Astrology Lectures

2023-2024

Season Line-Up

We’ve put together another stellar line-up for our 52nd Season, featuring long-time ASC members, favorite speakers from the past and new friends we’ve yet to meet. We continue to Zoom all our programs, even when we meet in person – at our new location! See you face-to-face or in cyberspace!

Janet Booth, President

Current Season

ASC has hybrid in-person/online meetings for some of our events, in addition to streaming all of them on Zoom. Beginning this season, our new meeting place is Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield, CT. Our events in November, January, February, March and April will only be on Zoom.

Lectures

Members can attend lectures for free and will be sent the Zoom link automatically. Non-members can attend and will be emailed the link close to the event date, after paying the $10 non-member lecture fee using the registration button by the event listing. (NOTE: a link does not appear directly following payment and the deadline to register is the midnight before the lecture date.) Most lectures are preceded by an introduction to the topic in our “Pre-Lecture” (taught by an ASC member) for no additional charge. To join ASC, see our Membership page. Members receive a discount on workshops and other benefits.

Workshops

As part of our educational efforts, we offer workshops with the opportunity to roll up your sleeves, delve into a topic and get hands-on experience. We may break into small discussion groups, giving us time to get to know one another, look at the participants’ charts and exchange ideas stimulated by the workshop presenter(s).

The fee for each workshop is $40 for ASC members, $50 for non-members. (Use the drop-down box to select the appropriate fee when registering.) Attendance information (and Zoom link, if applicable) will be emailed to participants prior to the event – a link does not appear directly following payment.

Abbreviations

See below for descriptions of abbreviations included in our speaker profiles.

Alphee Lavoie

IN PERSON & ON ZOOM
Lecture, Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern

In Search of Astrological Accuracy, Alphee Lavoie

With more than 60 years of experience in astrology, Alphee has seen it all! He’ll give us a retrospective of how the field has grown in breadth and depth over the decades. He’ll share stories from his time as a professional as well as findings from research he’s done and point out techniques he’s found that work well and those that don’t. Alphee and the research group he began, the AstroInvestigators (“Gators” for short), have tackled topics such as stocks, marriage, cancer and even lightning. In addition, he has been the chair of NCGR’s research group. The neural network he developed for speedy processing of a myriad of chart features compared across thousands of charts identifies statistically significant correlations, making it possible to build “models” for various professions and conditions. This is just one way research is contributing to greater accuracy in astrology.

Astrology has been Alphee’s passion for his entire life. In 1965, he started doing astrology as a full time profession and in 1977, he founded The Astrological Institute of Research, the first astrology school in Connecticut and center for counseling with astrology. He has achieved expertise in all areas of astrology, including counseling, predictive techniques, horary, electional, mundane, weather, rectification and financial astrology and is certified at Level IV by NCGR. He sells his astrology software worldwide and is a popular international speaker. Alphee is the author of five books and for years wrote a monthly column for Dell Horoscope magazine. He’s served on the board of directors of AFAN, NCGR and ASC. Read more about him and his work at Alphee.com.



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Agneta Borstein

IN PERSON & ON ZOOM
Lecture, Thursday, October 19, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern

HOW LOUD WILL THE GODS SPEAK? Exactitude of the Anaretic 29º59’59”, Agneta Borstein

The Anaretic 29º59’59” is defined as “fatalistic” yet also recognized as a fascinating and evolutionary process in a changing society. The Sky Gods are humbly aware that these metamorphic cycles will take us into 2026 and beyond until fully comprehended. We will explore the outer planetary personalities, the Moon’s Nodes, Chiron, and their cycles, as well as individuals’ charts, with this fascinating and compelling degree. An Anaretic degree might not be “fatalistic” but rather a sign of anticipation for something better to emerge.

Agneta Borstein merges her education in Advanced Shamanism and Advanced Healing into her private astrological practice, writing, and workshops with her AstroShamanic approach. Agneta is a twice past president of the Astrological Society of Connecticut, has written numerous articles, is the author of The Moon’s Nodes: Understanding the Dynamic Ties that Bind (2012), and wrote Hilma af Klint Channels her Spirit Guides, recently published by Astro.com. Find out  more about Agneta’s work at AgnetaBorstein.com.


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Christopher Renstrom

IN PERSON & ON ZOOM
Workshop, Saturday, October 21, 2023, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern (with breaks)

Mighty Aphrodite: She’s Nobody’s Bitch, Christopher Renstrom

Venus is responsible for drawing people into our lives. Like a male peacock fanning its tail or a flower opening its petals, Venus asks our prospective admirers, lovers, and Instagram followers: Do you like what you see?  But the power of attraction, as anyone knows, can also bring unwanted interest. In this workshop, we will examine the background of Venus in mythology and culture, her romantic motifs, as well as a full rundown of Venus in signs, houses and aspects.

