Astrology Events Conferences and Workshops

Of Gods and Mortals: From Chaos to Cosmos


With Erin Sullivan

Join Erin Sullivan on a fascinating exploration of the astrological / psychological genealogy of the origins of the Western Classical Gods (diagrammed). From Chaos, the genesis of all things, to the birth of Gaia and her creation of Ouranos and their astrologically relevant offspring. The focus is on the gods who people our horoscopes. We explore their stories, roles and domains, both classically and psychologically, and realize how nothing has changed in the immutable archetypal realm. The archaic gods “became” our planet’s names, and synchronously, our contemporary psychic contents. This is why we still have personality types such as ‘sunny’, ‘saturnine’, ‘mercurial’ and so on – including ‘lunatic’ and ‘venal’!! In this way, we will see a synchrony between Gods and Planets, and their familial relationships, as they are enacted in our own lives on a daily basis.

This event is hosted by Kepler College.

Symmetry, Synastry, and Lots of Love


With Kate Petty

There is an element of magic and mystery in all relationships. When we examine Venus and the seventh house ruler we establish a general foundation for interpretation, yet we may miss nuances related to the timing and quality of a relationship.

The ancients used Lots (also known as Parts or planetary pictures) to further determine love and partnership. This workshop will explore these and other symmetrical methods, e.g. key midpoint structures and specific solar arc directions, that help us illuminate and further decipher patterns within the mystery.

This event is hosted by Kepler College.

The Predictive Planetary Periods of Vedic Astrology

Sacramento, CA

With Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D.

The dashas or planetary periods of Hindu Astrology represent the development life cycles and future trends of one's life. This is a unique predictive system based on the position of your natal Moon's nakshatra placement. This analysis can be particularly helpful for gaining a more comprehensive overview of the timing of karmic patterns coming to fruition. Marriage, career success and other important life events can be revealed with detailed accuracy.

This event is hosted by NCGR Sacramento Chapter.

The Predictive Planetary Periods of Vedic Astrology

San Francisco, CA

With Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D.

The dashas or planetary periods of Hindu Astrology represent the development life cycles and future trends of one's life. This is a unique predictive system based on the position of your natal Moon's nakshatra placement. This analysis can be particularly helpful for gaining a more comprehensive overview of the timing of karmic patterns coming to fruition. Marriage, career success and other important life events can be revealed with detailed accuracy.

This event is hosted by NCGR San Francisco Chapter.

Solar Return Workshop 6-Week Series


With Dr. J. Lee Lehman

In addition to the live sessions, students will have additional resources in a course website. Live sessions are recorded and available for student download.

Solar returns are a natal technique which can be used both for highlighting important annual themes, as well as identifying longer-term themes and patterns. This course will examine these planning tools, as well as the techniques that have developed to relocate the solar return - one of the few cases in astrology where patterns may be actively created by intentional travel.

This workshop is hosted by Kepler College.

Connections in Horary Astrology

San Francisco, CA

With Wade Caves

As astrologers, we seek to form connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm through interpretation of planetary symbolism. Horary astrology often accomplishes this as a standalone technique, and yet each chart necessarily carries the signature of larger astrological cycles being unfolded. This talk explores horary’s relationship to natal and resolution charts, and how this impacts our understanding of the power and purpose of horary astrology.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

Exploring Traditional Techniques

San Francisco, CA

With Wade Caves, Nina Gryphon, Rhyan Butler

A Weekend Intensive Workshop: Basic Natal Delineation, Introduction to Horary Astrology, Elections–We Attack at Dawn, Topical Natal Delineation, Astrological Magic–Obtaining Gifts from the Heavens.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

Neptune: Ecstasy, Transcendence & Delusion

Port Stephens, Australia

With Steven Forrest

Neptune, Pisces and the 12th house are a trinity of energies which can lift us up to the highest states of consciousness or drop us down into self created hell worlds of illusion. Their fabled sensitivity can attune us to the whispers of angels - or render us hyper sensitized to pain we have created through our own folly and delusion.

