FEBRUARY 14TH & 15TH, 2020
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, 6:30-9:30pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 9:30am-5:30pm
Doors open at 9:30 at Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
10:00-11:15am: Session One
11:30-12:45am: Session Two
2:00-3:15: Session Three
3:30-4:45: Session Four
5:00-5:30: Closing Circle
Identifying Our Relationship Needs: An interactive workshop combining natal and synastry chart analysis
w/ Madeline DeCotes
In this workshop we will follow a step-by-step process for identifying our own (and, optionally, our partners’) relationship needs as indicated by our natal charts. We will explore the interpersonal implications of the following sign and house placements in our charts: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Ascendant and its ruler, Descendant and its ruler, and the asteroid Juno. Through a combination of lecture, interactive worksheets, and group discussion, we’ll learn how to prioritize the partnership qualities that we each need in order to feel nourished, supported, and healthily challenged by our loved ones. Please bring a copy of your own chart and any partner charts you may want to explore. Intermediate-level astrological experience recommended.
Born to Love Ourselves
w/ Maeanna Welti
Our relationship to ourselves is one of the most central and important relationships we have in our lifetimes, but one that is either under- or over-rated in ways that flatten it and reduce it to formulas that do little to address the full complexity and depth that is possible. In this workshop, we will look at what the birth chart tells us about how to be in loving relationship with ourselves. We will focus in particular on what the Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars can tell us about what we need, and how we can best create nurturance, connection, trust, abundance and passion in our self-love. We will talk about what it means to know your own love language and let that language guide your relationship with self, first and foremost. Partnership demands actions and behaviors that both demonstrate and grow love. We will go beyond simply decoding the self, and talk about how we can take our understanding into real behaviors and actions that change our experience of being with ourselves.
Transforming Relationships through Astro*carto*graphy
w/ Martha Clarke
Moving to a more supportive environment can transform a relationship, even if for a few weeks. We also bring people from those places into our lives, to help transform us from afar. We may have people in our lives who we do not resonate with until we relocate, then these people can become a key part of our life and help us transform ourselves.
The Most Important Things to Know About Astral Love
w/ Andrea L. Gehrz
In this class, we will delve into a thorough analysis of relationship astrology. Students will leave with an understanding of the difference between a composite chart and synastry. And, when to use each tool. The discussion will include (but is not limited to): How do people composite? At what pace? Can we maximize our synastries and remedy tension points? What does it mean to watch *one turn of the Sun* with our partner? What do we each bring to the table? Students, bring your charts!!!!
Astrology as Friend, Lover, and Frenemy
w/ Candace Kita
While we often use astrology to examine the relationships between ourselves and others, we also are in relationship to astrology itself. How does astrology influence our minds, bodies, and spirits, both individually and collectively? How do we show up for it, and how does it show up for us? Can you have a healthy — or an unhealthy — relationship to astrology? In an interactive, conversation-based session, we’ll explore these questions and more with Candace Kita, a cultural worker and PSA graduate whose practice Astrology for Radicals uses astrology to cultivate liberation, empowerment, and radical possibility.
The Venus Archetype
w/ Naike Swai
Venus’ archetype appears in myths and legends all over the world from Aphrodite to Yemaya to Lakshmi and many more. After all, what’s a good story without their presence? Venus speaks strongly to our desire nature, to our personal magnetic force field that describes both what we are drawn to and how we draw it closer. In this class we will explore Venus’ significance in synastry. In synastry this ancient goddess’s placement has much to tell about the ways we experience value and are valued in relationship, the roles that we place on our partner, that are placed on us and how we are seen both individually and in the public eye. In synastry Venus reveals where and how inspiration, abundance and loves resides with another. This invitation to be greater in partnership than alone speaks to what we look for in another, in ourselves and how our partnerships catalyze personal growth.
MORE LECTURE DESCRIPTIONS COMING SOON!
