1st-Year Program

Astro-Empowerment

Learn to read the cosmic weather patterns to better understand the self through community, exercise, the senses, mindfulness, meditation, music, journal and art processing, movement and somatic experience, study, lecture, text and teacher support in the 1st-Year Program!

Our Next Session Will Be

Portland-based cohorts: Fall 2019

Distance Learning/Low Residency cohort: January 2020

Embody Astrology in the 1st-Year Program through the 4-Elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Come study with us!

Embody Astrology in the 1st-Year Program through the 4-Elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Come study with us!

Enrollment

Enrollment will remain open until the start of the program or until we have filled the program with 12-14 students. We will update the website if the program is full. Enrollment to the Portland School of Astrology is contingent on attending an information session either in-person or online to determine if PSA and the potential student are a good fit.

Space for the all 1st-Year Programs are limited to 12-14 students. 

Please click the Enroll tab to get started. We'd love to hear from you! Have a simple question you want answered first? Send us an inquiry via our Contact form.

Objective

The program is 100 core hours with an additional 100 hours of extra curricular options, in addition to unlimited elective offerings, OAA membership and NORWAC attendance for further education supplementation. 

Our 101 Astrology Program is unique because not only is it accessible 101-knowledge offered to the general public, but it is an incredibly holistic approach to the multifaceted study and practice of Astrology, taking into account different learning styles and ways to really understand this information through a variety of activities and experiences, all within a classroom setting. While it's important to understand Astrology intellectually from a head space, we also need to imbibe Astrology. We teach Astrology not only through lecture, powerpoints, reading books, homework and a final exam but we will also experience Astrology through music, video, art, games, meditation, food, writing, reflection, activities, community engagement and somatic experiences to see spectrum of these archetypes all around us, everyday.

In the 1st-Year Program of the Portland School of Astrology, we explore the basics of astrology in standard and unconventional ways to best appeal to a multitude of learning styles and personal experiences. We learn how to delineate (interpret) a chart, learn cycles, phases, retrogrades, movement and transits of planets. We also cover topics of interest to the well-rounded astrologer that include Astronomy, History, Art and Creativity, Ethics, Philosophy and we even get physical with Astro-Drama and Astro-Yoga! We also introduce specific topics in the diverse field of Astrology such as Mythological Astrology, Medical Astrology and a variety of techniques to appeal to a large number of student interests.

1st-Year Students draw out their personal houses in their natal chart.

1st-Year Students draw out their personal houses in their natal chart.

Although this is a grade-free school, we do assign homework and have two final exams, several practice chart synthesis and a student case study. The homework is designed to reinforce what we have learned from the lesson prior, which help to solidify the information and will reference the required texts. Homework and classroom discussions will also involve critical thinking to foster ideas and establish your own understanding of how certain techniques or principles play out in your own chart. Students are expected to conduct a personal Case Study to share with the class at the end of the program and participate in a Chart Synthesis, giving a consultation to other students under the guidance of PSA faculty.

Additional support is given through Office Hours twice-a-month, with other students and PSA faculty to go over questions, look over charts, apply technique and check for understanding. These are in-formal sessions and are typically student guided. Attendance is not required, but please take advantage of this extra time. One-on-one tutoring option will also be available to students who need additional attention and support.

At the end of the program, given that the student has met the requirement for attendance and had completed assignments and exams, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Portland School of Astrology with 100 completed hours of training and 100 extra curricular hours.

This program is highly interactive and incredibly fun! We strive to not overwhelm with too much detail and check for understanding to not leave anyone behind. Full-time faculty Rhea, JP and Andy work to create a safe space to share, grow and learn together.

Don't miss our long-running, thoughtfully constructed program!

Space for the 1st-Year Program is limited to 14 students. 


