Astrological Society of South Africa

Membership Code of Ethics

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Astrologers are dedicated to the development and enhancement of the human condition through an
understanding of celestial phenomena as applied to human concerns. Astrologers are committed to
honesty, fairness and respect for others and remain acutely aware of the need to understand
themselves in order to understand and help others.

Astrologers are aware of the immense contribution astrology can make to human knowledge and
wisdom and accordingly encourage an open exchange of ideas both outside and within their
profession. Above all astrologers respect the potential power they hold which has the ability to
affect the lives of others and they strive for the highest levels of competence and diligence.

A. General Standards
A.1 Applicability of this Code
This Code applies to the activities of astrologers in their professional work, as well as in
their representations and use of astrology at large.

A.2 Avoiding Harm
Astrologers avoid making statements that could cause harm through confusion,
misunderstanding or fear.

A.3 Boundaries of Competence
Astrologers provide services to the public – whether in astrology or in other disciplines –
only within the boundaries of their competence based on their education, training and
appropriate experience.

A.4 Interpretations and Forecasts
a) Consulting astrologers are careful to present their astrological interpretations and
opinions with objectivity and appropriate qualifying statements, rather than as final or
unequivocal pronouncements.

b) Astrologers make predictions only when they are derived from a conscientious
application of technique.

A.5 Responsibilities to Others
a) Astrologers respect the rights of others, including clients, students and colleagues, to
hold values, attitudes and opinions different from their own.

b) Astrologers make every effort to refrain from any behaviour that may reasonably be
considered offensive, harassing or demeaning to others.

c) Consulting astrologers are careful to avoid manipulation of their client’s feelings and
emotions.

d) Astrologers do not present their interpretations or opinions to their clients in a way that
could intimidate them.

A.6 Human Differences
a) Astrologers respect human differences, including those due to astrological
configurations, age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual
gender preference and socio-economic status.

b) Should such human differences impair or compromise an astrologer in serving a
particular individual or a group, the astrologer makes a conscious effort to ensure
fairness and objectivity. Such efforts might include obtaining appropriate training,
experience or advice. Otherwise the astrologer should make an appropriate referral.

A.7 Personal Problems and Conflicts
a) Astrologers refrain from counselling individuals or clients with whom they have personal
problems or conflicts which may interfere with their effectiveness or cause harm.

b) Astrologers remain alert to personal problems or conflicts arising during an astrology
relationship, and take appropriate measures to correct the situation or to limit, suspend
or terminate the understanding.

A.8 Sexual Conduct
a) Astrologers do not engage in sexual behaviour with clients or students unless such
behaviour is clearly separate from and outside of the astrological sessions or work.

b) Astrologers do not engage in sexual harassment. Sexual harassment consists of sexual
solicitation, physical advances, or any other verbal or nonverbal sexual conduct that is
offensive or that the astrologer should realize might be unwelcome. Sexual harassment
can take the form of persistent or pervasive acts, or of a single act that is intense or
severe.

A.9 Third Party Services
a) When an astrologer agrees to provide consulting services for someone at the request of
another, the astrologer clarifies the role of the astrologer and the extent of and limits to
confidentiality with each party.

b) Astrologers do not attempt to manipulate a person’s behaviour on behalf of a third
party.

B. Confidentiality
B.1 Maintaining Confidentiality
a) Astrologers respect the confidentiality and rights to privacy of their clients, students
and others who they deal with in astrological contexts. Confidentiality applies to the
identity of and personal information about clients and other individuals.

b) Astrologers do not disclose personal information that is unobtainable from public
sources without the consent of the person involved as long as that person is living.

B.2 Consultations with Colleagues
When consulting with colleagues, astrologers do not share the identity of the person or persons
involved without prior consent. If unavoidable, they share only that information which is
necessary to achieve the purposes of the consultation.

B.3 Confidential Information in Data Collections
Astrologers seek permission from living subjects (such as clients, students and friends) before
including confidential information in named data collections. Alternatively, astrologers use
coding or other techniques to protect the identity of the subjects.

C. Advertising and Public Statements
C.1 Definitions
Advertising, whether paid or unpaid, includes all media, such as magazines, newspaper ads,
brochures, business cards, flyers and other printed matter, direct mail promotions, directory
listings, résumés, etc. Public statements include advertising as well as statements made in
classes, lectures, workshops and other oral presentations, published materials, interviews and
comments for use in all electronic media.

