Hermes & the Red Dragon of Ares

Webinar: Hermes and the Red Dragon of Ares

Sunday, July 22 at 2 pm Pacific Standard time. Webinar providing information and analysis for the Total Lunar Eclipse, Mercury retrograde, and Mars retrograde transits and their impact in your life in the end of July through August 2018 and beyond.

$25.00

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Hermes & the Red Dragon of Ares

A Webinar on Mercury Rx, Mars Rx, & Eclipses

Sunday, July 22

2:00 pm Pacific Standard Time

We’re in the middle of intense astrological transits that will become increasingly powerful in the next month. You’re invited to join me for a webinar I will be presenting on Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 pm Pacific Standard Time that will explore the cathartic astrological themes erupting as well as provide guidance for navigation in connection with your astrology chart.

Following the partial solar eclipse in Cancer that forms an opposition with Pluto on July 12, we will be entering a lunar cycle that culminates in a Total Lunar Eclipse united with Mars retrograde on July 27, while simultaneously Mercury will be stationing retrograde in Leo. On July 26 Mercury will station retrograde at 23º27′ Leo, while on the same day the Sun forms an exact opposition with Mars retrograde in Aquarius. This day is the heart of the Mars retrograde cycle, the most extreme phase of inflamed heat Mars experiences in its entire synodic cycle. The following day on July 27 we will experience a Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius at 4º45′ that is conjoined Mars retrograde and in a catalytic square with Uranus in Taurus. As many have already been talking about, this will be a blood red Moon (for those who can see it) appearing near Mars at its brightest red shimmering in the sky.

The first part of the webinar will provide background information concerning Mercury retrograde time periods in general as well as the specific upcoming one in Leo. I’ll also present information on the quality of time we experience during Mars retrograde transits in general, as well as the numerous factors that make the current one unique. In particular we will look at how the present synodic cycles of Mercury and Mars are intersecting this year.  I’ll also talk about the meaning of lunar eclipses and the significance of a total lunar eclipse occurring in tandem with Mercury and Mars in retrograde. I will need to be concise with information provided about each of these topics, however, for an entire webinar could be spent on each one alone.

The second part of the webinar will provide analysis which synthesizes all of these transits together for all 12 zodiac signs. You can contemplate this from the perspective of your rising sign, Sun, or Moon. I will pay particular attention to the transits occurring on July 26 and 27 with the locations of the lunar eclipse, Mars retrograde, and Mercury stationing retrograde. Next we’ll examine the significance of the inferior conjunction of Mercury retrograde with the Sun on August 8 at 17º Leo, that occurs only a few days before the Leo Sun then becomes partially eclipsed on the August 11 new Moon at 18º42′ Leo. This is a fascinating sequence of transits to experience while we are continuing to experience the deep shifting of Mars retrograde- special attention will be paid to how the purifying rebirth of Mercury at this time factors in for each sign, in combination with the Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo.

The webinar will last about two and a half hours and will take place through Zoom meetings. You do not need to pay for an account with Zoom meetings to participate, but do need to download the free version on your device. The cost of the webinar is $25 and can be paid through PayPal in the link above at the top of this post, or you may send me an email at consultation@graycrawford.net and I will send you a payment request. Once I receive your payment I will email you a link to attend the webinar. A video recording of the webinar will be sent to you afterwards so it is not necessary to attend live. If you do attend live there will be space provided for comments and questions.

Uranus Opposition Podcast Interview

 

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I’m excited to share the release of the second part of my interview with Christina Caudill on the Radiant Astrology Podcast. We did this interview back on the day Uranus first entered Taurus, and in this installment we primarily focus on the meaning of the Uranus opposition transit as well as some of the meaning of Uranus entering Taurus.  If you were born with Uranus in Scorpio (1974 – 1981) the entrance of Uranus into Taurus brings you into the Uranus opposition period that can bring about a release and break from past patterns. If you have Uranus in the first ten degrees of Scorpio this next year will be especially big for you as both Mars and Venus will be going retrograde in range of aspect in addition to Uranus in Taurus.

