DPL-7: Classical Medical Astrology I

Prerequisites: This course is open to the general public. This course is one of the electives an IAA Diploma Program student can choose to take to graduate. It can be taken in any order after the completion of NAT-7. If you are not an IAA Diploma Program student, you may also audit this course (no homework, no exams, no credit) at a lesser price.

Course Objectives:  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. As a result, the information empowers the student and prospective clients with better information and insight into their own well-being and timing in health related matters.

Classes are held weekly.

Class Meeting 1: Melothesia: The Stars in the Body

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 connections between the signs and planets with the parts and processes of the body within the medieval medical framework.

Class Meeting 2: Temperament: The Balance Within

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. We’ll explore the effects of the four temperaments on the body and mind, as well as remediation ideas that can begin a path towards wellness.

Class Meeting 3: To Fall Ill: Horary and Decumbiture

The most common method of iatromathematical application, horary astrology provides quick and accurate insight into specific health problems. This section will also cover the exclusively medical decumbiture chart.

Class Meeting 4: Illness in Motion: The Critical Days

Building off of the material from the previous week, the critical days are a medical technique that focus on the Moon’s movement in order to determine the prognosis of an illness in real time. We’ll look into the history and development of this unique application of astrology and look into cases where it may and may not be useful.

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

In this section, we’ll discuss the basics of electional astrology and how to successfully apply these principles to a variety of medical concerns and fine tune them to the individual needs of a patient.

Class Meeting 6: Seeds and Stars

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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