Astrology Education 101: Where can I get lessons and a degree in astrology?
For those of you interested in lessons, classes, intensive study with courses leading to a degree in astrological studies from an accredited astrology college or school, the following are the top educational institutions.
It isn’t necessary to obtain a degree in order to benefit from personal astrological studies, but those of you considering a professional career will profit from the structure and gain the assurance there aren’t any gaps in your knowledge. The help, support and feedback from professionals in the field goes without saying . What might take years of private study is greatly accelerated by the discipline of the exam structures.
Kepler College is authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and meets the requirements and minimum standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Authorization Act.
Degrees offered: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in: Eastern and Western Traditions, The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology
Kepler offers academics and astrologers alike a unique opportunity to participate in a challenging liberal studies curriculum that includes the critical examination and analysis of the history and development of cultural interpretations of cosmology in both Western and Eastern cultures over the past 3,000 years, and how cosmological viewpoints influenced and was influenced by the cultures in which they developed.
For those Kepler College graduates who choose to pursue a career related to astrological studies, many opportunities are available as researchers, teachers, writers and consultants. Statistics from a July 1997 Life magazine article indicated that there were over 5,000 professional astrologers in the United States and the annual market for astrology books was around $20 million. In 2005, those numbers have nearly doubled according to web searches of U.S. Department of Labor and book sales figures.
Kepler’s structure allows you to study at home – at days and times that fit into your schedule. Each fall, there is also a 5-day in-person intensive symposium conference, which allows students to interact with each other, their faculty members and the public. There are online classes as well.
The NCGR-Professional Astrologers’ Alliance (NCGR-PAA) is a newly-formed trade organization of certified, professional, and professionally-aspiring astrologers. Founded in 2008 as both an adjunct and outgrowth of NCGR, it continues NCGR’s ongoing mission of building community through astrological research and education by focusing specifically on professional enhancement for its members. The NCGR-PAA will now administer under its jurisdiction the original NCGR testing and certification program as well as help its members develop and enlarge their practices in an ethical, business-like, and professional manner. For non-practicing astrologer members, NCGR-PAA will offer ethical and professional guidelines for possible future use.
The NCGR-PAA Curriculum and Certification Program is divided into four progressive levels LI, LII, LIII, LIV. The first three levels require testing supervised in person by NCGR-PAA exam monitors. Part of Level III and all of Level IV are take- home tests. The only exception to monitored testing is when a particular school has gained equivalency to any of the first three exams; Level IV must always be taken through the NCGR-PAA Examiners.
Those who have successfully passed the Level III examination can apply for college credits at Kepler College, the only college in the Western Hemisphere that is authorized to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in astrological studies.
The American Federation of Astrologers takes pride in its examination and certification program, which has been in existence since 1960. It was designed – and continues to this day – to promote AFA’s educational mission and the advancement of ethical astrology.
Candidates are not limited to any one system of mathematics, house cusp division, or school of study. Each, however, must demonstrate a high level of accuracy in chart calculation and interpretation.
AFA offers exams in natal astrology at three levels of proficiency: student, professional, and teacher. Each of these is a separate examination, and you must pass the student exam before taking the professional exam, and pass the professional exam before taking the teacher exam.
The requirements and expertise needed to prepare for each exam are as follows:
Student Exam: You will be required to erect mathematically correct natal and progressed charts. Your calculations, including rough notes, must be turned in with test papers at the conclusion of the exam. House cusps and planetary positions must be corrected to the nearest minute. The exam may include questions and calculations for south latitude and east longitude. In addition, you will be required to calculate the natal and progressed declinations and to complete an aspectarian. The interpretation sections of the exam are designed to demonstrate your ability in natal chart delineation as well as your forecasting ability using progressions and transits. Duration: 8 hours.
Professional Exam: The same basic requirements as for the student exam are included in the professional exam. In addition you will be required to demonstrate a more comprehensive ability in chart delineation. This includes a fuller, more intensive report on forecasting events as portrayed by progressions and transits, your counseling ability and your general astrological knowledge. Duration: 8 hours.
Teacher Exam: The same knowledge required by the student and professional exams is necessary. However, much more emphasis is placed on theory: a working knowledge of chart calculation, the various branches of astrology, and astrological terms and techniques. Duration: 8 hours.
