First Year Program
If you aren’t finding what you need on our First Year Program page.
How often do you offer courses?
For Portland-based 1st-Year cohorts, we offer this course from October to May. for the Low Residency/Distance Learning cohort, we offer this course from January to September. Enrollment for all Year-Long Programs opens each Spring and closes when the program is full or has begun.
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 or client experience 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 about themselves and astrology.
Our program is incredibly holistic in nature and students learn about more than the basics of astrology, yet the basics are taught in a variety of ways. It has kept even the most advanced student engaged and continuing to learn. Also, the community aspect of the program is an extremely important and unique piece of the experience.
Can I do the 1st-Year low residency/distance learning option at my own pace?
PSA’s mission for creating an engaged community requires us to be present with each other as a group. Class times and dates require live attendance for successful completion of our program. However, we do allow for a certain number of absences.
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. We do require that you attend an Information Session, either at PSA or online before being admitted.
What have former students done with their education from the Astro-Empowerment program?
Some alumni have wedded their education to an existing interest or practice, such as energy medicine, herbal medicine, gardening or farming, psychotherapy, life coaching, hair styling, Chinese medicine, naturopathy, or body work. Some alumni have allowed astrology to influence their art practice, story-telling/writing, musical pursuits, blogging/vlogging, public health, historical knowledge, political activism, or for their personal spiritual practices, divination, magic, alchemy, or hermeticism.
More advanced and/or dedicated students may begin working with clients, consulting for businesses or media outlets, horoscope writing, production, community involvement, marketing, social media managers, website creation, content creation, or app creation/development.
Almost all students have used their skills to assist in their personal process of self-discovery, or for use with their family, friends and community.
Do you offer work-trade for the 1st-Year Program?
Currently do not offer work trade for the 1st-Year Program.
In addition to under-pricing the program, offering a sliding scale, and a penalty-free payment plan, PSA does offer work-trade for elective classes in our Quarterly Schedule and the 2nd-Year Program.
Astrology learning scholarship opportunities are available at PSA, outside of PSA and even general education scholarship for the public. Visit Tuition Assistance page for more information.
Second Year Program
If you aren’t finding what you need on our Second Year Program page.
What about 2nd-Year?
Students have the choice to continue unto 2nd-Year if they would like. It is up to the student at the end of 1st-Year to decide. Some students decide to wait a year before continuing on to 2nd-Year. However, space is limited to all of our programs, which makes admittance into 2nd-Year a wee bit competitive.
What does the community connection requirement look like?
2nd-Year Students are required to complete 1-2 community connection roles. We will cover this more in-depth on our first weekend together, but you will be required to take a community job for PSA. Some students plan the homecoming party, some organize hotel rooms for 1st-Year students at NORWAC, others assist with the New Moon circle, or the annual PSA Conference. Again, completing a Community Connection role is a requirement for graduation.
I successfully completed the 1st-Year Program. Do I need to have an interview with PSA?
An interview is not required. If enrollment is open, you may enroll immediately simply by contacting us about your intention to matriculate and pay the deposit.
Are there any prerequisites to the 2nd-Year Program?
Yes. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the study of astrology. Students who have successfully completed PSAs 1st-Year Program with a certificate, 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 and former 1st-Year completed students before opening the program for public enrollment. If we do not fill the program before August 1st, we will begin interviewing those on our waitlist who have requested admittance. 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 at an adequate level for our 2nd-Year Program.
However, because of the way 1st-Year Program is designed, we strongly recommend students entering PSA at this level especially if astrology is your career goal.
Attendance / Grades / Materials
Do I need a computer?
A computer is an excellent way to engage in astrology, with many helpful resources online. Access to a computer is very strongly recommended, but access to the internet is required. We will be communicating through email, social media networks, student portal on our website, and students will need to complete assignments with our Learning Management System (LMS).
Do your teachers do astrological consultations and readings?
Yes they do! Please visit our faculty page and their individual websites for booking information.
How often is class again?
For our 1st-Year Program, our Portland-based cohorts meet once a month, either Saturday/Sunday or Monday/Tuesday from 10-5:30pm. Our class runs from Fall until Spring. For Low Residency/Distance Learning cohort we meet for two weekends in Portland and on Tuesdays from 4-6pm Pacific time, and a very small amount of Thursdays 4-6pm.
Our 2nd-Year Program meets on most Monday evenings from 7-9pm. About once a month, we will have a class on Sundays from 10:00am-5:30pm. In addition, there will be extracurricular events happening outside of the designated Monday class time. Please check the website for specific dates, or reference your 2nd-Year schedule given to you on the first day of class.
If I have to miss a day, can I catch up by joining one of the other cohorts? Can I switch to a different cohort anytime?
No. To keep the integrity of the group container, we do not allow switching of cohorts once the program has begun. If you need to switch cohorts (for instance from a weekend cohort to a weekday), we can likely accommodate this until September 1st.
If I feel like I’m falling behind. What options do I have?
Teachers are available for one-on-one tutoring if the student needs. Teachers will be available to answer questions and answer emails at designated office hours. Students are encouraged to set-up communication chains with each other to continue conversations that were started in class. Students are encouraged to meet at PSA during drop-in hours, too.
Can I take additional classes at PSA?
