Conference Schedule w/Lecture Descriptions

*Schedule is subject to change

Friday, May 24, 2019

1:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremony

 1:15-2:15 p.m. – Keynote

  • Kelly Surtees – Towards a Collaborative Future: Past, Present and the Way Forward
    Time shapes astrology as new generations resurrect the past and add their own contributions. Whether we realize it or not, each of us plays a pivotal role in developing and shaping the future of astrology.  How do we draw on our passion for the stars to contribute to the power and place of astrology? Do we harden into our own corners and perspectives, or do we reach across the sky, seeking connection, community and collaboration?            

2:30-3:45 p.m.

  • Frank Clifford – The Consultation Chart: A Tool for Working Astrologers
    Set up for the exact moment a consultation begins, the Consultation Chart reveals the *real* reasons behind a client’s visit and contains information about their past and present circumstances, as well as future possibilities. Starting a consultation with it can help to break the ice and gain a client’s trust. Join Frank to learn how to use and decode a remarkable tool that reminds us that every moment is fascinating and full of meaning.   (intermediate/advanced)
  • Adam Elenbaas – Karma, Enlightenment, and the Role of Eastern Philosophy in Western Astrology           
    In this talk, we will explore the relationship between various concepts in eastern philosophy, like karma and enlightenment, with the history and practices of western astrologers, spanning from the Hellenistic dawn of astrology up to our current “modern” era. As we go, we will explore some of the ways in which we astrologers sometimes misunderstand, or misuse various eastern, philosophical concepts, as well as suggesting some of the healthy ways in which we might incorporate them into our practices. (intermediate/advanced)
  • John Foster – Discovering New Dimensions of Your Chart using Midpoint Pictures              
    Midpoint Pictures are one of the most underutilized and insightful tools we astrologers have. Learning to “see” and “feel” midpoint pictures leads to a keener understanding of yourself as well as your clients. We will focus on a few of the midpoint pictures that call for attention. Ignore them and risk missing part of your story. (All)
  • Judith Hill – Medical Astrology: 12 Secrets all Healers Should Know!
    Learn 12 medical secrets that every astrologer and medical practitioner should know. Judith distills decades of observation into 12 essential points. She has blinded-tested these principles on numerous real cases and found them sound. Medical astrology works so well that Physician H.L. Cornell, M.D. stated: “In my own practice I found Astrology of inestimable value in diagnosing my cases, and to quickly determine the seat of disease in the patient…and to form a reasonably accurate prognosis”.  (All)
  • Jason Holley – Seeing Double: Gemini and the Search For Mortality          
    Myths of the twins tell of a long search by one brother, immortal, for his mortal counterpart.  What is Gemini searching for, and why?  What happens when the search ends?  Can it end?   By exploring this ancient story and some of its less-discussed details, as well as the lives of individuals in modern psychotherapy with strong Gemini signatures, we will develop a deeper and more nuanced view of the psycho-dynamics and especially the perceptual shifts involved in Gemini process.  (All)
  • Cassandra Tyndall – Timing Your Life with Firdaria
    This simple yet effective time lord system, mostly used in medieval astrology brings one or two planets to the fore at any given time period. In this talk, you’ll discover how the firdaria can reflect potential and promise in the natal chart as well as combining existing timing tools you already use. (intermediate)

