Four-Year Program

Professional Astrologer

Training and Certification

Four-Year Program

Professional Astrologer

Training and Certification

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Enrollment is open. Take only the courses you’re interested in – OR start from the beginning and work towards certification.
Purchase the courses “a la carte” or get one year bundled for a special price!

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YEAR ONE - 2019-2020

Enroll in each course individually below or sign up for the full year of courses at a special discount. 

Individual Course Pricing: $295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification)

Year One Bundle Pricing (all 9 courses):  $2797 (certification option only)

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 identifying planetary speed

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

Pre-recorded for Instant Access
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

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. Certification students will have graded homework assignments and an exam.

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 TompkinsAstrology, Psychology and the Four Elements by Stephen Arroyo
Optional Texts: Earth and Air and Fire and Water by Darby Costello

Dates: September 11 to October 6, 2019
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration open!

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

Instructors: Frank Clifford, Tony Howard

In this course we’ll look at the many facets of the inner planets: Mercury, Venus and Mars. You’ll learn about the essence of each planet, what they symbolize in and around you, and how to start interpreting them in the horoscope. In the final session, we’ll explore the inner planets in action using a range of chart examples.

  • Week 1: Mercury
  • Week 2: Venus
  • Week 3: Mars
  • Week 4: The Inner Planets in Action

You’ll learn why these are called the “personal” planets, explore their core meanings, and take first steps in understanding them in the context of the natal chart. 

Required text: The Inner Planets by Liz Greene

Dates: October 16 to November 10, 2019
$295 (non-certification); $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration open!

Course 4: The Social Planets – Jupiter and Saturn

Instructors: Darby Costello, Mark Jones, Tony Howard

Required text: Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil by Liz Greene (plus additional text on Jupiter t.b.d.)
Optional texts: Making the Gods Work for You by Caroline Casey and Jupiter: An Astrologer’s Guide by Eve Jackson (both books are out of print and difficult/costly to find, so they are not required.)

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

Dates: November 20 to December 22, 2019 (no class Nov. 27)
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens October 13, 2019

Course 5: The Sun and the Moon

Instructors: Lynn Bell and Tony Howard

      • Week 1: The Sun and the Solar Myths
      • Week 2: The Moon
      • Week 3: The Moon in the Houses with Lynn Bell
      • Week 4: The Sun and Moon in the Birth Chart

Required text: The Luminaries by Liz Greene

Dates: January 15 to February 9, 2020 
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in November 28, 2019

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
Recommended text:
Making the Gods Work for You by Caroline Casey

Dates: February 19 to March 15, 2020 
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in November 28, 2019

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.

Required text: Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas

Dates: March 25 to April 19, 2020
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)

*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in January 2020

Course 8: The Houses – Exploration and Application

Instructors: Tony Howard and Kelly Surtees
Required texts: The Houses by Deborah Houlding; A Handbook for Humanistic Astrologers by Michael Meyer; and The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas
Optional supplemental text: House Keywords and More by Michael Munkasey

Dates: April 29 to May 24, 2020
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)

*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in February 2020

Course 9: Chart Synthesis 101

Instructors: Frank Clifford, Tony Howard
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. 

Required Text: Getting to the Heart of Your Chart with Frank Clifford

Dates: May 27 to June 21, 2020 
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in March 2020

Optional Summer Retreat In Person in Bend, OR

July 25-29, 2020

Join us for a summer retreat in person. We’ll spend extra time integrating what we’ve learned in year one. In addition, as a group, you’ll select topics from the first year that you’d like to explore deeper and we’ll work through charts of participants and famous figures throughout the retreat.

You’ll get to know other students in the program and have fun deepening your learning experience in a beautiful natural setting.

Option One: 2-day weekend retreat July 25-26
Option Two: 5-day retreat July 25-29 (Includes one-day nature outing along the Deschutes river with night sky viewing at a local observatory)

ABOUT COURSE ENROLLMENT

Our program courses are offered a la carte. You can choose to join the course live, or enroll after the live presentation and watch the recordings. Online discussion is monitored regularly whether the course is live or pre-recorded, so all students will get direct feedback and response to questions. 

YEAR TWO - 2020-2021

(Proposed curriculum – details subject to alterations, but the core subject matter will remain in tact.) 

Course 1: Introduction to Major Aspects

Instructors: Kelly Surtees, Jason Holley, Tony Howard
You will learn the symbolism of the 6 major aspects: Conjunction, Opposition, Square, Sextile, Trine, and Quincunx  

Required text: Aspects by Sue Tompkins

Dates: starts September 16, 2020
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in July 2020

Course 3: Natal Chart Synthesis 1 – Famous Charts

Instructors: Tony Howard and Frank Clifford
Apply what you’ve learned from year one to the charts of famous figures. You’ll see chart work in action, learn how to research biographical material for chart correlations, and begin analysis of the full chart.  

