About the Author
Clare Martin has been teaching astrology since 1990 at the Faculty of Astrological Studies and the Centre for Psychological Astrology. She has an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy, and works in London as a counsellor and astrological consultant. Clare is currently President of the Faculty of Astrological Studies and a supervisor and lecturer at the CPA.
About the Faculty of Astrological Studies
Patrons: 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. 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.
The Diploma Course is designed as a two-year course for students who have completed the Foundation Course. During the first year of the Diploma Course, students are introduced to the major timing techniques used in modern astrology - transits, lunations and eclipses, solar returns, progressions, the progressed lunation cycle, and directions. They continue to develop their chart interpretation skills, integrating the timing techniques, learning to use the graphic ephemeris, and exploring the major house systems in use today. During the second year of the Diploma Course, students are introduced to further techniques - midpoints, harmonics, synastry, and electional astrology - and explore astro-geography and the relationship between the individual and the collective. The Diploma Course culminates with a study of practical astrological consultancy techniques and the development of advanced interpretation skills.
Studying with the Faculty
The Faculty's courses are flexible, enabling students to study by Distance Learning, live classes, or at Summer School. Students are free to choose 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 courses at their own pace, with the one-to-one support of their own personal tutor.
Classes and weekend seminars
Classes and weekend seminars 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. A Saturday fast track Foundation Course is held each year, beginning in January. Weekend classes are particularly popular with Distance Learning students, providing a balance between home study and live classes.
The Faculty's annual Summer School attracts 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 subjects at the Faculty's Summer School.
All the Faculty's tutors are holders of the Faculty's Diploma. Their aim is to ensure that students have a rewarding and individually supported learning experience. Whichever method of studying is chosen, the tutors provide guidance and feedback to ensure that students work through to the successful completion of their studies.
Qualifying with the Faculty
Students are welcome to enrol on any of the Faculty's courses, whether or not they intend to gain the Faculty's qualifications. For those students who wish to work towards the Faculty's Diploma, examinations are undertaken at home, in their own time.
For further information, contact the Faculty at: The Faculty of Astrological Studies, BM Box 7470, London WC1N 3XX. Tel/Fax: 07000 790143. General enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.astrology.org.uk.