The Elements, Modalities and Polarities



This is course two in year one of our new four-year training program.

In this course you will learn the energetic underpinnings of the signs. The elements, modalities and polarities combine to give us a rich understanding of sign dynamics. 

  • Week 1: The Elements and Modalities
  • Week 2: Sign Polarities
  • Week 3: Elemental Ruminations on Alchemical Fire, Earth, Air and Water
  • Week 4: The Sun and Moon

Includes additional lecture on the Sun and Moon as a prelude to our study of the planets.

Taught by Karen Hamaker-Zondag and Tony Howard with additional lectures by Demetra George and Safron Rossi

Required texts: The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue TompkinsAstrology, Psychology and the Four Elements by Stephen Arroyo
Optional Texts: Earth and Air and Fire and Water by Darby Costello

$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Pre-recorded and available for instant viewing

Required text: The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins (purchase separately before the course starts)

Course includes: four video classes, four Q&A sessions, weekly reading assignments and homework. Video, audio and handouts are available to view and/or download. Certification students will have graded homework assignments and an exam.

Perfect for beginners and those looking to review the basics. Experienced students looking to apply this course towards our four-year program have the option to test out of this course

Registration Option

certification, non-certification

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A Astrology University Customer
Marvina H.
The Elements, Modalities and Polarities

This is such an important foundational course, and I don't think I have learned more, or enjoyed learning something more than I did here in one four-week course in which the teachings of Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Safron Rossi, Demetra George and Tony Howard come together to impart that knowledge in the most interesting and unique of ways!

All you ever wanted to know about Elements, Modalities, and Polarities

Tons of information but not overwhelming. The course was designed to give a good foundation on the signs. I highly enjoyed the lectures, readings, and Q&As. Excellent course!

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susan t.
The Elements…...

Fantastic course that provided an excellent framework for understanding how each of these, the elements, modalities and polarities fit into astrology and how to incorporate these into my understanding of my personal chart as well as others.

Charo M.
United States United States
Solid foundation for critical thinking

This course has A LOT of information. I am impressed with how this course doesn't shy away from teaching differing perspectives while allowing you the space to gravitate towards what resonates with you the most.

Lisa D.
Canada Canada
Exactly what I Have been Looking For

This course was great. A thorough and varied look at the meaning behind these fundamental and very important building blocks of astrological language. I've been studying off and on for a few years and still learned SO much in these past four weeks. A good mix of basic building blocks combined with thought provoking insights. This program is exactly what I've been looking for. It's also really great to be able to check in and ask questions along the way - feels very supportive and adds so much to the learning experience.

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