STA: School of Traditional Astrology
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STA Practitioners Level Horary Course: London, 6-8 & 14-15 September, 2019

STA Practitioner-Level Horary Course in London, UK


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 unnecessary - 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 focuses on preparing astrologers for the sensitive issues that arise within the horary consultation process.

The course offers a practitioner level of certification. By the end of the course any astrologer who is capable of delivering a professional astrology service will be ready to begin offering horary to clients. The course is a requisite qualification for those wishing to undertake the advanced level of study and tutorial mentorship offered in the STA Master's Level Horary Course.

The course material, originated 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 leans towards the consulting needs of modern horary astrologers. 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.


This course is delivered as five consecutive full-day workshops, with the beginning of each day reserved for questions and review of previous material. Lessons are structured as tutorials followed by group discussion with in-the-moment exercises, thought-provoking questions and consolidation of principles through horary chart practice.

All necessary course materials are provided: students receive just under two hundred pages of personalised course notes which serve as the course textbook. These include explanations of key principles, workbook-style activities, example horaries and answer sheets.

course material

The themes of our course (subject to amendment) include:
  • Introduction to horary
  • Angularity and house signification
  • Details drawn from house cusps and derived houses
  • 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 signs
  • Locating directions
  • Timing
  • Relationship charts and contractual concerns
  • Career matters and professional interests
  • Exploration of lost objects and missing person/pet charts
  • Investments, property matters and financial concerns
  • Trials and lawsuits
  • Health and pregnancy
  • Considerations before judgement
  • Advice for creating reliable judgements


The course will be held at:

De Vere West One
9-10 Portland Place
London, UK

De Vere West One

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This course is non-residential and delegates traveling into London are required to make their own accommodation arrangements. The course venue, the De Vere West One, is in a very accessible part of London near Covent Garden, an ideal location for our fun social activities. Reasonably priced accommodation can be found within a short distance.

Dates and times:

Formal instruction commences at the venue at 10:00am on Friday 6 September 2019. All course attendees are invited to join our optional social event – a celebratory Saturday 14 September evening dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Commencement and conclusion of tuition times are:

Fri 6 Sept, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 7 Sept, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 8 Sept, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 14 Sept, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 15 Sept, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm

Fuller details of tuition times, scheduled breaks and social events are included in the course prospectus.

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 are expected to have previous experience of drawing up and interpreting astrological charts.

  • The course is restricted to a small number of enrolments to allow for individual attention, a friendly and encouraging atmosphere and an ideal number of participants for workshop exercises and group-work; therefore places on this course are limited to a maximum of 20 students.

  • This course is non-residential and delegates traveling into London are required to make their own accommodation arrangements.

  • Whilst delegates are not required to attend any supplementary additions to the syllabus that are marked as optional events for certification purposes, their costs are non-transferable and no substitutions or refunds can be given for non-participation.

  • In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled or postponed, the School of Traditional Astrology will refund any course fees and deposits but will not be liable for any other costs incurred by attendees (travel insurance is advisable for this reason).


Places are limited to 15 participants, secured on a first-come basis upon payment of a non-refundable £250 GBP deposit. The remainder of the course fee must be paid in full by 15 August, 2019.

The full cost of this course is £595 GBP. This includes all course materials, qualifying certificate, an on-site lunch each day of instruction (dietary restrictions will be accommodated) and light refreshments throughout the course.

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

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Enrolments can be made through our our online booking form or by submission/return of the form provided on the PDF prospectus.

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


Your tutor:

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 Practitioners 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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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).

Some of our testimonials:
Wade Caves is a natural born teacher. It was a pleasure and a privilege being a part of his horary intensive. His ability to stay on point and manage the expectations of a disparate group was a marvel to watch. I recommend this course to everyone.“
Wonder Bright, USA
Taking the STA course was one of the most valuable astrological experiences I've had, and cleared up many years of questions I'd had from off-and-on attempts to practice horary. Students will know they are in the hands of an expert and will benefit from the focused study. I heartily recommend it..“
Dr. Benjamin Dykes, USA
Thank you again for the incredible astrology experience that is your STA practitoner's course. I am so impressed by the way you repeatedly demonstrated the power of astrology and showed us all the nuts and bolts so we can do it by ourselves. It was just completely brilliant.“
Leena Chauhan , England
The STA offers the most in-depth and practical horary course I've had the privilege of attending. The range of case studies, scholarship and research are awe-inspiring. Deborah Houlding and the STA course are truly in a class of their own.“
Frank Clifford, England