Sapientia ex Stellas

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Foundation Course

Three terms, ten lessons per term, Wednesday evenings, starting 11th January 2017. Our Foundation Course is suitable for total beginners and for those who know some astrology but want to fill in gaps in their knowledge, or learn the basics in a structured way. Led by our experienced tutors, astrological theory will be taught alongside practical experience of reading charts. By the end of the foundation year, you will have gained the knowledge and experience required to interpret any birth chart.

Term 1

  • The anatomy of the astrological chart and the basic astronomy behind it
  • The meanings and classifications of the astrological planets - Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron
  • The elements: fire, earth, air and water
  • The modes: cardinal, mutable and fixed
  • Calculating and interpreting element and mode balances in any birth chart
  • The meanings of the astrological signs from Aries to Pisces
  • Easy, effective methods to interpret planets in signs

Term 2

  • Practical experience in combining planets and signs and interpreting elements and modes
  • The angles - Ascendant, Descendant,  Immum Coeli (IC) and Medium Coeli (MC)
  • The houses - 1 through 12
  • Interpreting planets in houses
  • Putting it all together - interpreting planets in signs and houses
  • Basic introduction to conjunctions and major aspects - sextiles, squares, trines and oppositions and how to spot them in a birth chart
  • Chart case studies

Term 3

  • Practical experience in combining planets in signs and houses
  • Rulerships
  • Interpreting conjunctions and major aspects
  • Minor aspects: semi-sextiles, semi-squares, quincunxes and sesquiquadrates
  • Identifying and interpreting aspect patterns - stelliums, t-squares, grand trines, kites, grand crosses and yods
  • An introduction to Moon phases, retrograde planets and the Lunar Nodes
  • Synthesis - putting it all together; checklists for interpretation; easy ways to get ‘into’ a chart
  • Chart case studies

Supervision Groups

A unique feature of the Foundation Year is our Supervision Groups, which consist of three small group sessions each term, where you will work on charts of your choice with fellow students, supervised by one of our tutors. At other schools, this opportunity usually only comes at advanced levels of study, but we feel it is essential for beginners to practice interpretation and to ‘speak’ the language of astrology right from the outset. Our Supervision Groups are free for students who sign up for the whole Foundation Course and available for a small charge to those who sign up term by term.

Intermediate and Advanced Learning

Most students of astrology get the ‘bug’ after completing the basics, and choose to continue their studies for their own interest or because they wish eventually to practice astrology professionally. Astrologers never stop learning! Years two and three, beginning in January 2018, will encompass much more practice interpreting birth charts, and will focus on a thorough exploration of forecasting methods - Transits, Secondary Progressions, Solar Arc Directions and Solar Return charts. A highlight for students is always relationship astrology –synastry. This is covered in year 2. In addition, students will be introduced to traditional techniques including receptions, sect, annual profections and primary directions; will learn and practice advanced forecasting, and will explore other celestial bodies and points that can be added to charts to enhance interpretation. Year 3 offers the opportunity to specialise when students will choose between advanced modules, each of them taught by an expert in their field. Topics will include advanced synastry techniques; Medical Astrology; Horary (answering specific questions with astrology); Electional (the astrology of choosing the right moment); Mundane and Financial Astrology (history, countries, leaders and economics); the astrology of location and relocation; Midpoints and Harmonics; consulting skills and much more.


Rod Chang

Rod Chang has over 20 years' astrological experience. He studied at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and...more

Marcos Patchett

BA, BSc.

Marcos is a medical herbalist and medical and horary astrologer. He received several academic awards... more

Sue Merlyn Farebrother

DFAstrolS, MA

Sue has been a professional astrologer, lecturer and tutor for more than...more

Mandi Lockley

Mandi Lockley is a London based astrologer and author. In 2012 she authored the e-book Saturn in Scorpio: Your Guide Through the... more


The Academy of Astrology is an established international school with a difference.

About Academy of Astrology

The Academy of Astrology is an established international school with a difference!
Our new English language course offers online learning, including both modern and traditional methods.
Students are encouraged to put their learning into practice from the outset in weekly classes and our unique interactive supervision groups.
For more details about our course beginning in January 2017, click here.

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