Statement of Purpose
The mission of the NCGR-Professional Astrologers' Alliance is to serve as a trade association to promote the common interests of astrologers and to improve the status of the profession of astrology primarily through the implementation of a certification program, the promotion of high ethical standards in the practice of astrology, as well as any other matters relevant to the professional astrologer. These goals will be achieved through the following:
Standards for Ethical and Professional Practice
Requires members to adhere to a code of ethical standards for the practice of astrology
Provides a valid and reliable certification program for astrology practitioners
Education & Training
Provides training opportunities for practicing astrologers
Presents astrological educational programs, including conferences and online training opportunities
Fosters development and growth of astrological professionals committed to the preservation and enhancement of astrology
Promotes public awareness and interest in astrology through public information campaigns and events such as International Astrology Day
Monitors government legislation and conducts activities that maintain and protect the rights of astrologers
Offers enlistment, organization, and support in order to achieve the purposes of the organization
Creates avenues for astrologers to share ideas with one another, including online groups, and special interest groups
Publishes ezines, newsletters and other periodicals that foster communication
Fosters international cooperation, knowledge exchange, and education among astrology professionals and organizations worldwide.
History of the NCGR-Professional Astrologers Alliance
As a result of a desire to better serve the needs of its members, the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) developed a four level certification program and Professional Empowerment Program. As a 501(c) (3), NCGR found it was limited in what it could do to promote astrology as a profession and to promote the interests of its members. In 2007, the NCGR began taking steps to create the NCGR-Professional Astrologers’ Alliance (NCGR-PAA), a 501(c) (6) trade association so that it could continue with pursuits that emphasized the business and professional side of astrological practice.
By setting up a trade association separate and apart from NCGR, PAA would be able to continue administering the certification exams, the Professional Empowerment Program, and other activities which support astrology practitioners without endangering the tax-exempt status of NCGR and its mission to promote astrological inquiry, research, and public awareness. In order to get assistance with chartering a trade association, NCGR contacted a firm in Massachusetts (where NCGR is incorporated) that specializes in non-profit law.
The trade association was incorporated in Boston on May 5, 2008, at 11:57 a.m., with the name "NCGR-Professional Astrologers' Alliance." The Incorporation Chart is below.