Required Text: Getting to the Heart of Your Chart with Frank Clifford

Dates: t.b.d.
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in July 2020

Course 4: Analyzing Difficult Combinations

Instructors: Kelly Surtees and Frank Clifford
Learn how to approach “difficult” chart combinations. This includes chart signatures of paradox, complex archetypal blending, contradictory meanings, and apparent multiple areas of emphasis (or lack thereof).   

Required Text: Getting to the Heart of Your Chart with Frank Clifford

Dates: t.b.d.
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in September 2020

Course 5: Aspect Patterns

Instructors: Karen Hamaker-Zondag and Tony Howard

Learn the meaning of aspect patterns.

      • Week 1: T-Squares
      • Week 2: The Yod
      • Week 3: Grand Crosses and Mystic Rectangles
      • Week 4: The Aspect Patterns of Marc Edmund Jones (bucket, bundle, seesaw, etc.)

Required Text: The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation by Marc Edmund Jones; The Yod Book by Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Dates: t.b.d.
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Fall 2020

Course 6: Retrograde Planets

Instructor: Tony Howard

Study retrograde planets according to Erin Sullivan’s extensive exploration of the subject.

Required Text: Retrograde Planets by Erin Sullivan

Dates: t.b.d.
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Fall 2020

Course 7: Transits

Instructor: Kelly Surtees

Learn the foundational timing technique of modern astrology.

Required Text: Predictive Astrology by Bernadette Brady

Supplemental text: The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest

Dates: t.b.d.
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Winter 2021

Course 8: Intro to Solar Arcs

Instructor: Frank Clifford

Learn how to apply solar arcs in an astrological timing reading.

Required Text: The Solar Arc Handbook by Frank Clifford

Dates: t.b.d.
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Spring 2021

Course 9: Intro to Progressions

Instructor: Kelly Surtees

Learn how to apply solar arcs in an astrological timing reading.

Required Text: The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest, The Astrological Moon by Darby Costello; Progressions by Kelly Surtees (forthcoming)

Dates: t.b.d.
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Spring 2021

Summer Elective: The 12 Houses in History and Practice

Instructor: Demetra George
In this 12-part series, Demetra explores the houses from a traditional through modern approaches. 

Required Text: None (this course includes 12 video lessons)

Dates: Self-study at your own pace
$295 

Registration opens in May 2021

Optional Summer Retreat In Person in Bend, OR

July 2021

Join us for a summer retreat in person. We’ll spend extra time integrating what we’ve learned in year two. In addition, as a group, you’ll select topics from the first year that you’d like to explore deeper and we’ll work through charts of participants and famous figures throughout the retreat.

You’ll get to know other students in the program and have fun deepening your learning experience in a beautiful natural setting.

Option One: 2-day Weekend retreat
Option 2: 5-day retreat (Includes one-day nature outing along the Deschutes river with night sky viewing at a local observatory)

YEAR THREE - 2021-2022

Course 1: Psychological Astrology – Theory and Application

Instructors: Lynn Bell and Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Learn how to approach the birth chart through the lens of psychological astrology with two modern masters of this approach.

Required Text: Psychological Astrology: A Synthesis of Jungian Psychology and Astrology by Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Dates: t.b.d. August 2021
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Spring 2021

Course 2: Intro to Hellenistic Astrology

Instructors: Demetra George, Alecs Garrett
Learn the Hellenistic approach to chart reading. Get introduced to the concept of evaluating planetary condition and learn the first steps towards making a judgment about a planet’s condition.

Required Text: Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice by Demetra George

Dates: t.b.d. September 2021
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Summer 2021

Course 3: Intro to Medieval Astrology

Instructors: t.b.d.
Get an introduction to medieval astrology through the work of William Lilly.

Required Text: Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Dates: t.b.d. October 2021
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Summer 2021

Course 4: Integrating Ancient Techniques into Modern Practice

Instructor: Kelly Surtees
Learn how to integrate ancient techniques into modern practice. Kelly will include discussions on sect, planetary condition, traditional rulerships and more.

Required Text: Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice by Demetra George

Dates: t.b.d. November/December 2021
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Summer 2021

Course 5: Astrologies of the Early 20th Century

Instructor: Tony Howard
Learn how astrologers in the early 20th century made innovations in the field. Includes a look at the work of Alan Leo, CEO Carter, Max Heindel, Marc Edmund Jones, and Dane Rudhyar.

