Astrological Heritage: Rome to the Renaissance

Astrological Heritage: Rome to the Renaissance

This history course begins with astrology in the Roman period. We’ll explore the major periods from Rome to the Renaissance and discuss the contributions of each.

Astrology developed within cultures, not independently of time and place. Understanding the geography, historical periods, and concurrent cultural beliefs helps us to understand the types of astrology and astrological techniques that developed in response.

Deepen your astrological practice by studying the cultural lineages from which the tradition emerges, with this survey of the historical periods incorporating astrologically significant events and discoveries.

Instructor: Inga Thornell
RH116 (5 weeks) – Summer 2023-24
Class begins July 20, 2024
Advance pricing ends July 6, 2024

NOTE: If this is your first academic course with Kepler College or you have not paid the one-time registration fee ($40) in the past, please add this to your order. This fee payment is required for all academic students.

The one-time Registration fee is a separate store item found as the last item in each term grouping.

This course is taught in English. Proficiency in English is required for all students.


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Instructor: Inga Thornell
Day: Saturday, beginning July 20, 2024
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Course Length: 5 weeks – all live sessions are recorded



The course covers the general history and major astrological discoveries from the Roman era through the Renaissance. Students will be introduced to concepts such as:

  • Scholasticism
  • Humanism
  • The origins of science and philosophy
  • Different views of the Solar system
  • Christianity
  • Islam


Students will:

  • Examine how astrology originated in various cultures and what questions it sought to address
  • See how astrology became embedded in mainstream culture in these societies
  • Study the lineages in which different astrological theories developed
  • Examine the relationship between the history of science and religion, philosophy and mythology
  • Explore the changes in cosmology throughout history and how these changes affected society’s attitudes


Required Texts:

  • A History of Western Astrology Volume I: The Ancient and Classical Worlds Original title: The Dawn of Western Astrology: The Ancient and Classical Worlds by Nicholas Campion
  • A History of Western Astrology Volume II: The Medieval and Modern Worlds by Nicholas Campion

Recommended Text:

  • A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James Herschel Holden






View Inga’s bio here


Registration closes at 7:00am on Wednesday July 24th, 2024


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