Nov 2021


is designed to suit astrologers in

  • ASIA


The STA’s uniquely structured horary course is suitable for anyone with a secure grasp of basic astrological principles and experience of drawing up and interpreting charts. Previous experience in horary is not necessary: we provide a full theoretical overview and highlight the most useful and reliable principles of judgement. We show how to draw out the meaning of the chart in the most effective manner and how to prepare for the sensitive issues that arise within a horary consultation. The course offers a practitioner level of accreditation, and by the end of it any astrologer who is delivering a professional astrology service will be able to include horary within their services.

This course fully explores the methodology, theory, history and practical application of horary technique. Our emphasis falls 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 very wide range of typical (and unusual) horary queries are featured.

Our study groups are designed with care to ensure that everyone gets plenty of individual attention. Our lessons take the form of written and interactive tutorials with follow-up discussion, set assignments and lots of practice scenarios. Throughout the course, students are constantly guided towards developing refined focus, and taught the most efficient way to extract the pertinent details of the astrological symbolism. Each lesson allows exploration and consolidation of the principles being taught, 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 component of horary interpretation.


The format of this course has been developed to maximise the advantages of online delivery. Twenty session themes are delivered on a weekly basis, through a combination of supplied course notes, modern media presentations, online tutorials and set assignments. Each student studies at their own pace and in their own time, but always with easy access to guidance and support from the tutors, and with the benefit of supplementary study-group discussion.

A typical session will include: a live presentation (attendance is optional: this is recorded and can be watched or reviewed later); a reading and self-study assignment; workbook activities or additional example charts to aid preparation for the session assignment; an online assignment which tests understanding of the session’s main principles, and an ‘Answer Key’ document which provides extra follow up material and more information on points discovered through taking the assignment. The tutors deliver and guide the week’s content, review student assignments, give personalized feedback and are always readily available for questions and feedback. We also encourage students to engage in group interaction through forum discussion, and through some of the extra (optional) chart discussion sessions that we host within the course.

Full details of the lectures dates and times for this course are provided within the PDF prospectus.

Course content (subject to amendment):

  • Principles of angularity and house significations
  • Identifying significators and chart turning / use of derived houses
  • Effects of planetary motion and phases, retrograde cycles and combustion
  • Interpretative use of essential dignities and debilities
  • Principles of dispositorship and reception
  • A study of relationship and contract charts
  • Point-scoring and a closer look at accidental strengths and weaknesses
  • A study of missing things and pets
  • Techniques for deriving physical descriptions from planetary significations
  • Identifying perpetrators and unknown persons; techniques for finding missing persons
  • The interpretative value of elements, humours and temperaments of the signs
  • A study of career matters and professional concerns
  • Understanding the philosophical principles, calculation and practical use of aspects and orbs
  • Review of ‘aids and impediments to perfection’ and traditional ‘terms of art’
  • A study of trials, legal matters and conflict charts
  • Effective use of the key principles of timing
  • A study of investment, property charts and financial concerns
  • Understanding planetary hours and exploring the ‘considerations before judgement’
  • A study of charts with health and death concerns
  • A study of pregnancy and fertility issues


The course was written by Deborah Houlding and benefits from an expert tutorial team. Click the names below to view biographical details of the tutors who will be delivering this course.

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'.

Eve Dembowski runs her astrological practice in Melbourne, Australia. She has trained as a musician, flower essence therapist, and astrologer. She was one of the founding members of the Flower Essence Foundation of Australasia, (serving as its president in 1999-2000); and in 2009 and 2010 she was one of the conveners of the Regulus Traditional Astrology Conference, held in Australia.

Eve first became fascinated by astrology at the age of 11. She has 20 years’ experience as a practicing horary astrologer and has been tutoring for the STA since 2013, being the first of our tutors to develop the course into a format for online delivery. In addition to her Master’s Level Diploma from the STA, Eve studied medieval astrology with Robert Zoller and her astrological qualifications include diplomas from Astro-synthesis and the Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA), in which she was awarded the silver medal of excellence for the Interpretation exam.

Eve consults, teaches, and frequently presents workshops and lectures on traditional astrology and astrological philosophy. She has had many articles published in the FAA journal, The Mountain Astrologer and Astrolog. Eve presents STA courses through classes with small study groups in Melbourne, over distance as part of hte online tutorial team, and as residential intensives.

Eve's personal astrological blog is at astrologicalmind.wordpress.com. She can be contacted via email at eve@sta.co.

