Astrology Events Conferences and Workshops

Deepening Our Relations: Moon/Pluto and the Scorpio Moon

San Francisco

With Erica Jones

A review of the literature on Moon/Pluto and Scorpio Moon reveals the difficulty which mainstream culture has with the emotional dimensions of existence. While this combination can certainly correlate with tragedy, especially in childhood, it also symbolizes a depth of psychological understanding. We will re-vision the Plutonic/Scorpionic Moon in order to understand how difficult emotions can be dishonored and discarded, to our own detriment, and how difficult emotions can become a source of wisdom and guidance, to everyone’s benefit. Learn practical techniques for metabolizing challenging emotions, compassionately cultivating emotional intelligence, and envision the Moon and Pluto in a different light.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

The Sky's Body: Constellations and Medicine in Mesopotamia and China

Portland, OR

With Carol Ferris

The astrological models of Mesopotamia and China related the macrocosm of the heavens to the microcosm of the earth and the human body. This class will look at the constellations of the western and eastern skies to find the commonalities and differences in understanding nature's systems, and the derivation of governance and medicine based in this understanding.

Class One: Introduction to Symbolic Thinking; the Mesopotamian Sky; the Chinese Sky

Class Two: the Constellations of Earth: The xiu Shi, Bi, Wei, Lou, Mao, Bi, Lui, Shen, Jing, Aquarius/Pisces/Aries/Taurus

Class Three: the Constellations of Heaven: The xiu Gui, Liu, Xing, Zhang, Yi, Zhen, Jiao, Kang; Gemini/Cancer/Leo/Virgo

Class Four: the Constellations of Man: The xiu Di, Fang, Shin, Wei, Ji, Dou, Niu, Nu, Xu, Wei; Libra/Scorpio/Sagittarius/Capricorn

This class is held at the Portland School of Astrology.

Great Lakes Astrology Conference

Ann Arbor, MI

With Nick Dagan Best, Rick Levine, Donna Van Toen and more!

Join a number of astrologers for an annual conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan!

Astrology and Time Sickness in the 21st Century

Portland, OR

With Dennis Flaherty

Most modern people suffer severe time distortion, subscribing to the linear and equal theory of time, and although this line of reasoning fell into disrepute with the demise of the Mayan long count linear calendar, as the world did not end as we know it on the Winter Solstice of 2012 with any celestial event worth noting, it is amazing just how many secular thinkers still reckon time by todays’ distorted Civil calendar. We as astrologers know better for the true nature of time is derived from celestial movement, and the real nature of time of cyclic, as it travels in cycles, and the great majority of the worlds’ calendars reckon time in the archetypal cycle of lights journey into darkness and darkness’ journey back to light. Many are deceived today to believe that time is regular and equal in its flow, when in fact it is not. There are only two times a year when time is equal and those are the equinoxes when light and dark are balanced all over the planet. The rest of year time is not equal, and that the distorted belief that it is equal creates what I call “time sickness” for those who persist in living in this state of delusion. Further time will not run out, nor end in the “end of times” as some calendars predict. It is rather the illusion of equal time that must end, for it is linked to disturbing practices in time productivity that is the bane of every working man, woman and child. We as astrologers are aware of the cyclic nature of time, whether we are on Mars’ time, or Saturn’s time, and the role of the astrologer is help our clients transition out of this delusional sense of time, and begin to understand and participate in what we call liberated time, which goes under the name of enlightenment.

This event is hosted by the Oregon Astrological Association.

The Eastern Moon Through Western Eyes

Portland, OR

With Dennis Flaherty

This workshop will present a comprehensive analysis of the Moon, and explain why this planet is considered the most important planet in Indian Astrology. The Moon represents the fertile ground of consciousness upon which the drama of life is perceived. Understanding the Moon’s sign, planetary combinations and phase of fullness, as well as its sidereal lunar mansion is to truly walk a mile in another person’s mind and perceive the potential of their destiny through their eyes. Whether you are an eastern or a western astrologer this class will explain everything about the Moon from an east/west perspective and why it considered the primary planet of consciousness in Vedic astrology. You would have to be a lunatic to miss this class! Dennis will draw from his 1997 anthology; the Eastern Moon Through Western Eyes, published by Samuel Weiser.

