Certification Guidelines

Certification Program in Hellenistic Astrology with Demetra George

The Certification of Competency in Hellenistic Astrology consists of attendance at all three five-day retreat immersions: Planetary Condition, Delineating House Meaning, and Hellenistic Time Lords. Demetra believes in the primacy of the personal connection between teacher and student as the optional way not only to transmit the teachings but also to ensure that the material is correctly understood.

Certification also involves taking and passing an examination for each module. You have a six-month interval of time following each module to complete and submit the take-home exam. There will be a fee of $295 for reading and grading each exam you submit. You will have the opportunity to re-take the exam a second time (within four weeks) if substantial corrections and improvements are necessary for an additional lesser fee of $195.

The exam is open book and you can consult Ancient Astrology by Demetra George or Hellenistic Astrology by Chris Brennan. It is fine to work on your exam with a classmate or a study group of others who are also doing the exam. However, I ask you not to seek the assistance or services of a tutor to further explain the material or correct your work. The purpose of the exam is to evaluate how well you have understood and applied the concepts.

Each examination will consist of three parts:

Part One: Choose a famous person and with reliable birth data who is no longer living. The same chart must be used for all three exams. You cannot choose someone who has already been taken by another person. Demetra will keep track, so that each exam will be unique. This idea was initially proposed by the late Robert Schmidt from a vision of creating a library of the Hellenistic doctrines applied to the lives of influential people.

You should review and submit the source notes for the birth data. Use only AA or A rated data. Include a 500-word biographical summary of the person’s life and significance. Create a year by year chronology time line of significant events over the course of the life. Use both written biographies and on-line sources, and include them in your bibliography. I am attaching a form that you can use to organize the chronology that is submitted as part of the exam. You will probably add to this chronology with each successive exam.

Then apply all the teachings as indicated to the chart, including interpretations. First fill out the master form used in class with all of the information concerning the criteria for the condition of each planet. Then write an analysis for each planet and give it a grade. Each planetary analysis should be between 300 to 500 words. Explain the specific ways in which each planet is strong and weak and justify the final grade. You can include biographical correlations here, but be careful not to over interpret the meaning of the planet. The complete delineation will be based upon house location and rulership factors that is the substance of Module Two exam on the Houses.

Discuss which sect is stronger, which planet is potentially most effective in bringing about its agenda and which planet is the most challenged. Point out any mitigations that can shift the judgment. Then summarize how strong/potentially effective or weak/potentially challenged the chart is as a whole. (300 words)

Part Two: Choose a text/book written by a Hellenistic author. You were given a bibliography with your class handouts. Familiarize yourself with the text, pick a passage to explicate in your own words, and write a summary about the life and influence of the author. (1000 words)

Part Three: Write an essay of your choice about some feature of the history of ancient astrology. This can be a more extended biography of an author and his/her influence, the transmission of a doctrine, the intersection of astrology with religion, politics, or philosophy of antiquity, or whatever topic intrigues you. (2000 words). Include at least five bibliographic sources – a combinations of books, scholarly articles, and credible on-line sources.

Participants who have attended previous retreats can receive credit for that retreat and apply for certification by taking the exam.

Starter reference list:

  • Chris Brennan, Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune (Denver, Co: Amor Fati Publications, 2017).
  • Nicholas Campion, A History of Western Astrology, Volume 1: The Ancient and Classical Worlds (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2009) and A History of Western Astrology, Volume 2: The Medieval and Modern Worlds (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2009).
  • James Herschal Holden, A History of Horoscopic Astrology (Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, 1996).
  • James Herschal Holden and Kris Brandt Riske, Biographical Dictionary of Western Astrologers (Tempe; AZ, American Federation of Astrologers, 2013).