Breaking Down the Borders 2

IAA Online Astrology Conference 2012: Breaking Down the Borders 2: November 30-December 2, 2012

Breaking Down the Borders 2

I will be speaking at this conference and I’ve had some great news today. I’ve been authorised to offer a discount to you all. Here’s the details:

As a special for our speakers, we are authorising you to offer a 4 for 1 discount to anyone who registers as a result of your promotion. In other words if they register for four lectures, they will get a fifth one for free.  If by chance the free lecture they choose has sold out, or is close to being so, they will get the recording of it free of charge. Of course all lecture attendees get a free complimentary recording of every lecture they attend as an added bonus.  For the next few weeks this is a special for our speakers only. To take advantage of this special, your contacts should register for four lectures and then contact me with the name of the free lecture they want to attend, so they can be registered for it manually.

Registration and Payment Questions:

Here are the details of my lecture:

Astrological Symbolism in Ancient Magic
Astrological symbolism is apparent in many ancient magical spell books. What can we say about the ancients’ use of astrology and how does this reflect on our own?

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Session 1, Room 1
11:00 am U.S. EST
4:00 pm GMT
3:00 am Australian EDT (Sun., Dec. 2, 2012)

Trust yourself

This morning Facebook told me today was a friend’s birthday. It took me a moment to realise that this made perfect astrological sense. His Sun in on my husband’s midheaven and close to my Moon. But that knowledge doesnt change our friendship or even deepen it. It explains it in kind of the same way that knowing how a puzzle fits together theoretically helps you solve it. The game remains the same.

So many people ask about their synastry – the astrological techniques for comparing two chars – when they are in new relationships. As if I can tell them whether they should be with someone better than they know themselves? This is a deeply disturbing practice in my opinion. Do people have so little faith in their own instinct and judgement that they want me, or some other practitioner to tell them what they think?

Difficult synastry does not doom a relationship and too much ease can be spectacularly boring. Make of your relationships what you can. Astrology, or any technique, is limited by the vision of the practitioner. Be sure to choose someone that is not limited by the limits of their own vision and experience. Helping you to find your own authentic voice should be one of the primary motives of any alternative practitioner. Don’t let them tell you what to think or what to do. Trust yourself.


Stop the EDL in Walthamstow

Looking at my activity list you can see that I’ve not had much to say over the past year but I think the time is now ripe to speak  again. One thing which has prompted this is the visit of the racist English Defence League to my home in Walthamstow on Saturday, 1st September 2012.

We need every available person willing to defy the EDL to make their way to the arcade site, at the top of Walthamstow High Street where it joins Hoe Street at 11am on Saturday. Please do not be complacent on this. Turn out and let the EDL know that their message of hate and intolerance will not be accepted. We are Waltham Forest is the co-ordinating body, bringing together all sorts of organisations with the common aim of defeating the EDL.

The facebook event with full details is here: WeAreWF is the twitter account to follow for up to date news.

Here is what We Are Waltham Forest has to say about the EDL:

Over the last two years, the EDL have held countless demonstrations across the country, where they have rampaged through towns, attacking mosques, businesses and individuals. More recently, they have begun to attack peaceful demonstrations and multicultural and trade union meetings. Their leader, Tommy Robinson, who has a string of convictions for violence, even appeared on a recent Channel 4 programme praising Anders Breivik, the neo-fascist terrorist responsible for killing 76 people in Norway. 

Each time the EDL assemble, minorities and trades unionists are subjected to threats and racial/religious abuse. They rely on threats and intimidation, but they can be stopped.

Last year, the EDL were prevented from marching through Tower Hamlets due to a fantastic show of unity from the local community. Now they have turned their attention to Waltham Forest and plan to march in Walthamstow. It is essential that we show the same level of unity here.

 Now some may say that their message is so repugnant that they should be allowed to speak and show themselves up for the vile human beings (??) that they are. There are problems with this. The cry for freedom of speech ignore the fact that this group will gladly deny that same right to anyone they disagree with. Freedom of speech is indeed a precious right, but platform is not. We have no responsibility to provide a platform for fascists, they have no right to march anywhere.

Please support We are Waltham Forest Against the EDL on Saturday.

Walthamstow Arts Trail

In September the Arts Trail comes to Walthamstow and a wonderful world of creativity is opened up to the public.

August 14th sees the Warm-Up taking place in Walthamstow Town Square, see their website for more details.

The Arts Trail is an opportunity to see art and creativity that you may not normally come across. The Arts Trail Blog has some lovely previews from the participating artists and details of events and how you can take part. Fancy sketching a garden? Why not join in with the activities in the Vestry House Museum on 3rd September?

Full of hidden gems, the Arts Trail is one of my favourite Walthamstow events every year. You invariably find things you’d never look for and have some most delighful surprises. Download the guide and go and explore!

Walthamstow Folk new season line up

The new season line up for Walthamstow Folk is now available.

We kick off with Anonyma, made up of Anne Lister and Mary Mc Loughlin, two fabulous singers. Anne Lister is the author of wonderful songs such as Moth and Icarus. Here’s a clip of Anne at a festival last year to give you a taste.

Martin Simpson also does a version of Icarus and as he’s at the club in early October I thought I’d share this:

Following them we have The Mighty Quinns, Robb Johnson, Zoox and the Martin Simpson trio, as part of the Stow Festival. More details of these artists in the coming weeks.

Waltham Forest Libraries – fight for it or loose it

Waltham Forest libraries are under threat and a protest has been organised in Walthamstow Town Square for Saturday 13th August from 4 pm. You should be able to get the post from here: harrow green poster for 13 august. Please come along and support this cause.

Libraries are a vital resource that deserves full public support. I can’t put it better than Piers Crawley, who wrote this song and performed it at Walthamstow Folk in February this year.

Heavenly Discources

You might be interested in the Heavenly Discources conference being organised by the Sophia Centre and the University of Bristol.

This takes place from 14th – 16th October in Bristol. There are also pre and post conference events which look fabulous.

On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth. 2011 sees the fiftieth anniversary of that event. In almost every human culture the sky functions as a backdrop for mythical encounters, employing the celestial environment as a stage set for narratives of human and divine experience. That moment when human beings first left the planet gave us a different perspective on the sky.

This conference will bring together scholars to examine the relationship between the heavens and culture through the arts, literature, religion and philosophy, both in history and the present.

History of Astrology Seminar 2011

The Astrological Lodge of London’s annual History of Astrology seminar will take place on 23rd October 2011 and I will be one of the speakers together with Nicholas Campion, Kim Farnell and Anna Estaroth. Full details will be up on the site very soon.

My lecture will be on Astrological Symbolism in the Greek Magical Papyri.

Tickets will be on sale in September.

AA Conference 2011

The Astrological Association of Great Britian’s annual conference takes place in September, starting on Friday, 16th September and finishing on Sunday 18th September.

My lecture will be at 5 pm on Saturday 17th.

What goes around comes around

Astrology is based on the idea of cyclic time but what are cycles, and what do their different phases mean? We will also look at how to weight cycles, matching the shorter with the longer and consider how this information can be used on both a mundane and a personal level.

Loan Sharking

My MP, Stella Creasy, is pushing a motion to bring in extra controls to credit lenders, or should we say loan sharks. The motion includes things like displaying an accurate APR and full details of the problem, and suggested measures, can be found here:

This motion deserves widespread support and as Stella is my MP I can’t sensibly petition her to vote for her own motion. But I can spread the word so you can pention your elected representatives. Please do so!!!

Here’s where you can find the contact details of you MP:

Here’s a suggestion on what you might like to say:

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