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  • In this astrology presentation, Alan Clay shares the research from his recently published book on Sedna. Alan draws the connection between Sedna and the centaur, Pholus, because they both have a ‘space weathering’ process that turns the surface of each red, so they both have to do with growth and illumination. And he links it with Ceres, because they both likely have internal oceans, so they both speak of a nurturing process. And with Saturn, because their daily rate of spin is the same, so they have the same day to day practical perspective and both speak of limits. Discover the evolutionary spiritual power of Sedna, the new esoteric outer limit of our solar system.
  • The seed for this lecture was born when Fay Reynolds, an adopted child, reflected on the image and influence of ‘mother’ in the birth chart. This lead to the obvious question: “Does our birth chart reveal how the birth mother and the adopted mother relate to us and how we perceive them? Fay’s investigation and subsequent findings led to the writing of her Astro*Synthesis Thesis. As part of her thesis, Fay explored the image of ‘mother’ in the birth chart, and whether it mirrored the relationship with both mothers. She also interviewed a cross section of adopted people and incorporated their personal stories, significant planetary findings, and of course the Moon in their charts. Fay’s presentation covers all of this and more.
  • In this lecture, Peter Burns explores the 2018 July and August eclipses as well as the eclipses of January 2019. First of all, Peter revisits the 2017 eclipses discussed during his August 2017 VAA lecture, in particular, the famous “Great American Eclipse” on August 21 at 29 Leo. The partial solar eclipse on 13 July 2018 was at 20⁰ 41’ Cancer, conjunct the fixed star Castor. It was followed by a total lunar eclipse on July 28 at 4⁰ 44’ Aquarius, and another partial solar eclipse two weeks later, on August 11, this time at 18⁰ 41’ Leo. Peter enlightens us with his take on them all.
  • From her studies of the Great Pyramid of Giza, Olga discovered that 3024 is the perimeter of the Great Pyramid in feet, the exact number of years in the 36 Year Hebrew Cycle, outlined by Sepharial in his book The World Horoscope... Coincidence? Learn about this number and more as Olga discusses key discoveries contained in her book Dawn of the 7th Day. The 36 Year Hebrew Cycle starts on the 21st of March of each year, and Pisces, the 12th sign of the zodiac, marks the end of the cycle. As recently as 2016, the end of a Sun in Pisces cycle occurred (1981-2016). Therefore, a completely new cycle began on the 21st March 2017. This new cycle is Aries-ruled-by-Saturn for 36 years, and the last time Saturn in Aries ruled the 36 Year period was in 1008 BCE, 3024 years ago. Note that 7 planets x 12 signs x 36 Years (Decans) = 3024 years = the completion of the whole cycle!
  • In this presentation, Lee Lehman examines the use of Solar Returns to evaluate the significance of particular years, and the themes they present. Dr. Lehman then takes you through the method, the application, and the kinds of issues raised by this method. Solar Returns were one of the techniques that classical astrologers used to predict future events, but their methodology differed somewhat from modern methods. Almost every astrologer has tried to use solar returns. However, there have been so many methods proposed, that the beginner in this technique is often bewildered about how to get the core meanings out of this system.
  • This presentation looks at the astronomy, astrological tradition and philosophical meanings of Mercury, as well as the practical application in charts of this ever so elusive planet. Mercury is the inner planet that acts like an outer planet, and nobody notices. He has always been a tricky and somewhat mysterious member of our cosmic family. Mercury was the original maverick of the chart, going his own way and abiding by his own rules. His close position to the Sun, his unique cycle, his ever-changing speed and direction makes Mercury elusive and hard to keep up with. This fascinating and enigmatic little planet is often overlooked.
  • In this lecture Christine reviews the mythology and astrology of the Black Moon and explores how her energy may manifest through the lens of the natal horoscope. She describes ways of delineating Black Moon Lilith’s placement, especially through her house position, aspects to personal planets and her transits around the birth chart. Black Moon Lilith symbolizes the potent and primal energy of the Great Goddess. Her placement in the horoscope tells a story about where and how we may meet Her energy and be called to experience initiation into Her Mysteries, especially the Law of Cycles.
  • This lecture considers and explores temporal and eternal time, and returns and beginnings, in the context of astrological passages. One of astrology’s great offerings is reflecting on time through diverse techniques. Each cycle, no matter its length, has a beginning, a middle and an end, renewing itself in the birth of another cycle. There is a past and a future in every present moment marked on the path of every celestial orbit. Time is also considered from the perspective of the unconscious and how it shapes the way we foresee transits and transitions. As astrologers, do we consider the mysteries of time enough? Have we sufficiently contemplated the intricacies of time to hold our own views on prediction, predictive techniques, ageing and recurrence?
  • In this astrology master class, Mari Garcia explores Saturn’s cycle and the development of conscience, strength, self-realisation and personal limitations. Saturn’s cycle of 29 years occurs 2-3 times in a person’s lifetime and embodies the principle of structure and boundaries. It is the incarnation of responsibility and represents the individual’s material reality.
  • Taken from Lyndall McQuinn’s intensive Shamanic Astrology program (Astrological Temples), this talk focuses on four outer planets – Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – and how they affect the way we express our personal planets. Lyndall describes them as archetypal energies that filter how we perceive the world and define the learning patterns of each generation. The Astrological Temples program is based on a visioning technique where each of the 4 planets is explored as a unique temple. The inner child is placed in the South (fire; trust; innocence); the adolescent self in the West (water and the sacred dream); the adult self in the North (earth; strength; wisdom); and ancestors in the East (air; illumination).
  • In this VAA lecture, Peter Burns explores the two eclipses that fall either side of the August meeting date. The first is a partial lunar eclipse in Aquarius on Monday August 7, and the second is a total solar eclipse in Leo on Monday August 21. In internet forums, the second eclipse has frequently been referred to as the “Great American Eclipse”. Peter discusses the nature of eclipses, the logic behind their astrological meaning, the current situation in America, and of course Donald Trump and the White House. He also looks at these 2 eclipses in relation to the current international situation regarding China, the heightened tensions in North Korea, and other relevant issues.
  • Glorija Lawrence tells the story of a real-life drama involving the shadowy world of tricksters, manipulators and saboteurs. It starts on Melbourne Cup day in 1984 and continues to unfold in 2017. She illustrates the story through the lens of Cosmobiology, which uses the 90 degree dial, as well as through the more familiar 360 degree wheel. See what you make of this dark and fascinating story.