Subjects Covered

Natal Astrology 101: in continuous detail the 12 Zodiacal Signs, 10 Planetary Bodies, Chiron and Major Asteroids, Symbols/Glyphs, 12 Houses/Quadrants, the Classical Elements, Modes and Polarities, Chart Angles/Cardinal Points, Major Aspects

Philosophy 101: What is Astrology? Fate vs. Free Will and Predictions, Introduction to Astrological Theoretical Orientation

Delineation 101: Practice Chart Synthesis, House Systems, Sensitive Points, Mutual Reception, Chart Patterns, Sect, Interceptions, Depositors, Aspect Patterns, Ptolemy's Dignities and Debilities, Chart Drawing by Hand, Reading the Ephemeris (Book of Celestial Navigation), Approaching the Chart

Cycles 101: Transits, Eclipses and Lunar Phases, Planetary Cycles, Retrograde Motion

Art and Creativity 101: Astrological Colour Theory, Chart Drawing, Art Processing of the Houses, Class Field Trip to the Portland Art Museum (Portland students only) to view collection pieces that illustrate zodiacal archetypes, creative writing to better understand ourselves in the context of our charts

Ethics 101: A discussion on ethics in astrological practice for new students, on-going discussions

History 101: History of Astrology, The Ages of Antiquity

Astronomy 101: Interactive lecture on the Celestial Mechanics using video, somatic activities and lecture

One of our guest instructors, Jenna Abernathy will be teaching Astro Embodiment to better embody the archetypes.

One of our guest instructors, Jenna Abernathy will be teaching Astro Embodiment to better embody the archetypes.

Physical Education 101: Zodiacal Embodiment and Astro-Playback to help our mind and bodies better imbibe the astrological archetypes

Mythological Astrology 101: Introduction to the Mythology, and mythology included with the Planets/Signs lectures

Medical Astrology 101: Topics through the fascinating study of the human physiology and pathology using the celestial bodies as a guide. Classes include An Introduction to Medical Astrology, Health, Wellness and Herbalism Remedies for Signs and Planets, and Elemental Constitutions. 

Topics in the Field of Astrology 101: Guest Topic by a guest speaker, voted by the class, Vocational Astrology Case Files

Astro Potluck: sharing food together of all 12 signs.

Office Hours: 12 hours of open time for discussion, community, workshop

Student Case Study: Students will develop their own student case studies to present at the end of the year. Support will be given.

Chart Synthesis Practicum: We will have several practice sessions to build our clinician skills, under the guidance of PSA faculty. We will practice throughout the year to lead up to the Chart Synthesis Practicum. This is important whether or not your personal goals include working with clients.


 1st-Year Instructors

1st-Year Program Faculty include full-time instructors Jaysen Paulson, Rhea Wolf, Andrea L. Gehrz and Adjunct Instructors Takahiro Yamamoto, Renee Sills, Aubrie De Clerck, and a Guest Instructor as voted by the class. To learn more, read biographies and see the adjunct faculty of the 1st-Year Program, click on the Faculty tab.


Text Books for Astro-Empowerment

Provided for you:

  • The Inner Sky – Steven Forrest

  • The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology - April Elliott Kent

  • The Astrology Bible - Judy Hall

You will have to purchase:

  • Making the Gods Work for You - Caroline Casey

Recommended, but not required:

  • Astrology for Yourself: How to Understand and Interpret your Own Birth Chart – Demetra George & Douglas Bloch (students receive a 20% discount on this text when purchased from PSA)

  • The Light that Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories and Time - Rhea Wolf (students receive a 20% discount on this text when purchased from PSA)


 2019/2020 School Year Dates

Portland Students

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The Portland School of Astrology conducts it’s 8-session 1st-Year Program once a month from 10:00am – 5:30pm. We hold both a weekend cohort (Saturday & Sunday) and a weekday cohort (Monday & Tuesday) to fit scheduling needs. You'll need to commit to either the weekend or the weekday cohort, which ever works best for you. In order for us to create a safer space, there is no switching once the program begins and students cannot join a different cohort if they miss a class.

We also have many optional and extra circular events including our annual conference, homecoming party, mini-reading clinic, office hours, student processing labs, field trip, NORWAC rally, community parties, and more.

PSA does have an attendance policy. If you have to miss more than 3 program days (18 hours), this program might not be right for you at this time. Attendance is also required to the first and last session dates. Again, if you have to miss these first and last classes, the program might not be right for you at this time.

***Dates/Enrollment Information for 2019-2020 School Year coming in April 2019***

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Monday & Tuesday, 10-5:30pm

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Low Residency/Distance Learning ONLINE

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The Portland School of Astrology conducts it’s 1st-Year Program on Tuesdays from 4-6pm Pacific Time and a small amount of Thursdays from 4-6pm Pacific Time. We will have our first class on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and our last class on Labor Day weekend in Portland.

