Strengthening the knowledge, skill and craft for the determined student in the
2nd-Year Program at the Portland School of Astrology!
Our Next Session Begins Fall 2019
Enrollment will remain open until the start of the program or until we have filled the program with 12 students. We will update the website if the program is full. Students who have completed the 1st-Year Program are invited to attend the program and bypass the interview process.
Our program admits completed 1st-Year Students first into the 2nd-Year. Students who have not completed the 1st-Year Program, are subject to space availability and will need to schedule an interview with the administrator to determine if PSA and the potential student are a good fit. This will also include the student scoring above 85% on an entrance exam.
Our 2nd-Year Program builds on what we've learned and covered in the 1st-Year Program, but with slightly less of an embodied focus and more of a technical, skilled-based and synthesis curriculum. For the determined student, 2nd-Year seeks to strengthen the confidence of the student's fluency with the language of astrology and introduce consultation skills into the diverse mix of classes offered.
Although this is a grade-free school, we do assign homework and have one final essay, two practice chart clinics 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 spark thoughtfulness. Full-Time faculty Rhea, JP and Andrea work to create a safe space to share, grow and learn together as sometimes there is a vulnerability to student's chart and respect is high priority at PSA.
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 160 completed hours of training plus 40 extra curricular hours for a total of 200 hours for the 2nd-Year Program.
Block 1: Community Building Chart Synthesis, Circle Building and Group Exercises, Group Picnic Lunch, Group Review, Astro-Tell All, Discovery Session, Hosting New Moon Circles, Hosting the Annual PSA Alumni Homecoming Party, organizing NORWAC details for 1st-Year students.
Block 2: Building Knowledge Deep Exploration of the Asteroid Chiron, The Moon for Personal and Professional Productivity, Deep and Intermediate Exploration of the Houses, Aspects in Detail, Mental Health Astrology, Transit Calculation Party, Medical Astrology Intermediate Workshop, Additional Synthesis, Integration Session.
Block 3: Advancing Practitioner Skills Developing Your Intuitive Skills, 2 Mini-Readings Clinics, Writing/Communication, Ethics for Practitioners, Counseling & Coaching, Chart Synthesis Intensive Workshop, Astro Self Defense, Best Business Practices for Working Astrologers, Discovery Session, Additional Synthesis, Integration Session.
Block 4: Technique and Topics Intimacy & Relationships Workshop, Intro to Mundane Astrology, Intro to Electional Astrology, Past Lives Karma, Sex and Sexuality, Annual Profected Ruler Technique, Relocation Techniques, Vocational Astrology, Discovery Session, Additional Synthesis, Integration Session.
Completion Block: Celestial Mechanics 201: OMSI Planetarium Field Trip, Final Mini-Reading Clinic, NORWAC field trip, Case Study Presentations, Astro-Potluck Lunch.
Conference Admission: free admission to the PSA annual weekend conference.
Our 2nd-Year Program means big names in the field of Astrology! Astrologers from around the country join us for special topic instruction, such as Demetra George (from Eugene), Corina Dross (Washington), Zyon Gray (North Carolina) and Gary Lorentzen (from Kepler College of the Astrological Arts and Sciences) to join us. We also welcome local talented astrologers Renee Dunn, Aubrie De Clerck, and Iris Misciagna. 2nd-Year also features PSA full time faculty Andrea L. Gehrz, JP Hawthorne, and Rhea Wolf. To learn more, read biographies and see the adjunct faculty of the 2nd-Year Program, click on the Faculty tab.
Text Books for Astro-Fluency
Provided, if needed:
The Changing Sky - Steven Forrest
Recommended, but not required:
Aspects in Astrology - Sue Thompkins
Planets in Transit - Rob Hand
The Twelve Houses - Howard Sasportas
2019/2020 School Year Dates
The Portland School of Astrology conducts it’s 2nd-Year Program on a mixture of weekends days (not all are attendance mandatory) and Monday nights from 7-9pm, September to June. PSA does have an attendance policy. If you have to miss more than 18 hours, this program might not be right for you at this time. Attendance to the online conference, PSA annual conference weekend, Astro Mixer, Astro Karaoke, NORWAC, electives, and OMSI field trip are up to the student discretion and are not needed for certificate of completion, although highly recommended!
PSA does have an attendance policy and students must be able to attend the first and last weekend of the program.
Dates for 2019-2020 School Year 2nd-Year cohort
Dates are subject to change pending final approval by instructors
September 28 & 29 - 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
October 7, 14, 21, 28 - 7-9 PM
October 13, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
November 3, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
November 11, 18, 25 - 7-9 PM
January 6, 27 - 7-9 PM
January 12, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
February 3, 17, 24 - 7-9 PM
February 9, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
March 2, 7-9 PM
March 22, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
April 6, 20, 27 - 7-9 PM
April 12, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
May 4, 11, 18 - 7-9 PM
June 1, 8 - 7-9 PM
June 14, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
2110 NE 45th Avenue in the Hollywood district of Portland. Click here for transit options.
The Portland School of Astrology understands that cost is an issue for many folks, that's why we have under priced our program, offer a sliding scale and 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. Everyone is given a discounted tuition.
Tuition cost is $2,700 - $3,300 on a sliding scale. Please consider paying as high up as possible. Paying higher on the scale supports PSA with our community-focused mission and work. Broken down, the program price is $13.50 per instruction hour.
Deposit: $300 is paid first and required to hold your spot. The deposit is non-refundable, and non-transferrable for other services or class. 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.
Payment Plan A, B, C: 10 payments in the form of post-dated checks are required. These checks will be dated for the 1st of the month, from September to June. (Payment Plan D is 12 payments to be started immediately upon enrollment.) Any prepayments (Payment Plan A and B) are encouraged to be paid prior to September. 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.
Material Fee: $300 of program tuition 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 more.
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 $4,525. 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 greater community as well.
Possible In-House Scholarship Opportunities:
Jen Gouvea Memorial Scholarship for individuals who identify in historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities. We award each Summer before our school year begins.
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!
Possible External Scholarship Opportunities:
Active members of the Association For Astrological Networking (AFAN), have access to their educational scholarship program. AFAN awards each winter.
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.
Other scholarship opportunities may exist with 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any prerequisites to the 2nd-Year Program? Yes. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the study of astrology. Student who have completed PSAs 1st-Year Program are welcome to attend.
I didn't take the 1st-Year Program, how can I know if I qualify for 2nd-Year? We give priority to our current students first before welcoming anyone into the 2nd-Year Program from outside of PSA. Please contact us if you are interested. We require new students to take an online equivalency exam and have an interview with the administrator to determine if the student is an adequate level as our 1st-Year Students. Click here to learn more.
I successfully completed the 1st-Year Program. Do I need to have an interview with PSA? An interview is not required. You may enroll immediately.
There are several perks to being a student at PSA. As a 2nd-Year Program student, you will receive…
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 1 Field Trip, 4 community parties, guidance events from 2nd-Year Teachers, support from the Student Body Representative, online student Learning Management System, 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, Andrea L. Gehrz 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)
Community building: students will receive an invitation to our Astro-Karaoke graduation party as well as two OAA/PSA sponsored parties and be in charge of the NORWAC school rally.
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.
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.
While few brick-and-mortar schools exist today, one U.S. school is $16.00 per instruction hour and another is $30.00 per instruction hour. Both are somewhat thin in subjects covered and class time, focused on the more casual of learners.
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 consideration. 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 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.
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 free from financial penalties often attached to payment plan options.
After graduating PSA and exploring other educational offerings, an Alumnus told us "PSA is half the price, but twice as good!"