2020-2021 Program

Welcome to our 2020-2021 season! While we use astrology to navigate these interesting times, join us as we analyze what’s here, what’s passing and what’s to come.
Julianne Johnson, President

LECTURES
Lectures are held at Keeney Memorial Center in Wethersfield at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month, September to May (second Thursday in December).
IF we are unable to meet in person according to State of Connecticut gathering guidelines, our programs will be on Zoom. A decision will be announced close to the date of the event.
Free for ASC members, $10 for non-members
Lectures and workshops are half price with a valid student ID (Non-members can pay using the Donate button.)
See membership page for details and to join or renew.

PRE-LECTURE PROGRAM
If you are unfamiliar with terms used in these descriptions, we recommend you attend our Pre-Lecture at 6:00 PM prior to Thursday lectures for an introduction.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNERS
Each of our New Age Fairs presents a chance to learn astrology in our Basics Class, only $10 for a 50-minute class. The fee includes your chart and a coupon for $5 off an astrology reading at a fair.
In August, 2020, we’re offering an afternoon workshop for people who’ve gotten their feet a little wet and want to wade deeper into the celestial waters. This will be on Zoom. The cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members. See Workshop Page for Details and Online Registration.

WORKSHOPS
November, 2020 and March and May, 2021
As part of our educational efforts, we offer full-day workshops with the opportunity to delve into a topic, roll up your sleeves and get hands-on experience. We take a nice lunch break together at a nearby restaurant (what you select is at your own expense), giving us time to get to know one another and exchange ideas stimulated by the workshop. If we are unable to meet in person, these events will be on Zoom.
See Workshop Page for Details and Online Registration

SEPTEMBER

Lecture: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:00 P
John Marchesella
Tips & Techniques On Transits
Predictive Astrology with Our Clients and Ourselves

Learn how to work effectively with transits to help our clients and ourselves. From the nitty gritty of orbs to the real gist of Saturn and the outer planets, from the nature of aspects to the meaning of cycles and those pesky little triggers, we will see how transits manifest the potential of the natal horoscope. We will also see how transits interact with progressions and eclipses, and how to prepare it all for a helpful reading.

John Marchesella is a member and popular speaker for the ASC. He is the current president of the New York City Chapter of National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR), as well as a past Chair of NCGR-National. He works as a full-time astrologer and teacher in New York and is a frequent contributor to various publications and conferences. He is fully certified by National Council for Geocosmic Research Professional Astrologer Alliance (NCGR-PAA). John will proudly NOT predict the 2020 election results! Visit his website www.astrojohn.com

OCTOBERCHANGE OF PLANS!

Our planned speaker, Linea Van Horn, is unable to present for us in October. As a result, our
Workshop scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020, 12:00 NOON– 5:00 PM
is CANCELLED
. We have arranged a “substitute” for our lecture.

Lecture: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:00 PM
Jackie Slevin
Feral Planets: Where the Wild Things Are

The ancients called unaspected planets feral, or wild. Discover how these “stray cats” create a disconnect in the psyche and learn how they can be “domesticated” in the chart.

Jackie Slevin M.A., C.A. NCGR-PAA,  is a certified astrologer and the author of Finding Success in the Horoscope, available on Amazon.com. An internationally published and full-time professional astrologer, she is the  Education Director for the National Council of Geocosmic Research (NCGR), a graduate of Classical Studies in Horary,  and was a Track Coordinator at United Astrology Congress (UAC) in 1995, 2002, and 2012. She was a biography writer for Lois Rodden’s Astrodatabank and is a member of the National Council for Geocosmic Research-Professional Astrologers’ Alliance (NCGRPAA) Board of Examiners. She has been featured in The Bergen Record, the New York Post, and numerous radio shows and podcasts.  She currently writes the Daily Guides and Love, Money, Health columns for Horoscope Guide Magazine and serves as Vice-President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of NCGR. Visit her website at www.gecosmicstudies.com

NOVEMBER

Lecture: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7:00 PM
Anthony Louis
The Great Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction

Approximately every 20 years, the two outermost visible planets of our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, meet in a so-called “Great Conjunction.” These two bodies are known as the “social planets.” Since ancient times, astrologers have noted that the cyclic interactions of Jupiter and Saturn correlate with world economic and political cycles and with changes in mass psychologythat influence the wider culture and the very structure of society. Jupiter tends to expand and open, whereas Saturn contracts, crystallizes and sets firm limits. When these two contrary tendencies unite every 20 years, the world goes through a period which challenges the restrictions of past confining social structures to make way for a fresh re-organization of society. The effects of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, colored by the elementary nature of the zodiac sign in which it occurs (Fire, Air, Earth, Water), are felt on many levels of society, including politics, religion, international relations, human rights, education, health, environment and the law. In this lecture, we will review the history of this concept in traditional astrology and consider the implication of the contemporary “Great Conjunction,” which will occur on December 21, 2020, in Aquarius of the tropical zodiac.