This event is hosted by the Oregon Astrological Association.

Astrology Realized: Your Journey to Understanding Astrology

Toronto, ON

With Nadiya Shah

Astrology Realized: Your Journey to Understanding Astrology introduces you to the foundational knowledge of astrology, ensuring a solid understanding for a lifetime practice. Developing a personal relationship to the cosmos is a vital step to significantly enriching your astrological journey. Regardless of your starting point, roots can always be made stronger and new bridges can be built. Astrology Realized invites you to look above and within to inspire you to develop your own special connection with the sky.

This event is hosted by Astrology Toronto.

Transits of SUMMER 2015: A Long HOT Lusty Summer – or WHAT??

Princeton, NJ

With Shelley Ackerman

Will July & August 2015 be an Enchanting Summer of Love, The Return of the Toxic Avenger, or WHAT? This July and August, the two benefics, Venus & Jupiter, meet in lusty and majestic Leo three times. Sounds romantic, creative and charming, doesn't it? However, there’s a hitch: On the one hand, as Venus stations at 0 Virgo and retrogrades in Leo, she is joyfully amplified and supported by Jupiter. But at the same time, she will be challenged, taunted, and tested by Saturn’s heavy and lingering presence as he takes his last stand and stations at 28-29 Scorpio. What will it all mean?

In this talk we will explore the ups and downs of Venus/Jupiter Meet-ups, Venus-Saturn Squares, Jupiter-Saturn Squares and Jupiter’s foray into Virgo in the charts of individuals and in world events.

This event is hosted by the Astrological Society of Princeton.

AstroCartography

Chicago, IL

With Lynn Staudacher

Astro*carto*graphy shows you the best places on Earth to pursue your dreams, find spiritual growth, improve your health, love and romance, prosperity or adventure. A*C*G is the visual tracings of the paths the planets made on the day and minute of your birth, super-imposed onto a map of the world. You need birth certificate ACTUAL time of birth for A*C*G to work. Lynn will use celebrity charts to show how A*C*G works.

This event is hosted by the Friends of Astrology Chicago.

Moving Right Along: Life After the Uranus-Pluto Square

Portland, OR

With Diotima Mantineia

We've been living under the shadow of the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square for many years now, and March 17th is its final pass. So now what? The square has illuminated the pressing issues and problems of the day, but it certainly hasn't solved them. What's in store over the next five years or so? Diotima will look at the upcoming astrological "weather" through outer planet transits and cardinal ingress charts.

This event is hosted by the Asheville Friends of Astrology.

The Practical Value of Reading the Solar Return

Encinitas, CA

With Loda Shaw

In Western Astrology forecasting potential trends for the upcoming year is one of the reasons we come to learn and practice astrology. The experienced western astrologer has a wide variety of techniques to accomplish this task. We have the use of Transits, Secondary Progressions, Solar Arc Directions along with Solar and Lunar returns. Each technique offers the astrologer a unique and different perspective into the potential life trends that may occur. Proficiency simply comes with practice and experience.The Solar return, (an often underused technique) can offer a perspective that helps to integrate the various predictive techniques into a unity or whole.

In his talk on “The Practical Value of Reading the Solar Return”, Loda Shaw will give a broad overview of the Solar Return and the type of unique information it can offer. After this talk using the Solar Return to help forecast the upcoming trends will become easier with practice.

This event is hosted by the NCGR San Diego Chapter.

The Horoscope in the Hands

Wethersfield, CT

With Mark Seltman

Discover how Mark applies an astrological framework to palmistry. By defining four basic archetypes and three modalities in the hands, he has been able to identify the same twelve archetypes that astrology uses. While the horoscope reveals potential character, behavior, talents and abilities, hands reveal actual character and what a person is doing with his or her potentials. Get set to take a fresh look at your hands.

This event is hosted by the Astrological Society of Connecticut.

