TACC, Diploma Program: A Continuing Education Program.
Consist of 10 courses, 450 total clock hours
Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. Vargas, dasas, yogas, whole
sign houses, North Indian and South Indian wheels, nakshatras, planetary
strengths, Vedic aspect system, identifying most important influences
using Vedic methods. Emphasis is on how Vedic methods may be useful
to modern western astrologers and the potential for incorporating these
methods into modern western analytical methods.
Horary and Electional Astrology. This course is a break from
the rest of the courses! We learn a very different system of astrological
interpretation that can be practiced as a distinct system from most
of what we have learned in this course. We will learn how to answer
basic questions using classical horary astrology and we will have reference
materials to refer to for practicing horary astrology in the future.
and Hellenistic Astrology II. Readings and materials from
Lee Lehman, Rob Hand, Demetra George, Joseph Crane, Robert Schmidt
and other astrologers who are actively uncovering ancient methods are
studied. Because new material is being uncovered regarding ancient
methods and translations of previously untranslated materials, poorly
translated materials, and unpublished materials are becoming available
every year, the subject material in this course will evolve as new
information becomes available in the coming years.
Astronomy for Astrologers: We will learn the astronomical definition
and description of: tropical and sidereal zodiac signs, various house
systems, declination, and other astronomical phenomena and measurements
that astrologers use. We will learn why a planet in the 12th house
is sometimes above the horizon and sometimes below it, and why the
Moon is usually not visually in the sky where an ephemeris gives its
position. We will also discover why the time of a New Moon or an eclipse
may be different according to astrologers and astronomers. We will
also learn how ancient western astrologers used different ways of describing
where the planets are from the way modern astrologers do. We will also
learn the astronomical basis to various ways of progressing houses
and the astronomical theory behind various systems of progression.
We will also learn about how the understanding of the solar system
has changed and what some of the implications for astrologers are.
Many other issues in astronomy that are relevant to astrology will
Ethics and Counseling Skills (Part II). Professional standards,
ethics, and counseling skills required in other professions such
marriage and family therapy, financial consulting, etc., and
in astrology. Ethical and legal requirements for the practice
of astrology. How to refer clients for proper treatment, consultation,
by various kinds of psychological and medical practitioners,
financial and business consultants, and other services available.
Case studies and research
evidence on therapeutic value of various health-related problems or psychological
problems that clients of astrological consultants may have are used.
Social statistics, medical data, and other data is presented that provides
factual information on the effectiveness of potential services and practitioners
to whom your clients can be referred for specific problems, whether they
are medical, psychological, financial, or personal.
of this course fulfills the ISAR Ethics Training Requirement
and the ISAR Counseling Skill Requirement.
and Interpretation 1. Perfecting astrological interpretation.
Students interpret the charts of volunteers in the local area who come
to class. Students perfect their counseling skills as well as astrological
analysis by meeting with clients in these practice sessions. Students
learn from one another as well as from the volunteers and instructor,
as they develop advanced professional competency.
Comparing the techniques
and methods of different schools of astrology provides valuable insights
and depth of understanding. Students are encouraged to continue developing
a system of astrological analysis and counseling style that is appropriate
and suitable to their interests and abilities.
Electives: Students are required to take 4 electives from the following list
Communication, and Computer Skills. Rules for writing
effective letters, and addressing audiences, and teaching. Effective
way of communication in business settings, such as in giving customer
support, or in conducting business transactions and negotiations.
Importance of body language, dress, and demeanor in communication.
Cultural differences in communication and how to be effective
in an international business world. Students receive intensive
training in perfecting their grammar, spelling, and effectiveness
as speakers, writers, negotiators, and consultants.
Learning the "tricks" and tips on starting a successful
business and locating businesses that provide employment opportunities.
Surprising information on priorities of employers when seeking
employees, and opportunities and pitfalls of providing various kinds
services. Everything from a review of what an amortization schedule
is, getting loans and grants, to obtaining a business license
or incorporating is covered.
