The History of Astrology



Discover astrology’s rich history and tradition beginning with ancient Babylonia, its consolidation in Egypt, the diffusion of astrology through the Roman Empire and sojourn into the Persian and Islamic Republics, to its 12th Century reintroduction into Medieval Europe.

In this engaging and enlightening seminar the interface between astrology and ancient philosophy, religion, myth, and politics is deeply explored. How the Gnostic, Hermetic, Neoplatonic, Christian, and Jewish traditions regarded one’s life through the reflection of the stars and the concept of fate and free will is brilliantly articulated.

Includes breakout session on the unique history of astrology in the US and UK in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

This course will leave you in awe with a rich context for astrology’s place in our history, and a new awareness of the profundity of the astrological tradition and its legacy to the human imagination.

Required Texts: Astrology: A History by Peter Whitfield

Additional suggested reading for further study: A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James Holden; A History of Western Astrology Volume I and A History of Western Astrology Volume II: The Medieval and Modern Worlds by Nicholas Campion; Flirting with the Zodiac and Modern Astrologers by Kim Farnell

Dates: September 22 – October 17, 2021
Live classes: Wednesday at 9am Pacific Time plus one bonus session Tuesday Oct. 12 at 9am.
Live Q&A sessions Sundays: Sep. 26 at 11:30am;  Oct. 3 at 11:30am; Oct. 10 at 9am; Oct. 17 at 3pm
(Convert to your time zone here.)
Approximate length of each session: 1.5 hours
Instructors: Demetra George, Christopher Renstrom and Tony Howard
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration Options

Certification, Audit

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