Cycles, Passages and Returns
Planetary Pair Cycles: The Symmetry of the Spheres with Conference Co-Convenor Brian Clark
From an ancient perspective the longest dual planetary cycle was one score: the twenty-year cycle of the Great Chronocrators, Jupiter and Saturn. With the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, more synodic cycles are created, which produce awesome symmetry and symbolism. In this lecture the cycles of these ten planetary pairs, their remarkable repetitive patterns, and their collective and personal impact are introduced. We will linger a bit longer on the three new cycles that commence in 2020: Saturn/Pluto; Jupiter/Pluto and Jupiter/Saturn.
Forecasting in Action (an extended lecture) with Frank Clifford
Part 1: Tools and Techniques
What’s your preferred forecasting method? Progressions? Directions? Solar returns or profections? Or maybe you’re someone who works just with transits. There are many methods used these days, and these can lead to confusion in the astrologer or a sense of overwhelm for the client. In this session, Frank will look at a selection of forecasting methods, help you choose the best method for the right occasion, and offer tools to simplify and aid interpretation.
Part 2: An Interactive Session
When it comes to forecasting, we do our best, most helpful work as consulting astrologers when we articulate the processes that can take place under various transits, progressions or directions in an ethical, effective manner. In doing so, we can help clients recognize the ‘season’ they’re in and to become aware of (and attuned to) different cycles taking place in their lives. Engaging in a dialogue with a client helps them to actively participate in co-creating their future. In this interactive session, Frank will explore the charts of as many (willing!) audience members as possible. Bring along your chart (or birth data).
The Solar Principle and Interpretations of Planetary Phase with Wade Caves
Astrologers often ruminate on the nature of lunar phases, but all planets undergo the process of increase and decline in their synodic cycle with the Sun. A planet’s relationship to the Sun reflects the natural lifecycle we experience in the world around us, enriched with symbolic images of conception, birth, growth and maturation, death and ultimately, rebirth. Through phase’s influence on a planet’s speed, brilliance and motion, the working astrologer is able to glean physical, practical and psychological descriptions for use in consultation. Together, let’s uncover the key principles of phase and see them applied in a variety of contexts.
Cycles of the Black Moon Lilith with the Outer Planets with Babula Clement
Lilith is a much maligned archetype, regarded as dark, scary, destructive and demonic – one that must be feared and controlled. However, we also know her as the powerful ‘Lion Heart of the Feminine’, a great divine being, the ‘Ancient Veiled One’ and the ‘Cosmic Womb/Mother Serpent’ who guides us back to healing, wholeness and integration. Her natal placement and her transits highlight themes of death and new beginnings, of the great mystery of cycles, of powerful healing of our old deep wounds of repression and disempowerment and a joyful release into new, authentic life. This lecture addresses these themes and focuses on the Black Moon conjunctions with the outer planets in recent and coming times.
Inanna and the Synodic Cycle of Venus (extended lecture) with Christine Rothwell
The synodic cycle of Venus – the time from one inferior conjunction to the next – was the inspiration for one of the most poignant feminine stories in myth: The Descent of Inanna, which was shaped in the oral tradition around 3,000 BCE. In ancient Sumer, Inanna ruled both Heaven and Earth. Every eight years a special ritual was held to honour Inanna’s descent into the Underworld. This lecture will look at the Venus cycle through the imagery of Inanna’s descent as an esoteric journey of initiation and as a psychological process of descent and return. We will explore natal and transiting symbolism of the key moments in the cycle as well as the monthly conjunctions with the Moon. The cycle that begins on June 4, 2020 will be used as an illustration.
The second half of this extended lecture will be devoted to contemplative processes and reflection on the deeper significance of Venus’s cycle. Bring your personal horoscope if you plan to attend the second session. Note: It is possible to attend just the first half of this extended lecture.
Suddenly I’m Old: How did I Get here? with Chris Turner
Becoming a ‘senior citizen’ – especially for the Pluto in Leo generation – has always been somewhere vaguely in the far-off future, until the day a Senior’s card arrives in the post. The mind and heart are the same as they were 30 years ago – and, true, the body is starting to ache, but surely you are not old! Astrological studies of children, teenagers, the mid-life crises etc. abound, but what about the period post-2nd Saturn Return? This lecture explores the astrology of the third Saturn cycle. (On a professional and personal note this will be my final formal astrological lecture.)
The Nodal Cycle – Following the Cycles and Transits of the Nodal Axis through the Lifespan with Charyn McLean
The North and South Nodes form a powerful axis within the horoscope revealing the life purpose and innate strengths we have developed through lifetimes, which assist us on the path to self-actualisation. But how did we get to where we are now? Why have our lives often followed a very different path to what we may have envisaged in our youth? Often it is the transits of the nodes which tell the story of our karmic journey. During their 18-19 year cycle, they return to activate the potential of the natal chart at different stages of soul growth.
Progressions and Rebirth with Kelly Surtees
Tracking your progressed planets describes permanent changes and temporary dramas. The aspects made by your progressed planets describe critical times for growth and personal evolution, as well as give you clues as to how you are ready to unfold at any given time. In this talk we’ll explore how progressed planets through their sign change show the end of an era and discuss how to fully interpret the topics associated with your progressed Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. Discover how progressions describe cycles of rebirth and personal evolution.
The Progressed Moon: Finding our Way Home (extended lecture) with Darby Costello
The progressed Moon offers access to one of the most powerful dimensions of our human existence, and yet it has often been considered as simply one of several factors in predicting and timing events. For those who live interior as well as exterior lives, the progressed Moon is a powerful guide illuminating places of self-reflection and inner nourishment. It brings our attention to the cycles of our emotional and spiritual development. Here, in this two-part talk, we shall explore this indicator of our soul’s journey.
Pluto in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces: Reflections on Other Times and Other Places with Darby Costello
Pluto will be in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces until 2024–6. These two planets have been sextile in these signs six times in the last 3000 years. Pluto in Capricorn reflects the collapse of outworn structures – collective and personal – while Neptune in Pisces describes new worlds emerging out of the mists of confusion and disillusion. In this talk we shall look back at those earlier times to see patterns that might give us insight into ways of navigating the present with intelligence and wisdom. We shall look especially at the periods in which Uranus was also in Taurus.
Saturn–Pluto: Birthing the Shadow (extended lecture) with Lynn Bell
As Saturn and Pluto come together, what has been suppressed, reviled or undervalued begins to rise up. Something unknown and perhaps unwanted is being birthed. It is a necessary birth – one that reveals aspects of the self that we may not wish to see, as well as sometimes overwhelming aspects of the collective. Saturn–Pluto comes with dread, paroxysm and a deep creative impulse – a call to inner light. What will blaze up in response to this conjunction? The first part of this lecture will look at the footprint of the cycle – its 36-year rhythm and unfolding – and in the second part we will explore questions arising from our own charts.