Code of Ethics

PREAMBLE:

Astrology is vastly diverse in its application, ranging from genethliacal procedures to projecting 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.
h. That sexual interaction with current clients be considered unethical.

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.