Certification Exam Study Guide

Study Guide

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. Information about the Kepler Club is available at Members Club page.

Kepler Club members are eligible for the Kepler 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.

  • Nearly every question in these certification exams requires you to use some feature of the software. Most exam questions also ask you to interpret or apply your astrological understanding to the information provided in the astrology software.

  • As mentioned above, you must be a member of the Kepler Club to take the certification exam. Kepler Club members can attend a monthly online two-hour meeting. In these meetings we answer your questions about the software, the astrological theory behind software features, the certification exams, or any other related topic. The monthly meetings are your opportunity to ask questions, learn from the questions of others, and participate in a community of people who use the same astrology software that you use. These meetings are tremendously helpful for preparing for the certification exam, and if you are unable to attend a meeting, the meetings are recorded so you can watch them at a later time.

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 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:
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.

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!

For example:

  • Do you know that the western astrology chart wheel shows the positions of the planets and sections of the sky if you are facing south?

  • Do you know that the modern meanings of zodiac signs were largely developed within about the past 100 years?

  • Are you familiar with some basic concepts of Vedic astrolgoy?

  • Are you aware that arabic parts are an ancient idea and also an idea that fits beautifully within modern systems like harmonic astrology and vibrational astrology?

  • Are you familiar with some of the history of degree meanings?

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" 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.

Kepler Astrologer Certification with specialization in Modern Psychological Astrology:
Study the Avalon lessons that are included in Kepler and Sirius. Particularly helpful is taking the little exams that appear at the end of many of the lessons. The correct answer for any questions you answer incorrectly will be shown, and this will help clear up anything that you may have overlooked or gotten a bit rusty with. Astrology is a vast subject and all of us can benefit by some refreshing in some areas. Also run the Cosmo Natal interpretation for people until you feel comfortable that you can come up with your own interpretations without needing the assistance of the Cosmo Natal Report or other tools. Keep in mind that the Kepler and Sirius Help Manuals within the program contain information on astrological theory as well as use of the program. The Kepler Club monthly meetings are also very helpful for answering questions about astrological theory.

Kepler Astrologer Certification with specialization in Vibrational Astrology:
Study the Avalon lessons that are included in Kepler and Sirius even if some of the ideas presented are a bit different from the ideas in Vibrational Astrology to remind yourself of how most astrologers in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia interpret charts. Running the Cosmo Natal report can also be helpful to get a refresher on how astrologers usually interpret charts. In the certification exam you won't be required very often to give interpretations that conform to these ideas, but it is good to be aware of them in case they appear on the exam, and also you can communicate with other astrologers and students of astrology effectively. Keep in mind that the Kepler and Sirius Help Manuals within the program contain information on astrological theory as well as use of the program. The Kepler Club monthly meetings are also very helpful for answering questions about astrological theory.

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:
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.

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:

  • Video 1, What is Declination?
  • Videos 2 to 5, Astronomy for Astrologers, Part 1 to Part 4
  • Video 8, The Ascedant and Birth Charts Near the Arctic Circle
  • Video 9, Astrocartography and In Mundo Positions
  • Video 12, The Moon's Mean Node and True Node
  • Video 13, Essentials of PLanet and Minor Planet Orbits
  • Video 17, Interpretation of Out of Bounds Planets
  • Video 18, Whole Sign Houses, Quadrant Houses and Equal Houses: 3 Different Models
  • VIdeo 19, Sirius Software: Planetary Nodes
  • 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:

    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 and using 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.

    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.

    Kepler Astrologer Certification Exam:
    There are questions about the following software features: selecting ingresses, lunations, and eclipses, and accessing particular groups of people with a particular accuracy rating in the data entry screen, use the Time Adjust feature to adjust wheels, BiWheels, TriWheels, and QuadWheels, use the AstroSignature Forecast, time line, forecast listings, the graphic ephemeris text ephemeris features, select and customize AstroMaps, access various listings like degree meanings and asteroid interpretations, access basic Vedic and Hellenistic astrology features, and use many of the customizing features like Page Designer.

    How to prepare for the Kepler Astrologer Certification exam questions on using the software:
    Watch the videos listed below. This may look like a long list but as of August, 2016 there are about 250 tutorial vidoes and these are just the ones that present information that is likely to be on the certification exam. Note that these videos are in addition to the videos on astrological theory and astronomy that are mentioned above. Keep in mind that Kepler Astrologer Certification indicates that you have real mastery of the software and that you have a very high level of expertise. Achieving Kepler Astrologer Certification is a high achievement. If you watch one video per week, within a year or so you will have gained a tremendous level of proficiency and you will be attaining a level of expertise and mastery in your understanding of astrology and use of the software that will greatly help you in almost any astrological endeavor. Also extremely helpful is to attend the monthly Kepler Club meetings or to watch the recording of the video if you are not able to attend at the time that it is given. At these meetings we answer your questions and it is an opportunity to get clearer abuut anything that you may not fully appreciate or understand how to use. Here are videos that will be very helpful to watch; there are many other videos that will be helpful but these are some of the more essential ones:

    Introduction to SiriusWatch the video »
    Advanced Features of SiriusWatch the video »
    Data Entry ScreenWatch the video »
    Accessing AstroDatabank DataWatch the video »
    Accessing Data of Famous PeopleWatch the video »
    Customizing the Chart WheelWatch the video »
    Advanced Customizing of the Chart WheelWatch the video »
    Customizing InterpretationsWatch the video »
    Selecting Any AsteroidWatch the video »
    Time Zone and DST IssuesWatch the video »
    Ways to Email ReportsWatch the video »
    Improve an Astrology BusinessWatch the video »
    Forecasting with MidpointsWatch the video »
    Degree MeaningsWatch the video »
    Predict Athletic PerformanceWatch the video »
    Predict Baseball Batting PerformanceWatch the video »
    Secondary Progressions and Primary DirectionsWatch the video »
    Hellenistic Time LordsWatch the video »
    Primary DirectionsWatch the video »
    Vimsottari DasasWatch the video »
    Out of Bounds PlanetsWatch the video »
    Planetary NodesWatch the video »
    Weather PredictionWatch the video »
    Advanced Prediction with Time LineWatch the video »
    AstroSignature GraphWatch the video »
    Chart Wheel AnimationWatch the video »
    Picking a Wedding DayWatch the video »
    Graphic EphemerisWatch the video »
    AstroCalendarWatch the video »
    Progressed-to-Natal ListingsWatch the video »
    Progressed House MethodsWatch the video »
    Secondary, Tertiary & Minor ProgressionsWatch the video »
    Diurnal ChartWatch the video »
    Solar Return to the Composite ChartWatch the video »
    Neptune-Pluto CycleWatch the video »
    Age of Pisces and Age of Aqurius, Part 1Watch the video »
    Problems of Ayanamsha Based on Fixed StarWatch the video »
    Electional Astrology GraphWatch the video »
    Financial AstrologyWatch the video »
    Financial ForecastingWatch the video »
    Birth Chart RectificationWatch the video »
    How to Pick a PlaceWatch the video »
    Treasure Maps FeaturesWatch the video »
    Geodetic Houses and Geodetic AstroMapWatch the video »
    AstroSignature ResearchWatch the video »

    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:

    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 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:

    9 AM - 10:30 AM: Part 1 of the exam
    10:45 AM - 12:15 AM:Part 2 of the exam
    1:45 PM - 3:15 PM:Part 3 of the exam
    3:30 PM - 5 PMPart 4 of the exam
    7 PM - 8:30 PMPart 5 of the exam
    8:30 PM - 9 PMSocialize and relax

    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 TimeLine 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 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:

    • Your laptop computer will be on and you will run only Sirius.

      You may not run any other programs. You may not go on the Internet or even bring up a word processing program or an editor like the Notepad program! There are two examiners: one who is at the front of the room and reads the instructions, and another examiner who will walk very quietly around the back to middle of the room to view every examinee's computer screen to verify that you have not opened up any other program, or started a browser, etc. If a virus protection program or other program automatically starts up, raise your hand and an examiner will verify this and you can close this program when you are able to.

      The reason for this regulation is that the exam is designed to test your ability to use the software and your astrological knowledge. You MAY use the Help and other features of the software as long as it does not open up a browser or other application. If you accidentally select a feature that opens up a browser or other application, just immediately close that application after it opens.

    • Paper and pencil provided by the examiner. You will be provided blank paper and a pencil by the examiner and it will be on your table. If you wish to make any notes to yourself, you can use the paper and pencil for this purpose.

    • There is no eating or drinking during the exam. If this creates a problem for you, let one of the examiners know or let us know ahead of time if possible and we can allow exceptions to the rule where there is a need.

    • Quiet, respect, and focus: During the examination hours of 9 AM to 12:15 PM and from 1:45 PM to 5 PM, including the 15-minute break periods between Part 1 and Part 2, and between Part 3 and Part 4, please be silent. During the 15-minute break period, you may see old friends and you may wish to say hi and hug or shake hands, or you may need to say excuse me so you don't bump into someone . . . this is OK! However, please refrain from chatting during the 15-minute breaks. Some of your colleagues and friends who are taking this exam have invested a lot of time, energy, effort, money, and hopes into their astrological careers, and a very quiet and respectful atmosphere can be very helpful to some people who are taking the exam and can help them stay focused. Any discussion of the exams is not allowed during these time periods.

      You may snack during the 15-minute break if you wish. There will be water and possibly other refreshments provided.

    • You may leave the exam room before the hour and a half is over if you have finished early. However, please do not talk and please be as quiet as possible during the break.

    • Lunch break and dinner break: You are free to talk about anything you wish. Do what you need to do. Perhaps you may wish to stretch, take a short walk, do a few yoga postures, or smoke a cigarette outside of the building (no smoking is allowed in the building). Remember that some of your friends and colleagues may feel the need to be quiet, to review notes, etc. so please respect the needs of the other examinees, and do not feel offended if someone needs quiet time during the breaks. On the other hand, some of you may want to loosen up and get your mind completely off the exam. It is up to you.

    • From 8:30 to 9 PM you can introduce yourselves and, at last, unwind and relax.

    • Violations of any of these regulations can result in an automatic grade of failing the exam. For example, opening other programs during the exam will result in a failing grade for the exam. However, you can also discuss the issue and you will not be unfailry penalized. So do not feel stressed about this. Some people are already feeling nervous and stressed by an exam and we do not wish to add to any nervousness or anxiety! Do not worry and just do your best, and abide by the regulations. We all have the same goal of advancing astrology and advancing our ability to contribute to astrology and to our communities. Let's not make the process any more difficult than it needs to be, and let's work together to meet the challenge of developing our skills, talents, and ability to serve others.

    • The fee for the exam is $225.
    • The passing grade is 75%

    The above rules may be modified in the future as needed. Any changes to any aspect of the certification exams will be updated here.

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