Astrology Lectures


Season Line-Up

Celebrations are in order as the Astrological Society turns 50! Welcome all seekers of astrological knowledge as we begin our golden anniversary lecture season. Once again, in person as well as online, the ASC will offer top quality, world-renowned speakers sharing their talent and astrological experience. Join us! See you at the party!

Julianne Johnson, President

Current Season

We have resumed meeting in-person for some of our events, in addition to streaming all of them on Zoom. As before, we meet at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St., Wethersfield, CT. Our events in November, January, February, March and April will only be on Zoom.


Members can attend lectures for free and will be sent the link. Non-members can attend and will be emailed the link after paying the $10 non-member lecture fee using the donation button on our home page. (In the “Notes to Seller ” field, write in what you’re paying for.) The deadline to sign up for an event is the day prior to the event.

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 have a lower price for workshops and other benefits.


As part of our educational efforts, we offer workshops with the opportunity to delve into a topic, roll up your sleeves 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 upon payment.

Maurice Fernandez

Lecture, Thursday, September 15, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern

The Ascendant, A Succession to the 12th House, Maurice Fernandez

The sign on the Ascendant represents a completely new cycle of development, like a powerful wave rising from the ocean in an effort to become. As we explore these new beginnings, it is essential to understand what precedes them and explore the closing evolutionary cycles of the 12th house. Maurice describes the meaning of each Ascendant sign and its related 12th house.

Maurice Fernandez, author of the books Neptune, the 12th House, and Pisces and Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness—Volume One, is a leading Evolutionary Astrologer with a worldwide reputation of depth and excellence for his diploma program in astrology, publications, and consulting work. He is currently based in Arizona. Maurice is certified by the Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA) and served as theie president for three consecutive terms (2014-2020).


Maria Wander

Lecture, Thursday, October 20, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern
Celebrating ASC’s 50th Birthday! Party starts at 6:00 PM

Tarotscope: Reading the Horoscope and Horary Through Tarot, Maria Wander

Tarot and Astrology are ancient practices that support us to better know ourselves and our world. Each Zodiac sign and ruling planet corresponds to a Tarot card. Card Zero, The Fool, associated with Uranus, journeys through the Tarot Major Arcana, which represent life lessons and archetypal themes of the collective unconscious. The Minor Arcana cards bring things back to earth with mundane features of life, and the Court cards represent aspects of self and people in our sphere. We will examine Tarot and Astrology correspondences, including season, element and decan, with chart examples and Horary. A number of worksheets will be provided for you to take a leap of faith and follow stars on the Tarot path to happiness, wholeness, purpose and your own heroic journey.

Maria Wander holds a Certificate of Astrological Proficiency (CAP) from the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR). Based in New York City, she has a background in clinical herbalism and energy work. She is High Priestess for a non-profit syncretic tradition and teaches astrology, cardology, tarot, Lenormand, and esoteric studies. Trained as a Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Biomedical Informatics, she is a professor at the City University of NY and is completing doctoral work. Maria serves as Director for Social Media for National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) and co-hosts Big Apple Astrology Meetup, which showcases speakers locally at the Theosophical Society and online for a global membership.

Misty Kuceris

Lecture, Thursday, November 17, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern

Key Planetary Shifts in 2023: A Time of Reckoning, Misty Kuceris

Life keeps presenting challenges from tipping points to ripping points. One group wants change; another group wants consistency. One group reacts with great noise; another group gets louder. 2023 starts the time of reckoning as Pluto prepares to enter Aquarius and Saturn enters Pisces (also, perhaps on a lesser note, the ingress of Jupiter into Taurus and the Moon’s North Node in Aries). Historically, Pluto in Aquarius occurs both after a period of upheaval and echoes of the upheaval. Most recently, Pluto entered Aquarius prior to the end of the American Revolution and during the time of the French Revolution. Meanwhile, Saturn in Pisces sometimes solidifies dreams, such as the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s President, and at other times it institutionalizes controversial matters, such as the approval of the sale of genetically modified tomatoes in the USA. With this lecture, Misty will give you her interpretation of trends you can expect as these major planets ingress into new signs.

