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Friday, May 25
 

9:00am

Fiery Travels: The story of the Via Combusta
The Via Combusta is a small stretch of sky, usually defined as mid-Libra to mid-Scorpio, and is seen as A Bad Thing. For centuries, astrological writers have been reticent about the Via Combusta, assuming it’s so obvious what it means that they needn’t waste words writing about it. We will explore where the idea of the Via Combusta might have come from and why it has endured.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Farnell

Kim Farnell

Currently President of Astrological Lodge of London (since 2008); previously Vice Chair of Astrological Association. DF Astrol S. and MA in Cultural Astronomy & Astrology; lectured on astrology at conferences in the UK, US, Poland and Serbia, and appeared on TV and radio as an astrologer... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Clark Room

11:00am

Trash Astrology: The History of Pop Astrology in America from Colonial to Modern Times
We roll our eyes at sun sign columns, Sextrology, and Kabbalascopes but these are more than necessary evils. This lecture focuses on astrological literature that was produced for the mass market rather than for “serious” astrologers. It traces the history of Astrology in America from Era Pater to Zolar to Linda Goodman to 21st century apps. Trash astrology not only helped popularize psychology, Eastern thought, and feminism in America, it kept Astrology from becoming extinct.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Renstrom

Christopher Renstrom

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com, a subscription-based Astrology website adapted from his book Ruling Planets published by HarperCollins. Renstrom writes daily horoscopes for The San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com. Exclusive astrologer for Patti Stanger... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lincolnshire

2:30pm

Ascensional Times: from Babylon to the Abbasids
This lecture will explain the meaning and uses of ascensional times, ways of measuring how fast the signs rise and how to make natal predictions with them. Ben Dykes will emphasize what kind of worldview they imply, and explain how ascensions work astronomically and in ancient map-making, in distributions (a kind of primary direction), in symbolic predictions by Valens, and the quick calculation of solar return Ascendants.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Dykes

Benjamin Dykes

Dr. Benjamin Dykes is a leading traditional astrologer and translator who earned his PhD in philosophy and taught philosophy courses at universities in Illinois and Minnesota. He recently published Astrology of the World Vols. 1-2 and Traditional Astrology for Today. In 2016-17 he... Read More →



Friday May 25, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Miami Room

4:30pm

Signals from the Planets Found in Weather Data
Historic annual almanacs published by Renaissance scientists Thomas Digges, Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler contained weather forecasts based on geocentric planetary alignments. Kepler argued that proof of astrology would be found in the observation of such correlations. Here I investigate this claim and report on a scientific testing of correlations between the planets and weather, in particular Sun and Saturn, using surface temperature records from North America and Europe.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce  Scofield

Bruce Scofield

Bruce Scofield is an astrological consultant specializing in psychological analysis, relationships and electional astrology. He has authored seven books and numerous articles on astrology, has served on the education committee of NCGR since 1979 and is presently serving as president... Read More →



Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Lincolnshire
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am

What is a Daimon, and What Does it Have to Do with Astrology?
When I began my PhD research on the daimon in Hellenistic astrology, I had no idea of what I was going to find, only that astrology had Good Daimon and Bad Daimon houses, and a Lot of Daimon (aka Spirit). What I discovered was the daimon’s connection with Egyptian and Greek religion and philosophy, fate and incarnation, soul and mind, reason and passion. Come along on my journey to find the Daimon in our art. 

Speakers
avatar for Dorian Greenbaum

Dorian Greenbaum

Dorian Greenbaum, PhD (Warburg Institute, 2009), has practiced and taught astrology since 1992. Publications include: The Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology: Origins and Influence (2015); Temperament: Astrology’s Forgotten Key (2005); Late Classical Astrology: Paulus Alexandrinus and... Read More →



Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Northwestern/Ohio

11:00am

The Role of Light in Astrology – A Paradigm of Light, Vision and Reflection
Ancient astrology has a rich tapestry of concepts revolving around light, characterizing astrological dynamics in terms of relationships of light and dark, vision and reflection, with many elements defined and measured by their differing quality and magnitude of light. The lecture will explore the primary role of light, philosophically and practically, and show how it is embedded in astrological symbolism, and how to interpret it through the many layers of chart delineation.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ofek

Michael Ofek

Michael Ofek is a professional astrologer, writer and teacher from Israel. He has been practising and researching the traditional lineage of astrology with an emphasis on Hellenistic astrology and its connection with Greco-Egyptian Cosmology, Philosophy and Magic. His passion lies... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Armitage Room

2:30pm

Reincarnation's Recurring Influence on Astrology
We know that reincarnation has long been an accepted concept in Asia. But ideas about reincarnation and its connection to Western astrology can also be traced back to antiquity. This talk will survey the surprising places and people who discussed reincarnation and ideas about karma, We will see how this surfaced multiple times in Western astrology, spirituality and philosophy. We start in ancient Greece with Pythagoras and end with the modern version of evolutionary astrology.

