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DPL-7 Classical Medical Astrology I

6 Class Meetings
Prerequisites: This course is one of the electives for Professional Training students to become a graduate. It can be taken in any order after the completion of NAT-7 and is included in the Diploma Module. If you are not IAA Diploma Program student, just want to audit the class without having to do a homework and pass an exam, and don't need a credit for this class, register for the same class under

Course Description:
This is the first half of the 12-week course on Medical Astrology.

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to medical astrological principles and techniques. The goal is to instill within students the ability to utilize these techniques and theories in a variety of contexts or applications that increase awareness of the relationship between the body and astrology. This is a 12 week course divided into two 6-week sections. The first section focuses on the basics of the Greek medical system and the unification of astrology and herbalism. The second section covers more high level techniques and decumbiture chart analysis.
Ryhan Butler

Required Texts

While there are no required texts for the class, there are several texts that come highly recommended either due to historical importance or technical examples.

• The Astrological Physician by William Andrews

• Astrological Judgment from Decumbiture of the Sick by Nicolas Culpeper

• Culpeper’s Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper

• The Astrological Practice of Physick by Joseph Blagrave

• Traditional Medical Astrology by Lee Lehman


For those students who are not auditing the course, every weekly lesson has accompanying material in the form of an assessment or assignment. These can be turned in at any time following the opening of that week’s material and can be turned in as late as the week of the final class meeting. Week 6’s final project can be turned in up until the conclusion of the semester, allowing the student six weeks to complete it.


Class Meeting 1: Week 1: Melothesia

A basic astrological axiom states: “As above so below, as below so above”. Nowhere is this statement truer than in the relationship between the body and astrology. This initial lesson explores the connection between the earthly and celestial through the lens of Greek medical theory and the bodily processes as they are attributed to the signs and planets..

Class Meeting 2: Week 2: Temperament I

Continuing from last week, this lesson offers an in depth exploration of the most fundamental indicator of health and disease within the Hippocratic and Galenic systems of medicine; the four temperaments. Our first part of the lesson involving temperament focuses on history, philosophy, and calculation from a natal chart.

Class Meeting 3: Week 3: Temperament II

Picking up from where we left off, our second part on temperament explores the effects of the humours on the body and mind. Here we go in depth into the psycho-spiritual effects of the humours on the mind and psyche of an individual as well as humoural pathology and how the excesses or deficiencies of the four humours adversely effect the body. The lesson wraps up with a discussion on the different methods of remediation.

Class Meeting 4: Week 4: Seeds and Stars

Here we explore the spiritual framework utilized by many classical astrological authors to explain the causal function of astrology that we often take for granted. While some elect to utilize the spiritual connection between all things in religious and magical practices, our focus is primarily on its utilization in astro-pharmacology. Identifying the planetary associations and herbal actions of plants provides us a language to use in healing and remediating.

Class Meeting 5: Week 5: A Spoonful of Sugar. Elections and Medicine

All things are a product of their time. No where is this more true than in astrology where the timing of events shapes their development and outcome.As astrologers, we see this primarily through the utilization of birth charts that help us understand people and the futures they are likely to experience, but astrology can be used to augment ventures and events and the branch of electional astrology helps us do this. In this lesson, we explore the application of astrological timing to help empower medicine and ensure safety during medical procedures.

Class Meeting 6: Week 6: Herbal Preparation Lab

Diagnostics and prognostics are not the only tools available to us in medical astrology. In this section, we’ll begin discussion of treatment and remediation through Galenic herbal medicine by exploring the Hermetic and Platonic religious and philosophical ideas that make it possible.

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Class Offerings and Registration:
1 class offering is currently scheduled for this course.

Meets: Thursday, 08:00 pm - 09:30 pm, U.S. Eastern
First class date: June 18, 2020
Instructor: Ryhan Butler
Tuition: $387.00

Final registration: Closes on June 25, 2020

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