CERTIFIED ASTROLOGER: One who has studied long, read widely, completed structured astrological courses at various levels, practiced -- as part of the learning process (usually without being paid) -- and then received a professional certification from a recognized astrological organization or reputable school -- but only after completing an intensive (usually day-long, closely-and professionally-monitored) examination equivalent to a "board exam" for various other professions.
DISDAIN: To look upon with scorn. (The major concern is that the good name of Astrology is being abused, misused and defamed by those who use the catch-words Astrology, astrologer and horoscope to mislead a basically uninformed general public, while these individuals take lots of money from unsuspecting persons who may have been deceived, or at least unnecessarily confused.)
HYPHENATED ("ASTROLOGERS"): Those who because of lack of adequate training and qualifications can't 'make it' as astrologers who consequently start to "claim" another 'discipline,' and hyphenate 'astrologer' with one or several more unrelated 'disciplines.' Consider these sadly laughable examples: 'astrologer-seer, 'astrologer-guru,' 'astrologer-psychic'; 'psychic-astrologer'; 'astrologer-healer'; 'astrologer-channeler,' and any number of other absolutely ridiculous and absurd combinations. (Because these 'wise' individuals know Astrology is the only one that has a scientific basis, they usually list Astrologer on the front
side of the hyphen.) A hyphenated 'astrologer' rarely is any more than a total and absolute counterfeit, more accurately a double-counterfeit because they are unable to 'make it' in either chosen discipline and must try for a broader base of potential clients by use of the insidious hyphen, which can be at least misleading.
OTHER COUNTERFEIT ASTROLOGERS: This includes all those who are just everyday, run-of-the-mill, out-and-out fortune-tellers who only try to use Astrology to dress up their acts mainly because fewer people are likely to pay much to see just a plain-vanilla 'fortune-teller,' but many more may think these persons could be more legitimate because they use such scientific catch-words as 'Astrology,' 'horoscopes,' and 'astrologer' in all their ads, on their carnival/sideshow tents, and those gaudy roadside billboards. (But what these cunning operators are doing to a lot of unsuspecting people has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Astrology, horoscopes, the 'stars,' or any legitimate astrologers!) At least some of these folks don't try very hard to hide the obvious fact that they altogether are fortune-tellers -- unlike too many hyphenated 'astrologers' who are too often, in the real world, nothing else but 'con-artists' and fortune-tellers who only 'fly a slightly different flag.' (Please do not waste your hard-earned money on these individuals.) This is not to suggest you must spend your hard-earned money with me or any others who legitimately use PMAFA
* (or other VALID* titles) following their names unless you so choose, but to caution you that it is exceeding easy to be bamboozled by these wall-to-wall counterfeits, so easy that you have to be exceedingly cautious, or maybe just not bother having your horoscope done at all -- which might be an unfortunate choice.
PMAFA and other VALID Certifications
PMAFA is the highly-respected 'Professional Member American Federation of Astrologers' certification for those members who have demonstrated fully their astrological knowledge and abilities by successfully mastering a very difficult day-long examination ( not open-book!) which is very closely and most professionally monitored. It is a very tough and intensive test. Upon satisfactory completion, the individual may use PMAFA in legitimate business practice. Click here to learn more about this and other certifications, and if your present (or future) astrologer is certified by AFA. From this page you can begin a search for US AFA-certified members (state-by-state), also Canada, and worldwide.
National Council for Geocosmic Research offers courses and examinations. Their qualified astrologers are authorized to use
Faculty of Astrological Studies (in England) offers courses, examinations and their widely-recognized certification, DF Astrol S. (DF Astrol S)
While not a school or certification organization, Metalog (in England) does offer a searchable list of astrologers (some qualified, some not), schools and organizations worldwide.
It is entirely possible there are a couple of other legitimate certification groups, schools, or organizations. They will be listed after providing Elbert Wade with all the supporting and necessary information
-- which will be verified. They or any of their certified members are encouraged to contact Elbert Wade by e-mail: here.
[FOOTNOTE: It would be unfair to suggest a 'blanket' and across-the-board disdain for all non-mainstream astrologers. Though few and far between, there are some good astrologers to be found if you investigate carefully and select wisely.]