Hellenistic astrology is a tradition of astrology that was practiced in the Mediterranean region from the 1st century BC through the 7th century AD, roughly coinciding with the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. It is the original tradition of western astrology, and many of the techniques that are employed by modern western astrologers today originated during the Hellenistic period.
The purpose of the Hellenistic Astrology Course is to learn about where the techniques of the western astrological tradition came from, how they were originally used, and how they can be applied more effectively in practice today.
The course is divided into 13 parts, and provides a detailed overview of the history, philosophy, and techniques of ancient astrology. It is presented entirely online through a private website that each student gains access to upon registering. The majority of the lessons in the course are presented through an innovative video lecture format, which is complemented by chart examples, diagrams, and other written materials.
New students can begin the course at any time using one of the buttons at the top or bottom of this page in order to register for the course. Shortly after you register for the course you will receive an email with your login information for the course site.
The course contains over 90 hours of lectures on basic, intermediate, and advanced techniques, thus providing a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of western astrology. The course primarily focuses on natal astrology, and students will finish the course with a strong foundation in how to interpret birth charts in a systematic and effective manner.
As an added bonus, new students of the course will receive a free copy of Chris Brennan’s recently published book Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune, which acts as a companion piece to the course, with over 600 pages of written material which complements the course lectures. If you already have the book then you can get a small discount on the course price by using the promo code HellenisticBookDiscount during checkout when you purchase the course.
Who is the course designed for, and what are the benefits?
The Hellenistic Astrology Course is primarily designed for students and practitioners of modern astrology who feel like they have gone as far as they can go with that approach, and are looking for something more. It can also be useful for newer students of astrology who want to build a strong foundation with their studies right from the start, taking them from basic concepts through intermediate and advanced techniques.
Here are some considerations to help determine if the course is right for you:
- If you are looking for a systematic method for interpreting birth charts.
- If you would like to learn how to determine specific information about both the nature and the course of a person’s life.
- If you want to demystify the process of integrating the different components of a horoscope and learn how to achieve chart synthesis.
- If you are looking for a more accurate and consistent form of astrology that can be used to predict events.
- If you want to know where astrology came from and what its technical and conceptual foundations are.
Most of all, the course is designed for those who want to become better astrologers, both by teaching you how to utilize the techniques you already know more effectively, as well as by introducing you to new techniques that can do things that you didn’t even know were possible.
What do you get when you sign up for the course?
Here are some of the things that you get access to immediately upon signing up for the course:
- Over 90 hours of video lectures on the history, philosophy, and techniques of Hellenistic astrology. The core of the course is centered on the lecture, which include PowerPoint slides, diagrams, chart examples, and more.
- A printed copy of Chris Brennan's book Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune, which contains 700 pages of reading material that was written to complement the course lectures.
- Hundreds of chart examples, so that you can learn both the theory and the practice underlying the techniques, and see how to apply them in real-life situations.
- Dozens of downloadable diagrams in PDF format which help to explicate technical concepts. Here is an example of a diagram which illustrates the concepts of planetary enclosure and intervention.
- Guided readings of translations of ancient astrological texts, with primers on basic vocabulary and concepts, in order to allow students to read more advanced material on their own.
- Access to online discussion forums in which students can discuss concepts and techniques related to Hellenistic astrology with other students of the course. This includes access to a private Facebook group just for students, for ongoing community support.
- The ability to attend monthly webinars and Q&A sessions with other students of the course, in order to ask questions and take part in live interactions.
- Student discounts on astrology software programs, including a 20% discount Delphic Oracle, or a 15% discount on Solar Fire.
- A certificate of completion once you have finished the course.
The list of benefits for students of the course expands periodically, as new lectures and other bonus materials are continually added to the course.
Synopsis of Each Part of the Course
Below you will find a brief synopsis of what is covered during each of the 13 parts of the course. You can also scroll down to the bottom of this page in order to see some of the different files that are available in the course, and how it is structured.
