In our current era of possibly over-engineered medical intervention, in which care is often substituted for cure, many people choose to explore traditional medicine as an adjunct to modern treatment. It is here that medical-astrology holds importance: this is not a form of modern medicine, but a traditional, philosophical add-on to health-care and spiritual well-being. It provides a timing system, and an alternate method for evaluating the dynamics of humoural distribution in the body (in traditional medicine, the humours are the four primary fluids which mediate the health and physiology of the organism).
As a sophisticated system which has developed over millennia, medical-astrology offers wide-ranging contributions to the more conventional astrological subdivisions:
The challenge, from a student’s standpoint, is that the breadth of disciplines involved in the training of medical-astrology is daunting. Not only does it require competence in natal, horary, and electional astrology, it also demands detailed understanding of traditional medical theory (from the 17th century and earlier) and its many philosophical implications.
The STA Practitioners Level Medical-Astrology Course Stage I: Groundwork, offers a unique opportunity to begin the requisite study of this highly specialized subject. You will learn about how the traditional system of humours was understood through the natal chart; how the system of astrological rulerships was applied to medicinal plants; how electional astrology can be used to time medical procedures; and how the natal and horary chart could be used to examine the timing of illnesses.
The STA Practitioners Level Medical-Astrology Course, Stage II: Case Studies, builds on the foundational knowledge acquired in stage I by using case studies in horary, electional and natal to embed the astrological principles already learned through examples, and to extend the knowledge of plant rulerships into electional and natal practice. By the completion of this stage sufficient knowledge and experience is gained to combine humoral medicine and its astrological components into an ongoing astrological practice.
Completion of stage II also acts as a pre-requisite qualification for anyone wishing to advance to the STA Masters Level Medical-Astrology Course, a top-level study course, which is designed to refine knowledge of this highly specialist subject through the study of historical texts to a level of ultimate expertise.
Full details of our entry level program are provided below.
It is recommended that students complete the STA Practitioners Level Horary Astrology Course before entering this program of specialist study in traditional medical-astrology.
This is the entry level course to the most complete and philosophically rich program on decumbiture and medical-astrology techniques available to astrologers. Written by renowned expert J. Lee Lehman, PhD, the program offers a unique tutorial format, in which the principles of medical-astrology are demonstrated through genuine client-charts and informative historical examples. Explanations of philosophical principles and traditional medical techniques are offered throughout the program, but with the intention of serving the needs of modern consulting astrologers, whose clients wish to understand their circumstances from a more holistic viewpoint.
Stage I of the STA medical-astrology program, ‘Groundwork’, introduces the natural philosophy which enlivened the historical development of Hippocratic and Galenic medicine. It explores the logic of traditional therapeutic methodologies, to show how astrological systems were used for the analysis and timing of critical procedures. If you have ever used herbal preparations, you have employed components of this system, perhaps without realising. Knowledge of the framework largely depends on combinations of planetary rulerships and elements, to offer deeper understanding of the use of herbs, extracts, flower essences, and essential oils.
This course also develops a more specialized, perceptive, and confident judgement of medical horaries and decumbiture charts, as introduced in the STA Practitioners Level Horary Course. Students are taught how to focus on identifying potential disease indicators in the nativity, as well as providing a system for designing wellness lifestyle decisions which positively address future patterns and natal imbalances.
Successful completion of the course leads to the STA Practitioners Level Certificate in Medical-Astrology.
This course is offered in an online format. Sixteen tutorial themes and four practicum workshops are delivered weekly over a period of about four months, through a combination of supplied course notes, modern media presentations, and online tutorials.
Lessons are structured as tutorials followed by assignments, with thought-provoking questions, and consolidation of principles through practical application of demonstrated technique. Students study at their own pace and within their own time, but always with supplementary group discussion and access to the tutor.
A typical session includes: a live presentation, a set reading assignment, an individual assignment (e.g., chart examples or workbook activities) and an assignment which encourages group interaction through forum discussion. Each week Lee or one of the lecturers will guide the course content, review assignments, provide feedback and be available for questions.
Students receive their own set of personalized course notes which includes explanations of key principles, workbook-style activities, example medical astrology charts and answer sheets. The student workbook is also cross-referenced with Lee Lehman’s book, Traditional Medical Astrology, which acts as an accompanying text-book for the course.
Course content (subject to amendment):
This course is written and administrated by J. Lee Lehman PhD, who is the main course presenter. For more about Lee's background click the link below.
Lee may be joined by several guest presenters who have expertise in medical astrology, including:
In her four decade development as an astrologer, practical application has been a 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, available for purchase here. Lee is the former Academic Dean of Kepler College, and has taught regularly at the Midwest School of Astrology and Avalon School of Astrology, as well as serving as a faculty member of the STA and Principal of the STA Medical Program. Lee has trained students in horary, medical and electional astrology all over the world, in both live and online formats.
An early adherent of the current neo-classical movement in astrology, Lee’s focus has been to speak the method of classical astrology in modern language, and to help encourage people to learn how to apply ancient knowledge in modern systems. Her Perennial Herbal takes ancient astrological herbalism onto the web.
Lee was the recipient of the 1995 Marc Edmund Jones Award, and the 2008 UAC Marion March Regulus Award in the category of astrological education.
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Places on our courses are restricted to ensure that the study groups are friendly and supportive, with everyone able to receive the personal attention they need.