Astrology by degrees

“For the first time in four hundred years, academic degrees in Astrological Arts and Sciences were awarded to the first graduating class of Kepler College” in Washington state. Did it take 400 years to graduate?

Kepler College is an important part of the astrological and academic communities. For the astrological community, Kepler College offers a rigorous liberal arts education based on astrology. For the academic community, Kepler College works to reintroduce astrology as a legitimate subject of study.

Amritas observes the college is accredited, and links to physicist Michael Fowler, who adds history on Johannes Kepler. Kepler became a professor of astronomy in what’s now Austria in 1594.

One of the duties of this professorship was to make astrological predictions. Despite his earlier efforts at horoscopes, he wrote “a mind accustomed to mathematical deduction, when confronted with the faulty foundations (of astrology) resists a long, long time, like an obstinate mule, until compelled by beating and curses to put its foot into that dirty puddle” (ref 1, page 245). Nevertheless, he predicted a cold winter, and an invasion by the Turks. Both predictions turned out to be correct. He was treated with a new respect, and his salary was increased.

He was ahead of his time. And ours.

Update: I forgot that Amritas got this item from Grant Jones, who wants to see a college of alchemy and leeching.

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  1. He was ahead of people at his namesake. It annoys me that the place uses his name to give it more legitimacy than it deserves.

    I just noticed that the Kepler College site only mentions the word “astrology” once in its bio of Kepler:

    The site gets weirder the more I look at it. Check out the student papers:

    Their curriculum appears to be one of nothing but astrology:

    A Kepler BA is *not* proof of a “rigorous liberal arts education,” contrary to the site’s front page. Anyone thinking a Kepler BA is equivalent to a conventional BA is fooling themselves.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Gee, a college that grants a degree based on acceptance of a demonstrably invalid world view – kinda like Berkeley or Santa Cruz.

  3. No hat tip? Sniff. Happy to be of service.

  4. I don’t expect to see a revival of Alchemy (despite Neal Stephenson), but leeches are FDA approved.


  1. Fun Fact

    There is an accredited college in the United States which offers a degree in Astrology….

  2. There was a reason

    There was a reason colleges stopped giving out degrees in astrology. There is no reason to start again. File under: More superstitious nonsense…

  3. The Return Of Aquarius

    A college in Washington State is now conferring degrees in “Astrological Arts and Sciences.” The President’s commencement address and graduation page/photo album make interesting reading.