To get it right, we must "be on the spiritual path" but that phrase has so many different legitimate meanings. How can he Neptunian family of configurations in the birth chart aim our spiritual intentions in the most efficient and effective directions? Of what foolishness do they warn us? and how can we prepare ourselves to make the best use of those powerful Neptunian periods that arise via transits, progressions and solar arcs?

In this meeting of the Apprenticeship program we explore all these Neptunian nuances in a grounded and empowering way. As usual, the class reflects a mixture of theory and overview, along with time reaching into "The Sorting Hat" and exploring the real world application of this kaleidoscopic "window beyond the soul of the ego" in the charts of class members.

Mighty Aphrodite: She’s Nobody’s Bitch

San Francisco, CA

With Christopher Renstrom

Venus symbolizes the power of attraction in a horoscope. Venus is our advertising campaign; the planet responsible for drawing people into our lives. Like a male peacock fanning its tail or a flower opening its petals, Venus asks our prospective lovers, friends, buyers, and bosses: do you like what you see?

We all have a list of qualities we want in a lover. But how many of us actually find that person? Why is it that what we see in our mind’s eye rarely matches what we get in love? Venus doesn’t show us what we want. Venus shows us what we get. The first part of the workshop will look at Venus in art, culture, and history. We will then spend the last part of the workshop examining the role of Venus in each attendant’s horoscope and teas

This event is hosted by NCGR San Francisco Chapter.

Art and Astrology Archetypal Art Museum Tour

Portland, OR

With Jaysen Paulson

Inspired by a project of the same title with Jaysen Paulson and the Portland Art Museum, join us on a museum quest of archetypes for your sign! This guided tour will include a look at the 12 pieces selected by Jaysen Paulson that illustrate the archetypes of the 12 astrological signs. Jaysen will have Canvas and the Cosmos cards on-hand for each sign and planet if you would like to see other pieces selected or take one home as a souvenir. Bring a date or a friend to this fun and interactive afternoon! After the docent tour from 12:30-1:30pm, you are welcome to explore the museum. NOTE: The price includes admission into the museum and the docent tour staff.

Evolutionary Astrology In The Real World

Lilydale, NY

With Steven Forrest

This seminar is a unique opportunity to experience how a master astrologer takes the raw material in a chart, synthesizes the pieces of information, and creates a tool that can empower and bring healing to the life of a client.

The final challenge of astrology lies in its direct relevance to the individual. The astrologer must choose among hundreds of techniques. From them, he or she then puts together an hour or two of clear insights, which can make a real difference in that person's life.

In this workshop, Steven will show you how to accept this challenge with randomly selected charts of class participants.* He will dive into an interpretation of whatever dimension of a person's chart--or life--he or she chooses: relationships, career, past lives, whatever. The aim is to demonstrate to you and for you the practical, integrative application of evolutionary astrology in a real-world context.

*No one is required to put their name in the hat! There are always more volunteers than there is time. Please either bring your natal chart or provide your birthdate, time and location to our office at least one week before the class.

High Times & Addiction in the Chart

San Francisco, CA

With Jessica Lanyadoo

In this talk we will look at what planets govern which drugs, and why. Can you be moderate or are you slated to a messy relationship with adult candy? We will explore addiction, high times, and maintenance use in this fun and non-judgmental talk.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

Mother Moon: Discovering Astrology’s Lost Dimension

Rhinebeck, NY

With Steven Forrest

Join Steven at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY for a special weekend workshop. The astrological moon tells us how to take care of our heart, soul, and body. By following the moon down into our hearts, we journey into an interior psychic world.

In this weekend workshop, we consider the moon from the perspective of the zodiac signs, houses, and aspects. Through talks, exercises, and question-and-answer sessions, we explore the forgotten mystery of the moon’s eight phases, and learn about the often overlooked pieces of the astrological puzzle—the speed of the natal moon, its declination, and the “out of bounds” moon.