PSA does have an attendance policy. The online portion of the class will be live and attendance is required. If you have to miss more 14 hours (that’s 7 online classes), this program might not be right for you at this time. Attendance is also required for the first and last weekend dates in Portland. Again, if you have to miss these first and last classes, the program might not be right for you at this time.

***Dates/Enrollment Information for 2019-2020 School Year coming in April 2019***


Student Perks

There are several perks to being a student at PSA in addition to the program insights and materials. Here is a list of most perks:

  • Complete Student Support Access to 2 Student Processing Labs, 1 Field Trip, 4 community parties, guidance events from 2nd-Year Students, support from the Student Body Representative, online student Learning Management System, guest lecture tailored to class interests, individual tutoring available, Drop-In Hours, Office Hours twice per month and our growing in-house Jen Gouvea Memorial Library.

  • Required texts by Steven Forrest, April Elliot Kent, Judy Hall and Jim Maynard pocket ephemeris calendar for 2020.

  • A complimentary year-long membership to the Oregon Astrological Association (Portland students only), to further your astrological study outside of the school with monthly events and network with other astrologers in the area. Please take advantage of this, as it offers an opportunity to meet and work with other astrologers!

  • A ticket to our PSA annual conference in February (Specific topic changes each year)

  • 1st-Year Students are the guest of honor at our annual Homecoming Party, students will receive an invitation to our Astro-Karaoke graduation party as well as two OAA/PSA sponsored parties.

  • PSA swag item of your choice: t-shirt, tote bag or coffee mug upon graduation, and everyone is welcomed to buttons, stickers, pencils and other promotional items.

  • Cosmophilia Planetary Tea blend.

  • Community connections and exposure, networking possibilities within the group of students and the faculty of PSA, and outside of the PSA community. First access to student marketplaces.

  • Discounts on other PSA Quarterly Term classes (click Quarterly Schedule tab).

  • Discounts on non-PSA astrology local and long distance events.

  • Discounts in the School Store (online and in-house) and Digital Download library.

  • Discounts to AstrologyUniversity.com lecture library from internationally recognized astrologers.

  • First opportunities for work trade positions at a deeper discount.

  • Access to conference scholarships (Portland students only, subject to fund availability).

  • A color copy of your personal astrology chart to be used in class.

  • Complimentary organic tea, snacks at class.


Program Tuition Cost

The Portland School of Astrology understands that cost is an issue for many folks, that's why we have thoughtfully and intentionally under priced our program, offer a sliding scale and have payment plans without penalty, for those who need it. Our program is valued at $4,525, however all tuitions have been reduced in order to encourage accessibility to the tool of astrology. Every student who walks through our door is given a discounted tuition.

Tuition cost is $2,700 - $3,300 sliding scale. We kindly ask that all students please consider paying as high up as possible on our sliding scale. Paying higher on the scale directly supports PSA with our community-focused mission and work.

Broken down, the program price is $13.50 per instruction hour. An incredible deal for what PSA offers to our students!

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Additional Details:

Deposit: $300 is paid first and required to hold your spot. The deposit is non-refundable, and non-transferrable for other services or classes. Please understand you are making a commitment to take one of our limited spots. Because space is limited, this is first come, first serve. If you wait too long to pay the deposit, you might not get in. The deposit amount does apply toward your total tuition and pays for non-instruction essentials: all class materials, registrar fee, access to all student perks and supports, technology/LMS access, 3 of the program text books, swag items, ephemeris calendar, Cosmophilia tea, library maintenance, field trip costs, and a minimal donation to the Jen Gouvea Memorial Fund which supports our library, special projects, free programming, flower essence availability, conference hospitality, scholarships, and much more!

Payment Plan: A, B, C include 9 payments in the form of post-dated checks are required. These checks will be dated for the 1st of the month, from September to May. Prepayment amounts (Payment Plan A and B) are highly encouraged to be paid early, in the Spring or Summer, prior to the September 1st due date. All payment plan, prepaid amounts and post-dated checks are due to PSA before September 1st. We do not accept monthly cash payments or web-based processors like PayPal or Venmo. Unlike other educational programs, PSA does not penalize those who need a payment plan.

Tuition Assistance:

Government Tuition Assistance and CEUs:

Astrology is not a federally recognized vocation, therefore government-sourced funding and federal grants are not available. PSA is also unable to officially accept CEU (continuing education credit) students at this time.

