Code of Ethics of the Federation of Australian Astrologers SA Inc
Membership of a member association is conditional upon adherence to the following Code of Ethics:
Protection Of Astrological Authenticity
Members of affiliated associations should endeavour to promote the expansion of astrological knowledge by ensuring, when appropriate, that the public is accurately informed about astrological practices. The FAA and its affiliated associations should discourage claims and attempts by unqualified persons to provide astrological services to the public.
The integrity of the profession of Astrology must be preserved and members of affiliated associations, when acting in their professional astrological capacity, are expected to behave in a manner that enhances and does not damage the status of the profession.
Affiliated associations may ask the National Council to assess the professional and ethical behaviour of members in this regard when called into question. Professional behaviour to extend to the use of electronic media.
That members, guests and visitors attending FAA events, respect the lecturers’, writers’ and teachers’ intellectual property by citing and crediting the source from which the material came, and are made 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. Respect must be given to a speaker’s intellectual property by not taking photographs or recordings during a lecture without the consent of the lecturer.
Relationship Between Astrologer And Client
Clients shall be informed of the method/s used, the duration and nature of the consultation/s and the fees involved before any work is undertaken.
A member of an affiliated association will first and foremost consider the well-being of the client, endeavouring to enhance the client’s understanding of his/her chart in a helpful, constructive manner, and placing the welfare of the client above the member’s self-interest.
Members must refrain from offering any medical, legal or financial advice unless the appropriate related qualifications have been obtained.
Where clients’ needs are beyond the education, training or skills of the individual astrologer, they should be referred to the appropriate agencies.
Protection For The Client
A member of an affiliated association will take into account the reliability of the birth data, informing the client, if necessary, of interpretative limitations as a result of possibly inaccurate birth data.
When a chart is rectified, the client must be informed and the rectification done by a recognised astrological method.
The above requirements being satisfied, members will ensure the greatest possible accuracy in the erection of all astrological charts. The fact that a chart is computer generated will not obviate the responsibility to ensure accuracy.
All astrological reports, oral or written, should be directly concerned with the astrological charts, maps or other tools under consideration and should be expressed as simply and unequivocally as possible with due regard for the state of the client.
All astrological consultations shall be considered confidential, unless this confidentiality physically endangers another person or is in breach of any law.
A member of an affiliated association must not convey confidential communications from other astrologers to a client without permission from the authors of such communication.
Confidential material about clients, which might lead to their identification, must not be published without their permission.
Nothing in this clause will prohibit a member of an affiliated association seeking advice or a second opinion from another professional astrologer.
When commissioned to do predictive work, a member of an affiliated association will ensure that the client is aware of the distinction between the astrological event, which can be calculated precisely and its interpretation, which depends on the judgement of the individual astrologer. No member of an affiliated association will claim to be infallible in the prediction of events using astrology.
The Relationship Between Members
Members shall not criticise the skill and judgement of any other member in a public way, whether to clients, in lecture or articles, or on social media. Members shall not attempt to procure for themselves the business of another member’s client.
Members of an affiliated association should respect, and help where appropriate, fellow members of all affiliated associations in their pursuit of astrological knowledge, without bias in terms of divisions of astrology.
If a member of an affiliated association forms the opinion that a fellow member is behaving unethically and/or unprofessionally, s/he should, if appropriate, approach the member in a helpful way. If this proves to be ineffective, the member should
- warn the person, if appropriate, of intention to report the matter to the committee of the relevant affiliated association; and
- should it become necessary, proceed with that action.
The committee of the affiliated association must proceed to determine whether there has been a breach of the Code of Ethics and to impose penalties in accordance with its Constitution (Association rules).
All members must uphold the integrity of the FAA and its affiliated associations by striving for the highest possible standards of astrological expertise and professional behaviour when representing the FAA or a member association.
No person shall represent the FAA unless approved by the National Council of the Executive Committee. No person shall represent an affiliated association unless approved by the committee of that association.