An astrologer who works with both personal and corporate clients, Misty Kuceris focuses on the cycles of astrology to help facilitate her clients’ individual growth. She also works as a strategic planner utilizing the trends of astrology when develop marketing strategies for her business and corporate clients. Misty has served on the Board of National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) and is founder of the NOVA Astrology Group in Northern Virginia. She lectures and teaches classes in astrology and spiritual development, both locally and internationally. She is a columnist for Pathways magazine and writes an annual publication on global trends and a monthly column on her website: She also conducts media interviews and was most recently interviewed for a special on astrology at To create a balance in her life, Misty is a Certified Horticulturalist, working with nature. She has a gardening show on her YouTube Channel: Gardening with Burke Nursery.

Workshop, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern (with breaks)

Eclipses: Triggers to Your Hidden Side

Eclipses are ancient phenomenon: Noted for changing the course of history; Noted for bringing fear or peace to civilizations. Both visible and invisible, eclipses work behind the scenes. They can obscure matters. They can bring deep emotional relief or stress. While many astrologers view eclipses through a global lens and with an eye toward trends, fewer astrologers apply the transits of eclipses to personal charts. This is a workshop where you’ll learn how cultural attitudes formed critical myths surrounding eclipses. Time will be devoted to the astronomy of eclipses in order to create a foundation for understanding the astrological meanings of eclipse transits in your own chart. Learning, or re-enforcing your knowledge, of how to interpret eclipse transits in your chart and the charts of others is the goal for this workshop.

And, if you want to have some fun with your own chart, please email Misty your birth data and a specific date of importance in your life so we can discuss any specifics you want to know about. Register and email Misty at no later than Saturday, November 5, 2022 Register so she can prepare individualized comments  (two weeks before the event).

Ramya Krishnamurthy

Lecture, Thursday, December 8, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern
Preceded by Holiday Party 5:30 PM Eastern

The Astrology of Twins, Ramya Krishnamurthy

The astrology of twins has been a hotly disputed topic since the time of Ptolemy and Cicero. This has become more of a problem in today’s world where twins are often born by cesarean birth mere minutes or even seconds apart, essentially giving them identical natal charts. Which then begs the question: what are the tools astrology can use to explain twin births, especially when their life experiences or characteristics are very different. This lecture uses divisional charts in Vedic astrology to discern differences between twins. You don’t need to know Vedic astrology to understand the lecture as the basic tools will be explained during the lecture.

Ramya Krishnamurthy is a practitioner of both Western and Indian (Vedic) astrology. She hails from a family of traditional Indian Vaidhyas (Ayurveda practitioners) and astrologers. She was exposed to many astrological terms and concepts at a young age but started studying astrology seriously later in life. She combines findings from both Western and Indian astrology to offer a complete perspective. Her main interest is to focus on research in both Western and Vedic Astro Sciences as time and inclination permit. She volunteers for the national staff of National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR), currently serving as their Clerk, and is active as the Boston Chapter Vice President. She has also participated in national conferences as a volunteer and speaker. Ramya’s website is

Gary Caton

Lecture, Thursday, January 19, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern

Mercury Elemental Year 2023, Gary Caton

Learn the tremendous transformative potential and the underlying patterns behind Mercury’s three retrogrades each year. Mercury spends more time in one element each year than in all the other three combined! This sets up a deep resonance within a trigon of houses in the natal chart. These three signs and houses in our chart are deeply susceptible to the power of symbol making – places where our ideas, images and words matter most. Given that the Retrogrades are occurring in the Earth element this year, we will spend some time re-viewing (pun intended!) the qualities and attributes of Earth as an element. Strategies for incorporating Earth attributes into your life will be discussed. Finally, we will discover how to harness the transformative power of the Earth in relationship to the other elements via the magical tool known as the “square of opposites.”