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 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 wade@sta.co.


The cost of the course is $1160 Australian dollars if payment is made in full at the time of enrolment (approx. £620 sterling / $820 US dollars but exchange rates vary). Alternatively, places can be secured upon a deposit of a $520 AUD, with a further $700 AUD due by 3rd October 2021 (full cost of course if paying by instalments: $1220 AUD).

The course cost is fully inclusive and the course materials provide everything needed to study and gain confidence in horary astrology. Please read our policies, requirements and recommendations (below) before making an enrolment.

Early booking is strongly recommended because our course places are limited and this course fills quickly.

Policies, Requirements and Recommendations

  • Whilst previous experience of horary is not required, this course is designed to offer professional level training. It is not suitable for students who are inexperienced in casting charts or just beginning to gain an understanding of astrology. Participants must have a good, solid understanding of general astrological principles, including an easy familiarity with the main symbolic and theoretical principles of planets, signs, houses, aspects and transits (for more on this, see the last point below).
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old. Since horary deals with life-problems and emotional concerns, it has various ethical dilemmas and sensitivities attached to it, which need to be considered as part of our subject exploration. Some case studies touch on issues concerning emotional distress, violence, trauma or death. Anyone in a vulnerable or delicate emotional state, who may be negatively affected by exploring such issues, is advised to consider carefully before enrolling on this course.
  • This is an English language course, with over 400 A4 pages of accompanying text notes, and over 40 hours of live, interactive instruction. The main tutors of this course are American, Australian and British (with accompanying accents) so it essential that students have a fluent understanding of the English language.
  • Students should expect to regularly commit approximately 6-8 hours per week to the study of this course. Our qualifying certificate is only issued to students who demonstrate their study and understanding of the material by successfully completing our set assignments. (Students who fail to do this within two weeks of the completion of the course are allowed a 6-month period to revise or catch up with any missing assignments for an extra fee).
  • Course materials are provided in a serialised form throughout the course, as PDF downloads. Our textbooks, diagrams, and all materials used in the delivery of the course are strictly copyrighted and provided for personal study only – no element of them whatsoever may be reproduced or recirculated in any form. Our video tutorials are not available for personal download and can only be accessed by logging in to our secure teaching course portal. We allow graduates continued access to these videos and all other resources on the course portal for 12 months subsequent to the completion of the course, but do not continue to provide tutorial support, which ceases two weeks after the course ends.
  • The course materials are accessible on all modern computers, but all elements of the course assignments are not guaranteed to be accessible through mobile phones or reduced capacity tablets. It is assumed that students have access to a printer, and it is necessary to have stable internet access, as all coursework is done online through the STA Course Portal. Students are required to use the free video conference program, Zoom, to enable interactive online sessions with tutors and fellow students (www.zoom.com).
  • In the two weeks prior to commencement, students are required to read our Welcome Pack and watch a short (30 min) video which demonstrates how to enrol and access materials, navigate through our teaching site, communicate with tutors and submit assignments, etc.
  • In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled or postponed, STA will refund all course fees but will not be liable for any other additional costs personally incurred by participants.
  • If a student pays for the course and then changes his or her mind for any reason, a cancellation will be arranged and the refund of any particular payment is provided within 30 days of that payment. No refunds are allowed after this 30-day period or after the delivery of any formal course material has commenced. This is due to the fact that places on our courses are strictly limited and once a course is full we prevent further enrolments: therefore deposits paid to secure and hold a course placement are non-refundable and non-transferable after the 30 day ‘cooling off’ period has expired.
  • Places held by a deposit must be paid in full before the agreed deadline. If the full payment is not completed by the advertised deadline we reserve the right to offer the placement to someone else.
  • Chart calculation is not taught as part of this syllabus, except for techniques that are specific to horary (such as planetary hours and the calculation of planetary orbs or dignity scores, etc). Participants are expected to have previous experience of drawing up and interpreting astrological charts. See the chart below for an example of the format applied to charts throughout the course. Applicants should be able to see, just by looking at the chart, that the Moon is separating from a trine with the Sun and applying to a square with Mars (which perfects in 1°50'), and that it is placed within 1° of the 9th house cusp. It should also be understood that Venus is cadent but in its own sign of dignity, and that if Venus were placed in Aries it would be in its sign of detriment. (Anyone not able to confidently follow that level of astrological narrative is recommended to gain more experience before undertaking this study of horary astrology.)
STA: Example chart format

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