We part the millennial veil that has separated astrologers, and reclaim the half of the sky that we have been trained to forget. Professional astrologers, skilled amateurs, and anyone else just interested in astrology are invited take a fresh look at the moon and gain new insight into ourselves.

The Interior Conversation


With Erin Sullivan

Looking at our planetary interactions in the horoscope as how we view the world from within our own self. Using the Ptolemaic aspects, the harmony of the spheres, from conjunction, sextile, square, trine to opposition and back again, Erin Sullivan will show how to work with your own dynamics and in that way, how to help others gain confidence in working with both ‘hard’ and ‘mediating’ aspects in the natal horoscope. There is always a jockeying for position in the family of planets, and thus, we are always in flux, in motion, in the process of becoming. Individuation is a life-work, it is our magnum opus. We are never “there” . . . it is the journey that matters

This event is hosted by Kepler College.

The Lunar Nodes

Portland, OR

With Lucy Pond

I believe one of the secrets to giving a good astrology reading is to start with an interpretation of the North and South Node—the Lunar nodes—in the natal horoscope. Using this as the beginning, even before interpreting the Sun, Moon and Rising signs, directs the client into how to best use the rest of the reading.

In this talk, I’ll present a working definition of the Lunar Nodes. I’ll spend time talking about how to take in new experiences at the North Node and give back through the South Node. This will be clarified through sample horoscopes.

More than any other point in the horoscope, the North Node defines the purpose of this incarnation. The South Node defines the natural talents that are inherited from the past. These need to be expressed through the House and Sign of the North Node. When clients come to an astrologer feeling like their life has lost meaning it usually means there is a problem harmonizing the natal nodes. I’ll give examples.

In this evening’s talk I will focus primarily on the energy of the North Node. You might be surprised at the power that can be developed with an expanded awareness of this potent point of the horoscope.

This event is hosted by the Oregon Astrological Association.

Living Your Chart

Scottsdale, AZ

With Joanne Wickenburg

There is a part of you that yearns for excitement (Uranus.) Another part wants you to be safe and secure (Moon.) Still another part wants respect and recognition (Saturn). One part determines what you want (Venus), while another's role is to get it (Mars). Are these parts working together in harmony? Or do they simply not understand each other? Discover how to access and implement your creative energy, identify your talents, understand your major life challenges and make them work for you. This workshop uses natal and transiting planets and aspects to explore powerful strategies that can enrich your life and the lives of your clients.

This event is hosted by the Arizona Society of Astrologers.

The North and South Node Workshop

Portland, OR

With Lucy Pond

We’ll begin with a detailed look at the meaning of the South Node by sign and by natal house placement. Then we’ll look at the meaning of having a planet conjunct either of the Nodes and talk about the importance of that planet. I’ll have the horoscopes of some famous people, and also hope to use examples of the horoscopes of those in attendance. It’ll be lively!

I encourage participants to bring their own horoscopes and those of several people in their life. Having this personal connection to the material will make it easier to digest and more relevant. It may even help you understand why you have attracted certain people into your life.

People enter our lives for all sorts of reasons. Through the techniques we’ll cover, you’re sure to discover deeper meanings of each of your relationships.

This event is hosted by the Oregon Astrological Association.

Parents and Their Influence in the Chart

Los Angeles, CA

With Brian Evis

Brian has been lecturing at the NCGR for 13 years now, and will be opening this season on September 19th. It will be a Pisces Full Moon the night before at the 26th degree - an occult, mystical influence that helps us to understand what is really going on behind the scenes. We will be looking at "How to see parents and their influence in the chart."

Brian will describe what to look for using Prince George's chart as an example. We have been made so aware by the media of what his parents, Kate & William, "appear to be." The truth is always in the child's chart! Among several topics, Brian will specifically use the Progressed Lunar Phase, and give all the possible examples for everyone attending to recognize in their own personal chart.

