Study Guide for the Kepler Astrology Certification Exam and the Win*Star Astrology Certification Exam
Only members of the Kepler Club are eligible to take the Kepler Astrology Certification Exam, and only members of the Win*Star Club are eligible to take the Win*Star Astrology Certification Exam. Information about the Kepler Club and the Win*Star Club are available at Members Club
Kepler Club members are eligible for the Kepler Certification, and Win*Star Club members are eligible for the Win*Star Certification.
The certification exams evaluate your ability to navigate the software, your awareness of different software features that are helpful for answering various questions that clients typically have, and your ability to customize and adjust settings to fit your personal preferences and needs for the work you are doing. In addition to knowing the terminology and being able to use features in the software, it is also important that you know what do with the information. For example, there is not much you can do with a progressed chart wheel, a local space chart, an AstroMap, or a graphic ephemeris if you only know the terminology but cannot provide useful information to clients based on this information. For this reason, you should understand how to use the information provided in your astrology software by understanding how to come up with an analysis and interpretation for your client as well as to know what buttons to press to obtain a result.
Given below are things you can do to prepare for the certification exams. The suggestions are divided into 5 different sections. If you are a member of the Kepler Club or the Win*Star Club, you are likely to find that the monthly online meetings provide helpful information to prepare you for these certification exam.
1. Understanding the Basics:
You must be fluent in the basic language of astrology. You should know the basic meanings of the planets, zodiac signs, houses, that there are different house systems, the difference between the tropical and sidereal zodiac, the signs that planets rule and signs that planets are in detriment, exaltation, and fall based on either the modern or ancient rulership system, etc. Regardless of whether you are a modern psychological astrologer or a Hellenistic, Vedic, Vibrational, Evolutionary or any other kind of astrologer, you need to be familiar with this basic language in order to communicate with other astrologers and to demonstrate that your knowledge of astrology is not so narrowly focused that you have overlooked these very popular astrological concepts.
Attend the monthly meetings!
How to learn or brush up on the basics:
The video 20 Free Astrology Lessons has links to 20 tutorial videos. We recommend watching these videos repeatedly and studying the materials referred to in these videos until they are completely natural and as simple as knowing that 7 + 7 = 14. For some of you, this may take only a few days but for other many months depending on how much background information that you have.
There is information in these videos that even many advanced astrologers are not familiar with!
If you answered no to any of these questions, then we strongly recommend that you watch all 20 videos that are linked to in this video. Some questions in the exam will be based on information presented in these videos. Also, as mentioned above, the monthly meetings are very helpful!
Keep in mind that one does not become a nurse, professional musician, or a skilled professional in many other areas without years of study and dedication. To be a great professional astrologer, you must love astrology, know the astrology software that you are using, and enjoy dedicating a lot of time to learning and mastering the material.
The "Kepler Astrologer Certification Exam" and the "WinStar Astrologer Certification Exam" focus very heavily on your use of the astrological software, but it is not possible to be able to fully appreciate, understand, and apply the information in the software if you are not fluent in the astrological language.
Win*Star Astrologer Certification with specialization in Modern Psychological Astrology:
Kepler Astrologer Certification with specialization in Modern Psychological Astrology:
Kepler Astrologer Certification with specialization in Vibrational Astrology:
2. The Astronomical Foundations of Astrology:
There are questions on the exam that require you to look at planetary positions in the text ephemeris and graphic ephemeris in ecliptic latitude and declination as well as the usual zodiac longitude. Looking at an ephemeris position of planets in ecliptic latitude is confusing if you do not have a clear sense of what ecliptic latitude is. Some astrologers also confuse ecliptic latitude and declination and describe them incorrectly to their students, which adds more confusion.
You can ask questions at the monthly meetings!
How to prepare for questions on astronomy:
Watch the videos listed below, and, if necessary, watch them repeatedly until the ideas are perfectly clear and comfortable for you. If anything is unclear and you have questions, you can ask your questions at the monthly meetings.
At the Astornomy For Astrologers Video Course watch these videos:
Note that even if you are taking the Win*Star Certification exam, Video 19 is recommended to help make sure that you understand what planetary nodes are.
If you master the material in these videos, you will not only be in a much better position to pass the certification exam, but you will also have expertise in the astronomical foundations of astrology and many astrologers and students of astrology will be very interested in having you share your expertise.
