Our Low Residency/Distance Learning cohort still has availability.

1st-Year Program


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 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.

Program Design

Our program design is unique in four ways.

1. We tailor to your goals, even if you have no idea what they are

We are working to assist students in discovering who they are, and how they plug into the larger astrological community and field of practice. Not every student wants to see clients. Not every student wants to write magazine horoscopes. Astro-Empowerment is designed with a pleura of goals, even those whose goals are currently undefined.

2. We not only learn astrology, we eat it for breakfast

The knowledge we offer is easily accessible to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. We have students that range from complete novice, to those who have been engaged in study and client work for a decade. We recognize that astrology isn't only an intellectual study, that it is truly multifaceted. Our approach is to help students not just understand the foundations of astrology intellectually, but to enrich their understanding through a variety of pedagogical styles, activities and experiences in order to imbibe astrology. While we do instruct with lecture, powerpoints, text reading, homework and a final exam, we will also experience astrology through music, video, art, games, meditation, food and beverage, writing, reflection, activities, community engagement, somatic experiences, and field trips to see spectrum of these archetypes all around us, everyday.

3. We apply a critical lens to #ShittyAstro

(the number one reason why students say they choose PSA!)

We believe astrology is the study of fully understanding and validating our own essential nature. At PSA we strive to bring an educational experience that challenges lazy thinking, and encourages students to ask questions of an astrology that continues to hold the bias of authors and teachers, both ancient and modern. We examine and discuss reductive and binary thinking, limiting and damaging uses of language, cultural bias and expectations, and ethical considerations for students and practitioners. We acknowledge and discuss contributing factors and conditions outside of astrology, and outside of our individual control that still profoundly shape and condition who we are, which certainly shifts the interpretations of signs and planets-- in a major way!

And while being uncomfortable is part of any learning experience, PSA strives to provide space for empathetic learning so that we allow ourselves to make mistakes and learn together as a group. PSA is not perfect, however our goal is to continue striving for the examination of our own biases in order to make a space for all to feel welcomed, seen, and heard. Please review our mission, principles and commitments tab for more information.

4. A community that ‘astro’s’ together, ‘macro’s’ together

(the number two reason why students say they choose PSA!)

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

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

We were founded on the principle of heart-centered community and we mean it! 1st-Year Students will be welcomed into an existing community and vast network within the school, as well as in the larger Portland and Pacific Northwest astrological communities. Each year we continue to prioritize community, we’ve recently doubled the hours of the 1st-Year Program to include an additional 100 hours of extracurricular options for students to plug into the school. While we understand if community isn’t your jam, students who engage tend to do better with their studies and with their overall educational journey at PSA and post-graduation success.

Program Details

The program consists of 100 core training hours with an additional 100 hours of extra curricular options, in addition to unlimited elective offerings at PSA, free PSA conference attendance, field trip to the Portland Art Museum, a membership to the Oregon Astrological Association and a group trip to Seattle for the Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) for further education supplementation.

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 introduce important topics of interest for the well-rounded student which include Astronomy, History, Art and Creativity, Ethics, Philosophy, Mythology, Health Astrology, a variety of techniques and we even get physical with Astro-Playback and Zodiacal Movement.

Although PSA is a grade-free school, we do assign quizzes, two final exams (take-home and online final), several practice chart synthesis and a student case study. The quizzes are designed to reinforce what we have learned from the prior lesson, which helps to solidify the information and may reference 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 techniques 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, Predictions, Introduction to Major Astrological Branches of Practice, Ptolemy’s ‘Four Influences on a Human Life’

Delineation 101: Practice Chart Synthesis, House Systems, Sensitive Points, Mutual Reception, Chart Patterns, Sect, 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 and Forecasting, Eclipses and Lunar Phases, Planetary Cycles, Retrograde Motion

Art and Creativity 101: Astrological Color 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, meditation and mindfulness exercises

Ethics 101: A class on ethics in astrological practice for 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 Synthesis 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 Constitution Calculation

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)

 2020-2021 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 for 2020-2021 School Year

Portland cohorts

Weekday Cohort “Bulls”

Monday & Tuesday, 10-5:30pm

2020-2021 dates have not yet been determined.