Gary P. Caton is a transdisciplinary Hermetic practitioner integrating diverse traditions, art forms and practices gathered over a full Saturn cycle. Initiated as an astrologer by a magnificent dream in 1993, he has since become an accomplished counselor, writer, podcaster, teacher, photographer and mage. Gary is the author of Hermetica Triptycha: The Mercury Elemental Year and host of the popular Hermetic Astrology Podcast. You can email Gary at and find him online at:

Eric Francis Coppolino

Lecture, Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern

Chiron and the Minor Planets: Then and Now, Eric Francis Coppolino

Like most things that happened decades ago, the advent of the minor planets is a different topic than it was at its origin. Astrology went from having “four asteroids” to work with in the 1960s (if you could find an ephemeris) to approximately one million minor planets orbiting our Sun in 2023. We are nearly one Chiron cycle into the minor planet project, which has included the discoveries of many centaur planets, the designation of Pluto as a minor planet (134340), and the discovery of Eris and the many objects now known to occupy the Kuiper Belt. How does astrology work with this? Eric will provide a framework of ideas, and a basic approach, in this discussion. For pre-reading, please see his feature article Beyond the Veil from The Mountain Astrologer.

Eric Francis Coppolino hosts Planet Waves FM on Pacifica Radio and is the author of The Covid Chronology. Has been investigating scientific fraud since age 19, when he put his feet on the ground in the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York. At the time of his Saturn return, he bought his first ephemeris and began studying astrology. Eric is author of the internationally acclaimed Planet Waves horoscope, and of thousands of articles integrating news, astrology and investigative reporting. He has written extensively about Chiron and Eris.

Meira Epstein

Lecture, Thursday, March 16, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern

Astrology & Judaism: Ibn Ezra & Maimonides, Meira Epstein

Meira will tell the story of the tension between religion and astrology, as it epitomized in the 12th Century in the clash between the Jewish rabbi and astrologer Abraham Ibn Ezra and the Jewish philosopher and religious leader Maimonides (Rambam). Astrology was always present in ancient Jewish studies, famously, the Talmud and other texts, but mostly on the sidelines. In the Arabic era and later on, the knowledge of astrology spread into Jewish scholarship and the communities in southern Europe. It was an era of great interest in astrology, but not everyone saw it the same way, since astrology brings up the question of Fate vs. Free Will. The encounter between Ibn Ezra and Maimonides was a watershed event for astrology among the Jews, after which it moved from mainstream to esoteric occult mystical studies.

Meira Epstein holds the Certified Astrologer (C.A.) certification from NCGR-PAA (National Council for Geocosmic Research – Professional Astrologers’ Alliance). Since the early ‘80s, she has been a professional practicing astrologer with a private client practice. Meira is on the New York NCGR Faculty and serves as Technical Director on the national NCGR Board. She is the creator and teacher of the NCGR Online Education program, preparing students for all four levels of their PAA certification program, including math and astronomy. She is a Board Member of NCGR-PAA, specializing in transition of the certification exams into online mode while revising and upgrading the standard. Meira’s “Excellence in Astrology” is a comprehensive workbook for Certification Exams. A speaker at national and international conferences, her specialties are Hellenistic/classical astrology and the Uranian System. Her articles have been published in the U.S. and Europe and her publications include translations of the Medieval Hebrew astrology texts of Abraham Ibn Ezra and the classical mystical work Sefer YetsirahThe Book of Formation. Extensive knowledge of her Jewish tradition allows her to explore historical Jewish Mysticism and the role of astrology in it. Meira also had an extended parallel IT career as a computer programmer-analyst.

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Anthony Louis

Workshop, Saturday, March 18, 2023, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern (with breaks)

An Overview of Primary Directions (Hellenistic)

This workshop will review the basic concepts which underlie the use of primary directions in Western astrology, beginning with the Hellenistic period up to modern times, and will illustrate these ideas with case examples. The birth chart contains the natal promise of the individual. Primary directions help to pinpoint periods of life during which the natal promise will manifest. After the birth of the native, the Earth continues to rotate on its axis – the so-called primary motion of the sky. Ptolemy symbolically equated one degree of rotation, measured on the Equator, with one year of life. During periods when natal planets or chart points rotate to positions held by other points in the birth chart, events are expected to occur in the life of the native. This form of directing by primary motion was a major predictive and chart rectification technique at least until the time of Lilly and Morinus in the 17th Century. Modern astrologers have tended to shy away from primary directions because of their reliance on spherical trigonometry, which makes them a bit harder to calculate. Modern astrology software, however, makes them again accessible, and primary directions remain a powerful tool which belongs in the armamentarium of all predictive astrologers.

