STA: School of Traditional Astrology
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STA Practitioners Level Online Horary Course - commences 15 February 2020

Online 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. 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 Masters 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 offers the STA Practitioners Level Horary Course in a format that has been specially adapted for online delivery.

20 lessons are delivered on a weekly basis, through a combination of supplied course notes, modern media presentations, and online tutorials. Students study at their own pace and within their own time, but always with supplementary group discussion and access to their tutors.

A typical session will include: a live presentation, reading, an individual assignment (e.g., chart examples or workbook activities) and an assignment which encourages group interaction (e.g., forum discussion). Each week one of the four tutors will guide that week's course content, review student assignments, give personalized feedback and be available for questions and guidance.

The available places on this course are limited to 20 participants, to ensure that the study groups are friendly and supportive, with everyone able to receive a great deal of personal attention.

The course content (subject to amendment) includes:
  • Introduction to horary astrology
  • House signification in horary
  • The twelve houses and chart turning
  • 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

Dates and times:

The course comprises 20 sessions which are delivered weekly. We have designed our course schedule to enable most students throughout the global community to attend many of the live, interactive deliveries of the course material, with the knowledge that few students will find it convenient to attend every class. It is not essential that all live sessions are attended as each of them are recorded and made available for later access and review. We do recommend that each student aims to attend a minimum of six of the twenty live deliveries, as this is the ideal platform for asking questions as they arise. This course also provides an active forum for group discussion, which has proven to be a great meeting point for all students in further exploration of course material, irrespective of location and ability to attend live sessions. No student will miss the opportunity to have their questions raised and addressed in a timely manner by one of our four course tutors.

Please note that all course times are given in GMT. Students are responsible for converting advertised GMT course times to their local time zone equivalent. The website offers a useful world clock which shows the time difference from GMT for all of the world’s major cities:

The course formally commences on Saturday, 15th February 2020 at 5pm GMT with a group tutorial that offers an overview of the content of the course (this is expected to take no more than one hour), followed by a live online delivery of Session One material.

Students are asked to join a similar online meeting each week to participate in live delivery of the course material, engage in a group chart discussion, and to explore any questions that may have arisen from previous material.

The finalised schedule with dates and meeting times for each weekly live session will be sent to enrolled students prior to course commencement.

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.

The course is restricted to a small number of participants to allow plenty of individual attention. Therefore, places on this course are limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Students are required to download a free video conference program, Zoom, to enable interactive online sessions with the tutors and fellow students. It is also necessary to have stable internet access, as all coursework will be done online through the STA Course Portal.

The course materials should be accessible on all modern computers (Windows 7 or higher is recommended for Windows based PCs). For optimum performance, we recommend using a broadband Internet connection.

In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled or postponed, STA will refund any course fees and deposits but will not be liable for any other costs 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 refund of any particular payment is allowed within 30 days of that payment. No refunds are allowed after this 30-day 'cooling-off' period or after the delivery of course materials has commenced.


The cost of this course, which includes all online classes, course notes and qualifying certificate is £450.
Places are limited to 20 participants, secured on a first-come basis upon payment of a £175 deposit. The remainder of the course fees must be paid in full by 1 February 2020.

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.



Enrolments can be made through our our online booking form.

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

About Your Tutors:

Deborah Houlding

Deborah Houlding

Deborah Houlding, founder of the STA School, is based in Nottinghamshire, UK, and has worked as an astrological consultant since the late 1980s. After qualifying as a horary practitioner, she initially worked as a tutor on Olivia Barclay's QHP correspondence course. She acted as Horary Editor for the Astrological Association of Great Britain's Journal, and Editor of The Traditional Astrologer magazine (1993 to 2000). Her articles on horary have been translated into many languages and have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. She is currently an associate editor for The Mountain Astrologer magazine, which presented her serialised "Introduction to Horary Astrology" in 2013. Deborah also hosts the astrology website Skyscript (

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, 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. Her personal website is at, and she can be contacted via email at

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 Master's 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

Lee Lehman

Lee Lehman, Ph.D

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 here. She is the former Academic Dean of Kepler College, and teaches regularly at the Midwest School of Astrology, Avalon School of Astrology, and Kepler College, 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 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 recipient of the 2008 Regulus Award for Education.

Wade Caves

Wade Caves

Wade Caves, based in San Francisco, 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 Practitioner's 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 Wade can be contacted via email at

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