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FIRST YEAR PROGRAM

Astro Empowerment 1st-Year Program

Embody Astrology in the first year program through the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water.

Learn to read the cosmic weather patterns to better understand the self through community, exercise, taste, smell, mindfulness, meditation, music, journal and art processing, archetypal exercises, movement and somatic experience. Study, lecture, text and teacher support provided in the 1st-Year Program!

Enrollment

Space for all the first year cohorts is limited to 15 students

Enrollment will remain open until the start of the program or until we have filled the program with 15 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.

 

We have cohorts beginning throughout the year!

Fall 2021 “Astarte” “Bulls”

Portland cohort: 8 class sessions once a month from 10:00am–5:30pm. We hold both a weekend cohort (Astarte: Saturday & Sunday) and a weekday cohort (Bulls: Monday & Tuesday) to fit scheduling needs. Program duration is October 2021 to May 2022.

Winter 2022 “Cedar”

Distance Learning Intensive cohort: A handful of day-long classes, and class on Thursday 4-6pm Pacific time. Program duration is January 2022 to September 2022.

Spring 2022 “Dragons”

Distance Learning Intensive cohort: A handful of day-long classes, and class on Thursday 4-6pm Pacific time. Program duration is June 2022 until November 2022.

Portland-based cohorts
begins Fall 2021

Distance Learning cohorts
begins Winter 2022 + Spring 2022

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 expressive methods, Astro-Playback and Zodiacal Movement.

Although PSA is a grade-free school, we do assign quizzes, two final exams (take-home and online), 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. 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 usually 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 options are also 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 up to 100 extra curricular hours.

Our long-running program is unique, 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 work to create safer space to share, grow and learn together.

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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; Aspects and Patterns.

Delineation 101

Practice Chart Synthesis; House Systems; Sensitive Points; Mutual Reception; Chart Patterns; Sect; Depositors; Ptolemy’s Dignities and Debilities; Linked Houses; Chart Drawing by Hand; Reading the Ephemeris (Book of Celestial Navigation); Approaching the Chart.

Community

Students will be invited to a barrage of events including Homecoming Party; Mini-Reading Clinic; Tea Party in Space; Class Astro-Potluck; New Moon Circles; Oregon Astrological Association Events; Astro-Karaoke; International Astrology Day events; Student Processing Labs; Student Marketplace; Astrology Book Exchange; Community Astro-Parties.

Medical Astrology 101

Emotional Conditions and Remedies for the Signs; Physical Conditions and Remedies for the Signs; Astral-Herbalism tips; Elemental Constitution Calculation.

Art and Creativity 101

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; Taste the Planets; Creative Writing to better understand ourselves in the context of our charts; Meditation and Mindfulness exercises.

Chart Synthesis Practicum

We 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.

Philosophy 101

What is Astrology?; Fate, Free Will, and Predictions; Introduction to Major Astrological Branches of Practice; Ptolemy’s ‘Four Influences on a Human Life’.

Student Case Study

Students will develop their own student case studies to present at the end of the year. Support provided. See what other students have done using #PSACaseStudies

Cycles 101

Transits Calculation and Forecasting; Eclipses and Lunar Phases; Planetary Cycles; Retrograde Motion.

Physical Education 101

Zodiacal Embodiment; Astro-Playback Synthesis to help our mind and bodies better imbibe the astrological archetypes.

Electives

Students receive a discount to all public classes to supplement and increase their education and skill level.

Mythological Astrology 101

Introduction to Astrological Mythology; mythology included with the Planets/Signs lectures.

Ethics 101

A class on ethics in astrological practice for students; on-going discussions.

Astronomy 101

Interactive lecture on the Celestial Mechanics using video, somatic activities and discussion.

Office Hours

12 hours of open time for discussion, community, workshop.

Topics in the Field of Astrology 101

Guest Teacher Topic, voted by the class; Vocational Astrology Case Files.

History 101

History of Astrology; The Astrological Ages of Antiquity.

Review

Several sessions are dedicated to review and integration in various formats.

PSA Annual Community Conference

Conference Admission: free admission to the PSA annual weekend conference. Our topic/theme changes each year.

Student Life

Photos from Classes, Student Case Studies, Extra Curricular Events

Tuition Cost

Broken down, our program price is only $12 per hour

An incredible steal-of-a-deal for what PSA offers to our students

As part of our founding principles, the Portland School of Astrology understands that cost is an issue for many folx, 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 over $2,000 higher than our tuition prices. However all tuitions have been reduced in order to encourage accessibility to the tool of astrology. This means, every student who walks through our door is given a discounted tuition.

