The Centre for Psychological Astrology
London, England
CPA Logo


The Centre for Psychological Astrology provides a unique workshop and professional training programme designed to foster the cross fertilisation of the fields of astrology and depth, humanistic and transpersonal psychology. The Centre for Psychological Astrology offers a professional training course in psychological astrology. The main aims and objectives are:
  1. To provide students with a solid and broad base of knowledge both within the realm of traditional astrological symbolism and technique in the field of psychology, so that the astrological chart can be sensitively understood and interpreted in the light of modern psychological thought.
  2. To make available to students psychologically qualified case supervision along with background seminars in counselling skills and techniques which would raise the standard and effectiveness of astrological consultation. It should be noted that no formal training as a counsellor or therapist is provided by the course.
  3. To encourage investigation and research into the links between astrology, psychological models and therapeutic techniques, thereby contributing to and advancing the already existing body of astrological and psychological knowledge.
The Centre's course is based on the academic module system where credits are collected for each seminar attended. The student is required to attend 50 one-day seminars and 40 one-and-a-half hour case supervision groups and submit a personal journal at the end of each year, relating to the course material as it is experienced. Seminars, examples of which are listed below, are grouped around nine Core Themes with a minimum number required for each theme. Each Core Theme is usually covered by at least one seminar each term. Of the 50 seminars, four are compulsory. These are the Psychological Approaches seminars, which include days spent on the work of Freud, Jung, Psychosynthesis, Gestalt, etc., and the Counselling Techniques Seminar. Thus the remaining 46 seminars are made up from selecting seminars out of each Core Theme using the indicated 'required number' as a guide. The course runs on a three-term system, new terms commencing in September, January and May. There are roughly ten seminars per term. The regular course tutors are Liz Greene, Darby Costello, Erin Sullivan and Juliet Sharman-Burke. The CPA regularly invites visiting tutors, eg Suzi Lilley-Harvey, Warren Kenton, Michael Harding, Richard Tarnas, Nick Campion, Anne Whitaker, Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Jan Lee and Lynn Bell.

In order to facilitate students with daytime commitments, the one day seminars are held on weekends, usually Sundays, and the case supervision meetings are held on weekday evenings. All the supervisors are both trained psychotherapists and astrologers and each student has the opportunity of presenting case material from the charts he or she is working on. The groups consist of roughly eight people, never more than ten. Twice a year an in-depth oral assessment will be conducted in a small group of no more than four people, which will count as case supervision hours. On completing the required number of seminars and supervision groups the student is entitled to receive the Certificate in Psychological Astrology.

In order to be awarded the Diploma in Psychological Astrology the student must present a 3-hour reading-in paper, demonstrating their skills with a client or clients over a series of sessions. Further information on this is available from the Administrator.

Top of page 

The Curriculum for the In-Depth Training Programme

Attendance at the Orientation Morning each September term is required which is followed by a student/staff meeting thus providing the new student with an opportunity of meeting the teaching staff and established students. The nine Core Themes around which the Diploma Course is based are given below with some sample seminars. New seminars under each Theme are consistently being added.

Core Theme 1 - Cycles

6 seminars required
Life Cycles
Retrograde Planets
The Mid-Life Crisis
The Transits of Saturn and Uranus
The Progressed Moon Cycle
The Astrology of the Collective Part 1 (current transit cycles)
The Astrology of the Collective Part 2 (generational cycles)
Pluto in Sagittarius - the Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Core Theme 2 - Planetary Archetypes

11 seminars required
Sun and Moon - The Roots of the Character
Sun and Saturn - the Development of the Ego
Mercury as Transmitter and Communicator
Venus - Aspect of Love
Mars and Desire
Jupiter and Saturn - Guardians at the Threshold
Uranus - Idealism - Realism - Perfectionism
Saturn and Neptune - the Imminent and the Transcendant
Neptune and the Quest for Redemption
Chiron and the Wounded Healer
Pluto and the Underworld Journey

Core Theme 3 - Prognostication

3 seminars required
The Ethics of Forecasting
Transits in the Birth Chart
Horary Astrology
Solar and Lunar Returns
Fatalism in Action, Greco-Roman Predictive Techniques

Core Theme 4 - Relationships

7 seminars required
Composite Chart
Male and Female in Birth Chart
Moon and Primary Relationship
Childhood and Development
Parental Images - Mother and Father
Parental Marriage
Family Dynamics
The Ascendant and the Four Angles
Relating to the World - Astro*Carto*Graphy
The Aries Point and our Relations with the World

Core Theme 5 - Models in Interpretation/Philosophy

4 seminars required
The God-Image in the Horoscope
Platonism and the Music of the Spheres
William Lilly and 'Traditional' Astrology
Fate and Free Will
The Four Elements and the Psychological Types

