The 49th Annual Conference of the Astrological Association: The Importance of Astrology
2017 Conference Programme
8th - 10th September 2017 Book online here
Demian Allan — Why Use the Whole Sign House System? This talk will focus on the philosophy of the Whole Sign house system in a contemporary way and include chart examples.
Frank Clifford — Never Date A Fellow Astrologer... and Other Celestial Caveats Saturday Night talk. Join Frank Clifford on Saturday night for a fun journey around the zodiac and get the inside track on the bizarre world of astrologers and their astrologies.
Jody Collorick — How Do Astrologers Read Charts - the continuing story Within the Platonic cosmos, the Daemons are mediators between gods and humans by giving inspiration, dreams, oracles and omens. Can we also include astrology as a mouthpiece for the Daemons?
Angela Cornish — A Traditional Approach to Missing Persons The subject of missing persons is always emotive. Using the chart for the moment of disappearance, Angela will explore traditional rules and aphorisms to determine whether the absent party is dead or alive and whether astrology can help in a practical way to discover the fate of the person involved.
Faye Cossar — Off with the Bad, On with the Good The new science of epigenetics has disproved the 'born with bad genes' theory and shown the vital importance of environment in switching genes on and off. Faye will show how your Ceres placement can identify an optimal environment for maintaining health.
Faye Cossar — Decent Exposure Whether you run a business, are building a practice or yearn to find a job that suits you, good promotion is vital. Faye will demonstrate how astrology can provide inspiration for defining products, describing services, and creating powerful social media profiles, CVs and websites.
Mark Cullen — Magicians, Witches & Seers We will be examining the charts of several famous occultists, witches and seers. What insights does astrology offer into such intriguing figures? Can we detect any astrological signatures for such pursuits in the birth chart?
Mark Cullen — The Perennial Scottish Question Many thought the referendum of 2014 had settled the issue of Scottish independence for a generation. But, following the Brexit vote of 2016, Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have raised the issue again and called for another referendum. Astrologically, can the United Kingdom survive this renewed challenge?
Barbara Dunn — Textbooks, Practice-Books and Almanacs: Astrology and the 'Prognostical Part of Physick' in Early Modern England Engaging with a variety of figures (charts), Barbara examines astrological-medical diagnosis, prognosis and treatment in early modern England. A variety of methodologies are explored, including those of Simon Forman, Richard Napier, William Lilly and Joseph Blagrave.
Jean Elliot — The Lunation Cycle: What Does the Phase of the Moon at Birth Mean in Our Lives? Jean will outline the astronomy and astrological interpretations of the lunar phases, and she hopes to encourage the audience to truly feel the connection between the Moon in the sky and our internal experience of it.
Hedley England — The Disappearance of MAH370 The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight, with 227 passengers, has baffled everyone. But what does astrology tell us about it? Hedley will examine the history of the airline from its origins in 1947, the aircraft in question, and similar related events to offer insight into this mystery.
Anna Estaroth — Venus: Dual Aspect Goddess - Morning and Evening Star Many people focus on the nicer, socially-acceptable aspects of Venus, but she is decidedly bipolar, having both peace-loving and war-mongering reputations. This talk explores multiple faces of Venus through her varied roles across cultures and in the ancient world.
Anna Estaroth — Mercury the Mischievous Maneuverer How was Mercury depicted in the past? Apparently, Mercury's aspects and habits are little changed over the millennia, but are they really? This talk examines classical, medieval and modern takes on Mercury.
Kim Farnell — Psychological Astrology Before it was Invented Despite rumours to the contrary, 'traditional' astrology isn't simply about finding lost cats and reducing the number of planets in a chart. Astrologers have always sought to describe and heal psychological conditions, and this talk discusses approaches and language used with examples from astrologers such as Simon Forman.
Jodi Forrest — Mars Returns: Where's the Boogeyman? Your returning Mars's house position shows where your 'inner warrior's' challenges manifest over the next two years - yet these challenges always refer back to your natal Mars placement. Want to brim with energy in your next Mars cycle? Learn to find and face the biennial boogeyman.
Jodi Forrest — Jupiter in Scorpio From October 2017 to November 2018, the Greater Benefic dives into the Scorpionic underworld. Paradoxically, that is when we'll find Jovian optimism, faith, renewal and 'the vision thing'. Scorpio planets make that sometimes harrowing descent before re-emerging potentially stronger, wiser and carrying less baggage.
Peter Fraiss — Suicidality and the Time of Birth My bachelor's degree thesis is based on charts of 617 people who committed suicide and 1324 people who did not. Statistical analysis shows significant differences between the groups regarding angular separations between the Sun, Moon and other chart factors. A new mean of prevention is stated.
Stevi Gaydon — Bring Out the Sun: Alan Leo's Astrology The Theosophist and astrologer Alan Leo is often referred to as 'the Father of Modern Astrology' in recognition of his crucial influence on much of 20th Century astrology. In this talk, Stevi will examine Leo's background and his aim to change the focus of astrology from prediction to inner, personal development.
