Code of Ethics

PREAMBLE:

Astrology is based on the premise that there is a relationship between astonomical phenomena, planetary cycles, and cycles in the natural and human world on the planet. It is vastly diverse in its application, ranging from genethliacal (natal chart) procedures to economic, political and societal trends, to forecasting potential geophysical shifts. Its practitioners are equally diverse, bringing into their astrological practice a variety of additional skills and educational backgrounds. Astrologers recognize the apparent synchronicity between life on planet earth with that of the cosmos. Astrologers recognize and utilize the richness of interpretation of planetary symbols and their intricate positioning to each other, and understand that education is required to meet acceptable standards of practice. They are committed to work that enriches and enhances life, and protects human dignity. They realize that their own proficiency increases through a personal ongoing study program, and an exchange of ideas with their colleagues. They recognize their individual role in the ongoing evolutionary process of astrology by being the very best practitioner they can be.

The purpose of this Ethical Guidelines document, governing astrological conduct as reflected personally, publicly and professionally, is to lend dignity to the profession, without stifling creativity, individuality and future growth. Astrology does not lend itself to a rigid set of rules outlining all of its functions and procedures. However, a guide of acceptable conduct is paramount to its respectability. Since the growth and acceptance of astrology is moving forward at a rapid rate, it will be necessary to make amendments to this document from time to time. In the meantime, subscribing to the guidelines set forth in this document is recommended.

DEFINITION OF A PROFESSIONAL ASTROLOGER:

A Professional Astrologer, for the purpose of this code, is one who is able to accurately calculate a horoscope and interpret it by commonly accepted standards of procedure, and receives clients for payment, and/or sells astrological information via a publisher or media presentation, or who teaches astrology for a fee. Membership in OPA does not designate a professional astrologer, because OPA is also likely to encompass aspiring professional astrologers who would find such a support system helpful toward that end. OPA is an organization devoted to the issues surrounding the professional practice of astrology.

ETHICAL GUIDELINES

It is the responsibility of each OPA member to endeavor to maintain the dignity of his/her profession in every way possible by upholding the following principles:

1. RESPONSIBILITY TO CLIENT:

a. That all horoscopy be calculated by using standard methods of procedure based on accurate data. A recorded birth time, date and precise geographical location are optimum. If a rectified time or an alternative method such as a Johndro Locality, Solar Chart or Natural Chart is used, that this be so stated and its limitations, if any, described. Full responsibility must be taken in selecting systems, procedures and analysis.

b. That interpretation and assessment be made by astrological significance and credibility, unless otherwise stated. This does not preclude the use of other procedures and disciplines, but it does mean that if such are used, it be so stated. It also means that if a client is expecting an astrological reading, and parameters are enlarged, that this be agreed upon by both client and astrologer.

c. That terms of the consultation be clearly understood prior to the appointed time. This would include fee, duration, style and what the client has a right to expect.

d. That respect for the dignity of the client be upheld regardless of any personal belief or bias the astrologer or client may have.

e. That confidentiality of client/astrologer communication and data be maintained. This eliminates the use of client charts for lectures, articles, or in sharing a database with other astrologers that contains such confidential material unless prior permission has been obtained in writing and/or names has been eliminated.

f. That every astrologer takes full responsibility for the information he or she is imparting, and that every client be treated in a thoughtful, sensitive manner. This includes refraining from making statements that may be stressful to the client and that may not be true, such as predicting someone will never marry, never have children, or die at a specific time.

g. That clients or other associates not be exploited in any way, including sexual or financial.

2. RESPONSIBILITY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

a. That all work be guided by the highest standard of integrity.

b. That astrologers practice good citizenship, obeying the just laws and customs of their society, and not use their skills to plot a crime against its good citizens or its common good.

c. That the general public not be exploited or misled by making false promises, claims or analysis. That it be understood that astrology is an interpretive system based upon astronomical knowledge and theory, blended with the art of interpretation through the language of symbology.

d. That truth in advertising be maintained at all times. This means the astrologer must not use proficiency or scholastic degrees that are false or unsubstantiated. It also means that the astrologer cannot use professional associations and affiliations as reference implying endorsement, or using a person's name without permission for the same reason or purpose.

e. That one practice only in areas of competence and qualifications and avoid making false claims or assessments in the name of astrology. This includes but not limited to medical, psychological, financial or legal. That when a client's needs are beyond the capability of the astrologer, that the client be referred to appropriate agencies or other professional services.

f. That when dealing with horoscopes of public figures using commonly published data, that observations be confined to areas of life that are considered public domain due to specific achievements or notoriety, and refrain from making slanderous comments.

