STA: School of Traditional Astrology
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Our upcoming courses:

Hepburn Springs, Australia, November 2016
New York City, April 2017
STA Practitioners-Level Online Horary Course

The School of Traditional Astrology (STA) currently specialises in training horary astrology practitioners. Its educational focus is the integration of traditional astrological principles within contemporary astrological practice.

Founded by Deborah Houlding, the school offers practitioner's level accreditation in horary through attendance at classes, residential intensives or interactive online presentations. Since 1996 courses have been delivered at venues as far afield as Australia, Bali, England, France, Hawaii, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Scotland, Tasmania and the USA, and the course is available to Chinese, Dutch, and English language students.

The school also offers advanced master's level accreditation for astrologers wishing to teach horary, through a four-year correspondence course which is studied on a one-to-one basis with Deborah Houlding. This is leads to the astrological qualification: STA DipH.

New courses, which offer training in other branches of classical astrological technique, are currently in development and will be added to our syllabus in 2016.

The aim of the STA is to:

  • facilitate greater understanding and respect for the philosophy and practice of astrology
  • ensure the historical transmission of astrology as a line of continuation between past, present and future practitioners
  • support the development of horary practitioners to their full potential
  • promote awareness of the need for every consulting astrologer to have a confident knowledge of horary, together with a good understanding of when it is the best technique to use, and when and how a horary chart can be used in combination with other relevant charts
  • provide “chart-led” instuction on classical astrological techniques, which not only explains the theoretical and philosophical principles, but recognises that the purpose is to generate confidence in the art of chart judgement in modern-day astrological practice


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).