Dr. Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum — Plenary: What Does astrology Have To Do With Fate? Astrology and fate have been connected for millennia. What do we mean when we talk about fate? Do we have free will? Are fate and free will incompatible? I shall talk about the historical perspective on fate and astrology, and suggest ways in which fate and free will can be accommodated in astrological practice.
Dr. Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum — A New Ancient Horoscope with the Seven Planetary Lots of Paulus Alexandrinus Recently a new horoscope on papyrus was discovered in Berlin by Alexander Jones. I shall talk about what is in this ancient chart, why it is important for the history of astrology, and how it connects to the doctrine of planetary lots in antiquity.
Ed Gillam — Get Over it Guys! Regulus will be in Virgo for 2000 Years Regulus moved into Virgo in 2011. A cultural change that will shape the centuries to come is occurring. The masculine, heroic age of Regulus in Leo is ending, and the feminine, collectivist age of Regulus in Virgo is beginning.
Ed Gillam — Saturn and the Transpersonal Planets in Mundane Astrology Andre Barbault describes the Saturn-Neptune conjunction in 2026 as part of 'the most benefic configuration of the century'. Ed will talk about Saturn's role in grounding transpersonal dimensions of experience and in creating the framework for transformative cultural and political change.
Nicholas Grier — Political Astrology: How to Get it Right Some of the Time Unlike the Romans, you don't need to examine poultry livers to work out who is going to win an election. Close examination of leaders' horoscopes, election charts and a healthy dose of common sense are more effective.
Nicholas Grier — Corporate Psychopaths: You Don't Want to Meet Them in a Dark Office What drives some people to the top of the corporate tree, taking no prisoners as they go? Power? Fame? Insecurity? Or good old-fashioned greed? Let's get the astrological perspective.
Dr Rob Hand — Workshop: Dealing with Difficult Chart Combinations It is not enough to tell clients that they can overcome difficult combinations by free will. We need to provide strategies and concrete behavioural suggestions. Each planet and combination has modes of living in which the energies of the planets can be made to work positively. Often the problem is that the individual has either 1) not thought of an appropriate alternative way of living, or 2) has been brought up not to recognise its possibility. This workshop will use the charts of the attendees to demonstrate the methods which are drawn from both modern and traditional astrology.
Dr Rob Hand — Plenary: The Constellations and Precession as They Have Affected History The conventional way of presenting the precessional ages is to examine the timing of the movement of the vernal equinox through the sidereal sign of Pisces. This model uses the constellational image of Pisces as well as other constellations to achieve a much more precise model of how history correlates with precession. What implications does this have for our future as a culture?
Graham Ibell — Astrological Education in Schools For the last six years I've been teaching astrology to 13-14- and 18-year Steiner schools students in NZ and the UK with the express aim of fostering their individuality and connecting them with an interactive cosmos. It has been met with deep hunger, wonderment and excitement. I will share some results, what works and future possibilities.
Graham Ibell — Luminaries Illuminated: The Astrology Behind Eleanor Catton's 'The Luminaries' 'The Luminaries' is an extraordinary book - both as a startling piece of literature and as a work that draws so elegantly and so satisfyingly from the deep well of astrology. l will explore the astrology contained within, particularly the architecture and the astrological and alchemical symbolism which hold the epic novel together.
Ana Isabel — The Carter Memorial Lecture: Astrology, Light, Life and Meaning In this talk, Ana Isabel explores the role that astrology plays in helping us get a sense of identity and a context for incarnation. In this wide universe, where do we fit in? What does it mean to be an individual and why are these questions relevant in helping us develop inner peace?
Stefanie James — Black Moon Lilith: The Enigma The original wild-woman of the Garden of Eden, Lilith's appearance in religion, the arts and popular culture is formidable, enigmatic and intriguing. Exploring myth, history and religion, I shall look at Lilith's influence in a handful of charts as well as her importance in modern astrology and the zeitgeist.
Sol W. Jonassen — The Astrology of Mid-Life The mid-life cycles present a challenging, yet enlightening chance for growth for the individual. In this lecture we will explore Uranus opposite Uranus, Neptune square Neptune, Pluto square Pluto and the Chiron Return to see how astrology can be a vital tool when learning to ride the life cycles.
Sol W. Jonassen — Astrology and death Through astrology, humans have understood cycles in nature, and death wasn't seen as a random happening but as part of a deeper cycle. Let's explore the transit of dying and death and see if astrology can offer us meaning and healing in these times of great grief and pain.
Bern Jurecic — 29th Degree: The Swan Song Principle in Astrology Is an anaretic degree the weakest point within a sign? Does a planet placed there indeed destroy the form? A two-faced god Janus? None of this. The last degree is like a Swan song - mighty and important.
Bern Jurecic — When in the Year? A New View on Timing in Solar Returns A Solar Return is often seen as a minor astrological technique but my timing principle allows the Solar Return to become a very useful analytical and predictive tool. No additional calculations required! Learn to read these stories to your clients.
