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The Astrologer's Newsletter - May/June 2008

Council News May 2008


This year, to honour long-standing AA members, friends and supporters, we would like to offer anyone who has been a member of the AA since before 1969 a heavily subsidised half price discount to attend our residential conference. Please contact the office for details.

The 2008 AA Conference is to be held at Staverton Conference Park, Daventry, Northamptonshire, between 19-21 September, with optional workshops on 22 September. The venue offers excellent facilities, accommodation and dining and the conference boasts an excellent range of speakers, including Liz Greene, Alan Oken, Michael Lutin, Bernadette Brady, Darby Costello, Geoffrey Cornelius and Ben Dykes.

If you wish to advertise in the conference programme, please contact Chris Mitchell on Anyone who would like to share a taxi from Northampton or Rugby train stations, please get in touch with the office and we will try to match you with others arriving at the same time.

Further information and directions to the venue can be found on the AA Website (follow the links to the 2008 Conference).


Join our President Roy Gillett in celebrating the Summer Solstice by watching the sunset at Stonehenge. For this one night of the year it is even possible to stay at the Stones all night and watch the sunrise if you wish. Special buses are arranged from Salisbury rail and bus stations to within an easy walk of the Stones. If you would like full details of the Summer Solstice access at Stonehenge and the evolving AA plans, please send an email headed 'Summer Solstice' to 

Wherever you are in the world, at the exact moment of the Solar Return on Friday evening 20 June 2008, take a moment to turn your mind to the Association and the importance of its work for astrology - a short pause to think, light a candle, offer a toast, shout out a few words, gather with a few friends.

21 June 2008 – Join us in celebrating the AA’s 50th Birthday at the Union Pub in Marylebone, London

The AA was formed on 21 June 1958 at 19:22 GMT in London. Join us for a casual get-together to reminisce about the first 50 years of the AA. All members and supporters are invited to come along from 7pm to the Union Pub at 88-90 George Street, London W1U 8PA.

Please let us know if you intend to order dinner on the evening by emailing by 10 June at the latest, as we will need to pre-arrange this with the venue (you can order your meals on the evening, but we need an idea of numbers by 10 June).

AA EVENT DAY WITH ROBIN HEATH – Saturday 12 July 2008

If astrology is from Uranus why are so many astrologers from Saturn?

The next AA Event Day will be held on Saturday 12 July, 10:30-16:30, at the Lawrence House Astronomy and Space Science Centre in Fleetwood. In this one-day workshop, Robin will take an alternative and controversial look at what the solar system is up to and why he thinks astrologers need to adapt their perspectives on the nature and purpose of our relationship with the sky.

The cost of the seminar is just £35 for AA members (£30 early-bird price for members who book before 31st May 2008). Temporary membership is available for £10 for non-AA members who wish to attend – or why not become a full member?

Please visit the website for further details and to book online, complete the booking form included with this mailing or contact the AA office (details below).

KEPLER DAY RESEARCH CONFERENCE - Saturday 22 November 2008

The Social Sciences and Humanities investigate the value of astrology and its future

This year’s Kepler Day Research Conference will take place on Saturday 22 November 2008, 10am-5pm, at Connaught Hall, 36-45 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EX. It is being organised and sponsored by the Sophia Centre, University of Wales, Lampeter, the Research Group for the Critical Study of Astrology and the Astrological Association. The conference is a forum for research in astrology in the humanities and social sciences, with speakers and discussion. Further details about the programme and booking information to be announced.


We have had very good feedback on our e-newsletter, Directions, with more and more subscribers signing up. If you are not receiving the e-newsletter, or have any suggestions or feedback, please contact Chris Mitchell at


The AA's online shop has been re-designed and is now much easier to use. As well as joining and renewing membership online, you can book the Annual Conference and Event Days, purchase one of the recordings made at Annual AA Conferences since the mid-1980s, and more! Use this link: online shop

Please note that work to improve the shop and the rest of the website is ongoing and your feedback and suggestions are welcome.


Please visit our new and user-friendly online shop to renew, or contact the AA office.

A reminder that the AA's new contact details are:

The Astrological Association BCM 450, London WC1N 3XX United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 8625 0098

Fax: +44 (0)20 8625 0097

The email address remain the same: