1st-Year Program Distance Learning Option
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 Begins Fall 2018
Enrollment will remain open until the start of the program or until we have filled the program with 13 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 online to determine if PSA and the potential student are a good fit.
Space for the 1st-Year Program is limited to 13 students.
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.
Although this is a grade-free school, we do assign homework and have one final exam, 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. The exam is take-home and we have a review periods to prepare students. 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 reading to practice clients under the guidance of PSA faculty.
Additional support is given through Study Hall, a once-a-month weekday night 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 homework assignments and exams, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Portland School of Astrology with 120 completed hours of training.
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, Jaysen and Andrea 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 13 students.
Natal Astrology 101: in detail the 12 Zodiacal Signs, 10 Planetary Bodies (plus Chiron, Nodes, 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 Orientations
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, Learn to Read 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 to view collection pieces that illustrate zodiacal archetypes, journaling prompts to better understand ourselves in the context of our charts
Ethics 101: A discussion on ethics in astrological practice for new students
History 101: History of Astrology, The Ages of Antiquity
Astronomy 101: Interactive lecture on the Celestial Mechanics using video, somatic activities and lecture
Physical Education 101: Astro Movement and Astro-Drama to help our mind and bodies better imbibe the astrological archetypes
Mythological Astrology 101: Introduction to the Mythology
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, Elemental Constitutions.
Topics in the Field of Astrology 101: Guest Topic by a guest speaker, voted by the class.
Astro Potluck: sharing food together of all 12 signs.
Study Hall: 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 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.
- The Inner Sky – Steven Forrest (students receive a 20% discount on this text when purchased from PSA)
- The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology - April Elliott Kent (students receive a 20% discount on this text when purchased from PSA)
- 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
- 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)
- The Astrology Bible - Judy Hall (or comparable 101 quick-reference style text)
2018/2019 School Year Dates
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 to strive to create 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 Study Hall, a once a month student-lead time that is optional for students to attend.
PSA does have an attendance policy. If you have to miss more than 3 program days, this program might not be right for you at this time.
2018/2019 School Year Dates
Septmeber 29, 30
October 27, 28
December 1, 2
January 5, 6
February 2, 3
February 14-18 (optional)
March 2, 3
April 6, 7
May 4, 5
Weekday Cohort 1
"The Bulls" Group
October 15, 16
November 12, 13
December 10, 11
January 14, 15
February 11, 12
February 14-18 (optional)
March 11, 12
April 15, 16
May 13, 14
PSA does have an attendance policy plus students must be able to attend the FIRST and LAST weekend of the program. Study Hall, Field Trip and our Annual Conference attendance is optional. Dates for Study Hall and Field Trip are posted at the start of class.
After 4 years in the Hollywood district, we will be moving just prior to the start of our school year. Check back for updates. If you have are part of the program, you will be notified via email of our new location.
The Portland School of Astrology understands that cost is an issue for many folks, that's why we have under priced the program and offer payment plans without penalty for the 1st-Year Program for those who need it.
Tuition cost is $1,725
- Deposit: $200 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit is required to hold your spot. 1st-Year Program space is limited so this is first come, first serve. The deposit amount does apply toward your total tuition.
- Payment in Full: $1,525 is due September 1st. Check, money order, or credit card transaction via our website.
- Payment Plan: $662.50 (half of the tuition minus deposit) is due September 1st along with 7 payments of $124 in the form of post-dated checks. These checks will be dated for the 1st of the month from October to April (we do not accept monthly cash payments or web-based processors like PayPal or Venmo). If the deposit was not paid intitally, then $862.50 (half of the tuition) is due on September 1st.
Tuition Assistance and Scholarship Information:
Astrology is not a federally recognized vocation, therefore public government-sourced funding is not available. Our program is valued at $3,000. We under price the program as well as offer a payment plan as a way to help off-set the cost for greater accessibility. There are also scholarship opportunities at PSA and in the community as well.
Possible Scholarship Opportunities:
- Jen Gouvea Memorial Scholarship for individuals who identify with marginalized and disenfranchised communities.
- Active members of the Association For Astrological Networking (AFAN), have access to their educational scholarship program. AFAN awards each winter so you'll have to be on it if you'd like to try for a scholarship through their organization.
- Active members of the Oregon Astrological Association (OAA) have access to their scholarship opportunities. Scholarship opportunities with the OAA vary from year-to-year. Check their website to see if a scholarship opportunity exists. Add yourself to their newsletter so you don't miss announcements.
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.
If you want to be notified of upcoming scholarship opportunities, join our mailing list!
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? Our mission at PSA is to provide education that is holistic in nature, meaning that we strive to learn astrology in methods that online slideshows cannot allow. We are exploring options on how to make that happen in the future, however unfortunately, there is not an option for web-based conferencing at this time.
- How often do you offer this course? We usually offer this course beginning each Fall at the start of our school year. We always offer a weekend cohort and add a weekday cohort if there is enough interest. 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.
- Is the 1st-Year Program taught with an anti-oppression framework? Many students tell us that this is a top reason they've chosen to study at PSA! 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 disabled, gender queer folks, and 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 oppressive and limiting language in mainstream Astrology and in the consultation setting. We discuss ethics and make recommendations for students when working personally with others.
*Striving to teach with an anti-oppression framework does not mean that PSA is perfect or flaw-free. While being uncomfortable is part of any learning experience, PSA and students work hard to have a culture of empathetic learning so that we are free to make mistakes and learn together as a group. However, some people might have a hard time learning a flavor of astrology that challenges the cultural bias embedded by mainstream astrology.
- 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.
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 our Student Study Halls and the Student Case Studies. PSA also 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 (partnerships with the OAA, AstrologyUniversity.com) as well as the larger Portland community (star-viewing parties with OMSI, astrological art tours with Portland Art Museum and the 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.
There are several perks to being a student at PSA. As a 1st-Year Program student, you will receive…
- Jim Maynard pocket ephemeris calendar for 2019.
- A complimentary year-long membership to the Oregon Astrological Association in Portland, 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!
- Free PSA swag item of your choice: t-shirt, tote bag or coffee mug, and everyone is welcomed to buttons and stickers.
- Community exposure and networking possibilities within the group of students and the faculty of PSA.
- Discounts on other PSA Quarterly Term classes (click Quarterly Schedule tab).
- Discounts on non-PSA teacher events.
- Discounts in the School Store (online and in-house).
- Discounts to AstrologyUniversity.com lecture library from internationally recognized astrologers.
- First opportunities to work trade positions at a deeper discount.
- Access to our in-house Jen Gouvea Memorial Library.
- A color copy of your personal chart to be used in class.
- Complimentary organic tea at class.
What are former students saying about the 1st-Year Program?
“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.”
"Compared to past astro-education opportunities I've pursued, PSA is half the price but twice as good!"
"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."