About the Electional Astrology Course

The Electional Astrology Course teaches students how to use astrology to select auspicious times to begin new ventures and undertakings. 

The course combines both ancient and modern approaches in order to provide an effective system for applying electional astrology in practice.

This seven-part course is available online through a private course site that each student gains access to upon registering, and the core lessons are presented through series of pre-recorded video lectures.

Synopsis of Each Part of the Course

The course is divided into seven parts, and the main focus of each part is a two to three hour lecture which presents the main concepts for that section of the course.

Part 1: The History and Philosophy of Electional Astrology

The course begins with a discussion of the history and philosophy of electional astrology, in order to provide some context for the practice of the subject. Topics discussed include: the different branches of astrology, the historical development of western astrology, philosophical issues related to electional astrology such as fate versus free-will, and more.

Part 2: Prerequisite Concepts and Techniques

The second part of the course covers prerequisite concepts and techniques that you need to know in order to practice electional astrology. This involves an extended discussion of some specific concepts that relate to the fourfold system of planets, signs, houses and aspects. It also includes a discussion of specific planetary configurations that result in “affliction”, as well as the corollary concept known as “bonification”.

Part 3: The Core Rules of Electional Astrology

The third part of the course outlines the core concepts and rules of electional astrology, and provides the student with a set of guidelines to use when trying to select an auspicious electional chart.

Part 4: Applying Electional Astrology in Practice

The fourth part of the course focuses on demonstrating how to apply the rules of electional astrology in practice. This involves an analysis of a two month period and the selection of several auspicious elections from that period, using the rules that were outlined previously.

Part 5: Learning From Past Elections

The fifth part of the course contains a commentary on a series of examples of electional and inceptional charts from the past, in order to demonstrate the end result of the practical application of the principles outlined in the course.

Part 6: Incorporating Natal Charts

Part six of the features a discussion between Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim about how to incorporate natal charts into your workflow when trying to find an auspicious electional chart. This includes a discussion about what factors to pay attention to in the natal chart, as well as how to prioritize the ones that are the most important.

Part 7: Recordings from the Auspicious Elections Podcast

Part seven of the course contains some webinar recordings from the Auspicious Elections Podcast by Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim. In these recordings Chris and Leisa pick four auspicious elections each month and then talk about the pros and cons of the charts they found. This expands on the previous part of the course by showing how some of the rules of electional astrology are actually applied in practice.

Study At Your Own Pace

The entire course is presented online through a private course site that each student gains access to upon registering. New students can register and gain access to the course site at any time.

Since the course is presented online, there are no specific times that students need to be available for the course, and each person is able to study at their own pace.

Shortly after you register for the course you will receive a user name and a password by email, and at that point you will be able to log in to the course site and begin studying at your leisure.

A broadband internet connection is required for the course in order to download audio files that would take a while on slower connections.

Signing up for the Course

The price for the Electional Astrology Course is $475.

You can register for the course by clicking one of the "buy" buttons located on this page.

After completing your payment you will receive an email with your login information for the course site, as well as some instructions for getting started.

If you have any questions about the course then please email Chris at:

[email protected]


Chris Brennan

Chris Brennan is a professional astrologer from Denver, Colorado, USA. He specializes in ancient astrology, and is the author of the book Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune, as well as the host of the award-winning weekly show called The Astrology Podcast. He is the former President of the Association for Young Astrologers, and former Research Director of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. For more information about his work visit ChrisBrennanAstrologer.com.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Electional Astrology Course

    • Welcome to the Course!

    • Recommended Reading List

    • Extended Reading List

    • Troubleshooting and Common Technical Issues on the Course Site

    • Private Facebook Group

    • Astrology Software Discount

    • Discount on Other Courses

  • 2

    Part 1: The History and Philosophy of Electional Astrology

    • Part 1 Overview

    • Part 1 Lecture

    • Discussing the Work of Dorotheus of Sidon with Benjamin Dykes

    • Discussing Medieval Electional Astrology with Benjamin Dykes

    • Supplementary Reading Material

    • Part 1 Quiz

  • 3

    Part 2: Prerequisite Concepts and Techniques

    • Part 2 Overview

    • Part 2 Lecture

    • The Distinction Between Benefic and Malefic Planets

    • Valens on the Significations of the Planets

    • Sect Handout

    • Using Sect to Determine the Most Positive and Negative Planets in the Chart Video

