8th Annual Conference
With the ingress of Jupiter and Saturn into the sign of Aquarius, the time is ripe for visionaries with new perspectives on how to use astrology to imagine a better future.
What is Visionary Astrology? What does it mean to be a visionary and how do we use astrology to create a world of justice, peace, and belonging?
An interpretation of Visionary Astrology can be limitless. From looking at the natal chart to find out how we are called to be activists, checking in on the global transits such as the invitation for fundamental transformation with the upcoming Pluto return in the USA chart and invitation for fundamental transformation, the ethics of astrological practice and the responsibility of astrologers in the community, or simply understanding our Lunar nature as it pertains to self-care as a radical act.
We believe astrology can be a powerful tool for social change, and we want to hear your ideas to shape the future of our practice and our lives.
Saturn, Aquarius, and The Astrology Community
Most of us agree on the fact that the Astrology Community exists, but what does that really mean? Who is a part of the astrology community and how is that determined? Are we truly in community with one another or do we just share a common interest? With Saturn’s recent ingress into Aquarius, discussions surrounding community, friendship, networks and inclusivity have been top of mind for many of us. We’ll explore what it means to be in community with one another as astrologers in 2021 and beyond, as we look toward Pluto’s ingress into Aquarius in 2023.
Who is the Visionary known as Kirah?
(Sha)Kirah Tabourn (TAY-born) is an astrologer, writer, educator and creator. She combines modern and traditional techniques to offer a unique style of astrology to her clients and students. Kirah is passionate about intersectionality and inclusiveness within the the astrology and magic community.
She produced an astrology & culture magazine called NFLUX Mag that centered and celebrated POC & Queer folks in spirituality, art & activism. NFLUX featured interviews, seasonal horoscopes, embodiment activities and more. It is currently on hiatus, but she hopes to bring it back soon.
Now she focuses most of her time on readings, hosting webinars, and her Patreon offering Deep Seekers, a virtual monthly meetup for astrology enthusiasts. She plans on continuing to teach astrology online through webinars and private tutoring. She also organizes regular meetups for local astrologers and virtually for astrologers around the world.
Her first book through Sterling Publishing, Zodiac Signs: Pisces, debuted in February 2020. She’s recently been featured in astrology summits Fresh Voices 2019 and Starstruck 2020.
*All times Pacific Time Zone.
Friday, February 19th
6:00-6:25pm: Virtual Welcome and Community Mingle
6:30-8:00pm: Keynote Speaker Kirah Tabourn – Saturn, Aquarius, and The Astrology Community
8:05-9:00pm: Elena Lumen – Weathering the Storm Discussion Group for Today’s Troublesome Transits
Saturday, February 20th
9:30-9:55am: Virtual Morning Coffee and Tea Community Hangout
10-11:15am: Zamboni Funk – Toward a Relational Metaphysics in the Era of Air
11:30-12:45pm: Pallas Augustine – Untangling Roots: working with the IC for Healing and Liberation
12:45-1:45pm: Lunch Break
1:45-3:00pm: Amy Marie Truax – Capitalism and Resistance: An Astrological Perspective
3:15-4:30pm: Charm Torres – Reimagining Essential Dignities and Locational Astrology
4:45-6:00pm: Oak – Interwoven Roots: Creating an Authentic Astrology Practice
6:05-6:15pm: Closing Circle
Lecture Descriptions + Speaker Biographies
Toward a Relational Metaphysics in the Era of Air
Saturn and Jupiter have firmly shifted into a new era of history, one which is better characterized relationally than territorially. We have unique moments in 2021 and 2022, even with Mercury retrogrades in air signs, to deeply interrogate what all this means, and to reevaluate our core values. How can we create the world we want for 200 years of future generations to live in, and what pitfalls may await us along the path?
Who is the Visionary known as Zamboni?
Zamboni Funk is a longtime enthusiast of astrology who made his study formal 2016. A storyteller at heart, his favorite work is that which allows him to weave each unique configuration of archetypal symbols together into a cohesive narrative, as manifested by the native.
Untangling Roots: working with the IC for Healing and Liberation
The Imum Coeli (or IC) is our bridge to the feeling of home. To the ancestors. To history and homeland. To childhood and landscapes of memory and imagination. Topics too often difficult to embody for those experiencing violence and oppression. The IC is often one of the lesser valued or understood angles in the chart, and yet its potential for radical connectiveness, care, and belonging is vast.
Join Pallas in a depth exploration to the bottom of the chart to discover ways to investigate shadow, support healing, understanding ancestral and magical practices through a deeper relationship with the IC. From client work, Pallas will guide us through a journey of queerness, settler colonialism, whiteness, ancestry, family estrangement, and transformative justice.
Who is the Visionary known as Pallas?