Required Texts: Person Centered Astrology by Dane Rudhyar, Messages of the Stars by Max Heindel, Essentials of Astrological Analysis by Marc Edmund Jones

Dates: t.b.d. January 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Fall 2021

Course 6: Philosophy, Fate and Free Will

Instructors: Demetra George, Frank Clifford, Lynn Bell, Karen Hamaker-Zondag
Listen to four master astrologers engage in the timeless discussion of fate and free will as it applies to astrological practice. 

Required Text: The Astrology of Fate by Liz Greene

Dates: t.b.d. February 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Winter 2021

Course 7: What is myth? Cultivating the Symbolic/Metaphorical eye

Instructor: Safron Rossi
Contemplative discussion on the nature and application of myth in astrological practice.

Required Texts: t.b.d.

Dates: t.b.d. March 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Winter 2022

Course 8: Myth and Modern Astrology

Instructor: Jason Holley
Jason teaches you how to apply myth to astrological inquiry in a psychological context and how myth can open a doorway to deeper conversation and exploration of life/chart themes. 

Required Text: t.b.d.

Dates: t.b.d. April 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Spring 2022

Course 9: Jungian Archetypes and Astrology

Instructor: Karen Hamader-Zondag

Required Texts: Psychological Astrology: A Synthesis of Jungian Psychology and Astrology by Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Dates: t.b.d. April/May 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Spring 2022

Optional Summer Retreat In Person in Bend, OR

July 2022

Join us for a summer retreat in person. We’ll spend extra time integrating what we’ve learned in year three. In addition, as a group, you’ll select topics from the first year that you’d like to explore deeper and we’ll work through charts of participants and famous figures throughout the retreat.

You’ll get to know other students in the program and have fun deepening your learning experience in a beautiful natural setting.

Option One: 2-day Weekend retreat
Option 2: 5-day retreat (Includes one-day nature outing along the Deschutes river with night sky viewing at a local observatory)

YEAR FOUR - 2022-2023

Course 1: Introduction to Evolutionary Astrology

Instructors: Mark Jones and Steven Forrest (includes supplementary online course with Steven)

In this course you’ll be introduced to the techniques and concepts of evolutionary astrology.

Required Text: Yesterday’s Sky by Steven Forrest

Dates: t.b.d. August 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Summer 2022

Course 2: Research Methods for Writing, Blogging and Exploration

Instructor: Tony Howard and Lynn Bell
Learn how to apply astrology to analysis of current events and/or astrological energies for writing, blogging, and social media. Learn how to do non-statistical astrological research for creative exploration. 

Required Text: none

Dates: t.b.d. September 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Summer 2022

Course 3: Advancing Chart Analysis Skills

Instructors: Tony Howard and Kelly Surtees
Students will advance their chart analysis skills by spending the semester with the charts of 4 famous people. We will work with their biographies, mapping their personal traits and history applying basic timing techniques.

Required Texts: none

Dates: t.b.d. October 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in September 2022

Course 4: Chart Synthesis Practicum

Instructors: Kelly Surtees, Frank Clifford and Tony Howard
Students will spend four weeks in open sessions practicing chart interpretation with their peers, receiving feedback and having questions answered. The goal is to increase confidence in chart interpretation.

Required Text: none

Dates: t.b.d. November/December 2022
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Fall 2022

Course 5: Preparing for Astrological Consult

Instructors: Tony Howard and Kelly Surtees
Students will learn how to prepare for professional consultation.

Required Texts: none

Dates: t.b.d. January 2023
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Fall 2022

Course 6: Ethics in Astrology and Consulting

Instructors: Frank Clifford and Mark Jones

Required Text: none

Dates: t.b.d. February 2023
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Winter 2022

Course 7: Counseling Skills 101

Instructors: Mark Jones and Kelly Surtees
Students will improve counseling skills in the consultation and learn how basic psychological dynamics enter into and impact the consultation.

Required Texts: none

Dates: t.b.d. April 2023
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Spring 2023

Course 8: Your Professional Toolkit

Instructor: Tony Howard

      • Websites, blogs and podcasts
      • Marketing 101
      • Building your practice

Required Text: none

Dates: t.b.d. May 2023
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Winter 2022

Course 9: Final Projects

Instructor: Tony Howard
Students will work on their final project. Students will spend time in the group presenting sample chart analysis and receive feedback. Students will discuss their final project and receive feedback.

Required Texts: none

Dates: t.b.d. June 2023
$295 (non-certification) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Spring 2023

Graduation and Celebration in Bend, OR

July 2023

Join us for celebration and graduation. We’ll share highlights from our experience and have a heartfelt graduation ceremony. We’ll spend a day setting intentions for our astrology practice and supporting each other.

We’ll spend a final day in nature and finish with an intentional closing ceremony. 

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

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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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