Speakers
avatar for Enid Newberg

Enid Newberg

President, Kepler College
Enid Newberg, MA. Enid has an extensive background in information systems and online learning. An astrologer since 1973, she first joined Kepler College as a board member in 1993 and was President when it first opened. in 2000. She was re-hired as President in 2006. Enid has taught... Read More →



Saturday May 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Scottsdale Room

4:30pm

Fate, Free Will and Contemplation
This is a discussion of the various attitudes toward free will and fate as found in ancient philosophy and astrology and how these pertain to modern astrology all of which has particular importance for modern ideas in experiential astrology. Particular emphasis will be given to the philosophy of Plotinus and his successors. No great knowledge of astrology is required and all of the required philosophy will be covered in the lecture.

Speakers
avatar for Robert S Hand

Robert S Hand

Dr. Robert Hand has been called the Father of 21st Century Astrology. His theoretical work and client practice spans the greater part of 60 years. He holds memberships in the History of Science Society, the American Historical Association, ISAR and NCGR. Dr. Hand is a Patron of The... Read More →



Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Clark Room
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:00am

From the Unique Masterpiece of an Ottoman Astrologer
Sadullah Efendi who lived in 19th century and in addition to being an astrologer who was a member of the parliament, a poet and a distinguished wise man compiled 10 outstanding astrology books and some sample charts in his 570 pages of masterpiece. Oner Doser, project manager of translating this masterpiece written in Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish into modern Turkish, will speak about this masterpiece and the specifics of Ottoman Astrology.

Speakers
avatar for Oner Doser

Oner Doser

Oner Doser is the founder of AstroArt Astrology School (2005) which is one of the ISAR affiliated schools, approved by APAI and a Satellite of OPA. Oner educated over 800 students and wrote twenty books and three of them have been translated into English. His articles are published... Read More →



Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Scottsdale Room

11:00am

Introduction to Traditional Mundane Astrology
This lecture is based on numerous translations and historical research into traditional mundane astrology, and will focus on several techniques from Ptolemy and medieval Arabic astrologers, illustrated with charts from World War I: eclipse interpretation, Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions, triplicity shifts, mundane profections, and ingress charts. Events discussed will include the Balkan Wars and Serbian politics, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and the outbreak of the war in 1914.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Dykes

Benjamin Dykes

Dr. Benjamin Dykes is a leading traditional astrologer and translator who earned his PhD in philosophy and taught philosophy courses at universities in Illinois and Minnesota. He recently published Astrology of the World Vols. 1-2 and Traditional Astrology for Today. In 2016-17 he... Read More →



Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Los Angeles Room

2:30pm

Astrology of the Reformation/Renaissance – A 500 Year Old Mirror of Our Times
At the crossroads of Western Civilization, German theologian Philip Melanchthon straddled the societal, religious and philosophical cracks opening everywhere. He remained faithful to God and to astrology despite popular sensational abuses and disastrous forecasts at the time and Martin Luther’s objections to it. Using both classical and modern charts, here is an interesting story about their relationship and how Melanchthon's work, including the translation of Tetrabiblos into Latin, served as a bridge.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Smoot

Victoria Smoot

Victoria joined ISAR in 2010 and earned her ISAR.CAP certification and is the editor-in-chief of ISAR’s journal, The International Astrologer. She is also certified with Organization of Professional Astrology OPA, having studied and practiced astrology since the early 1970s. Victoria’s... Read More →



Sunday May 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Scottsdale Room

4:30pm

There's Curry in my Feta! The Development of Horoscopic Astrology in India and Egypt
From Ancient India and the Greek speaking Hellenistic Empire arose the practice of horoscopic astrology. We will review the transmission and development of astrological ideas between these two cultures. Did I say two? There were Greek colonies in India rapidly assimilating into traditional Indian culture, at the same time horoscopic astrology was finding a footing in both worlds. We will examine some of the latest research into how these two great cultures influenced each other. Pssst! Can you keep a secret? Don't tell the history track leaders...but... I will be sneaking in a SPECIAL BONUS! EIGHT APHORISMS OF PRACTICAL ASTROLOGY! (from the YavanaJataka). THE unanounced pre-show will start at 4:20pm and will cover a history of alphabets and the Pentagram.

