ASTROLOGY STUDENT CONFERENCE 2021

Astrology in Action: Cycles & Dialogues

2021 CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

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An Interview with Stephen Arroyo
In this pre-recorded interview exclusively for our conference, Frank Clifford chats with the legendary, influential astrologer Stephen Arroyo about his life, his bestselling books, his approach to astrology and the pioneering part he has played in the development of psychological and humanistic astrology since the 1970s.

SATURDAY 17 APRIL

(all times are UK summer time/BST)

Session 1: 09:00–09:50 BST
Virtual Room A:
Pluto in Aquarius: From Earth to Air and How This Changes Everything – Nadiya Shah
When Pluto enters Aquarius in March 2023, we’ll reach a collective turning point – a fundamental shift towards a New Age. In this talk, Nadiya will explore the range of expression of this deep, transformative and enlightening energy, and consider what this could mean for the future of astrology.

Virtual Room B: 
Entangled Astrology – Nicholas Campion
Drawing on the latest ideas from the academic world, Nick will ask whether astrology might be best seen as ‘entangled’, i.e. an endless set of symbols in relationships in a state of constant change, where any one can be the starting or ending point for interpretation. With chart examples!

Session 2: 10:00–10:50 BST
Virtual Room A: 
The Sabian Symbols for the New Age – Lynda Hill
Based on the degrees of the zodiac, the Sabian Symbols offer profound insights into navigating the energies we’re dealing with – both in our natal charts and in the mundane planetary picture. In this talk, Lynda will consider the degrees of Saturn and Pluto and how these herald the new age.

Virtual Room B:
By the Rivers of Babylon: How the Belly Helps the Head to Improve Thinking – Christian König
Generally two astrological approaches exist: a chart-based approach and pictorial Babylonian sky-viewing one. Using various examples, Christian will demonstrate how pictorially-symbolized themes in the starry sky can enrich our horoscopic delineations. This approach is not only astonishingly accurate but can also support contemporary, chart-based astrology.

Session 3: 11:00–11:50 BST
Virtual Room A: 
Life’s Realities: Saturn’s Cycle and the Process of Maturation – Richard Swatton
Lean how Saturn’s transit through each quadrant reflects the development of our maturity in relation to the realities of living within society. Other transits of Saturn to its own place and other planets will be briefly included in this investigation into the most important life cycle that astrology has to offer.

Virtual Room B: 
The Cosmic Dance of 2021 and Beyond – Wendy Stacey
As we navigate the Saturn–Uranus square of 2021, Wendy will consider how Pluto’s journey through the final degrees of Capricorn demands a revisit to the drawing board (socially, politically and economically), and how Jupiter moving through both Aquarius and Pisces invites us to embrace a new way of perceiving humanity.

Session 4: 12:00–12:50 BST
Virtual Room A: 
Palmistry Insights for the Astrologer – Frank Clifford
If the horoscope is a blueprint based on a fixed moment in time, the hand is a road map under constant revision: lines change when we alter track, offering proof that the future is negotiable. Learn how hands reveal talents and traits, and provide an aerial, ‘advance’ view of the road ahead.

Virtual Room B: 
A Personal Dance with the Cosmos – Wendy Stacey
Though we live in challenging times, there are many opportunities to harness outer planet energies to make them more favourable in our lives. Following on from Wendy’s mundane talk, we shall examine how best to understand and utilise the outer planet transits to our own charts during 2021.

Session 5: 14:00–14:50 BST
Virtual Room A:
The Hunger of the Sun and Moon’s Unfulfilled Needs (workshop) – Karen Hamaker-Zondag
In Jungian astrology, the Sun is part of the father archetype and the Moon part of the mother. In our horoscope they reflect our talents and needs. Karen will explore what happens when what we needed was missing or insufficient and how this unconsciously affects our adult development, expectations and behaviour.

Virtual Room B: 
Here Comes the Sun: Shining a Light on Solar Returns (workshop) – Wade Caves
Solar return charts offer a window into the changing landscapes of our lives. By exploring the intersection of the Sun’s revolution, astrocartography (i.e. relocating solar returns) and episodic astrology, an efficient and reliable method for the interpretation of solar returns will be presented.

Session 6: 15:00–15:50 BST
Virtual Room A: continuation of Karen’s workshop
Virtual Room B: continuation of Wade’s workshop

Session 7: 16:00–16:50 BST
Virtual Room A: 
Shadow Transits: A Hidden Forecasting Tool – Frank Clifford
Most of us use transits alongside solar arcs or progressions, but what happens when you combine them by observing transits to the directed chart? First off, it’s less complex than you might expect! Learn how to use these revealing ‘shadow transits’ to connect seemingly unrelated dates that share similar experiences and events.

Virtual Room B: 
Elemental Assimilation: Your Mercury in 2021 – Stormie Grace
In 2021, a new era and element drive the way we interact with our world. But how will we assimilate this abundance of information? Take a journey with Stormie to understand how best to use the element of your natal Mercury to make the most of the year ahead.