4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Tara Aal – The Magical Axis: Virgo, the Magic of Manifestation and Pisces, the Magic of Disintegration Coming together? Coming undone? You’re in the Virgo/Pisces zone. If forming perfectly grounded mosaics in the air makes sense to you, let’s play with reality and fantasy. Finding balance through polarity points can change your life. Virgo and Pisces are one field of energy – the bridge that turns reality into dreams; dreams into reality. The 12th house is magical, but the 6th is where magic happens, at least on this planet. The integration of these archetypes is pure joy! (beginner)
  • Chris Brennan – Reception as a Mitigating Factor in Natal Astrology          
    Sometimes hard aspects can be really difficult, while other times they can be more constructive, but how do you know which way it will go? Ancient astrologers took into account a host of mitigating conditions, which could alter the interpretation of basic chart placements. In this lecture we will cover one of the most important mitigating conditions, reception, and demonstrate how it can be a crucial factor in altering way that the planets manifest their significations in a person’s life. (intermediate)
  • Tony Dickey – Introduction to Outer Planet Synodic Quadrature Alignments
    Synodic quadrature alignments begin very simply, looking at planet pairs, via conjunctions, squares and oppositions. Like many simple seeming theories, extending our readings to the pairings of planets Jupiter through Pluto provides a more robust way to look at past, present and future. The audience will leave with a more holistic way to see history and the present as it unfolds into the future. Many diagrams and pertinent examples will get students quickly up to speed.  (beginner/ intermediate)
  • Shawn Nygaard – Uranus, Genius, Awakening, Revolution!
    Discovered in 1781, during the Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, and the scientific revolution, the planet Uranus was first seen when the world was experiencing radical change. This “enlightening” presentation explores the nature of Uranus (the Awakener), its ties to the scientific revolution, its mythic dimension associated with both the sky god Ouranos and the Titan Prometheus, and its place in our charts, with plenty of examples woven throughout. Includes a look at Uranus’ current placement in Taurus. (All)
  • Samuel Reynolds – Using Astrology to Thrive in Your Forties
    Reynolds focuses on the key cycles, like the Uranus opposition, the 2nd Saturn opposition, and the 4th Jupiter Return, during your 40s and details ways to navigate through some of the pitfalls and pinnacles suggested by those cycles at mid-life. (intermediate)
  • Nadiya Shah – Astrological Signatures of Long Term Love             
    Not all love though is fast and immediate. There are also relationships that last a long time. These relationships have their own astrological signatures, which denote stability and security. Friendship is another marker of a long term, long lasting relationship, as is practical necessity, fidelity, and more. This talk will explore various astrological markers of a long lasting relationship, and what makes two people committed and faithful. (beginner/intermediate)

6:30 p.m. – Dinner

7:45 p.m.

Philip Sedgwick – Tribute to Diana Stone

9:15 p.m.
Friday Night-owl lecture

  • Giulio Pellegrini – Saturn, Ensoulment, and the Birth of Consciousness and Calling
    We receive first contact with the organizing and structuring power of Saturn at age seven when transiting Saturn forms a square aspect to itself in the natal chart. This pivotal contact with Saturn represents a second birth, the formation of the mental-emotional body and the beginning of the process of individuation. Exploring Platonic cosmology, anthroposophy and through chart examples, we’ll show how using the exact moment of the first Saturn square is a remarkable tool for predicting vocation. (intermediate/advanced)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

9:00 a.m. – Keynote

  • Samuel Reynolds – Is Astrology Ready for Its Close Up?
    Astrology, according to several news outlets in the last two years, is growing in popularity, especially among millennials. But is astrology ready for closer scrutiny by critics and the curious alike? Reynolds explores key issues that astrologers must discuss and perhaps debate more as the surge for astrology increases.

10:30-12:00 p.m.

