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I offer four levels (so far) of Astrology classes. Students can attend in person or via FaceTime/Skype video (class handouts will be mailed/emailed to out-of-town students prior to first class of each level taken). I have been teaching Astrology since September 2011.


ASTRO101: The Basics of Astrology

Here you learn the following:

  • Basics of Astronomy as it relates to Astrology with a little history intermixed

  • Meanings of the 12 Astrological Signs, their Planetary Rulers, Chiron, Eris and Sedna, the Luminaries and 12 Houses of Life Experience that make up the birth chart wheel

  • Rulerships and inter-connections of the Astrology Basics - Signs, Planets and Houses

  • Recognition of the glyphs (symbols) of each sign and planet/luminary - homework will be given out between classes folks!

  • Each sign’s element, modality, polarity and orientation

  • Each House mode/orientation too


Cost: $60 per 1.5-hour class or $360 total for 6 weeks of classes.


Payment: E-transfer, or via PayPal invoice.


Payment Options: two instalments ($180 each – at first class and fourth class); or in one lump sum ($360) at registration/first class.

Birth data information ( time, date and place of birth) is required to create your chart for this class. You will become familiar with YOU and what you signed up for this lifetime. If birth time is not known Laurie Rae will assist you in finding this out (at no extra charge) easily and simply.

ASTRO201: Casting the Chart by Hand & Introduction to Interpretation

You will learn the following:​

  • The Maths of Astrology: we learn all the astronomical math pieces that create the birth chart by hand - not computer!

  • Meanings of all the Aspects and their glyphs: all the angles a planet can make to other planets within the chart – what their relationships are to one another.

  • How to fill in the Aspectarian form and the Chart Overview worksheet - an at-a-glance collection of data to be interpreted.

  • Chart Patterns: discern the pattern created by the grouping of planets within the chart and what it says about the personality

  • Each student MUST have their own set of Ephemerides for this level, and moving forward (see reference to this at the end of this page).


Depending upon class size, this level will be either 4-weeks or 6-weeks in length. We repeat the maths portion over and over to get it right, using each student’s birth data in turn to create their respective chart by hand. 


NB: you will be learning a lot about, and from, one another over the course of this level of study.  Always a good thing.

Cost: $60 per 1.5-hour class /$240 or $360 in total - depends if it's 4 weeks or 6 weeks of instruction due to the number of students.

Payment: E-transfer, or by PayPal invoice.

Payment Options: two instalments ($120 or $180 – at first class and fourth class); or in one lump sum ($240 or $360) at registration/first class.

ASTRO301: Advanced Interpretation

By the end of 6 weeks, you will have a good grasp of the following:

  • Advanced Chart Patterns: YOD, Grand Trine, Grand Square, T-Squares for starters.

  • The art of delineation (interpretation) of the birth chart: Retrograde (Rx) planets, intercepted signs, planetary motion, and actual Aspect keywords will be introduced, practiced and discussed. Putting it all together, in other words.

  • Other pieces of the chart: Dwads, Decanates, Part of Fortune/Spirit, the Moon’s Nodes, Critical Degrees, Mutual Reception.


Cost: $60 per 1.5-hour class or $360 for 6 weeks of instruction. 

Payment: E-transfer, or via PayPal invoice.

Payment Options: two instalments ($180 each – at first class and fourth class); or in one lump sum ($360) at registration/first class.

ASTRO401: Advanced 

Here's where you learn about the TYPES of Astrology chart readings your clients will be interested in:

  • Natal/Birth chart reading

  • Solar, Lunar, Planetary Returns

  • Relationship readings

  • Business chart readings - a whole other interpretation!

And a chance to try your interpretation skills along the way!

Cost: $60 per 1.5-hour class or $240 for 4 weeks of instruction. 

Payment: E-transfer, or via PayPal invoice.

Payment Options: two instalments ($120 each – at first class and fourth class); or in one lump sum ($240) at registration/first class.

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If you are curious and interested to be added to the Wait List - don't worry - I'll be scheduling more than one round of ASTRO101 in 2021


 Call/text Laurie Rae at 587-437-3520 in Okotoks, Alberta Canada or




Each class level builds upon the previous one. For students wishing to become Astrologers (moving beyond your basic curiosity within ASTRO101 level of the Astrology Basics) you will need to purchase a set of Ephemerides (the Astrologer’s bible) for ASTRO201 levels and beyond.


These two ephemerides can be ordered from or the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA):


  • The New American Ephemeris for the 20th Century 1900-2000 at Midnight, by Rique Pottenger, Neil F. Michelsen, ISBN 0976242230

  • The New American Ephemeris for  the 21st Century 2000-2100 at Midnight, by Rique Pottenger, Neil F. Michelsen, ISBN 0935127194


Ensure that you do purchase the MIDNIGHT version, not the NOON version, and that you order the set far enough in advance for shipping time prior to your first class of ASTRO201.

The fundamentals of Astrology

It has been documented, via the early written words in cuneiforms and hieroglyphs from the Sumerians/Babylonians/Assyrians and Egyptians, that Astrology has been in use at least 5,000 years. Who knows how much longer previously in oral history?


Astrology began with celestial measurement by observation only, long before written history.


Astrology, religion and medicine were intermixed with correspondences realized between them early on – they interrelated with one another.


The richest vein of astrological records came from the library of Sardanapalus, last King of Assyria (7th Century BC) where observatories covered the whole kingdom, with professional astrologers reporting their work continuously.


A state library supplied all needed information to prognosticate times and seasons for agriculture, and portents for King and State – not for individuals as we do now until the Greeks turned Astrology into “of the people” or Genethliacal – it began the reading of horoscopes as we know today.

The Ancients believed what wasn’t caused by men must be caused by Gods – the deities of the planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). These same Gods were the basis if myths of all countries around the ancient world.


The history of Astrology is also the history of Astronomy (we cannot have one without the other).


European/American Astrology (Western Astrology) is derived from ancient Mesopotamia.


Key Astrologers from the past have been: Miletus, Pythagoras, Berosus, Ptolemy, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton. 


Modern Astrologers include: A.J. Pearce, SEPHARIAL, Alan Leo, Charles Carter, Alice Bailey, Carl Jung, Dane Rudhyar, Stephen Orroyo, Stephen and Jodie Forrest, Rick Levine, Liz Greene, Harold Sasportas, Demetra George, Barbara Hand Clow, Jeffrey Wolf Green, Robert Hand, Neil Michelsen, Celeste Teal, Noel Tyl, Robert Ohotto and Rose Marcus.