Ewa Krajewska — Venus in Fall and in Detriment Venus shows our material status, relationships, artistic talents and how we dress. Does a weak Venus bring financial issues, bad luck in love, failures in artistic projects or bad taste in fashion? I will explain how to use a 'weak' Venus to be successful.
Miloslawa Krogulska — Jupiter: Your Best Friend and Saviour Jupiter is the best planet to ask for help during a crisis. His sign, house and aspects indicate areas in life in which we cannot fail. Using personal stories and mundane charts, we'll learn how best to use Jupiter. Bring your horoscope and let's work together with the power of Jupiter.
Ema Kurent — Eclipses in personal Forecasting Eclipses have long been overlooked in personal forecasting, although they are an ancient predictive tool. Throughout the 20th Century, they have mainly been used by mundane astrologers, but they are extremely useful in personal forecasting as well, provided they are properly understood and used according to exact interpretative rules.
Ema Kurent — Progressed Lunar Declination Cycles My practice has shown that progressions in declination are as important as those in longitude - if not more so! With declination, we don't have sign boundaries and the Moon (along with several planets) often goes out of bounds - 23.5°ree; north and south being powerful boundaries, which serve as eloquent forecasting tools.
Victoria Laloe — Self-determinism and Planetary Forces Does astrology deny the existence of choice and free will in our lives? When Venus is in Pisces, do the sales of shoes go up? And if I resist the urge to buy those Italian leather boots, am I working with my planetary forces or against?
Sally Lloyd — Morning and Evening Stars in Astrology Mercury and Venus continually cycle between being morning and evening stars, and this changes the expression of their urges and needs. This talk is a discussion on the other faces/phases of these two planets - a little-used technique in modern astrology but one that was recognised by the ancients.
Vicky Maloney — The Sins of the Fathers: Family Patterns in the Horoscope Just as genetic patterns are encoded in our DNA, the horoscope reveals recurring patterns in the charts of family members by way of shared signs and degrees, or placements and aspects in common. This talk will explore how family myth works its way down through the generations.
Theodore Naicker — A New Horizon For the European Union With the next German national elections taking place in October 2017, the focus will be on the future of the EU. This talk looks at the mundane astrology of these events using simple traditional techniques such as Ingress and Eclipse charts to get an understanding of the potential consequences for Europe.
Zeynep Ozlem Yalcin — Stationary Planets Stationary planets have a strong energy in charts. They are a key to learning our karmic lessons on our life path. Zeynep will use numerous examples to interpret stationary retrograde and stationary direct planets in natal and mundane horoscopes. Let's discuss whether it is a challenge or a gift.
Eskild Rasmussen — Crime: Is the Criminal Mind Depicted in the Chart? An ongoing research project into the charts of male murderers reveals that there is indeed such a phenomenon as a chart indicating crime, but this does not mean that a criminal mind is predetermined. Environmental factors play a huge role as a trigger. In this talk, we shall investigate further.
Melanie Reinhart — Workshop: Astrology and the Spiritual Path What is the 'spiritual path'? And how might astrology help or hinder us on our journey? Does the horoscope refer to this 'journey'? And if so, where and what is its signification? This workshop will be an exploration of these questions in the light of 'The Pathology of the Sublime' (Assagioli) and a consideration of the spiritual perspectives which befit and support our great art. Bring your own spiritual wonderings and experiences.
Melanie Reinhart — Saturn Goes Home On 20 December 2017, Saturn returns to its own sign, after three squares with Chiron in Pisces. We shall prepare for this transit by considering the transition between Sagittarius and Capricorn. What are the guiding symbols, questions and meanings to assist our personal inner process at this time?
Henry Seltzer — Dwarfs, Gods and Goddesses - the Impact of New Planets Some astrologers already recognize the recently officially-named 'dwarf' planets as serious factors in chart analysis, quite timely for our current era. Eris, as Feminine Warrior, is described in Henry's well-received 'Tenth Planet', published by Wessex. Makemake and Haumea are revealed to be archetypal energies implying a profound connection to Nature.
Helen Sewell — What's Love Got to Do With It? Astrological Couple Work Astrology is a fantastic tool when dealing with clients who would like insights into their relationship. Drawing on Helen's 10 years' experience as a couples counsellor, she will be looking at the most common problems that come up for clients and how we can help our clients resolve them.
Zane B Stein — Chiron: Wounded Healer Carl Jung, through his personal healing process, discovered the Wounded Healer archetype in himself. Zane will discuss the mythos of Chiron, and Jung's discovery of the archetype within. He will then explore Chiron in Jung's chart and show how we can see our own Chironic wounds.
Sue Tompkins — Plenary: Exploring Uranus in Taurus Uranus goes into Taurus in May 2018. The last time it was there (1934-42) we had World War II and previously (1850-9), the Crimean War. What can we expect socially, environmentally and politically this time around? How can we personally and collectively make the most of this ingress?
Sue Tompkins — Transforming Pluto 'Power' is often a keyword attributed to Pluto, but 'impotence' - at the other end of the spectrum - is frequently a more accurate word. Sue explains further, while attempting to give the dwarf planet - the planet of makeovers - something of a light-hearted makeover.