10 week course, begins September 18, 2022

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT

Instructors: Inga Thornell and Karen McCauley

Required texts can be found under the Fundamentals Series section of the materials list.

In this course, students actively consider and discuss potential client issues and ethical considerations.  In addition, students get guidance in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to interpretation by examining how multiple astrologers approach chart delineation.

Students will be challenged to explore their own personal filters, attitudes, and beliefs as they develop their chart interpretation skills.  They will actively consider and discuss potential client issues and ethical considerations.  In addition, students get guidance on how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to delineation by examining how multiple astrologers approach chart interpretation.


Students will have the benefit of a two-session exposure to the methodology developed by veteran astrologer, Susie Cox. This is a simplistic but powerful, visual and linguistic approach to chart synthesis.

Topics include:

  • Developing critical thinking skills through examining conflicting views and asking questions about varying subjects such as dignities, sect, the existence of good or bad planets and house placements
  • Characteristics of effective and ineffective astrologers
  • Practice with multiple approaches to delineation of the chart
  • Learning to identify personal filters and those related to the natal chart
  • Techniques for blending chart components such as the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant
  • Identifying and using essential and accidental dignities to differentiate between expressions of planetary essence and strength in the natal chart
  • Learning how to differentiate the quality of aspects through consideration of variations in planetary relationships by their nature and placement in the chart
  • Learning how dispositors, time lords, planetary speed, and derivative houses can enhance chart interpretation
  • Introduction to use of profection and transits in chart activation


Inga Thornell

Thornell Inga 200pxInga Duncan Thornell graduated from Kepler College with a BA in East-West Studies and a minor in Mythology. She continued her studies at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David in the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology program. 

She has returned to Kepler College as an instructor. She also works with clients in a private coaching practice. Her interests include astrology, mythology, and ritual.

Inga’s goal is to help her clients to better understand and constructively utilize the planetary energies in their lives by recognizing them within themselves and others and to invoke their powers at will. Please see www.dunthor.com for information.

Inga teaches: 

mccauleyKaren McCauley has an M.A. in Educational Psychology from UCLA and spent four years studying clinical psychology at California Graduate Institute. She was the Editor of ASPECTS Magazine, an astrology journal, from 1987-94. A long-time associate and friend of Joan McEvers and Marion March, she taught for Aquarius Workshops from 1976-1999 and has lectured for AW, OAA, NCGR and UAC. She has served on the AW Board, the AFAN Steering Committee and as Oregon Astrological Association Treasurer and President. Karen currently serves as Kepler’s Director of Student Services and the Director of the Certificate Program.

In addition to her expertise in psychological astrology, Karen McCauley has been active in astro*carto*graphy for many years. Since 1993, she has been the administrator for Continuum (dedicated to educating others about astro*carto*graphy and certifying practitioners), where she designs and administers the international Astro*Carto*Graphy certification exam.. She also maintains the certification test.

Karen teaches in the following courses: 

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