STA: School of Traditional Astrology
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STA Practitioners Level Horary Astrology Course - Melbourne, Australia: October 2020

Melbourne horary course


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. This is a very comprehensive course which will challenge, stretch and greatly enrich your understanding of astrology generally as well as horary particularly, but 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 practitioner's 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 STA Practitioners Level Medical Astrology Course, or the advanced level of study and tutorial mentorship offered in the STA Masters Level Horary Course.

The course material, written by horary expert 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 event delivers the course material over five days of tuition over two consecutive weekends. The beginning of each day's tuition commences with a small period set aside 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.

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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


This course is being held as a 2-weekend, 5-day intensive in Melbourne the Rex Hotel, 145 Bay St, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia.

Dates and times:

The course commences at 10:00am Friday, 2nd October, 2020, and concludes on Sunday, 11th October, 2020 at 6:00pm.

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

Fri 2nd Oct 2020:
10:00am - 6:00pm
Sat 3rd Oct 2020:
10:00am - 6:00pm
Sun 4th Oct 2020:
10:00am - 6:00pm
Sat 10th Oct 2020:
10:00am - 6:00pm
Sun 11th Oct 2020:
10:00am - 6:00pm

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 15 students.

  • 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).


Places are limited to 15 participants, secured on a first-come basis upon payment of a non-refundable $250 AUD deposit. The remainder of the course fee must be paid in full by 1st September 2020.

The full cost of this course is $850 AUD (or your local currency equivalent). This includes all course materials, refreshments and the preparation and postage of the qualifying certificate.

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

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Enrolments are secured upon payment of the deposit or full course fee and can be made through 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, contact Eve directly by email: or telephone: +61401847412.

About Eve:

Eve Dembowski

Eve Dembowski

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.

As well as her Masters Level Diploma in Horary from the STA, Eve's astrological qualifications also include the Diploma of Applied Astrology from Astro-synthesis, a certificate in medieval astrology from Robert Zoller, and the FAA Practitioners Diploma, 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 has been tutoring for the STA since August 2013 and represented the STA school at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Astrological Association of Great Britain where she explored the topic of 'radicality' and the 'Considerations before Judgement'. She presents STA courses through classes with small study groups in Melbourne, over distance via the internet, and as residential intensives.

Eve's personal astrological blog is at She can be contacted via email at

Graduating student with end of course certification

Graduating astrologer with end of course certification
Photo credit: Wonder Bright Photography.

The School of Traditional Astrology is a full member of the Advisory Panel on Astrological Education (APAE).
STA courses are endorsed by the APAE and approved by the Association of Professional Astrologers International (APAI).