Here is a link to the podcast interview:

https://radiantastrology.com/podcast-the-uranus-opposition-w-gray-crawford/

In the interview I talk about the two lectures I presented at the United Astrology Conference, or UAC 2018. Michael Lutin has called it the Woodstock of our astrological generation, and thats not off base in the sense that it did feel like an immense cultural moment for astrology. It was an honor to present there, and both of my talks were very well received which was also rewarding. There were many incredible lectures given by some of the best astrologers currently working in the world. You can order lectures now from the UAC website. Here are links to order copies of my talks:

The Light and Shadow of Mercury in the Secondary Progressed Chart:

https://uacastrology.com/recordings/Gray-Crawford-The-Light-and-Shadow-of-Mercury-in-the-Secondary-Progressed-Chart-p108202754

Radical Awakening: Uranus Opposition:

https://uacastrology.com/recordings/Gray-Crawford-Radical-Awakening-Uranus-Opposition-p108202663

Also, in case you missed the first part of my interview on the Radiant Astrology Podcast, here is a link to it:

https://radiantastrology.com/podcast-uranus-in-taurus-with-gray-crawford/

 

 

 

All about Uranus: Podcast interview & UAC update

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I have a couple of announcements involving Uranus I’m excited to share. I was recently interviewed by astrologer Christina Caudill on her Radiant Astrology Podcast about Uranus. We ended up having a long talk and it is being released in two parts. The first part released I am sharing below, and focuses primarily on the ingress of Uranus into Taurus, some of the collective threshold events in correspondence (volcanic eruptions and Gaza strip conflict), and the interplay between Uranus in Taurus with the upcoming Mars retrograde in Aquarius.  I’m not sure when the second part will be released, but in it we will also be discussing the ingress of Uranus into Taurus with special attention paid to experiencing Uranus transits on a personal level, in particular the Uranus opposition that everyone born with Uranus in Scorpio will be experiencing now. Check back on her podcast in the week or two ahead to see when the second part will be released. Here is a link to the first part:

https://radiantastrology.com/podcast-uranus-in-taurus-with-gray-crawford/

I was born with Uranus at the beginning of Scorpio, and I’ve already experienced my first major Uranus opposition event: due to the cancellation of another speaker, I was selected to give an additional talk at the upcoming United Astrology Conference. Fittingly, I will be talking about Uranus oppositions, and so not only is this appropriate due to me going through a Uranus opposition right now, but I also have to put it together at the last moment at Uranian speed!

For those attending, I will be speaking on Saturday 26 May at 9 am.  Description:

Radical Awakening: Uranus Opposition

The Uranus opposition that occurs as we enter the mid-life of our forties has a deservedly dramatic reputation. Known as a lightning strike of revelation within cycles of personal development, it brings shakeups that upend the previous status quo of our life. This talk will explore ways to respond to the liberating impulses that arise in correspondence, as well as its connection to transits involving Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto that lead into it.

Also, my first talk at UAC will be taking place on Friday 25 May at 11 am. This talk is about Mercury in the Secondary Progressed chart, and will be focused on teaching the meaning found within the secondary progressed synodic cycle of Mercury, an aspect of interpreting progressed charts that brings in a vital element in addition to other aspects such as focusing upon the progressed lunation phase. Description:

The Light and Shadow of Mercury in the Secondary Progressed Chart

The changeable nature of Mercury is found in its synodic cycle and its shifts between being direct and retrograde. The meaning of Mercury’s cycles will be applied to the secondary progressed chart, where Mercury’s movement across a lifetime demarcates vital periods of personal development. Gray will explain how to interpret the shift of progressed Mercury from being direct to retrograde and vice versa, and what to pay attention to in relation to the natal chart.

