November 1 Inaugural Lectures

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Frank Clifford  10:15 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

“Sequential Conjunctions”

Today, Frank will introduce a powerful yet simple interpretation technique that he developed for natal chart readings: When interpreting conjunctions, look to the *sequence* of the planets involved. Although the planetary combination is always the key factor, the order in which the two planets appear in the zodiac says much about how this pattern arises and unfolds in both the life and character. Bring your charts and we’ll discuss your conjunctions.

Frank Clifford is the author of ‘Getting to the Heart of Your Chart: Playing Astrological Detective’ (Flare, 2012) and ‘Palmistry 4 Today’ (Random House, 2002; new edition: Flare, 2009). His new book, ‘Horoscope Snapshots’ (Flare, 2014), is a collection of essays in modern astrology from TMA and other magazines. Frank has guest edited ‘The Mountain Astrologer’ five times and runs The London School of Astrology (, which will offer online courses in 2016. Frank’s website can be found at

Nina Gryphon  12:00 noon1:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

“Practical Fixed Stars”

Fixed stars add a rich layer of mythic meaning to our interpretations. In this hands-on talk, learn how to use the constellations and stars to predict more accurately, add narrative and personal depth to consultations, and tell the “story” in the horoscope. We will learn to use fixed stars and their myths in natal and event charts. Come to this eye-opening workshop to see how ancient mythology comes to life in the chart!

Nina Gryphon is a practicing astrologer and corporate lawyer living in Los Angeles. Her predictions have appeared in many major publications, and she has been interviewed on radio and television. She graduated from Stanford University, and completed John Frawley’s Horary Apprenticeship. Since then, she has studied with Deborah Houlding. Nina practices traditional astrology, specializing in personal, financial, and political forecasting. Her blog, appearances, and work can be found at

Linea Van Horn  2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

“The Standstill Cycle of the Moon”

November 2015 marks the Minor Standstill of the Moon as the North Node reaches 0 Libra. Well known to ancients and included in alignments at sacred sites worldwide, the very visual yet little known Standstill Cycle of the Moon reaches an important turning point, similar in functioning to the solar solstices, but far less frequent. Explore this fascinating 18.6 year cycle, its role in history, what it means and what comes next in 2024.<p>

Linea Van Horn, C.A., NCGR, is the Astrologer at Large. A professional astrologer since 1998, her career centers on teaching, client work and community building. She is founder and past President of the San Francisco Astrological Society, has served on NCGR boards, and spearheaded the West Coast Astrology Groups coalition in 2012. Linea was employed in the astrology internet industry from 1998 – 2009. A published writer, respected teacher and a lively, popular presenter, she now devotes herself to client work, teaching, mentoring, writing, lecturing and networking in the San Francisco Bay Area. Member of AFAN, ISAR and OPA. Linea’s website is

Kelly Surtees  4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

“The Progressed Chart OR How To Teach An Old Dog New Tricks”

Permanent change is possible and astrologers know how to time profound turning points through your secondary progressions. By exploring the progressed chart you’ll learn how to forecast significant and lasting change. The movement of your progressed planets describes shifts within your personality, and in your outer life. What happens when your progressed Sun, Mercury, Mars or Venus change signs? How do their aspects – to other planets or fixed stars – reveal new possibilities? <p>

Kelly is an astrologer, teacher, writer and editor who works with clients and students around the world. With more than 15 years in private practice, Kelly is experienced, warm and insightful. Kelly’s passion for astrology is infectious, and her specialty areas include predictive astrology and incorporating traditional concepts. She regularly lectures in the US, Canada and Australia. Kelly holds the Australian FAA Practitioner’s Diploma and is an expat Aussie who lives in Canada. W:


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