2nd-Year Program

Astro-Fluency

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

Learn the tools and techniques of astrology to employ and become a catalyst for change in your life and the lives of others.

Learn the tools and techniques of astrology to employ and become a catalyst for change in your life and the lives of others.

Enrollment

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.

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

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, Jaysen 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 125 completed hours of training for the 2nd-Year Program.

Subjects Blocks

Community Building Block: 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.

Building Knowledge Base Block: 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.

Advancing Practitioner Skills Block: Developing Your Intuitive Skills, Mini-Readings with 1st-Year Students & 2nd-Year Student's friends, Writing/Communication, Ethics for Astrological Practitioners, Counseling & Coaching Chart Synthesis Intensive Workshop, Astro Self Defense, Astrology as a Business, Discovery Session, Additional Synthesis, Integration Session.

Technique and Topics Block: 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, Mini-Readings with Public, NORWAC field trip, Case Study Presentations, Astro-Potluck Lunch.

Conference Admission: free admission to the PSA annual weekend conference.

2nd-Year Instructors

Our 2nd-Year Program means big names in the field of Astrology! Powerhouses Demetra George (from Eugene), Jessica Lanyadoo (from Oakland), and Gary Lorentzen from (Kepler College of the Astrological Arts and Sciences) to join us, pictured first row. We also welcome local talented individuals Renee Dunn, Zyon Gray, and Iris Misciagna, pictured second row. 2nd-Year also features PSA full time faculty Rhea Wolf, Andrea L. Gehrz and JP Hawthorne, pictured bottom row. To learn more, read biographies and see the adjunct faculty of the 2nd-Year Program, click on the Faculty tab.

Recommended Reading

Aspects in Astrology - Sue Thompkins

Planets in Transit - Rob Hand

The Twelve Houses - Howard Sasportas

The Changing Sky - Steven Forrest (students receive a 20% discount on this text when purchased from PSA)

Astrological Remediation - Andrea L. Gehrz (students receive a 20% discount on this text when purchased from PSA)

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 1st-Year cohorts are coming in April 2019

Location

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

Tuition Cost

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.

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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 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.

Student Perks

There are several perks to being a student at PSA. As a 2nd-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!

  • 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.

  • Access to our in-house Jen Gouvea Memorial Library.

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

  • Opportunities for work-trade at a greater discount than student discount.

  • Complimentary organic tea 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.

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 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!"