Saturn in Pisces – WSAA Lecture on 9 February

Saturn in Pisces: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

I will be giving my talk Saturn in Pisces: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea for the Washington State Astrological Association (WSAA) on Thursday 9 February 2023 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in Pacific time.

I will be speaking in person in Seattle at the Puget Sound Yacht Club where WSAA regularly meets. If you are not in the Seattle area, the lecture will also be simulcast on Zoom, with the Zoom room opening online at 7:15 pm. Information on how to register and attend are in this link:

https://waastrologers.org/events/saturn-in-pisces-between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea-lecture-with-gray-crawford/

I previously gave a talk on Saturn in Pisces for the NCGR in Philadelphia last November – this talk for the WSAA will be a revised and renovated version that will contain some new and different ideas and connections than the previous version. Here’s a description of the talk:

Saturn’s entrance into Pisces on March 7, 2023 will bring a sea change in collective and personal events, as the star of Kronos will begin sharing the same mutable water as Neptune. Marking the end of the Saturn and Neptune cycle that began in 1989, Saturn will spend an extended period of time in close proximity with Neptune in Pisces before eventually forming an exact conjunction with Neptune in the first degree of Aries on February 20, 2026.

This talk will explore the meaning of Saturn transiting Pisces as well as Saturn’s cyclical relationship with Neptune that has correlated with dissolution of old orders and the emergence of idealistic movements. We’ll discuss the potential of Saturn sailing through the oceanic expanse of Pisces and what we may discover washed up on shore from its tides.

I hope to see you there!

NORWAC 2023

NORWAC 2023

I will be speaking as part of an exemplary gathering of astrologers at the 2023 Northwest Astrology Conference (NORWAC) that will take place from May 25 – 29, 2023 in the Seattle, Washington area. For the first time ever, NORWAC will be an in-person conference while simultaneously streamed online, providing access to those who would like to attend virtually from anywhere in the world. There is presently an “early bird” discount for registration that will last until December 1.

My talk will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2023 and is entitled The Moon in the Four Elemental Roots.

Description: “The Moon experiences different affinities, sensations, associations, and other lunar qualities when placed in earth, water, air, or fire signs. We’ll dive deep into the symbolism of each of the four astrological elements and how they distinctly color the expression of the Moon in natal charts. We’ll also explore the way in which lunar phases modulate the expression of the Moon within each element, depending on if the Moon is in a waxing, full, or waning phase.”

Register for the conference here, and to read more about attending the conference virtually on-line or in person.  See the full schedule here and a list of speakers here.

I hope to see you there!

Saturn in Pisces Talk

by Gustave Courbet, born with Saturn in Pisces

Saturn in Pisces: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

I will be giving a talk on Saturn in Pisces for NCGR in Philadelphia next Sunday, November 20 from 2 – 4 pm in Eastern standard time. It will be online via zoom and the suggested donation is $10.

It’s called “Saturn in Pisces: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”  Here’s a description:

Saturn’s entrance into Pisces on March 7, 2023 will bring a sea change in collective and personal events, as the star of Kronos will begin sharing the same mutable water as Neptune. Marking the end of the Saturn and Neptune cycle that began in 1989, Saturn will spend an extended period of time in close proximity with Neptune in Pisces before eventually forming an exact conjunction with Neptune in the first degree of Aries on February 20, 2026.

This talk will explore the meaning of Saturn transiting Pisces as well as Saturn’s cyclical relationship with Neptune that has correlated with dissolution of old orders and the emergence of idealistic movements. We’ll discuss the potential of Saturn sailing through the oceanic expanse of Pisces and what we may discover washed up on shore from its tides.

Here’s a link to register:

I hope to see you there!

12th House Webinar

I’m giving a webinar on the 12th House for the ISAR Star Club this upcoming Sunday, July 3 at 12 pm Pacific / 3 pm Eastern time. 

Here’s the description:

Shadow Casting of the 12th House

The twelfth house has a difficult reputation in astrological lore. Known as the place of the bad daimon where Saturn finds joy, it has associations with solitude, loss, and suffering. Yet it is also a liminal place in between time and space, symbolized by the Sun’s rise at dawn cracking open the darkness of night with its radiant light. Like our ancestors who erected stones to cast the shadows of the rising sun, we may discover rich resources within the darkness of the twelfth house in spite of the difficulties inherent within its terrain. We’ll explore the depth of meaning to be found in the twelfth house in natal charts as well as timing techniques.

The webinar is free for ISAR (International Society for Astrological Research) members and otherwise costs $14.99 – you need to be present for the webinar if you aren’t a member of ISAR, and won’t have access to the recording unless you are an ISAR member. 

