We are excited to announce our new look Mentoring Program for 2021.

Our 2021 mentoring program will be offered to astrologers moving into or are already establishing their professional career, with the hope of supporting not only AFAN’s membership but the astrological community as a whole. Any member can access the mentoring program, whether as a writing, speaking, teaching or consulting astrologer, it doesn’t matter, nor does the type of astrology you use.

To share as much knowledge with as many members as possible, there will be two ways for you to participate in this program:

I. A larger group of 20 mentees who have access to monthly workshops across a variety of topics all centered around building your business and professional astrology life. We’re open to suggestions on topics, so please feel free to send them through. We will also be creating a group area for mentees to connect together. This group will run from March 2021 until February 2022.
II. A smaller group of 10 mentees who have one-on-one mentoring sessions with an AFAN-approved mentor. This is a six-month program and will consist of five monthly 1 hour sessions with your mentor. There will be another intake in September, and both are drawn from the larger group.

Like to apply?
All active AFAN members are eligible to apply, and as the program will be held entirely online it is available for any member, anywhere in the world. We hope to have mentors with a variety of languages to support this and will also be working to be diverse and inclusive in our offerings. Please use this form to submit your application. All applications close on 7 March and we will be holding short (15min) video interviews in the following weeks before final decisions are made.

Finally, the monthly workshops will be recorded and made available to all AFAN members after they have been held, to support growth of our entire membership.

About the Mentor/Mentee relationship
Mentors will inquire about their mentees interests and offer guidance on books, journals, conferences, courses, schools or teachers to enhance development of a knowledge base on particular topics. The role of the mentor is as an advisor, consultant or sounding board, not as a teacher of course work. There may, for example, be discussions concerning the ethical responsibilities of being a consulting astrologer or on how to develop leadership skills through active participation in local, national, and international astrology organizations. Advice may be given on how to conduct a research project, prepare a paper for publication, start up a business or even to organize or work on a conference.
More than just the communication of information, this process involves passing on the wisdom gleaned from the mentor’s own experiences in the astrological field. A mentee is not a student, but a person who is committed to astrology and needs to be nurtured along the way. To create and preserve an oral history and provide continuity between generations, the mentor might also share their personal stories and adventures as an astrologer.
A mentor is the person you would contact for advice or encouragement or even when you simply need a sounding board. The role of the mentee is to listen to their mentor and be guided by them. There will be boundaries and they must be respected.

If you would like to have a trusted advisor to help you learn the real world application of astrology, then please register your interest by filling out this form. We will review your preferences and advise you by 22 March 2021. The first workshop event will be held on Thursday 25 March.

Questions? You can contact the Chair of AFAN’s Advisors/Mentoring Committee at mentor@afan.org.

 

Mentors will inquire about their protégé’s interests and offer guidance on books, journals, conferences, courses, schools or teachers to enhance the protégé’s development of a knowledge base on particular topics. The role of the mentor is as an advisor, consultant or sounding board, not as a teacher of course work. There may, for example, be discussions concerning the ethical responsibilities of being a consulting astrologer or on how to develop leadership skills through active participation in local, national, and international astrology organizations. Advice may be given on how to conduct a research project, prepare a paper for publication, start up a business or even to organize or work on a conference.

More than just the communication of information and not a role of educating; this process involves passing on the wisdom gleaned from the mentor’s own experiences in the astrological field. A protégé is not just another student, but a person who is committed to astrology and needs to be nurtured along the way. To create and preserve oral history and provide continuity between generations, the mentor might also share his/her personal stories and adventures as an astrologer.

If you would like to be a mentor and give back some of your accumulated knowledge and experience to newer astrologers, please contact the Chairs of AFAN’s Mentoring Committee at mentor@afan.org.