Tuition Assistance Inside PSA:

Our program is valued at $4,525, although we charge $2,700-$3,300. We thoughtfully under price our program giving discounted tuition to every student who walks through our door. We also offer a sliding scale and penalty-free payment plans to help off-set the cost for greater accessibility. Our in-house scholarship fund Jen Gouvea Memorial Scholarship is reserved for individuals who identify in marginalized and disenfranchised communities. We award each Summer before our school year begins. If you want to be notified of upcoming scholarship opportunities, be sure to join our mailing list! Or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

We do need help supporting students! If you are interested in donating to support a student for PSA 1st-Year Program through the Jen Gouvea Memorial Scholarship Fund, please click here.

Tuition Assistance Outside PSA:

  • Active members of the Oregon Astrological Association (OAA) have access to their scholarship opportunities. Specific scholarship opportunities with the OAA vary from year-to-year. Check their website to see if a scholarship opportunity currently exists. Add yourself to their newsletter so you don't miss announcements.

  • Scholarship opportunities exist with national and international astrology membership organizations. You do need to be an active member and need to catch these organizations during their scholarship award periods: AFAN, NCGR (either local, national or international chapters), ISAR, or your local astrology membership organization. In Portland, our local membership organization is the Oregon Astrological Association (OAA), but dozens of membership organizations exist around the country. Look into this especially if you don’t live in Portland.

  • Some students have been awarded non-traditional, training program grants to study at PSA. Hundreds of educational grants exist for people who want to continue their education outside of college. A good place to start is GrantWatch.com, or consider shifting through results in a search engine.

  • Some students have discovered that PSA qualifies as part of their college’s ‘Independent Study’, which covers the cost of PSA with their current school tuition and are also given college credit to attend. Please check with your educational institution.

  • Some students have been awarded continuing education grants with their employer. Please check with your employer to see if a perk like this exists at your company.


PSA by Comparison

Other Astrology Schools

Kepler College's online certificate program for one year is $6,560 with optional Advanced Certificate for an addition $3,180. There is a $40 enrollment fee and multiple required texts for each course that can range from $15-$50 each. Unfortunately Kepler’s online-only platform makes it difficult to connect with a community of engaged people, both faculty and students. The cost makes it the same as a full time year spent in community college.

While few brick-and-mortar schools exist in the world today, a few existing U.S. schools are between $16 - $30 per instruction hour. These are somewhat thinner in subjects covered and less class time, focused on the more casual of learners hoping to grasp the very basics.

A U.K. astrology school is $14.00 USD per hour while a U.K. institution with an astrology-adjacent degree program is over $16,000 USD a year without housing, books, institutional fees.

Retreats and Apprenticeships

Astrology retreats typically range from a weekend to an entire week and can be anywhere from $500 to $4,000. Retreats are often not local so travel, food, and lodging are an additional cost. Often this option lacks a sustained community, and continued support outside the retreat setting.

Apprenticeships offered by individual astrologers can range from one-on-one training to a group of 20 students or more. Some apprenticeships are yearly, others are once a month, ranging from $700 a month to $2,000 for a single weekend. Travel, food, lodging may be an additional expense. Often apprenticeships are the more pricey option to learn astrology and lack an interactive community.

Some individual practicing astrologers offer hourly tutoring, mostly ranging from $50 - $150 per hour instruction hour.

Local Training Programs

For contrast, we've added other unaccredited educational groups and training programs around Portland. Herbal medicine schools can range from $10 - $19 per hour instruction hour. Spiritual training schools can range from $18 - $36 per hour. Literary arts programs range from $17 - $183 per hour.

Local Institutions

For contrast, we've looked into local institutions. For full time student tuition without housing, Portland State University is $15,000 per year. At Portland Community College, yearly tuition is estimated to be around about $9,000.

Portland School of Astrology

Although valued at almost $5,000, PSAs Year Long Programs are intentionally under-priced with low class sizes and a pleura of community value and student perks. Our Year Long Program is $13.50 per instruction hour with no application fee, sliding scale offered, additional discounted perks and educational opportunities, and free from financial penalties often attached to payment plan needs.

After graduating PSA and exploring other educational offerings, an Alumnus told us "PSA is half the price, but twice as good!"


Community

This is one of two reasons why students say they want to come to PSA!

