Faculty of Astrological Studies

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The Faculty of Astrological Studies Logo as of 2011
Formation7 June 1948
Legal statusCompany Limited by Guarantee

The Faculty of Astrological Studies (FAS; founded 7 June 1948) is a UK-based school of astrology which in its over sixty years of existence has enrolled more than 10,000 students from ninety countries.[1]


The Faculty of Astrological Studies was founded on 7 June 1948 under the auspices of the Astrological Lodge of London, for the purpose of advancing the understanding of the astrological tradition and producing practicing astrologers of integrity.[2] Its founding members were Charles E. O. Carter, Edmund Casselli, Margaret Hone, and Lorenze von Sommaruga.[2] The Faculty became independent of the Lodge in 1954. Its first Principal was the British astrologer Charles Carter,[3] who was supported by his friend and FAS fellow-council member John Addey.[4] Carter remained in the post of president until 1954, when he was succeeded by Margaret Hone,[3] and later by Jeff Mayo in 1969[5] and by Julia Parker in 1973.[6] Two of its former tutors, Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas, went on to found the Centre for Psychological Astrology in London in 1983.

Original objectives[edit]

In the 'Prospectus and Brief Syllabus of the Faculty of Astrological Studies' issued in August 1948, the objectives of the Faculty were set out as follows:

The Faculty of Astrological Studies has been founded by the Astrological Lodge of London as an independent examining body in all astrological subjects. It is a non profit making organisation having as its functions:
1) the drawing up of a syllabus of astrological subjects of a high standard;
2) the instituting of courses of tuition;
3) the preparation and holding of examinations in astrology, both of intermediate and final standards.

The Faculty of Astrological Studies today[edit]

The Faculty of Astrological Studies runs training courses by distance learning or classes in London. Its syllabus is reputed to be "rigorous" and includes a study of "history, astronomy, psychology, counselling methods, and every kind of astrological technique".[7] Holders of its diploma are required to sign its Code of Ethics.[8] It also holds an annual Summer School in Oxford.

The Faculty is a member of the Advisory Panel on Astrological Education.


The present patrons are Robert Hand, Liz Greene, Baldur Ebertin, Julia Parker and Melanie Reinhart.[9]


  1. ^ Weiss, Steve M., Signs of success: the remarkable power of business astrology; p.7. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8144-7441-9.
  2. ^ a b Greene, Liz, and Sasportas, Howard, The inner planets: building blocks of personal reality; p.ix. Weiser Books, 1993. ISBN 978-0-87728-741-4.
  3. ^ a b Holden, J. H., A History of Horoscopic Astrology, AFA, (1996), p.196. ISBN 978-0-86690-463-6.
  4. ^ Mann, A. T., The Future of Astrology; p.41. Cosimo, Inc., 2004. ISBN 978-1-931044-87-5.
  5. ^ Dean, Malcolm, The astrology game: the truth about astrology; p.258. Beaufort Books, 1980. ISBN 978-0-8253-0002-8.
  6. ^ "www.parkeriters.com".Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  7. ^ Porche, Jean, and Vaughan, Deborah Vaughan, Psychics and Mediums in Canada; p.122. Dundurn Press Ltd., 2005. ISBN 978-1-55002-497-5.
  8. ^ Parry, Robert, In Defense of Astrology: Astrology's Answers to Its Critics; p.50. Llewellyn Publications, 1991. ISBN 978-0-87542-596-2.
  9. ^ "FAS Website".Retrieved 19 January 2013.

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