Session 8: 17:00–17:50 BST
Virtual Room A:
Reframing Your Chart – Linda Kubota Byrd
This talk and meditation are invitations to relax our analytical mind, drop into a deeper awareness of who we truly are, and reframe our birth chart from our soul’s authentic perspective. In doing so, we’ll look at charts with new, empowered eyes and focus on how to consciously co-create our future.

Virtual Room B:
Archetypal Initiations: Astrological Cycles of Becoming – Yvonne Smith Tarnas
The archetypal influences of life development are biographically layered yet universal and transpersonal. Focusing on the planetary archetypes, we will use clinical case studies to better understand the integrative dynamics of the psyche, the purposefulness of the Self, and the aims of the individuation quest.

SUNDAY 18 APRIL

(all times are UK summer time/BST)

Session 9: 09:00–09:50 BST
Virtual Room A:
Elective Lunar Surgery (workshop) – Kira Sutherland
Why do some simple surgeries go wrong when other, more complicated ones go off without a hitch? Today, Kira will offer step-by-step guidelines for working with a client’s chart (particularly their Moon) to determine which are the best possible days for successful and problem-free surgery.

Virtual Room B:
Being in Time (workshop) – Brian Clark
Astrological awareness encourages us to be both in and on time. As astrologers, we examine the measurement of literal time to consider the opportunities inherent in that moment. In this presentation, we shall look at how the many faces of Time can encourage us to live more fully in the present.

Session 10: 10:00–10:50 BST
Virtual Room A: continuation of Kira’s workshop
Virtual Room B: continuation of Brian’s workshop

Session 11: 11:00–11:50 BST
Virtual Room A:
Where Spirit Meets Matter: A Deeper View of the S
elf (workshop) – Bernadette Brady
This workshop focuses on the stars and the idea of the Spindle of Necessity, which Plato believed wove spirit to the matter of one’s horoscope to create a life. (We’ll be in touch with attendees before the weekend to offer a free copy of your parans.)

Virtual Room B:
Childhood Matters – Faye Blake
Astrology provides a unique framework for examining time and cycles. Initial triggers in childhood to important chart points set deep patterns. Faye will discuss Inner Child theory and examine planets near the Ascendant to clarify these patterns and help create healing strategies that can lead to a better future.

Session 12: 12:00–12:50 BST
Virtual Room A: continuation of Bernadette’s workshop

Virtual Room B:
The Psychology of Space – Alexander von Schlieffen
Artists, photographers, architects and designers manifest their individual concept or vision of space in their paintings, sculptures, buildings and objects. By looking at their birth charts, we can pick up delightful insights into how their inner psychological sense of space manifests in their artistic work.

Session 13: 14:00–14:50 BST
Virtual Room A:
Pro-social Astrology – Colin Bedell
In an effort to explore astrology as a tool for self-awareness, this talk will situate leading research on human emotion, thought and behaviour within astrology. By cross-referencing the ancient with the avant-garde, Colin will also examine ideas on how awareness of ‘The Self’ is constructed in relationships.

Virtual Room B:
Steering ‘round the Bendings of the Lunar Nodes – Samuel Reynolds
In this talk, Samuel will offer clear and simple ways to identify and interpret planets at the Lunar Node ‘bendings’ in a horoscope, and show how to use these to direct ourselves or others towards spiritual growth and development.

Session 14: 15:00–15:50 BST
Virtual Room A:
Astrology and Dreams (workshop) – Greg Bogart
Both dreams and astrological symbols deliver momentous, truthful messages that offer clear steps towards transformation at crucial transitions. Greg will discuss how dream symbols reflect the chart, and how planetary symbolism illuminates characters and narratives of dreams. A few participants will be invited to briefly share a recent dream and their charts.

Virtual Room B:
Hermetic Philosophy and the Stairway to Heaven – Gary P Caton
The Hermetic Cosmos consists of a series of emanations from the Godhead, known as Tree of Life and also pictured as a staircase, implying return or spiritual progress. In this talk, we’ll see practical examples of how astrology, alchemy and magic facilitate spiritual growth via active dialogue between nature (below) and the heavens (above).

Session 15: 16:00–16:50 BST
Virtual Room A: continuation of Greg’s workshop

Virtual Room B:
Trickster Mercury: Lies, Hoaxes and Parodies – Tony Howard
Mercury, the planet of perception and reasoning, can help us bring objectivity to bear on a situation. But myth reveals Mercury as a trickster who delighted in bending the truth. In this talk, we’ll review jaw-dropping stories of hoaxes, fakes and parodies that reveal Mercury’s trickster side in spades.

Session 16: 17:00–17:50 BST
Virtual Room A:
Astrology as a Rosetta Stone of the Psyche – Richard Tarnas
The astonishing capacity of astrological symbolism and the planetary movements to reflect the complex dynamics of the human soul opens to each of us a uniquely powerful mode of self-knowledge. It can also bestow another gift, a glimpse into the inner life of others, which can deepen our capacity for empathy and compassion.

Virtual Room B:
The Progressed Moon: Understanding the Client’s Inner Journey – Gisele Terry
The progressed Moon is a deep perceiver of the inner world of our clients. Its position by sign and house around the zodiac represents how the past can bring an opportunity for healing in the present time. Gisele will illustrate this with examples from the charts of clients in her practice.