NAT-2: The Planets

Prerequisite: Students must complete NAT-1

Course Description: This course covers the natural significations of the planets, the mythology of the planets, and the important roles planets play in horoscope analysis. Building upon the techniques learned in NAT-1 this course will focus on the understanding of planetary archetypes, guide the student on how to observe and recognise them in real life, thus develop and practice their vocabulary and astrological grammar in their work charts.

Students will also develop their knowledge of essential dignities introduced in NAT-1 and learn how to calculate both essential and accidental dignities scores and will be exposed to the origin of the symbolism of these classical concepts, as additional components in assessing strength, quality and quantity of planetary expression. They will be introduced in the basic symbolism of Chiron and the four major asteroids (Ceres, Vesta, Juno and Pallas Athena), through their mythology and astronomical properties.

By the end of this course, the student will be equipped in recognising, organising and expressing interpretations of planetary symbolism as metaphor in the astrological paradigm. Having been exposed in the theory and practice of the numerous ways a planet functions in a chart, with a focus on planet in a house, they will further explore this material in more depth in NAT-3.

Classes are held weekly.

Class Meeting 1: Planetary Archetypes, Myth & Storytelling: Sun, Moon and Mercury

The personal planets: Sun, Moon and Mercury

Class Meeting 2: Planetary Archetypes, Myth & Storytelling: Venus and Mars

The personal planets: Venus and Mars

Class Meeting 3: Planetary Archetypes, Myth & Storytelling: Jupiter and Saturn

The social planets: Jupiter and Saturn

Class Meeting 4: Planetary Archetypes, Myth & Storytelling: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

The outer or transpersonal planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

Class Meeting 5: Planets as Significators and Planets as Action: Sun, Moon and Mercury

Class Meeting 6: Planets as Significators and Planets as Action: Venus and Mars

Class Meeting 7: Planets as Significators and Planets as Action: Jupiter and Saturn

Class Meeting 8: Planets as Significators and Planets as Action: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

Class Meeting 9: Planetary Archetypes, Myth & Storytelling: The Asteroids

Chiron, Ceres, Vesta, Juno and Pallas Athena

Class Meeting 10: Assessing Planetary Condition: Essential Dignities

Reviewing Major Essential Dignities and Introduction on the Minor Essential Dignities: Triplicity, Term and Face

Class Meeting 11: Assessing Planetary Condition: Accidental Dignities

The many astronomical factors of accidental dignity or debility are introduced including oriental, occidental, visibility, speed, brightness, combustion, cazimi, and under the beams.

Class Meeting 12: Final Exam


Required materials:

  • NAT-2 The Planets e-Course Book
    The cost of this book ($36.00) is included in the registration fee, and the e-Course Book will be in Moodle for you.

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