3. Expertise in Your the Astrological Tradition that You Use:
Currently there is one exam available for Win*Star Club Members: an exam with a specialization in modern psychological astrology. There are two exams for Kepler Club Members: a specialization in modern psychological astrology or a specialization in Vibrational Astrology. In the future we hope to have specializations in Vedic astrology, medieval astrology, Hellenistic astrology, and other specializations.
You should feel comfortable analyzing birth charts, compatibility, forecasting, relocational astrology, picking dates, etc. with some system of astrology. Most astrologers use modern ideas and should register for the modern psychological exam.
If you are already a professional astrologer, then you no doubt have already achieved a high level of expertise in some astrological tradition or traditions.
If you are not a practicing professional astrologer, you may wonder how you can develop this expertise. Here are some suggestions: To develop fluency and confidence interpreting charts it is essential to consult or interview people. I highly recommend interviewing people until you feel confident giving consultation. In the interview ask questions that target the issues that you have determined through the astrological analysis are important. In fact, as we learn in the required ethics and counseling skills training, asking questions andusing skills like active listening can work as well as giving readings! Therefore, by practicing with people by asking questions, you will also gain confidence as an astrologer. There are many good schools of astrology where you can study as well, and the monthly membership meetings offer an opportunity to share questions and concerns that arise sa you work towards developing professional level skills.
4. Expertise Using the Software:
Almost every question on the exam involves using the software! The exam questions require you to use many of the features of the program and to be able to customize features. To take the Keple Astrologer Certification exam you must have a reasonably recent version of the Sirius software. The reason why a recent version may be needed is because there are some questions that request you to use features that are not in older versions of Sirius. Sirius is required rather than Kepler because there are questions on the more advanced rectification feature in Sirius, the "any asteroid" feature and other features are only in Sirius. Similarly, to take the Win*Star Astrologer Certification exam you must have a reasonably recent version of Win*Star Pro. The Win*Star program includes the full Matrix Search, Horizons, and Day*Watch programs and there are questions that require the full versions of these programs.
Get the latest information on software features at the monthly meetings!
To develop expertise using the software attend the monthly meetings! The monthly meetings provide the opportunity to ask questions and get helpful instruction. Very often other club members ask questions that are helpful to everyone who is attending. The live instruction works better for most people than watching videos.
Win*Star Astrologer Certification Exam:
How to prepare for the Win*Star Astrologer Certification exam questions on using the software:
Questions may arise as you watch the videos. Perhaps some things are unclear. Make notes aboout your questions and bring them up at the monthly meeting. The monthly meeting give you the opportunity to get clearer about anything that you do not understand. Each monthly meeting is two hours long so we may not have time to answer every question but over time we will have get to all of the questions and invariably many people have the same or very similar questions.
Even if most of the information in a tutorial video is basic for you, there are likely to be some things that you have overlooked. Make sure that you can use all of the information presented in these videos and that it has become natural and easy for you. During the exam you will be required to work quickly in order to complete all of the questions. Attending the monthly meetings or watching the recording of the videos will also be tremendously helpful.
The monthly online Win*Star Club meetings are conducted by Fei and David Cochrane. Fei works every day with Win*Star, Matrix Search, Horizons, and Day*Watch programs and provides almost all of the customer support with these programs. In the monthly online meetings David will assist with technical and theoretical astrological questions. In these meetings David, like the other attendees at these meetings, will develop greater expertise using these programs and this will enable him to make tutorial videos on the Matrix Software.
As of late 2016 we have an enormous number of tutorial videos on the Cosmic Patterns Software and not as many tutorial videos on Matrix Software. By 2018 we hope to be making videos on Matrix Software. In the mean time the videos that we do have are very good and the monthly meetings are very helpful, and we will make videos where we go into detail on specific features in the Matrix Software starting in 2017.
Kepler Astrologer Certification Exam:
How to prepare for the Kepler Astrologer Certification exam questions on using the software:
Note that even if you already have great facility in using the software that the introductory videos can still be helpful. Often there are little details that even experts have overlooked. Many of the videos emphasize astrological methods and interpretation as well as use of the software.
