Code of Professional Ethics

CODE OF ETHICS

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

2nd Edition| 2014

 

Title I

Code of Professional Ethics of the Portuguese Association of Astrology

 

Chapter I - Scope

Article nº1 - Rights and Duties

All members of the ASPAS have rights and duties arising from this Statute and the Code of Professional Ethics, in the following articles:

 

Chapter II - Rights and Duties of the members to the ASPAS

Article nº2 - Rights of the Full Members

Article nº3 - Duties of the Full Members

Article nº4 - Rights of the Collective and Honorary Members

Article nº5 - Duties of the Collective and Honorary Members

Article nº6 - Rights of the Student Members

Article nº7 - Duties of the Student Members

 

Chapter III - Duties arising from the exercise of professional activity

Article nº8 - Astrologer Duties to the community

Article nº9 - Astrologer Duties towards the employer and client

Article nº10 - Astrologer Duties in the exercise of the profession

Article nº11 - The Mutual Duty of Astrologers

 

Title I

Code of Professional Ethics of the Portuguese Association of Astrology

 

Chapter I - Scope

 

Article nº1 - Rights and Duties

All members of the ASPAS have rights and duties arising from this Statute and the Code of Professional Ethics, in the following articles:

 

 

Article nº2 - Rights of the Full Members

1. Participate in ASPAS's activities

2. To take part and vote in the General Assembly, referendums and elections.

3. Consult the record of the General Assembly in the headquarters of the association.

4. Propose to the Direction the call of extraordinary General Assemblies.

5. To elect and be elected to the performance of functions in ASPAS.

6. Benefit from the editorial publishing of ASPAS, whether in the form of the Journal Astrological, or in the Internet where ASPAS is publishing activity, including Website, Blog, Facebook and others.

7. Use the services offered by ASPAS and their Partners, under free or at reduced prices.

8. Propose a realization of a "Partnership Protocol in the Professional Support" with ASPAS.

9. Appeal to legal advice related to their professional practice.

10. Using the ASPAS's card and certificate, contributing to the increase of their professional credibility, and enjoy the respective discounts.

 

Article nº3 - Duties of the Full Members

1. The duties of the Full Members towards ASPAS:

           a) Comply with the requirements of the Statute, the Code of Professional Ethics and the Regulations of the ASPAS;

           b) Participate in pursuing the objectives of the ASPAS;

           c) To perform the functions for which they have been elected or chosen;

           d) Provide to working committees and working groups the specialized assistance that is requested;

           e) Contribute to the good reputation of ASPAS and look to extend its scope of influence;

           f) Meet punctually the charges established by ASPAS.

 

2. The delay of more than one year in the fulfillment of duty indicated in paragraph f), above, implies automatic suspension.

 

Article nº4 - Rights of the Collective and Honorary Members

1. Participate in ASPAS's activities;

2. Intervene with no vote in the General Assembly;

3. Benefit from the editorial activity of ASPAS, whether in the form of the Journal Astrological, or in the Internet where ASPAS is publishing activity, including Website, Blog, Facebook and others.

4. Propose a realization of a "Partnership Protocol in the Professional Support" with ASPAS.

 

Article nº5 - Duties of the Collective and Honorary Members

1. Constitute the duty of the Collective and Honorary Members contribute to the good reputation of ASPAS and seek to extend its scope of influence.

 

Article nº6 - Rights of the Student Members

1. Participate in ASPAS's activities;

2. Intervene with vote in the General Assembly;

3. Benefit from the editorial activity of ASPAS, whether in the form of the Journal Astrological, or in the Internet where ASPAS is publishing activity, including Website, Blog, Facebook and others.

4. Registration as a Full Member when gathering the conditions for such, benefiting from the exemption of the admission fee.

5. Meet punctually the charges established by ASPAS.

6.  The delay of more than one year in the fulfillment of duty indicated in paragraph 5), above, implies automatic suspension.

 

Article nº7 - Duties of the Student Members

1. It is the duty of the student members to contribute to the good reputation of the ASPAS and look to extend its scope of influence.

2. It is the duty of the student not to prejudice the reputation of Astrology by exercising professional activity without being qualified and certificated to do so.

3. It is considered improper, and cause for expulsion, the use of the ASPAS's member functions by not clarifying that fall within the category of student member.

 

Chapter III - Duties arising from the exercise of professional activity

 

Article nº8 - Astrologer Duties to the community

1. It is the fundamental duty of the astrologer, preserve and dignify the profession to which he belongs with his highest title of honor, always looking for the moral and professional elevation, patented by their acts.

2. The Astrologer should contribute to inform and educate about astrology the community in which it operates.

3. The Astrologer should oppose to any fraudulent use, or contrary to the common good of Astrology.

4. Those who study or practice astrology understands and realizes that it can be use as a form of power. It is absolutely condemned the use of astrology and astrological practice for some kind of personal favor and advantage over others in particular or in general.