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com, an online astrology site based on his bestselling book, Ruling Planets. He currently writes the daily horoscopes for the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com. Christopher also lectures on the history of astrology in America from pre-Revolution to modern times. His latest book is The Cosmic Calendar. Christopher is also the weekly horoscope columnist for Astrology Hub.



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Georgia Stathis

ZOOM ONLY
Lecture, Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern

The Jupiter/Uranus Cycle: Innovation and Out of the Box Thinking, Georgia Stathis

The Jupiter/Uranus synodic cycle opens doors for innovation, eliciting many ‘aha’ moments as the cycle presents things we never considered nor had on the horizon of possibility. The conjunction occurs every 13.81 years, which also means that before they again conjoin, Jupiter reconjoins with the prior cycle. This happened as Jupiter entered 0º Aries in May as well as December of 2022, because the last Jupiter/Uranus cycle at this degree was on June 8, 2010. Ironically, the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its further evolution into Chatbots having a modicum of intelligence, have evolved over this short time period (Aries is the head and the brain). So, what can we next look forward to in our own charts and on a larger global scale? Georgia explores these possibilities to trigger ideas for each attendee. More research on this conjunction and all the other synodic cycles were presented in her 2019 book, Pushing through Time: Synodic Cycles and their Developing Phases.

Georgia Stathis specializes in business/natal astrology, has a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and M.B.A. She wrote Business Astrology 101, Pushing through Time: Synodic Cycles and their Developing Phases, the annual Starcycles Cheat Sheet, and contributes to various journals. She taught the undergraduate curriculum at Kepler College and is an international lecturer for organizations like Astrology Hub, MAYO School, FAA, ISAR, NCGR, OPA, AstroMexico and Enallaktikipaideia.com in Athens. She teaches Business Astrology for both New Moon School and No Door School in China. Georgia founded the astrological database alexandriaibase.org, which helps students, professionals and researchers find astrological publications globally and is uniquely designed as a subject driven database. Find out more about Georgia at starcycles.com.



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Kristi H. Sullivan

IN PERSON & ON ZOOM
Lecture, Thursday, December 7, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern
Preceded by Holiday Party 5:30 PM Eastern

Stop Overworking & Start Overflowing – Using Human Design to Help You Thrive, Kristi H. Sullivan

Learn about the trending tool called Human Design and how understanding your unique energy can help you make simple but important shifts in your day-to-day routine and overall lifestyle to achieve what you desire. Human Design is a blend of astrology, Kabbalah, I-Ching, Chakras and quantum physics, yielding a birthdate-based blueprint. It goes much deeper than a personality assessment. Attendees will receive practical tips (using Kristi’s system called F.L.O.W.) to improve their self-care, mindset, communication and more, and thrive in all areas of life and abundance, including business and career.

Kristi H. Sullivan is a Human Design and Self Care expert, speaker and lead author of Stop Overworking & Start Overflowing: 25 Ways to Transform Your Life Using Human Design. She hosts a virtual community for spiritually-minded females to create better wellness, improve relationships, shift mindsets and manifest more success, wealth and freedom, to live their best life “by design.” Kristi teaches workshops and conferences internationally, both in person and virtually, and has been featured on multiple podcasts. She also co-author three collaborative books produced during the 2020 pandemic. To learn more about Kristi or connect with her, visit KristiHSullivan.com.



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Tad Mann

ZOOM ONLY
Lecture, Thursday, January 18, 2024, 7:00 PM Eastern

Epigenetics and Astrology, Tad Mann

The basis of our astrology is the parallel between the spiral solar system and the DNA molecule in every living being. We are resonating (and exchanging information instantaneously) with the cosmic rhythm of the solar system at every moment of our lives. When the DNA molecule was first “discovered” in 1951, early geneticists believed that most of our biological and psychological functions were determined by genes. This was primarily a kind of wish-fulfillment on the part of geneticists; however, in time, it has become clear that while our DNA is determined by our parental inheritance, the ways in which our DNA can be “expressed” are variable. Dr. Bruce Lipton, who recently popularized this mechanism called epigenetics, says, “Your beliefs can change your biology. … Your DNA changes in response to environmental signals, including thoughts, emotions, diet, lifestyle and your belief system – as far back as when you were in the womb.” We will explore what this means, and how to take advantage of this phenomenon using Tad’s “Life Time Astrology.”

