• Learning Astrology

  • Astrology can be an interesting hobby or, a deep, abiding interest guaranteed to keep you interested in life, world events and people for the rest of your days. 

    With the immediate press of a button, we can all turn to the internet and find something on astrology that fits our purpose. There is no longer the need to learn the basics of drawing up a chart by hand using co-sines and other forms of trigonometry.  No more chewing the ends of pencils, wondering if we have it right.  Life today is about speed and ease of access. 

    Unfortunately, learning how to make accurate forecasts using astrology is not a speedy process! It takes time, study and application of the mind. There is no quick fix! 

    Learning Traditional Astrology is in some ways, much easier to learn than modern psychological astrology. But, as you peel back the layers of the onion, you find subtle nuances that are not apparent in modern astrology. Initially there are, apart from the 12 signs, only 7 planets to learn and 5 aspects. That sounds fairly simple doesn’t it!

    Traditional Astrology can help you find lost items, people or animals through the use of Horary.  Horary means of the Hour and is more correctly known as Interrogations.  You learn to interrogate the aspects of the planets as they appear to us here on Earth at a given time, in order to gain answers to questions about life, the universe and everything.  Horary Astrology was the foundation stone for electional, medical, physical, natal and Mundane astrology. (Mundane relates to world events that do eventually have an effect on the individual). 

    If you have already been studying astrology with a modern outlook, you may experience a shock to the system as you have to “unlearn” many of the givens of modern astrology. 

    If you wish to study Traditional Predictive Astrology; that is to learn the how, why, what, when and whom of life, you need a basic understanding of the Astrological signs, the planets and their movements. There are many free online courses that can give you the requisite information to bring you up to a basic standard. 

    In order to become proficient, you need to start with Horary Astrology before you can take my course in Natal predictive astrology. 

    I am the Convenor and a Tutor for the QHP course. This was the original course relating to traditional methods in England and America. From this course came many of the courses and teachers with international reputations today, such as John Frawley, Deborah Houlding, Dr. Lee Lehman, Sue Ward and countless others. For enrolment on the QHP Certificate course, please contact Barbara Dunn at www.bdunnastrologer.co.uk. 

    Once you have passed the QHP Certificate course, you can then proceed to start learning Traditional Natal Techniques. Of course, if you can demonstrate a sound knowledge of traditional terms, you may be able to proceed directly to studying my course.

    I teach on a one to one basis, either via Skype, email or the telephone. We work with your natal chart in the first instance as this is probably the chart you know best! During the course work, we will work with a variety of charts including some mundane, electional and decumbiture charts. There will be the opportunity to meet with fellow students via webinars or similar platforms.  The best way to learn astrology is not only reading, but also discussing matters with fellow students and astrologers in a friendly environment. 

    The syllabus for my course covers the following areas:

    Lesson 1. Review the basics of Traditional Astrology.

    1. Planets
    2. Houses and their meanings, including derived houses. We will be using Whole Sign Houses as the main method, but will also work with Alcabitius.
    3. Aspects
    4. Sect and Triplicity using the Dorothean 3 partner system.
    5. The value and use of the main 5 various dignities, (note we will be using Egyptian Terms) plus additional and accidental dignities.
    6. The various forms of Debility including ways in which a significator can be accidentally debilitated.
    7. Modalities of planets, Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable. How this placement can affect the actions of the planets.
    8. Knowledge of the phases of the planets including retrograde motion and speeds.
    9. Significators, including derived significators.
    10. Various terms associated with Horary. i.e., prohibition, frustration, refrenation, VOC, transfer of light etc.

     Lesson 2.

    1. Assessing the Ruling Planet, Hyleg, Alcocoden and Almutens of chart and houses.
    2. Understanding the use and value of the Elements.
    3. Significance of the various planets when in signs or houses other than their own domicile. What it can mean when the ruler of the 5th is in the 8th or 10th or 12th etc.
    4. Assessing the rulers of the 12th houses and looking at their ability to act.
    5. The actions of the planets when in various situations. Are they helped or impeded?
    6. Reception. Understanding the various ways a planet can receive and hand over to another.

