Four-Year Program

Professional Astrologer

Training and Certification

Four-Year Program

Professional Astrologer

Training and Certification

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Rolling enrollment is open for self-study! Start from the beginning and work towards certification OR take only the courses you’re interested in and study at your own pace. 

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ENROLLMENT DETAILS

We offer two enrollment options:
  • Self-Paced: Enroll in each course individually. Work through the courses in order, or select only those you’re interested in. 
  • With Live Cohort: Join open registration each summer and take the courses in real time with a live cohort (Next live cohort classes start August 2022.)

    Please note that if you are going at your own pace throughout the program that there may be occasional classes where the recorded Q&A sessions have been removed due to privacy. This usually occurs right before the next live cohort begins that course (about a year from the previous start date of the course). You will instead see links for the live Q&A sessions. You are welcome to attend the live Q&A sessions even if you are not a part of the live cohort. We are not able to provide you with the recorded Q&A sessions past the date we take them off the site. Thank you for your understanding.

Bundle registration re-opens July 2022. 

Individual Course Pricing: $295 (audit) / $350 (certification track)

Bundle Pricing (all 9 courses in a year):  $2797 (certification-track option – pay in full or 10 payments of $285)
With bundle registration you commit to 9 courses in one year and get 9 courses for the price of 8. (Please note that we can’t apply bundle pricing retroactively). Bundle pricing is over for 2021, but you can still register for individual courses!

Curriculum by Year

YEAR ONE COURSES

Course 1: Intro to Astrological Symbols

Instructor: Tony Howard

In this course you will learn the basic symbols necessary for deeper astrological study: 14 Planetary Symbols, 12 Signs, and 12 houses. If you’ve been ready to jump into learning astrology, and don’t know where to start, or you’re looking for a structured program that will help you feel confident practicing astrology for yourself or others, this is the perfect place to begin.

  • Week 1: Astrology, planetary archetypes and the wonder of the night sky
  • Week 2: The 12 signs as expressions of embodied experience
  • Week 3: The 12 Houses and intro to house systems
  • Week 4: Setting up a chart, using the ephemeris and survey of astrology software

In addition to getting an introduction to the signs and houses, you’ll learn how to set up a chart in an astrology program (includes demonstrations for Solar Fire, Win*Star, and Sirius), how to use the ephemeris, and how to choose a house system to begin your study.

Required texts: The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins;  The Modern Textbook of Astrology by Margaret Hone (purchase separately before the course starts)
Recommended supplementary texts: The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest; Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand; Astrology for Yourself by Demetra George

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track**)
*Pre-recorded and available for instant access. You may register and start this course and get started today. You will have access to a discussion area to ask questions as you move through the course. 

**Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work.

Course includes: four video classes, four Q&A sessions, discussion area, weekly reading assignments and homework. Video, audio and handouts are available to view and/or download. 

TEST OUT OPTION: If you’ve been studying astrology for over a year, you may attempt to test out of this course. Order the test here.

Course 2: The Elements, Modalities and Polarities

Instructors: Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Demetra George, Tony Howard, Safron Rossi

      • Week 1: The Elements and Modalities
      • Week 2: Sign Polarities
      • Week 3: Elemental Ruminations on Alchemical Fire, Earth, Air and Water
      • Week 4: The Sun and Moon

Required texts: The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins; Astrology, Psychology and the Four Elements by Stephen Arroyo
Optional Texts: Earth and Air and Fire and Water by Darby Costello; Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand; Psychological Astrology by Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Next Live Dates: September 22 – October 17, 2021
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions: Sept. 26 at 9am; Oct. 2 at 2pm; Oct. 9 at 2pm; Oct. 17 at Noon (all times Pacific Time)
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track**)

*Register now and get started on this course today! You’ll get access to a discussion area where you can get all of your questions answered as you complete the course. 
**Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work.

Course includes: four video classes, four Q&A sessions, discussion area, weekly reading assignments and homework. Video, audio and handouts are available to view and/or download. 

TEST OUT OPTION: If you’ve been studying astrology for over a year, you may attempt to test out of this course. Order the test here.

Course 3: The Inner Planets – Mercury, Venus and Mars

Instructor: Tony Howard

In this course, we’ll explore the meaning and function of the planets of Mercury, Venus and Mars. You’ll learn about their archetypal dimensions, what they symbolize in the birth chart, and how to start interpreting them. Includes an exploration of these three personal planets through a range of chart examples.

