INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ASTROLOGICAL RESEARCH

THE NODOOR SCHOOL OF ASTROLOGY

What makes your school different?

Nodoor was the first western astrology school in China with both online and offline courses. Founded in 2011, Nodoor invited the top western astrologers to be our teachers.  After all these years, we understand the specific requirements of Chinese speaking students. Students can come to our offline office and classrooms anytime, and talk with our staff and even have lunch with us.   Our Teaching Assistants are all ISAR CAPS, available to students for Q&A after class, offering TA salons and guidance in student groups with special research programs.  In addition, Nodoor’s own APP is designed to help our students with their studies. Also, in addition to preparing students seeking to become an ISAR CAP, Nodoor now offers a Diploma for graduates, certified by CAPISAR.

What projects is your team working on now?

Nodoor has recently contracted with a PR firm to expand its outreach in China, and we are currently building a new website in China, with intentions to launch a smaller version in English in the west.  Nodoor is also enriching  its curriculum for 2023 – 2024, by expanding our professional program to help students become more confident as professional astrologers with increased practice and coaching regarding consultation skills.

Which branch of astrology does your school emphasize, and which astrological areas are covered?

While Nodoor teaches nearly all branches of astrology to varying degrees, the core philosophy of Nodoor’s Core Curriculum is “person centered” Humanistic Astrology.  Nodoor encourages its students to explore all areas of astrology, offering diversity in electives classes.  Nodoor’s comprehensive Core Curriculum is compatible with ISAR’s CST and Ethics Awareness principles and guidelines.

What kind of astrology training do you provide?

Nodoor’s Core Curriculum is designed for those seeking to become professional astrologers, yet many students study astrology at Nodoor to discover more about themselves and apply this knowledge in their everyday life.  Though most graduates have gone on to practice professionally, those not interested in astrology as a career apply what they learn for their own personal growth and development.

Are there any mentors on staff and how they interact with students?

Several teachers on our Faculty have or do offer mentorships, such as Steven Forrest, David Railey, Christina Rodenbeck and Adrian Duncan.  Such mentorship programs are independent of Nodoor.

Have you changed your curriculum and why?

Our curriculum has continued to evolve since our inception, with increasing emphasis on consulting skills in professional practice.

Have you noticed if there is an increased interest in some astrological areas?

Western Astrology has been hugely popular in China for at least the last 12-years, perhaps peaking in popularity in 2017.  Political trends in China may have slowed the growth of interest in astrology.  Nonetheless, interest continues to grow.

What type of learning methods does your school provide that separates it from other Astrology schools?

The intensiveness of our Level 1 – Level 5 Core Curriculum requires significant support to keep students encouraged and on track.  Therefore, in addition to the teachers, there are Teaching Assistants and Course Consultants.  TA’s offer online seminars every other week, focusing on students questions and problem areas.  Both Course Consultants and TA’s monitor the students WeChat group, a dedicated platform that allows students in every class or program to interact with each other 24/7.  Student’s frequently share and teach each other in their WeChat groups.  In addition, Core Curriculum students are organized into special study groups, with assignments and homework, monitored by team captains and TA’s, etc.  Students also have access to videos of previous courses or classes relevant to their subjects or level.

What is the quality of your school’s teaching staff?

In China Nodoor is known for bringing the “best from the west,” in terms of astrology teachers and faculty. (A look at our PPT shows our faculty and previous teachers.)  In addition, Nodoor has trained its own Chinese teachers.  Currently Nodoor has four Chinese Faculty Members.

Do you have guest lecturers or collaborate with other schools?

We have collaborated in sponsorship with different schools and other organizations, such as CIIS – the California Institute for Integral Studies, and with Stan Groff’s Chinese Organization.  Nodoor also sponsors workshops and classes in NVC, Non-Violent Communication, with Toni McErlane from NZ.

Do you provide multilingual teaching classes?

Though our students are Chinese, most of our classes and courses are in English and Chinese.

What type of students do you have?

Chinese students from mainland China, with a few from NYC and Canada.  Age range 16 to 49 (only recently a 16-year-old, our youngest students are usually age 25 to 29), with the majority of students between 30 and 40 years old.  Ninety percent of our students are female.

Do you reward the best students on some basis?

The best students are usually team captains in our Core Curriculum, and they are our first choice for work-study credits. We provide all kinds of scholarship to students.

Whether there is interest in astrological research at the school level or among students?

Many students express an interest in astrological research and we organize quite some research program.  Nodoor has pursued and is pursuing several research projects:

1) Completed a comprehensive modern Chinese Atlas for Astro Computing Services used in all of their software.  2) Conducted a cross-comparison study of Glenn Perry’s Developmental Age Method (DAM) with other forecasting methods such as transits, secondary progressions and solar arc.  3) An ongoing Nodoor Staff Forecasting journal of transits, progressions and solar arc.

4)An ongoing Nodoor children’s astrology research 5) An ongoing mundane astrology research

Schools sometimes organize conferences and symposiums, etc. Is this the case with your School?

Yes, Nodoor has sponsored several symposiums and conferences, the most recent was in November of 2019, ISAR in China Conference in Beijing – with over 200 in attendance.

Have you, or anyone from your School, published some astrology book? If yes, tell us more about it.

Perhaps nearly 100 books have been published by our teachers and faculty, the most famous astrology books in China being The Soul Purpose by David Railey, The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest, Aspects in Astrology and Contemporary Astrology Handbook by Sue Tompkins.

How about articles?

Nodoor’s WeChat platform and Weibo platform has seen the publication of thousands of articles over the last 10-years.

Hope your School is present on social media. How is that working?

Nodoor is extremely active on Chinese social media with over 1.5 million fans on Weibo, and a large following of serious students of astrology on our WeChat Platform.  In addition, David Railey has 1.5 million fans on his Weibo

Do you have any YouTube activity as well?

Despite the fact that YouTube is “blocked” in China, we have a one hour documentary that Nodoor sponsored in 2016-2017 called “Astrology in China” posted on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7bXuojxTZQ This video is in Chinese, with ENGLISH subtitles.

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