MEET Your INSTRUCTORS
You’re about to enjoy some of the most inspiring astrology teaching available. Check out this stellar lineup!
Lynn Bell is a Paris-based astrologer whose work spans multiple cultures as a speaker, teacher, author and consultant in astrology. She lectures and teaches seminars around the world, including The Faculty of Astrological Studies, the LSA, and the CPA. Outside the world of astrology, she has often collaborated with Caroline Myss, and her CMED Institute. She has been part of the faculty of the New Chartres School, held every year, for the past seven years in Chartres, France by Wisdom University. Lynn is the author of Planetary Threads.
Frank Clifford is a popular London-based astrology writer and teacher. He has written a dozen volumes (including Getting to the Heart of Your Chart, Palmistry 4 Today and Solar Arc Directions), runs Flare Publications (which published The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas and Astrology in the Year Zero by Garry Phillipson), and has had his work translated into eight languages. Since he began running The London School of Astrology in 2004, Frank has given close to a thousand classes and seminars in twelve countries.
Frank writes for The Mountain Astrologer every issue, and has guest-edited six issues in the past few years. In 2012, the astrological community gave him The Charles Harvey Award, a lifetime achievement honour for ‘Exceptional Service to Astrology’, and in 2016 Frank received a writing award from ISAR. In 2018 he was nominated for a Regulus Award for Professional Image.
Darby Costello began her astrology studies in the 1960s with Francis Sakoian, Louis Acker and Isabel Hickey. In 1988 she began teaching at the Centre for Psychological Astrology, founded by Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas.
Darby is a tutor for the Faculty of Astrological Studies and the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology, and she also teaches for The London School of Astrology. In 2013 she received the Charles Harvey Award for Exceptional Service to Astrology.
In 2006 Darby received a Master’s Degree in “Cultural Astronomy and Astrology” at Bath Spa University. This has given her a greater taste for history and a deeper love of writing. However, her first love in astrology is doing charts and her worldwide clientele is the ground out of which her astrological inspiration is nourished. Her teaching demonstrates her fascination with the personal dynamics revealed in the birth chart as well as her commitment to allow an active unfolding of archetypal patterns in every moment, so that her work remains engaging and fresh, both for herself and her students.
NICK DAGAN BEST
Nick Dagan Best is a Cape Town-based astrologer, researcher, speaker, and writer. Known as “the human ephemeris,” Nick’s extensive research correlating historical events with astrological phenomena draws from his database of over 30,000 event charts. He has given presentations for numerous regional astrology associations across the U.S., and at conferences such as ISAR, NORWAC (2005, 2006), The Blast (2007), SOTA (2011), and UAC (2008, 2012).
Demetra George has referred to Nick as “one of the brightest and most dynamic voices of astrology’s future!”
Steven Forrest is one of the most well-known and accomplished astrologers on the planet. He received a B.A. in Religion in 1971 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and shortly thereafter began to establish his astrological practice. In 1984, Bantam Books published his first book, The Inner Sky. Esquire magazine called it “intelligent, well-written and actually fun.” Since then he has published several astrology classics including, The Changing Sky, Skymates, and The Night Speaks, an extended argument for the intellectual and philosophical plausibility of astrology.
Steven has one of the biggest astrological apprentice training programs, which is popular for good reason. His teaching skill is masterful, and students return to the program year after year, even long after becoming professional astrologers and writers themselves. Steven offers two levels of certification in his style of Evolutionary Astrology.
Demetra George is a professional astrologer who received her Masters degree in Classics from the University of Oregon, where she was also an instructor. She has been active in astrology since 1971, and in 2002 she received the renowned Regulus Award in Theory and Understanding.
Specializing in archetypal mythology and ancient techniques, she is the author of several classic astrology books including Asteroid Goddesses, Astrology for Yourself, Mysteries of the Dark Moon, Finding Our Way through the Dark, and Astrology and the Authentic Self. Demetra lectures internationally and is currently translating a corpus of Hermetic medical astrological texts from ancient Greek.
Demetra offers instruction in all levels of astrological education: the fundamentals of interpretation, chart delineation, Hellenistic astrology, mythic asteroids, and ancient Greek for astrologers. She has taught the history of astrology at Kepler College and the University of Oregon, and lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Jason Holley is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) and a faculty member at Southwestern College, a consciousness-oriented graduate school awarding masters degrees in Counseling and Art Therapy. He works with astrology as an adjunct to psychotherapy — a way of hearing from the psyche akin to work with dreams and images. He lectures in Santa Fe and at national and regional astrology conferences.