  • Week 1: Mercury
  • Week 2: Venus
  • Week 3: Mars
  • Week 4: The Inner Planets in Action
  • Bonuses: Mercury and Venus with Steven Forrest

Learn why astrologers also refer to the inner planets as personal planets and how they function as key components of our ego and identity.  Discover their core astrological meanings and learn take first steps toward interpretation. Include supplemental reading and regular Q&A sessions to help you integrate this important foundational material.

Required text: The Inner Planets by Liz Greene; The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins

Next Live Dates: October 27 – November 21, 2021
1 Pre-recorded lesson plus 3 live lessons Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10 at Noon Pacific Time. , four live Q&A sessions: Oct. 30 at 1pm; Nov. 7 at 3pm; Nov. 14 at 9am; and Nov. 21 at 11:30am
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track**)


**Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work.

Course includes: four video classes, four Q&A sessions, discussion area, weekly reading assignments and homework. Video, audio and handouts are available to view and/or download. 

Course 4: The Social Planets – Jupiter and Saturn

Instructors: Darby Costello, Mark Jones, Tony Howard

In this course we will look at the correlations of the social planets – Jupiter and Saturn – with lived experience. Your instructors will outline what these gas giant planets symbolize and show you how to start interpreting them in the horoscope.

      • Week 1: Jupiter with Darby Costello
      • Week 2: Jupiter with Mark Jones
      • Week 3: Saturn with Mark Jones
      • Week 4: Saturn with Tony Howard

Required texts: Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil by Liz Greene; The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins; Exploring Jupiter by Stephen Arroyo
Optional texts: Making the Gods Work for You by Caroline Casey (out of print and difficult/costly to find but available in inexpensive audio format. Not required but good supplemental material.)

Next Live Dates: December 1 – 22, 2021
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions Sundays at 9am Pacific Time.
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track**)

*You may register and start this course and get started today or wait for the next live cohort and take the course at the same time as a group of students and participate in the live question and answer sessions.
**Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work.

Course includes: four video classes, four live Q&A sessions, weekly reading assignments and homework. Video, audio and handouts are available to view and/or download. 

Course 5: The Luminaries – The Sun and the Moon

Instructors: Tony Howard, Safron Rossi, Lynn Bell, and Karen Hamaker-Zondag

      • Week 1: The Sun’s meaning and context with Lynn Bell
      • Week 2: The Sun through the signs with Tony Howard
      • Week 3: The Moon’s meaning and context with Lynn Bell; plus Sun, Moon and Ascendant with Karen Hamaker-Zondag
      • Week 4: The Moon through the signs with Tony Howard

Required texts: The Luminaries by Liz Greene; The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins

Dates: January 19 – February 13, 2022
Includes a mix of pre-recorded and live lessons, plus 4 live Q&A sessions during the dates above.
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track**)

*You may register and start this course and get started today or wait for the next live cohort and take the course at the same time as a group of students and participate in the live question and answer sessions.
**Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work.

Course 6: The Transpersonal or Outer Planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

Instructors: Jessica Murray and Tony Howard

      • Week 1: Uranus – Jessica Murray
      • Week 2: Neptune – Jessica Murray
      • Week 3: Pluto – Jessica Murray
      • Week 4: Generational Signatures with Tony Howard

Required texts: The Gods of Change by Howard Sasportas; Prometheus the Awakener by Richard Tarnas
Optional text:
Making the Gods Work for You by Caroline Casey

Next live dates: February 23-March 20, 2022
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions during the dates above (dates and times for live Q&As will be posted in early 2022)

*Pre-recorded for instant access
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)

You may register and start this course and get started today or wait for the next live cohort and take the course at the same time as a group of students and participate in the live question and answer sessions.
*Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work.

Course 7: Introduction to Cosmos and Psyche: Planets, Aspects, Natal and Mundane Correlations

Instructors: Tony Howard and Safron Rossi
In this course we’ll approach one of the most important astrology texts of our times. We’ll make this book accessible to read and appreciate while uncovering its rich and inspiring message.

  • Week 1: The Archetypal Telescope – Tony Howard
  • Week 2: In Search of a Deeper Order – Safron Rossi
  • Week 3: Myths, Muses and Cosmos – Safron Rossi
  • Week 4: Pluto-Saturn Cycles of Crisis and Contraction with Tony Howard

Required text: Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas

Next live dates: March 30-April 24, 2022
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions during the dates above (dates and times for live Q&As will be posted in early 2022)

Pre-recorded for instant access.*
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)

You may register and start this course and get started today or wait for the next live cohort and take the course at the same time as a group of students and participate in the live question and answer sessions.
*Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work.

Course 8: The Houses – Exploration and Application

Instructors: Tony Howard and Kelly Surtees

Join Kelly and Tony for a rich and full exploration of the astrological houses. We’ll learn how the different house systems are calculated, the meanings of the houses from ancient to modern traditions, and how to use house rulership.