We offer a self-selected sliding scale and respectfully ask that all students please consider paying as high up as possible on our sliding scale. Paying higher on the scale directly supports PSA and our community-focused mission and work.

Portland-based Cohorts (Astarte, Bulls groups)

Astarte and Bulls begins Fall 2021. Click the arrow to see tuition pricing.

 Sliding Scale 1 - $2,700Sliding Scale 2 - $3,000Sliding Scale 3 - $3,300
Deposit$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.
Full Payment
$2,400 due anytime before Sept 1st.
$2,700 due anytime before Sept 1st.
$3,000 due anytime before Sept 1st.
Payment Plan A
$1,200 due anytime before Sept 1st. 8 payments of $150 for the duration of the program.$1,350 due anytime before Sept 1st. 8 payments of $169 for the duration of the program.$1,500 due anytime before Sept 1st. 8 payments of $188 for the duration of the program.
Payment Plan B
$600 due anytime before Sept 1st. 8 payments of $225 for the duration of the program.$675 due anytime before Sept 1st. 8 payments of $254 for the duration of the program.$750 due anytime before Sept 1st. 8 payments of $282 for the duration of the program.
Payment Plan C
9 payments of $267 beginning Sept 1st through May.9 payments of $300 beginning Sept 1st through May.9 payments of $334 beginning Sept 1st through May.
Distance Learning/Low Residency Cohort (Cedar group)

Cedar beings January 2022. Click the arrow to see tuition pricing.

 Sliding Scale 1 - $2,700Sliding Scale 2 - $3,000Sliding Scale 3 - $3,300
Deposit
$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.
Full Payment
$2,400 due anytime before Dec 1st.
$2,700 due anytime before Dec 1st.
$3,000 due anytime before Dec 1st.
Payment Plan A
$1,200 due anytime before Dec 1st. 8 payments of $150 for the duration of the program.$1,350 due anytime before Dec 1st. 8 payments of $169 for the duration of the program.$1,500 due anytime before Dec 1st. 8 payments of $188 for the duration of the program.
Payment Plan B
$600 due anytime before Dec 1st. 8 payments of $225 for the duration of the program.$675 due anytime before Dec 1st. 8 payments of $254 for the duration of the program.$750 due anytime before Dec 1st. 8 payments of $282 for the duration of the program.
Payment Plan C
9 payments of $267 beginning Dec 1st through August.9 payments of $300 beginning Dec 1st through August.9 payments of $334 beginning Dec 1st through August.
Distance Learning/Low Residency Cohort (Dragons group)

Dragon begins June 2022. Click the arrow to see tuition pricing.

 Sliding Scale 1 - $2,700Sliding Scale 2 - $3,000Sliding Scale 3 - $3,300
Deposit
$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.
$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.
$300 due after attending an Information Session. Paid as soon as possible to hold spot.
Full Payment
$2,400 due anytime before May 1st or ASAP.
$2,700 due anytime before May 1st or ASAP.
$3,000 due anytime before May 1st or ASAP.
Payment Plan A
$1,200 (half) due anytime before May 1st w/ 7 payments for $172 from June to December.$1,350 (half) due anytime before May 1st w/ 7 payments for $193 from June to December.$1,350 (half) due anytime before May 1st w/ 7 payments for $193 from June to December.
Payment Plan B
$600 (quarter) due anytime before May 1st w/ 7 payments for $258 from June to December.$675 (quarter) due anytime before May 1st w/ 7 payments for $290 from June to December.$750 (quarter) due anytime before May 1st w/ 7 payments for $322 from June to December.
Payment Plan C8 payments for $300 from May to December.8 payments for $338 from May to December.8 payments for $375 from May to December.

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, access to all student perks and supports, technology/LMS access, 3 of the program textbooks, PSA swag items, personalized ephemeris datebook, Cosmophilia Planetary Tea, field trip costs, registrar fee, 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 Information

We can accept monthly credit card payments (EFT), post-dated checks, or bank account debits (EFT). 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.

Portland-based cohorts Astarte or Bulls: Payment Plan A or B include 8 monthly payments plus a prepaid amount. Payment Plan C includes 9 monthly payments with no prepaid amount (See table above). Prepayment amounts (Payment Plan A and B) are to be paid anytime before September 1st. All payment plans, prepaid amounts and payment processing materials are due to PSA anytime before September 1st or ASAP.

Low Residency cohort Cedars: Payment Plan A or B include 8 monthly payments plus a prepaid amount. Payment Plan C includes 9 monthly payments with no prepaid amount (See table above). Prepayment amounts (Payment Plan A and B) are to be paid anytime before December 1st. All payment plans, prepaid amounts and payment processing materials are due to PSA anytime before December 1st or ASAP.