Core Theme 6 - Astrology in the World

3 seminars required
Techniques of Counselling
The Uses of Horary
The Astrology of the Collective (Parts 1 & 2)
Vocational Astrology
The Twelve Houses (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Core Theme 7 - Body/Mind, Illness, Health

4 seminars required
Astrology and Illness
Sanity and Insanity
Neptune and Hysteria
The Defences of the Personality (Parts 1 & 2)
Complexes and Projection

Core Theme 8 - Image and Symbol

4 seminars required
Astrology, Myth and Fairy Tales
Myths of the Zodiac
The Sun and the Creative Process
Astrology and the Mythic Tarot
Neptune and the Artist
The Imagination and the Element of Fire

Core Theme 9 - Deeper Geometries and Perspectives

4 seminars required
The Psychology of Midpoints (Parts 1 & 2)
The Harmonic Chart (Parts 1 & 2)
Using the Fixed Stars
The Nature of Aspects (Parts 1 & 2)
Top of page 


Fulfilment of the seminar and supervision requirements of the In-Depth Professional Training Course entitles the trainee to a Certificate of Completion. Upon acceptance of the thesis, the student is entitled to the Centre's Diploma in Psychological Astrology, with permission to use the letters D.Psych.Astrol. The successful graduate will be able to apply the principles and techniques learned during the course to his or her professional activities, either as a consultant astrologer or as a useful adjunct to other forms of psychological counselling. Career prospects are good as there is an ever-increasing demand for the services of capable psychologically orientated astrologers. The Centre's Diploma is not offered as a replacement for the Diploma of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, or any other basic astrological training course. The CPA offers Introduction to Psychological Astrology courses with Clare Martin which run on weekday evenings.

 The CPA Diploma does not constitute a formal counselling or psycho-therapeutic training, therefore students who wish to work as ongoing counsellors or therapists are encouraged to complete a further training course focussing on these skills. The Faculty of Astrological Studies runs a specially designed two-year post-Diploma course in Counselling for Astrologers. There are also many excellent courses and schools of various persuasions available in the UK and abroad. CPA students who have successfully completed the Diploma Course and have qualified with a recognised psychotherapy or counselling training group can, if they wish, be place on our referral list of counselling astrologers.

Top of page 
Latest seminar schedule is available here


The Three Year In-Depth Professional Training Course costs £3,000. This is payable in nine instalments, due in January, May and September of each year. (£336 for the 1st term and £333 for the remaining 8 terms). The full course fee covers the cost of 50 seminars and 40 case supervision sessions. If the students addend additional seminars to their 50, they are entitled to a reduction in the seminar fee. Individual seminars and classes which are open to the public which may vary in cost, and these will be indicated in each term's mailing.
Top of page 

The Howard Sasportas Scholarship

A scholarship is available to one student per year for either the September or January intake covering all CPA Diploma Course fees. This Scholarship is awarded on merit and students who wish to apply for it must first take the Faculty of Astrological Studies exam (Certificate or Diploma level). This must be done before beginning the CPA course. The successful applicant will have passed one of these exams at the highest level and, having obtained their results, should then pass them together with a completed application form to the CPA for consideration.
Top of page 

Individual Therapy

In order to complete the In-Depth Professional Training, the Centre asks that all students, for a minimum of one year of study, be involved in a recognised form of depth psychotherapy with a therapist, analyst or counsellor of his or her choice. The fee for the Centre's training does not include the cost of this therapy which must be borne by the student himself/herself. The rationale behind this requirement is that we believe no responsible counsellor of any persuasion can hope to deal sensitively and wisely with another person's psyche without some experience of his or her own. Although it is the student's responsibility to arrange for this therapy, the Centre can refer students to various psychotherapeutic organisations, if desired.
Top of page 

Criteria for Admission

The following guidelines for admission to the In-Depth Professional Training Programme are applied:
  1. A sound basic knowledge of the meaning of the signs, planets, houses, aspects, transits and progressions, equal to Certificate Level of the Faculty of Astrological Studies course. The Centre itself offers an introductory course in its public programme, which will take the student to the required level of knowledge.
  2. Being able and willing to work on one's own individual development, as reflected by the requirement of individual therapy during the programme.
  3. Adequate educational background and communication ability will be looked for in applicants, as well as a degree of empathy, integrity and sense of responsibility.
Top of page 

Enrolment Procedure

Please print and fill out the application form, available in browser format or in plain text, and send it with a stamped addressed envelope or an International Reply Coupon to:
The Centre for Psychological Astrology 
BCM Box 1815 
London WC1N 3XX 

Please Note

  1. The Centre does not offer a correspondence course. However, transcripts of selected seminars are published by the CPA Press.
  2. The Centre does not qualify overseas students for a student visa.
  3. The course is for European Union residents only, although exceptions may sometimes be made.
Top of page 
Prospectus The CPA Press Mailing List
Prospectus - The CPA Press - Mailing List
© Metalog and the CPA 1996-2001. All rights reserved.