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CS153A – The Cycle of the Year: Predictive Astrology – Audit

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

Course description:

Traditional astrology offers a particularly effective system of forecasting that combines techniques to help you prepare for the future and understand the past.

This system is known as the Cycle or Turning of the Year. Instead of just using a Solar Return, this method was prepared yearly for each birthday. It has its roots in Hellenistic astrology, came to full flower in the Arabic and Persian eras, and persisted through the late Classical period of Lilly and his contemporaries. Ben Dykes’ translation of Abu Mashar’s On Solar Revolutions in Persian Nativities3 is a full exposition of this system.

This course covers the three techniques involved in this system:

  • distribution through the bounds or terms (aka primary direction)
  • profections
  • solar returns

Required books can be found under the Electives-Classical section of

Using clear explanations, examples, and exercises, Charlie shows students how to apply each technique individually and then practice putting them all together. Students will then practice using them in combination with traditional techniques for evaluating a chart.

Required Books:

The Cycle of the Year: Traditional Predictive
Astrology Charles Obert: Found through for pdf or
physical copy.

Pre-requisite: fundamentals
or equivalent.

Segment topics:

  1. Introduction
    and Solar Returns
  2. Profections
  3. Direction
    Through the Bounds
  4. Using the
    Techniques Together
  5. Fixed Stars, Lunar Mansions, and the
    Guardian Daimon

Instructor bio:

Charlie Obert is
a student of astrology since high school and has studied and practiced both
modern and traditional astrology techniques. He teaches workshops and leads
study groups on traditional astrology. Charlie is the author of An
Introduction to Traditional Natal Astrology 
and Using
Dignities in Astrology,
 which are currently being used as textbooks at
Kepler College. His teachers included Dr. Benjamin Dykes and Chris Brennan.

Charlie’s current focus is working on how
traditional and modern astrologers can complement and learn from each other. He
has a twice-monthly blog on astrology topics on his website at

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