Course Description

The Zodiacal Releasing Class teaches students how to use an ancient timing technique derived from the work of the second century astrologer Vettius Valens.

The class is presented through an online course site, and is centered around a comprehensive 18-hour video workshop that demonstrates how to calculate, interpret, and apply the Zodiacal Releasing in practice.

The material contained in this class has been extracted from part 13 of the full Hellenistic Astrology Course, and is also available as part of the complete course. This class is for students who only want to study the zodiacal releasing technique on its own, without taking the full course on Hellenistic astrology.

About Zodiacal Releasing

As a result of translations of ancient Greek texts that have been carried out over the past 25 years, a set of timing techniques have been recovered from ancient astrology known as “time-lord” systems. One of the most impressive and powerful time-lord systems that has been rediscovered so far is known today as zodiacal releasing.

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 were reading the table of contents 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 in 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.

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.

What is Included in the Class

The Zodiacal Releasing Class includes the following:

  • An 18-hour video lecture that teaches just about every aspect of the zodiacal releasing technique.
  • A two-hour video demonstration of how to use the technique in practice, taking charts from an audience.
  • Over 50 chart examples, demonstrating how the technique works in practice.
  • A 10-page PDF manual on how to interpret charts using the technique.
  • A separate PDF write-up on how to calculate ZR periods.
  • Access to free programs for calculating ZR periods.
  • Video tutorials on how to use different ZR programs.
  • A forum for asking questions or discussing the technique.
  • A discount on upgrading to the full Hellenistic astrology course.
  • A number of different downloadable diagrams, handouts, and more.

Accessing the Class

The class is presented online through a private course site that each person gains access to shortly after registering. The lectures are streamed through a video format that is accessible through desktops, tablets, and mobile devices.

Once registered, each student has unlimited access to the course site containing the lecture, and they are able to view the presentation at their own pace, as many times as they want.

Discount on the Full Hellenistic Astrology Course

This class is extracted from part 13 of the complete Hellenistic Astrology Course. The full course contains 12 other lectures in addition to this one, totaling more than 100 hours of video.

When you sign up for the Zodiacal Releasing Class, you are entitled to a $75 discount on the full Hellenistic Astrology Course, if you would like to sign up for it at some point at a later date.

Registering for the Class

The price for the Zodiacal Releasing Class is $98 USD.

To purchase the module please use the “buy” button located at the top or bottom of this page.

After completing your payment you will receive an email with your log in information for the course site, and then you can get started.


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

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Zodiacal Releasing Time-Lord Technique Class

    • Welcome to the Zodiacal Releasing Class

    • Zodiacal Releasing Lecture - Part 1

    • Zodiacal Releasing Lecture - Part 2

    • Software Programs for Calculating Zodiacal Releasing Periods

    • Zodiacal Releasing Course Manual

    • Zodiacal Releasing Periods

    • Zodiacal Releasing Worksheet

    • Prerequisite Concept: Benefic and Malefic Planets

    • Prerequisite Concept: Using Sect to Determine the Most Positive and Negative Planets in the Chart

    • Prerequisite Concept: Whole Sign Houses

    • Keywords for Zodiacal Releasing

    • Core Principles of Zodiacal Releasing

    • The Theoretical Rationale Underlying the Seven Hermetic Lots

    • Hermetic Lot Calculations

    • Passages from Valens on Zodiacal Releasing

    • Reading Valens Passages on Zodiacal Releasing Webinar

    • Calculating Zodiacal Releasing Periods Manually

    • Planetary Period Rationales

    • Zodiacal Releasing Program Comparison & Demonstration

    • Demo of Zodiacal Releasing Periods in Delphic Oracle

    • Zodiacal Releasing Freeware Program (zip file, Windows only)

    • Zodiacal Releasing Episode of The Astrology Podcast

    • Zodiacal Releasing Chart Reading Demonstration

    • Common Issues in Applying Zodiacal Releasing

    • Quiz

    • Discount on Other Courses