  • Chartreuse ChiChi Tembo – Venus: Your Key to Embodying Love, Self-Value, and Righteous Relating
    Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and how we value ourselves and relate to others. All relationships are assignments, and reflect our connection to ourselves and the universe.  Love is not romance or ownership, but an action: cultivating the presence of BEING and recognizing Oneness so that the energy of love surrounds us, abundantly.  This lecture demonstrates how to embody your unique Venus function to BE the state of love and create authentic connection and righteous relationships with everybody. (beginner)
  • Adam Elenbaas – The Esoteric Doctrines of the Essential Dignities
    In this talk, we will seek to uncover some of the secret, esoteric meanings of the essential dignities. We will specifically explore categories, like “rulership” and “detriment,” as well as “exaltation” and “fall.” Where do these categories come from, what do they mean, and why did we ever start using them in the first place? Are these just outworn, prescriptive artifacts of a bygone astrological era, or have they always contained deeper teachings about the mind, reality, and consciousness itself? (intermediate/advanced)
  • Mark Jones – Turning to Art: The Astrology of Artists Finding Their Calling             
    Mark explores the astrological factors present when people find their true calling: the moment when failed preacher, Vincent van Gogh, on the advice of his brother, started to paint – or the moment that, waiting on a delayed train from Manchester to London, a 25 year old J.K. Rowling conceived of Harry Potter. The culmination of years of research, this talk offers a framework for understanding these ‘windows of opportunity’ for realizing a creative project in all our lives. (intermediate)
  • Jessica Lanyadoo – Cultivating Emotional Intelligence
    We will explore how to support use astrology to develop greater emotional intelligence, and make choices that give them you the quality of life that you are seeking. (beginner/intermediate)
  • Kenneth D. Miller – Indian (Vedic) Astrology: What’s in it for Me?             
    Perhaps you’ve heard horror stories about how complicated Indian astrology can be. Perhaps you’ve heard unbelievable stories of its predictive powers. In this introductory lecture we will present a thorough introduction to the history, concepts, practices, and theory behind the astrology used by 1.2 billion people. And you don’t have to be a Hindu! You will learn how to be “bi-lingual” in the astrology of East and West. (beginner/intermediate)
  • Georgia Stathis – Turning the Wheel: A New Look at an old Technique – Derivative Houses
    The natal chart is a treasure trove of juicy information that we often fail to see. Each house represents different people. Placing that house at the Ascendant position, gives an accurate overview of the current conditions of those persons. Like adjusting the lens of a telescope, turning the wheel, allows you to see things from a very different perspective that is fresh, clean and unencumbered. Georgia uses this technique in her work with individuals as well as business. (All)

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

2:00-3:15 p.m.

  • Lesley Francis – 8 Keys to Using Your Chart More Effectively         
    The wealth of information, awareness and meaning found in your birth chart can lead to overloaded circuits and such a feeling of overwhelm that it can be difficult to make sense of what is happening, much less make use of the power and purpose inherent in the symbols. Join Lesley as she outlines practical and insightful ways to cut through the complexity based on 45 years of astrological study & 20 years as a full-time, practicing professional astrologer/intuitive. (beginner/intermediate)
  •  Sol Jonassen – Relationships and the 4 Asteroids
    Ceres, Vesta, Pallas Athena and Juno all pertain to different part of the feminine expression. Understanding these asteroids and what they look for in a relationship opens up a new dimension to the art of synastry. Through an exploration of their basic relationship needs we start to see and understand the astrological chart from a deeper perspective. In this lecture we will explore what that is about. (intermediate)
  • Rick Levine – The Pluto Principle: A Fresh Perspective on Death and Rebirth
    Liz Greene wrote, “Pluto is Saturn’s only real friend although, as the saying goes, with a friend such as this, one has no need of enemies.” The ancients considered Saturn as the three-dimensional world’ gatekeeper. But that was when our five senses were the limits of reality. We now know the previously invisible world is worth exploring, that consciousness doesn’t require a body, and that the real action occurs between death and rebirth. Welcome to the unseen world of Pluto. (All)
  • Philip Sedgwick – Saturn In Cap; Give A Crap
    Yeah, yeah, Saturn’s in Capricorn, its own sign, whoop-de-do. While Saturn travels Capricorn he is farthest from the Sun, retreating to maximize the need for enhanced conscious attention on all things Saturn. And he also moves the slowest in Cap, waiting for slow learners to join the learning curve. In Capricorn, he aligns with the south nodes of Vesta, Jupiter, Pluto and his own. And he aligns with his own aphelion but that of Earth and Sedna.  (All)                      .
  • Kelly Surtees – Timing of Transformation: VIP Predictions             
    Discover which of your natal planets have the power to transform your life. See how transits and progressions involving your VIP planets can radically shake up your existence. Transits to or progressions involving the planets ruling the angles in a chart carry more weight, and lead to more dramatic developments. You’ll learn easy ways to improve and streamline your forecasts as you get a better sense of which transits and progressions really matter.  (intermediate/advanced)
  • Cassandra Tyndall – Waving, Not Drowning – Neptune and the Soul Crisis 
    We often hear about the creative or spiritual possibilities when you’re either a ‘Neptunian’ or undergoing a Neptune transit or progression. What is not often talked about is Neptune’s involvement in some of the most challenging periods of a person’s life. In this lecture we’ll clear away some of the fog and explore ways to operate when you can’t see the path ahead. (intermediate)

