• 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.  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.  

    Traditional Astrology Diploma Course Syllabus.

    Please note: the assignments and order of study will change as more material becomes available. I am currently waiting on new translations and material from Dr. Ben Dykes. It is hoped this material will be available by April 2019. The Astrology of Sahl B. Bishar Volume 1: Principles, Elections, Questions, Nativities, is now available and will be required text book for this course. Published by Cazimi Press 2019. ISBN -13:978-1-934586-48-8

     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.

     From here we move onto the basics of traditional delineation.

    These are a series of separate lessons that will gradually build up your understanding as to how to arrive at good natal delineation. 

    section 2.

    This is composed of 7 separate lessons. The following lessons build on the material covered in Lesson 1.

    2.1 The Planets.

    2.2 Signs through various authors

    2.3 Houses including the eight house system

     2.4 Aspects and Thema Mundi

     2.5 Elements & prime motivation

     2.6)  Planets: Assessing the rulers of the 12th houses and looking at their ability to act.

     2.7) 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.

    Section 3

    Lesson 3.1). Dignities and Debilities.

    3.2) Helping or Hindering. Ways in which the planets can assist or impede one another. Looking at like engirding, hearing, commanding, Seeing, Equipollent, Antiscia, Contra Antiscia etc.

    3.3) Decans, their use and place in delineation.

    3.4) Planetary Joys.

    3.5) Reception. Understanding the various ways a planet can receive and hand over  

    3.6) The importance of Triplicity rulerships and correctly understanding Sect and the Sect Lights.  

     3.6b). Use of Sect and Triplicity Rulers as a timing method.

      Section 4.

     4:1). The Lots or Arabic Parts, focusing on the parts connected with the 7 planets and some specialised parts using the pre-natal Syzergy. 

     4:2). The part of Spirit or Daimon and the effects on life.

    4:3)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 practice.

    4:4). Fixed stars and their uses.

    4:5). History and some astronomy.

    Section 5.

    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.

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

    5:3). Appearance or description of people, places and items.

    5:4). Ages of Man.

    5:5). The use and meaning of other traditional terms and methods, such as Spear Bearers, Hurling of Rays, Novenaria and Dodecatemoria. 

     Lesson 5 revision

     These  first 24 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 lessons to enable us to begin the process of accurate prediction.

     Section 6.

     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 humoural make up or temperament, to assess the profession best suited for the native. 

    6.2). Parents and Family.

    6:3). Marriage & Partnerships:  type of person, appearance, benefits of marriage. Partners family, profession etc.

    6:4. Children.

     Section 7.

    7:1). Health and sickness. 

    7:2). The 6th, 8th and 12th houses in history.

    7:3). Medical astrology. Using Decumbitures. Interrogations relating to health and well being.

    7:4). Understanding body types and humours, building on earlier lessons.

     Section 8.  

    8-1). Timing methods!

    8:2). Profections.

    8:2). Solar & Lunar Returns, use of eclipses and syzergies

    8:3). Fidaria

    8:4). Directing through the Bounds

    8:5). Zodiacal releasing.

    8:6). Transits.

     Section 9

    9:1). Mundane. The importance of the Aries Ingress chart.

    9:2).The houses in Mundane astrology and significators.

    9:3). The Jupiter Saturn conjunctions. Mean or apparent?

    9:4). The Mars Saturn Ingress in Cancer. 

    9:5). Considering all the factors

     Section 10

    10). Delineation and putting it all together.

    11). Review

     Final assessment.

     The main texts will be from Dorotheus, Valens, Manilius, Ptolemy, Al Biruni, Al Kindi, Abu Ma'shar, 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 are Olivia Barclay, Barbara Dunn, Dorian Greenbaum, Robert Hand, Helena Avelar & Luis Ribeiro, Charles Obert, Joseph Crane and Deborah Houlding will also be recommended.

     All students are expected to source their own reference books.  

     Fees: The basic cost for each lesson in sections 1-5 are £90 each, however, some lessons are grouped together in the payment structure. For instance in Section 2, there are 7 lessons but the total cost for section 2 is £270. The fees include some lessons via skype as well as being available to help with any queries that are best answered verbally. The fee includes answering emails and discussing points raised that are pertinent to each lesson. A certain amount of material will also be included, although the student is expected to carry out further research associated with the lessons.  

     Each lesson in sections 6-10 are £80 each.

      The final assessment is £100.

     It is hoped you would be able to complete the full course in two years. In exceptional circumstances there can be a time waiver.  A Diploma (TPAD [Traditional Predictive Astrological Diploma]) will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.  Prior to receiving a Diploma, you will be required to sign the Code of Ethics.

      The course has been assessed and accepted by the APAI to enable successful Diploma Holders to join the Association of Professional Astrologers.  Please feel free to contact me for more information.

    Fees are non refundable.