Distance Learning cohort Dragons: Payment Plan A or B include 7 monthly payments plus a prepaid amount. Payment Plan C includes 8 monthly payments with no prepaid amount (See table above). Prepayment amounts (Payment Plan A and B) are to be paid anytime before May 1st. All payment plans, prepaid amounts and payment processing materials are due to PSA anytime before May 1st or ASAP.

 

Early-Bird Incentive

Pay early and save! We offer a 5% discount on all program tuition if the full tuition is paid, or payment plans are established with us at least 4 months prior to the start of your program cohort.

    • Astarte, Bulls (begins October): Tuition is paid, or payments are set-up by July 1st.
    • Cedar (begins January): Tuition is paid, or payments are set-up by October 1st.
    • Dragons (begins June): Tuition is paid, or payments are set-up by March 1st.

 

Work Trade Positions

Only on a rare occasion do we do this. Generally, we do not offer work-trade positions for 1st-Year Students at this time.

 

Other Payment Help Options

Portland Cohorts

Weekday or weekend cohorts to best fit your needs

The Portland School of Astrology conducts its 8-session 1st-Year Program once a month from 10:00am–5:30pm. We hold both a weekend cohort (Astarte: Saturday & Sunday) and a weekday cohort (Bulls: Monday & Tuesday) to fit scheduling needs. You’ll need to commit to either the weekend or weekday cohort, whichever 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 extracurricular events including the PSA annual conference, homecoming party, mini-reading clinic, office hours, student processing labs, field trip, zodiacal potluck, student holiday marketplace, NORWAC rally, community parties, Astro Karaoke, 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.

2021-2022 Dates

Weekend Cohort “Astarte”

Saturday + Sunday

Once a month for 8 sessions from Fall to Spring each year, 10-5:30pm both days. Please be advised there is 100 hours of extra curricular activities in addition to these class dates. Those dates will be available on the first day of class.

Dates coming soon

Weekday Cohort “Bulls”

Monday + Tuesday

Once a month for 8 sessions from Fall to Spring each year, 10-5:30pm both days. Please be advised there is 100 hours of extra curricular activities in addition to these class dates. Those dates will be available on the first day of class.

Dates coming soon

COVID-19 Changes

In the event that we are not able to meet at anytime during our school year, PSA will take a variety of measures that will effect Year-Long Program students. For now, we want all potential students to know that we have planned *extra* dates each month and are attendance flexible.

We are planning these extra dates because we don’t want our students to be online for a regularly planned 6-hour day. We have broken-up our time for the safety and comfort of our students. Please record these in your date book in addition to the dates above.

Astarte Cohort time/dates coming soon

Bulls Cohort time/dates coming soon

Distance Learning Cohorts

Both Distance Learning and Low Residency options

The Low Residency cohort (Cedar) begins in January 2022 and classes are on Tuesdays from 4-6pm (Pacific Time) and a small handful of Thursdays from 4-6pm. We typically meet in Portland on our first scheduled weekend and our last scheduled weekend session.

The Distance Learning Intensive cohort (Dragons) begins in June 2022 and classes are Thursday 4-6pm (Pacific Time) and a few weekend days, see scheduled dates.

For both the Distance Learning Intensive and Low Residency cohort:

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. If you have to miss these first and last classes, the program might not be right for you at this time.

This program is also open to those who live in the Portland area but cannot commit to the in-person cohorts. This program is also open to international students but please know that instruction and materials are in English and scheduled in Pacific Time zone.

2021-2022 Dates

Low Residency Cohort 2022 “Cedar”

January through September 2022. Class is mostly Tuesdays from 4-6pm Pacific Time with a small amount of attendance optional classes on another weekday from 4-6pm. We also meet in Portland on our first weekend in January and our last weekend in September.

Full Weekend Days Dates coming soon

Tuesdays Dates coming soon

Optional PSA Annual Conference February 2022, Extra Curricular Offerings, Elective Classes in Quarterly Term Schedule

Intensive Distance Learning Cohort 2022 “Dragons”

June through November 2022. Class is mostly Thursdays from 4-6pm Pacific Time. Full day classes are 10-5:30pm Pacific.

Full Days Dates coming soon

Thursdays Dates coming soon

Optional PSA Annual Conference February 2023, Extra Curricular Offerings, Elective Classes in Quarterly Term Schedule

Materials For Class

PSA Provides For Students

  • The Inner Sky (book) – Steven Forrest
  • Practical Astrology (book) – April Elliot Kent
  • The Astrology Bible (book) – Judy Hall
  • 12-month Honeycomb personal planner and planetary ephemeris
  • Year-long membership to the Oregon Astrological Association
  • Cosmophilia Planetary Tea
  • PSA Swag

 

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