Weekend Cohort “Astarte”

Saturday & Sunday, 10-5:30pm

2020-2021 dates have not yet been determined.


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 than 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 for 2020 School Year

Low Residency/Distance Learning cohort

January 17, 18, & 19 in-person in Portland, OR

Tuesdays 4-6pm Pacific Time, January 21 - August 25

Some Thursdays 4-6pm Pacific Time, March 12, Apr 23, May 7, May 14, June 18, August 13

September 4, 5, & 6 in-person in Portland, OR

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, monthly New Moon circles, twice-a-month social meetups, 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 $5,000, 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 10 payments in the form of post-dated checks or 10 credit card authorized processing are required. Checks will be dated for the 1st of the month, from December to September. Prepayment amounts (Payment Plan A and B) are highly encouraged to be paid early, prior to the December 1st due date. All payment plan, prepaid amounts and post-dated checks/credit card authorization are due to PSA ASAP. 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 $5,000, 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 a dozen or two required texts for the year, 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 a very small number of brick-and-mortar schools exist in the world today, the few U.S. schools are between $16 - $40 per instruction hour. These are somewhat thinner in subjects covered with less class time, some focusing on the more casual of learners hoping to grasp basic essentials. Almost all are a single teacher operation. Some with as little as 40 hours of instruction.

A U.K. astrology school is $14.00 USD per instruction 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 $5,000. Retreats are often not local so travel, food, and lodging are an additional cost. This option often 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 - $200 per 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 - $22 per instruction hour. Spiritual training schools can range from $18 - $42 per instruction hour. Literary arts programs range from $17 - $183 per instruction hour.

Local Institutions

For contrast, we've looked into local institutions. For full time student tuition without housing, Portland State University is estimated to be $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 $5,000, PSAs Year Long Programs are intentionally under-priced with low class sizes, loaded with 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!"


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) 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

Please note: We are currently holding Information Sessions for the 2019-2020
School Year. We hold both an in-person and online verison of the Information Session.
Please register and RSVP by clicking “add to cart”. Attending an Information Session is required for matriculation.

  • Do I need a computer? A computer is an excellent way to engage in astrology, with many helpful resources online. Access to a computer is very strongly recommended, but access to the internet is required. We will be communicating through email, social media networks, student portal on our website, and students will need to complete assignments with our Learning Management System (LMS).

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

  • Can I do the 1st-Year Low Residency/Distance Learning option at my own pace? PSAs mission for creating an engaged community requires us to be present with each other as a group. Class times and dates require live attendance for successful completion of our program.

  • If I don’t live in Portland but still want to attend the Portland-based cohort that meets once a month for 8 months. Is this possible? While we do have the Low Residency cohort option, some students still prefer to travel to Portland once a month. It is completely up to you which cohort format will work best for you. If you travel, please plan to attend each posted class date, so that in the event that you need to miss for weather-related reasons, you might still be within the attendance requirements for Certificate.

  • How often do you offer this course? For our Portland-based cohorts, we offer this course beginning each Fall at the start of our school year and runs through Spring. We offer either a weekend, weekday and Low Residency/Distance Learning cohorts. Our Low Residency cohort begins in January and runs through September. Enrollment for all 1st-Year Program cohorts open each Spring. Program dates are above.

  • How often is class? For Portland-based cohorts, we meet once a month, either Saturday/Sunday or Monday/Tuesday from 10-5:30pm. Our class runs from Fall until Spring. Check above for specific dates. For Low Residency/Distance Learning cohort we meet for two weekends in Portland and on Tuesdays from 4-6pm Pacific time, and a very small amount of Thursdays 4-6pm.