A.T. (“Tad”) Mann is the author of Sacred Landscapes, Mandala Astrological Tarot, Sacred Architecture, Sacred Sexuality, Astrology and the Art of Healing, A New Vision of Astrology and The Round Art. His dynamic narrative astrology involves a time scale derived from Gurdjieff, starting at conception and incorporates ideas from epigenetics by tracking gestation and early memories from the chart as a key to spiritual development and reincarnation studies. Tad does astrology and tarot readings, and is a frequent speaker at international astrology conferences. Find out more about Tad at atmann.net or email him at Atmann4@gmail.com.



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Henry Seltzer

ZOOM ONLY
Lecture, Thursday, February 15, 2024, 7:00 PM Eastern

Working with Shamanic Planets Pluto, Chiron and Eris in Charts, Henry Seltzer

In working with these planets, we will in some ways get to the heart of the matter, namely exploring what is going on in deeper and more unconscious levels of our psyche. We will utilize in this search the inner compulsions that spring from Pluto placements and as well the clues for inner wounding provided by Chiron, known as The Wounded Healer. Although Eris is new to Western Astrology, we can understand her archetype as Feminine Warrior in support of Soul Intention. Seltzer has found she is as important as Pluto, her astrological Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) cousin, in looking at one’s own chart or that of others, and being able to see where an important component of one’s destiny lies.

Henry Seltzer has been an astrologer for 30 years, speaking at conferences the past several years. He wrote the interpretations for the TimePassages astrology software, on mobile and desktop platforms, and has gone on to research the archetypal meanings of new planetary discoveries from this century. His publications include The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, articles in The Mountain Astrologer and Geocosmic Journal, plus The Ephemeris of Trans-Neptunian KBO Planets. He holds graduate degrees from NYU and UCSD, and has an active astrological counseling practice in Santa Cruz, CA. Learn more about Henry’s work at TimePassages.com.


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Dr. Dawn Silver

ZOOM ONLY
Workshop, Saturday, February 17, 2024 in 2 parts: 12:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern

1st Part: Excavating Your Birth Chart’s Reincarnation Story & 2nd Part: Midpoints in Healing – Shining a Light on Hidden Planetary Physiology, Dr. Dawn Silver

1st Part: Excavating Your Birth Chart’s Reincarnation Story
“The soul is the unit of evolution; the personality is the unit of incarnation.” Isabel Hickey
Astrology reveals rich metaphorical themes using the twelfth house planets and rulers, nodes, midpoints, degrees, asteroids, moon memory, conception point and more to understand past lives of relevance. This lecture will be a hands-on journey to excavate some past planetary dirt!

2nd Part: Midpoints in Healing – Shining a Light on Hidden Planetary Physiology
Midpoints offer profound clarity in diagnosing physical health conditions, giving dimension to the classic health pictures shown by the planets, signs and aspects. Dawn will delve into various midpoints combos and how they affect: circulation, heart, kidneys, respiration, injury/accident/joint and degeneration, immune/wasting disorders, fertility and more. We’ll learn to calculate the metabolic midpoint, the most important planetary pairing.

Dr. Dawn Silver is a doctor of Naprapathic Medicine, astrologer, herbalist, crystal healer and aromatherapist. She has lectured internationally at conferences on crystal healing, astrology and holistic nutrition, including at SOTA (State of the Art), NCGR and Tucson Astrologers Guild (TAG). Learn more about Dawn’s work at dawnsilver.com.



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Gaye Nelson

ZOOM ONLY
Lecture, Thursday, March 21, 2024 – Celebrating International Astrology Day, 7:00 PM Eastern

The Male/Female Balance: 8 Things to Do to Get Along Better With Almost Anyone, Gaye Nelson

Discover a simple and powerful way to look at compatibility. Gaye has created a system based on the number of masculine and feminine planets in an astrological chart. She’ll discuss the 14 factors in the natal chart which create 30 personality types: 15 for men and 15 for women. You will learn Gaye’s technique to find your type, illustrated by celebrity examples. This provides a clear template for improving all relationships, not just romantic ones. Some of the points she’ll cover are the predictable stages of courtship and the only three reasons relationships don’t work (and what to do about it).

Gaye Nelson, “The Professional Fairy Godmother,” has many years’ experience in astrology, tarot and Emotional Release Work. Gaye wrote an ebook and audiobook, The Male/Female Balance: 8 Things to Do to Get Along Better with Almost Anyone, and offers monthly recordings called “Astrology To Go.” She is President of NCGR-Los Angeles and a member of Southern California Astrological Network (SCAN) and San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS). Learn more about her work at gayenelson.com.



