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 (classes start August 18, 2021). 

Bundle registration re-opens July 12 through August 30, 2021. 

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!

Bundle Registration links: YEAR ONE BUNDLE | YEAR TWO BUNDLE | YEAR THREE BUNDLE 

YEAR ONE

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

Next Live Dates: August 18 to September 11, 2021
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions: Aug. 22 at noon,  Aug. 28 at 2pm; Sep. 5 at noon; Sep. 11 at 1pm (all times Pacific Time).
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track**)

*Currently 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. OR you may wait for the next live cohort on the above dates when we’ll have live Q&A 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 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 TompkinsAstrology, Psychology and the Four Elements by Stephen Arroyo
Optional Texts: Earth and Air and Fire and Water by Darby Costello

Next Live Dates: September 22 – October 17, 2021
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions Sundays at 2pm 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 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 and how to start interpreting them. 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
  • Bonuses: Mercury and Venus with Steven Forrest

You’ll learn why they 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; The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins

Next Live Dates: October 27 – November 21, 2021
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions Saturdays at 2pm 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 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

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 and Jupiter: An Astrologer’s Guide by Eve Jackson (these last 2 books are out of print and difficult/costly to find, so they are not required.)

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

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

*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

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

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 (live June 9)
  • Week 3: Steven Forrest – Sun/Moon Blends
  • Week 4: Tony Howard – Making Strides with Synthesis (live June 23)
  • 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

Pre-recorded for instant access.*
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

*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

YEAR TWO

Course 1: Major Aspects

Instructors: Kelly Surtees, Jason Holley, Tony Howard, and Mark Jones
In this course you will learn one of the most important building blocks of astrological analysis as we uncover the symbolism of the 6 major aspects: Conjunction, Opposition, Square, Sextile, Trine, and Quincunx. Through teachings of four instructors, you’ll be introduced to psychological, mythic and traditional approaches to these aspects. We will cover aspect theory as well as application through chart examples featuring each of the 6 major aspects.

Required text: Aspects in Astrology by Sue Tompkins
Supplemental Text: Aspects and Personality by Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Next Live Dates: August 18 to September 12, 2021
Four pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions Aug. 22 at 9am,  Aug. 29 at noon; Sep. 5 at 3pm; Sep. 12 at 9am (all times Pacific Time).

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. OR you may wait for the next live cohort on the above dates when we’ll offer four live Q&A sessions. 

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Course 2: The Four Angles

Instructors: Darby Costello and Tony Howard
In this course we will explore the four angles – powerful points in our chart that constellate energy. Sometimes called “the cross of matter”, these angles can be understood as points through which core energetics in our life manifest – from our home environment, to how we meet the world and step into life, to our life’s mission or career, to how we meet “the other”.

We’ll learn the meanings of the IC, the Ascendant, the MC and the Descendant. We’ll discover how to interpret those points through their signs and also the planets ruling those signs.

Required texts: Incarnation: The Four Angles and the Moon’s Nodes by Melanie Reinhart and The Midheaven: Spotlight on Success by Frank Clifford (ebook available as part of The Astrology Quartet)

Course includes a bonus lesson with Safron Rossi on the “gatekeeper” archetype.

Next Live Dates: September 22 – October 17, 2021
Four pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions alternating on Sundays at 9am and 3pm Pacific time. 

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. OR you may wait for the next live cohort on the above dates when we’ll offer four live Q&A sessions. 

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Course 3: Inner and Outer Planets in Combination – When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary

Instructors: Jessica Murray

The personal planets take on transpersonal power when they interact with the three outer planets. In this course, Jessica looks at what happens to Mercury, Venus and Mars when they are in major aspect with Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. She talks about how to approach these aspects in a natal chart as well as what to expect from their transits, from psychological and spiritual points of view.

Required Text: Astrology, Karma and Transformation by Stephen Arroyo
Supplemental Texts: Aspects and Personality by Karen Hamaker-Zondag and The Inner Planets by Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas

Next Live Dates: October 27 – November 21, 2021
Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions Sundays at noon Pacific Time.

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. 

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Course 4: Natal Chart Synthesis 201 – Holistic Chart Interpretation

Instructors: Tony Howard and Kelly Surtees
Now that you’ve learned the meaning of the core symbols of astrology – planets, signs, houses and aspects – it’s time to work toward a holistic look at the chart. In this course we’ll teach you 4 key steps toward chart interpretation and work through the steps with two famous charts so you can learn how to synthesize all of the details into a cohesive interpretation. This course is perfect if you’ve struggled trying to pull together all of the details in a natal chart into a cohesive analysis. At the end of the course, you’ll have a system you can use to identify the core aspects and themes to focus on for your interpretation. 