3. RESPONSIBILITY TO OTHER ASTROLOGERS AND THE PROFESSION OF ASTROLOGY:

a. That a conscious effort be made for continued personal growth and education. This can be done by taking courses, reading literature, attending conferences and seminars, etc.

b. That tolerance be maintained for personal and astrological differences where there is no breach of ethics.

c. That the efforts of other astrologers not be criticized; but, if unethical conduct is noted, that it be dealt with in an appropriately professional manner.

d. That support be given, whenever possible, to the efforts of other
astrologers, so that everyone benefits from our collective knowledge, experience and insights.

e. That no diagnosis or opinion be made on matters about which the astrologer has insufficient knowledge and/or credentials, in which case a referral may be in order.

f. That if a teaching role is assumed, the material be prepared and presented conscientiously to maintain the highest standard possible. It is to be understood that said students could be the astrologers of the future, representing their profession.

g. That research and any related presentations be conducted rigorously, always maintaining strict professional integrity. It is appropriate to take credit for scholarly work and ethical to give credit to contributions made by others.

h. That copyright laws be honored. This does not preclude the use of other astrologer's work providing the law is upheld and/or appropriate credit is given.

4. GENERAL:

a. That a personal image of cleanliness, order and social acceptability be maintained when representing astrology. This shows respect for the client and self. In this way the astrologer sets the standard for the consultation or exchange. In addition, the conduct of the astrologer demonstrates a recognition that his/her conduct reflects on the profession as well as on the individual.

By-Laws
OPA, The Organization for Professional Astrology, Inc.
A corporation not for profit


Article I: Name and Purpose
Section 1 - The name of the corporation as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation shall
be The Organization for Professional Astrology, Inc. The purpose of this organization
shall be educational, to work on behalf of helping professional astrologers with career
development through education, and by providing a network for professional
astrologers, and to work to provide educational scholarship(s) for professional astrology
students.


Article II: Membership

Section 1 - Membership shall be accorded to persons participating in the activities of the
corporation, and who abide by corporation policies, procedures and By-Laws.

Section 2 - A person may become a member in the corporation by payment of the
annual dues. Membership certificates, cards, or other instruments, if issued, shall bear
the signatures of an officer elected by the members of the organization.

Section 3 – The corporation reserves the right to terminate membership for failure to
uphold financial obligations or for conduct deemed to be inappropriate and which fails to
promote the standards or the best interests of the corporation.

Section 4 - Standing: Each member in good standing, as reported by the membership
Secretary and the Treasurer, shall be eligible to vote.

Section 5 - The responsibility of the voting members shall be to nominate and elect the
Board of Directors, to hold office, and to cooperate in achieving the corporation's
purpose.

Section 6 - No member shall have any right, title or interest in any of the property,
assets, including earnings or investment income of this corporation, nor shall any of
such property or assets be distributed to any member on its dissolution or winding up.

Section 7 - Resignation: Any member of the corporation may resign by notifying the
Membership Secretary, but such resignation shall not qualify the member so resigning
for compensation of any fees or dues.

Article III: Meetings of the Corporation and Fiscal Year

Section 1 - The annual meeting of the corporation will be held after the close of each
fiscal year at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors or by
electronic conferencing. The purpose of this meeting shall be to report the work of the
organization, to encourage and develop inspiration and fellowship among members, and
to carry forward the program of the corporation.

Section 2 - Special meetings of the corporation may be called by the President or upon
written or email request of three members of the Board of Directors, or upon the written
or email request of 10% of the voting members of the corporation. A call for a special
meeting shall specify the purpose of the meeting.

Section 3 - The corporation shall have a conference for the membership and others at a
time and place determined by the Board of Directors every one or two years.

Section 4 - The fiscal year begins July 1 of each and every year and ends on June 30 of
the designated year.

Section 5 – The Board of Directors may call for an independent audit of the corporation
at its discretion.

