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STA Practitioners-Level Horary Course: Toronto, Canada - 11-15 July 2016

STA Practitioner-Level Horary Course at Toronto, Canada


The STA’s uniquely structured horary course is suitable for any astrologer with a secure understanding of basic astrological principles and some experience of drawing up and interpreting charts. Previous experience in horary is not necessary - the course provides a full theoretical overview of the subject and highlights the most useful and reliable principles of judgement. In addition to showing how to most-effectively draw out the meaning of a chart, it also focusses on preparing astrologers for the sensitive issues that arise within the horary consultation process.

The course offers a practitioners level of certification, and by the end of the course any astrologer who is already capable of offering a professional astrology service will be ready to begin offering horary to clients. The course is also a requisite qualification for anyone wishing to undertake the advanced level of study and tutorial mentorship offered in the STA Master's Level Horary Course.

The course material, written by Deborah Houlding, explores the methodology, theory, history and practical application of horary technique. It places a strong emphasis on learning through typical client-scenarios, with consideration also given to informative historical examples. Although traditional techniques lie at the heart of the study, the course is geared towards the consulting needs of the modern horary astrologer and a wide range of typical (and unusual) horary queries are covered (including lost items/missing pets and people, relationships/emotional dilemmas, property/career/financial concerns).

Students are guided towards developing refined focus, and taught the most efficient way to extract the pertinent details of the astrological symbolism. Each lesson allows the opportunity to explore and consolidate what is being taught through a selection of various chart examples, and the course is designed to offer an accumulated knowledge of traditional doctrines in a balanced way, so that theoretical principles enlighten and facilitate (rather than overwhelm) the creative aspect of horary interpretation.


This course is delivered as five consecutive full-day workshops, with the a small segment at the beginning of each day reserved for questions and review of the previous day’s material. Lessons are structured as tutorials followed by group discussion with in-the-moment exercises, thought-provoking questions and consolidation of principles through horary chart practice.

All necessary course materials are provided: students receive just under two hundred pages of personalised course notes which serve as the course textbook and include explanations of key principles, workbook-style activities, example horaries and answer sheets.

As a special treat, J. Lee Lehman, Ph.D, will be providing a guest lecture for this course!

course material

The course content themes (subject to amendment) include:
  • Introduction to horary
  • Angularity and house signification in horary
  • Details drawn from house cusps and derived houses
  • Planets and significators
  • Interpretative use of essential dignities and debilities, and accidental strengths and weaknesses
  • Profiling: the descriptive use of planetary significations
  • Aspects and planetary motion
  • Reception: how it works and when it matters
  • The descriptive qualities of the signs
  • Locating directions
  • Timing
  • Relationship charts and contractual concerns
  • Career matters and professional concerns
  • Exploration of lost objects and missing person charts
  • Investment, property charts and financial concerns
  • Trials and lawsuits
  • Health and pregnancy concerns
  • Considerations before judgement
  • Advice for creating reliable judgements


The course will be held at:

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Av
Toronto, ON M5S 2J2

This course is non-residential and delegates traveling into Toronto are required to make their own accommodation arrangements. The course venue, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, is in a very accessible part of Toronto which offers reasonably priced accommodation within a short walking distance.

Dates and times:

Course attendees are invited to join our preliminary ‘meet and greet’ gathering for brunch at a nearby venue from 10:30am-12:30pm on Monday 11 July 2016. This meet-up event is optional: formal instruction commences at the venue at 1:00pm on Monday 11 July 2016.

The times of commencement and conclusion of tuition for the course days are:

Mon 11 July, 2016
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Tues 12 July, 2016
10:00am - 6:00pm
Wed 13 July, 2016
10:00am - 6:00pm
Thu 14 July, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm Fri 15 July, 2016 10:30am - 5:00pm

Course participants are also invited to a celebratory evening meal at a local restaurant at 6:30pm on Thursday 14 July 2016 (attendance is optional).