Andrea L. Gehrz is an astrological teacher and scholar. She teaches regularly at the Portland School of Astrology, and around the country when asked. Andrea also runs the Moira Press, where she manages the creation of high-level astrological textbooks. Her most recent release is titled *Astral Somatica 1*, a textbook/workbook on medical astrology and AstroKinesiology. Gehrz is currently accepting hard medical cases and ongoing students of astrology for tutoring and one-on-one mentoring. Find her at MoiraPress.com or [email protected]
Maeanna Welti began studying magic formally in 2010. 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 everyday life. She is a dedicated priestess and healer. Maeanna lives in Portland, Oregon. She recently relocated there are living in Olympia for 20 years. She is inspired and nurtured by the Salish Sea, the tall trees, and the many streams and rivers. She holds a bachelor of arts from the Evergreen State College, where she focused on feminist theory and photography. In addition, she spent 7 ½ years working at the Olympia Food Co-op, a consensus-run collective of about 85 people. There, she developed facilitation skills, strategic planning and collaboration skills, skills around conflict and direct feedback, and one framework for taking personal responsibility for one’s own authority within the context of a larger group.
Naike Swai is a healing arts practitioner of Tanzanian and German heritage. Naike’s interest in the vibratory imprint of nature’s forces on our mind and body led them into the practice of classical acupuncture and astrology. Whereas acupuncture provides a somatic map of how our bodies digest the experiences of life, astrology lays out a wondrous fabric of the cosmic clock and the influences it exerts on our individual and collective lives – each thread representing the planetary patterns that dress and move us. In their workshops Naike weaves these forms of knowledge together to facilitate awareness and connection between our bodies, our life stories and the stories the stars tell. Naike also offers individual birth chart readings, transit readings and is co-founder of Cosmic Life – an astrological connections and dating app.
Corina Dross is a consulting astrologer, writer, artist, and activist. She writes horoscopes for Autostraddle, Into, and Mask Magazine. She has taught astrology from an intersectional and queer lens since 2010, and offers an Astrology 101 online class whose focus is the healing and emancipatory powers of astrology. She has been a part-time faculty member of the Portland School of Astrology, and sees clients across the world in her private practice. For more information, see her website: flaxandgold.com
Candace Kita is an astrologer and cultural worker committed to elevating the stories of people of color. She has been reading since 2017 and is a graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, whose teachings examine astrology through the lenses of race, class, body, age, gender, sexuality, and ability and seek to infuse astrology with liberation and empathy. She has presented on astrology and wellness at the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture’s CULTURE/SHIFT convening and is the author of the zine Astrology and Wellness for Radicals, which is currently sold by Kindred Post, The Future, and Seagrape Soap. Candace believes first and foremost in astrology as an interpretative storytelling and relationship-building technique, allowing us to redefine and retell our personal stories and explore our own innate power. Her astrological approach weaves within it her eclectic background in visual art, writing, community organizing, and nonprofit arts administration. Alongside her astrological practice, Candace serves as Cultural Strategy Director at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). She is a proud alumna of Scripps College, and in her spare time, she dabbles in ecstatic dance and read voraciously.
Madeline DeCotes offers astrology readings that can help you connect with your authentic self and find meaning and purpose in your life. She thinks of the astrological chart as a user’s manual that can aid us in understanding our time here on Earth, and she enjoys the process of translating the chart into simple and compassionate language for her clients. Madeline is a graduate of the Portland School of Astrology in Portland, OR, as well as a professional graphic designer. Along with her husband, she operates the personalized astrological calendar company, Honeycomb Collective.
Martha Clarke is Irish and has an advanced Certificate in Astrology from Blue Rose School of Astrology in Dublin. She also has a Certificate in Counselling Skills. She believes utterly in the transformative power of astrocartography, having re located several times in her lifetime, from Ireland to Italy and then to both the Wast and West coast of the USA. She also specialises in family astrology. Her Sun, Moon, Mercury and Ascendant are all in Gemini, hence she loves learning and communicating her skills.
More Presenter Bios Coming Soon!
Previous Conference Topics
- 2019 Astrological Magic with keynote David Pond
2018 Queer Astrology with keynote Kelsey Branca & Alice Sparkly Kat, 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