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Judi Vitale

ZOOM ONLY
Lecture, Thursday, April 18, 2024, 7:00 PM Eastern

Babystrology: A Guide to the (Whole) Parenting Process, Judi Vitale

How many times do your clients approach you about how to handle their kids? In this presentation, Judi will give you tools to help them (and you) create the astrology-inspired road maps toward successful parent-child relationships. We’ll explore the ethics of parenting astrology and look at case studies of how the planetary combinations, cycles, and life stages play into the parent-child dance. This lecture will include tips for quickly assessing life purpose and meaning, and material pertaining to counseling parents about and/or with their partners and children.

Judi Vitale, C.A., NCGR-PAA, has been in practice for more than 40 years. As a transpersonal life coach, she works with clients who are interested in aligning their life activities with their passion and purpose. This gives her the opportunity to use astrology as an assessment tool and guideline for clients who want to continue their personal growth. Judi is also an Advanced Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Breathwork Facilitator, and teacher for The Wellness Institute. Babystrology is her latest book. Find Judi online at empowermentcoachjudi.com



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Anne Ortelee

ZOOM ONLY
Workshop, Saturday, April 20, 2024, 12:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern

Tertiary Progressions, Anne Ortelee

Often the least used of Progressions, Tertiary Progressions help you to tune into the emotional Progressions of the Moon in a life. Every day after your birth represents a month of life. Exploring the old and new energies of Tertiary progressions, you can see the end of past life relationships and the beginning of new life energies. Tertiary Progressions help plot and pinpoint the highs and lows of difficult outer planet transits. This valuable technique is a fabulous tool for every astrologer’s tool kit.

Anne Ortelee is a certified astrologer by ISAR-CAP, AMAFA, NCGR-PAA Level 3 and OPA.  She’s been a full-time astrologer since 2001 and volunteers for NYC’s NCGR Chapter and other astrology organizations. She’s on the Board of the CG Jung Foundation. Since 1998, Anne’s lectured at astrology conferences, including UAC 2012 and 2018. In 2022, she opened an online astrology school, The Anne Ortelee Predictive School of Astrology. She writes a regular newsletter, offers a monthly New Moon Webinar, tweets daily aspects and offers three weekly podcasts about astrology. Discover more at AnneOrtelee.com



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Usha Kumar

ZOOM ONLY
Lecture, Thursday, May 16, 2024, 7:00 PM Eastern

The Seven Chakras in Astrology: The Cosmic Connection That Shows Pathways to Health, Usha Kumar

Discover the intriguing connection between celestial influences, energy centers and your well-being. This presentation addresses how astrology and the seven chakras in your body can unveil valuable insights about your health and offer clues to tackle various health problems. This area of Vedic astrology draws from the spiritual, astronomical, health and mathematical wisdom of the Vedas and the Vedic sciences. A person’s birth chart indicates certain health tendencies based upon the cosmic connection to the person’s chakras, and shows where the power of balanced chakras can promote physical and emotional harmony. It can be a truly transformative journey to learn how astrology decodes the connection between cosmic energy and our bodies for optimal health.

Usha Kumar, MBA, is an astrological researcher, speaker, astrologer, and longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Astrological Society of Connecticut. From 2010 to 2018, she was the host and producer of “Practical Talk Time,” a variety talk show covering a wide range of subjects on Comcast Public Television in Danbury, Bethel and Ridgefield, Connecticut. Usha regularly represents ASC as a member of our Speaker Bureau.



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Abbreviations in Speaker Biographies

In the speakers’ biographies, you may see abbreviations for various astrological organizations.

You may also see certification designations, such as CA (Counseling Astrologer), CAP (Certified Astrological Professional).

  • AFA American Federation of Astrologers (the certification designation AMAFA stands for Advanced Member of AFA)
  • AFAN Association for Astrological Networking
  • ASC Astrological Society of Connecticut
  • FAA Federation of Australian Astrologers
  • ISAR International Society for Astrological Research (their “CAP” stands for Certified Astrological Professional)
  • NCGR National Council for Geocosmic Research and the addition of -PAA designates Professional Astrologers’ Alliance, the testing division of NCGR that has four levels of certification (the C.A. Counseling Astrologer is at the highest level, Level Four)
  • OPA Organization for Professional Astrologers
  • UAC United Astrology Conference

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