  • Do you offer a degree/certification? In the U.S., astrology is not a federally recognized vocation. Therefore there is no regulatory body or board, no training or certification that is legally recognized. However, we do offer a Certificate of Completion provided the student has met or exceeded the minimum requirements. The Certificate does tell people that you have put hard work and dedication into an actual program. Many students hang their certificates, put them on their websites, or include them in their bios and CVs.

  • Do you offer specialities with your Certificates? We currently do not because we offer a hugely diverse range of topics in the program. Provided the student has met or exceeded the minimum requirements, the student will receive a Certificate for 100 core training hours and up to 100 hours of extra curricular options. Many students in the 1st-Year Program decide to take electives in the subjects they are excited by to deepen their knowledge at PSA or one of our partners organizations. They may also choose tutoring with a specific instructor as an additional route of study in specialities.

  • 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 about themselves and the tool of astrology. Our program is incredibly holistic in nature and students learn about more than the basics of astrology, yet the basics are taught in a variety of ways. It has kept even the most advanced student engaged and continuing to learn. Also, the community aspect of the program is an extremely important and unique piece of the experience.

  • Meeting the requirements for Certificate of Completion freak me out. Can I still attend? Absolutely! Your level of engagement is always up to you. While we strongly recommend all students work toward a Certificate of Completion, we understand if that is too much to handle at this time.

  • Do you have group guidelines, policies and procedures and a protocol for dealing with conflict? Yes to all three! We will discuss all of these in further detail at our first class. This information is also provided in our student handbook. All classes have a Student Body Representative to further assist.

  • 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. We do require that you attend an Information Session, either at PSA or online before being admitted.

  • How much out-of-class time should I plan for this program? We offer a similar guideline that colleges do. Plan the same amount of out-of-class study time as there is in-class time. For both the Portland-based cohort and the Distance Learning/Low Residency cohort, we recommend 2-4 hours a week for study, reading and quizzes to be most successful. This does not include any extra curricular options, elective classes, or community events that are concurrently taking place at PSA.

  • What have former students done with their education from the Astro-Empowerment program? Some alumni have wedded their education to an existing interest or practice, such as energy medicine, herbal medicine, gardening or farming, psychotherapy, life coaching, hair styling, Chinese medicine, naturopathy, or body work. Some alumni have allowed astrology to influence their art practice, story-telling/writing, musical pursuits, blogging/vlogging, public health, historical knowledge, political activism, or for their personal spiritual practices, divination, magic, alchemy, or hermeticism. More advanced and/or dedicated students may begin working with clients, consulting for businesses, consulting for media outlets, horoscope writing, production, community involvement, marketing, social media managers, website creation, content creation, or app creation/development. Other students have used their skills to assist in their process of self-discovery, or for use with their family, friends and community.

  • Does PSA offer job placement? Our field is small, and we don’t have the kind of contacts and resources a trade school might. However, we are contacted often by employers, project managers, and event planners. We excitedly pass these inquiries onto our Alumni list.

  • Do you offer work-trade for the 1st-Year Program? While we have in the past, we currently do not have plans to offer work trade for the 1st-Year Program. In addition to under-pricing the program, offering a sliding scale, and a penalty-free payment plan, PSA does offer work-trade for elective classes in our Quarterly Schedule and the 2nd-Year Program.

  • What about 2nd-Year? Students have the choice to continue unto 2nd-Year if they would like. It is up to the student at the end of 1st-Year to decide. Some students decide to wait a year before continuing on to 2nd-Year. However, space is limited to all of our programs, which makes admittance into 2nd-Year a tiny bit competitive.

  • Does 2nd-Year have a Low Residency/Distance Learning cohort? Not at this time. We do have a loose plan to review this in the future.

  • How is the 1st-Year Program different from other programs? Read about our unique program design above.

  • How does PSA compare to other schools? Read about our comparison above.

  • What are the dates? Read our current dates above.

  • Do you offer scholarships, sliding scale, payments or tuition assistance? Read about our payment options above.

  • How much is the program? Read about tuition above.

  • What are the subjects covered? Read about what we cover above.

  • What are the perks of being a student at PSA? Read about student perks above.


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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."