Article IV: Board of Directors

Section 1 - The Board of Directors shall be members of the corporation, the number of
which shall be no less than five. No member of the Board shall receive any
compensation from the corporation for duties performed as a member of the Board. No
member of the Board can hold more than one elected office at any one time.

Section 2 - The Directors shall be responsible to the members of the corporation. The
Directors are responsible for determining policies, managing the assets of the
corporation, and accounting for expenditures of all funds. The Board of Directors shall
have the power to fill all vacancies on the Board for the duration of any unexpired term.

Section 3 - The Board of Directors may appoint committees as they deem necessary
and define their duties. All committees shall report their actions, proceedings, and
decisions to the Board of Directors.

Section 4 - A Director may attend no less than 75% of the Board meetings in any
calendar year. A Director having attended fewer than 75% of the Board meetings in any
calendar year shall be, upon two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors,
dropped from the Board of Directors.

Article V: Officers

Section 1 - Officers shall be members of the Board of Directors and shall be elected by
the membership and have the power to manage and govern the corporation within the
limits of the By-Laws and laws governing a not for profit corporation.

Section 2 - Officers shall include President, Vice-president, Membership Secretary,
Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Outreach Coordinator, and Director of Products and
Publications.

Section 3 - The President may serve for a maximum of three consecutive two-year
terms. Subsequent to the conclusion of the third term, the President may run for any
other position on the Board except the position of Vice-president. The Vice-president
may serve for a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms, and at the conclusion of
their term, may run for any other position.

Section 4 - Officers shall be elected every even-numbered year by majority vote of the
membership.

Section 5 - The duties of all the officers shall be those usually performed by such
officers, and such as may be designated by the Board of Directors.

Section 6- All Officers shall serve in their respective capacities until their successors
have been appointed or elected.

Section 7 - Vacancies: The Board of Directors shall have the power to fill all vacancies
for any unexpired term.

Article VI: Annual Meeting, Nominating Committee, and Election of Directors

Section 1 - The annual meeting of the Directors shall be once per year.

Section 2 - At least 30 days prior to the election of Directors and no later than May 31,
the slate of Directors shall be sent to all voting members of the organization.

Section 3 - Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee shall consist of three
members in good standing selected by the Board of Directors who are not currently
serving on the Board of Directors. The election must held no later than June 30 and the
results should be presented to the Board within one week of the election.

Article VII: Fiscal Matters

Section 1 - The fiscal year for each member shall be twelve months from the date of an
individual's enrollment.

Section 2 - The Board of Directors shall be responsible for all financial operations. It
shall determine all charges for membership fees. No officer or member shall obligate the
corporation for any indebtedness not provided for in the budget without specific
authorization by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall review financial
reports in writing as required and make annual financial reports to the members at the
annual meeting.

Article VIII: Committee Organization

Section 1 - The Board of Directors may delegate responsibilities to committees, which
shall at all times be responsible to the Board.

Section 2 - All committees shall be appointed for one year by the President and serve
subject to the continued approval of the Board. Ad hoc committees shall be appointed
by the President and shall be dissolved upon completion of the task for which the
committee was established.

Article IX: Stocks, Assets and Dissolution of Organization

Section 1 - At no time shall this corporation have or issue shares in stock, and at no
time shall dividends be paid or any part of the income of the corporation be distributed
to its members, directors or officers. All funds must be turned over to the charitable and
educational uses and purposes of the corporation.

Section 2 -Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets remaining after payment of
expenses and administration shall be turned over to such one or more organizations
qualified for exemption under the Internal Revenue Code described in Section 170 (1)
and 501 (c) (3) at the time when any property is to be distributed to it, each of which is
engaged in compatible activities with the purposes of this organization. The Sections
referred to are of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and shall be
deemed to refer to corresponding provisions of subsequent Federal tax laws.

Section 3 - This corporation may not be dissolved except by two-thirds vote of the
members present in a meeting called for the purpose of considering its dissolution,
provided notice of such meeting shall have been sent to each member of the
organization and a notice posted in the principal headquarters of the corporation at least
30 days prior to such meeting.

Article X: Amendments

These By-Laws may be amended, altered, or rescinded by a majority vote of those
members of the Board of Directors present at any regular meeting or special meeting
called for that purpose, provided that 30 days advance notice of the proposed change is
emailed or mailed to the Board and voting members.