Brian will also demonstrate what we can learn about the day of the week you were born on, plus the planetary hour - and how to combine them. This gives a quick, fun way to add to understanding the personality.

This event is hosted by NCGR Chapter of Los Angeles.

An Initiation to the Experience of Astrology & A Celebration of the Life & Work of Jeff Jawer

near Bali, Indonesia

With Rick Levine

Astrology has been used as a divination tool for centuries. However, modern astrologers now employ astrological concepts for the purpose of psychological process and spiritual development.

Imagine a full immersion astrological experience in paradise. Imagine spending eight days in an intimate setting with a small group of like-minded people exploring the cosmos. Whatever level of astrological experience you may have, this special retreat with astrologer Rick Levine will deepen your knowledge of astrology, widen your understanding of the world, increase your awareness of your own patterns, and forever alter your perspective of your relationship with time.

Evoke Abundance by Understanding Ceres in your Chart

San Francisco, CA

With Faye Cossar

Ceres is a Goddess who presides over natural cycles, democracy, food, and cultivation. As a great teacher, her role in mythology can show us how to develop this ancient feminine archetype and help us create abundance. Ceres is a powerful goddess who nurtures life, but also threatens life when crossed. She can help us enter the world of rites of passage. Being in tune with her can show us the right times to let go and enter a new cycle. Ceres was upgraded to a dwarf-planet in 2006 and is now equal to Pluto. We will discuss the reclassification and mythology to delve deeper into her meaning. Using case studies and examples from the audience, we shall gain insight into what Ceres is asking of us now, both personally and in the world.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

The Four Angles

Calistoga, CA

With Steven Forrest

Join Steven for his annual spring program in Northern California. This program counts towards certification through Steven's Astrology Apprenticeship Program.

Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant and Astrological Nadir are the “Four Angles” of the chart. Mastering their interpretation provides a solid foundation for any understanding of the natal chart, Our first step is to ask a question about the “anthropology” of modern astrological practice: why so much emphasis on the first two and so little on the nadir and the 7th cusp? The valuing of “style” and “career” over inner life and human relationship is the cultural error here – and we astrologers must not be swept into it. In this class, we explore an integrated, inter-dependent view of these four critical functions.

The What and Where of Your Vocation + the Heart And Soul of Your Business

San Francisco, CA

With Faye Cossar

The Sun in a horoscope shows where your heart lies and what you love. This must be part of your calling. Faye will show how to find vocation in the horoscope by using case studies and discussing examples from the audience – so bring your charts. Faye’s perspective emphasizes the importance of following your heart and getting to a place where your heart wish can be activated.

She will translate this to your business or practice. How can you define your business DNA so that you can express it in your branding and marketing? Through experiencing Faye’s hands-on approach using a simple exercise, you will get concrete ideas for promoting your uniqueness and for helping your clients do this. If you have a company chart bring that too. Astro*carto*graphy will also be discussed so you can see where in the world your uniqueness can be even more visible.

This event is hosted by NCGR San Francisco Chapter.

Karmic Dates & Momentary Mates: The Astrology of the Fifth House

San Francisco, CA

With Jessica Shepherd

The one-night stand, the fling, the one that got away, the unrequited love affair... all are common expressions of the astrological fifth house. What is the purpose of these short-term relationships? Is there one – besides having your socks knocked off, your world spun upside down and your heart blown open?

Karmic Dates and Momentary Mates sheds light on your favorite “time of life” relationships, their joys, drama, and karma (hint: it’s hidden behind all that fun) as well as the key to its resolution. In this lecture, using celebrity and client examples, we’ll explore planets in the fifth house. Learn how to spot the key signs that you’re dating your mate of the moment, not a life partner, and when to love and when to let go.

This event is hosted by NCGR San Francisco Chapter.