Jason’s teaching is richly informed by his psychological client work, but equally infused with his love of myth. He has a unique talent for making myth come alive in a way that’s both easy to understand, but also leads to deep reflection on astrological signatures. Students interested in delving into the complexity of the psyche will love his work.
Faculty Astrologer & Dean of Studies
Tony Howard graduated Summa Cum Laude in history and film from the University of Colorado. His degree turned out to be the perfect precursor to his career in astrology, where his focus includes historical research and chart analysis. His writing has been featured in The Mountain Astrologer and in two Flare anthologies: Astrology, the Next Generation and The Book of Music Horoscopes.
Tony has been researching declination since 2011 and specializes in “out of bounds” planets. He also loves working with and studying aspects, which forms the core of his work with clients.
Tony is passionate about helping new astrologers find their voice and teaching budding astrologers to support clients through compassionate mirroring, empowerment language and practical tools for conscious co-creative engagement with life.
Mark Jones is an astrologer, psychosynthesis therapist and author based in Bristol, England. Mark is a regular speaker and workshop leader in North America, Europe and Australia.
His first book Healing the Soul: Pluto, Uranus and the Lunar Nodes is an excellent introduction to his work as an evolutionary astrologer. His second book The Soul Speaks: The Therapeutic Potential of Astrology, explores the transformative power of the natal chart reading while offering invaluable counseling skills to astrologers.
Students love working with Mark because of his spiritual approach, his humor, warmth, and depth. Mark works with clients around the world via Skype.
Jessica Murray is an astrologer and writer who brings to light the spiritual underpinnings that shape both the personal and collective experience of our time. In her private practice, Jessica draws from her knowledge of many metaphysical traditions to provide her clients with a sense of the big picture. Her readers and students are given an understanding of how they might respond, rather than merely react, to these turbulent times.
Jessica graduated from Brown University, where she studied Jungian psychology and linguistics. After a few years in a political theatre troupe, Jessica began a study of the symbolic language of archetypes, and has been practicing and teaching astrology in San Francisco for thirty-five years.
Jessica writes the popular astrology blog Mother Sky. Her books include Soul-Sick Nation: An Astrologer’s View of America and At the Crossroads: An Astrologer Looks at these Turbulent Times.
Kelly Surtees is a counselling astrologer and writer who splits her time between Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada. She is an inspiring teacher, who loves to share astrology with students and clients. With more than 15 years in private practice, Kelly is experienced, warm, friendly and insightful.
Kelly’s passion for astrology is infectious, and her intention with every course is to help students like you deepen their understanding of astrology. Past students of Kelly’s are using astrology to help others around the world.
Kelly teaches with a traditional focus, grounding ancient philosophy into modern life. You’ll learn how to express the language of the sky clearly and with purpose. Kelly’s insight and knowledge is matched by her skill as a clear, accessible teacher. You’ll have fun, learn and grow as a person by studying with Kelly.
Melanie Reinhart is best known for her book Chiron and the Healing Journey, and her work on Chiron and the centaurs Chariklo, Nessus and Pholus. She is a prize-winning diploma holder of the Faculty of Astrological Studies in the UK (Margaret Hone Award 1979). She was awarded the prestigious Charles Harvey Award in 2004, given by the Astrological Association of Great Britain for ‘exceptional service to astrology’. Her work is an unusual combination of intuition and meticulous research.
Melanie has taught for many highly esteemed astrology schools and local groups in the UK and abroad, including the Centre for Psychological Astrology, the London School of Astrology, the Faculty of Astrological Studies, Aula Astrològica de Catalunya, and Heaven and Earth Workshops and Astro*Synthesis.
Currently living in rural Bedfordshire, Melanie maintains a busy consulting practice with an international clientele. This intimate use of astrology as a vehicle for personal guidance is the heart and soul of her astrological work.
Safron is a consulting astrologer.
Kira Sutherland is an Australian naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist and astrologer. She divides her time between her clients, writing and lecturing on health, well-being and medical astrology. Known for her vibrant, straightforward teaching style, Kira has lectured in medical astrology in Australia and internationally.