Astrology for Beginners: Learning the Symbolic Language of the Heavens

Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., January 27 – February 17 (4 sessions)

Dave GunningIn this entertaining four-week class we learn to identify and understand the basic elements of a birth chart. Together, we will look at what each of the signs, houses, planets, and aspects mean, and by their symbols identify them on the horoscope wheel.

When students sign up for class they will need to provide their birth information. This includes first and last name, birth date, birth time (on the birth certificate), and birth place (just the city). Instructor Dave Gunning will prepare charts and have them for students by the first day of class. Participants can then study their natal chart as the class proceeds. Students will need to contact the Theosophical Society or email Dave to provide their birth information.

All you need for class is a notebook and pen!  There will be suggested books to read as we go along, including Sun Signs by Linda Goodman. You can order this book through the Quest Book Shop or Handouts will also be given each week.  

Dave Gunning has been an astrological consultant, teacher, and lecturer for the past 38 years. He has also written articles for Dell Horoscope magazine. For the past nine years he has been lecturing and teaching astrology through the Stargazers astrology group at the Theosophical Society. His consultations come from a spiritual and psychological point of view.  

TS members: $130 • Nonmembers: $140

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 Weekly Lesson Plan

Week 1- The Signs of the Zodiac

  1. The tropical zodiac or Sun's ecliptic and the earth's 24 hour rotation
  2. The components of the horoscope wheel and the elements of a story
  3. The astrological signs: Aries through Pisces (symbols and meaning)
  4. The elements and qualities of the signs

Week 2- The Houses

  1. Angular house cusps (symbols) plus the succeedent and cadent houses
  2. The first through the twelfth house (meaning) 
  3. The meaning of the four quadrants of the wheel
  4. Short and long ascension of the houses (the house systems)

Week 3- The Planets

  1. From the Sun to Pluto (symbols and meaning)
  2. Benefic vs. malefic planets
  3. A note about retrograde planets (symbol and meaning/diagram)
  4. The Moon’s nodes (symbols and meaning)
  5. The balloon principle of the outer planets 

Week 4- The Aspects

  1. Orbs (angles of separation) 
  2. Major vs. minor aspects (symbols and meaning)
  3. Hard vs. soft aspects
  4. Approaching vs. separating aspects

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