For all exams your delineation must demonstrate knowledge of the root principles of signs, houses and planets by illustrating your astrological premise with a written explanation. When answering questions be sure to include the astrological basis for your delineation in parentheses; for example, “The native is practical, stable and dependable (Sun in Taurus), but also far more free-spirited than is typical of this Sun sign (Sun conjunct Uranus).” In addition, the ability to quickly recognize aspects and orbs as stated in the exam is emphasized.
Each exam is designed to be completed within eight hours. Depending upon your level of expertise you may not need the full time period available but should plan for it. Be sure to carefully follow the exam instructions and to allow enough time to review your work.
The examinations are given in the spring and fall, and during AFA conventions. The registration deadline for all applications is one month prior to the date of the exam. There are NO exceptions. Please print and complete the form below and fax or mail your application and waiver form along with a credit card number, check or money order. The fee for each examination is $25 for members and $50 for non-members.
The Avalon School of Astrology was established as a Florida Corporation in the year 2002, and in the same year 501(c)(3) non-profit status was granted by the federal government. A license to operate as a post-secondary vocational school was granted by the Commission for Independent Education by the state of Florida on the 12th of February 2003. The school opens its doors and the first classes begin in August, 2003.
The mission of The Avalon School of Astrology is to produce graduates who have an extensive knowledge of a great number of astrological traditions and schools of thought, and to successfully apply at least one system of astrology in analyzing and counseling clients, and in other fields that require astrological expertise, such as teaching, speaking, writing, entertainment (parties, cruises, etc.) and in information services such as web sites that feature astrological services and sales and support of astrological software.
The student who fulfills all requirements and graduates from The Avalon School of Astrology will master a vast vocabulary of technical astrological terms, and be able to effectively and competently employ this knowledge of astrology. The goal of The Avalon School of Astrology is to produce graduates who represent a new kind of astrology for the 21st century, an astrology that is ethical and based on academically rigorous study. The student receives practical and specific training that enables the graduating student to succeed in a career that utilizes the expertise gained at The Avalon School of Astrology.
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Graduates of IAA’s Professional Training Department earn automatic credits in several internationally recognized educational and certification programs:
- Kepler College of Astrological Arts and Sciences: IAA graduation is accepted as a substitute for Kepler’s IS-201 and IS-202 courses.
- National Council for Geocosmic Research: IAA graduates who wish to obtain NCGR certification may apply directly to the NCGR Level IV examination, thereby omitting the necessity of taking Level I, II, and III examinations.
- Federation of Australian Astrologers: IAA graduates who wish to qualify for the Australian Practitioner’s Certificate are exempted from the Interpretation and Calculation modules. To complete the FAA Practitioner’s Certificate requirements, graduates must complete the Dynamic and Advanced modules only.
- International Society for Astrological Research: IAA graduates who wish to obtain ISAR certification fulfill the educational requirements to apply directly for Ethics testing and for their ISAR-C.A.P. upon completion of a consulting skills seminar.
IAA is currently the only astrological school in the world whose graduates obtain all of these benefits! We continue to develop our curriculum and work closely with astrological institutions worldwide to increase the scope and value of your IAA education.
In addition, IAA graduates are authorized to use the title Dipl.O.C.A. (Diploma of the ONLINE College of Astrology) after their names, to demonstrate that they have completed this rigorous course of training and are fully qualified to practice astrology in a professional capacity.
There are Four exams that make up the FAA Diploma of Astrology. Each exam may be attempted in any order and there is no time limit to complete all four exams. It is not necessary to successfully complete one assessment in order to do another. Any person may apply to sit an exam, the only requirement is that the candidate must be a financial member of an affiliated FAA association.
Update: Reader’s Suggestions:
1. Faye suggests: University of Wales, Lampeter: Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology: The MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (CAA) is taught distance-learning, on-line, and is normally completed in one year full-time or up to five years part-time. There is no residency requirement. Students work from home.
Photo credit and trivia: Llewellyn Astrology School Diploma
“A 1927 Diploma from the Llewellyn College of Astrology awarded to Dr. Ekstrom. Llewellyn George was a pioneering teacher, developing a ‘mail order’ course in astrology to supplement the “A to Z Horoscope Maker & Interpreter” by means of practical guidance and testing of the student’s understanding of the science and ability to apply its essential technology to human needs. It remains one of my dreams to develop new on-line courses in astrology and other subjects under the aegis of “the Llewellyn on-line University.”
Llewellyn Books: Since 1901, Llewellyn has lead New Age publishing with titles that inform, educate, and inspire readers.