Karmic Connections: Chinese Relationship Astrology

Raleigh, NC

With Shelley Wu

Eastern sages have known for millennia that certain people are powerfully drawn together. Using the laws of eastern compatibility we will explore the psychic and tangible chemistry between two people. Learn about the Chinese relationship trines and your own soul mate connections - learn how to negotiate your opposition signs as well as karmic combatants. Come and have fun sharing and learning about your own "Karmic Connections"at this e-lecture!

This event is hosted by the Raleigh NCGR Chapter.

Mars: Finding the Spiritual Warrior

ONLINE

With Steven Forrest

Will you be the hunter or will you be the prey? Some of us might ask whether there is a third choice, say “a vegetarian course?” But sometimes there is no such choice. Sometimes we are faced with the need to defend our boundaries — or to defend the well-being of those who count on us. Can we walk away from the battle? Sometimes that is the right answer and sometimes not.

When are we using too much force, perhaps becoming drunk on the poisonous emotion of anger? When are we using not enough force — and thus attracting tyrants and oppressors into our lives, colluding with them? When the stakes are high, how can we win without it taking a huge bite out of our souls?

In this live webinar, Steven explores the eternal dynamic between our natural assertiveness and our human tendency toward self-victimization. We will focus on “Mars times” in our journey, times when our natal Mars is stimulated or when Mars transits, progresses or solar-arcs into the spotlight. Our aim will be to find the balance point between higher wisdom and some of the harder moments we face in the jungles of the human world.

You do not have to watch live. All attendees receive access to the webinar and download following the presentation. Presented in live streaming format which you can view from any web browser or portable device.

Chart Synthesis & Presentation

Lake Como, ITA

With Steven Forrest

Join Steven at this luxury astrology retreat in beautiful Lake Como, Italy. As part of the European Apprenticeship Program, this program counts towards certification through Steven's Astrology Apprenticeship program.

In the previous three meetings of the EAP we have been exploring the basic DNA of astrological interpretation. The technical analysis of the birth chart, the relationships between charts, and the “predictive” factors of transits and progressions.

These are the nuts and bolts of our craft, but in focusing so narrowly we run the risk of losing the big picture. The real art in professional astrology lies in presenting an integrated, emotionally connected sense of how all the pieces fit together. This requires a different set of skills. We must rely heavily on our intuitive functions and learn how to welcome them into the process. We must learn to detect themes and patterns in the symbolism.

Given the time constraints of a client session, we need to make strategic judgements about what material we can safely ignore. Symbols contradict each other, just as do the differing needs and drives we all feel inside ourselves.

How do we find the right balance when, for example, the chart is describing a person as both as introvert and an extrovert?

How do we present a time in which the feeling of love and the strong need for independence collide? Most critically, how do we put it all in plain, clear, human language? How do we build the bridge to the clients’ heart? These are the areas where astrology veers from being a craft or even a science into the realm of a true art. The good news is that, within limits, these skills can be taught. Steven will spend the first couple of days exploring this territory at a broad, theoretical level, so we can all grasp the principles. The rest of the time will be a chart reading intensive, with (volunteer) class members putting their names in the famous sorting hat to be drawn at random.

Steven will unfold the karmic story, integrate it with the present astro-psychology, and demonstrate his techniques for holistic, client centered analysis and presentation.

Neptune and the 12th House: Understanding the Greatest Mystery

San Francisco, CA

With Maurice Fernandez

The 12th House is often fundamentally misunderstood and associated with negative experiences such as confinement or addiction. While we may list the good and the bad of such influences, it is worth understanding the real essence of the 12th House… which happens to be about the mastery of happiness! Join us on a deeply fascinating discussion.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

2015 Renaissance Medicine Conference

Portland, OR

With Judith Hill, Matthew Wood and more!

Medical Astrology Conference

The Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine Conference returns for its second year! Join Judith Hill and Matthew Wood for a weekend of traditional medical astrology and herbalism.

2015 Speakers

  • Matt Wood (herbology-astrology)
  • Judith Hill (astrology-herbology)
  • Scott Kloos (herbology)
  • Sajah Popham (alchemy-herbology).

