Foundations Course – Reading a Chart


Foundation course – Reading a Chart
Tutor: Dr Darrelyn Gunzburg

Once enrolled you will gain instant access to all the materials and lectures.  You will then have access to all the lectures for 90 days.

Foundations Course - Reading a Chart

The aim of this Foundations Course - Reading a Chart is to teach you how to combine the components necessary to begin reading charts and to show you how they link together in a way that is meaningful to a person.

Girolamo Cardano (1501–1576) likened this procedure to building a house: laying out the parts contributed nothing to the actual building of the house. It was knowing how they combined that gave the house/chart three-dimensionality and strength.

The Foundations Course - Reading a Chart teaches you the groundwork of how a chart works and unpacks what is necessary to begin reading a chart with clarity and insight. The Course is presented with an overview, followed by twelve lectures where we cover the basic components and how they combine in a chart to give complex meanings that are relevant to a person's life. Each lecture consists of a 12-15 minute video with clear chart examples to help you understand the key points. Also, there are extra downloadable support materials (PDFs) provided.

Course Content

 LECTURE 1 – Essential Dignities covers the relationship that a planet has to the ‘landscape’ of the zodiac where its strengths and difficulties lie.


 LECTURE 2 – Angular Houses covers the angular houses and the meanings they add to a chart. 

LECTURE 3 – Succeedent Houses covers the succeedent houses and the meanings they add to a chart. 

LLECTURE 4 – Cadent Houses covers the cadent houses and the meanings they add to a chart 

LLECTURE 5 – House Rulerships covers house rulerships and how they impact on the location of a planet. 

LECTURE 6 – The Ascendant and its Ruler covers the important technique of the meaning of the Ascendant and the placement of its ruler. 

LECTURE 7 – Personal Planetary Combinations

covers the aspects that the two luminaries make to the inner planets and Jupiter.

LECTURE 8 – Planetary Combination: inners to outers covers the narratives that are created when the Sun, Moon or any of the inner planets forms a connection with Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto. 

LECTURE 9 – Aspects: stresses and tensions covers the meanings of the hard aspects between planets and luminaries. 





LECTURE 10 – Aspects: ease and flow covers the meanings of the hard aspects between planets and luminaries.   

LLECTURE 11 – The Lunation Cycle covers the Lunation Cycle, the connection between the Sun and the Moon.

 LECTURE 12 – Reading the Pattern shows you how to synthesize the parts to create a dynamic whole using single aspects in a chart. 

Studying the  Foundations Course – Reading a Chart

You engage with the  Foundations Course – Reading a Chart online from your own computer – PC or MAC, or you can use your iPhone or iPad. Once you enrol you will instantly gain access to the school.  Log into your courses using your chosen username and password. Then click on My Courses – top right hand menu, then click on Foundations Course – Reading a Chart. 

Skill Level

You will be expected to have a basic working knowledge of astrology.

Support Notes

are included with the lectures.


We will be using the astrological software, Solar Fire, for all examples given in the course, but you can use any astrological chart- calculating software.

Certificate of Completion

Once you have completed the course you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion. 

Cancellation Policy
Upon enrolment, you gain immediate access to all the course lectures and recordings. For this reason there are no refunds available for the Foundations Course – Reading a Chart

Dr Darrelyn Gunzburg

The lecturer is Darrelyn Gunzburg who holds a PhD from the University of Bristol. Her research examined the astrology and cosmology contained within the Salone fresco scheme of the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua, c.1309. She also holds a BA (Hons) degree in History of Art from the Open University, UK and a Diploma of Directing from NIDA (Sydney Australia). Prior to her life in the UK, she worked as an award-winning playwright in Australia, including the Samuel Weisberg Award (1990), twice nominated for an Awgie Award, and an Awgie winner in 1991.

Her books include:

  • Life after Grief: An Astrological Guide to Dealing with Loss. Bournemouth: The Wessex Astrologer, 2004.
  • Grief, a Dark, Sacred Time. Swanage: Flying Horse Books, 2019. 

  • Editor of The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2016.

  • (with Bernadette Brady) Restoring the Heavens to Astrology. Visual Astrology Chronicles. Vol. 1: 2005-2006, Bristol: Astro Logos Publishing, 2010.

  •  Astrographology, the Hidden Link between Your Horoscope and Your Handwriting. Bournemouth: The Wessex Astrologer, 2009


To purchase this course you must add this product to your basket and go through the checkout process. You can pay with PayPal or your debit card. Once your payment is received and complete you will have access to the course from the ‘My Courses’ page when logged in. This is a pre-recorded course. You will have full access to the session materials and recordings, and you can work at your own pace. There is no interaction with the tutor as you work with the lectures.

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