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Sunday, March 10, 2024 – Wendy Stacey

Muddy Waters Can Clear

wendy-staceyWith Saturn and Neptune in Pisces muddying the waters, it is often difficult to see how deep and unsettling things may be… however, whilst these transits trigger planets in mutable signs – we can alter our perception and sink ourselves into mystery and vision, beauty and romance. This talk will explore the positive ways one can experience these transits. A reminder of Muddy Waters quote, “The blues had a baby and they called it rock-and-roll.”

Wendy Stacey (BA, MA, Dip LSA) is the principal of the international Mayo School of Astrology (since 2007) and Chair of the Astrological Association (since 2002). She has written numerous articles for the Astrological Journal and is the author of Consulting With Astrology (2012) and Uranus Square Pluto (2012). She has contributed to The New Generation (2012), The Professional Astrologer (2016) and Bitcoin (2018). In 2014 Wendy received the Charles Harvey award for ‘Exceptional Service to Astrology’. Wendy is also a tutor on the MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at the University of Wales. Email: wendy@mayoastrology.com

To learn more about Wendy, please visit: www.WendyStacey.com

Sunday, April 14, 2024 – Bill Meridian

Birth Eclipses & Their Shadows

bill-meridianBill Meridian has been studying this subject since being introduced to them by Charles Jayne. How to identify the birth eclipse and its path according to the Johndro/Jayne rules.

Bill Meridian has been working on the stock market since 1966 and began to study astrology in 1972. He has twice been ranked market timer of the year by Timer Digest and was ranked number 3 over 19 years versus 160 services. He trained to be a core energetic therapist with Dr. John Pierrakos in NYC for 9 years. His interpretive work is a combination of his training in core energetics and Zen practice. His 4 books are Planetary Stock Trading, Planetary Economic Forecasting, Predictive Power of Eclipse Paths, and Mastering Geopolitical Prediction. He currently runs an investment business from his homes in Vienna and the USA. Bill is a member of the board of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Sunday, April 21, 2024 – Blair Bogin

Astrological Grit

blair-boginThis lecture offers insight on how to be in relationship with the planets during rough patches. A breakup, a bad job interview, a major loss, the world ending or a stubbed toe…your chart is a badass that longs to bounce back. Aside from our unwavering friend Saturn, what does a resilient chart look and feel like ? We will consider each planet from a mind-body coaching perspective, seeing how each archetype can be a resource in times of tough luck.

Blair Bogin is an artist, astrologer and teacher. Aside from consultations, workshops and lectures, she translates planetary alignments into improv comedy, community theater, video art and moving image horoscopes. Blair earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent many years immersed in physical theater clown school. She’s been going steady with the planets for over 13 years and works closely with fellow artists, empaths, activists, wild ones and weirdos as an astrological coach.

Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Cassandra Buttler

Exploring your Inner Guru: Jupiter in Gemini

cassandra-buttlerAstrology’s blueprint for each of us is individualistic and profound. Jupiter is the key planet in guiding us to truth, positivity, and abundance. Understanding how to work with your personal Jupiter can assist you in achieving your goals which reflect your deepest truth. The planet Jupiter can be in any one of twelve signs defined by four elements. These wisdom tools reflect the four elements; air (mental); fire (visual); water (emotional); and earth (physical). Each of the twelve ways of accessing inner wisdom will be illuminated. You will learn how to access your inner wisdom, or Jupiter, using meditative tools. As Jupiter is now the sign of Gemini, it’s more important than ever to discern how to tap into one’s own guidance, as we turn down the outside chatter around us. This workshop will combine information sharing about your personal Jupiter, plus an experiential journey to access the inner guru within.

Cassandra Joan Butler, BSW, MS, LMT has been a noted practitioner of astrology, spiritual development and bodywork since 1987. She has shared her knowledge with thousands of students in a variety of settings. She has presented at many international venues and conferences including Lily Dale, Chautauqua Institution, The United Astrology Conference, and Fellowships of the Spirit. Cassandra writes for several national publications and is a frequent guest on WNY radio and television and is the producer/host of `Cosmic Connections’. She is founder of the Divine Grace Fellowship Church which blends astrological wisdom with a healing ministry. She provides FB live sessions weekly for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, the world’s largest astrological platform.

Sunday, June 9, 2024 – John Marchesella

Secondary Progressions: The Acorn and the Oak Tree

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Secondary Progressions do not make us something other than what we were born to be. On the contrary, they make us more of who we were always meant to be, more of who we are! Secondary Progressions are the unfolding of the natal potential, not the shifting gears away from the chart. They describe the growth that we are really “ready” for. Often misunderstood or misused, learn how to use them accurately in prediction and counseling with transits and eclipses. Simple, easy-to-use examples will be presented.

