NEW Course! Traditional Techniques

for 21st Century Astrology

In this five-week course, Michael Barwick will explore tools and concepts from traditional astrology to show their usefulness for nuanced horoscope interpretation from a contemporary psychological and spiritual perspective. Numerous example horoscopes will be presented to illustrate the concepts and demonstrate how you can apply them to any chart including your own.

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1. Traditional Fundamentals

With Michael Barwick

Date: Wednesday May 5, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm EDT

This lecture introduces the course with a brief overview of traditional astrology and criticisms of it; discusses the classical notion of sect and how it separates horoscopes into two distinct groups (nocturnal and diurnal) to which according to tradition, two different sets of rules apply; and finally, classifies the planets elementally according to the understanding of the Greek Philosopher Empedocles


2. Essential Dignity

With Michael Barwick

Date: Wednesday May 12, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm EDT

Essential dignity describes the intrinsic strength of a classical planet based on its zodiacal placement. While references to domicile (sign) and exaltation placements (and their corresponding detriment and fall equivalents) are relatively common in the astrological literature, little attention is paid to other dignities/debilities (triplicity, term, face, and peregrine) which can be used to assign essential dignity values to planets. This lecture explores these designations and their relationship to rulership and mutual reception, which enables the determination of the degree to which a planet can be itself and to differentiate between the ruler of a house cusp and its almuten, believed by the ancients to be a higher level of rulership.


3. Planetary Fortitudes, Debilities &Joys

With Michael Barwick

Date: Wednesday May 19, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm EDT

While essential dignity reveals a planet’s intrinsic strength, fortitudes, debilities, and joys, being based on house placement and connections to the angles can tell the astrologer something about a planet’s ability to act: its agency. This talk explores traditional ideas regarding these placements, how they can be used to ascertain something about a planet’s “accidental dignity”, and the psychological implications, particularly for planets placed in traditionally difficult houses. 


4. Temperament

With Michael Barwick

Date: Wednesday May 26, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm EDT

Temperament theory says that characteristic or habitual inclinations in the human person can be described as resulting from combinations of four “humors” (choleric, melancholic, sanguine, and phlegmatic) that correspond with the four elements (fire, earth, air, and water). This lecture first explains the astrological factors classically used to determine temperament, then discusses their relationship with more modern technique of the planetary totals in the four elements by sign, and finally draws insights from other psychological four-fold typologies to enrich astrological understanding.


5. Lots (Arabic Parts)

With Michael Barwick

Date: Wednesday June 2, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm EDT

Astrology's Arabian or Arabic parts, also known originally as lots, are constructed horoscope points based on mathematical calculations of three horoscopic entities such as planets or angles. The distance between two of the points is added to the position of the third (usually the ascendant) to derive the location of the lot. This lecture shows how a selection of lots are calculated and interpreted with a particular emphasis on lots of Spirit and Fortune.


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