  • Week 1: Different House Systems – Calculation and Use with Tony
  • Week 2: House Topics from Ancient to Modern with Kelly
  • Week 3: House Rulership with Kelly
  • Week 4: House Rulership Applied with Tony

Required texts: The Houses – Temples of the Sky by Deborah Houlding; A Handbook for the Humanistic Astrologer by Michael Meyer; The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas
Optional supplemental text: The Elements of House Divisionby Ralph William Holden; House Keywords and More by Michael Munkasey

Next live dates: May 4-29, 2022
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions during the dates above (dates and times for live Q&As will be posted in early 2022)

Pre-recorded for instant access.*
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)

You may register and start this course and get started today or wait for the next live cohort and take the course at the same time as a group of students and participate in the live question and answer sessions.
*Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work

Course 9: Chart Synthesis 101 – Planet, Sign and House Blends

Instructors: Tony Howard, Steven Forrest and Karen Hamaker-Zondag
How to blend archetypes beginning with Sun and Moon blends. You’ll learn basic “keyword blending” and take the first steps in learning how to “hear” aspects in a person’s biographical material.

  • Week 1: Steven Forrest – Putting a Planet in a Sign and a House
  • Week 2: Tony Howard – Keyword Blending
  • Week 3: Steven Forrest – Sun/Moon Blends
  • Week 4: Tony Howard – Making Strides with Synthesis
  • Bonus Lesson: Karen Hamaker-Zondag – First Steps to Synthesis

Required Texts: Key Words for Astrology by Hajo Banzhof and Anna Haebler; Planetary Symbolism in the Horoscope by Karen Hamaker-Zondag
Optional Texts: The Modern Textbook of Astrology by Margaret Hone; The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins

Next live dates: June 8- July 3, 2022
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions during the dates above (dates and times for live Q&As will be posted in early 2022)

Pre-recorded for instant access.*
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)

*You may register and start this course and get started today or wait for the next live cohort and take the course at the same time as a group of students and participate in the live question and answer sessions.
**Certification-track students will receive feedback on homework and an exam review. Audit students receive the same study materials and videos but do not receive personal feedback on their work.

YEAR ONE COMPLETION DEADLINE

All year-one homework and exams should be submitted by July 15 if you are continuing on to year two in real time (starting in August). Contact Tony if you would like to request an extension. 

2021 Summer Retreat in Boulder, CO

July 16-17, 2022 for year-one students

In these informal, interactive sessions, you’ll get the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in year one and practice “speaking astrology”. As a group, we’ll work through the charts of participants and famous figures to apply the concepts from the first 9 courses. Students have the opportunity to present a short presentation on the chart of a key figure and then we’ll open up to discussion with the group. We will also have time and space to look at participants charts, analyzing elemental and modal balance, inner planet placements, the luminaries, the outer planets and first steps in planet-sign-house blending. 

Registration opens in May 2022

ABOUT COURSE ENROLLMENT

Our program courses are offered a la carte and also in 9-course bundles. You can choose to join the current courses live, or enroll after the live presentation and complete the course on your own time. Online discussion areas are monitored regularly whether the course is live or pre-recorded, so all certification students will get direct feedback and response to questions

“Our own marvelously complex nature depends on and is embedded in the universe.” -RICHARD TARNAS

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship applications are closed for 2021. They will open again in June 2022.

We offer three scholarships for our four-year program:

Our Financial Need Scholarship is open to any applicant based solely on financial need. In your application you’ll let us know what you are able to afford to pay for a course in our four-year training program. We provide up to 15 of these scholarships annually.

Our Black and North American indigenous/First Nations Scholarship has a specific reparations intention. This scholarship is limited to black, African American, Native American, First Nations/North American indigenous people. We recognize systemic racial oppression in our culture applies to many people and groups, but we intentionally wanted to do more for these particular groups due to our complex and tragic history of slavery and genocide in the United States. Our Black and North American indigenous/First Nations Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship through our certification-track program. We provide 5 of these scholarships annually.

Our Alice Kashuba Scholarship is available to one year-one student in our four-year program and provides a full-ride scholarship to year one. You will be automatically considered for the Alice Kashuba scholarship when you apply for one of our other two scholarships (listed above). We provide the Alice Kashuba scholarship to one additional student after the first round of recipients has been selected.

How to Apply: Our application period will open again in June 2022.

DANE RUDHYAR

“ When you don’t follow your nature there is a hole in the universe where you were supposed to be. 

Astrology is one of the most direct tools to self-inquiry. Why not start your inner journey today!

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