Here is a link to register:

https://isarastrology.org/event/shadow-casting-of-the-12th-house/

ISAR 2022

I will be speaking at the upcoming ISAR 2022 Astrology Conference that will be held from August 25 – 29, 2022 in Westminster, Colorado. This will be the largest astrological gathering of 2022. There is currently a discounted registration rate that will end on January 15, so if you are interested in attending and wish to register at the lowest rate possible you will want to do so as soon as possible.

Click the link here to see a list of the exemplary group of astrologers who will be speaking at teaching during the conference.

Click the link here for registration information.

I was selected to speak as part of the “Mythology and Archetypes” track of speakers. My talk will be entitled “Eros, Necessity, and Creative Thresholds” and will be taking place on Friday, August 26 at 9 am. Here’s the description:

Clients seek astrological consultations when feeling they are at a threshold of moving into a more authentically creative life, yet simultaneously frustrated over facing resistance.This talk will utilize mythic stories of Eros, Necessity, threshold guardians, crossroads, and liminal initiations to imaginatively explore ways astrological symbolism can help in validating and empowering inner visions. How can astrology help when feeling stuck at the precipice of pursuing a more vibrantly soulful calling?

I hope to see you there!

NORWAC 2021

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NORWAC 2021

I will be speaking as part of an exemplary gathering of astrologers at the 2021 Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) that will take place from May 27 – 31, 2021. It will be a virtual conference and so there are no travel costs associated and you will be able to watch recordings of all the lectures following the live event.

If you have not yet bought a ticket now is the time, for the early registration discount ends on April 30. Go to the NORWAC site to register.

My talk is entitled “Oracular Light: Heliacal Rising and Setting Planets” and is scheduled for Friday, May 28 at 4:30 pm.  It’s a topic that has fascinated me for years and continues to show up as an important aspect of my consultations.

Anyone with a heliacal rising or setting planet has a more intensified experience with that planetary deity. At these important planetary phases, the divine being of the planet makes its presence strongly felt in the world. It can be oracular in terms of the planet strongly speaking and acting through the life of the person. In mundane events there are important messages to decipher.

Description: This talk will explore the meaning of planets arising in light after being invisible (heliacal rising) and planets making their final appearance before descending into darkness (heliacal setting). We’ll examine the importance and nuances of their interpretation in natal astrology, including how they make a crucial statement regarding one’s purpose and calling in life. We’ll also discover how to utilize secondary progressions to determine pivotal time periods in the life of those born with a heliacal rising or setting planet.

Above image by Michelle Doucette aka @thedreamingcanvas on Instagram

NORWAC 2021

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NORWAC 2021

I will be speaking as part of an exemplary gathering of astrologers at the 2021 Northwest Astrological Conference that will take place from May 27 – 31, 2021. There is presently an “early bird” discount for registration in effect until November 30, so if you plan to attend it will be most affordable now. Due to the pandemic it will be a virtual conference and you will have the opportunity to view all of the recordings of the lectures for two weeks following the end of the conference.

My talk is entitled “Oracular Light: Heliacal Rising and Setting Planets.”

Description: This talk will explore the meaning of planets arising in light after being invisible (heliacal rising) and planets making their final appearance before descending into darkness (heliacal setting). We’ll examine the importance and nuances of their interpretation in natal astrology, including how they make a crucial statement regarding one’s purpose and calling in life. We’ll also discover how to utilize secondary progressions to determine pivotal time periods in the life of those born with a heliacal rising or setting planet.

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Secondary Progressions Course

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Story Cycles: A Course in Secondary Progressions

I’m excited to announce a six week course on secondary progressions beginning on November 7 and running through December 12, 2020.

Secondary progressions are known as one of the most important cycles of personal development in astrology, especially in terms of exploring the trajectory of our life narrative and predicting key turning points in our story. In case you are unfamiliar, secondary progressions are based upon the symbolic correspondence between our experience of one solar day and one solar year. This is based upon the ancient concept of the part equaling the whole and how bringing awareness to the part can illuminate the whole.

With secondary progressions we are engaging a symbolic equivalence between our experience of a solar day with the Sun rising, culminating and setting with our experience of a solar year and the Sun moving through all of the signs of the zodiac along the ecliptic from our geocentric perspective. As a result, when calculating a secondary progressed chart for someone turning thirty years old, you are essentially casting a chart based upon thirty days after their birth.