In part two of the course, you’ll get tips for understanding chart signatures that students often find challenging. This includes aspects and planet-sign-house combinations of paradox, complex archetypal blending, seemingly contradictory astrological symbols, or multiple areas of emphasis.

Includes the charts of Malcolm X and Penelope Cruz.

Required Text: Getting to the Heart of Your Chart with Frank Clifford
Supplementary Text: 
Aspects in Astrology by Sue Tompkins

Live Dates: December 1 – 22, 2021

Pre-recorded lessons plus four live Q&A sessions Sundays alternating at 9am and 3pm Pacific Time.

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. 

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens September 2021.

Course 5: Forecasting 101 – Timing Cycles with Transits

Instructor: Darby Costello, Kelly Surtees and Tony Howard

Learn the core timing technique of modern astrology which is the foundation of most modern timing readings. You’ll learn how to identify important transits, how to approach interpretation, and how to approach forecasting or “prediction”. We’ll look at chart examples to see how key events in people’s lives reflected their planetary transits at the time.

Required Text: Predictive Astrology by Bernadette Brady
Supplemental texts: The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest and The Gods of Change by Howard Sasportas; Astrology, Karma and Transformation by Stephen Arroyo

Dates: January 19 – February 13, 2022*
Pre-recorded and available for instant access. You may register and start this course and get started today or wait for the next live cohort on the dates above. You will have access to a discussion area to ask questions as you move through the course.

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Course 6: Retrograde Planets

Instructors: Tony Howard and Safron Rossi

Study retrograde planets according to Erin Sullivan’s extensive exploration of the subject. We’ll spend extra time with Mercury retrograde, Venus retrograde, and Mars retrograde. We’ll explore Rudhyar’s phase relationship model and approach to retrograde planets, as well as the mythic dimensions of Mercury, Venus and Mars. Also includes a quick look Jupiter retrograde, and discuss the impact of the slower planets’ retrograde cycles.

Required Text: Retrograde Planets by Erin Sullivan
Supplemental Text: Astrological Aspects: A Process-Oriented Approach by Leyla Rael and Dane Rudhyar

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. 

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Course 7: Cosmos and Psyche 201 – Cycles of Creativity and Expansion

In this course we will dive into the Jupiter-Uranus cycle as we review the gifts of an archetypal approach to astrology. We’ll read chapters 6 and 8 of this landmark text while mapping out ways to incorporate the material into your astrological chart analysis while working with clients and seeking to understand world events.

In addition to working with the Jupiter-Uranus cycle in natal charts and collective correlations, we’ll think about how to approach important forthcoming transits in both the collective and in personal experience.

Instructors: Dr. Safron Rossi and Tony Howard

Required Texts: Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas; Tables of Planetary Phenomena by Neil Michelsen

Dates: March/April 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens December 2021.

Course 8: Timing Development with Progressions

Instructor: Kelly Surtees, Darby Costello and Steven Forrest

Learn how to work with secondary progressions in an astrological timing reading. You’ll learn how progressions can describe our “shifting” or “evolving” experience of our self and our psyche over time. Includes an intro to the progressed Sun, Moon, and progressed lunar phase, plus a bonus lesson on progressed Venus. Includes Kelly’s approach to combining transits with progressions and Darby’s approach to the progressed Moon. 

Required Texts: The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest, The Astrological Moon by Darby Costello
Supplemental Texts: Predictive Astrology by Bernadette Brady; Astrology, Karma and Transformation by Stephen Arroyo; The Modern Textbook of Astrology by Margaret Hone

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. 

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Course 9: The Lunar Nodes 101

Instructor: Mark Jones

In this course you’ll be introduced to the lunar nodes from an evolutionary and humanistic perspective.

Required Text: Healing the Soul by Mark Jones

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. 

$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Optional 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
Available with a discount only to students who complete all of the year-two material. You will receive an email at the end of year two with a special discount code to register. All other students can take this course any time

In-Person Summer Retreat (Year-Two Students)

July 23-24, 2021 in Boulder, CO

Join us for our annual summer retreat in person. You’ll get to know other students in the program and have fun deepening your learning experience in a beautiful natural setting.

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

Registration opens in May 2022.

YEAR THREE - 2021-2022

Course 1: Aspect Patterns

Instructors: Karen Hamaker-Zondag and Tony Howard

Learn the meaning of the major aspect patterns.