C.2 False or Deceptive Statements
a) Astrologers do not make advertising claims or public statements that are false,
deceptive, misleading or fraudulent, either because of what they state or suggest, or
because of what they omit. This includes claims and statements regarding their training,
experience, competence, credentials, organisational affiliations, and services.

b) Astrologers take responsibility for the content of promotional advertising statements
made on their behalf.

C.3 Unfounded Statements
Astrologers willingly and openly reveal their sources of information, whether they be scientific,
academic, experimental or mystical. Astrologers do not misrepresent their sources of
information and make every effort to verify their accuracy.

C.4 Misuse of Astrology
a) Misuse includes gross misrepresentation of astrological factors used to make
sensational and exaggerated claims in public statements.

b) Astrologers are alert to and guard against personal, financial, social, religious or political
factors that might cause them to misuse their influence.

c) Astrologers do not participate in activities in which it appears likely that their expertise
or data will be misused by others.

d) If astrologers learn of the misuse of their work, they take reasonable steps to correct or
minimise the misuse or misrepresentation.

C.5 Organisational Misrepresentation
a) ASSA members who represent themselves as such are careful to clarify whether they
are acting as a spokesperson or as an individual.

b) ASSA members do not act as spokespersons or imply that they are spokespersons for
ASSA without the authorisation to do so.

D. Business Practices
D.1 Solicitation of Clients
Astrologers do not make astrological statements, predictions or forecasts in the course of the
solicitation of clients or students that are misleading either in their optimism or their negativity,
or that are frightening or intimidating.

D.2 Boundaries
Astrologers maintain reasonable boundaries with their clients, with the best interests of their
clients in mind.

D.3 Referrals
a) Astrologers make referrals based on the best interests of the client or potential client.
Astrologers only recommend other professionals who are to the best of their
knowledge qualified, competent and ethically responsible.

b) Astrologers do not accept referral fees.

D.4 Fees
a) Astrologers do not exploit the recipients of their services with respect to fees, nor do they
misrepresent their fees.

b) Astrologers adopt a policy of transparency with regards to their fees and ensure that their
clients are aware of their fees prior to the consultation.

c) Astrologers endeavour to charge market related fees that are adjusted accordingly
based on their level of qualifications and experience.

d) Professional practicing astrologers do not contract their services at no charge as this
demeans the craft of astrology. Pro Bono work however is accepted at their discretion
where they feel this is justifiable.

D.5 General Practices
a) Astrologers take responsibility for informing their clients of their business practices,
such as length and frequency of sessions and the kind of work performed.
b) Astrologers make every effort to honour all commitments they have made.

E. Teaching, Writing and Research
E.1 Accuracy and Objectivity
When engaged in teaching or writing astrologers present astrological information accurately
and with appropriate objectivity.

E.2 Active Participation of Subjects
In research projects that involve interviews with research subjects astrologers are careful to
consider the negative impact their questions may have on the well-being of those subjects.

E.3 Crediting and Citing Sources
a) Astrologers realise the importance of intellectual integrity. They are aware that the
improper use of copyrighted material is illegal, and that plagiarism (the presentation of
another’s work as one’s own) is dishonest.

b) Astrologers always obtain permission to use copyrighted material in their classes or
writings, unless a fair-use exception is allowed. Direct quotes are clearly indicated as
such, and references to the work of others are properly cited.

c) Astrologers, when presenting material in either written or spoken form that includes
original ideas or research or other material derived from the work of another, always
give appropriate credit to their source, e.g. identified.

F. Resolving Ethical Issues
F.1 Confronting Ethical Issues
Should an astrologer be uncertain how this Ethics code may apply in a given situation, the
astrologer makes a good faith effort to consult with knowledgeable colleagues, organisational
representatives or with other appropriate authorities such as ASSA in order to choose a proper
course of action.

F.2 Personal and Religious Views
a) Astrologers whose personal conviction or religious ethics conflict with those of clients
or students are alert to the possible compromise of objectivity that may arise. In such
cases astrologers clearly separate their views from their astrological interpretations.

b) Astrologers whose personal convictions or religious ethics come into conflict with this
code clarify their differences where appropriate.
F.3 Co-operating with Ethics Investigations

a) Astrologers cooperate in ethics investigations and proceedings and have regard for the
requirements of any organisation to which they belong such as ASSA. In doing so they
make reasonable efforts to resolve any issues involving potential breaches of
confidentiality.

b) Astrologers are honest in their dealings with ethics’ bodies. Astrologers do not deceive
or withhold appropriate information from ethics’ bodies.

F.4 Improper Complaints
Astrologers do not file or encourage the filing of ethics’ complaints that are frivolous and are
intended to harm the respondent rather than protect the public.