00) will be added to your cart at checkout, and the ebook will be emailed to you.

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