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

Required Texts: Aspect Pattern Astrology by Bruno and Louise Huber and Michael Huber,  Chart Shapes: The Code to Interpretation by Wanda Sellar, and The Yod Book by Karen Hamaker-Zondag; Planetary Aspects: An Astrological Guide to Managing Your T-Square by Tracy Marks

Supplemental Text: The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation by Marc Edmund Jones (only if easily available)

Dates: August 18 to September 12, 2021
Four live lessons on Wednesdays at 9am Pacific Time. Four live Q&A sessions on Sundays: Aug. 22 at 3pm,  Aug. 29 at 9am; Sep. 5 at 9am; Sep. 12 at 3pm (all times Pacific Time).
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Course 2: The History of Astrology

Instructor: Demetra George and Christopher Renstrom
Discover astrology’s rich history and tradition beginning with ancient Babylonia, its consolidation in Egypt, the diffusion of astrology through the Roman Empire and sojourn into the Persian and Islamic Republics, to its 12th Century reintroduction into Medieval Europe.

In this engaging and enlightening seminar the interface between astrology and ancient philosophy, religion, myth, and politics is deeply explored. How the Gnostic, Hermetic, Neoplatonic, Christian, and Jewish traditions regarded one’s life through the reflection of the stars and the concept of fate and free will is brilliantly articulated. 

Includes breakout session on the unique history of astrology in the US and UK in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

This course will leave you in awe with a rich context for astrology’s place in our history, and a new awareness of the profundity of the astrological tradition and its legacy to the human imagination.

Required Texts: Astrology: A History by Peter Whitfield

Additional suggested reading for further study: A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James Holden; A History of Western Astrology Volume I and A History of Western Astrology Volume II: The Medieval and Modern Worlds by Nicholas Campion; Flirting with the Zodiac and Modern Astrologers by Kim Farnell 

Dates: September 22 – October 17, 2021
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Summer 2021

Course 3: Intro to Hellenistic Astrology

Instructors: Demetra George
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: October 27 – November 21, 2021
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Fall 2021

Course 4: Zodiacal Polarities and the Mythic Imagination

Instructor: Safron Rossi

The zodiac contains 6 natural polarities. Learning to see in terms of polarity helps with understanding both the shadows and potential gifts of each sign. In many ways, polarities can act like allopathic remedies where the cure is found in the opposite. Myth is our guide in deepening our understanding of the needs and values of each sign and the medicine they offer their polarity partner.

In this course we will look at C.G. Jung’s idea of the tension of opposites and James Hillman’s idea of the union of sames so to deepen our appreciation for the psychological value of polarities and the opposition aspect. We will then explore the polarity dynamic of each zodiac pair through Greek myth, and discern some of the archetypal themes belonging to each pair.

Required Texts: Mythic Astrology: Internalizing the Planetary Powers by Arielle Guttman
Supplemental Text: The Astrology of Fate by Liz Greene

Dates: December 1 – 22, 2021
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification*)
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Registration opens in Fall 2021

Course 5: Solar Arc Directions

Instructor: Kathy Rose

Add an important timing technique to your toolkit. We will review several prominent charts to demonstrate and apply solar arc directions for the timing of the unfolding of key events in a person’s life. We will also spend time learning how to review previous important solar arcs in our own charts and how to create a sample forecast for the year ahead. 

Required Text: The Solar Arc Handbook by Frank Clifford

Dates: January 19 – February 13, 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Winter 2021

Course 6: Forecasting 201 – Synthesizing Timing Techniques

Instructors: Tony Howard and Kelly Surtees
In this course we’ll take our timing techniques a step further as we learn ways to integrate multiple techniques in practical ways for powerful forecasting. You’ll learn methods for blending transits and progressions, how to incorporate Solar Arcs, and how to share this material with clients in a way that inspires them, and gives them a sense of agency about their coming opportunities and life choices.

Required Texts: The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest; Relationships and Life Cycles by Stephen Arroyo
Supplementary Texts: Transits the Time of Your Life by Betty Lundsted; The Gods of Change by Howard Sasportas

Dates: February 23 – March 20, 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Winter 2021

Course 7: The Lunar Nodes 201 – Aspects to the Nodes

Instructor: Mark Jones

In this course Mark will teach how to interpret aspects to the lunar nodes, including planets conjunct and square the nodes.

