There can be nothing more valuable to the dedicated astrologer than a firm grounding in foundational astronomy. In this course, you will learn how we measure motion and position in the heavens, build proficiency in chart calculation, and be invited to consider the philosophical implications made when dividing the sky using this technique vs that. Instructional elements of this course open a door to the past, affording glimpses into the lives, contributions, and methods of astronomy’s master disciples like Ptolemy (2nd c.), Al-Biruni (11th c.), Copernicus (16th c.), and Kepler (17th c.). By the end of this course, you will be able to calculate a chart by hand with nothing more than an ephemeris and a table of houses and participate in informed astronomical discussion.
I thoroughly enjoyed the STA Astronomy course. Wade has an incredible ability to distill the process of chart calculation into easy, bite-sized steps. He gives students time to integrate each new concept before layering on more complex information. His passion and skill set as an astrologer really shine in his engaging weekly lectures. This course has expanded my understanding of what we are astronomically measuring in an astrological chart along with instilling a deep fascination with the astronomy of astrology.CELESTE BROOKS, USA
I recently took the Astronomy for Astrologer class with Wade. it is a very inspirational course as I learned so much about the science behind Astrology. The biggest reward is that now I know how to calculate a chart from scratch given the basic birth information. Strongly recommend the course to anyone who is seriously about Astrology and want to learn beyond.EMILY WANG, USA
Wade is a great teacher. The content is delivered step by step so that I could assimilate the information gradually.JULIE JAO, USA
Wade teaches the key fundamentals of astronomy every astrologer should know, especially since it is no longer a requirement to know how to cast a chart by hand with all the astrology programs available. Wade's lessons are extremely digestible; I was never overwhelmed by the material being taught even though I had no background in astronomy. I came out of the class confident in my ability to cast a chart by hand and with a strong philosophical argument for using the house system that I use. I can better explain why I use a house system to a client beyond ‘it is historically what has been done.’ It helps me, and by extension my clients, to understand the astronomical basis behind various astrological techniques. I gained insight into the astronomical dynamics that house systems are based on rather than blindly trusting the default house system of a program.TOMÁS NARVAJA, USA
The material and lecture/demonstration were the best! I knew you were very talented and intelligent, but how you compiled and presented material was amazing. I enjoyed learning in this course, and the shorter, condensed format of the course helped me see the whole sooner, constant eurekas throughout the sessions. At the same time, I didn't take the conciseness of the course material for granted, and I admired your work on each page of the textbook. The visual aid too, including Stellarium demonstration, were created and done thoughtfully with a pleasing aesthetic.ZOI FUJI, USA
For anyone looking to ground their practice in the ancient art of physical chart calculation, this course is for you. Explores the use of sexigesimal mathematics as used in ancient times, the use of tables of co-ordinates and the origins of the various house systems.JOANNA GRANT, IRELAND
I enjoyed it, I was never great at math but this was explained so well that I just got it! I really enjoyed working it out.NERYS MAJOR, NEW ZEALAND
For the 10-week delivery of the course, each week consists of a live presentation related to the study of astronomy. The weekend intensive features the heart of these presentations spread across two days, with supplementary recordings to watch before and after the course to complement the live deliveries. Some sessions feature math, but for the purposes of this course, it doesn’t get much more complicated than basic algebra (i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Some of the sessions rely on spatial reasoning.
Students are given an opportunity to test their comprehension with session assignments. For those featuring calculation, students are given a recorded visual demonstration of Wade solving the same type of problem, and ample opportunity to practice. The average student should expect to spend 3 to 5 hours per week to adequately digest the course material.
Course content (subject to reasonable amendment):
Details of the tutors and lecture times/dates are provided in the course Prospectus for each course (see table below for available start dates). The course also provides an active forum for group discussion and off-syllabus office hours which provide further opportunity to astronomical exploration. Our course has gained a great reputation for its excellent level of tutor interaction and student engagement, and no one will miss the opportunity to have their questions addressed in a timely manner by a dedicated tutor team.
The course material was written by Wade Caves, with contributions from STA founder Deborah Houlding and guest presentations which vary each delivery of the course.
Wade Caves, based in New York, USA, is an astrological consultant and educator specializing in horary, electional and classical astrological technique. Wade was certified with honors from the Mayo School of Astrology in London and the School of Traditional Astrology, and has expert knowledge of both traditional and modern psychological methods of chart delineation. Wade's passion is in understanding the historical and philosophical origins of astrological symbolism, whilst finding new and reliable ways to put this information to 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 Practitioners Level Horary Course as an intensive attendance program and online.
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 www.wadecaves.com. Wade can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah Houlding, founder of the STA School, is based in the UK and has worked as an astrological consultant since the late 1980s. Her articles on horary have been translated into many languages and have appeared in numerous international journals. She was the founder of Ascella Publications (specialised in the republication of traditional astrology texts), editor of The Traditional Astrologer magazine (1993 to 2000), and creator of the Skyscript astrology website. She has also worked as the Horary Editor for the Astrological Association of Great Britain's Journal, and the The Mountain Astrologer magazine, which presented her serialised 'Introduction to Horary Astrology' in 2013.
Deborah's book, The Houses: Temples of the Sky is regarded as an essential text for anyone seeking an informed knowledge of the development and practical use of astrological houses. It is available in Czech, English, German, Italian, Japanese and Turkish. Deborah is also the author, with Oner Doser, of Soru Astrolojisi: Horary Astrology (Astroloji Okulu, 2015).
Deborah established her own horary course in 1996, in a completely unique format, which demonstrates theoretical principles through their application to chart work. This approach was motivated by her observation that many astrologers who gain qualifications in horary courses, admit to knowing the theory, but lacking the confidence to apply the techniques in practice.
In 2010 Deborah was awarded the Charles Harvey Award by The Astrological Association of Great Britain in recognition of her 'exceptional service to astrology'. In 2012 she received the Jayavidya Cultural Association International Award for her cultural contributions to the field of astrology. In 2018 Deborah received the UAC Marion March Regulus Award for 'advancing the theory and understanding of astrology'.
|10-week online||Americas, Europe, Eastern Asia||9 July 2023||English||Wade Caves||View details|
|Weekend intensive||Americas, Europe, Eastern Asia||21 October 2023||English||Wade Caves||View details|
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