5. As a former of Astrology, the astrologer must qualify for the exercise of his function, being the CAP (Professional Aptitude Certification), one reference in his practice.

 

Article nº9 - Astrologer Duties towards the employer and client

1. The Astrologer should contribute to the achievement of economic and social objectives of the organizations to which it belongs, promoting the increased quality of the astrological service and aligned with interests and objectives of the employer, provided they are not contrary to the ethical principles defended in this document.

2. The Astrologer must always have in mind honesty, respect and the safeguard of the interests of his clients, without prejudice to his professional dignity.

3. The Astrologer have the duty to request data to his client about the exact time, date and place of birth, preferably in supporting documentation such as a birth certificate. Where this is not possible, inform the customer in a clear and unequivocal way about the limitations of the analysis without the presence that fundamental elements, which govern the astrological practice.

4. In the context of the previous point, when the information is not secure, the astrologer should promote the rectification of maps on which is working through information provided by the client. Where this is not possible, inform the customer in a clear and unequivocal way that all results will be partial or incomplete.

5. The Astrologer should make use of professional secrecy explaining it to the customer;

6. The Astrologer must promote a clear and objective speech, directed to the areas of interest expressed by the customer. The astrological analysis and guidance can be conducted verbally, promoting the voice recording that is available to the client, or can be carried out through written astrological reports.

7. The Astrologer must inform the client, as clearly and objectively as possible, about what is the price of the query, the form and time of payment, the elements needed about the client and what services he provides.

8. The Astrologer, beyond a detailed astrological analysis, must have a sensitivity and appropriate speech to his client, taking into account the emotional state of the same.

9. The Astrologer should pay attention to the own emotional state and promote states of consciousness that are not suitable for holding astrological counseling so that this does not harm your client and the proper practice of the profession of astrologer.

10. The Astrologer must respond to what the client ask based on the general ethical standards of the astrologer and the client, and the standards present in this document.

11. The Astrologer should promote increased knowledge and consciousness for the client, pointing mechanisms and areas of life possible to overcome difficulties and seizing opportunities.

12. The Astrologer, taking into account the points earlier refereed, should consider seriously what information he sends to the client, taking into account the consequences of what will convey and bring value to the client, or if affect negatively.

 

Article nº10 - Astrologer Duties in the exercise of the profession

1. It is astrologer duty apply, in the exercise of his profession, all that has been described in the articles 8 and 9 of this document.

2. The astrologer must always be aware that it is a human being before being a professional astrologer and, as such, he always have an incomplete knowledge of what are all the components of human knowledge. The astrologer must therefore cultivate humility and continuous search for knowledge.

3. The Astrologer should assume his mistakes and put Astrology above his personal practice, so he will be promoting the dignity of astrology and his own practice in general.

4. The Astrologer must have reservations on how he transmits the astrological knowledge to the general public and also in consultation, he should not take aggressive postures on issues that have no certainties, and who do not meet consensus in Astrology. But should always express his line of thinking openly and clearly, promoting the exchange of ideas that contribute to the advancement of universal knowledge and better service to the general public.

5. It is a fundamental duty of the astrologer have good preparation in order to competently perform his duties and contribute to the credibility of astrology and its best application in the service of humanity.

6. The Astrologer, should have maximum psychological maturity and intellectual and moral discipline, so he can guide his fellows.

7. All professional relationships and interactions should be clear and ethical.

8. The Astrologer should promote his continuing education and practice in Astrology.

9.  It is Astrologer duty to inform what are the basic elements and data sources present in the execution of any astrological work and encourage the use of accurate data, preferably documented. When somehow are not available all the conditions that allow a complete astrological analysis, he must indicate the constraints of the practice.

10. The Astrologer must communicate only orientations that have been substantiated in Astrology, and when, by personal freedom, want to use another techniques or human knowledge areas, must expressly state what they are and that it's not the basis of Astrology.

11. In the performance of his activity, the astrologer complies dignify it moral and professionally, having the duty to serve the whole society in a exempt way and with equality, subordinating his particular interest to the collectivity, and attending to all in equal, whether astrologers or not, considering the pluralism and diversity as the best guarantee of democracy and social harmony.

 

Article nº11 - The Mutual Duty of Astrologers

1. The Astrologer should only claim the copyright when the originality and relative importance of his contribution justifies, exercising this right with respect for the intellectual propriety of each other.

2. The Astrologer must provide to his peers, if requested, all possible assistance.

3. The Astrologer should not undermine the professional reputation or the professional activities of his peers, or allow that their work be slighted, and should, when necessary, appreciate them and always safe guarding the dignity of the profession, respecting the visions of each other, but keeping his vision, except when is involved fraudulent practices that must be denunciated.

 

 

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