Intro to Astrological Symbols



This is course one in our new four-year training program.

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

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.

Taught by Tony Howard

Required text: The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook by Sue Tompkins and The Modern Textbook of Astrology by Margaret Hone (purchase separately before the course starts)
Recommended supplementary texts:
 The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest (free digital copy included at no charge); Horoscope Symbols by Rob Hand

$295 non-certification track / $350 certification track*
*Certification track includes required homework assignment with testing.

Dates and Viewing Info

The course lessons are pre-recorded so you can start viewing right away. Class for the new 2020 cohort starts officially on August 12, 2020.

Live Q&A Dates for the 2020 Session
Get your questions answered live and get to know your new cohort of Year One students!

  • Sunday August 16 at 4pm Pacific Time
  • Sunday August 23 at 4pm Pacific Time
  • Saturday August 18 at 1pm Pacific Time
  • Sunday September 5 at 4pm Pacific Time

If you can’t attend the Q&A sessions in real time, you can email your questions in advance to and we will answer your questions in the live sessions!

Course includes: four video classes, four Q&A sessions, weekly reading assignments and homework plus bonus videos. Video, audio and handouts are available to view and/or download. Certification-track students will have graded homework assignments and an exam.

Perfect for beginners and those looking to review the basics. Experienced students looking to enter our four-year program have the option to test out of this course. 

Registration Option

certification-track, non-certification

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Maria J.

Perfect for beginners

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Marvina H.
Astrological Symbols

This was a wonderful beginning Astrology class. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Tony Howard, thanks for making heads from tales!

Good overview of astrology

Tony is an excellent instructor and the reading is a good match for the lecture material. Q and A sessions are great for applying the lectures to chart reading in a way that everyone can understand. Definitely a must for those wanting to be an astrologer or those who want to brush up on the basics in a structured, well thought out manner.

Lynette H.
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Thank you for having these classes in astrology, I am enjoying them immensely

Beyond books

Enrolling in this course, for me, is like practicing in a martial arts dojo. If I am learning just by reading astrology books, that's 20% learning. Taking this course gives me the chance to mingle with fellow learners and excellent teachers. I get to share ideas, receive feedback and simply get immersed in the learning environment. I feel that I increased my learning (and focus!) in astrology by 80%, if not more.

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