The Inner Sacred Marriage Process, using Venus and Mars

Scottsdale, AZ

With Daniel Giamario

The work will present Giamario's latest research and experience with the Inner Sacred Marriage Process, which is an innovative astrological technique using the projected archetypal images of a man's Venus and a woman's Mars onto the external images of the "beloved". Joined together with the use of the ASC/DSC axis, this process elucidates the challenges and ultimate intention of our intended partnership and relationship paths. Additionally, and most importantly, it describes a spiritual/psychological process that greatly assists in gaining wholeness, whereby relationship is not sought to gain wholeness, but rather where right relationship can add to an already established wholeness. Daniel has been working with this paradigm for 20 years and will share the latest tools, techniques and exercises.

This event is hosted by the Arizona Society of Astrologers.

SOTA Astrology Conference

Cheektowaga, NY

With Adam Gainsburg, Gary P. Caton, Armand Diaz, Wade Caves, Kelly Surtees and more!

STATE OF THE ART (“SOTA”) is an astrology conference geared to intermediate, advanced, and professional astrologers. As the title implies, its function is to illustrate the state of the art/discipline of astrology by featuring popular speakers and hot topics that exemplify leading-edge thought and techniques. We are unique in North America in that SOTA presents a mix of one-hour, two-hour, and three-hour speakers as well as all-day pre- and post-conference workshops.

OPA Annual Astrology Retreat

Pacific Grove, CA

This retreat is designed for all levels of expertise, from beginners in astrology to professional practitioners. 4 days of Astrology magic...don't miss it! This promises to be once again an incredible learning and community experience.

OPA Retreats are a multi-dimensional experience: from small group immersions, to conference style presentations, nature and community, you stay focused and inspired the whole time.

Choose your Track: Part of the retreat involves immersing yourself in a track of your choice. You work with a highly skilled track leader and a small group of peers (max 10 people) for fifteen hours! We go deep! See the list of tracks available on this website or on the brochure (above link).

Track leaders include Arlan Wise, Anne Ortelle, Monica Hable Dimino, Alexandra Karacostas, Maurice Fernandez, Chris McRae, Chris Brennan, Sandra-Leigh Serio, Richard Smoot and Rick Levine.

Blinded by the Light: Planets Conjunct the Sun

San Francisco, CA

With Linea Van Horn

Of the hundreds of planetary aspects we use every day, there is one that renders a planet invisible: a conjunction with the Sun. Despite the frequency with which this occurs, there is disagreement about how to interpret it. In this exploration of “combustion,” as it was traditionally called; both classical and modern views will be explained, as well as the psychological expression and astrological resolution for this common chart condition.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

The Air Family

Alpine, CA

With Steven Forrest

In May, we explored the Fire Family—Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, along with their associated planets and houses. We learned how a conscious response to them sustains the vital force in us all, enabling us to bounce back from hurt and defeat and maintain a bright attitude in the face of life’s challenges. In the upcoming November program, we continue our in-depth tour of the astrological Elements. This time, we encounter the far more subtle mysteries of the Air Family. We begin our exploration with Gemini, Mercury, and the third house, proceed through Libra, Venus, and the seventh, and culminate with Aquarius, its joint rulers Uranus and Saturn, and the eleventh house.

Become an astrologer and work towards certification with Steven Forrest in this unique and intimate astrology intensive program. All levels welcome*.

Alpine CA AP Program Steven will guide students into an in-depth understanding of his unique approach to Evolutionary Astrology. Students spend 4 days immersed in study, with lecture and step-by-step instruction in methodology with birth charts drawn from the pool of attendees.

This program counts towards certification through Steven's astrology apprenticeship program.