Professional full-time astrologer since 1976. NCGR-PAA fully certified as a Consulting Astrologer and designed its mentoring program. Frequent speaker at UAC, NCGR National and local conferences. Author of many articles in various astrological publications as well as a contributing author to “Under One Sky.” Current President of NCGR-New York and Education Director. Previous Chair of NCGR-National. Certified in Bereavement Counseling from St. Vincent’s Hospice, NY, also certified as a Jungian and Humanistic Psychotherapist from Temenos Institute, CT. Consulting astrologer, teacher and mentor.

Sunday, July 14, 2024 – April Elliott Kent

Electing Wedding Dates that Work

april-elliot-kentIn the early 2000s, I accidentally became a wedding date specialist, putting myself through college by electing astrologically fortuitous wedding dates for frazzled couples. It was a a niche that filled up my appointment calendar for about 14 years, until I realized I had started fantasizing about choosing divorce dates instead. But folks are still getting married, and they can benefit from having an astrologer (you?) choose a good date for the wedding. In this presentation, I share the philosophy, research, and practical techniques that I used to choose hundreds of wedding dates – with (happily) very little repeat business.

April Elliott Kent is a professional astrologer and author living in San Diego, California. She is the author of Astrological Transits (Fair Winds Press, 2015), The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology (Alpha/Penguin 2011), and Star Guide to Weddings (Llewellyn 2008). Her astrological writing has also appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and Dell Horoscope magazines and in Llewellyn’s Sun Sign, Moon Sign, and Sabbats annuals. A popular lecturer, April served on the faculty of UAC 2012 and 2018, SOTA 2016, ISAR 2016, Beyond the Borders 2020, and Making of the One Thing 2018 (New Zealand). April is past president of the San Diego Astrological Society and served on the AFAN Steering Committee, and is a member of ISAR, NCGR, AFAN, and OPA.

To learn more about April, please visit: www.BigSkyAstrology.com

Sunday, August 11, 2024 – Elisabeth Grace

The Astonishing Synchronicity of Astrology & the News

elizabeth-graceWhy is that story making news NOW? Why is that person making news NOW? Discover the astro-logic that drives the news…from the front page to the obituaries to the actual words in the headlines themselves. You’ll never be shocked again — because you saw it coming. If it’s not in the horoscope, it’s not in the headlines!

Elisabeth Grace earned her B.A in Philosophy from Wellesley College. She is an ISAR CAP certified consulting astrologer, a School of Traditional Astrology (STA) certified horary practitioner and a highest-honors graduate of Noel Tyl’s rigorous master’s course for professional astrologers. She studies medical astrology with Lee Lehman (STA). Freelancing at WNBC and CNBC inspired her must-read forecasts about the astonishing synchronicity of astrology and the headlines, now in its 15th year. Published in: Dell Horoscope; penned the “Charts in the News” column for Mountain Astrologer for many years. Podcast: Off the Charts: A Stellar Newscast, with co-host Whitney McKnight. Stand-up comedy experience comes in handy at public speaking engagements.

Sunday, August 18, 2024 – Lee Lehman

Waiting for the Right Sign

lee-lehmanNo, you don’t get to redo your birth chart, but you can affect your experience of a time period by understanding that you have the ability to change your experience of events according to the sign placements of the planets you use to create the future that you want. This is an alternate way to think about electional, transits, progressions and returns, or any dynamic method. So, you are not just a few adjectives that describe a situation. You can dig deep and find a lot of properties you can use to pick the signs of the faster planets (as well as slower planets when they are about to change signs). We will examine the greater structures within the signs that can unlock additional interpretations that may help you to plan.

Lee has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She has written eleven books, on horary, electional, mundane, medical, and solar returns. She is the Principal of the Medical Program at the School of Traditional Astrology.
In addition, she teaches at Kepler College, where she used to be Academic Dean in the degree-granting era. Lee had received the Marc Edmund Jones Award, and the Regulus Award.

Sunday, September 8, 2024 – Marc Laurenson

The Composite Chart-The Third Person in the Relationship

marc-laurensonMost of us feel a relationship is just about the dynamics of a couple but what if we realized there is a third party involved…the relationship itself. In this talk we will discuss the understanding of the relationship as a separate entity with needs, an agenda, and its own mission and how we as individuals need to align with what it is trying to teach us.

Marc is the creator and principal teacher at the popular Sydney Astrology School. He is an AAT (accredited Astrology teacher) with the Federation of Australian Astrologers. Marc has a thriving consultation business. He describes his Astrology style as Evolutionary with a psychological bent with a goal of empowering people and guiding them toward more fulfilling lives Marc is a popular speaker on the circuit including the ISAR
Conference 2022, FAA Conferences, Breaking down the Borders online Conferences, Synchronicity University, London School of Astrology and OPA He has also written for many publications including Wellbeing Astrology and the FAA Journal.