Anthony Louis is a retired psychiatrist who has been a serious student of astrology since his teenage years. He has published several books on astrology, tarot and other forms of divination, and has also lectured internationally on these topics. His main areas of interest include Hellenistic and Persian astrology, the works of 17th century astrologers William Lilly and Morin de Villefranche, horary astrology, primary directions, and other predictive techniques. He is currently working with Llewellyn publications on a new book about horary astrology. He has also been trying to learn more about Jyotish, the astrology of India. Even after many decades of reading and study, Anthony feels that he has just scratched the surface of this vast area of knowledge. Find Anthony online at tonylouis.wordpress.com

Workshop
Sunday, November 22 Noon – 4:00 PM EST on Zoom
Our October workshop was cancelled and we wanted to present a workshop this fall, so we have arranged with Eileen McCabe to be our teacher to examine the influences of Jupiter and Saturn in our individual charts. Details will be announced soon.

DECEMBER

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Holiday Festivities: 6:00 PM, Lecture 7:00 PM
Mark Seltman

Your Life is in your hands, with Astrology in Mind

Palmistry is the science and art of knowing self and other through a visual and tactile examination of hands. Our hands are topographical maps of our character in past, present and future. Hands reveal our current and major life issues, talents, abilities, challenges and the degrees to which we are fulfilling our potentials. Hands provide detailed information about our values, thinking, feelings, health, relationships, sexuality, creativity, philosophy, career, purpose, hopes, dreams and spirituality. Palmistry is simple and fun. Details provide valuable insight into a person, but the meaning of any detail can change depending on the question asked and a person’s character. The danger in interpreting details out of context is in substituting one form of pre-determinism for another by reducing individuality to cookbook formulas. Many astrology and most palmistry books do that.

Mark Seltman has read tens of thousands of hands of people of every age, gender, race, color, size, shape, career and socio-economic level. He has read hands of celebrities, billionaires, corporate executives and people who work for them. Mr. Seltman has been the captain of the “psychics” at special events like Mike Bloomberg’s company picnic on Randall’s Island, and has read the hands of Martha Stewart and many other celebrities and their families. For two years, Mark has also examined hundreds of hands of court committed murderers in a forensic psychiatric hospital for criminally insane people in New York City. Learn more at his website Markseltman.com

JANUARY

Lecture: Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 PMMichael Lutin
Pluto from Capricorn to Aquarius: Crossing a Dangerous Bridge and Remaining in One Piece!


The world and our lives have gone through tremendous and difficult changes during Pluto’s time in Capricorn since 2008. Have we learned our lessons? Michael peeks ahead to 2024 to explore our hopes, resilience and faith in the future.

Michael Lutin, a Phi Beta Kappa alum of Trinity College, is well-known internationally as an astrologer, writer and performer. He has addressed the National Press Club and Harvard Business School Alumni. Michael believes in life on other planets because “Of course, there are sentient beings everywhere in the Universe.” Read more about Michael at michaellutin.com

FEBRUARY

Lecture: Thursday, February,18, 2021, 7:00 PM
Janet Booth
Quintile Magic


Astrologers tend to focus on aspects dividing the zodiac by 2, 4 and 8 for jolts into action, and 3 and 6 for gentler prods. So, what about 5? Quintiles and bi-quintiles (fractions of one-fifth and two-fifths) are associated with the Venus-Earth-Sun interplay and represent lovelier qualities like luck and talent. When they form a triangle, they really amp up their positive prospects! We’ll explore their potentials in natal charts and using various forecasting techniques.

Fascinated by lesser-used tools in the astrological kit, Janet uses quintiles, Eris and the Vertex in serving an international clientele. She’s been published in The Mountain Astrologer, presented at UACs, and hosts Looking Up on West Hartford’s cable access station. She holds Level II certification from NCGR and has been a member of ASC for 42 years, serving as president at the millennium! Check out her work and the free Study Booth at AstrologyBooth.com.

MARCH

Lecture: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:00 PM
Ronnie Gale Dreyer
All About Those Magnificent Fixed Stars

Let us explore the astronomy and astrology of the fixed stars, whose remarkable appearance in the night sky determine their natal and mundane interpretation. We will see numerous examples of stars conjoining a planet or angle, and how transits to those degrees have a life-changing effect. Finally, we will view the lunar mansions (nakshatras), which center around a bright star. Stars we will discuss include Aldebaran, Regulus, Antares, Fomalhaut (the four Persian royal stars), Spica, Scheat, Algol, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Zosma, Vega, and others. These techniques work with Eastern and Western charts and is for all levels of expertise.

Workshop: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ronnie Gale Dreyer
Forecasting Techniques that Really Work

Many of us have favorite techniques for forecasting that work better than others. In this workshop, Ronnie will share those that really work, culled from more than 30 years as a practicing astrologer, using sample celebrity and client charts to illustrate these techniques. These include, but are not limited to, eclipses, retrograde stations, transits and Indian planetary periods (dashas). These techniques will work with Eastern and Western charts and are suitable for all levels of expertise. That is what makes them so valuable.