Regarding our overall life story, tracking and reflecting upon secondary progressions can help with figuring out what part of someone’s life story they are in right now. From the vaster whole of our entire life narrative, we can come into deeper relationship with what part or chapter of the overall story we are in. As a result, secondary progressions can be potent for reflecting upon past experiences as well as helping you in writing the next chapter of your life.

The natal chart is a living symbol of the moment we are born into, yet it’s common for people to conceive of their natal chart as something static with fixed aspects between the planets. Rather than the frozen moment of our birth, secondary progressions tap us into not only the moment of birth but where that moment is moving within all of the cycles between planets. For example, you may be born with a waxing crescent Moon in your natal chart but through secondary progressions you will live through all of the phases of the Moon.

Considering secondary progressions is important because the nature of one’s present secondary progressions will significantly alter interpretation of transits and any other timing technique you are using. It also brings a different perspective from solely focusing on the natal chart, transits, and timing techniques.

In addition, since the lunar phases of the Moon and the solar phases of each planet are essential to pay attention to with secondary progressions, as an added bonus you will gain knowledge regarding the synodic cycle of each planet with the Sun through this course.

“Story Cycles: A Course in Secondary Progressions” will occur weekly on Saturdays from 10 am until 12 pm in Pacific standard time. I will cover a different aspect of secondary progressions each week in this two hour class through a live Zoom meeting that will be recorded for all participants to download, whether you can attend it live or not. There will be supplementary material given as well as homework assignments.

There will also be a one hour session on Tuesdays from 6 – 7 pm in which I will answer questions from course participants through a Zoom meeting. This session will also be recorded for all participants to download and view at your convenience.

Total cost: $300 (payment plans are possible: contact me at consultation@graycrawford.net to discuss options)

Course Schedule:

  1. Saturday, November 7 (10 am – 12 pm PST)
    • The Sun in Secondary Progressions. We will cover a general introduction to secondary progressions and the meaning of the Sun within secondary progressions. Special attention will be given to the movement of the Sun by secondary progression across different houses of the natal chart with examples.
  2. Saturday, November 14 (10 am – 12 pm PST)
    • The Moon in secondary progressions. We will cover the meaning of the Moon within secondary progressions, it’s timing, and the significance of it changing house and sign as well as element and modality. Special attention will be given to the progressed lunar phases created by the relationship between the progressed Moon and the progressed Sun. We will explore the meaning of each progressed lunar phase with examples for discussion.
  3. Tuesday, November 17 (6 – 7 pm PST)
    • Live question and answer session covering the Sun and Moon
  4. Saturday, November 21 (10 am – 12 pm PST)
    • Mercury in secondary progressions. We will cover the meaning of Mercury changing house and sign in the natal chart as well as element and modality. Special attention will be given to understanding the synodic cycle of Mercury and the progressed solar phases involving the relationship between Mercury and the Sun. In particular we will explore the meaning of Mercury stationing retrograde, it’s retrograde phase, and stationing direct by progression.
  5. Tuesday, November 24 (6 – 7 pm PST)
    • Live question and answer session covering Mercury.
  6. Saturday, November 28 (10 am – 12 pm PST)
    • Venus in secondary progressions. We will cover the meaning of Venus changing house and sign in the natal chart as well as element and modality. Special attention will be given to understanding the synodic cycle of Venus and its meaning within secondary progressions. We will also explore the meaning of Venus retrograde in secondary progressions.
  7. Tuesday, December 1 (6 – 7 pm PST)
    • Live question and answer session covering Venus.
  8. Saturday, December 5 (10 am – 12 pm)
    • Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto by secondary progression. We will cover the meaning of Mars and the planets beyond Mars in secondary progression. We will explore the synodic cycles of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and the significance of them stationing retrograde or direct by progression. We will spend more time on Mars than the planets beyond Mars due to Mars being more dynamic by secondary progression due to it moving faster than the planets beyond it in orbit.
  9. Tuesday, December 8 (6 – 7 pm PST)
    • Final live question and answer session
  10. Saturday, December 12 (10 am – 12 pm PST)
    • Final project presentations and final summary. This class will be an opportunity for participants who wish to present a final project about what they have learned regarding their life story through reflecting upon their experience of secondary progressions. Time will be given for feedback and questions about each presentation.

To register and pay for the course you may pay through the “pay button” below, or send me an email to consultation@graycrawford.net to set up payment with me directly.

Story Cycles: A Course in Secondary Progressions

Six week course on Secondary Progressions taught by Gray Crawford.

$300.00

There will also be a discount for the course provided for those who support my work on my Patreon page. Take a look to see the benefits you will receive as a patron.