Required Text: Healing the Soul by Mark Jones

Dates: March 30 – April 24, 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Spring 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: May 4 – 29, 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Spring 2022

Course 9: Relationship Astrology 101 – Synastry

Instructor: Brian Clark and Tony Howard
In this course we’ll get an introduction to analyzing relationships using the technique of “synastry” – looking at the connections between chart features in two charts. Synastry can be used to think about any relationship between two people: romantic pairings, longterm relationships, parent-child, siblings, co-workers, etc. We’ll teach the theory of chart combining and work through several examples to apply this complex but profound technique. You won’t come away with simple recipes for “which signs are most compatible”. Instead you’ll learn how planets can relate to each other, for ways that two people can work with the charts they have for more successful and fulfilling relating.

Required Texts: From the Moment We Met – The Astrology of Adult Relationships by Brian ClarkSynastry by Ronald Davison; 
Supplementary Text: Skymates by Steven Forrest and Jodie Tighe; Relationships and Life Cycles by Stephen Arroyo

Dates: June 8 through July 3, 2022 
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Spring 2022

In-Person Summer Retreat (Year-Three Students)

July 23-24, 2021 in Boulder, CO

Join us for our annual summer retreat in person. You’ll get to know other students in the program and have fun deepening your learning experience in a beautiful natural setting.

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

Registration opens in May 2022. Registration will include both year two and three students.

Elective: Jungian Psychology for Astrologers

Instructor: Karen Hamader-Zondag

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

Dates: On demand self study
$225

Elective: Intro to Medieval Astrology

Instructors: Mychal A. Bryan
An introduction to medieval astrology through the work of William Lilly. Includes extensive teaching on temperament.

Required Text: Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Dates: t.b.d.
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Summer Elective: Electional Astrology

Instructors: Kelly Surtees and Tony Howard
Learn how to use astrology to choose auspicious dates for the timing of important actions.

Required Texts: Bonatti on Elections by Guido Bonatti and The Little Book of Electional Astrology by Kim Farnell
Suggested supplementary reading: Here and There in Astrology: And What Is the Nature of This Event? by Ivy Goldstein-Jacobsen

Dates: t.b.d. July 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Summer Elective: Declination and Out of Bounds Planets

Instructor: Tony Howard
Learn how to incorporate declination into your chart analysis. You’ll learn how to interpret the parallel and contraparallel in addition to “out of bounds” planets – those whose peak of declination is higher than the Sun’s maximum.

Required Texts: Declination by Paul Newman and Out of Bounds Inner Planets by Tony Howard

Dates: t.b.d. 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Summer Retreat in Boulder, CO

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.

2-day Weekend retreat

YEAR FOUR - 2022-2023

Course 1: Lunar Phase and Planetary Phase Relationships

Instructors: Kelly Surtees, Mark Jones and Tony Howard
In this course you’ll learn the meaning of lunar phases in the birth chart and by progression. You’ll also learn the lunar phase theory taught by Dane Rudhyar and how that theory informs a phase-relationship understanding of planetary aspects.

Required Text: The Lunation Cycle: A Key to the Understanding of Personality by Dane Rudhyar; Finding our Way through the Dark by Demetra George; and Full-Phase Aspects Astrology’s Mirror by Michael Erlewine
Supplementary Text: Cycles of Becoming by Alexander Ruperti

Dates: t.b.d. August 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Summer 2022

Course 2: Relationship Astrology 201 – Composite Charts

In this course you’ll learn the technique for combining two charts into a new chart called the “composite” chart. This chart can be read as describing the relationship between those two people. Mark Jones shares a psychological and spiritual approach to working with these charts. 

Instructor: Mark Jones

Required Texts: Skymates II: The Composite Chart by Steven Forrest and Jodie Tighe
Supplementary Text: Astrology A Language of Life Volume IV – Relationship Analysis by Robert Blaschke

Dates: t.b.d. September 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Summer 2022

Course 3: Research Methods for Writing, Blogging and Exploration

Instructor: Tony Howard and Kelly Surtees
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: Tables of Planetary Phenomena by Neil Michelsen

Dates: t.b.d. October 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Summer 2022

Course 4: Creating a Healing Container for Consultation

Instructors: Tony Howard, Kelly Surtees and Mark Jones
Students will learn how to prepare for professional consultation. You’ll learn how to set up your space both practically and energetically to facilitate a healing connection with clients. This course includes a focus on how – and when – to discuss shadow material, how to honor the dictum of the Hippocratic Oath “first, do no harm,” and how to engage in a conversation that ultimately leaves the client feeling empowered to participate in the co-creative process of making important choices and they trust both themselves and the artful mystery of the cosmos. 

