Astrology Conference 2009

2008 Conference Speakers:

Great Astrologers: Leo and Rudhyar
Alan Leo and Dane Rudhyar, who flourished in the 1890s-1900s and 1930s-1980s respectively, shaped the astrology that most astrologers now take for granted. Do you believe in karma or reincarnation? Do you think that the astrologer should listen to the client? Do you agree that people evolve spiritually? If so, you have been influenced by Leo and Rudhyar. This talk will look at the similarities and differences in their work and how they shaped modern astrology.

DR. NICHOLAS CAMPION, a Mayo School graduate in 1979, is now Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and course director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. Nick is the author of numerous books, including the two-volume history of astrology: The Dawn of Astrology and the forthcoming The Golden Age of Astrology.

Astrology in Action: Life Stories in the Horoscope
When reading charts, it is easy to reinforce astrological stereotypes or make assumptions based on other astrologers’ observations. Yet if we research themes, traits and experiences common to clients, loved ones or people in the news and then look at their horoscopes, we can build up our own understanding of planetary principles at work, gathering a rich and
diverse arsenal of traits and behaviours. Using a handful of previously unseen horoscopes of the famous, we’ll look at how life themes and events are illustrated vividly in birth charts.

FRANK CLIFFORD has run the London School of Astrology since 2004. A consultant
astrologer and palmist, he has written books on both subjects, including the acclaimed Palmistry 4 Today. Frank has done much media work and has been profiled in The
Guardian. As a data collector, his Data Compendium is on Solar Fire and his book British Entertainers will soon be on Kepler. His book, The Midheaven, will be published in 2008.

In Conversation with Mercury
This elusive planet is perhaps the most difficult to speak about – its mythic and imaginal ancestry is indeed complex. In this talk we shall try to get a glimpse of this most elusive and powerful trickster-magician, Mercury, our information-gatherer.

DARBY COSTELLO studied astrology in Boston, then went to Africa where she worked with tribal healers and diviners at a small museum in Johannesburg. Based in London since the early 1980s, she teaches and writes for the CPA. She teaches at other schools in London and Europe, and lectures around the world. Her international clientele is the ground out of which her astrological inspiration is nourished.

The Sun and Saturn: The Spinal Column of the Chart (Double Session)
There are many ways to focus on the main themes of a birth chart. One of the most helpful in terms of insight into what James Hillman calls ‘the daimon’ – the individual sense of destiny which unfolds over a lifetime – is to explore the axis of the Sun and Saturn, which form the spinal column of the chart and reflect what matters most to us, what we need to develop in order to feel real and authentic, and where we can find the courage to become what we most wish to be.

DR LIZ GREENE is the Director of the Centre for Psychological Astrology and the CPA Press. Liz also lectures for the MA in Cultural Astrology and Astronomy at Lampeter University, Wales. She is a prolific writer: her landmark books include Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil, Relating, The Astrology of Fate, The Astrological Neptune, as well as seminar transcripts published by the CPA Press and collaborations with Howard Sasportas and Stephen Arroyo.

The Four Angles
The angles of the horoscope are like the skeletal structure of our life. The astrological patterns connected with them (signs, rulerships and aspects) also locate crucial elements of our psychology, and offer profound insights about the themes of personal identity, relationships and our place in the world. The angles symbolize the ‘Cross of Incarnation’ and we will explore them in this light: who we experience ourselves to be, and what we came here to do.

MELANIE REINHART was born in Zimbabwe, whose night skies inspired her vocation of astrology at an early age. She holds a BA degree and is a prize-winning Diploma holder from the Faculty of Astrological Studies. A professional astrologer since 1975, she is the author of Chiron and the Healing Journey, To the Edge and Beyond, Incarnation and a contributor to The Mars Quartet. In 2004, Melanie was awarded the AA’s Charles Harvey Award for exceptional service to astrology.

Focal Planets
This session will look at how to interpret and understand the impact, strength and weakness of planets in the birth chart. Besides focal points of aspect configurations, it will involve looking at leading, angular and unaspected planets.

WENDY STACEY is the principal of the Mayo School of Astrology and the present Chair of the Astrological Association of Great Britain. She is currently completing a PhD based on research into astrology and birthing methods. Wendy is a teacher of sociology and owns a West London property development company.

The Uses and Abuses of Significators
Students frequently ask where to find vocation, addiction, money, etc. in the horoscope, and on one level this is an easy enough thing to do. But the secret of good interpretation lies in interpreting each factor in the light of every other, as Sue will illustrate with many examples.

SUE TOMPKINS, one of the most experienced teachers in the UK, spent nineteen years with the Faculty of Astrological Studies and was Director of Schools from 1986-2000. In 2000 she co-founded the London School of Astrology and in 2003 was the recipient of the AA’s Charles Harvey Award. Her books Aspects in Astrology and The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook are both widely regarded as modern classics. Sue is a consultant astrologer and a Registered Homœopath.

Defending Astrology from the Media
After a career of three decades in astrology, the last fifteen years of which have been at the frontline of the media, Shelley has tales to tell of both profiteers and idealists. Join Shelley in her guided tour of this strange, often bruising, and sometimes inspiring realm. This is a discussion that’s useful for all astrologers, since not only does it explain what a media astrologer does, it also leads inevitably to a discussion of the gulf between the public’s perception of astrology and what it actually offers – an issue that every astrologer faces.

SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL was discovered in 1991 by Patric Walker and went on to create the Sunday Times’ first ever astrological column. An articulate and frequent advocate for astrology on radio and television, Shelley also writes for London’s Evening Standard and is currently developing several book projects. She has also produced a documentary for the International Red Cross on their work with AIDS in Africa (directed by Stephan Elliott) and is a fundraiser for the English National Opera.

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