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STA Practitioners-Level Online Horary Course - commences 29 October 2017

Online Horary Course
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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 Master's 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.


Lessons are delivered on a weekly basis, over a period of 20 weeks, 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 one-to-one online support from Wade, the tutor.

For those who enjoy the benefits of social media, there is also a designated Facebook discussion page which is exclusive to course participants, offering students the opportunity for extended discussion and interaction with each other - taking part is optional but recommended as a way to informally explore or deepen understanding of any point raised in the material.

(Following completion of the course, graduates receive access to the STA GRADS Facebook page, where STA tutors join with past graduates to engage in private discussion of particular points or complexities that arise in client charts. The page is used as a means for the STA to offer ongoing support to any astrologer that has undertaken this course.)

The available places on this course are limited to 12 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:

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 at 5:00pm GMT (10:00am PST), Sunday, 29 October 2017, with a group tutorial that offers an overview of the content of Session One (this is expected to take no more than one hour, following which the Session One material is made available for viewing and course notes are emailed to students).

Participants are asked to join a similar online meeting each month, to discuss the previous month’s course-work and to explore any questions that may have arisen from that material. Although it is highly recommended that everyone participates in these sessions, they are supplementary and not essential. If anyone is unable to attend the weekly online course meetings, they will still be able to access and progress through the course material, which is uploaded on a weekly basis for students to download independently and work through in their own time.

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 12 students.

Students are required to download a free video conference program to enable interactive on-line sessions with Wade and fellow-students. It is also necessary to have either a Facebook, Microsoft or Google account in order to view the on-line tutorials and to take part in additional (optional) discussion groups. Prior to the commencement of the course, each student is asked to engage in a practice session with Wade to ensure that they are able to access all course materials efficiently, and to offer familiarity with the process involved in the delivery of this course.

The course materials should be accessible on all modern computers (Windows 7 or higher is recommended for Windows based PCs). For any kind of video conference, it is recommended that each participant have 1 Mbps upload, 4 Mbps download of available internet bandwidth. For optimum performance, we recommend using a broadband Internet connection. Poor network performance, lack of memory or high CPU usage may cause the audio quality to drop, become delayed or sound robotic. If you experience this, try closing all applications that are not being used to free up some additional bandwidth.

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 $550 USD.
Places are limited to 12 participants, secured on a first-come basis upon payment of a $250 USD deposit. The remainder of the course fees must be paid in full by October 1, 2017.

Payment can be made by bank transfer, or via credit or debit card through PayPal. For the latter, please use our online booking form.



This course is enrolled to capacity, but you may join our wait list and/or receive first priority on a future online course here.

If you encounter any problems, or have any unanswered questions regarding the details of this course, email Wade at wade @

About Wade:

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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