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Planets in Fall and the Spirit of the Depths – schedule change

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

I recently announced I will be teaching a workshop for Nightlight Astrology called “Planets in Fall and the Spirit of the Depths” on Saturday, May 16. I will still be teaching on May 16, but the time has been moved to 1 pm Eastern standard time and 10 am Pacific standard time instead of the previously scheduled time that was at 12 pm EST.

Description: “The Greek term for a planet being in its fall has been translated as a low lying place, like being brought down into a depression in the ground. Planets in fall have also been associated with states of depression and depressing circumstances, in contrast to the ideal heights associated with planets in exaltation. We will explore the essential balance between planets in fall and exaltation, what it means to be born with a planet in fall in your natal chart, and imagine together how to work with the descent into depths we can experience with a planet in fall. What wisdom and self realization can we gather from the dark places that planets in fall bring us to?”

If you want to sign up to attend the webinar live, click on the link below:

https://nightlightastrology.com/events/

 

Spring Speaker Series: Planets in Fall and the Spirit of the Depths

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Spring Speaker Series

Saturday, May 16, 2020

1 pm Eastern Standard Time

I’m excited to announce I will be presenting as part of Nightlight Astrology’s Spring Speaker Series, which is free to attend and taking place online, on May 10th, 16th and 17th.

My talk is entitled “Planets in Fall and the Spirit of the Depths” and will be all about the meaning to be found with planets in fall in natal charts. It will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 1 pm EST.

Description: The Greek term for a planet being in its fall has been translated as a low lying place, like being brought down into a depression in the ground. Planets in fall have also been associated with states of depression and depressing circumstances, in contrast to the ideal heights associated with planets in exaltation. We will explore the essential balance between planets in fall and exaltation, what it means to be born with a planet in fall in your natal chart, and imagine together how to work with the descent into depths we can experience with a planet in fall. What wisdom and self realization can we gather from the dark places that planets in fall bring us to?

To find out more and to register for access, visit the Nightlight Astrology Events page: https://nightlightastrology.com/events/

The live webinar is limited to 100 places, so if you want to be present for this live you will want to register sooner than later. I will be able to get a recording of my talk after the event for those who are unable to attend it live.

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Saturn/Pluto: An Astrological Panel Talk

 

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

7 pm Eastern Standard Time

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I will be part of a panel of astrologers discussing the 12 January 2020 conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn for Nightlight Astrology hosted by Acyuta-bhava Das (formerly known as Adam Elenbaas). I will be joined by Jenn Zahrt, Samuel Reynolds, Jason Holley, Becca Tarnas, Patrick Watson, Rebecca Gordon, and Acyuta-bava Das.

It will take place on January 8th at 7 pm eastern time, via live webinar. See the Nightlight Astrology events page for more information.

“Join us for a star-studded astrology panel discussion on the meaning of the upcoming conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in the sign of Capricorn, this January 12th. For many who study astrology, this relatively rare transit (occurring once every 33-38 years) has a reputation for being ominous and anxiety-provoking, and for some very good reasons. However, the focus of our panel discussion will be to present the deeper symbolic meaning of Saturn and Pluto’s conjunction alongside a variety of constructive suggestions for how to make this encounter a more soulful experience. We will also be taking live questions and answers from the audience and hope to generate a meaningful discussion in the midst of what for many are challenging times!”

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Pan’s Return: Jupiter in Capricorn Webinar

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Image cropped from Spring Evening by Arnold Bocklin; Astrology glyphs by Bradley Naragon

Pan’s Return: Jupiter in Capricorn Webinar

Sunday, December 8

1 pm PST

Jupiter leaves its fiery home of Sagittarius to enter the dark forests of Capricorn on 2 December 2019, where it will remain until 19 December 2020. In this webinar we will explore the meaning of Jupiter’s transit through Capricorn in the year ahead in terms of personal lives and collective events. As there is a collective panic around the alignment of Saturn and Pluto in January 2020, we will draw meaning from Pan, the divine source of panic and a deity rooted in the living image of Capricorn. Pan was declared dead by some in the past as an oracular explanation for the rise of Christianity over paganism and magical traditions. Now Jupiter returns to Capricorn during an occult revival in which witchcraft, magic, and astrology have gained increased popularity. We will consider ways we can work effectively with Jupiter in Capricorn as well as its pitfalls we need to be aware of.