    Lesson 3.

    1). The importance of Triplicity rulerships and correctly understanding the importance of Sect and the Sect Lights. Use of Sect and Triplicity Rulers, Looking at timing techniques by using this method.

    2). Pre-natal Syzergy and its importance in all charts, including Mundane.

    3) Learning the use and meaning of other traditional terms and methods, such as Spear Bearers, Hurling of Rays, Novenaria and Dodecatemoria.

    Lesson 4.

    1). The Lots or Arabic Parts, focusing on the parts connected with the 7 planets and some specialised parts using the pre-natal Syzgery. We will be looking at other parts that can be used in natal work. We will look at Lot of Fortune Charts, how to cast them and how to use them in practise.

    2). The part of Spirit or Daimon and the effects on life. The Parts of Profession, Children and other relevant important parts.

    3). Fixed stars and their uses.

    Lesson 5.

    1). The Humours: What they are, their uses in assessing the temperament type and body of the individual, the types of illnesses associated with each humour.

    How to find the predominant Humour.

    2). Assessing body type using the Humoural temperament as well as other significators from Lilly on describing a persons appearance and body type.

    3). Rational and non Rational mind and influence on life.

    These first five lessons lay the ground work for dealing with the various areas of life such as Profession, the type of work best suited for according to body type, humour and intellectual prowess. Marriage, the type of marriage partner, time when. Children, family relationships etc.  Once the above have been mastered, the following five lessons will deal with predictive matters and the potential of each chart.  Here we will blend the above five lessons to enable us to begin the process of accurate prediction.

    Lesson 6.

    1. Looking at Profession, Finances, Success. Part of Eminence, Exaltation (Hypsoma). Using the three planets of profession, various Arabic Parts associated with profession and finances. Using the humoral make up or temperament to assess the profession best suited for the native.

    Lesson 7.

    1). Parents and Family.

    2). Marriage & Partnerships; type of person, appearance, benefits of marriage.

          Partners family, profession etc.

    3). Children.

    Lesson 8.

    1. Health and sickness.
    2. Longevity.
    3. Medical astrology. Using Decumbitures. Interrogations relating to health and well being. Understanding body types and humours, building on lesson 5.

    Lesson 9. Timing methods!

    1. Profections.
    2. Solar & Lunar Returns, use of eclipses and syzergies
    3. Fidaria
    4. Directing through the Bounds
    5. Zodiacal releasing.
    6. Transits.

    Lesson 10.

    Delineation. Putting it all together. Final assessment. 

     The main texts will be from Dorotheus, Valens, Manilius, Ptolemy, Al Biruni, Al Kindi, Lilly, Bonatti, Morin and astrological texts from the Medieval period up to and including the 18th century.  For the Arabic, Persian and Hebrew astrologers, the works of Ben Dykes and Meira Epstein are essential. Modern authors Olivia Barclay, Chris Brennan, Barbara Dunn, Dorian Greenbaum, Robert Hand, Oner Doser, Joseph Crane and Deborah Houlding will also be recommended. 

    Fees: The basic cost for the first five lessons are £100 each. This includes time skyping on a regular basis, answering emails and discussing points raised. A certain amount of material will be also be included, although the student is expected to carry out further research associated with the lessons. A discount of 10% is given if all five are paid for in advance. 

    Lesson 6-9 are £75 each. Again a discount of 10% is given if all four are paid for in advance. 

    Lesson 10 is £100. 

    You are expected to complete the full course in two years. In exceptional circumstances there can be a time waiver. 

    A Diploma will be awarded on the successful completion of the 10th lesson.  Prior to receiving a Diploma, you will be required to sign a Code of Ethics. 

    The course is recognised by the APAI. Successful Diploma Holders can then join the Association of Professional Astrologers. Please feel free to contact me for me more information.

    ALL Fees are non refundable