Full details of tuition times and scheduled breaks are included in the course prospectus.

Course policies, requirements and recommendations:

  • Participants should have a good understanding of general astrological principles, including planets, signs, houses, aspects and transits.

  • Chart calculation is not taught as part of this syllabus, except for techniques that are specific to horary astrology (such as planetary hours and the calculation of planetary dignity scores, etc). Participants will be expected to have had previous experience of drawing up and interpreting astrological charts before undertaking this study of horary.

  • This course is restricted to a small number of enrolments to allow for individual attention, a friendly and encouraging atmosphere and an ideal number of participants for workshop exercises and group-work; therefore places on this course are limited to a maximum of 16 students. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

  • This course is non-residential and delegates traveling into Toronto are required to make their own accommodation arrangements.

  • Whilst delegates are not required to attend any supplementary additions to the syllabus that are marked as optional events for certification purposes, their costs are non-transferable and no substitutions or refunds can be given for non-participation.

  • In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled or postponed, the School of Traditional Astrology will refund any course fees and deposits but will not be liable for any other costs incurred by attendees (travel insurance is advisable for this reason).


earlybird (21K)

The full cost of this course is $1195 CAD, reduced to $995 CAD for discounted early bookings.

Places are limited to 16 participants, secured on a first-come basis upon payment of a non-refundable $350 CAD deposit. The remainder of the course fee must be paid in full by 15 May, 2016.

The course fee includes the cost of all course materials, qualifying certificate, light refreshments throughout the course (teas, coffees, biscuits, etc), the commencement brunch and Thursday evening dinner.

Payment can be made by bank transfer, sterling cheque drawn on a British bank, or via credit or debit card through PayPal. For the latter, please use our online booking form.

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Enrolments can be made through our our online booking form or by submission/return of the form provided on the PDF prospectus.

If you encounter any problems, or have any unanswered questions regarding the details of this course, email Wade at

About Wade:

Wade Caves

Wade Caves

Wade Caves, based in San Francisco, USA, is an astrological consultant, speaker and educator specializing in horary, electional and classical astrological technique. Wade was certified with honors from the Mayo School of Astrology in London, and is well versed in both traditional and modern psychological methods of chart delineation. Wade's passion and focus is not only in understanding the historical and philosophical origins of astrological symbolism, but finding new and reliable ways to put this information to good practical use in a consultation setting. He is the editor and annotator of the 300th anniversary edition of William Lilly's History of his Life and Times (Rubedo Press, 2015).

Wade received his certification as a horary practitioner from the STA in 2013, and now serves as a faculty member. He began tutoring for the STA in October 2015 and delivers the Practitioner's Level Horary Course as an intensive attendance program.

Wade has a busy consultation practice, lectures widely and publishes frequently on horary through journal articles and online podcasts. Wade's personal website is at and he also maintains a site dedicated to the exploration of various astrological topics at Wade can be contacted via email at

About Lee:

Lee Lehman

Lee Lehman, Ph.D

In her four decade development as an astrologer, practical application is one persistent hallmark which has defined Lee Lehman. Lee has a Ph.D. in Botany from Rutgers University. She is author of The Ultimate Asteroid Book(1988), Essential Dignities (1989), The Book of Rulerships (1992), Classical Astrology for Modern Living (1996), The Martial Art of Horary Astrology (2002), Astrology of Sustainability (2011), Traditional Medical Astrology (2011), Classical Solar Returns (2012), The Magic of Electional Astrology (2014), and a translation from the French of Papus’ Astrology for Initiates. She is Vice President of the Board of OCA Corp., and teaches at IAA, the Midwest School of Astrology, Avalon School of Astrology, and Kepler College. Her annual master class series presents classical topics in an intensive learning format. Her correspondence courses, Classical Studies (horary, natal, electional, medical, gaming, mundane and advanced horary), bring classical astrology to the forefront as an astrological system. Her Perennial Herbal takes ancient astrological herbalism onto the web. She can be found online at

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