Private Astrology Mentorship with Dena DeCastro, M.A.

Like you, I have a passion for astrology. The roots run deep. Some of my earliest memories of reading anything are of reading astrology books. I practiced with friends’ and family charts in my teens and twenties. In 1998, I went professional and began charging  for my readings.


About a year into my practice, insecurity crept in. I knew that there were gaps in my astrological knowledge. I felt out of my depth sometimes when doing readings. The more I practiced, the more questions I had. And as hard as I looked, I couldn’t find all of my answers in books. I was painfully aware that astrology is a topic so vast that no one can ever "master" it. Still, I wanted to be more competent, and confident, than I was.

Insecurity is natural when you’re striving to become better at what you do. When you feel that insecurity, it’s the perfect time to find a mentor.

I found a local astrologer, a woman who had been practicing professionally for 25 years. She taught me techniques that I still use to this day. But most importantly, she helped me to believe in myself.


A couple of years later, I found another mentor in Steven Forrest and his Apprenticeship Program. His teachings are at the foundation of the way I practice astrology today.


With that foundation, the only thing to do next was practice. Over time I learned how to confidently present a chart to my clients. I honed my ability to translate the chart and its symbols into plain English; to weave a compelling story; to use language that is affirming, yet truthful. These are skills that come with practice. But the process of developing these skills can be accelerated immensely by working with a mentor.

Why Private Mentorship?


There are many ways to learn about astrology. You could read hundreds of books on the topic. You could take in hours of webinars and podcasts. You could attend astrology conferences throughout the U.S. and beyond. You could attend your local school for astrology. You could do internet research, endlessly Googling topics.


You get the idea.


Each of these paths can help you develop your skills. But ultimately, there’s no substitute for working one on one with a mentor. 


A mentor astrologer can save you time, money, and effort by tailoring a curriculum to your specific goals.


That's where I come in. I can teach you the core skills you need in order to practice astrology competently and professionally.


Private Mentorship is for you if...

  • You have a basic understanding of planets, signs, houses, aspects. But the thought of giving a reading to someone is daunting.

  • You have practiced reading charts for friends and family. Now you find yourself wondering what it would take to become a professional astrologer.

  • You have a relatively new astrology practice. But you know there are “holes” in your astrological knowledge which keep you from feeling confident and secure.

  • You feel intimidated by more experienced astrologers. 

  • You want a structured way to learn astrology and take your skills to the next level.

  • You learn well when given direct instruction and guidance.

  • You want to work one-on-one with an experienced astrologer who is available to answer your questions.


Private Mentorship is NOT for you if...

  • You do not have at least three to five hours a week available to put into practicing with charts.

  • You are satisfied with book learning and audio recordings for now.

  • You already feel confident and competent as a professional astrologer.

Are you ready to…


  • Advance your astrological knowledge and wisdom?

  • Refine your technical and professional skills?

  • Give more effective readings?

  • Connect to your unique voice and OWN your philosophical approach?

Get all this and more through hands-on practice with me.


In this three month program, we’ll cover topics specific to your needs, such as:

  • The Natal Chart: Planets, signs, and houses; Aspects; Nodes

  • The Moving Chart: Transits, Progressions, and Solar Arcs

  • Story: Finding themes and patterns in the birth chart

  • From “Astrologese” to English: Translating the language of astrology so that your client can easily understand the information

  • Synthesis: Putting the pieces together in a natal or forecast reading

  • Connecting with the client: listening and developing rapport

  • Knowing and trusting your inner guidance system

  • Developing your philosophical approach

  • Communication skills

Mentorship is far from a cookie cutter curriculum. I create tools and lessons designed with you and your learning specifically in mind. We won’t go over material you already know. We’ll only spend your valuable time on the things that are most important to you. And we can adapt or change as we go if you find you’d like to spend more or less time on a topic.


The goods:

  • Three live one-hour Private Mentorship Sessions with me to be scheduled monthly and within a three month period (conducted via Zoom).

  • Recordings of all your live sessions emailed to you.

  • A copy of your full curriculum plan given to you at the beginning of the mentorship so that you know exactly what’ll be covered.

  • Helpful exercises to give you structure and help you quickly grow your skills.

  • Weekly email check-ins and answers to all your questions..

  • Additional handouts and recommended resources to ease the learning process.

What students are saying

I feel much more confident now that I understand how to break things down. I'm able to trust my gut instead of trying to memorize interpretations.

Sherrill Schmidt

Evanston, IL

I appreciated the ability to create my own curriculum and focus. I also appreciated the flexibility to change my mind mid-cycle and Dena's ability to go with the flow.

Aleka Thorvalson

Charleston, SC

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This is a limited-enrollment program, meaning I am only able to take on a handful of clients per year.


Your investment:


$1197 if paid in full at registration


Three monthly installments of $433 each

Interested? Let's get started!


This is a limited-enrollment program, meaning I am only able to take on a handful of clients per year. 

If you are interested:

1. Please fill out this application

2. Email me to set up a time for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if this program is the right fit for you. 


This is your time to learn, and I want you to get the most value out of it that you can! If you have any questions, please contact me.

My Credentials




I received my astrological training through Steven Forrest’s Apprenticeship Program, and obtained Master’s Level Certification within the A.P. I worked as an Associate Editor for The Mountain Astrologer magazine and authored several articles. In the 2000’s, I appeared over the years on local radio here in Portland talking about astrology. This led to my early interest in podcasting, and I created “The Sirius Astrology Podcast” in 2007, which ran to 2014. Since then I have appeared as a guest on many other podcasts including Shift Your Spirits and The Big Seance.  


Academic Experience


I obtained two Master’s Degrees, one in English and one in Spiritual Traditions (via Liberal Arts). As a college instructor for eight years, I learned about curriculum development and different learning styles. I was trained in a  student-centered approach. I bring these skills to my astrology mentorship.

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