In a previous turning of the ages, Pan caused panic to aid the victory of the Olympians and formed the Capricorn constellation through fluidly escaping the onslaught of the Typhon. 2020 brings another turning of the ages and fears of other monstrosities we must face, as Jupiter comes to the end of its cycle with Saturn while being in the home of Saturn. Pan as well as other images of Capricorn will help guide us to discover the meaning of Jupiter being in its fall in Capricorn, as well as Jupiter forming three conjunctions with Pluto, a trine with Uranus, a sextile with Neptune, and a square with Mars retrograde in Aries during the year ahead.

Capricorn is also the South Node of Jupiter, and we will discuss the fact that Jupiter will be aligning with its South Node at the same time that Saturn and Pluto are conjoining their own South Nodes. In particular, we will discuss the Solar Eclipse on December 25 (or December 26 depending upon time zone) that will be conjoining the South Node of the Moon, Jupiter, as well as the South Node of Jupiter.

Use the button below to pay for your ticket. After payment is received, a link to gain entry to the webinar will be sent to you. A recording of the webinar will be sent after the event, so in case you cannot make it live you will have your own copy to rewatch.

Pan’s Return: Jupiter in Capricorn Webinar

Webinar exploring the meaning of Jupiter's transit in Capricorn for the year ahead.

$20.00

May 9 Lecture for Washington State Astrological Association

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The Light and Shadow of Mercury in the Secondary Progressed Chart

Thursday 9 May 2019

7:30 pm

For those in the Seattle area, I’ll be giving a talk for the Washington State Astrological Association (WSAA) about the meaning of Mercury in the Secondary Progressed Chart on Thursday, May 9. The talk begins at 7:30 pm and will end at 9 pm. Click here for more information about how to order tickets as well as become a member of the WSAA.

The main focus of the talk is illustrating how to break down Mercury’s movement within the secondary progressed chart into different phases of its synodic cycle, similar to how Dane Rudhyar developed his lunation phase model using secondary progressions. For example, we will be exploring the meaning of having Mercury by secondary progressions direct as a Morning Star, invisible under the beams of the Sun, or stationing retrograde as an Evening Star.

I gave this talk at the United Astrology Conference (UAC) in 2018 and it was well received. I heard from many people afterward that it changed the way they work with the secondary progressed chart for the better and gave them a powerful new tool to use in consultations. For those who do not live in the Seattle area, I have a recording of my UAC lecture available to purchase from my site under the “Store” category above for $14. I will also send you a copy of the slideshow presentation if you order the talk.

Lecture Description:

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.

Meetings for the Washington State Astrological Association are held at the Puget Sound Yacht Club located at 2321 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103.

In addition, the NORWAC conference in Seattle is coming at the end of May in the Seattle area. I will be speaking at NORWAC this year, and so if you are coming to the conference I  hope to see you there!

NORWAC 2019: Psyche & Eros

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Psyche & Eros: the Fall of Venus & Mercury

I’m excited to announce I will be speaking at the 2019 Northwest Astrological Conference to be held May 24 – 27, 2019 in Seattle, WA (well, technically at the Southcenter Doubletree Suites).

NORWAC always has a welcoming atmosphere and features many fantastic speakers at the 2019 gathering. Check the full schedule here.

I will be speaking Saturday, May 25 at 3:45 pm on “Psyche and Eros: the Fall of Venus and Mercury.” I will be using the “Psyche and Eros” story contained in the Hellenistic novel The Golden Ass by Apuleius to bring a more poetic, imaginative understanding to the meaning of “fall” placements. Venus and Mercury form a polarity of exaltation and fall along the Pisces and Virgo axis, with Venus being exalted in Pisces and in fall in Virgo, and Mercury being exalted in Virgo and in fall in Pisces. Since Aphrodite and Eros are the mythic fish in the Pisces constellation, and the two main co-stars of Psyche in the “Psyche and Eros” story, the ancient tale will serve as a medium to deepen our understanding of what having Venus or Mercury in their “fall” can mean. I’ve felt for years that people can have a difficult time understanding what it means to have a planet in “fall,” and the rather dry traditional style of citing text giving extremely negative examples doesn’t help. As a result I’ll be taking a more symbolic route that remains connected to the astrological tradition of “fall” placements.

Description:

What meaning can be found in the fall of Venus in Virgo and Mercury in Pisces? This talk will imaginally explore the nuances of Venus and Mercury in their fall through the telling of the tale Psyche and Eros. Eros and Aphrodite are the fish in the Pisces constellation and Psyche’s co-stars in her underworld journey into wholeness through the daimon of love. We’ll dive into the challenges and gifts found in the “fallen” polarity of Virgo and Pisces.

I hope to see you there! To register and book a room at the hotel where the conference will be held, go to norwac.net