Portland School of Astrology

presents our 6th Annual Conference on the topic of:

Astrological Magic

February 15-16th, 2019

held at the Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

Co-sponsored by the Oregon Astrological Association

Art by Sophia Mabelitini IG:

Art by Sophia Mabelitini IG:

Our 6th Annual Conference considers the convergence of astrology and magic - esoteric philosophy,

spiritual practice, witchcraft, meditation, metaphysics and more.


Key Note Speaker: David Pond

Astrology, Meditation, And the Supernormal

10:00am-11:30am, February 16

co-sponsored by the Oregon Astrological Association

In this talk, David explores how the transformation of consciousness that can occur thorough using astrology and meditation can aid in the development of supernormal abilities such as psychic sensitivity, healing at a distance, telepathy and other psychic talents. The teachings from Patanjali’s "Yoga Sutras" and discoveries from modern science will be woven into this talk.

About David:

David is an author, international speaker and and a practicing astrologer for over 35 years. Holding a Master of Science degree in Experimental Metaphysics, David has published several books on metaphysical topics, including Llewellyn’s Little Book of Meditation, Astrology and Relationships, Chakras for Beginners, and Chakras Beyond Beginners. David has been practicing astrology for over 35 years and consults with clients helping them work with their astrology to find meaningful and fulfilling lives and to strategize through times of transition.


How To Use Astrology to Manifest Anything You Want

Jaliessa Sipress

We can have anything we want. That's a fact.

But, we often get in our own way when it comes to receiving all that we know we deserve. Our Natal Charts can tell us a lot about what our hang-ups are when it comes to manifestation and how to overcome them. Using Astrology, we can help to make sure that it is always as smooth a ride as possible between where we are and where we want to be.

During our time together, I will show you how to use your unique Astrological make-up to your advantage to not only master how to ask for what you want, but also how to train yourself to be open to receive your blessings when they come.

About Jaliessa:

Jaliessa’s dedication to making wellness accessible through Astrology has lead her to work with Girlboss, Essence Magazine, The Hoodwitch, Chakrubs and more, in addition to seeing incredible private clients from every (habitable) continent of the world. When not analyzing charts, writing about Astrology, reading about Astrology or talking about Astrology and wellness, Jaliessa enjoys meditation, Thai food, practicing yoga and spending way too much time in the “Metaphysics” section of bookstores.

The Beauty Beneath:

Pluto and the power of the Underworld

Maeanna Welti


Underworld work adds depth and integrity to a magical practice. The underworld is where we find our lost parts, where we can access healing for deep trauma and severance, and where we can connect with our ancestors and work the healing of our lines. Because the underworld is so feared by the dominant culture, working with it requires courage, surrender, and humility.

In this class we will explore Pluto as a map for generational relationships with the underworld, the importance of the Underworld in magic, and the ways in which Pluto is a map for generational relationships with the underworld and how it shows us the path and the power the underworld holds for each of us. We will discuss the significance of underworld realms, ancestral and generational healing, and magical perspectives on Pluto, and how to reveal and heal personal power, and explore the connection our personal power has with the Plutonic generation into which we were born.

About Maeanna:

Beginning formal magical studies in 2010, Maeanna is a graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland. There, she completed a four-year program that included elemental magic, psychic skills, ritual planning, priestessing, and working with the seasons. She practices magic from an authentic place of full self and personal authority. Her work is dedicated to healing, the land, the queers, bringing forward ancestral gifts, and reintegrating mystery into every day life. She is a dedicated priestess and healer. Maeanna lives in Olympia, Washington.

Melanie Gurley.jpg

Creative Access to Living Symbols

Melanie Gurley

Are you drawn to symbols? Do you sense their richness and want to work with them more purposefully?

This lecture will cover principles and practices for engaging and aligning with the energies of the cosmos and our own personal mythologies via the magic of symbols. We will define terms and discuss philosophical connections among several symbol-accessing modalities. This lecture will be part experiential activity for participants and include time for Q & A.

Bring your symbol-curious heart-mind and a willingness to experiment!

About Melanie:

Melanie is a lover of symbols and the mysterious magic of the 'Otherworlds'. As a Portland-based professional astrologer who not only attended the Portland School of Astrology, Melanie is a regular teacher at PSA. Focused on community, Melanie serves on the board of the Oregon Astrological Association and the Association for Astrological Networking, and hosts a yearly summer program 'Magic Camp for Girls.' Melanie enjoys creating educational publications, engaging in creative astrological art projects and collaborations, and hosts the long-running Beautiful Astrology Podcast.