    • Brief Introduction to Whole Sign Houses Video

    • Significations of the Twelve Houses

    • Planetary Rulerships Table

    • Discussion About Essential Dignities and Debilities, with Charles Obert

    • Quiz for Part 2

  • 4

    Part 3 Lecture: The Rules of Electional Astrology

    • Part 3 Overview

    • Part 3 Lecture

    • Rules for Electional Astrology Handout

    • An Overview of Electional Astrology, with Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim

    • The Three Definitions of Void of Course

    • Supplementary Reading

    • Rhetorius On Inceptions

    • Quiz for Part 3

  • 5

    Part 4: Finding Elections in Practice

    • Part 4 Overview

    • Part 4 Lecture

    • Highlighted Ephemeris Example for April and May 2013

    • Ephemeris Files

    • Ephemeris for 2017

    • Ephemeris for 2018

    • Ephemeris for 2019

    • Ephemeris for 2020

    • Ephemeris for 2021

    • Ephemeris for 2022

    • Mitigating Factors in Traditional Astrology

    • Reception as a Mitigating Factor

  • 6

    Part 5: Examples of Elections and Inceptions

    • Part 5 Overview

    • Part 5 Lecture

    • Baghdad Electional Chart

    • NCGR PAA Election

    • Republican National Convention 2012

    • Democratic National Convention 2012

    • Finding an Electional Chart for the Great Conjunction

    • Electional Case Study: Buying a House

  • 7

    Part 6: Incorporating Natal Charts

    • Incorporating Natal Charts Into Electional Astrology

  • 8

    Part 7: Auspicious Elections Webinars

    • Part 6 Overview

    • Auspicious Elections Column - April/May 2013

    • Auspicious Elections Webinar - May 2017

    • Auspicious Elections Webinar - June 2017

    • Auspicious Elections Webinar - July 2017

    • Auspicious Elections Webinar - August 2017

    • Auspicious Elections Webinar - September 2017

    • Auspicious Elections Webinar - October 2017

    • Auspicious Elections Webinar - November 2017

    • October 2018 Auspicious Elections Webinar

    • November 2018 Auspicious Elections Podcast

    • December 2018 Auspicious Elections Podcast

    • January 2019 Auspicious Elections Podcast

    • May 2019 Auspicious Elections

    • June 2019 Auspicious Elections

    • July 2019 Auspicious Elections

    • August 2019 Auspicious Elections

    • September 2019 Auspicious Elections

    • October 2019 Auspicious Elections

    • April 2021 Auspicious Elections

    • May 2021 Auspicious Elections

  • 9

    Part 8: Reading Ancient Electional Astrology Texts

    • Reading Ancient Hellenistic Electional Texts

  • 10

    Final Test

    • Final Test


5 star rating

Well done, Extremely helpful

Horace Jones

I found this to be an impressive course. Chris explains the concepts clearly and offers exhaustive discussion of the definition and application of the conce...

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I found this to be an impressive course. Chris explains the concepts clearly and offers exhaustive discussion of the definition and application of the concepts. I'm currently listening to some of it again to fill in some understanding that I missed the 1st time. This is a really good course and Chris is a really good teacher.

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5 star rating

Excellent course

Rhys Chatham

I started the course with a sketchy knowledge of electional techniques. After taking the course, I'm doing electional charts up there with the best of them! ...

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I started the course with a sketchy knowledge of electional techniques. After taking the course, I'm doing electional charts up there with the best of them! Well, that's probably going too far, but I certainly feel comfortable doing them now. The course is in four parts first dealing with a bit of the background and history as well as the philosophical concepts which are raised in the practice electional astrology, highly interesting. Then we go into a thorough review of the basic techniques and terms that are used, so if you don't know what a combust Sun is, don't worry! It will be covered along with all the other basics you will need. Then we get to the rules and procedures of electional astrolgy itself, and at that pont, you'll probably be itching to do your own (and you will), but there is more! In the final lecture Chris Brennan goes over many example charts with us, so we are able to see the techniques put into practice. All to say that I highly recommend this course.

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