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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 programs is limited to 12-14 students

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.

Portland-based cohorts
begins Fall 2020

Low Residency Distance Learning cohort
begins Winter 2020

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), 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 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 up to 100 extra curricular hours.

This 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 Rhea, JP and Andy work to create a safe space to share, grow and learn together.

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More About Our Unique Program

Program Design, Student Perks, PSA by Comparison

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

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

Physical Education 101

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

Astronomy 101

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

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

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.

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’

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

Mythological Astrology 101

Introduction to Astrological Mythology, and mythology included with the Planets/Signs lectures

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

History 101

History of Astrology, The Astrological Ages of Antiquity

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, Emotional Conditions and Remedies for the Signs, Physical Conditions and Remedies for the Signs, Astral-Herbalism tips, and Elemental Constitution Calculation and discussion

Student Case Study

Students will develop their own student case studies to present at the end of the year. Support provided.

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

Tuition Cost

Broken down, our program price is only $13.50 per instructor 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 $5,000, 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.

Tuition cost is $2,700 – $3,300 on a self-selected sliding scale. We 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.

 Sliding Scale 1 - $2,700Sliding Scale 2 - $3,000Sliding Scale 3 - $3,300
Deposit$300$300$300
Full Payment$2,700 due before 9/1$2,700 due before 9/1$3,000 due before 9/1
Payment Plan A$1,200 due before 9/1 with 9 post dated checks for $134$1,350 due before 9/1 with 9 post-dated checks for $150$1,500 due before 9/1 with 9 post-dated checks for $150
Payment Plan B$600 due before 9/1 with 9 post-dated checks for $200$675 due before 9/1 with 9 post-dated checks for $225$750 due before 9/1 with 9 post-dated checks for $250
Payment Plan C9 post-dated checks for $267 due to PSA before 9/19 post-dated checks for $300 due to PSA before 9/19 post-dated checks for $334 due to PSA before 9/1

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, swag items, ephemeris calendar, Cosmophilia tea, library maintenance, 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

A, B, C include 9 monthly payments are required. Prepayment amounts (Payment Plan A and B) are highly encouraged to be paid early, in the Spring or Summer, prior to the September 1st due date. All payment plans, prepaid amounts and payment processing materials are due to PSA before September 1st. (If you are admitted after September 1st, these are due ASAP.) We can accept monthly credit card payments, post-dated checks, or bank account debits. 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 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 (Saturday & Sunday) and a weekday cohort (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.

Weekend Cohort “Astarte”

Saturday & Sunday

Once a month for 8 sessions from Fall to Spring each year

10-5:30pm both days

2020-2021 school year dates announced Spring 2020.

Weekday Cohort “Bulls”

Monday & Tuesday

Once a month for 8 sessions from Fall to Spring each year

10-5:30pm both days

2020-2021 school year dates announced Spring 2020.

Low Residency Cohorts

Tuesday/Thursday classes with two required weekends in Portland

The Low Residency/Distance Learning cohort classes are on Tuesdays from 4-6pm (Pacific Time) and a small amount of Thursdays from 4-6pm. We have our first session on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and our last session 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 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.

This program is also open to those who live in the Portland area but cannot commit to the Portland-based cohorts.

Low Residency/Distance Learning Cohort

2019-2020 school year dates

First Weekend in Portland: Jan 17-19  2020, 10-5:30pm

Tuesdays: Jan 21-Aug 25 2020, 4-6pm (Pacific)

Thursdays: Mar 12, Apr 23, May 7 & 14, Jun 18, Aug 13 2020, 4-6pm (Pacific)

Last Weekend in Portland: Sept 4-6, 2020, 10-5:30pm

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