Anthony Louis is a psychiatrist who has been studying astrology since his early teens. His longstanding interest in the history of the divinatory arts has led him to lecture internationally and publish numerous articles and books on astrology, tarot, and other forms of divination. His text on horary astrology first appeared in 1991 and was revised and reissued in 1996. His most recent book on finding lost objects with horary was published in 2021. He is also the best-selling author of ‘Tarot Plain and Simple’ which has over 150,000 copies in print. Anthony is a member of the Astrological Society of Connecticut and he posts a blog on astrology and tarot at

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Madalyn Hillis-Dineen

Lecture, Thursday, April 20, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern

Astro*Carto*Graphy and the U.S. Presidency, Madalyn Hillis-Dineen

“Location, location, location” is not just a mantra for real estate agents but is an important factor in examining charts. Madalyn will demonstrate the use of planet lines, paran lines and midpoint angularity as she take a look at the Astro*Carto*Graphy maps of contemporary U.S. Presidents from Kennedy to Trump. She will show how these relate to the leaders’ personal and public lives and events during their presidential terms.

Madalyn Hillis-Dineen began her study of astrology with the Uranian system in 1979 and has taught, lectured and practiced Uranian (Symmetrical Astrology) techniques for more than thirty years. She is also a certified Astro*Carto*Graphy interpreter and holds the Certified Astrologer (C.A.) certification from NCGR-PAA (National Council for Geocosmic Research – Professional Astrologers’ Alliance). She has written for a variety of publications and the website, and is a contributor to the Llewellyn anthology, Astrology for Women: Roles and Relationships. Madalyn is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Astrolabe, Inc. An active leader in the astrological community, Madalyn is the winner of the 1995 United Astrology Conference (UAC) Regulus Award for Community Service, was the national Chair of National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) and was one of the coordinators of UACs 2008 and 2012.

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Kelley Hunter

Thursday, May 18, 2023, 7:00 PM Eastern
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The Cosmic Feminine: Three Essential Aspects of Personal Brilliance, Kelley Hunter

The interplay of three astrological factors illumines the uniquely feminine path of consciousness for both women and men: the foundational Moon, the emotional intelligence of Venus, and the soul mysteries of Black Moon Lilith. A revealing story is told by each one on its own terms and in relation to each other. Let’s explore their impact on the choices we make in our lives and relationships and how to judge the relative strength of each, separately and together.

Kelley Hunter, Ph.D., was swept up in the astrology wave of the 1970s. Her teaching and consultation work are enriched by studies in depth psychology, mythology, unified field physics and holistic modalities. She enjoys creative media, especially visual and dramatic arts. Author of Living Lilith, Black Moon Lilith, and Planetary Gods & Goddesses Coloring Book, her articles appear in numerous professional magazines. Kelley lectures in the U.S. and overseas. She spent many years living in the Caribbean, where she led over 1001 nights of telling stories of the stars to visitors under the tropical night sky. She recently returned to the Green Mountains of Vermont, where Ceres rules from the State House dome. Learn more about Kelley at her website

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Workshop, Saturday, May 20, 2023, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern (with breaks)

Dancing with the Creator Gods: Discovering the Kuiper Belt

In this new millennium, we are discovering an exciting roster of planetoids in our expanding solar system. Beyond classical Greco-Roman mythology, these new Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) are being named for indigenous creator deities from around the world, expanding our archetypal horizons into an awareness of the quantum field. You have likely heard of Eris, perhaps Haumea or Quaoar. How about Birdman MakeMake, Mermaid Queen Salacia or Tolkien’s Starlady Varda? We will meet an intriguing selection of these emerging archetypes from India, Easter Island, Hawai’i, Lithuania, Venezuela, and Australia, and from the Iroquois, Inuit, Tongva, Rapanui, Aboriginal and Wayuu peoples. We will focus on the most influential KBOs in this year’s transits, with tables to help locate them in your chart. Which ones call to you with fresh creative inspiration?

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