If you are coming to UAC, I hope to see you there. Make sure to come up and say hello. It would be great to meet any of you who will be there in person!

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Foundations of Astrology Course

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FOUNDATIONS OF ASTROLOGY COURSE

Co-taught by Gray Crawford & June Rose Trimbach

Gray Crawford and June Rose Trimbach are excited to announce an interactive webinar course uncovering the building blocks of the art of astrology.  If you’re at the beginning stages of learning astrology or at a more advanced stage and looking to fill any gaps in your knowledge, this class will give you a firm understanding of the symmetry and power in the foundations.  If you choose to participate, we will be looking at the natal charts of individuals in the class, so it’s also a great opportunity to deepen understanding of your own chart.

June Rose and Gray share a passion for traditional as well as modern astrological technique.  The class will serve as a bridge between modern and traditional astrology and clarify misconceptions about each perspective.  June Rose and Gray both come from astrological lineages that inquire about the soul and its relationship to the material world.  When appropriate we may explore astrology as a spiritual discipline.

Weekly classes will be held on Sundays from January 21 through April 8, 2018 with no classes held the weekends of February 18 and March 25.  Classes will begin at 1:00 pm (Pacific standard time) and last for two hours.  Everyone will receive a recorded version of each class, so its not necessary to be present for the live classes though we encourage you to be present for as many of the classes as possible.  We will be using Zoom meetings for the classes.

There will also be one additional question and answer session each week held over Zoom where we will discuss any questions or concerns.  June Rose and Gray will also be available to answer questions over email.  Each class will have written homework assignments to turn in, and participants will receive detailed feedback on each assignment.

The final class is an opportunity for students to share final presentations that integrate knowledge gained through the course.

Total cost for the course is $200 and can be paid through PayPal.  Please email consultation@graycrawford.net to register for the class and a payment request will be sent to you.  Payment plans can be set up if necessary.  You will receive links for the weekly classes and question and answer sessions that will take place through Zoom meetings.


Class #1  

Sunday 21 January

PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS OF ASTROLOGY

  • Different worldviews and philosophical questions that are important for astrologers to consider
  • Ethics in consulting astrology charts
  • Why are you interested in astrology?
Class #2 

Sunday 28 January

SUN & MOON: LIGHTS OF THE SOUL

  • The meaning of the Sun and Moon; how they reflect soul
  • Moon phases; interpreting the relationship between the Sun and Moon
  • Introduction to Sect (Day vs. Night charts)
Class #3 

Sunday 4 February

THE PLANETS

  • Significations and correspondences of each planet
  • How planets show up as characters in our personal and collective mythologies
  • Nocturnal vs diurnal natures of planets
Class #4

Sunday 11 February

SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC

  • Use of tropical zodiac instead of sidereal zodiac
  • The signs as planetary homes
  • Elements, modalities, nocturnal/diurnal signs
Class #5

Sunday 25 February

PLANETARY EXPRESSION

  • How signs color the expression of a planet’s nature
  • Introduction to essential dignity
  • Workshop of charts of class participants demonstrating planetary expression through signs
Class #6

Sunday 4 March

ASPECTS & CONFIGURATIONS

  • Meaning of aspects, planets “seeing” one another
  • Whole sign vs. degree-based aspects
  • How the Thema Mundi reveals the meaning of aspects
  • Traditional aspects vs. modern aspects
Class #7

Sunday 11 March

HOUSES

  • The meaning of the twelve houses
  • Meaning of angular, succedent, and cadent houses
  • Impact of angularity on planetary expression
  • Joy of the planets in specific houses
Class #8

Sunday 18 March

INTRODUCTION TO CHART INTERPRETATION

  • How to interpret the rulers of the houses
  • How to prioritize rulers of the houses
  • How to synthesize meaning of relationship between rulers of the houses and the planets located within houses
  • Workshop to demonstrate interpretation in the natal charts of participants
Class #9

Sunday 1 April

LUNAR NODES

  • Meaning of the lunar nodes and how to reconcile differences in meaning across astrological traditions
  • Lunar nodes as markers of eclipses
  • Interpreting the rulers of the lunar nodes
  • Significance of planets forming a square to the lunar nodes
Class #10

Sunday 8 April

FINAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Class participants can present a cumulative project to the group demonstrating knowledge
  • Possible final presentations may utilize the following: (1) artistic interpretation; (2) creative writing; (3) chart delineation; (4) research integrating biographical information.

