Diploma Course

Module Fees and Contents

If you have reached an intermediate level of knowledge, and you would like to learn more, you are ready to enrol on the Diploma Course.  For further information, see the Admission Requirments and the Examinations sub-pages, running off this Our Courses page.

All module fees include course material and tuition on all the exercises

Module fees in pdf format.  The fees listed at the end of each module are for sending you the course material in pdf format by email.

Hard copy format.  Decide whether you would like to receive the course material in hard copy format instead as you may find that it is easier to deal with, particularly if you do not have a printer.  Note that there is an extra charge of £25 to  cover printing/photocopying, packing and post costs, per module.  If you want to enrol on more than one module at once, please contact us.

Pay in instalments.  If paying the whole module fee at once is difficult, choose to pay in two instalments and ease your cash flow.  See the Enrol Page and download the Enrolment Form as this gives you more information.

Options:  Choose the way you would like to enrol on Modules 6, 7 and 8.  If you have completed module 5, you can have a reduction in fees in return for less tuition on the last three modules.  Discuss this with your tutor in order to decide if this is the best option for you.  This information is on the Enrolment Form.

Module contents

Module 4 – Forecasting and Planetary Cycles

Some interpretation techniques.  Firstly, to broaden your interpretation skills, some techniques are introduced in this module.   Looking at hemisphere emphasis and chart shapes helps you to explore the distribution of the planets at birth.  For instance, are they all close together, or are they spread out?  The Planets’ strengths or weaknesses in the Zodiac signs is a traditional way of interpretation which can be applied in a broadly psychological way.  Find out how to interpret the Moon’s phase at birth, and the Moon’s Nodes, and explore different ways of interpreting the latter.

Planetary Cycles.  Secondly, find out how two planets in aspect are part of a complete cycle from conjunction back to conjunction.  You will find there are subtle differences in the way squares between the same planets, for instance, are interpreted.  Also, explore ways of interpreting retrograde planets at birth, particularly Mercury, Venus and Mars.  Finally, investigate some of the traditional ways of looking at aspects, so you have some idea of how our ancestors explored them.

Painting by Jean Parker of Moon and Venus setting, in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, in summer of 2018.

Forecasting.  Just as important in this module are transits, so you will learn how to work them out, and interpret them without getting lost in a maze of data!   For example, which ones should you concentrate on, and which ones can you ignore? Using case studies, you will gain more experience in birth chart analysis and develop your forecasting skills.

Fee for Module 4 is £340.

Number of Lessons and Exercises.  There are 10 lessons and 10 exercises.

Module 5 – Forecasting and Life Cycles

Secondary progressions and solar arc directions.  By learning how to work with secondary progressions and solar arc directions, you will have covered most of the major forecasting techniques.  Also, you will receive guidance on how to synthesise a forecast using transits, secondary progressions and/or solar arc directions.  Finding out how to read computer printouts of these directions can save you a lot of time, if you decide to buy astrological calculation software.

Age related transits and progressions.  Next, find out about the age related transits, such as the Saturn Returns, and the Uranus Half Return.  Also important are the progressed Moon aspects to the progressed Sun, as they show the development of the Moon’s phases throughout our lives and what they might indicate.  You will learn, too, about the progressed lunar returns which occur at specific ages.

As in Module 4, you will have practical experience of working on case studies.

Fee for Module 5 is £375.

Number of lessons and exercises.  There are 7 lessons and 11 exercises.

Module 6 – Synastry, The Study of Relationships

Natal synastry.  Now that you have had more practice in chart interpretation and have covered forecasting techniques, it is time to explore synastry.  This is the study of two people’s charts in any kind of relationship. You will learn how to work out the synastry grid, and how to tackle chart interpretation for the two people concerned.  Find out what the midpoint composite chart is and what it may describe about the relationship.

Relationship forecast.  Learn how to work out the progressed, or solar arc, cross-aspects between two people and do a relationship forecast.   Find out how to use a progressed midpoint composite chart.

Exploring relationship problems.  Finally, gain some insight into common relationship problems, such as controlling behaviour and addiction.  It is useful to have some insight into these problems when .working with clients generally.

Fee for Module 6 is £345.

Number of lessons and exercises.  There are 9 lessons and 9 exercises.

Module 7, Part One – Astronomy and History; Part Two – Social and Mundane Astrology.

Module 7, Part One – Astronomy and History

Part One – Astronomy. House systems.  Firstly, learn about the house systems in common use and their astronomical bases.  The various house systems have their advantages and drawbacks, but you will get an idea of which house system you like using.  Most house systems do not really work within the Polar Circles in both hemispheres.   Find out why this is the case, and get some advice on the house systems which do work there.

Solar and lunar cycles. Secondly, explore the magical world of solar and lunar cycles in much more depth than is covered in Module 3.  Find out about the Saros cycles and Series of solar and lunar eclipses.  Not only is the astronomy covered, but you will be given examples of interpreting eclipses.

Ancient engraving of solar/lunar cycles at Knowth Cairn, Ireland.