Part 1: The History of Hellenistic Astrology
The first part of the course provides a broad overview of the history of ancient astrology. In it we explore some of the historical undercurrents which fostered the development of Hellenistic astrology in Greco-Roman Egypt, and how developments in the earlier Mesopotamian and Egyptian astrological traditions led to the introduction of some of the basic technical doctrines, such as the zodiac and the twelve houses. Other topics covered include the mysterious origins of Hellenistic astrology, astrologers whose texts survived from this period, mystery schools present in the early tradition, and an overview of the ongoing efforts to recover the ancient traditions in modern times.
Part 2: The Philosophy of Hellenistic Astrology
The purpose of the second part of the course is to become familiar with the philosophical undercurrents that played a role in the development and practice of Hellenistic astrology. In particular we focus on debates surrounding the mechanism underlying astrology, as well as debates about fate and free-will, and the extent to which things were viewed as predetermined. This part of the course also features coverage of some of the major philosophical schools during this time period and their relationship with astrology, such as Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism, Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, and Skepticism.
Part 3: Basic Techniques and Concepts: Planets
In the third part of the course we begin a four-part series on the basic technical doctrines of Hellenistic astrology, with an overview of the ancient approach to dealing with the planets, signs, aspects, and houses. This part of the course sets a foundation for a more precise approach to predictive astrology by introducing a number of basic interpretive principles and distinctions that are either missing from or are not entirely clear in modern astrology. In the section on the planets we deal with concepts such as benefic & malefic, sect, gender, the significations of the planets, and more.
Part 4: Basic Techniques and Concepts: Signs of the Zodiac
In the fourth part of the course we continue our series on basic concepts by focusing on the meaning of the twelve signs of the zodiac. In this part of the course we deal with concepts such as planetary rulerships, gender, triplicity, quadruplicity, precession, and more.
Part 5: Basic Techniques and Concepts: Aspects or Configurations
In the fifth part of the course we continue our series on basic concepts by focusing on the doctrine of aspects or configurations. In this part of the course we cover concepts such as right versus left sided aspects, overcoming versus hurling rays, the quality of the different aspects, and more.
Part 6: Basic Techniques and Concepts: The Twelve Houses or Places
In the fifth part of the course we complete our series on basic concepts by focusing on the doctrine of the twelve places, which are known as "houses" in modern astrology.
In this segment we talk about the origins of the concept of houses, different forms of house division, the rationale for the meanings of the houses, planetary joys, and lots more.
Part 7: The Domicile Lord of the Hour-Marker
In the seventh part of the course you’ll learn how to use the ruler of the Ascendant or “Hour-Marker” in order to determine information about the focus and life direction of the native. This part of the course includes a review of the original conceptualization of the significations of each of the twelve houses.
Part 8: Rulers of the Twelve Places
In the eighth part of the course you will learn how to interpret the rulers of the twelve houses or “places” when they are in houses other than their own. For example, what it means when the ruler of the 7th is in the 10th, or when the ruler of the 11th is in the 9th, and so on.
Part 9: Conditions of Bonification and Maltreatment
In this part of the course you will learn about a special set of considerations for determining planetary condition, known as the conditions of bonification and maltreatment. These 7 conditions allow you to determine how a planet is functioning in a chart, and whether its significations are being affirmed and enhanced, or denied and corrupted.
Part 10: The Lots or “Arabic Parts”
The purpose of the tenth part of the course is to introduce the technical concept known as Lots (kleroi), which are known in modern times as “Arabic Parts.” Lots are mathematical points that are used in a chart in order to study specific topics in a person’s life, and oftentimes they can be the key to understanding things that are otherwise unclear about a person’s life. In particular we will focus on the Lot of Fortune, and discuss the rationale for its calculation, as well as its meaning and uses in chart delineations.
Part 11: Triplicity Rulers of the Sect Light
In the eleventh part of the course you will learn about the concept of rulership by trigon or triplicity, and I will show you how it is used within the context of a specific technique for determining the overall foundation of the nativity known as the triplicity rulers of the sect light. We will also introduce some of our first timing techniques, which are timing the activation of certain placements through planetary periods and ascensional times.
