AstroDharma Online Course

Intro to AstroDharma: Awakening through Astrology

Our natal chart is sometimes called our ‘Soul Map’ for this lifetime: This online course helps you better understand the fundamentals of Transpersonal Astrology as a tool for awakening.

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Why this Course?

The combination of Dharma and Transpersonal Astrology is a powerful method to help you to understand your soul map––your natal astrology chart–– and your unique Hero’s Journey depicted therein. 

With the Teachings of the Buddha, also known as “Buddhadharma” or just “dharma” we gain insights from 2500 years of profound consciousness studies. With Transpersonal Astrology we draw on Western Greco-Roman mythology plus Jungian principles and archetypes to help us understand ourselves, others and the cosmos. 

I love how AstroDharma uses the Dharma to explore astrology at a deeper level than you would with other astrology resources. It goes further and explains how awakening is the ultimate security.

Richard Nathaniel, Japan / Canada

ESL Teacher

Catherine Sensei’s AstroDharma course is amazing! It’s so well structured and has such great flow that I really feel like I’m beginning to understand this vast subject. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the gifts and challenges of each sign and planet and reflecting on the key words Catherine has given for each one in the guided meditations. I’ve gained a lot of insights into my own chart, what it means to be me and how I can develop and integrate all of these incredible potentials within myself through this work.

Maya Lewandowsky France/ Israel

Vocal Coach, Free Your Natural Voice

Thank you for the beautiful course and all your efforts to make it happen. I am increasing my understanding of AstroDharma in a way that will make it useful for a long time, and I can also help others.

Previous AstroDharma Course Participant

Course Overview


Understand the Map of Your Soul’s Journey & Transform Challenges

Intro to AstroDharma is an online self-study program that supports you as you begin the journey of self-discovery and transformation through the uniquely combined lens of Buddhist teachings (Dharma) and transpersonal Western astrology.

Learn the Fundamentals of Astrology

This introductory course will help you get to know your own astrological birth chart. Along the way, you learn the spectrum of corresponding characteristics that you can choose to manifest in your life and your personality, as shown through the zodiacal signs, the planets and the houses.

If you don’t quite understand what this means, this course offers an exciting learning frontier … and you will understand by the course’s end.

Bonus: A Dharmic Perspective for Self-Realization

Intro to AstroDharma is different from a typical astrology course in that it takes a dharmic perspective. In addition to learning about how to read your own astrological birth chart, we’ll focus on how to harness and develop its positive elements wisely. We’ll also share how to recognize and overcome those that may be out-of-balance or manifesting in a way that’s slowing down your self-realization.

As part of this course, you’ll be encouraged to meditate on the basic themes of each lesson. This serves to allow you to recognize which elements are helping or challenging you. You can then use this knowledge to redirect your energy into more effective patterns of living.


Program Details

Through this course, you will learn to:

  • Read the fundamentals of your own astrological birth chart.
  • Identify the 12 zodiacal signs and their most important characteristics.
  • Identify the planets and other celestial bodies, and their major qualities.
  • Understand the functions and main characteristics of the twelve astrological houses.
  • Understand how these features indicate tendencies you may have in your personality, as both resources and challenges.
  • Learn potential alternatives to these manifestations, opening yourself to a greater range of choices in your life.


Aside from the course overview and welcome, this self-study course has 12 modules, one for each sign of the zodiac.

We appreciate the challenge of balancing self-growth and busy schedules. So we’ve aimed to hit the sweet spot of fun and legitimate learning that doesn’t take a lot of time. Thus each module is designed so that it can be completed within two hours.

  • Read the module content and listen to the corresponding video for each module (less than 1 hour)
  • Study your chart, corresponding planets, houses and aspects (about 15 minutes per module).
  • Do guided meditations on each component of the lessons (about 15 minutes per module).
  • Reflect on and journal around how these characteristics and key words manifest in your life, both as resources and challenges (15 minutes and up, based on how deeply you would like to explore this).
  • Total approximate time per module: Two hours.

Teacher Bio

Catherine Pawasarat

Catherine_Pawasarat_AstroDharma_Chart_ReadingCatherine Pawasarat Sensei has been studying and teaching astrology since the early 1990s, and for more than 20 years has had an intensive Buddhist apprenticeship––rare in the modern West––under the mentorship of Acariya Doug Qapel Duncan.

She is the Chief Visionary Officer and co-founder with Doug Duncan of the Clear Sky Retreat Center in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.

She lived in Kyoto, Japan for 20+ years. Before she began her intensive Buddhist practice, she was a student of metaphysics and an ayahuascera, and helped establish Santo Daime in Japan.

In addition to Planet Dharma and Clear Sky, her website shares her ground-breaking work on the spiritual traditions and sustainability of Kyoto’s 1100-year-old Gion Festival.


When does this course start?

This course is asynchronous, you can start at any time you like and you will have access to move freely through the materials whenever it is convenient.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have access to the videos, lectures and courses material for as long as you need them.

How does online learning work?

In this program, we open the entire curriculum to you immediately upon your registration. You can proceed with the course material one module each week or choose to move through at your own pace, whatever works best for your schedule. Once a module opens it is available 24/7 for the duration of the course so you can access the content as often as you like.

Each module builds on the previous one. Since human memory can be unreliable (we like the analogy of memory as an ever-changing compost heap), we strongly encourage you to design your own schedule before you begin the course.

One approach is to put appointments to do a module or part of a module – two hours a week, or an hour twice a week, or biweekly, whatever suits you – into your schedule. This helps you stay on track, tweaking the schedule as you figure out what works best for you and your learning style.

We’re here to support your journey and our team is ready to answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to help you feel fully comfortable with the experience.

This course is called “Intro.” Do you offer any more advanced courses on this topic?

This current course is the result of requests for an introductory AstroDharma course, when we offered an advanced level in 2014. Currently this is the only level we are offering. If you’re interested in intermediate and advanced courses, please let us know. We listen to your feedback!

Get Bonus Materials

Register with Planet Dharma below and we will send you helpful AstroDharma materials via email. You’ll then be taken to the course to complete your enrollment:

Much love, gratitude and appreciation to you for the incredible woman, teacher and human being your are. Thank you for being a true light and inspiration in this world.

Ruth Levin, Montreal

MFA, Small Business Owner, Movement Teacher & Performing Artist, Embodied In Motion

Dear Sensei Cata, We seem to come in all shapes, sizes and I guess states, too. Here we are as Pisces. Thank you for the difference you make in this world. Thank you for AstroDharma.

Cheryl Bate, Whistler, BC

Clinical Counsellor, Private Practise,

I am really enjoying it. My understanding of the elements of the chart has increased, and I like the way it is presented, and how it is conveyed within the context of awakening. I appreciate being able to access previous modules, as I needed to go back and review a few times. Thanks for all your work on this!

Previous AstroDharma Course Participant

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