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 story, the “Psyche and Eros” story will serve as a medium to deepen our understanding of what having Venus or Mercury in their “fall” can mean.
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
Daimon: Guiding Star of Soul
September 14 & 15, 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico
I will be presenting a workshop on the Guardian Daimon along with June Rose Trimbach for the NCGR chapter in Santa Fe, New Mexico on the weekend of September 14 and 15, 2018. For a link to the event page for the Santa Fe NCGR chapter, click here
In this two-day workshop we will be learning about the ancient spiritual concept of the guardian daimon, also known as the guardian angel or guiding star. The guardian daimon watches over a life and guides us to fulfill our life purpose. In the Friday night lecture we will learn about the rich background of the daimon from antiquity to modern times, and consider why it is meaningful in astrology.
The Saturday workshop will begin with an in-depth look at some of our favorite techniques for exploring the daimon in a natal chart, drawing upon an ancient lineage of astrological thought. We will also discuss how you can encounter the guardian daimon directly through theurgy, which can be translated as ‘gods working through you’. We will open ourselves to the experience of theurgy through a ceremony of guided visualization with intention to commune with one’s daimon. There will be plenty of time to share, reflect and explore these ideas within your own chart. Please bring a copy of your natal chart, a notebook, non-messy art supplies. It is also optional to bring bio-degradable offerings for the spirits (flowers, grains, stones, natural beads, simple food without strong odor, etc).
United Astrology Conference
May 24 – 29, 2018
I will be speaking at the United Astrology Conference in May 2018 which will be held in Chicago, Illinois in the USA. I’m honored to be part of an extraordinary group of astrologers who will be presenting a wide ranging selection of astrology topics. It will be the biggest astrological event to be held in the next few years, and the most exciting! For more information including how to order copies of the audio recordings please visit the website:
I will be presenting two talks. The first is entitled “The Light and Shadow of Mercury in the Secondary Progressed Chart” and will be taking place on Friday, May 25 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 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.
The second talk will be taking place on Saturday, May 26 at 9 am. It is all about the Uranus opposition we experience in midlife, and is entitled “Radical Awakening: Uranus Opposition.” Description:
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.
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!
FOUNDATIONS OF ASTROLOGY COURSE
Co-taught by Gray Crawford and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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?
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)
Sunday 4 February
- Significations and correspondences of each planet
- How planets show up as characters in our personal and collective mythologies
- Nocturnal vs diurnal natures of planets
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
Sunday 25 February
- 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
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
Sunday 11 March
- 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
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
Sunday 1 April
- 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
Sunday 8 April
- 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
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 The Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology: Origins and Influence 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:
Oregon Astrological Association
4312 SE Stark St, Portland 97215 (Friend’s Meeting House)
Friday 15 September & Saturday 16 September
On the weekend of September 15 and 16, 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.
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.
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
Oregon Astrological Association
Beyond 2017: Annual Astro Faire
Saturday 20 May 2017
11:30 am – 4:30 pm
4312 SE Stark St, Portland 97215 (Friend’s Meeting House)
I will be one of the speakers at the Oregon Astrological Association’s Annual Astro Faire taking place on Saturday, May 20. There will be two other speakers- Mark Dodich speaking about the lunar nodes shifting into Aquarius and Leo, and Andrea Gehrz speaking about remediation ideas to deal with the major transits of the coming year. At the end there will be a panel discussion among the three of us moderated by astrologer Melanie Gurley about the transits in the year ahead.
I will be giving the following talk about the transit of Jupiter and Uranus in the year ahead:
The opposition between Jupiter and Uranus we experience throughout 2017 has consistently brought liberating breakthroughs amid the death of old forms in world history. The shattering and dissolution of old paradigms is especially resonant this year, as the Jupiter and Uranus opposition is occurring within waning cycles of release between Jupiter and Saturn with Neptune and Pluto. We will explore historical and current correlations with the Jupiter and Uranus cycle, including their current placements in Libra and Aries as well as the eventual shift of Jupiter into Scorpio and Uranus into Taurus in the year ahead.
Please check the following link for more details:
Saturday 17 December 2016
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercury Retrograde Guidance
Where: New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland, Oregon
1338 NW 23rd Avenue / Portland, Oregon 97210
Cost: $15, purchase tickets at New Renaissance Bookshop
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.
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.
Opening to the Other:
Relationships in Progressions
Saturday 12 November 2016
2 – 5 pm
Portland School of Astrology
Opening to the Other: Relationships in Progressions:
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.
