Theme: Relationships and Sexuality
Sunday, December 6, 2015.
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10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
“Sex, Pregnancy and Other Urban Myths”
Young, fertile couples have only a 15% chance of falling pregnant each month, even when they have sex every day. It is really harder than you think to get pregnant – Nicola explores the multiple contributing factors in the astrological chart that prevent couples from conceiving. Nicola will demonstrate the signatures that provide challenges for infertile couples and how to use astrology in consultation to improve their chances. Techniques range from staunchly medieval to basic common sense. NFSW – Unsurprisingly, Nicola will use the words sperm and eggs a lot.
Nicola Smuts is a consulting astrologer, living in the UK. She has a diploma from Rod Suskin School of Astrology in South Africa, and a medieval diploma from Astrologos in the UK. This year Nicola is enrolled at University of Christchurch in Canterbury for a Master’s degree in Sacred Myth and Cosmology. Nicola lectures internationally on her fertility work, and her research and methods in this field are pioneering and unique. Her success in diagnosing fertility issues in charts and finding potentially fertile times to try IVf and other reproductive treatments has been featured in mainstream press (Daily Mail UK, London Times UK, Sunday Times UK) magazines such as Marie Claire (SA), OVA (UK) Fertility Road (UK) and her work has been featured on national television in South Africa. Many couples are extremely grateful to her for the valuable, time-saving advice and recommendations she is able to provide, to maximise the potential for conception. Her practical knowledge of the process of IVF and other reproductive treatments is extensive, and her own personal experience of secondary infertility makes her a compassionate and caring professional.
12:00 noon–1:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
“Numbers, Bodies and Stars”
When folks say: “I don’t have any Scorpio in my chart,” I reply, “We all have Scorpio in our charts.” We each have our whole chart, with broad ranges of relational and sexual possibility written into them, just like our bodies. Using the simplicity of number, and our immanent embodiment, we will reconsider our natal aspects. Re-introduce yourself to a whole spectrum of relating in this beginner’s guide to dispelling the binary.
Ian Waisler launched the Queer Astrology Conferences, and is President of the San Francisco Astrological Society. He has been teaching Integral Yoga since 2003, and keeps busy teaching astrology and earth-based ritual skills in the SF Bay. His studies include linguistics, Alexander Technique, popular music, and the elements of magic. His consulting practice includes a hands on component, foregrounding the quiet and deep of the body, alongside the more commonly accessed verbal. Born 20 April 1975 at 14:00 in Los Angeles, his fixity is formidable. Visit: IanWaisler.com.
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
“The Problem of the Gay Signature”
This talk examines the history of predicting homosexuality in a horoscope. Why was it done and to what effect? By tracing the history of the gay signature from Ptolemy to Cardano to the emergence of Uranus as the planet of homosexuality, I hope to show that these astrological characters have held the space for a queer identity all along and – like with everything in Astrology – were simply awaiting the time when they could be reassembled in a way that speaks to our 21st century society.
Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com, a subscription-based interactive Astrology website adapted from his bestselling book Ruling Planets published by HarperCollins in 2002. Christopher also writes the daily horoscopes for The San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com. He created and wrote the horoscope column for ALLURE magazine from 1991 through 2009. Now the exclusive astrologer for Patti Stanger (the Millionaire Matchmaker) his weekly forecasts appear on Sheknows.com.
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
“Sometimes Love Is Not Enough: Reflections on the Astrology of Relationships”
A critical reflection on the astrological techniques used to assess romantic relationships, and their entanglement with culturally-bounded ideas about partnership.
Austin Coppock is a writer and astrologer based in Los Angeles. His approach to astrology is rooted in history and tradition, yet open to contemporary developments and concerns. Austin’s work also encompasses the critical and often ignored overlap between astrology and magical traditions, such as Hermeticism. He has written extensively on astrology, including hundreds of weekly columns, dozens of articles, and Astrological Almanacs for 2011-2015. His writing has been featured by such publications as The Mountain Astrologer and the CLAVIS Journal. His groundbreaking work on the decans, “36 Faces,” was published by Three Hands Press in 2014. Austin gives public lectures regularly, and has appeared at such events as the Esoteric Book Conference, the Northwestern Astrology Conference and the Denver Tarotcon.