Community is a focus for PSA and due to the sensitive nature of self-discovery and discussion of personal experiences based on student charts, we've noticed that the group tends to quickly bond. The 1st-Year Program continues to encourage this with 100 core hours and 100 optional extra curricular hours offered to students. PSA introduces 1st-Year Students to the larger PSA community (homecoming, conferences, traveling to NORWAC, field trips, quarterly term classes, special projects and events), also with the local astrological community outside of PSA (partnerships with the OAA, NORWAC, PSA annual conference, AstrologyUniversity.com) as well as the larger Portland community (star-viewing parties with OMSI, astrological art tours with Portland Art Museum, annual NW Magic Conference) to name a few.

With the program, you'll be welcomed into opportunities to join a larger supportive community that shares your interests.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a computer? A computer is an excellent way to learn astrology now-a-days, with so many helpful resources online. Access to a computer is very strongly recommended, access to the internet is required. We will be communicating through email, social media network and need to complete online quizzes. Additional links and information sent from PSA may require a computer or internet access to view.

 

  • Is there an option for web-based conferencing? Yes! After six years, we've found a way to do this that both honors the core mission and values of PSA by also providing high-level astrological education to those outside of Portland. A large number of students would travel to Portland each month, but now with our low-residency program, we only require traveling to Portland twice during the program.

 

  • How often do you offer this course? We offer this course beginning each Fall at the start of our school year. We offer a weekend, weekday and low residency/distance learning cohorts. Enrollment opens each Spring.

 

  • I've had some astrological education in the past, should I apply? We have had students in our 1st-Year Program with as much as ten years of prior education who report being blown away by what they've gained from the program. We've had several students take the 1st-Year twice because of how much they've learned. Our program is incredibly holistic in nature and students learn about more than the basics of astrology, yet the basics are taught in many different and unique ways. It has kept even the most advanced student engaged and continuing to learn. Also, the community aspect of the program is an important and unique piece of the experience.

 

  • Are there any prerequisites to the 1st-Year Program? No. Students from many experience levels come and study with us. We do not require you to have an educational background in astrology.

 

  • How is the 1st-Year Program different from other programs? We believe astrology is the study of validating who we are, why not study somewhere that reflects this? PSA is striving* to bring an educational experience that discourages lazy thinking when it comes to astrology. PSA is encouraging students to ask questions of astrology that are helpful and inclusive. Especially, but not limited to, BIQPOC, those who are mobility impaired, gender queer folx, we examine and discuss binary thinking, cultural appropriation, and cultural biases within the study of astrology and the larger astrological community/field of practice. We create awareness of limiting language in mainstream Astrology and in the consultation setting. We discuss ethics and make recommendations for students when working personally with others.

*PSA is not perfect and being uncomfortable is part of any learning experience. PSA has the intention to provide space for empathetic learning so that we allow ourselves to make mistakes and learn together as a group. Please review our mission, principles and commitments tab for more information.

  

  • What have former students done with their education from the Astro-Empowerment program? Some ways that former students have used their education include combining what they learned to their existing interest or professional practice of energy medicine, herbal medicine or farming, psychotherapy, life coaching, influence on their art practice, influence fictional story-telling/writing, influence their musical pursuits, blogging, spiritual practice, public health (or mundane astrology), astrology with other forms of divination, hermeticism, and more advanced students even begun astrological consulting.


Location

2110 NE 45th Avenue in the Hollywood district of Portland. Click here for transit options.


Testimonials

What are former students saying about the 1st-Year Program?

  • "Compared to past and post-PSA astrology education I've pursued, PSA is half the price but twice as good!"

  • “I can’t adequately express the impact you have made on my life. I began the year feeling wrecked and broken. I am now ending the year on one of the most amazing personal highs possible. My dreams are manifesting, my world is opening up, opportunities are abounding and I owe it all the the deep healing that your classes offered me. You saved my life and I will never forget that.”

  • "This program has really awaken me not only to my true self, but the true nature of our world and the Universe. I feel awake! I feel alive!"

  • "I have really appreciated the community feel and that it is a safe place to learn and no one judges you for not knowing something."

  • "I enjoy the variety of experience and the personalities the teachers bring to the program. It helps me to learn from different viewpoints and perspectives."

  • "I have enjoyed the small class size and the instructors are very knowledgeable. I appreciate the diversity of instruction/instructors. Classes have been both super informative, and fun."