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Prenatal Eclipses and Soul Purpose

Portland, OR

With Mark Dodich

Would you like to help your clients go beyond love and money readings? One way to do this is to include the eclipses just prior to birth. Prenatal eclipses help you understand what the soul came into this life to teach and to learn. Combined with esoteric Sabian symbols, prenatal eclipses will help you take your consultations and your clients to a heightened level of understanding. This lecture will present techniques and ideas to help clients with their highest purpose. My experience is that it activates your higher levels of understanding as the astrological consultant. It also helps you to go beyond a purely intellectual level of doing readings. When you work with soul purpose issues with your clients, you are calling in greater levels of your own soul understanding to do so. This talk is targeted to the general public, so appropriate for non and novice level astrologers.

This event is hosted by the Oregon Astrological Association.

Relocation Astrology – Going Beyond Cookbook Consultations

Portland, OR

With Mark Dodich

Geographical astrology, popularly known as AstroCartoGraphy®, is a popular method of mapping your personal power zones on planet earth. Today’s will help you go beyond the basics of cookbook-style interpretations of reading the meaning of a planet and a line. We shall look at how the entire natal chart can be used to understand personal power lines. With updated mapping software, you can now include asteroids, local space maps, transits, progressions and even fixed stars. Brief mention will be made of the use of relocation maps for mundane astrology of countries and leaders, weather and earth change events, and initial research into past lives. If you are interested in taking relocation maps beyond cookbook consultations, then this lecture is for you.

This event is hosted by the Oregon Astrological Association.

The Lifegivers: Exploring the Fire Family

Alpine, CA

With Steven Forrest

In the November 2014 meeting, we explored the intense astrological terrain of the Wound and the Healing. In the upcoming May meeting, we will enter merrier territory: the life­giving Fire symbolism in the chart. The two programs are linked in that we need to accumulate energy, verve, and enthusiasm in order to face life’s more challenging moments—and to recover from them. The keys to this restorative process lie in the Fiery Trigon of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, their associated Houses, and their planetary rulers, Mars, the Sun, and Jupiter.

A right relationship with those dynamic energies in the psyche can cure us of almost everything from bleak despair to, quite literally, the common cold. From a practical evolutionary perspective, joy is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Without it, we are not strong enough nor engaged enough to continue growing. In this program, we will start with the core Fire symbolism of the birthchart and from there branch out into the realm of the transits, progressions, and solar arcs which signal the flashing arrival of these magic moments of necessary renewal and revival in our lives.

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

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.

Major Gains from Minor Aspects: The Quintile, Septile and Novile

Encinitas, CA

With Larry Martin

Too many astrologers neglect the minor aspects. Although the Quintile is a 5th harmonic and much stronger than the 6th harmonic Sextile, it's routinely ignored. The Septile and Novile are gifts from the stars in their mathematics - but again, nearly unheard of. Do you enjoy empowering your clients - or yourself, for that matter, with a more detailed listing of a person's gifts? Add the Quintile, Septile and Novile to your repertoire of knowledgeable tools. The 90 minute lecture covers just the three aspects above (all 12 harmonics will be mentioned). Examples and insights available from a collection of celebrity and client charts.

This event is hosted by the NCGR San Diego Chapter.

What’s the Point?: National Council for Geocosmic Research Annual Spring Conference

New York, NY

With Faith McInerney and Gary Christen

Every spring the New York City Chapter of NCGR presents a special astrological presentation. The title of this year’s event says it all! Our two guest speakers, Faith McInerney and Gary Christen, experts in the astrological practice of midpoints, will help all levels of students and professionals understand in plain and simple language this powerful tool of interpretation and prediction.

Northwest Astrological Conference NORWAC

Seattle, WA

With Steven Forrest, Mark Jones, Lynn Bell, Judith Hill, Frank Clifford, Emily Trinkaus and more!

Join a number of astrologers in Seattle for the 31st Annual Conference.

