Born on 3 February 1990 at 11:02 in London (although the original idea was discussed at the earlier date of 24 January 1987 at 14:28 in Kensington, England) as a result of a group of friends feeling the need for such an organization, The Association of Professional Astrologers is now the Professional body for Astrologers in the UK and beyond.
Originally it was formed for the Diploma holders only, of the then six APAE (the Advisory Panel of Astrological Education) recognized schools. There was also a clause, known as the ‘grandfather’ clause, which allowed those without qualifications, but either whose astrological works had been published or who had proven experience, expertise and knowledge of the subject and a standing in the astrological community. Even so, the latter had to submit written work or a full chart interpretation of considerable length, which was then marked by three separate council members before they were accepted as members. This clause was included out of respect for those senior astrologers who had not had the opportunity to study with one of the good schools, or with the ease of access to them that we have today. Mostly they were self-taught. The grandfather clause was removed approximately ten years later when it was felt that it was no longer necessary.
In those early days, when we were a much smaller body of people, meetings were held monthly in members' homes. We usually met in London, though occasionally conducting them from around the country, and we always had a speaker and lunch and mostly enjoyed the opportunity to exchange experiences and difficulties with our peers. Some of our longer-term members still relish those days . We also provided a bi-monthly Newsletter and subsequently were able to offer Insurance to our members.
Since the turn of the century, and with considerable interest from abroad, we devised our own evaluation system for schools and examining bodies. The new system retained a stringent list of requirements, which were strictly monitored and vetted, and accepted those schools now accredited by the APAE. As a result we have welcomed schools from America and Australia into our ranks and also members from Europe and throughout the world. Consequently, it seemed a natural progression that on 25 October 2003 at 18:03 in Woodford, England, it was decided we should add ‘International’ to our title. Hence The Association of Professional Astrologers International was born.
We have since grown considerably in numbers and we are now far-flung, but the Internet and emailing have provided us with the opportunity to stay in close touch with our membership. Our Newsletter now goes out electronically and we encourage discussion on it as well as on our Forum. We continue to have an annual Open Day, usually twinning it with the AGM in the morning and a friendly social lunch, with plenty of time to interact with peers. We have held several of these events out of London, but mostly they are in Central London, which seems to meet most of our needs and gives those from abroad wishing to attend a slightly more straightforward and acceptable journey.
With the ever increasing demand put on us all by our government to comply with specific acts, standards and requirements, it would appear that our founder members did us all a very big favour by being ahead of their time in seeing the need for an organization that both we and our clients can feel protected by and confident in.
The Association of Professional Astrologers International