Books ★ Presentations

Books

I am pleased to be included in an anthology of presentations at the first Queer Astrology Conference held in San Francisco at the California Institute of Integral Studies in July 2013.

My contribution is entitled Ecosexuality: Liberating the Venus Within Pluto

In poetic paraphrase of Barbara Deming (1917-1984), a remarkable peace activist who remained in the closet for the majority of her life:

Sexuality cracks our single selves
for without it
we would be impossibly
isolated
individualities.

You are invited to an exploration of ecosexuality, a nascent global movement transforming the metaphor of “Earth as (simply) Mother” to “Earth as Lover,” as an entryway to awakening the astrological archetypes in a radically animate cosmology which recognizes the centrality of relationship to our being.  We will further examine how the revolutionary potential of queer sexualities—apparently so threatening to social and cultural hierarchies—can contribute to the development of an environmental ethic (ethics inclusive of the greater-than-human world) which offers greater inclusivity and justice within the human family.

 

Click here to purchase the book, which includes topics ranging from the Saturn Return of AIDS to Queer Talk on Client Work, featuring astrologers Ian Waisler, Christopher Renstrom, Rhea Wolf, Barry Perlman and Jessica Lanyadoo.

Presentations

Forging the Real Imaginal: The Re-Enchantment of Neptune 

On December 4, 2014, I presented to Coniunctio, the astrology club at the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Watch my presentation on YouTube:

Forging the Real Imaginal: The Re-Enchantment of Neptune
Description: “It may be hard to believe, but the archetype of Neptune is REAL! Yet Neptune can be deeply misunderstood and poorly utilized due to the disenchanted scientific portrayal of the cosmos as fundamentally dead, mechanical and without its own meaning or purpose. We will explore both the difficult and the infinitely creative potentials of Neptune from within an enchanted perspective, in which people can co-create meaning, purpose and context with the consciousness of the cosmos. We will honor the current Saturn square Neptune alignment by considering the importance of curiosity, psychic hygiene, community, and healthy boundaries to the productive engagement of the Neptunian, a realm begging for our self-reflection.”

 

Deepening Our Relations: Moon-Pluto and the Scorpio Moon

On March 26, 2015, I presented this lecture to the San Francisco Astrological Society. You may download an MP3 version of this talk (which begins at 11:27 (11 minutes, 27 seconds)) at this link.

Description: “A review of the literature on Moon-Pluto and Scorpio Moon reveals the difficulty which mainstream culture has with the emotional dimensions of existence.  While this combination can certainly correlate with tragedy, especially in childhood, it also symbolizes a depth of psychological understanding. We will re-vision the Plutonic/Scorpionic Moon in order to understand how difficult emotions can be dishonored and discarded, to our own detriment, and how difficult emotions can become a source of wisdom and guidance, to everyone’s benefit.  Learn practical techniques for metabolizing challenging emotions, compassionately cultivating emotional intelligence, and envision the Moon and Pluto in a different light.”

Past Events

February 18, 2018 at the fourth Queer Astrology Conference in Portland, Oregon

Moving Beyond Prescribed Archetypes: Systemic constellations and deep time
In this highly experiential process, learn more about your natal chart by accessing the wealth of information held within fields of consciousness. Tap into the wisdom and insight of the Knowing Field that has been revealed by the practice of systemic (family) constellations, and reach into deep time to access the origins of your potentials and witness the effects of embracing your radically unique self, rippling out to nourish the future.

Systemic (family) constellations sources a field of consciousness that forms a repository of memories, experiences, feelings and knowings which connect family, ancestors, the natural world, heavenly bodies and all of humanity. When we regard the natal chart as a system, this “Knowing Field” forms a conscious energy that we can enter into via representatives, who experience the feelings and sensations that mirror those of the specific planets or points in the natal chart. In combination with the Knowing Field, Joanna Macy’s concept of deep time broadens and deepens our experience of time by including both ancestors and future beings as here now and fully present, and able to communicate with us. Ancestors and future beings will provide support in the process of embodying your individual expression of the astrological archetypes. Absolutely no training or prior experience is required. All participants will get a chance to explore their own natal chart.

March 25, 2018 at the Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) in Seattle

An Uncommon Saturn Return: The Capricorn stellium generation 1988 – 1991
Based on results of a 2017 Saturn return survey of those born with Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, we’ll examine the unique experiences, challenges and maturation process of this generation. We’ll also consider how the Saturn return of the last Uranus-Neptune world alignment represents a maturation point for the new spiritual impulses, democratic ideals and imaginative breakthroughs which were seeded in collective consciousness. What clues might this generation provide towards a generative response to the pressures faced by the wider population?

April 28, 2018 Kepler Community Webinar online – free!

Saturn-Pluto and You: The birth contraction of 2018 – 2021
Dive into the Saturn-Pluto archetypal complex and learn about its challenging and more positive correlations throughout cultural history. We will identify current trends around the world that play into the upcoming alignment and ask ourselves: How might it manifest and how might we prepare for the potentials of this time period, both on a collective scale and a personal level? Includes a forecast for 2018 – 2021 identifying key dates.

May 26, 2018 at the United Astrology Conference in Chicago, Kansas City room 1:00 – 2:00pm

Saturn-Pluto and You: The birth contraction of 2018 – 2021
Discover the Saturn-Pluto archetypal complex’s challenging and more positive correlations throughout cultural history and identify current, related trends around the world. We will ask ourselves: How might we prepare for its potentials, both as a collective and on a personal level? Includes review of key dates during this cycle.

September 15, 2018 at the Oregon Astrological Association at the Society of Friends, 4312 SE Stark, Portland, OR

Member Meeting Talk 10:00am – 12:00pm

Daylong workshop 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturn-Pluto and You: The birth contraction of 2018 – 2021
Dive into the Saturn-Pluto archetypal complex and learn about its challenging and more positive correlations throughout cultural history. We will identify current trends around the world that play into the upcoming alignment and ask ourselves: How might it manifest and how might we prepare for the potentials of this time period, both on a collective scale and a personal level? Includes a forecast for 2018 – 2021 identifying key dates, as well as a brief systemic constellation to provide a more experiential and embodied encounter with this time period.

October 27, 2018 Kepler College workshop online

An Uncommon Saturn Return: The Capricorn stellium generation 1988 – 1991

Based on results of a 2017 Saturn return survey of those born with Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, we’ll examine the unique experiences, challenges and maturation process of this generation. We will first discuss the individual experience and then reflect on collective trends. Individuals with this stellium often feel profound alienation from society, and indeed seem tasked with bringing very unusual perspectives and novel solutions to the crisis of modern civilization such that advice to find “appropriate social roles” at the Saturn return could be very misplaced. We will consider the differences between the archetypes of Rebel, Outsider or Orphan, and Pioneer in the context of the Capricorn stellium, and explore means of skillful engagement with those potentials, whether as a native, a counseling astrologer or a member of the native’s community.

We’ll also consider how the Saturn return of the last Uranus-Neptune world alignment represents a maturation point for the new spiritual impulses, democratic ideals and imaginative breakthroughs which were seeded in collective consciousness at that time. This generation is perhaps called to help us redefine the archetypes of Capricorn and Saturn, in terms of social belonging, status, community membership and the definition of boundaries, for example. What clues might this generation provide towards a generative response to evolutionary pressures faced by the wider population?

 

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