Your Moon is the Method to your Magic

Iris Bell

Magic makers use the Moon to light their spells and empower their intuition. Are you one of us?

In this class, we will discuss the Moon's elusive magic and swift movements, it's connection to glamour and psychic ability, and how eclipse energy changes our spellwork. We'll go over the Moon in each sign and how to harness the Moon's placement in your own natal chart to choose the best timing for varied types of spells. We will outline different goals of Moon magic, set our own intentions and create a spontaneous community spell .

This class is designed to be interactive and positively focused. Bring your ideas and be ready to make magic.

About Iris:

Iris Meredith Bell has been a witch, ritualist, and tarot reader for over 25 years. She has a passion for mythology, beautiful crystals and stones, and has been  studying astrology for 6 years, first taking courses from astrobarry. She holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion, and a third degree High Priestesshood in the Evensong Tradition of Wicca. Iris is the store manager, buyer, and a tarot reader at The Raven's Wing Magical Co. in SE Portland.


Jupiter in Sagittarius:

Seeking, Storytelling, And Miracles

Eztrella Armijo

Jupiter, the giver of gifts and greater benefic is traversing its home in Sagittarius until December 2019. This span of time is for personal expansion. By intentionally tuning into the energies and themes that both Jupiter and Sagittarius have to offer, we can utilize the wellspring of buoyant, bountiful energy to uncover our deepest truths, learn how to believe in miracles, and discover pathways to manifestation. By exploring storytelling concepts such as suspension of disbelief, we will learn what makes miracles and how to practice conscious manifestation. In the spirit of spellcasting, we will learn how to use our words to tell better stories and tap into the abundance and richness of life.

About Ez:

Eztrella "Ez" Armijo is an artist, designer, photographer, videographer, musician, writer, and astrologer; a maker of messes and marvels. Her mission is to inspire, empower and educate. Through cultivating curiosity and captivating listeners and onlookers, she creates enriching aesthetic experiences that provoke and evoke the reflective connections between self and source.


Mercury Retrograde Self Defense:

Strategies for Killin' It

JP Hawthorne + Iris Misciagna

Urban Dictionary defines Mercury's Retrograde as "a scapegoat for astrologers to use when shit happens." But this isn't true. Join this fun and interactive participatory class for an in-depth exploration of the astronomical phenomenon and the astrological meaning. Develop strategies for working with Mercury, not against it. In this class, we will demystify the messenger planet's backward jaunt through story, tarot, medicinal plants, magical exercises and discussion. Bring your chart if you have it, otherwise please come with your rising sign (also known as Ascendant). Mercury Rx Tip sheet will also be given to participants.

About JP:

JP is a Portland-based queer astrologer, witchy-herbalist and founder of the Portland School of Astrology. He began studying astrology over 20 years ago is magically trained from the Blue Iris Mystery School. His work with Cosmophilia includes the marriage of astrology with herbal tradition, hand-making a line of Astrological Herbals including teas, tinctures, elixirs and sprays. He is currently writing a book on astral-herbalism. JP’s work has been featured at Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, Nike, various local shops, FM radio shows, conferences, websites.

About Iris:

Iris is a painter, fine artist, tarot reader, teacher, and priestess. A graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School, she works at BIMS as a student teacher and ritual priestess. She has been practicing the craft for nearly two decades and teaching for 10 years. Using the language of symbols, she creates divination tools, magical essences, and altar art. Her artist’s heart, connection to faerie, and work with the animal council strongly influence her work as a priestess.

Conference Schedule:

February 15, 7-9pm: Social Circle, Magic Stations and Community Ritual. Snacks and beverages provided.

February 16

9:30am: Doors Open. Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served.

9:45am: Grounding and Container Building

10:00-11:30am: Keynote Address by David Pond

11:45-1:00pm: Session One with two class offerings to choose from

1:00-2:15pm: LUNCH

2:15-3:45pm: Session Two with two class offerings to choose from

4-5:15pm: Session Three with two class offerings to choose from

5:25-5:30pm: Farewell Closing Circle with Community

PSA Annual Conference Archive

  • 2019 Astrological Magic with keynote David Pond

  • 2018 Queer Astrology with keynote Kelsey Branca & Alice Sparkly and performance by Zyon Gray & Rhea Wolf

  • 2017 Astro Playground: Embodiment Astrology with keynote Rhea Wolf & Gretchen Lawlor

  • 2016 Astro Throwback: Traditional Astrology with keynote Chris Brennan

  • 2015 Astro Diagnosis: Medical Astrology with keynote Andrea L. Gehrz

  • 2014 Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine with keynote Judith Hill & Matthew Wood