The 49th Annual Conference of the Astrological Association: The Importance of Astrology

2017 Conference Programme

8th - 10th September 2017 Book online here


Friday 8th September 2017

14.00 - 16.30 Workshop choices

Rob Hand - Dealing with Difficult Chart Combinations Please note: This will now be streamed online

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.

Melanie Reinhart - 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.


If you have never attended an AA Conference before, please come along to Room 2 and meet others who are new attendees and some of the AA board who can introduce you to the conference and other people- and enjoy Trudie's delicious afternoon tea!



Dr Dorian Greenbaum - 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.

18.30 - 19.30 Hors d'oeuvres


Ana Isabel - 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?

20.15 Dinner

Saturday 9th September 2017

09.00 - 10.00 Lecture choices

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.

Roy Gillett Learning from Mundane Events to Enjoy Happier Lives

Learning from astro-cycles behind perverse and uplifting moments in history [E.G. the Grenfell Fire, French and US elections and Brexit], we can establish an ethical and mindful approach to our own circumstances, and so break through crisis points to enjoy happier lives.

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.

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.

10.15 - 11.15 Lecture choices

Jodie 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.

Mark Cullen - Magicians, Witches and 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?

Faye Blake-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.

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.

11.30 - 12.15 PLENARY

Rob Hand - The Constellations and Precession as They Have Affected History Please note: This will now be streamed online

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?

12.15 - 13.45 Lunch (and AA AGM)

13.45 - 14.45 Lecture choices

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.

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.

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.

Rod Chang The World's First Trade Chart

The first trade chart has been used by financial astrologers for many years, but when did the first trade in a stock market occur? In this talk we will find out how the birth chart of the world's first stock trade influenced the modern stock market.

15.00 - 16.00 Lecture choices

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.

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.

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.

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.

16.15 - 17.15 Lecture choices

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.

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 means of prevention is stated.

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.

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.

17.30 - 18.30 Lecture choices

Miłosława 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.

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.

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.

Jodey Collorick - The Daemons and their Technicolor Dreamcoats

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?

18.45 - 19.45 Meetings

20.15 Dinner

Comedy Saturday night talk - Frank Clifford - Never Date A Fellow Astrologer and Other Celestial Caveats

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.

Sunday 10th September 2017

09.00 - 10.00 Lecture choices

Ema Kurent - Progressed Lunar Declination Cycle

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° degrees north and south being powerful boundaries, which serve as eloquent forecasting tools.

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.

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?

Demien Allen - 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.

10.15 - 11.15 Lecture choices

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.

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.

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?

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.

11.30 - 12.30 Lecture choices

Wendy Stacey - he Immortal Horoscope: Is Our Natal Chart Still Affected by Transits After We Have Died?

he Immortal Horoscope: Is Our Natal Chart Still Affected by Transits After We Have Died?

Faye Blake-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.

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.

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.

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 14.30 Lecture choices

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.

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.

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?

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.

14.45 - 15.45 Lecture choices

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.

Jodie 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.

Dr Dorian 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.

Rod Chang Showgirl Comes Home: Venus Retrograde

Before going retrograde, Venus shines like a diamond, hanging high in the sky. During Venus retrograde it turns from evening star to invisible and than emerges from Sun light to become the morning star. What do these different types of Venus images suggest in a natal chart?

16.00 - 16.45 CLOSING PLENARY

Sue Tompkins - 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?

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