International Astrology Day 2014 SF

Schedule

Start Time End Time Title Speaker
10:00 AM OPENING CEREMONY: Rio Olesky on Didgeridoo
10:15 AM 11:45 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THRIVING IN THE MIDST OF CRISIS Michael Lutin
With the political, moral, religious and economic pandemonium brought about on outer planet transits, How can you experience ecstasy and find stability? If the economy really goes down the tubes, thanks to Pluto, how are you going to survive and thrive? You’ve got to be realistic and hardheaded about this without losing your humanity. Let’s explore the implications of current events and their effects on you.
Noon 1:00 PM UNDERSTANDING NEPTUNE: THE PLANET OF INFLUENCE* Deborah Smith Parker
Discovered in 1846 Neptune had its first “birthday” in 2010, so from a perspective of human understanding we’re still getting to know each other. Neptune’s language is not that of social discourse or politics. It is the language of influence that comes directly from the unconscious and is best expressed and understood through a symbolic language or discipline such as art, images, math, rituals and of course astrology. Deborah will discuss – in surprisingly specific examples—both the personal and collective impacts of Neptune in astrological interpretations, how we travel hand in hand with its harmony and madness as we navigate Neptune’s hazy path from the unconscious to consciousness. She will also include the ever present inspirations of Neptune’s surprising and often specific role in public policy from war, to fads, to pharmaceuticals (a fad about to fade), the development of the fields of psychology and trauma science and more.

* Influence as defined in Merriam Webster’s 10th Edition Dictionary as: 1.a. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans.
1:00 PM 2:15 PM LUNCH BREAK
2:30 PM 3:30 PM ASTROLOGY, PRACTICAL MYSTICISM & PLANETARY INITIATION Greg Bogart
Astrology’s practical mysticism prepares us to move through crisis and upheavals with consciousness and clear intention. In 2014 we're in the arms of an intense Grand Cross. Uranus in Aries liberates our individual creative impetus, evolving in alignment with macrosocial trends. Mars in Libra asks for self-assertiveness in harmonious congruence and managing relational stress. Jupiter in Cancer seeks growth in households, families, gardens, and our sense of place.  Pluto in Capricorn denotes finding our place within the machinery of government and social institutions. In addition, Saturn in Scorpio directs sexual and financial resources into commitments and shared intentions; and Neptune in Pisces inspires us to immerse in meditation, mysteries and esotericism. Studying these transits can prepare us to meet the challenges of planetary initiation.
4:00 PM 5:00 PM THE OTHER SIDE OF NEPTUNE Linea Van Horn
Consider Neptune: Field of dreams or den of illusion? Holy Grail or snuff planet? Realm of infinite possibility or hall of mirrors? From the sublime to the ridiculous, this planet defies description, evades the so-called real world and reminds us that this earthly plane is but a small manifestation of the true reality. There is much to love, and much to hate about this giant gasbag intent on dissolving our attachment to the physical world. For anyone with control issues (show of hands, please!), Neptune is an exercise in frustration. For those on a spiritual path, he shows the way. What qualities can we develop to make the best use of this enigmatic planet?
5:30 PM 6:30 PM HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW? Jessica Lanyadoo and Barry Perlman
Inspired by the weekend’s Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Pisces, we will explore nuanced forms of knowing that move beyond the cerebral, allowing us to expand our experience and understanding of the world we live in.  We’ll discuss how different intuitive and sense-based tools can be identified and practically utilized in an individual's birth chart.  We’ll also reflect on the role of astrology itself, which straddles a complicated line between being a logical rule-based system and a divination tool requiring intuitive synthesis.
6:45 PM 8:00 PM ESTHER LAU SOCIAL RECEPTION (Esther Lau is donating wine for this event.)