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Welcome to the World of Astrology — Key to the Universe
Throughout the ages, people of all walks of life have sought the guidance of astrologers.
From Nebuchadnezzar to Ronald Reagan, even kings and rulers have taken advantage of their
insights. In Rome, everyone who was anyone had their chart cast at birth. In fact, you
were as likely to be asked, "What's your sign?" in Roman times as now! In Renaissance
Europe, noblemen and popes kept a "house astrologer" on the premises to provide continuous
This guidance has never been more important or timely than now. As humanity turns away
from science as a religion and searches for its spiritual roots, many are looking for deeper
knowledge and insight than can be found in empirical science, traditional religion, or psychology. Such understanding can be offered by astrology.
Astrology is the study of cycles. All things follow cycles, including people. To say
that we do not is to ignore the obvious evidence of the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly
rhythms of our lives. With astrology we also look at the cycles of life which are not so
obvious, those that last two years, seven years, 30 years (and so on). The planets follow
these cycles, too. It is much easier to track the planets in their simple paths than it is
to understand how our actions flow in the same rhythms, with all our complexities. Because
we have free will (and a certain myopia when it comes to observing ourselves!), tracking
the planets allows us to see into our nature in a way that can make the difference between
success and failure, however we define it. This is the core truth of astrology which makes
it valid and has held humanity in endless fascination since we first began to see the
Join the World of Astrology
There has never been a better time to enter into this wonder world — of understanding the
timetable of human development, of comprehending the answers to the great questions that
have tantalized us from the beginning of time. We need well-trained professionals to step
into a renewed role for astrology in the world to come. Whether you choose to be a
consultant in career, relationships, and personal growth; to go into business or financial
consulting; to be a research or teaching astrologer; or to add astrology to your current
profession, the world of astrology is exciting, gratifying to yourself and others, and
awesome in its depth and power.
A Program For You...
...if you want real astrology with no strings.
Many people want to study astrology without the burden and benefit of the testing that
leads to certification. You do not have to take the tests, and you can tailor your depth of study
to suit your needs. Without the tests, you will not become certified, but you will gain
an in-depth knowledge of astrology all the same!
...if you want astrology to enrich your current profession.
Regardless of your profession—attorney, businessperson, psychotherapist, healer, physician to name a few, you can benefit from an understanding of astrology. Knowing astrology's rhythms
and patterns and how they map themselves into people's lives gives depth and insight to
your perception of others and assists in timing your actions.
...if you want to be certified.
Local and State laws generally neither prohibit nor encourage astrology; neither do they
require certification nor licensure at present. However, those astrologers who are certified are getting better jobs and more recognition than others. Furthermore, most astrologers now recognize that eventually certification will be a necessary step in gaining full legitimacy for the profession of astrology, one which will be taken in the near future. And, people usually take a person who is certified more seriously and place more trust in them. Perhaps most importantly, it assures you of thorough and complete preparation in your chosen profession.
The Certification Program is tied to a curriculum and certification program that has earned international respect; it is unexcelled in its thoroughness, fairness and accuracy in reflecting a person's true abilities. Anyone who has this certification will be virtually guaranteed an open
door to licensure when it is required. In the meantime, you will be ensuring yourself a
comprehensive education, from planets to professionalism, in the budding field of astrology.
The program typically takes about two years to complete. All classes are offered on a part-time
basis; it is customary for students to carry on their other usual activities during their schooling period. Each is a college-level course, with homework and projects. At the end of each course, you have the option of taking the ACP tests, NCGR tests (if applicable), or none at all (which means certification is not provided). Of course, you can decide to take the tests at any time, but they must be taken in order.
