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Late Spring/Early Summer 2015

For his 750th birth year, a special summer course:

Dante's Divine Comedy:
Cosmology, Astrology, and Redemption
By Joseph Crane

The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave, Arlington Mass.
7:30-9:30 PM
June 17 and 24, July 1, 8, 15, and 29
$180 (with book discount if you need it)

Based on Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante's Divine Comedy: (How do you think an astrologer who's a Buddhist would approach Dante?)

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to register, contact Joseph at (401) 527-2035 or joseph.crane2@gmail.com

http://napoleon.lindahall.org/images/learn/dendera420_b.jpgDrawing Down the Divine: Astral Magic in the Ancient World
An Online Course with Joseph Crane & Donna Woodwell
Five Thursdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 8:30-10:30 pm ET/ 5:30-7:30 pm PT
(Knowledge of how to read an astrological chart is useful, but not required, for this workshop.)

www.kepler.edu to register

Ancient Western esoteric tradition used the planets and stars as an allegory and pathway for personal and spiritual development.  Called “Theurgy” or God-work, their esoteric religious practice, magic, and ritual has psychological and philosophical dimensions that continue to be relevant to astrology as we practice it now.

http://sacred-texts.com/alc/hm2/img/spheres.jpgIn this workshop, you will explore the mystery and magical traditions of the late ancient culture that helped give rise to astrology.  At the start of the course, you’ll “adopt a goddess” (or a god) to help you explore the god-work tradition from the inside. Along the way we’ll uncover the wisdom of the mystery schools of Eleusis, Dionysus and Mithras; the secrets of the Hermeticists; the immortal longings of the Neoplatonists, and how to experience the divine according to the Chaldean Oracles. The experiential exercises and the insights gained will not only deepen your astrology practice, but bring you into deeper communion with your own divine spark.

Over these five weeks we'll cover:

Session 1: The Secrets of the Ancient Mystery Traditions
Session 2: The Hermetic Tradition: Cosmos and Gods
Session 3: Magic in the Hellenistic World (the Old Magic)
Session 4: Astral Theurgy – “God-Work” and You
Session 5: Magic, Magic Everywhere (what happened when you invited the deity to dinner)

Aside from adopting a god/dess, there is no required homework for this workshop.  Sessions will list reading for more information, as well as practices you can try out for yourself.

New Articles by Joseph Crane

Self-Educating the Modern Astrologer
(Adapted from "How and Why to Learn Astrology", May 2013)
By Joseph Crane April 2015

Most people do not want to learn and practice astrology because they see money falling from the sky or because they want to show their loved ones how successful they are in the world. Pursuing astrology is more like answering a call than making a reasoned decision.
Read More......

A Planet and Its Visibility – Does It Matter?

Most modern astrologers don’t bother considering planets and their visibility conditions, but there are major differences between those planets we can see and those we need a telescope to see – the modern planets Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, all the asteroids and many other planetary bodies within our solar system.  For planets that we see, does our astrology change when they are hidden within the beams of the Sun? Read More.......

Firmicus Maternus Mathesis: A Glance at Book I.

Part Two of a Series, based on James Holden’s translation

Now we begin to examine the astrology in the Mathesis by the third century Roman Firmicus Maternus, focusing on Book I and its discussion of the range of astrology and the issues of higher mind, the stars, and "fatalism".  We look at the effects of the planets on groups and individuals.

Read More........  



Astrological Profile Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): 
Prophet of American Religious and Political Liberalism

(Revised from August 2012)

This seems like a good time to examine the contribution to American thought and culture by “Sage of Concord”, Ralph Waldo Emerson from the nineteenth century.  In many ways he represents the origins of American political and religious liberalism. Although a schoolteacher in early adulthood and then a Unitarian minister, Emerson was a “public intellectual” through most of his adult life, making a living through giving public lectures and through his writings. Read More......


Over the past 20 years, the Astrology Institute has provided astrological instruction, consultations, and research to the worldwide astrological community.  Our focus is a study of astrology within its historical and cultural contexts. Additionally, we strive toward the integration of astrology and psychology and of modern and traditional psychological and spiritual perspectives. 


Even if you’ve seen a professional astrologer in the past or you are one yourself, you may benefit from a different perspective. It is also helpful to have your chart updated periodically. If you are interested in looking at or discussing your astrological chart, see our Astrology Sessions page for more information about how to set up an appointment.


We have developed tutorial options to meet the particular needs and inclinations of our students while maintaining a cohesive astrological program. Visit our Learn Astrology page for more information about these programs. Students can start at the beginning by learning and applying basic skills. More advanced students can further develop their style of chart synthesis and interpretation, deepen their knowledge of astrology and its culture, and receive ongoing help in working with clients.

In addition, we produce a monthly newsletter with astrological profiles of well-known people as well as general information about upcoming events and programs.


Over the years, we have published astrological books & treatises on astrology’s techniques within the context of history and culture. Visit our Articles page to see a sample of our published work.

2012 features two new contributions to astrology by Joseph Crane and Dorian Greenbaum Visit our Publications page for our newest books.

Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy    By Joseph Crane
Published by Wessex Astrologer  read more.......

Kepler’s Astrology-  Edited by Dorian Greenbaum
Culture and Cosmos, Volume 14   read more.....

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