At Diploma Level Two, we begin to broaden our vision to encompass relationships of all kinds. This level introduces synastry – the use of astrology in exploring relationships – and also an optional module, the Astrology of the Family. You will also learn about the relationship between the individual and the collective, and encounter the basics of Mundane astrology, the practice of applying astrology to world affairs.
A number of useful techniques and branches of practice are also offered at this level: astro-cartography and relocation, midpoints, harmonics and electional astrology.
Finally, in Module 9 you will continue to develop and consolidate your interpretation and consultation skills and learn to interpret charts at a more advanced level via a 'live' consultation with a client.
An element of choice is introduced at this level – see below for the range of compulsory and optional modules.
Module 7: Techniques I - Midpoints, Harmonics & Synastry
This module first introduces two techniques which can add considerably to our understanding of a birth chart - midpoints and harmonics.
The technique of Midpoints involves determining the point midway between two planets and its 8-fold resonance around the chart. When a planet or angle occupies a midpoint, its expression is coloured by the combined energies.
Harmonics are concerned with the qualitative nature of number, focusing here on the numbers 5, 7 and 9 - the aspects which are drawn from these numbers and their associated harmonic charts. An harmonic chart can be very revealing about a particular level of life expression, such as creativity (5) or imagination (7).
The second half of the module deals with synastry, the astrology of relationships - all of the main synastry techniques are covered through case studies which explore both romantic and non-romantic relationships.
Module 8: Techniques II - World Astrology
This module is concerned with the relationship between the individual and the collective - the wider world in which we live. It starts with astro-cartography and relocation, techniques which allow us to see the relationship of the individual to other parts of the world. A section on mundane astrology follows, where the political, social and economic landscape is explored through the lens of planetary cycles and we look at the role of the individual within the context of the collective picture. The module also includes the practice of electional astrology - the art of choosing a beneficial time for a range of different enterprises.
Module 9: Advanced Interpretation & Astro-Consultancy
This final module involves the development of consultation skills and an understanding of the ethical issues which arise in client work. You will be encouraged to develop a high degree of self-awareness through the study of the synastry between yourself and your clients, and will learn how to integrate the wide range of skills and techniques learnt so far into an advanced chart interpretation. As part of the course you will be required to prepare for and carry out a live chart reading for a real client, fully supported at all stages by your tutor. As a guide, a recording of a live client reading is included in the course material supplied with this module.
Module 7 and Module 8
The Module 7 and Module 8 part modules are available in via Distance Learning and in London Classes which are open to non Faculty students (given appropriate astrological knowledge):
Module 7a: Midpoints
Midpoints are a technique which can add considerably to your understanding of a birth chart and they offer a level of accuracy which can greatly enhance any interpretation. This course will explore the technique and its value, in detail, using a variety of case studies.
Module 7b: Harmonics
Another technique that that can give you a deeper perception of a birth chart. Harmonics are concerned with the qualitative nature of number, focusing here on the numbers 5, 7 and 9 - the aspects which are drawn from these numbers and their associated harmonic charts.
Module 7c: The Synastry Weekend
Synastry is the comparison of the natal charts of two or more people in order to determine their likely compatibility and relationship. All of the main synastry techniques are covered in this course through the use of case studies which will explore both romantic and non-romantic relationships.
Module 7d: The Astrology of the Family Weekend
This part-module, with course material written by Brian Clark and Glennys Lawton, attracts 10 credits towards the Diploma and may be taken instead of one or two of the subjects (part-modules) included within Modules 7 and 8 above. It explores the complexities and dynamics of family life as seen through the lens of astrology, including relationship to parents and siblings, myths and themes in the family background, and the role and experience of the individual within the family unit. Students may take this part module by Distance Learning or as a weekend in London, and will gain 10 credits either way. Attending the weekend is a nice way to study it; we meet in a small group and can focus on personal details.
Module 7e: Rectification
This NEW optional part-module carries 5 credits. Initially it will be run in London Classes although there are plans to make it available via Distance Learning in the future. The class is suitable for all Diploma Level II students and Diploma Level I students who have completed Modules 4 and 5.
We all know that the time of birth is considered to be a vital piece of information when constructing a birth chart. Together with date and place, the moment of birth grounds us in the physical world of planet, society and family and the realm of our personal experience. But what if this moment is not known? Many clients don’t know their birth time and rectification is an extremely useful skill for the consultant astrologer which enables this issue to be addressed effectively. Even if a birth time is provided, its accuracy often cannot be guaranteed and can be problematic. In short, which time is the ‘right’ time?
This one-day class will introduce the importance of this fascinating topic and its philosophical implications for astrology and our understanding of birth and time. The class will also provide a clear methodology for rectifying a chart that can be applied to personal and client work that provides an effective birth time for astrological purposes. We will practice this in class using real life case studies and examine what rectification can teach us about our connection to the cosmos.