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

  • Lynn Bell – Called to Meet the Past: The Nodes in Cancer/Capricorn
    As the nodal axis shifts into Cancer/ Capricorn, it moves backwards into connection with Pluto, then with Saturn. The old authoritarian temptation is heightened by the south Node’s entry into Capricorn, The ancestors call to us, to step up and finish what they could not, to repair an error, to pay a debt. Sometimes we are pulled into circumstances reminiscent of another era, another time. How to honor the past without being caught up in it?  (intermediate)
  • Chris Brennan – Sect: The Difference between Day and Night Charts
    The distinction between day and night is one of the most fundamental astronomical cycles we regularly experience, but what does it mean in astrology? Until recently, not much. However, recent discoveries in ancient astrology have shed new light on this long-forgotten technique. This lecture will provide a detailed overview of the concept of sect, and demonstrate how the interpretation of basic chart placements is altered depending on whether a person was born during the day or at night. (intermediate)
  • Gray Crawford – Psyche and Eros: The Fall of Venus and Mercury             
    What meaning can be found in the fall of Venus in Virgo and Mercury in Pisces? This talk will imaginally explore the nuances of Venus and Mercury in their fall through the telling of the tale Psyche and Eros. Eros and Aphrodite are the fish in the Pisces constellation and Psyche’s co-stars in her underworld journey into wholeness through the daimon of love. We’ll dive into the challenges and gifts found in the “fallen” polarity of Virgo and Pisces. (beginner/intermediate)
  • Laura Nalbandian – Signatures of Karmic Emotional Trauma: The Moon & Uranus
    In Evolutionary Astrology, one of the applications of Uranus is to identify karmic soul trauma. In this lecture, Laura will look specifically at the natal connections between Uranus and the Moon; focusing in on the nature of karmic emotional trauma. This will include any and all astrological contacts, e.g., Uranus in the fourth house, Moon in Aquarius, Moon in the eleventh house, aspects between the two planets, along with other contacts through dispositors and rulers. Laura will explore the karmic intention of these signatures and address possible solutions to resolve the karma. (intermediate)
  • Marie O’Neill – Esoteric Astrology – An Introduction
    Esoteric Astrology reveals your Soul or Higher Mind’s intention along with your potential for contributing to the evolution of humanity. This is accomplished through looking at Esoteric Planetary Rulership of the signs and the Seven Rays. The Seven Rays are the energy streams that enter our solar system from cosmic sources.  This talk will introduce you to the science of Esoteric Astrology – focusing on the esoteric meaning of the signs; their esoteric planetary rulers and the Seven Rays. (intermediate)
  • Nadiya Shah – Life Purpose in the Astrology Chart
    Life Purpose is an elusive, evolving question. It is also one of the top questions asked of any astrologer, including myself. This class will explore The “Big Six” astrological indicators as part of living a life filled with optimism, peace, purpose, and success. We will go through each of the symbols and explore their meaning, as part of synthesizing a chart towards feeling more like we are living in alignment with a higher purpose for our lives.  (beginner/intermediate)

6:30 p.m. – Banquet Dinner

7:45 p.m. – Keynote

  • Frank Clifford – Never Date A Fellow Astrologer … and Other Celestial Caveats   
    Proving that there’s always a wild side to an innocent face, Frank will present a fun – sometimes risqué – journey around the zodiac and offer the ‘T’ on the bizarre world of astrology. To soothe our passage in these politically correct times, acupressure and whale mating sounds will be provided throughout the talk for the easily shocked. Who can trump that?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

9:00 a.m. – Keynote

  • Laura Nalbandian – Mars – The Path to Actualizing Our Personal Power
    What is the source of our personal will & power?  How do we manifest Mars in our chart and life?  In this lecture Laura will explore how we humans generally misuse this energy – more times than not, feeling helpless & dis-empowered.  Laura will explore Mars through the signs of the zodiac, looking at the most effective way for each Mars placement to actualize its personal power.

