Sept 25 Unpacking Venus and Mars: Sex and Gender in the Natal Chart

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Sept 25 Unpacking Venus and Mars: Sex and Gender in the Natal Chart

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Unpacking Venus and Mars: Sex and Gender in the Natal Chart

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, right? Wrong! All humans have the potential to embrace feminine and masculine traits, as well as the space between and beyond. At a time when non-binary gender expression and fluid sexuality are increasingly visible and socially acceptable as part of our human experience, the field of astrology is ready to stop assigning gender to planets.This class is for everyone: astro newbies and professional astrologers alike will be challenged to expand their sex/gender vocabulary and discover nuance in the male/female or masculine/feminine binary. As a group, we will first define biological sex, gender identity/expression, and sexual orientation as they operate in present day American culture.

Next we will use these definitions to explore themes in the natal chart. Focusing primarily on Venus and Mars placements, we will work as a group to tease out sexism and gender stereotypes from the tool of astrology. Natal chart examples will be discussed as a group, and attendees will have the opportunity to examine their own natal Venus and Mars placement to better understand the complexity these planets can lend to our multifaceted identities. Bring your thoughts and questions, and be prepared for a lively discussion.


Level: 1-Novice, 2-Beginners, 3-Intermediate see level scale

Subject: Natal Astrology, History, Sociology, Self Discovery through Astrology, Basic Astrology, The Planets, Queer Astrology

Date: September 25th, Monday, 7-9pm

Location: 3939 NE Hancock St #212, use the after-hours call-box to be buzzed in, at the front of the building. 

Class Size: 12 student maximum, 5 student minimum.

Teacher: Kelsey Branca of Deep Sea Astrology, is a multi-faceted queer femme astrologer. She has been studying astrology since she was a teen and completed the PSA 2nd-year-program in 2016. Kelsey's astrology practice incorporates an anti-oppression framework and she is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and dismantling racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, cissexism, etc. that is pervasive in astrology communities and beyond. Find her sporadic astro writing on Instagram @deepseaastrology or contact her for a collaborative reading at deepseaastrology@gmail.com or Deep Sea Astrology on Facebook.

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