Declination and ‘out of bounds’ planets.  Have you heard of the major and minor lunar standstills?  These have to do with the declination of the Moon over a 19 year period which some megalithic sites appear to point at.  For example, Callanish on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, picks up on major lunar standstills.  The Moon at extreme declination is called ‘out of bounds’.  Some of the planets also go ‘out of bounds’.  Not only will you learn about the astronomy of ‘out of bounds’ planets, but you also receive some guidance on interpreting them.

Precession of the equinoxes. Many people ask why are there two ways of measuring the Zodiac. The answer lies in the phenomena known as Precession of the Equinoxes.  Why do the North Pole stars rotate over thousands of years?  Find out about the two ways of measuring the same belt of sky – the Sidereal Zodiac and the Tropical Zodiac.  When you have understood Precession of the Equinoxes, you will begin to see why we talk about the ‘Age of Aquarius’.

“I moved from the UK to live in New Zealand, and continued with my astrology studies over here.  I have been delighted that the course material always includes a southern hemisphere perspective.”  Jill, New Zealand.

History of Astrology.  Read about the history of astrology and write about a period that interests you as a project.  Find out about the confusing history of calendar changes.   This is because, in some countries, it is almost impossible to find the right date in the past due to a change of calendar.  This was the change from the Old Style Julian Calendar to the New Style Gregorian Calendar.  During the Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Europe and its colonies, chaos reined.  Also, when did New Year start?  Not always on 1 January it appears.

Part Two – Social and Mundane Astrology

Mundane astrology covers world affairs.  Firstly, study the charts of countries so that you gain some insight into interpreting them.  Secondly, learn about outer planetary cycles from the Neptune, Pluto cycle to the Jupiter, Saturn cycle.  Then you will discover how crucial aspect phases often reflect major social and political trends.  Explore these in the light of political developments, in science, the arts and in the generations. Referendums and general elections.  Explore one technique for determining the outcome of general elections and referendums.  Does it work, or is it hit and miss?

Other lessons.  In addition, three other areas are explored in this module, so that you can pursue them if you would like to.  First there is the Part of Fortune and Part of Spirit.  These have been used by astrologers since at least the Hellenistic period, and were called Parts or Lots. In the 20th century, Dane Rudhyar gave further insight into them.  His way of looking at these Parts could be used in natal chart interpretation, or in the charts of countries.  They reflect the phase of the Moon at birth.

Then discover the meanings of the Fixed Stars, and find out about their history in interpretation.  Learn about Electional Astrology, as this will help you to find the correct time and date to start a project, business, or go through a rite of passage.

Fee for Module 7 is £390.

Number of Lessons and Exercises in Part One of Module 7.  There are  5 lessons and 5 exercises, one of them including the history of astrology project.  Part Two should be ready in 2020, and will have 7 lessons and 2 exercises, one of which is a mundane project.

Module 8 – Advanced Interpretation Techniques and Working as an Astrologer

Advanced Interpretation Techniques.  The Asteroids and Chiron.  So far, the asteroids and the centaur, Chiron, have not been covered as far as interpretation is concerned. This is because it can be confusing to handle too much at once, but they have their place in chart interpretation.  They are introduced here, so you can learn more about them if you would like to.

Solar and Lunar Returns. The Solar Return shows the transits for the birthday, i.e. the time the Sun returns to its natal position.  It can be used as additional information in a year’s forecast.  Likewise, the Lunar Return shows the transits for the time and date that the Moon returns to its natal degree each month. It can be used to gain some insight into themes for the following month.

Harmonics and midpoints.  Learn to unravel the birth chart in greater depth using the techniques of harmonics and midpoints.

The Consultation Chart.  You can draw up a chart for the time a client comes to see you, and this will often give some insight as to why they have done so.  Learn how to read a consultation chart from a traditional and modern perspective.  Then choose which method you would like to use.

Practical experience.  Arrange two sessions with clients of your choice, so that you gain some experience of having ‘live’ consultations.  In one consultation, use the consultation chart; and, after the other consultation, gain experience of having a support and supervision session.

Becoming a professional astrologer.  Finally, as you are coming to the end of the Diploma Course, find out how to prepare for a consultation.  Explore the clauses in the college’s code of ethics.  This is so you can protect the rights and well-being of your client, as well as yourself.

Boundaries.  Gain some insight into boundaries, such as being clear about what you can offer and what you cannot cover.  Another reason, is being clear about practical issues, such as fees and length of sessions. Find out how to deal with issues, such as the importance of time keeping, and what to do if you are finding it difficult to end a session.  Think about the possibility of offering long-term work with some clients.  Discover how to gain some essential skills, such as knowing your limits, listening and mirroring.

The practical side of running a business.  If you have little or no experince in running a business, find out about issues such as self-employment or setting up a company, tax liabilities, keeping accounts, and budgeting.  Where is the best place to work from – home, or in a centre?  Find out about privacy and data protection regulations.  Explore the possibility of taking out public liability and professional indemnity insurance.  Discover what you can do to advertise and market your work as an astrologer, and grapple with that dinosaur – social media!

Fee for Module 8 is £335.

Number of Lessons and Exercises.  There are 8 lessons and 8 exercises, including the two live case studies.

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