Module 8a: Astrology, Geography and Sacred Space
This part-module will take place in London Classes over two Saturdays. In it we will explore, through the lens of astrology, our deep relationship to geography and place.
On the first day, we will look at the techniques of Astro-Cartography and relocating the chart. Like the songlines of native Australia, the lines on an Astro-Catrography map point to what we might have been, or could become, in other places in the world. They speak of a potential in the natal chart, a place in the psyche, which opens to us in a way which may not be possible in any other location. We have places we long to visit and some we are fearful of; others draw us in, as if caught by something which feels like fate. ACG gives us an understanding of our relationship to the world through charting the planets as they rise and set across the globe, acknowledging the dynamic influence of different geographies and different cultures on the development of the individual; relocated charts fine-tune and deepen this understanding by bringing in the whole horoscope.
On the second day, we will look at the related technique of Local Space. Dropping our planets down onto the local horizon, we can map our chart onto any place or space – a country, a town, a building, our own home or office. The Local Space map opens up a whole new world, showing how the psyche relates directly to the physical landscape and how it unconsciously expresses itself in the way we arrange our living and working spaces – and how, through conscious rearrangement, we can make these places into a positive form of self-expression, both healing and transformative.
Module 8b: Mundane and Collective Astrology
This part-module will take place in London Classes over two Saturdays. The workshop explores the astrology of the collective, including the political, social and economic forces which shape society and reveals our relationship as individuals to the wider world. By introducing the interlocking cycles of the social and generational planets and their action throughout history, this workshop will help you to understand, through the lens of the astrological perspective, the nations, leaders, groups, events and movements which constitute our shared history and experience.
Module 8c: Electional Astrology
This one-day workshop introduces Electional Astrology, the art of choosing an appropriate and auspicious moment at which to begin a new venture or hold an event. The traditional rules and conventions of Electional Astrology will be explored within the context of modern psychological chart work, showing you how this ancient technique can be used effectively in client readings. This workshop is open to non-faculty students who have the appropriate knowledge.
Advanced Interpretation Practice Module
After completing your final Diploma modules, you will likely consider taking the Advanced Exam, which will enable you to become a Faculty Diploma holder and to place the letters DFAstrolS after your name. If you feel you would like additional practice before taking the Advanced Exam, you can enrol for the half-module Advanced Interpretation Practice, which will allow you to practice a full client consultation under the guidance of a tutor via distance learning.
Gaining Credits for Modules 7, 8 & 9 (Diploma Level 2)
To pass Diploma level 2 you are required to gain 60 credits.
The four compulsory modules below attract 45 credits:
Part Module 7a: Midpoints 5 credits
Part Module 7c: Synastry 10 credits
Part Module 8b: Mundane Astrology 10 credits
Full Module 9: Advanced Interpretation 20 credits
The following Modules are optional and you can choose from them to build up the other 15 credits.
Part Module 7b: Harmonics 5 credits
Part Module 7d: Astrology of the Family 10 credits
Module 8a by Distance Leaning:
— A*C*G & Relocation 5 credits
Module 8a by London Classes:
— Astrology, Geography & Sacred Space 5 credits
Module 8c: Electional Astrology 5 credits
Credits and Examinations
Our courses are designed with one aim in mind – to provide you with a thorough and comprehensive astrological education. There is no pressure on you to take any of the examinations. Whether or not you intend to take the examinations with a view to becoming a professional astrologer, our nine modules in themselves provide a structured and comprehensive astrological education.
You will gain credits towards the Faculty Diploma as you work through the modules and when you pass the three Interpretation Exams. When you have completed all nine modules and passed the Certificate and Intermediate Exams you will have accumulated 300 credits and will be eligible to apply for the final exam.
Advanced Interpretation Exam: 60 credits
Module 7 -Techniques I - Midpoints, Harmonics & Synastry: £355
Part-Module 7a - Midpoints: £90
Part-Module 7b - Harmonics: £90
Part-Module 7c - Synastry: £180
Part-Module 7d - The Astrology of the Family: £180
Module 8 - Techniques II - World Astrology: £355
Part-Module 8a - A*C*G and Relocation (Distance Learning): £90
Part-Module 8a - Astrology, Geography & Sacred Space (London Classes): £ 180
Part-Module 8b - Mundane Astrology - The Individual & the Collective: £180
Part-Module 8c - Electional Astrology: £90
Module 9 - Advanced Interpretation & Astro Consultancy: £355
Advanced Interpretation Practice Module: £199
Diploma Advanced Interpretation Exam: £325
Student Registration Fee (one-off fee): £35