This course is
practical and covers many details that provide the student with
the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. Graduates of Avalon
cannot be guaranteed a successful career but this class is designed
to give you every advantage possible, and to help prevent you from
making many of the mistakes that others have made through trial
Practical guide on how to create a website. Use of accounting, database,
spreadsheet, and graphic software programs for running a business,
keeping records, and for creating files for advertising in magazines
and publishing in books. This course takes the mystery out of computer
terminology, and trains the student to be able to understand the
advantages and disadvantages of different file formats, different
kinds of software and hardware, and how certain hardware and software
tools are used for various purposes. Students must be able to type
reasonably well, operate software programs, and communicate effectively
with computer experts to pass this course. If you are computer-phobic,
keep in mind that this course will explain the facts of computer
technology in clear and simple terms, from the ground up, so any
student who carefully studies the material presented can pass this
Practicum II. Students apply the knowledge that they
have learned in compatibility analysis by interviewing couples,
comparing their insights with those of other students and the
instructor, and feedback from the clients.
and Electional astrology. How Freudian psychodynamics
such as tendency to repression, projection, and displacement can
enhance astrological analysis, and how astrological influences
are affected by environmental influences, other psychological
concepts such as self-esteem, family dynamics, and other environmental
and genetic influences interacting with astrological influences.
Emphasis is on astrological interpretation using modern psychological
theory, not on a study of psychology separate from astrological
encouraged to see if modern psychological theory can enhance the
interpretation of the birth chart and gain greater understanding
of the client. Various psychological models and psychological therapeutic
methods are explored. Research evidence on the influence of environment
and genetics are studied. Scientific studies on the effectiveness
of various psychological treatments are reviewed.
Research Study and Statistics. A closer look at the scientific
method and statistical methods such as chi square, t-tests,
and analysis of variance. Understanding different kinds of
distributions of data, standard deviation, practical problems
control groups, and other issues in conducting research. Critical
study of research studies of Gauequelin, Urban- Lurraine, Ann
Parker, Merriman, Cochrane, and others to determine whether
research results are valid or spurious.
and Scientific Astrology. Synthesizing from various traditions
the methods that are best for you. Astrology by Edgar Cayce, the
writings of Alice Bailey, and other theosophical and metaphysical
authors. Historical evolution of astrology, and varying philosophies
and trends throughout different time periods, including a detailed
look at current views. Students are encouraged to develop a philosophical
approach and set of technical methods that is most appealing to
them and appropriate for their particular interests, and to perfect
the approach that is most suitable, whether this be developing
expertise to become a practicing Vedic astrologer, or a skeptic
of astrology who applies scientific studies in an attempt to disprove
astrology, or any other interest or application of astrology.
Practicum III. Interviews and practice consultations
with clients regarding relocation, electional questions, and business
concerns enables students to perfect their ability to consult
clients in these areas.
Forecasting. Comparison of different forecasting methods,
and advanced software features for seeing future trends. Various
forms of progressions, directions, returns, and transits are studied.
Methods used in cosmobiology, symmetrical, harmonics are applied
and tested to determine which techniques appear to be most effective.
Vedic. Practice in applying Vedic techniques for interpreting
charts, and Vedic methods for selecting marriage partners and
Cosmic Tapestry. Detailed study of an astrological system
that integrates the use of harmonics, cosmobiology, symmetrical
astrology, and insights from Vedic astrology and modern psychological
Topics in Classical Western. Guest speakers who are leading
experts in classical western astrology present new insights and
breakthroughs that can be useful for a practicing astrologer
Topics in Modern Interpretation. Guest speakers who have
expertise and insights in various areas of modern astrological
techniques assist students in gaining a comprehensive understanding
and expertise using these methods.
Independent Study. Supervised study in a special topic
approved by the instructor. Students are required to submit a
final paper of publishable quality.
Project. Students conduct a pilot research study, and
implement the entire project from literature review, to stating
a hypothesis, and carrying out the experimental procedure, and
analyzing the results. Students also submit a paper on the reasons
for selecting this research project, and the advantages and disadvantages
of the research design that they have selected, as compared to
other possible research projects.
and Business Astrology. Astrological methods for determining
fluctuations in economic markets, and forecasting economic conditions
for individuals, businesses, and nations.