Spiritualism, Astrology, and Near Death Experience

San Francisco, CA

With Joseph Kaminski

Have you ever wondered what happens when a person clinically dies? Some have temporarily died and come back. We’ll review some basic principles, history and the astrology of the advent of the religion, philosophy, and science of Modern Spiritualism, and the concept of “Near Death Experience” (NDE). We’ll look at the most recent Neptune return in relation to the Modern Spiritualism natal chart. We’ll explore the in-hospital Near Death Experience of an Oregon woman in October 2012 and the story of a Morgan Hill, Calif. Resident featured in 2014 on San Jose’s KNTV. Participants who have had NDEs will be invited to briefly share their own journeys.

This event is hosted by NCGR San Francisco Chapter.

Taming the Dragon: The Indian Nodes

San Francisco, CA

With Kenneth Miller

The nodes have been used in Vedic astrology for hundreds of years and have interpretive principles very different from their Western counter-parts. Will you be swallowed by the Dragon? Or will you succeed as a Dragonrider? Come learn how to integrate these polarizing influences into your western chart readings.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference

Sedona, AZ

With Komilla Sutton, Charlotte Benson, Michiel Boender and more!

Come join us in Mystical Sedona, Arizona to learn and explore Ancient Vedic Wisdom for the Modern Western World. The Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference schedule includes Vedic astrology of India, Yoga, Ayurveda, and many other vedic traditions. Our renowned faculty will teach the ancient system of predictive astrology and its practical application for all levels. Classes are offered for introductory, intermediate and advanced levels of students and professional astrologers.

Vedic Astrology is a powerful tool for understanding the nature of one’s “essence”. It provides profound information regarding life purpose and destiny. It reflects the soul’s intention for this incarnation.

Saturn in Sagittarius: Scaling Your Personal Everest

San Francisco, CA

With April Kent

April Kent Sagittarius is the sign of the adventurer, and like so many intrepid Edmund Hillarys and Tenzing Norgays, we are challenged to scale our personal Mount Everests over the next two years. Sagittarius thinks big, and Saturn in this sign won’t prevent from embarking on a big adventure—but you need to be prepared for the journey. Otherwise, you might be halfway up the mountain before you realize that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew!

In this lecture, we’ll explore: how Saturn’s last transit of Sagittarius in the 1980s can help us understand what the next two years have in store for us – culturally and individually; what to expect from transiting Saturn in Sagittarius’ aspects to Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, and this summer’s retrograde into Scorpio; and how your natal Saturn placement, your current phase in Saturn’s 29-year-cycle, and the houses of your chart.

This event is hosted by the NCGR San Francisco chapter.

Aspects Workshop

Borrego Springs, CA

With Steven Forrest

Aspects weave the chart together. They help us remember that while you have many planets, you have only one head between your ears. The astrologer’s aim must always therefore be for an integrative approach. In this weekend aspects-intensive, our first principle will be that all aspects are about integration. With this view, we will attempt to replace the outdated notion of “good aspects and bad ones” with a more sophisticated understanding. So-called “bad” aspects are still about two energies trying to come together to serve some larger purpose. The only difference is that the integrative process is harder. With the easier aspects, the integrative process flows more easily—but might lack motivation or impetus. Each specific aspect requires a distinct strategy. Sextiles, for one example, are not just “like trines, but not as strong.” Unlike trines, they speak of excitation, but threaten imbalance.

In this presentation, Steven will focus on the most energetic and critical aspects—the so-called Ptolemaic or Major ones: the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition. But we will also spend some time with the fascinating and underrated quincunx, the magical, creative quintile, as well as a few others.

Aspects are astrological bedrock. But like so much else in the system we’ve inherited, there is a need to find new language for them. What are the words that speak truly and effectively to humans in an age of psychology, quantum mechanics, and revolution in almost every category of experience? Surely it goes beyond Saturn squares your Venus so you will be unlucky in love.

This workshop is worth 2 credits towards certification.

2016: Looking Ahead Panel

San Francisco, CA

With William Stickevers, Komilla Sutton

2016: Looking Ahead Panel with William Stickevers and Komilla Sutton. This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

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