FEBRUARY 14-16th, 2020
A conference on using Astrology to investigate our relationships – with ourselves, family, lovers, friends, and the larger world.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, 6:30-9:30pm
Keynote Lecture by Stephanie Phillips
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 9:30am-5:30pm
Doors open at 9:30am at Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
10:00-11:15am: Session One
11:30-12:45am: Session Two
2:00-3:15pm: Session Three
3:30-4:45pm: Session Four
5:00-5:30pm: Closing Circle
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th
Relationship readings by conference speakers. More information coming soon.
Lecture Descriptions + Speaker Biographies
Inner Disarmament: The Path to Intimacy
with Stephanie Phillips
We tend to pick romantic partners who engage in the exact opposite defense we engage in when frightened: People who want to talk intensely about hot issues at length (emotional pursuers) tend to be crazy in love with the people who prefer to stay quiet and let hot issues cool down (emotional withdrawers). Early on the pursuing partners find their love interest’s apparent calm and solidity, refreshing and soothing, later it’s maddening, “don’t you feel ANYTHING!?!” Withdrawing partners initially find their pursuing love interest’s passion and intensity enlivening, only to later decry, “why is everything such a drama with you?!?” In short: the very defenses that initially attract us and glue us together, can later become repellant barriers to the intimacy we all want. Through case studies and chart examples we will explore a way to relate directly with the planets and archetypes that make up our defense systems. Using your own charts, we will begin to shape a personal practice of identifying, and relating to automatic defenses.
about Stephanie Phillips
Stephanie Phillips MA, LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist in Seattle, Washington. Stephanie is passionate about understanding and antidoting shame and shame dynamics, the power of self-kindness, interpersonal neurobiology, systems thinking, astrology, myth,… and Harry Potter! A former computer network engineer and military veteran, she believes fostering an inner multiplicity is fundamental to our well-being and growth. She specializes in therapeutic work with science & technology workers and couples. Web: www.seattlecct.com
Identifying Our Relationship Needs:
An Interactive Workshop Combining Natal and Synastry Chart Analysis
with Madeline DeCotes
In this workshop we will follow a step-by-step process for identifying our own (and 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 exercises, 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.
about Madeline DeCotes
Madeline 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.
Astrology as Friend, Lover, and Frenemy
with 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.
about Candace Kita
Candace 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.
Born to Love Ourselves
with Maeanna Welti
Our affinity to ourselves is one of the most central and important relationships we have in our lifetime. But often one that is either under- or over-rated in ways that flatten and reduce it to a formula that seemly cannot 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 be a guide to relationship with self. Partnership demands action and behaviors that both demonstrate and grow love. We will go beyond simply decoding the self, and talk about how we can take our new understanding into the change of being with in love with ourselves.
about Maeanna Welti
Maeanna Welti has been nerding out about astrology for over 25 years. She has been reading and teaching professionally for the last 6 years. She is a witch, and uses the tools and language of astrology in conjunction with her spiritual framework. Her work is centered in healing and empowerment; informed by queerness, dismantling oppression and connection with the land; and dedicated to the freedom of all beings. Maeanna uses astrology to describe, decipher and nurture who we can be if we are dedicated to healing our personal and intergenerational traumas, and to give us the tools to reveal the ways condtioning and traumas express themselves. She is self taught, with her primary focus in evolutionary and psychological astrology, and is constantly exploring how astrology and magic inform and support each other. Her astrological writings are dedicated to linking the personal and collective as we respond to astrological weather. She lives in Portland, OR, on unceded Chinook land.
On Instagram @queenmaeanna
The Archetype of Venus
with Naike Swai
Venus’ archetype appears in myths and legends all over the world from Aphrodite to Yemaya to Lakshmi and 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 relationship charts, known as synastry. This ancient goddess’ placement has much to tell about the ways we experience value and are valued in relationship. The roles that we place on our partners, those roles placed on us and how we are seen both individually and in the public eye. 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.
about Naike Swai
Naike 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.
Transforming Relationships through the Art of Astro*carto*graphy
with 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.
In this workshop, we will discuss the tenants of astro relocation (astro*carto*graphy), and how to best utilize the astrology of place to better our relationships with friends, family, collaborators and lovers.
about Martha Clarke
Martha is Irish and has an advanced Certificate in Astrology from Blue Rose School of Astrology in Dublin. She also has a Certificate in Counseling Skills.
She believes utterly in the transformative power of astro*carto*graphy, 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.
The Most Important Things to Know About Astral Love
with 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 which 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!
about Andrea L. Gehrz
Andy is an astrological teacher and scholar.She teaches regularly at the Portland School of Astrology, and around the country.
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 www.MoiraPress.com or [email protected]
Passion, Conflict, and Healing: The Erotic Potential in Our Charts
with Corina Dross
We’ve all got some healing to do when it comes to sex, and this class takes a real-world look at what our charts need from us. Where we’re most passionate is also where we have lessons to learn about conflict, control, and boundaries.
This class will help you identify your own erotic signature and learn how you can access its highest potential. With this year’s Capricorn emphasis, now’s a perfect time to get real and get strategic about how you’re embodying your desires. Bring in your chart and optionally the chart of a lover (with their consent, of course!).
Open to all levels of astro experience! Sex-positive, trauma-informed, and queer-positive space.
about Corina Dross
Corina Dross is an artist, writer, and counselor working in the medium of astrology. She has seen thousands of clients all over the world, has written horoscopes for Mask Magazine, for Grindr, and currently writes queer relationship horoscopes for Autostraddle. Corina has presented workshops on topics from the politics of care to the revolutionary archetype of Eris, and is a frequent guest instructor at the Portland School of Astrology. As an artist, Corina creates custom astrological portraits, illustrated the talismanic deck Portable Fortitude, collaborated on the Slow Holler tarot deck as artist and writer, and illustrates annual calendars of small spells with her sister as Abacus Corvus. Corina is Virgo Sun, Taurus Moon, and Sagittarius Rising.
with Giselle Castaño
Dive into the energies of Venus Retrograde and the challenges and opportunities this brings us in our relationships.
We will do this by understanding the larger cycle of Venus’ movement with respect to the Sun and Earth, known as her synodic cycle. We’ll also touch on the 2020 Venus Retrograde in Gemini and what it means for us in relation to our loved ones and even our enemies.
about Giselle Castaño
Giselle Castaño is a spiritual astrologer who has been learning and practicing since 2015. Giselle’s love for the stars was passed down from her mother and nourished by many teachers of this ancient art including Deborah Singletary from New York City, and many other talented astrologers across the country. Giselle seeks to use astrology as a guide for healing and fulfilling the highest potential of our sacred purpose in this life-time. Giselle offers 1-1 natal chart readings, and also offers community workshops every month for each new astrological season, to spark collective re-connection and build more astrological fluency in the community.
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