Astrology Appreciation: Before the Basics

By Eric Francis

Dear Friend and Reader:

For many, astrology is interesting though the technicalities can seem overwhelming. How exactly do you cut through that, and get to a point where you can understand the basics? How do you even start the conversation?

Photo by Jeff Bisti.

I am offering a class on March 21 on the most elemental tools of astrology. The idea is to get you to the level where you can follow the basics, experiment a little and think thoughts of your own.

I will cover things like, what do you do with astrology books? What do you do with your astrology day planner? How do you go about learning the basics of your own chart? How do you conduct basic research into a topic? How do you use Planet Waves to your best advantage, particularly as a research tool?

This is the kind of information that is taken for granted by astrology books, astrology courses and even most articles. There always seems to be that layer that experts forget to mention. That’s the place where most people get lost — and the place where we will orient. It’s easier than it seems.

My class will introduce you to the basic concepts, put many fine tools into your hands and get you familiar with the landscape of astrology, well enough to go out hiking and have some fun. The class includes an email discussion group where I and the other students will share ideas and experiences.

The class will last two and a half hours (including a halftime break), and it will be recorded for future review. Here is how to register for the class.

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