10:15-11:30 am        

  • Rebecca Gordon – When Things Get Physical      
    The birth chart is a map of the body and a unique eco-system in and must be treated accordingly. Often trauma knocks your eco-system out of homeostasis, though knowing your internal health and lifestyle needs are key to regain control. You will get a hands on practical understanding of the tenets in medical astrology and how to incorporate this wisdom into your daily practice. We will dive into how the emotional, psychological and spiritual lands in form. (All)
  • Mark Jones – The Birth of the Modern Imagination: the Astrology of the 1890’s  
    In this talk, Mark explores the last decade of the nineteenth century and its foundational impact on modern culture. This period was dominated by the Neptune-Pluto conjunction of 1891-2, occurring on the planetary north node of Uranus, which will be explored in its relationship to the birth of psychology and modern astrology as well as in an explosion of new technology, breakthroughs in the arts and culture at large. Events of this period still shape events in the world today. (intermediate)
  • Jessica Lanyadoo – Couples Counseling: A Talk for Consulting Astrologers
    Couples Counseling with Astrology In this class we will explore how to use astrology to counsel couples so that they can honor themselves and each other. We will explore tools for counseling two people at once, which requires us to effectively interpret the things that are most driving in each individual and in the relationship. We will be on how to identify the most useful points and synthesize the information into a useful conversation for both parties in a couple. (intermediate/advanced)
  • Leisa Schaim – Finding Joy and Meaning in the Birth Chart
    People often seek out an astrologer when something in their life is causing difficulty. And while using astrology to look at problematic issues is common and useful, we can also provide balance and potential resources by bringing in topics that may give the client joy and meaning. This lecture will explore the different places in the birth chart to look for topics and areas of life most likely to provide these qualities, illustrated through example charts and real-life stories. (intermediate)
  • Philip Sedgwick – What’s Up with Eris
    It’s been a decade and a half since Eris came to our attention. The discovery of this amazing planet unseated Pluto’s status as planet, and shifted our collective attention to the fact that everyone, in some part of their consciousness can relate to the concept of feeling like a misfit. What do we know now about this planet now, and how can we apply current insights for gains in personal and collective consciousness? (All)
  • Kelly Surtees – Career Planets: Fulfilling Your Potential
    Which planet(s) most clearly describe career potential and life direction? You’ll learn how to determine your career planets and discover what insights they may have to offer around career, work and life direction. You’ll see how to spot professional prospects in the natal chart and learn strategies to create a career or life path that is truly fulfilling.  (beginner/intermediate)

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

 1:00 pm – Keynote

  • Rick Levine – Astrological Metaphysics: Dancing on the Head of a Pin
    Have you ever stopped to ask why we practice astrology? Can it really improve our lives? Can we alter the future? Is the past set in stone? What is the relationship between the real and the unreal, between fact and fiction? Does astrology fall within the realm of physics or metaphysics? Does it matter? William Blake wrote, “What is now proved was once only imagined.” Let’s dream and see what we can create.

2:30-3:45 p.m.

  • Frank Clifford – Solar Arc Directions: An Interactive Session
    Using some charts from the audience, Frank will demonstrate how Solar Arcs are among the most powerful and reliable of astrological measurements. He’ll show how to pinpoint landmark periods in your life, then he’ll work with some horoscopes from the audience to spot, define and articulate a range of Directions that will (hopefully!) amaze everyone with their simplicity and accuracy. If you want to enhance your forecasting skills, this is the talk to come to!  (intermediate/advanced)
  • Omari Martin – Electional Astrology
    The presentation will focus on the practical application of Electional Astrology, which will be demonstrated through sample charts. The importance of analyzing the planetary aspects and declinations of an electional chart in relation to the natal chart will be emphasized. Basic rules will be provided and used to evaluate acceptability of an electional chart given the desired outcome.  Planetary rulerships for various elections, the moon cycle, and effective use of a void-of-course moon will be discussed.  (intermediate)
  • Shawn Nygaard – The 6th House – With Twilight As My Guide
    In Hellenistic astrology, the 6th House carries a rather ominous label: Bad Fortune. What does this mean? What psychological insight can be gained by recognizing this quality of the 6th House? Through the symbolism of twilight – a complicated transition time between day and night, when the Sun has set below the horizon but daylight has not entirely disappeared – we can shed some half-light on the 6th House and the curious role Fate and Fortune play in these dynamics. (All)
  • Stephanie Phillips – What You Resist Persists: Working with Critics in the Chart and in the Psyche
    In its pursuit of easily repeatable protocols and quick psychological fixes, conventional psychotherapy has largely forgotten that the psyche is a multiplicity.  Astrology, by contrast, has been appreciating the gifts of interrelated and contradictory energies for millennia.  Astrology and therapy come together when we gently relate to and cooperate with our full inner multiplicity.  Stephanie will use chart examples and case studies from her therapeutic work to outline a simple technique for working with judgmental and critical parts.  (beginner/intermediate)
  • Samuel Reynolds – Astrology & Your Love Language
    Gary Chapman’s groundbreaking 1995 book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, gave us important ways to think about how we experience love. Reynolds will explore how we might better spot how those five love languages—gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service and physical touch—are articulated in our astrological charts.  (beginner)
  • Georgia Stathis – Bad Ass Delineation
    You only have an hour or two. Your client needs to know something now.  Preparing certain surefire techniques prior to their arrival is imperative. Can you tell them in a language they understand by giving them a currently active archetypal story? We walk back and forth between our right and left brains in delineation. Georgia Stathis’ 45 years of practice provides you with an arsenal of tools that provides your client with a positive perspective. (intermediate/advanced)