Frequently Asked Questions
I already know a lot about astrology. Do I need to start at the
No. In fact, you do not need to take this program at all in order to get certified — anyone
may take the tests when they are offered. However, in self-study, you may find that you
have gaps in your education that would make taking a course wise, even where some materials would be reviewed. What's more, most people find it easier, more motivating and enjoyable to learn with guidance, or in a group or community setting. They also value having the materials presented in a structured, logical and entertaining manner that addresses their personal needs. You can be sure that you will learn the theory and application of astrology as well as how to make your business a success. You may start the program at any level, but you cannot skip any tests.
Finally, it is possible to tailor the program to your needs. Let's say that you know how
to interpret a natal chart, but you do not know how to cast a chart by hand. You can enroll in specialized tutoring to learn this information.
That having been said however, it is frequently desirable to follow a sequence of classes (lessons) rather than skip a few. There are "binding" concepts that build one upon the next to create a mind map. This mind map gives you a thorough understanding of astrology so that you can figure new things out for yourself based upon the principles and physical realities involved. For instance, if you understand how a birth chart is a representation of the sky, you know which planets were visible at the time of birth.
What testing program are you using?
We administer our own tests and offer our own certification. Alternatively, you can take the tests offered by the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR), whose curriculum standards are also satisfied by this program. There are six ACP tests, one for each course, and four for NCGR. The ACP offers certificates for each level of completion.
Director Terry Lamb is a member of the NCGR Board of Examiners and Education Committee. She was involved in creating the revised tests that are currently in use with NCGR. The ACP tests are structured in a similar way to those of NCGR. In addition, her tests can be taken anywhere in the world under certain conditions.
Do I have to complete the entire program?
To be fully certified, you must pass all the tests. However, if you do not need to be
fully certified — let's say that you work in psychology or healing — take only those courses that fulfill your needs. You may take one or two tests, or just use the knowledge under the aegis of your existing certification(s).
How often is each course offered?
For local (San Diego area) classes, each course is offered as needed. Therefore, it is best to try to rearrange your schedule to take the astrology course you need when it is being offered,
rather than waiting. Let us know of your interest, so that we can begin new classes
as soon as possible. Classes meet once a week for 2½ hours.
For home or on-line study, you can take the courses whenever you want. They are available on tape, CD, or mp3 for download, and are live recordings of real classes taught by our instructors. They come with a complete study guide and course materials. (Books must be purchased separately.)
Courses are 16-17 weeks (lessons) long in the regular weekly format. (See the curriculum.) When covered in another format, the same number of hours and material is provided.
Starting soon, the courses will be offered also on a retreat basis. The material of one course can be covered in one 5-day retreat with interterm study assignments to help you "own" the information and techniques. Contact us to be put on our announce list of upcoming learning events and experiences.
How much work should I be prepared to do?
The courses in this program are as rigorous as a college course, and you should be
prepared to do 3-6 hours of work outside class for each classroom lesson. The work that is assigned is
designed to give you a broad base of understanding in astrology and to help you develop
fluency in astrological expression. Those who do the work outside the classroom are more
deeply satisfied with their skill level when they complete their studies and find the
tests easier to pass.
I'm excited about this program. What do I do next?
Contact us to discuss the program and how we can meet your educational needs. We will be
happy to talk to you personally. When you are ready, we'll send you an application, which you can snail- or e-mail to us. For retreat or local courses, a deposit will be required when you send your application. We will give you an enrollment contract to sign when your course is scheduled or you are ready to start. It will describe the program and financial arrangements that we have agreed upon.
I live outside the San Diego area and cannot relocate.
How can I take part in the program?
We now have students studying with ACP from around the world! Our home study, retreat, or on-line options may be the right thing for you. The materials, subjects covered, and assignments - including charts, handouts, reading assignments, and homework — are the same regardless of format. Tutoring (chat) by phone or email adds the personal touch. Five-day intensive retreat courses cover the same material, with the self-study portions of each course to be completed in the interterm period (before the next retreat). When you study with ACP, you join a community of those who want to explore the universe - who want to touch the sky and walk among the stars.
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Still have questions? Contact us.
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