Pallas K. Augustine is a consulting astrologer, educator, and writer. Their practice is rooted in a relational approach that aims to deeply connect us with our non-human and non-living kin as well as to each other. By acknowledging and investing in ecological concerns, land relations, animist spiritualities, and ancestral healing, Pallas’ work goes beyond self-reflection and towards regeneration of intricate and nuanced interrelationship. They are currently finishing a book-length work on the IC, supported through their Patreon at patreon.com/nineofwands.
IG: @nine.of.wands | TW: @nineofwands
Weathering the Storm
Discussion Group for Today’s Troublesome Transits.
Who is the Visionary known as Elena?
Elena Lumen is a traditional astrologer, retired psychologist, and a holistic coach with a busy online consulting practice. Elena specializes in classical western astrology with an emphasis on horary, predictive, and electional techniques. She is currently faculty at the International Academy of Astrology in the USA, where she teaches, horary, electional, and natal synthesis classes. In 2011, Elena completed her dissertation on the archetypal and psychological value of astrology for meaning finding at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in California. In 2013, Elena received STA DiplH certificate in horary astrology.
www.illuminatingastrology.com | IG: @elenalumen | FB: Elena Lumen
Capitalism and Resistance: An Astrological Perspective
Talking about the seeming inescapability of capitalism, Ursula K. LeGuin said “Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.” Capitalism and its oppression is not natural or inherent to us, and has in fact been powerfully fought against since its invention. This lecture will look at the mundane charts of important events relating to the development of capitalism and the historical resistance against it–giving us techniques and astrological knowledge for how to continue the fight. And the hope and inspiration to move forward.
Who is the Visionary known as Amy Marie?
Amy Marie Truax is a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon, Virgo Rising and lives on unceded Chinookan lands in Portland, Oregon. Amy Marie is a graduate of PSA’s 2nd-Year Astro-Fluency Program, and current has a private practice, works as a contract astrologer for Sanctuary World app, and for Honeycomb Collective. Amy Marie came to astrology through her work as a community organizer and anti-racism activist, and is interested in looking at the ways astrology can be used to heal, liberate, and transform ourselves and our communities.
Reimagining Essential Dignities and Locational Astrology: The Problematic Tourist Gaze in the Post and Neo-Colonial World
Inspired by the conversations from the #DignityBabes community collaboration, join Charm Torres for a speculative reconceptualizing of the Essential Dignities scheme of zodiacal rulership in the context of Locational Astrology. She will discuss how power and privilege enable certain bodies’ relative safety to move through and across borders. Charm will speak on the complication of being “other” at home and far-away. She aims to invite the audience to reflect on the power dynamics inherent in taking up space. And why we need to complicate our desires for intercultural learning, escape, self-fulfillment and white-saviourism.
Who is the Visionary known as Charm?
Charm Torres is a cis, queer and racialized immigrant from the Philippines, currently settling in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. She is a professional astrologer and tarot reader providing client consultations since 2017. Charm writes horoscopes and muses online frequently. Her work intends to support people to connect with their agency by offering nuanced and collaborative astrological narratives to her clients’ histories and futures. Community is always important, and Charm is currently a board member of Astrology Toronto, a non-profit organization serving the Toronto astrology community since 1991. She often takes part in various online communing of sorts.
IG: @charmastrology | TW: @charm_astrology | FB: @charmastrology
Interwoven Roots: Creating an Authentic Astrology Practice
What does it really mean to carve a space just for you in this great big astro world? Where does your magic/community engagement/knowledge-sharing/activism/xyz meet? And if you so choose, how does it all align in such a way to make this craft support your livelihood?
The application of astrology is vast and open ended. It is wonderful as a primary tool and also can be a soft, yet immensely potent background note in practical application to any system.
Oak shares their perspective on developing an authentic astrological practice and the experiences of several astrologers practicing for 20-30-40 years! While Oak’s full time practice is quite young, established in 2015, they have had an experimental journey in finding how to make their expression in astrology actually work for them.
This chat seeks to inspire astro’s to shine in their own divine truth devoid of the expectations and impressions of what an astrologer is supposed to speak like and to present like.
Who is the Visionary known as Oak?
Certified by the NCGR- Professional Astrologers Alliance, Oak has been engaged in the healing arts for over 10 years. Their practice is influenced by classical astrology, modern psychological astrology and their studies in the healing arts. In 2019, they launched Oak Astrology School as a way to bridge the gap between wisdom traditions and accessibility. They believe that healing is our birthright.
www.oakastrologyschool.com | IG: @krstopher_oak
Previous Conference Topics
- 2021 Visionary Astrology with keynote Kirah Tabourn
- 2020 love, astro.: Relationship Astrology with keynote Stephanie Phillips
- 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