Daimon: Guiding Spirit of the Nativity

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DAIMON: GUIDING SPIRIT OF THE NATIVITY

Sunday 29 October 2017

1:00 – 5:00 PM

Portland School of Astrology

I’m excited to announce I will be co-teaching an interactive workshop with June Rose Trimbach on the Daimon in astrology at the Portland School of Astrology on October 29.  In this class we will be working with the Greek idea of a Daimon, which was incorporated into Hellenistic astrology by Porphyry in the late 3rd Century. There is text from the ancient philosopher Heraclitus that has been translated as “Character for a human is his Daimon,” in addition to also being translated as “Character is destiny,” “A man’s character is his fate,” “A man’s individuality is his daimon,” and “A man’s character is the immortal and potentially divine part of him.”  Using Dorian Greenbaum’s thesis  as guide, we will explore the Daimon as a philosophical and spiritual concept. Then we will learn Porphyry’s technique to locate the Daimon as a guiding planet in the natal chart of an individual. We will all be working intimately with our own charts to find who this planet is and get to know them better, including through guided meditation. Using the imagery or feelings we receive from this experience, we will create devotional art pieces to enhance our connection with our personal Daimons.

While the technical astrology of the workshop is well-suited for intermediate and advanced students, novices and beginners will be helped along to locate their guardian planet and the rest of the class will be intuition. Please bring a copy of your natal chart to class.  Art supplies will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own additional art supplies they will want to use.

For details on the class including how to order tickets, please check the following link on the Portland School of Astrology website:

http://portlandastrology.org/quarterly-term/daimon

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OAA events: September 15 & 16

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Oregon Astrological Association

4312 SE Stark Street (Friend’s Meeting House)

Portland, Oregon 97215 

Friday 15 September 2017

Saturday 16 September 2017

If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, on the weekend of September 15th and 16th I will be presenting a talk and workshop for the Oregon Astrology Association about relationships and astrology. On Friday 15 September I will be giving a talk on relational astrology in general, and then on Saturday 16 September I will be giving a workshop focused upon understanding evolving relational dynamics through the secondary progressed chart.

Our Astrological Narratives in Relationship

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • 7:00 – 9:30pm
  • $10 for OAA members, $15 for non-members

Understanding relationship dynamics is one of the primary reasons people delve deeper into astrology. Whether we desire to heal our own relationships or want to help clients gain insight into their relationships, a fundamental skill is discerning the relational narratives found in the natal chart. Once we become aware of the relationship story found in our birth chart, we arrive at a deeper understanding for why patterns continue to resurface in relationships and why certain types of partners appear in our lives. In this talk Gray Crawford will share methods for how to distill the diverse elements of astrology charts into a coherent relationship story that reveals why we have been engaging in the types of relationships we have been, as well as how our astrological narrative continues to evolve as our relationships change. This talk will also reflect upon how to effectively use synastry and composite techniques in astrology.

Opening to the Other – Relationships in Progression

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • $40 for OAA members, $60 non-members

The secondary progressed chart is a powerful astrology technique that penetrates into the evolving quality of the natal chart across time. We know that as time passes so do our desires for relationship transform. This workshop will explore how changes in our secondary progressed chart reveal insight into how we are opening to the relationships of our life in new ways.  This workshop will both instruct as well as give space for participants to actively gain deeper understanding into how planets shifting signs and houses through progressions reflect the changes we experience in all of our diverse relationships.  We will also explore how the changes in the interpersonal dynamics within long-term relationships can be seen in the interplay between the changes in the progressed charts of each partner.