Derivative House Analysis

Wethersfield, CT

With Jacqueline Janes

The Natal Chart reveals a wealth of information beyond relationship and career analysis. Jacqueline will explain how connections between chart sectors show, for example, your relationship with siblings, with each of your children and the various energies associated with each partner (if you have been married more than once) and your partner's earning potential. Come explore and interpret natal charts for the information hidden in derivative house analysis.

This event is hosted by the Astrological Society of Connecticut.

Living in Circles: Eclipse Cycles and the Birth Chart

San Francisco, CA

With April Kent

Eclipses are often used in mundane astrology, but their cycles also offer rich insights into the natal chart. As eclipses move through the houses of the natal chart and aspect natal planets, they describe where you’re currently confronting developmental crisis. Which natal patterns currently demand your attention and willingness to change? When have you confronted similar challenges in the past — and how might you handle them more effectively in the present? The lecture includes interpretations of eclipses in natal houses and in aspect to natal planets.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

The Lifegivers: Exploring the Fire Family

Alpine, CA

With Steven Forrest

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

In the previous three meetings of the NC program, we have been exploring the basic DNA of astrological interpretation: the technical analysis of the birthchart, the relationships between charts, and the “predictive” factors of transits and progressions. These are the nuts and bolts of our craft, but in focusing so narrowly we run the risk of losing the big picture. And the real art in professional astrology lies in presenting an integrated, emotionally-connected sense of how all the pieces fit together. This requires a different set of skills. We must rely heavily on our intuitive functions—and learn how to welcome them into the process. We must learn to detect themes and patterns in the symbolism.

Given the time constraints of a client session, we need to make strategic judgements about what material we can safely ignore. Symbols contradict each other, just as do the differing needs and drives we all feel inside ourselves. How do we find the right balance when, for example, the chart is describing a person as both an introvert and an extrovert? How do we present a time in which feeling of love and the strong need for independence collide? Most pivotally, how do we put it all in plain, clear, human language? How do we build the bridge to the client’s heart? These are the areas where astrology veers from being a craft or even a science into the realm of a true art.

The good news is that, within limits, these skills can be taught. Steven will spend the first couple of days exploring this territory at a broad, theoretical level so we can all grasp the principles. The rest of the time will be a chart-reading intensive, with (volunteer) class members putting their names in the famous Sorting Hat to be drawn at random. Steven will unfold the karmic story, integrate it with the present astropsychology, and demonstrate his techniques for wholistic, client-centered analysis and presentation.

Key Principles of Horary Astrology

Chicago, IL

With Deborah Houlding

Horary is one of the most powerful, practical, and persuasive of astrological techniques. This one day workshop introduces and illustrates its key principles, through an exploration of client-charts covering a variety of typical horary concerns. Although suitable for astrologers who are new to horary, the workshop also benefits experienced practitioners by its focus on points that (needlessly) cause confusion. How, and in what circumstances, does reception become important; what do co-significators do, and how do we combine various indicators to reliably judge what is happening, and how and when the resolution will occur?

Horary is anything but the trivial or fatalistic branch of astrology it is often seen to be. A well-handled horary consultation can change lives, resolve painful dilemmas and bring peace of mind to clients in despair. This workshop also demonstrates the importance and sensitivities of the astrologer-client engagement, highlighting points that rarely receive attention in textbooks, though they are fundamentally important in processing a question through to a confidently delivered, meaningful and illuminating judgement.

This event is hosted by the Friends of Astrology Chicago.

ERIS: A Planet for our Times

San Francisco, CA

With Henry Seltzer

Eris, past Pluto and named a ‘dwarf’ planet in 2006, is therefore now in the same astronomical category as Pluto. I will present information that I have been researching regarding the Eris archetype in Western Astrology. Just as Pluto is (still) a planet, I regard Eris as a planet. The archetype seems to be well-defined as a feminine Warrior for Soul Purpose, and is quite a key for our current social situation. My forthcoming book, The Tenth Planet, is to be published by The Wessex Astrologer, and demonstrates Eris’s power in charts on the order of depth of the other major outer planet archetypes.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Astrological Society.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Topic: TBA

Alpine, CA

With Steven Forrest

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.

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.

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