As a Program student, yes, you are welcome to take any class, or purchase retail items at PSA at a discount. Each class is coded with Novice, Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced to help you find the right class for you. All students are offered a ticket to our annual conference with proper registration. We also offer several free or by-donation events per month. Please take advantage of this! Your discount is active from the start of the program through the end of June.
Meeting the requirements for Certificate of Completion freak me out. Can I still attend?
Absolutely! Your level of engagement is always up to you. While we strongly recommend all students work toward a Certificate of Completion, we understand if that is too much to handle at this time.
How much out-of-class time should I plan for this program?
We offer a similar guideline that colleges do. Plan the same amount of out-of-class study time as there is in-class time. We recommend 2 hours a week for study, reading, homework, or looking at charts to be most successful. This does not include any extra curricular options, elective classes, or community events that are concurrently taking place at PSA.
I understand your attendance requirement, but what if I unintentionally miss more than 18 hours?
We strongly recommend that all students plan to be at each class so that if you have to miss one session due to illness, you are still within the attendance requirement. We have a variety of ways to catch up. Paying a teacher to do one-on-one tutoring for subjects missed may be an option for you to keep up-to-date. Even students who have not fallen behind with attendance like to do one-on-one tutoring to get the most out of their education.
Which books do I need to purchase?
1st-Year Program You Purchase:
- Making the Gods Work for You – Caroline Casey (Required)
- The Light That Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories, and Time – Rhea Wolf (Recommended)
- Astrology For Yourself: How to Understand And Interpret Your Own Birth Chart – Demetra George, Douglas Bloch (Recommended)
1st-Year Program We Provide:
- The Inner Sky – Steven Forrest
- Practical Astrology – April Elliott Kent
- The Astrology Bible – Judy Hall
2nd-Year Program You Purchase:
- Aspects in Astrology – Sue Thompkins (Recommended)
- Planets in Transit – Rob Hand (Recommended)
- The Twelve Houses – Howard Sasportas (Recommended)
2nd-Year Program We Provide:
Completion and Beyond
Do you offer specialties with your Certificates?
While this is something we’ve had in our 3rd-Year Program, we do not offer this with our 1st or 2nd-Year Programs because our students much prefer a diverse range of topics in the field of astrology before specializing.
Provided the student has met or exceeded the minimum requirements, the student will receive a Certificate for 100 core training hours and up to 100 hours of extra curricular options for the 1st-Year and 160 training with 40 additional hours in the 2nd-Year.
Many students in the Year-Long Programs decide to take electives in the subjects they are excited by to deepen their knowledge at PSA or one of our partners organizations. They may also choose tutoring with a specific instructor as an additional route of study in specialties.
Does PSA offer job placement?
Our field is small, and we don’t have the kind of resources a trade school might. However, we are contacted often by employers, project managers, and event planners. We excitedly pass these inquiries onto our Alumni lists.
Do you offer a degree/certification?
In the U.S., astrology is not a federally recognized vocation. Therefore there is no regulatory body or board, no training or certification that is legally recognized. However, we do offer a Certificate of Completion provided the student has met or exceeded the minimum requirements. The Certificate does communicate that you have put hard work and dedication into an actual school program.
Many students hang their certificates, put them on their websites, or include them in their bios and CVs.
I’m glad that PSA’s principles include a social justice framework, but I’m afraid of making a mistake/looking foolish.
We will talk about our class/school guidelines and mission statement at our first session together that holds empathetic learning at its core. This means that we allow for mistakes to be made. Even teachers will make mistakes in front of an entire class! But this invites conversation and ultimately helps us improve and be better astrologers, consultants—and humans!
I have some reservations about joining a group because I’m a little shy.
We encourage all students to share and participate with the group. However, if even our gentle encouragements are too much for you, please approach us and let us know how we may best assist you with your learning process.
Do you have group guidelines, policies and procedures and a protocol for dealing with conflict?
Yes to all three! We will discuss all of these in further detail at our first class. This information is also provided in our student handbook. All classes have a Student Body Representative to further assist.
Remote / Low Residency
Is there an option for low residency or distance learning?
Yes! After six years, we’ve found a way to do this that both honors the core mission and values of PSA and also provides a high-level astrological education to those outside of Portland. Before this offering, a large number of students would travel to Portland each month, but now with our Low-Residency cohort, we only require traveling to Portland twice during the program.
Does 2nd-Year have a Low Residency/Distance Learning cohort?
Not at this time. We do have a plan to review this in the near future.
If I don’t live in Portland but still want to attend 2nd-Year that meets for 9 months, is this possible?
In the past, we’ve had students who come each week from Olympia, Salem, Eugene and as far as Seattle on a weekly basis. While this might depend on how much travel you can tolerate, we are happy to help you do this in whatever ways we can. These students are highly encouraged to make each class to keep their attendance record up, since an absence may be forced due to weather-related travel difficulties.
If I don’t live in Portland but still want to attend the Portland-based cohort that meets once a month for 8 months. Is this possible?
While we do have the Low Residency cohort option, some students still prefer to travel to Portland once a month. It is completely up to you which cohort format will work best for you. If you travel, please plan to attend each posted class date, so that in the event that you need to miss for weather-related reasons, you might still be within the attendance requirements for Certificate.
If I live in Portland, can I do the Low Residency program?
Yes. We’ve had several local students do our Low Residency/Distance Learning 1st-Year Program. Some students travel for work, or have unpredictable schedules and cannot commit to the two-day per month demands of the Portland-based cohort.