Ronnie Gale Dreyer is an internationally known consultant, lecturer, and teacher based in NYC. She has lectured throughout the world, conducts ongoing classes/webinars, and wrote numerous books including Venus, Healing Signs, and Vedic Astrology.  Ronnie co-authored, with Nick Campion, a chapter in Religious Transformation in Modern Asia. She has been guest lecturer in Indian Cosmology for the M.A. Distance Learning Program in Cultural Astronomy at University of Wales. Ronnie received her M.A. in South Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. Check out Ronnie’s website ronniedreyer.com

APRIL

Lecture: Thursday, April 16, 2021, 7:00 PM
Dorothy Oja
Relationships and Astrology

Through various astrological techniques, relationships in our daily lives are something we might take for granted. An intriguing part of Keys to Understanding the Davison chart, the Relationship Chart is what Dorothy calls the Davison chart the “Birthday of the Relationship.” Why, because its calculation renders a chart exactly like all natal charts that astrologers are used to viewing. We will cover the keys to interpretation. Dorothy is in the process of writing a book on her years of research on the Davison Relationships chart.

Dorothy Oja is an ISAR Certified Astrological Professional (C.A.P.) specializing in Timing research, Davison Relationship Charts and children’s profiles. She is an active writer, teacher and lecturer. Her newsmagazine, PlanetWeather, includes mundane analysis and planetary phenomena. In her practice, MindWorks, she offers coaching, astrological report software and customized poems as gifts. Her credits include: faculty for International Academy of Astrology on Relationship Astrology & Ethics/Professionalism; author of computer reports: Compatibility & Conflict for Romantic Relationships and Compatibility & Conflict for Friendship and Business; author of Planetary Resonance, Everything Leaves a Trace. Her service in the astrological community includes former AFAN Board and Chair of Legal Information Committee; and former ISAR Board and director, trainer and developer of ISAR’s Ethics Awareness Training Program and Ethics Meditation. Dorothy’s website is planetweather.net

MAY

Lecture: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 PM
Dietrech Pessin
The Part of Fortune

Horoscopes based on exact birth data showcase this astro-charm, which perfectly integrates the Ascendant, Sun and Moon into a singular point. Explore how the blend of your three most personal points describes what motivates you, how you function in relationships and more. Your greatest expression can be seen at this point in natal charts, returns and progressions. Use it as a vantage point in transit and event charts. The Part of Fortune takes your eye right to the heart of the matter. Its placement and travel can make or break an election chart and it nearly answers a horary and topic chart. You can use it as your special signature. A calculation sheet will be supplied to find your own Part of Fortune. Its sign and house starts an inner/outer dialogue as it engages by aspect with the planets and other important points in a chart: ASC, MC, Lunar Nodes, midpoints and declination. Learn how the Part of Fortune reacts to Solar and Lunar eclipses and planet stations.

Dietrech Pessin is the author of Lunar Shadows III: The Predictive Power of Moon Phases and Eclipses, which details her 1991 discovery of the Lunar Gestation Cycle, a predictive Moon phase technique featured in SolarFire software. In addition to her practice, writing and teaching, since 1995, she’s done a weekly astrology report broadcast on WZBC 90.3 FM in Newton, MA. Find out more about Dietrech’s work at her website lunar-shadows.com

2-topic Workshop: Sunday, May 23, 2021, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Frank Clifford
The Rhythms of Your Life: Honing Your Forecasting Skills

As astrologers, rather than using forecasting tools to make firm predictions, we do our best work when we articulate the processes that can take place under various transits, progressions or directions. In doing so, students and clients recognize the “season” they’re in and become aware of personal celestial cycles. This talk will offer several tools, including “Define and Connect,” to simplify the process of interpretation.

Frank Clifford
Solar Arc Directions: An Interactive Session

Frank will demonstrate how Solar Arcs are among the most powerful and reliable of astrological measurements. He’ll show how to pinpoint landmark periods in your life. Then, he’ll work with some horoscopes from the audience to spot, define and articulate a range of Directions that will (hopefully!) amaze everyone with their simplicity and accuracy. If you want to enhance your forecasting skills, this is the talk to come to! Solar Arcs provide information about past and present circumstances, as well as future possibilities. Starting a consultation with Solar Arcs can help to break the ice and gain a client’s trust. Join Frank to learn how to use and decode a remarkable tool that reminds us that every moment is fascinating and full of meaning.

Frank Clifford is an accomplished astrologer and palmist who has been writing andlecturing on both subjects for 30 years. He lives just outside London and has run the popular London School of Astrology since 2004. Over twenty years ago, Frank founded a publishing company, Flare, to publish books in the Mind, Body and Spirit field. Frank lectures internationally, appears at corporate events and parties, and runs a consultation practice. Frank is also a contributing editor for The Mountain Astrologer magazine.Frank’s website is frankclifford.co.uk