Cost is $25 dollars, and work trade is available if you contact the Portland School of Astrology. Click on the link below for complete information about this class:
Sundays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
112 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA
I will be teaching a weekly class in Olympia, Washington during the month of October 2016 every Sunday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The class will be accessible to all levels of astrological understanding, from the beginner to the more advanced. In the first class we will begin with understanding Lunation Phases and whatever phase of the Moon you were born under. From here we will build each week through the fundamentals of astrology.
Classes will be held upstairs in the conference room at Flourish in downtown Olympia, located at 112 4th Avenue East. Cost will be $15 per class.
Dates will be October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, and October 30. Please arrive before 6:30 pm. If interested in attending please email me at email@example.com with any questions, including to let me know your birth time information ahead of time.
Radio Interview on Mercury & Gemini
Astrology: The Theory of Everything
I am excited to share an interview I did with astrologer Dr. Mary Jo Wevers about the sign of Gemini and its ruler Mercury on her radio show “Astrology: The Theory of Everything.” We spend a lot of time speaking about Mercury retrograde, and this show was in fact recorded right before Mercury stationed retrograde in Taurus on April 27, 2016.
Click the link below to listen:
During the show I mentioned that when Mercury transited the Sun at its Inferior Conjunction it was conjoining its Heliocentric North Node. I learned this information from Dane Rudhyar and other astrologers, and astrologer Gary Caton corrected me (after this interview was recorded) by pointing out that if you actually look at the orbit of Mercury you can see that its Heliocentric South Node is actually Taurus. So, point being that when Mercury conjoined the Sun in May it was conjunct its Heliocentric South Node in Taurus, not its North Node.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
7:00 – 8:30 pm
New Renaissance Bookshop
Mercury Retrograde Guidance
On Thursday 12 May 2016 at 7 pm, I will be presenting a talk at New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland, Oregon on 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.
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.
Wednesday Evening Astrology Classes
Beginning June 24 and extending through July 29, 2015, I will be teaching a weekly Astrology Class on Wednesday evening from 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Firefly Yoga, located at 421 Water Street in downtown Olympia, Washington. Firefly Yoga is located next door to Tradition’s Cafe & World Folk Art. Cost will be sliding scale from $10 – $20 for each class.
Each week’s class will cover an introductory astrological topic and focus primarily on one planet each week in the following order:
June 24, 2015: Saturn
July 1, 2015: Jupiter
July 8, 2015: Mars
July 15, 2015: Venus
July 22, 2015: Mercury
July 29, 2015: Venus Retrograde
We will discuss the astrological meaning of the planetary topic in class, and then explore it’s implication by house and aspects in the birth chart. We will also discuss the meaning of the planet by transit, and explore how the planet in its current transit is impacting the birth chart of class participants. For example, in the first class on Saturn we will delve into the meaning of Saturn having moved retrograde back into Scorpio for a final time, and the impact this can make in the charts of class participants. In the final class on Venus retrograde, we will explore the meaning of Venus retrograde within the cycle of Venus with the Sun, and look at the impact the Venus retrograde beginning at the end of July will have in the charts of class participants. If interested in attending, please email your birth chart information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring Saturn in Sagittarius
Saturday, April 11, 2015
2 – 5 pm $10
I will be facilitating a class and discussion investigating the transit of Saturn in the sign of Sagittarius. We will examine Saturn in Sagittarius through its impact on our collective in past historical time periods, in current events, and in looking forward to the upcoming transits of the next couple of years that will coincide with Saturn’s time in Sagittarius. On a personal level we will penetrate into the meaning Saturn in Sagittarius will have in our personal lives, and class participants are welcome to share their chart information for group discussion.
The class will be held at a friend’s home in Olympia, Washington. Please message me at email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
Kristin Fontana’s Guiding Stars Internet radio show
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
10:00 am – 11:00 am
- I will be speaking with Kristin about the upcoming eclipse season. March 18 will be a Dark Moon in Pisces with Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces. Two days later on March 20 we will experience a Solar Eclipse at 29-30° of Pisces and then later in the day will celebrate the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, the Fall Equinox if you are in the Southern Hemisphere. During this show we will discuss how we can utilize the Mercury and Neptune conjunction in Pisces to prepare for the coming Eclipse season and the initiation of the new Equinox. In addition, we will explore the seventh and final square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries and how the upcoming eclipses fit into this context.
- Click below for a link that will take you to the radio show as well as to an archived list of past shows in case you miss it live (you will be able to download the show):