Code of Ethics and By-Laws
Astrology has diverse uses, among them using the birth chart to analyze personal development, timing procedures and events, projecting economic, political and societal trends, and understanding the meaning of cycles and time as a whole. Astrologers are equally diverse, taking into their astrological practice a variety of additional skills and educational backgrounds. Astrologers recognize the apparent synchronicity between life cycles on the earth and cycles of the cosmos. They identify the mytho-logical associations to celestial bodies and their physical order in outer space, combining astronomical measurement with symbolism in their interpretation.
Astrologers strive to provide a service that enriches and enhances life, and protects human dignity. They can contribute to the ongoing evolutionary process of astrology by providing quality service and continually increasing their own proficiency and mastery of the practice through ongoing studies, research, and the support of other astrologers.
The Ethical Guidelines governing personal, public, and professional conduct in the practice of astrology must 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.
DEFINITION OF A PROFESSIONAL ASTROLOGER:
A Professional Astrologer, for the purpose of this code, is one who is able to accurately generate a horoscope and interpret it by verified and generally accepted standards of procedures, and one who adequately performs any of the following functions to generate an income:
- Using astrological interpretive skills to consult clients.
- Organizing, researching, or developing verified astrological information and presenting this knowledge in print, in speech, or on the internet.
- Teaching astrology.
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. All horoscopes must be calculated using standard methods of procedure based on accurate data. It is critical to have a recorded time, date, and place of birth that is as precise as possible. If a rectified time or an alternative method such as a Johndro Locality, Solar Chart or Natural Chart is used, this should be stated and its limitations, if any, described.
b. Astrologers must use reasonably verified and credible astrological knowledge in their interpretation and test their competence through regular practice.
c. The terms of the consultation need to be stated and understood prior to the appointed time. This would include fee, duration, style and what the client has a right to expect.
d. Astrologers respect the dignity of the client regardless of any personal belief, political affiliation, or bias the astrologer or client may have. In the event that they feel conflicted with their client’s beliefs in a way that would undermine their neutrality during a consultation, they must acknowledge that and suggest alternative options to the client.
e. Confidentiality regarding the exchange between the client and the astrologer must be maintained. There will be no use of client charts for lectures, articles, or in sharing a database with other astrologers unless prior permission has been obtained in writing and/or names have been eliminated.
f. Astrologers must take full responsibility for the information they impart, and acknowledge the autonomy the client has over their life decision and processes. Every client needs to be treated in a thoughtful manner. This includes refraining from making statements that are rigidly deterministic, such as predicting someone will never marry, never have children, or die at a specific time.
g. Clients must not be misled in any way, including emotional, sexual or financial exploitation and harassment.
h. If modalities and disciplines other than astrology are used in an astrology consultation, then it must be mentioned and agreed upon prior to the meeting.
2. RESPONSIBILITY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
a. All astrological work is expected to be performed with the highest standard of integrity and personal competence.
b. Astrologers are expected to practice good citizenship, and not use their skills to take advantage of others or work against the common good.
c. Astrologers should not mislead by making unfounded promises, or exaggerated claims.
d. Any advertisement about the professional practice must be truthful and factual. This means the astrologer must be honest in stating proficiency and scholastic degrees, and must deliver what is advertised.
e. Astrologers are expected to practice only in areas of their competence and qualifications and avoid making unfounded claims or assessments in the name of astrology. This includes but not limited to medical, psychological, financial or legal advice. The astrologer may make suggestions, but openly state that he or she is not a professional in those fields. When a client's needs are beyond the capability of the astrologer, the client must be referred to appropriate agencies or other professional services.
f. When dealing with horoscopes of public figures using commonly published data, observations should be made in a way that is educational, and in such, refrain from gossip and unfounded assumptions.
3. RESPONSIBILITY TO OTHER ASTROLOGERS AND THE PROFESSION OF ASTROLOGY:
a. Astrologers are expected to make a conscious effort to continue their professional growth and education. This can be done by taking courses, reading literature, attending conferences and seminars, conducting research, etc.
b. Astrologers must remain tolerant to personal and astrological differences where there is no breach of ethics. If unethical conduct is noted, it should be dealt with in an appropriately professional manner.
c. Astrologers are encouraged to give support to the efforts of other astrologers, so that everyone benefits from our collective knowledge, experience, and insights.
d. Research and any related presentations are to be conducted in a rigorous manner with objective references, always maintaining strict professional integrity. It is appropriate to take credit for scholarly work and ethical to give credit to contributions made by others.
e. Copyright laws must be honored. This does not preclude the use of other astrologer's work providing the law is upheld and/or appropriate credit is given.
a. Astrologers are expected to maintain a personal image of cleanliness, competence, and social respect when representing astrology.
Articles II - X
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
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 seven. 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 at least include President, Vice-president, Membership Secretary,
Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Outreach Coordinator, and Director of Products and
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. 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 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.
have been appointed or elected. If unable to adequately fulfill their respective duties,
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 15 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 at least two
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
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
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) (6) 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.