You can order tickets from the Oregon Astrological Association website

Mercury Retrograde Class

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Mercury Retrograde Guidance

I’m excited to announce I will be teaching another class on Mercury Retrograde at New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland, OR this coming December!  The Mercury retrograde in December will begin with a conjunction to Pluto, and will delve back all the way to the end of Sagittarius where the star of Hermes will station direct in the home of Jupiter.  This will be a powerful Mercury retrograde phase and we will create space and time in class to discuss its potential impact on class participants.

When:  Saturday 17 December from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where:  New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland, Oregon

1338 NW 23rd Avenue / Portland, Oregon 97210

Cost:  $15, purchase tickets at New Renaissance Bookshop

Description:

Mercury Retrograde periods are not a time to fear. Rather they offer us unique opportunities for personal growth. Discover the alternate realm of perception Mercury Retrograde provides us for uncovering the essential aspects of the Self. Explore the meaning of the swiftly moving planet of mental connections and discernment under Olympia astrologer Gray Crawford. Gray will dispel popular misconceptions of Mercury Retrograde to reveal how Mercury can mutate into its subterranean role as a Guide of Souls during its retrograde motion.

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Portland School of Astrology Class

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Opening to the Other: Relationships in Progression

I am excited to announce I will be teaching at the Portland School of Astrology in November 2016.  If you are in the Portland region I hope to see you there!

When:       Saturday 12 November 2016

Time:         2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where:      Portland School of Astrology (PSA)

3939 NE Hancock St #212 / Portland, Oregon 97212

Cost:           $25  (work trade also available- contact PSA for information)

Class description:

Opening to the Other: Relationships in Progression

The secondary progressed chart is a powerful astrology technique that penetrates into the evolving quality of the natal chart across time. We know that as time passes so do our desires for relationship transform. The secondary progressed chart is one way to explore the correlations between the changes of our astrology with the changes of our relationships. For example, while one may be born with the Sun in Pisces and Venus in Aries, through the changes of the progressed chart you will become a Taurus Sun and Gemini Venus and open to a different realm of relationship as a result.

In this class Gray Crawford will teach students how to interpret the secondary progressed chart in terms of relationship, not only romantic relationships but collaborative relationships of all sorts. We will investigate what aspects of the secondary progressed chart can bring insight into our evolving desires for relationship and who or what we are attracting. We will also explore how the changes in the interpersonal dynamics within a relationship that lasts for many years can be seen in the interplay between the changes in the progressed charts of each partner.

Click on the link below for complete information about this class:

http://portlandastrology.org/quarterly-term/progressed

Mercury Retrograde Talk in Portland, OR – May 12, 2016

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Mercury Retrograde Guidance

Thursday, May 12, 2016

7:00 – 8:30 pm

I am excited to announce that I will be presenting a talk at New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland, Oregon on May 12 about the meaning and experience of Mercury Retrograde in astrology. The cost will be $15. New Renaissance Bookshop is located at 1338 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97210.  If you live in the Portland area or can journey to the City of Roses at this time, I hope you will join me.

Mercury Retrograde is not a time to fear, but instead presents unique opportunities for growth.  This talk will dispel popular misconceptions regarding Mercury Retrograde and illuminate how to effectively navigate the liminal space opened within it.  The changeable, protean nature of Mercury will be explored, revealing how Mercury mutates symbolically into its chthonic role of a Guide of Souls during its retrograde.  Correspondingly, Mercury Retrograde offers an alternate realm of perception that can facilitate the uncovering of essential aspects of Self.  

Time will also be spent investigating the astrological significance of the three Mercury retrogrades during 2016 all occurring in Earth signs with significant aspects in transit to Mars, and what this can mean personally for you.

 

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