Sunday, September 22, 2024 – Melanie Joy

Interceptions in the Natal Chart

melanie-joyOne of the main reasons Melanie has stuck with a quadrant-based house system for years is the important insights that can be gleamed from intercepted houses and planets. In this talk, Melanie will explore the significance of intercepted houses and planets and how they can leave a remarkable imprint upon the personality and life events of individuals.

Melanie has been studying astrology for 20 years and seeing clients for over 13 years. She’s a certified graduate and teacher through the Canadian Astrological Association for Education (CAAE), a former CAAE board member, and has lectured across Canada and the U.S. for organizations such as Kepler College, ISAR, AFAN, NCGR and Astrology Toronto. She also has a Diploma in Horary Astrology from the School of Traditional Astrology. Her approach to astrology is a blend of modern Western techniques, traditional techniques, and a heavy dose of 17th century astrology based on the methods of Jean Baptiste Morin de Villefranche. She also believes strongly in chart rectification and puts a lot of time (and heart) into her clients to ensure their birth times are bang on. A former college writing teacher, career advice writer, communications specialist and singer-songwriter, Melanie holds a Master’s degree in Professional Writing and Communications. Her latest astrological adventure is founding and leading a local astrology group in southern Ontario, Canada—Astrology Niagara.

Sunday, October 13, 2024 – Celeste Brooks

North Node in Pisces – Trusting the Process

celeste-brooksThe North Node will transit Pisces from January 11, 2025, to July 26, 2026. The invitation is to develop calming spiritual practices and trust in the potential for positive outcomes despite living in a chaotic world. It won’t be easy, as the massive social and technological changes ushered in by Pluto in Aquarius will be anxiety-inducing and destabilizing. This talk will include an overview of the lunar nodes and what the collective may experience based on previous cycles.

Celeste Brooks specializes in natal, mundane, and horary astrology. Her offerings include classes, workshops, coaching packages, events, and readings. Her podcast, Celestial Insights, offers weekly guidance to surf the cosmic tides. She discusses the astrology of current events on her popular Instagram lives. She has shared her workCeleste is the Transit Talk host and OPA Live Manager for the Organization of Professional Astrologers (OPA). Before transitioning into astrology full-time, she had a successful sales and marketing career at Fortune 500 companies spanning over 25 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College. She holds the STA’s Practitioners Level Certification in Horary. Her email is Celeste@AstrologyByCeleste.com.

To learn more about Celeste, please visit: www.AstrologyByCeleste.com.

Sunday, November 10, 2024 – Mallory Hasty

Venus in Capricorn & the Complex Commodity of Sex

mallory-hastyWhat could an 19th century Russian mystic and a modern-day global pop star have in common? Perhaps some of the most compelling Venus-in-Capricorn significations to be chronicled. Sex is a complex commodity for both Spears & Rasputin. Whether it be a means to be controlled or to control—the expression of sexuality is a way to leverage power. Let’s examine how Britney’s won conservatorship battle with her father and postlawsuit hyper display of sensuality acts as a reclamation tool for her own sacred autonomy. We will also probe at the rumored sex cults of Rasputin—and how these secret orgies may have catalyzed his powers over Nicholas II, the Last Emperor of Russia.

Mallory Hasty is a consulting astrologer, tarot teacher, and world traveler. With their degree in English-Writing & Religious Studies, their knowledge of poetry, literature, and religion often makes its way into their healing work, as well as her teachings and classes. Their astrological practice is rooted in the Hellenistic tradition, her focus being to guide clients towards embodiment, inner-child healing, and nervous-system homeostasis. Mal loves to work with Highly Sensitive People because they are one themselves. Mallory is currently pursuing professional certification through the Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA) and was awarded one of OPA’s Most Promising Astrologer Grants of 2022.

Sunday, December 8, 2024 – Justin Elzie

Sabian Symbols: A Key Tool to Chart Interpretation

justin-elzieIn this talk, Justin will cover the origin and structure of the Sabian Symbols. He will also cover the different Archetypal Phases and how to use them to identify challenges in a person’s life and techniques to overcome them. Justin will use real world examples with actual charts to make the points along with some of the work from Dane Rudhyar on the Sabian Symbols.

Justin Crockett Elzie is an Archetypal / Vedic Astrologer, Yoga/Meditation Teacher, Spiritualist Evidential Medium, and Author. He combines both Western Ancient Astrology and Modern Psychological Astrology with Eastern Vedic Astrology. He specializes in Predictive/Electional, and Mundane/Karmic Astrology. His work with clients includes in-depth analysis of Natal and other Astrological charts. Using these he can link people together with their Souls paths in life and what cycle they are in along with what is coming up in the future for them. With compassion he seeks to empower clients towards healing and helping them maximize their potential.

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