Astrology Organizations 101: What are the major astrological organizations?
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Besides taking classes, reading books and joining groups, there are national organizations that provide education and degrees in astrology, initiate research projects and provide grants. Some protect astrologer’s legal rights and have succeeded in changing laws restricting astrological studies and practice.
All these organizations have newsletters, journals, libraries, conferences. They also are great for networking with other students and professionals and usually have chapters and representatives all over the world.
AFAN has as its global mission to enhance, protect, and validate the important role astrologers and astrology have in today’s society. Media accountability and public information are top priority, on-going projects for AFAN. Through Media Watch AFAN monitors the press and responds, correcting inaccurate or biased print and electronic media accounts.
They vigorously network people with helpful resources and material like the AFAN Legal Information Kit. AFAN’s Legal Information Committee has been extraordinarily successful in changing laws restrictive to the practice of astrology.
AFAN works with other organizations and individuals to provide funding for various astrological projects, grants and scholarships. Additionally, AFAN surveys existing sources in astrological education, sponsors International Astrology Day and co-produces with other astrological organizations the United Astrology Conference (UAC).
The National Council for Geocosmic Research, Inc., (NCGR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the standards of astrological education and research. Though it began as “national,” NCGR’s current membership of about 2500 includes a growing number of international members. The organization’s activities include sponsoring local Chapters (currently 42 located in 26 states and 4 countries). Additionally, several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) cross wide geographical areas to foster dialogue among people of similar astrological specialties. A Code of Ethics, to which members are accountable, provides guidance for the practice of astrology.
NCGR annually sponsors an educational conference, and publishes two issues of its magazine Geocosmic Journal plus six newsletters, Memberletter. A variety of other publications are produced intermittently, and tapes of conference lectures are also offered.
ISAR is dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of quality in astrology. We do that in several ways: by offering a certification program that emphasizes ethics awareness, competence in techniques and interpretation, and empathic consulting skills; by promoting data accuracy and the reporting of original sources; by networking with other organizations to provide the best astrological educational services available anywhere; by sponsoring research to help build the body of proven scientific evidence relevant to astrology; by issuing a professionally written Journal and a weekly e-newsletter.
ISAR provides members with several benefits. Its journal, The International Astrologer, mailed three times per year, provides thought-provoking and educational articles with a variety of astrological perspectives. The weekly e-newsletter allows each member to share ideas, ask for help, or provide perspective. Membership includes reduced admission fees to conferences, a free biennial membership directory, and a free annual astrological pocket calendar. Perhaps most important of all is the sense of community that members share as we work together on our common goal of promoting professionalism in astrology.
Established in 1938, the American Federation of Astrologers is the oldest association in the United States and tutors accreditation of astrologers, sponsors astrology research, and publishes more astrological books than anyone else in the United States.
- The purposes of the American Federation of Astrologers as stated in its constitution are to:
- Encourage and promote the science and art of astrology through research, teaching, lecturing and practice;
- Advocate freedom of thought and speech concerning astrology and to develop and promote a correct professional status for astrology;
- Assist all persons engaged in educational, scientific or humanitarian efforts, such as teachers, graduates, lecturers or writers on astrology, whose work is beneficial and who are duly qualified as adjudged by the Federation and who are not acting in “willful offense against public policy”
- Develop ways and means of eradicating illiteracy and disassociating those whose work in the name of astrology is misleading to the public
- Establish as high a standard of professional ethics for legitimate astrologers as now exists in other education professions.
For nearly fifty years, The Astrological Association of Great Britain has been serving astrology by informing and bringing together astrologers from all over the world, whatever your area of interest or level of expertise, from beginner to professional.
On the website, you will find extracts from the Associations publications; The Astrological Journal, Transit Newsletter, Correlation, and details of how to subscribe to these along with Culture and Cosmos and the Astrology and Medicine Newsletter. If you’re a member of the AA you can access the AA Forum and also our birth details database crammed with astrological data on thousands of notable people and events.
OPA is a non-profit organization that advances the cause of professional astrology by helping astrologers get the information, tools, and experiences they need to improve their practices. It assists astrologers to improve both personally and professionally and defines and maintains professional standards for the responsible use of astrology. OPA is dedicated to establishing astrology as an eminent spiritual, psychological and holistic tool of understanding. Our mission is to provide good astrology that expands the perspective of individuals and raises the consciousness of the planet.
FAA represents a group of people dedicated to the astrological principles of education and research. Incorporated in 1995 it is a non-profit, non-sectarian and non-political body.
- The FAA was formed to:
- encourage co-operation and contact between astrologers in Australia and Overseas
- establish and propagate a Code of Ethics for Australian Astrologers
- publish a national magazine on astrology – the FAA Journal
- publish articles on and to encourage research in all fields of astrology
- Arrange seminars, meetings, to hold a biennial conference, and other activities to enable discussion of issues in astrology. The FAA International Astrology Conference is hosted every two years by an affiliated association and located in various cities around Australia
- Conduct examinations and to award diplomas or other documents evidencing the performance of candidates in those examinations.
8. AYA-The Association for Young Astrologers
AYA is committed to providing educational and networking opportunities for anyone interested in astrology, with a focus on outreach to young people discovering astrology. They believe that bringing youth into astrology is vital and necessary. Their group stands in full support of young astrologers and offers a community where they can learn and be inspired.