Astrological knowledge and software use cannot be completely segregated from each other and this is also a big reason why we think that the "Kepler Astrologer Certification" and "Win*Star Astrologer Certification" are so important. Receiving these certifications demonstrates that you understand astrological theory, you can apply it in interpretation, and you have expertise in the use of astrology software to accomplish this. All of this is required to be an outstanding astrologer in the 21st century.
5. What to Expect When You Take the Exam:[ TOP ]
The certification exam is given in one day. Exams are given periodically in Gainesville, Florida and any other location where there are enough people who will take the exam at the location to cover the costs of administering the examination. Here is the schedule for the exam:
Arrive at the exam center by 8:30 AM to sign in and get comfortable. You may wish to arrive earlier to make sure that you are seated and ready for the instructions which will be given at 8:45 AM. Bring your laptop computer with the Sirius program (Kepler Astrologer Certification exam) or the Win*Star program (Win*Star Astrologer Certification exam) installed on the computer. It does not matter if you have customized many of the features. Bring the power cord because you plug your computer in as it will be on all day and most laptop computer batteries will not last an entire day.
By 8:45 you should be seated and your laptop computer should be on. The information given below will be summarized to remind you of some rules and regulations and the schedule. You should be familiar with the material given below before arriving at the examination site. This summary of the instructions will take 15 minutes and the first part of the exam begins at precisely 9 AM. The schedule for the day is as follows:
As you can see from this schedule, there are 15 minute breaks between Part 1 and Part 2 of the exam, and between Part 3 and Part 4 of the exam. There is a lunch break of 1 and a half hours and a dinner break of 2 hours.
Information on places to eat will be provided before the exam. This varies depending on the location. To reduce the stress of being concerned about food choices, waiting to be served, etc. you may decide to bring your lunch and even dinner. You can also snack during the 15-minute breaks if you wish to.
Almost every question in the exam requires you to do something in the software. For example, a question in the exam might be: "Enter the following birth data: John Doe, January 1, 1905, 12:30 PM, London, England, view a chart wheel. What is the rising sign? Describe briefly (only 1 to 3 sentences is sufficient) your interpretation of the rising sign." Another question in the Kepler Astrologer Certification exam might be: "Use the interactive TriWheel feature for today. Mention 1 aspect of progressed Sun or Moon to a planet in the natal chart, whether it is applying or separating, and very briefly (1 to 3 sentences is sufficient) how this can be interpreted." Similarly, you may be asked to look at the AstroSignature Forecast or Time LIne format to obtain information and describe very briefly what the meaning is.
The interpretations that you give are VERY brief. We are not testing to make sure that you can interpret with great subtlety but we want to make sure that you give a reasonable idea of what the interpretation is. If you use rulerships of signs (and almost all astrologers using modern psychological astrology do) and you happen to mention something about a very relevant rulership involved, this will be considered to be an excellent answer. If you just give the basic idea of the meaning, this should be adequate. If you ascribe a meaning that does not conform to expected interpretations and you do not explain the reason for this, the interpretation will be graded as incorrect. If, however, you justify it by referring to some book or other reference, then it will be considered correct.
For astrologers who are very good at interpretation, the challenge is to have facility with the software to bring up the relevant information quickly. Passing these certification exams is not easy or trivial. We expect that the Kepler Astrologer Certification and the Win*Star Astrologer Certification will be prestigious and highly respected certifications because anyone who can pass these certification exams not only understands how to interpret charts, but he/she can deliver relevant and useful information to clients quickly and efficiently, and has facility in using a very wide range of astrological tools to obtain these answers. These certification exams evaluate you for being able to do what astrologers, astrology teachers, writers, and researchers really need to be able to do: using modern cutting edge tools to provide useful and practical information in an efficient, professional, and responsible manner.
When taking the exam, we highly recommend that you write very brief and simple interpretations. Do not labor over the interpretations! Otherwise you may not complete the exam! It is more important to complete as many questions as possible! If you finish all the questions before the hour and a half is up, you can go back to expand some of your answers if you wish to. Please do not forget this advice because it is very important. Otherwise you could unncecessarily fail the exam when you could have passed it by giving simpler and shorter interpretations.
Rules and Regulations for Taking the Exam:
The above rules may be modified in the future as needed. Any changes to any aspect of the certification exams will be updated here.