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Miller

Kenneth Miller

Kenneth D. Miller, MA, is a practicing astrologer in San Diego, California, USA. He received his Master’s Degree (History of Astrology) from Kepler College. He holds the title of Jyotish Kovid from the Council of Vedic Astrology. In addition Kenneth has made a study of Hellenistic... Read More →



Sunday May 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Lincolnshire
 
Monday, May 28
 

9:00am

Medieval Conundrum in Modern Light
Still relevant in our modern humanistic world: Astrology at the crossroads of religion and Aristotelian philosophy – as it played out in 1194 between Jewish Rabbis and Maimonides, the renowned philosopher. And where was Ibn Ezra in all that?

Speakers
avatar for Meira Epstein

Meira Epstein

Meira Epstein, C.A., NCGR-PAA, is a professional certified astrologer, a teacher on the NY-NCGR faculty, and a speaker at international conferences. Teacher for the NCGR Online Education Program - comprehensive preparation and mastery for the PAA Certification. Publications: Translations... Read More →



Monday May 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Los Angeles Room

11:00am

Simon Forman's Astrology
Simon Forman wrote multiple versions of his astrological manual - none of which saw their way into print. History remembers him as an incompetent quack; astrologers as a highly skilled practitioner, especially of medical astrology. This talk examines his work (focusing on MS Sloane 99, which I have transcribed and published in an annotated and modernised version), and looks at Forman's sources, techniques and contribution to astrology.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Farnell

Kim Farnell

Currently President of Astrological Lodge of London (since 2008); previously Vice Chair of Astrological Association. DF Astrol S. and MA in Cultural Astronomy & Astrology; lectured on astrology at conferences in the UK, US, Poland and Serbia, and appeared on TV and radio as an astrologer... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Houston Room

2:30pm

Astrology and Cyberspace: The Impact of the Internet on Modern Western Astrology
The Internet, which has brought about great changes in areas of communication and the dissemination of information, has greatly impacted on astrology. My 2015 doctoral thesis examined the impact of the Internet on astrology. My research included interviews with 65 professional astrologers and sought their views on this topic. This talk discusses the main issues and concerns raised by the astrologers and draws conclusions about the impact of the Internet on modern western astrology.

Speakers
avatar for Frances Clynes

Frances Clynes

Frances has been a practising astrologer since 1987. Her qualifications include the Diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies where she is an online lecturer and a distance learning tutor, an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, and a PhD from the Sophia Centre where she... Read More →



Monday May 28, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Los Angeles Room

4:30pm

Plutonian Cycle of Power
Westin's research links declination power points (23 and 0 degrees, plus the manifestation degree) with significant events in mundane history. Discover how the powerful and rapidly changing, Plutonian cycle connects singular events such as the beginnings of Western Civilization, the development of the American Experiment, and how all relates to the divisive, chaotic events of today with a precision unavailable in longitude.

Speakers
avatar for Leigh  Westin

Leigh Westin

Leigh Westin (MS; MA; D.F. Astrol.S.; CA, NCGR), NCGR’s Chapter Director and Examiner for NCGR-PAA, pioneered research founding a declination premise from Earth’s dynamics, the LunarSeasonsTM theory, Venus and Mars out-of-bounds in fixed signs, and a declination basis of antiscia... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Los Angeles Room
 
Tuesday, May 29
 

9:00am

Star of Bethlehem
Drawing from biblical sources, historical records and archaeological research, and religious documents the date and time of Jesus’ birth can be identified. A time-line of events prior to and following His birth can be outlined, and through secondary progressions and transits there is confirmation of His life and death. Other questions never addressed -- such as the Slaughter of the Innocents and the 12 Days of Christmas – are easily answered with astrology.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Arens

Christine Arens

Christine Arens is certified as both a Professional and Teaching astrologer through AFA, and as an NCGR-PAA Level-III. After serving 21 years as President of Chicago’s Friends of Astrology, she was named President Emeritus. She is currently a Board member of AFA and Kepler, as well... Read More →


Tuesday May 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Miami Room

11:00am

Toward an Understanding of the Two Zodiacs: Tropical and Sidereal
The zodiac constitutes the very bedrock of our field. How did the original zodiac split into two? Which zodiac is correct, or can they both be correct? In attempting to answer these questions, I hope to shed light on the controversy between the two zodiacs. An explanation is provided for how tropical and sidereal zodiacs were originally one, and why they split apart following the discovery of precession. It’s a fascinating story with profound implications.

Speakers
avatar for Glenn A Perry

Glenn A Perry

Director, Academy of AstroPsychology
Glenn Perry, Ph.D. is a professional astrologer and licensed psychotherapist in East Hampton, Connecticut. Dr. Perry currently serves as program director and lead faculty at the Academy of AstroPsychology, an online school that offers courses and training in psychological astrology... Read More →



Tuesday May 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Los Angeles Room
 

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