Part 12: Time-Lord Techniques: Annual Profections
The purpose of the twelfth part of the course is to introduce the concept of time-lord techniques, and to focus on one technique in particular known as Annual Profections.
The premise of the Hellenistic time-lord techniques is that not all placements in a given natal chart are operating at their fullest potential at any given moment in time. Instead, there are specific periods in a native’s life when certain planets or sectors in the chart become activated, thus drawing out the latent potential of those natal placements.
Annual Profections are used in order to determine which planets will be activated in a native’s life in a given year, which allows astrologers to pinpoint the most important transits that will coincide with specific events. Profections can be used in order to determine what some of the primary themes are that will arise during the course of the year, as well as whether the year will tend to be experienced as more positive or more challenging.
Part 13: Advanced Time-lord Techniques: Zodiacal Releasing
In the thirteenth part of the course you will learn about a more advanced time-lord technique known as Zodiacal Releasing, which is one of the most impressive and powerful time-lord systems that has been recovered from the Hellenistic tradition to date.
Zodiacal Releasing divides a person’s life into chapters and paragraphs, as if the life was a book, and you were able to read the narrative of the native’s life like you would read the outline of a biography.
Each chapter in a native’s life begins with the activation of a specific planet as a time-lord, as well as the sign of the zodiac ruled by that planet.
Once all of the time-lord periods for a person’s life have been calculated, the technique can be used to identify periods of heightened importance and activity with respect to the native’s overall career and life direction, otherwise known as “peak periods.” The technique also provides information about which periods of the native’s life will tend to be experienced as the most subjectively positive or negative, career transitions, and other important life turning points.
When used in coordination with other techniques taught in the course, Zodiacal Releasing provides astrologers with a powerful method for determining information about the course of a native’s life, and becomes an indispensable tool for predicting the future.
Final Test and Bonus Content
At the end of the course is an optional final written test. If you pass the test, then you will receive a certificate of completion for the course.
There is also some bonus content available at the end of the course, which includes recordings of some different webinars from question and answer sessions, as well as student presentations.
For a full list of all of the files available in the course and the general course curriculum, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Study At Your Own Pace
After registering for the course each student gains access to the private website that contains all of the course materials. Since the course is presented online, each person is able to adapt it to fit their own schedule, and there are no specific times that students need to be available for the course, so you can study at your own pace.
Students may choose to participate in the class and get feedback by responding to study board questions in the student forums, or by completing short optional quizzes on the topics covered during a particular part of the course.
For many people the main purpose of the course is simply to gain access to the lectures and study material, and for that reason the completion of assignments is not required.
Those who do complete all of the assignments and pass the final test at the end of the course will receive a certificate of completion.
Accessing the Course
The entire course is presented online through a private course site that each student gains access to after they sign up. New students can register and gain access to the course site at any time.
When a new student registers for the course they will receive a user name and a password shortly thereafter by email, and at that point they will be able to log in to the course site and begin studying at their leisure.
A broadband internet connection is required for the course in order to stream video lecture files that would take a while on slower connections.
Registering for the Course
The price for the Hellenistic Astrology Course is $397.
To purchase the course please use one of the “buy now” buttons located on this page. You will be asked for your shipping address, so that I can send you a copy of the course manual.
After completing your payment you will be redirected to a page which contains instructions for completing your registration for the course. If you are not redirected then please send an email to Chris Brennan at email@example.com and request a new student form. If you have any questions about the course then please contact Chris Brennan through the same email address.
Chris Brennan is a professional astrologer from Denver, Colorado, USA. He is the former President of the Association for Young Astrologers, and the former Research Director of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. He specializes in ancient astrology, and is the author of a book on the subject titled Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune. Since 2012 he has been the host of an award-winning weekly show called The Astrology Podcast. For more information about his work visit ChrisBrennanAstrologer.com.
Chris can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org