Required Text: The Placebo Effect by Joe Dispenza

Dates: t.b.d. December 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Fall 2022

Course 5: Astrological Counseling Skills 101

Instructors: Mark Jones, Hadley Fitzgerald, Carol Ferris 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: The Soul Speaks by Mark Jones; Counseling Principles for Astrologers: Becoming an Effective Change Agent by Donna Cunningham

Dates: t.b.d. January 2023
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Spring 2023

Course 6: Chart Synthesis Practicum

Instructor: 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. February 2023
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Fall 2022

Course 7: Ethics in Astrology and Consulting

Instructors: Tony Howard, Hadley Fitzgerald, Mark Jones, and guest presenters

In this course we’ll discuss ethics while practicing astrology, whether in a consulting session, public speaking or blogging. In addition, this course includes diversity training and awareness.

Required Text: none

Dates: t.b.d. March 2023
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Winter 2022

Course 8: Your Professional Toolkit

Instructor: Tony Howard

      • Building your website, writing blogs and recording podcasts
      • Marketing 101
      • Building your practice

Required Text: The Professional Astrologer: Building a Successful Astrology Practice by OPA

Dates: t.b.d. April/May 2023
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

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 from Tony.

Required Texts: none

Dates: t.b.d. June 2023
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Spring 2023

ELECTIVES

Elective: Astrologies of the Early 20th Century – Origins of Modern Psychological Astrology

Instructors: Tony Howard and Christopher Renstrom
Learn how astrologers in the early 20th century made innovations in the field. Includes an introductory look at the work of CEO Carter, Max Heindel, Marc Edmund Jones, and Dane Rudhyar.

Required Texts: The Principles of Astrology by Charles Carter, 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. May/June 2022
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Spring 2022

Elective: Philosophy, Fate and Free Will

Instructors: Demetra George, Brian Clark, and Jessica Murray
Listen to 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.
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Elective: 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: June 8 through July 3 
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Registration opens in Spring 2022

Elective: Vocation, Mission and Calling

Instructors: Brian Clark and Tony Howard
Explore the chart significations for career and vocation. We’ll ruminate deeply on calling and life purpose and look at ways the birth chart can help speak to these compelling issues. 

Required Texts: Vocation by Brian Clark

Dates: t.b.d. (year four)
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Elective: Ancient Timing Techniques

Instructors: Demetra George and Kelly Surtees
In this 4-part series, Demetra and Kelly introduce you to timing techniques used by ancient astrologers including time lords, annual profections, and firdaria. 

Required Text: None (this course includes 4 video lessons)

Dates: t.b.d. (year three)

Elective: Research Techniques

Instructor: Tony Howard
Learn the science – and art – of approaching astrological research. We’ll consider research methods, review some of astrology’s history attempting astrological research including the Guaquelin studies, and how to write about and share your research.

Required Texts: Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior: The Planetary Factors in Personality by Michel Gauquelin

Dates: t.b.d. (year four)
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Elective: Mundane Astrology

Instructor: Tony Howard and special guests.
Learn how to use astrology to get deeper insight into world events and the charts of countries.

Required Texts: Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas; Tables of Planetary Phenomena by Neil Michelsen

Dates: t.b.d. (year four)
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Elective: Location Astrology

Instructor: Brian Clark and special guests.
Learn the core techniques of locational astrology including Astro*Carto*Graphy, local space and relocating the birth chart. We’ll explore how our location impacts our experience of our birth chart through several chart examples. 

Required Texts: The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy by Jim Lewis and Kenneth Irving

Dates: t.b.d. (year four)
$295 (audit) / $350 (certification-track*)
*Certification track includes feedback on homework and exam.

Graduation and Celebration in Boulder, CO

Cohort 1: July 2023
Cohort 2: July 2024
Cohort 3: July 2025

Join us for celebration and graduation of the first cohort of four-year program graduates. 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. 

Elective: Preparation for the ISAR Certification Exam

Instructor: Tony Howard
Complete the requirements necessary to sit for the ISAR Certification Exam. Astrology University is an approved affiliate school. If you complete our four-year program, you are eligible to sit for their exam. This course will help you prepare for the exam. 

Required Texts: ISAR Exam Preparatory Materials

Dates: t.b.d. August 2023
$295 (not a required course – offered for those wishing to take the CAPISAR exam)

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship applications open July 13, 2021.

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: The application deadline for Fall 2021 semester is August 8, 2021.

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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