Transforming Lead Into Gold - the Astrological Association's 51st annual conference

The 2019 Conference - Online



Chris Brennan's Friday Workshop

10.00am - 12.30pm: Ancient Timing Techniques: Annual Profections Annual profections are a timing system to determine when certain planets will be activated in a birth chart. Not all planets are activated at all times - the natal potential of a planet lies dormant until it is awakened as a time-lord, at which point the full potential becomes unleashed. This workshop will include a method that can be used to determine how specific topics will play out in each year of the native's life.

1.30pm - 4.00pm: Timing Peaks and Transitions in Your Career and Life Direction In this workshop attendees will learn how to use the time-lord technique known as zodiacal releasing to time peak periods and transitions in a person's career and life direction. Attendees will learn how to apply the technique to their own chart in order to divide their life into chapters and subsections, and then identify high points and low points in their career, as well as periods when changes in life direction are more likely.

Main Conference

Friday evening

5.45pm: Conference Opening

6.00pm - 6.45pm: Plenary

For University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Garry Phillipson - Intuition in Astrology. Astrologers often cite intuition as essential in reading a chart, but the term is usually left vague. This talk will consider three different forms that intuition may take and, look at the implications of each for astrological practice. A discussion of the paranormal will be part of this.

7.15pm - 8.15pm: Plenary

The Carter Memorial Lecture: Sue Farebrother - Cosmic Jokerman. Are we all subject to a cosmic joke? How is it that the systems and methods of astrology fit with our experiences? How is it that we are born, a little innocent creature, at a specific date, time and worldly place and we are immediately blessed with not only a birth chart that will encapsulate our character, but a lifetime of transits, progressions and directions every year for the whole of our lives to come? This lecture may raise more questions than it answers!

8.15pm - 8.30pm: The Charles Harvey Award


9am - 10.00am: Dr Yvonne Smith Tarnas - Jump into the Fire Deep personal transformation is most often driven by the experience of internal conflict, a tension of opposites within us. Our challenging aspects and transits thus describe opportunities for growth and what Jung called 'the transcendent function'. Conscious engagement with our harder dynamics offers us the alchemist's prima materia to create our own gold.

10.15am - 11.15am: Grazia Mirti - The Effect of Uranus in Taurus at the End of the First Year of its Transit Some special events have already happened that explain the nature of Uranus and Taurus! What will happen from now on?

11.30am - 12.15pm: Plenary - Dr Bernadette Brady - The Stars and the Descent of the Soul: Your Star-stuff and Your Soul-stuff The stars are a part of the fabric of our personal cosmic union. In the fourth century B.C.E., Plato linked the human soul to the stars and spoke of its descent to earth. By returning to Plato's poetic ideas we can apply this to contemporary charts, which gives a surprising insight into the person that exists before their horoscope. Bernadette will also provide a URL to enable you to find your own star/soul stuff.

1.45pm - 2.45pm: For the School of Traditional Astrology: Dr Lee Lehman - The Impact of the Jupiter-Saturn Mutations on the Generations that Experience It Almost every change in the element in which the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction occurs is followed by at least one conjunction in the prior element. In this talk Lee examines the consequences of our emergence from the earth element to the air element in 2020, and what changes this will produce.

3.00pm - 4.00pm: Alexander Von Schlieffen - The Saturn Return of the Fall of the Berlin Wall We will take a look at the historical events of 1989-90 and connect them to the bigger astrological cycles. What do they mean for the present developments in central Europe?

4.15pm - 5.15pm: Rick Levine - Outer Planet Transits in Action: Cycles within Cycles We often isolate individual transits to predict upcoming events. However, we can shift a client's perspective by focusing on the repetitive nature of transits. Observing past events when a natal planet was previously aspected empowers people to connect events over time into a meaningful narrative that fosters growth and transformation.

5.30pm - 6.30pm: Laura Nalbandian - The Moon: Emotional Needs and Coping Every person has developed a way of dealing with emotional stress. These 'coping skills' have been ingrained over lifetimes, then re-stimulated in the early childhood. They 'get us through' life, but they do not bring true emotional security. Learn how to create this in your life and to help others.


9.00am - 10.00am: Maurice Fernandez - The 12th House and Vocational Development There is more to the 12th house than prisons, alcoholism, or self-undoing. As a natural polarity to the 6th house of work, the 12th is related to our professional direction and development. Following extensive research, Maurice will discuss how to analyze career and work development using this house as one of the important markers in our chart.

10.15am - 11.15am: Christos Archos - Towards a Social Constructive Astrology Sometimes books and counsellors carry the social construction of their culture. Working towards multicultural societies, how we can change our interpretation of astrological phenomena so that we can be more useful and constructive in the future? And how can we overcome our socially-constructed inhibitions?

11.30am - 12.30pm: Victor Olliver - Mystique: The Charts of 'Sphinxes' When theatricality blends with an air of secrecy in a person, we call this 'mystique'. Garbo had it. Bowie, too. Is there a chart signature for this type of glamour? The Great Sphinx of Giza holds clues to a better understanding of nativities dominated by the signs of Leo and Virgo.

1.30pm - 2.30pm: Graham Ibell - Nigredo: Astrology and the Transformation of The Shadow Personal shadow work is crucial world work. Astrologers as healers must offer our clients an image of their totality, an interplay of shadow and light. How do we recognise the shadow with astrology? How might we best serve our clients to carry on the alchemy of their life? What of the astrologer's shadow? An exploration with examples from my practice.

2.45pm - 3.45pm: Sue Tompkins - Current Affairs Stories in the newspapers, what's happening in Government, what's on the radio, showing at the cinema or on TV may seem unrelated but astrologically we know they are all part of the same rich tapestry. This talk attempts to make psychological and symbolic sense of the larger landscape we currently find ourselves in.

4pm - 4.45pm: Plenary by Chris Brennan - Uranus-Neptune Conjunctions and the History of Western Astrology Important turning points in the history of astrology often correlate with conjunctions of Uranus and Neptune every 175 years. During these periods there is usually a transmission of older forms of astrology, which are then synthesized with whatever the prevailing systems are at that time. By understanding how these periods of transmission and synthesis have played out in the past, we can understand what is happening today.