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|About the Faculty of Astrological Studies|
Baldur Ebertin, Ph.D., Hon.D.F.Astrol.S.
Liz Greene, Ph.D., D.F.Astrol.S., Dip.Analyt.Psych.
Robert Hand, B.A., Hon.D.F.Astrol.S.
Julia Parker, D.F.Astrol.S.
Past Patrons: John M. Addey, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.
Dane Rudhyar, Hon.D.F.Astrol.S.
President: Clare Martin, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S., Dip.Psych.Astrol.
The Faculty of Astrological Studies was founded in London on 7th June 1948 at 19.50 BST. Its aim, then and now, is to raise the standard of astrological education and to provide a first class professional training for the practising astrologer. Over the years more than 10,000 students from over 90 countries have enrolled on the Faculty's courses. The Faculty is internationally recognised and respected and, as the list of alumni shows, many of the world's leading astrologers have been students of the Faculty. Liz Greene, Mike Harding, Charles Harvey, Julia Parker, Melanie Reinhart and Howard Sasportas are just a few of the Faculty's Diploma holders who went on to become leading lights in the world of modern astrology. The Diploma of the Faculty of Astrological Studies is a highly regarded professional qualification, and Faculty Diploma holders are entitled to use the letters D.F.Astrol.S. and to be included in the Faculty's Directory of Astrological Consultants.
The Faculty's Courses
The Faculty aims to guide its students through astrology's abundance and complexity, as they gradually build their knowledge, learn to think for themselves, and to use astrology with skill and confidence. The Faculty's courses are designed to provide a comprehensive, thorough and ethically aware professional training for the modern consultant astrologer.
The Foundation Course is designed for complete newcomers to astrology and for those who wish to consolidate their previous knowledge and reading within a structured course. The Foundation Course provides a basic understanding of the language of astrology and the ability to calculate and interpret a birth chart. It also includes an introduction to the astronomy of the solar system, an overview of the history of western astrology, and students will be encouraged to start exploring their own ideas about some of the philosophical questions that arise from the study and practice of astrology.
The Foundation Course is designed in three one-term Modules, taught over one year at Classes and estimated to take Distance Learning students one year to complete. There are no formal admission requirements, although basic mathematical skills and good written and verbal communication skills are necessary. Students for whom English is a foreign language should have the ability to write in English reasonably well. Completion of the first three Modules is a significant achievement in itself and will provide Students with a solid basis for more advanced study.
The Foundation and Diploma courses are designed as one complete, comprehensive training from beginner to professional astrologer level. The topics and skills taught at Foundation level are developed and extended further in the Diploma course, along with the introduction of new techniques and skills. The Diploma course consists of eight modules and is designed for students who have already completed the Foundation Course or a similar course of study. The Diploma course is divided into three progressively more complex levels of study, and is likely to take students between two and three years to complete. Students are welcome to enrol on any of the Faculty's modules whether or not they intend to gain the Faculty's qualifications. Students may simply wish to study only one or two modules in order to develop their individual astrological knowledge and expertise.
Studying with the Faculty
The Faculty's courses are modular, providing flexibility and choice, enabling students to study by a variety of methods as it suits them - by Distance Learning, live Classes or at Summer School. Students are free to choose, module by module, whichever method of learning most suits their circumstances at the time.
The advantage of Distance Learning is that students can begin their studies at any time and work through the modules at their own pace. Each module comes with a six-month period of tuition, during which students have the one-to-one support of their own personal tutor.
Classes and weekend seminars
Classes are held in central London. The advantage of studying astrology at live classes is the opportunity to meet like minded people and to learn from the experience and examples of other students. Weekend Seminars in London cover a variety of core course modules and other optional specialist subjects. A Saturday fast track Foundation Course is held each year, beginning in January. Modules held at weekends in London are particularly popular with Distance Learning students, providing a good balance between home study and live classes.
The Faculty's annual Summer School brings together students from all over the world for weekend and week-long programmes suitable for both beginners and experienced astrologers. It is also possible to study complete Diploma Modules at the Faculty's Summer School.
All the Faculty's tutors are holders of the Faculty's Diploma and have a great deal of astrological and tutoring experience. Their aim is to ensure that students have a rewarding and individually supported learning experience. Whichever method of studying is chosen, the tutors support students throughout each module, review their work, suggest extra reading, provide specific examples and generally ensure that students have all the guidance and feedback they need to work through to the successful completion of each module.
Qualifying with the Faculty
There is no pressure to take any of the formal exams or assessments and many students study the Faculty's courses simply for pleasure. Many students do, however, decide to work towards gaining the Faculty's Certificate and Diploma qualifications. All examinations and assessments, which carry credits towards qualification, are undertaken by students in their own time at home. On gaining the Faculty's Diploma and signing the Code of Ethics, graduates are entitled to use the letters D.F.Astrol.S. after their name and to be listed in the Faculty's directory of consultant astrologers. External candidates are also eligible to gain the Certificate and Diploma qualifications provided they complete and pass all the Examinations and written assignments.
Academic options at Diploma level
The successful completion of relevant modules on the MA course in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University College and/or the MA course in the Study of Mysticism and Religious Experience at the University of Kent, Canterbury are now accepted as part qualification towards the Faculty's Diploma.
For further information, contact the Faculty at: The Faculty of Astrological Studies, BM Box 7470, London WC1N 3XX. Tel/Fax: 07000 790143. General enquiries: email@example.com. Website: www.astrology.org.uk.
Copyright ©2005 by Clare Martin.
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