4:15-5:30 p.m.

  • Judith Hill – Selecting Safe Surgery Dates
    Judith shares her personal method for selecting the safest surgery dates possible within the client’s needed time period. She has considerable experience in this field, having served all manner of surgery requests for decades (with medical waiver). Those that study “unconsciously-timed” surgery outcomes soon learn how greatly the planets and signs influence the success of the surgical outcome! (intermediate/advanced)
  • Suzy Holbrook – Autism from an Astrological Perspective
    Suzy uses an astrological perspective to tease out underlying, fundamental dynamics at work in autism. She further proposes not only signatures of kids at risk but how to use this to treat the underlying deeper dynamic from an Evolutionary Astrology perspective. (intermediate/advanced)
  • Jason Holley – Descent of Dark Beauty: The 8th House and Eros
    The 8th is the house where the Sun leaves his traditional rejoicing place, and ‘idles’ falling into Night.  In modern astrology 8th House planets carry this notion of a fall into darkness narrated by terms such as shame, blame, invalidation, perpetration, death.  These experiences terrify Day consciousness, but we will draw from ancient myth and modern psychotherapeutic journeys to discover how the descent through layers of shame and vulnerability may open into a Night consciousness of mystery and unfathomable depth.  (All) 
  • Tony Howard – How to “Hear” the Aspects and Improve Your Chart Analysis        
    Learn how to identify and interpret the major aspect patterns and how they integrate into the larger context of the chart as a whole. We’ll talk about major and “minor” aspects, how to identify the most important aspect, and why it’s important to spot repeating patterns.  Learn how to “hear the aspects talking” in a person’s bio. When you identify the aspects speaking through a client’s story, you’ll be able to form stronger connections and improve your chart synthesis skills. (intermediate)
  • Sol Jonassen – The Astrology of Mid-Life
    The mid-life cycles presents a challenging, yet enlightening growth for the individual. In this lecture we will explore the Uranus opposition Uranus, Neptune square Neptune, Pluto square Pluto and Chiron return and how we can use these transits to re-invent and expand in our lives. (intermediate)                                                                                 
  • Tracy Quinlan – When Cycles Collide
    We hear about the infamous Saturn Return, but what other considerations do we need to make when helping clients through challenging cycles? Saturn returning to its natal placement is not an isolated event and we’ll take a look at other concurrent cycles, both natally and in the progressed chart. We will also take a look at overlapping cycles coupled with the natal placement of the outer planets to help navigate challenging and auspicious times in life.  (intermediate)

6:30 p.m. – Dinner Banquet

7:30 p.m. – Keynote

  •  Lynn Bell – The Soul and the World
    As the world around us changes, we change with it. How do the arcs of   the great cosmic cycles shift inside us, move our feelings, call to our souls? When world soul, the Anima Mundi has its in-breaths and out-breaths. WE feel squeezed as they come together, expanded as they move apart. Looking at the larger sweep of the next ten years, how will we be moving forward?

8:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremony