On January 16, 2022, Nikki Davenport and Audria Gebhardt presented via Zoom "WELCOME TO 2022," highlighting astrological events and insights for this year—aspects, eclipses, Ingresses, and more. Thank you, Audria and Nikki!
On December 12, 2021, Ellen Bartin presented via Zoom "THE U.S. PLUTO RETURN: THE FULL CATASTROPHE." In 2022, beginning in February, the United States will experience the first Pluto Return in its young 246-year history. -- Looking back at historical events of the times, Ellen began with the Sibley U.S. chart of July 4, 1776, then the opening square that Pluto made to its natal location in the mid-1800s, then its opposition in the 1930s, and its closing square in the 1980s. -- "Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, in the national chart is at 27 degrees of Capricorn in the 2nd house. So at its Return, crisis and transformation are likely in the area of resources in the 'land of plenty,' as well as probes into our professed values. It will be a deep confrontation with our national Shadow. Pluto in Capricorn implies the uses and abuses of power and authority, and what lies hidden within the national psyche. Through this passage we have an opportunity for healing and a profound revitalization of our life force as a great nation."
On November 14, 2021, Rachel McCabe presented via Zoom "GODDESS ASTEROIDS: ORIGINS OF MYTHOLOGY." Following the program, David Surette elaborated on the Sun-Earth distance measurement technique that he introduced to us on October 10.
On Sunday, October 10, AAStL met for an outdoor picnic and program presented by the Amazing David Surette. David introduced to us his novel and possibly fundamental insights into how astrology really works, derived from his study of the natal charts of very, very compatible people, and utilizing barycentric planetary distances.
On September 19, Rachel McCabe presented via Zoom, "VESTA IN THE BIRTH CHART." Vesta is the brightest planetoid in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. She is the ultimate self-contained devotion goddess, and in the birth chart she shows us our divine work. Rachel discussed Vesta in the signs, houses, and aspects.
On August 8, Ellen Bartin presented "THE ART OF CHART INTERPRETATION" via Zoom. The story told by the birth chart has many dimensions and complex themes because we are complex beings on an evolutionary journey. This can make interpretation a little overwhelming. Ellen presented a step-by-step guide for analyzing the birth chart, taking some of the mystery out of the process, using tools that help unwind the chart with clarity and precision.
On July 18, Nikki Davenport presented via Zoom "MOON-CERES-SEDNA: An Octave Journey of Soul to Spirit." Moon is our personal connection to our Soul and our spiritual life. Ceres is our Earth Mother connection to our place on planet Earth and our spiritual service. Sedna is our universal connection to our role in the great whole of Spirit. We looked at our personal charts through a harmonic Octave Journey.
On June 27, we met via Zoom and held our election of officers and directors followed by a presentation on "THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY" by Shelley Painter. We explored the Queen's natal chart, her progressions and solar arcs at key points, as well as her relationships with family members.
On May 16, Catherine Rankovic presented via Zoom "COMPATIBILITY CHARTS 101: How to compare natal charts for relationship compatibility (synastry) using the Biwheel tool...or not." Catherine showed us how to read basic compatibility charts for ordinary people and celebrities (Barack and Michelle Obama) using the chart tool called a Biwheel.
On April 25, Audria Gebhardt presented via Zoom "SOLAR RETURN WORKSHOP CHART BASICS 101."
On March 28, AAStL members and their guests met via Zoom for an open forum to discuss what has been happening astrologically personally and in the world.
On February 21, Ellen Bartin presented via Zoom "SIX CONSECUTIVE NEW MOONS AT 23º: Seeding of a New Era." For six months—October, 2020 through March 2021, each consecutive New Moon occurs at 23º—starting in Libra through Pisces. This represents a time of transition into a new era. The last time that a sequence of six or more New Moons occurred at 23º was during the Middle Ages, that is, until we leap forward five centuries to 1944, 1963, and 2020. In the modern era, for the United States, each of these years was a distinctive turning point in cultural and societal change, and a change in our global power dynamics. Where will we find ourselves by the Pisces New Moon on March 13, 2021? Ellen's November 2020 article on this subject can be found here.
On January 24, 2021, Nikki Davenport and Audria Gebhardt presented via Zoom "WELCOME TO 2021" which highlighted astrological events and insights for this year—aspects, eclipses, Ingresses, and more.
On December 13, 2020, Audria Gebhardt facilitated a roundtable open forum astrological discussion via Zoom. Thanks to everyone who participated!
On November 1, Nikki Davenport presented her research into the charts of the U.S. Presidential candidates and more, in a preview of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. Related to this topic are an article written by Christine Arens entitled, "Donald Trump's Birth Time Mystery": https://library.keplercollege.org/donald-trump-birthtime/ and Cassandra Joan Butler's post-election analysis: https://cassandrajoanbutler.com/post-election-expect-the-unexpected/
On October 25, Sharon Miller, M.A., presented "ASTROLOGY, SCIENCE, & SPIRITUALITY," an outdoor lecture and discussion of the findings from her many years of research into the relationship between hermetic cosmology, electromagnetism, and astrology. See her website description and link on the Resources page for more information about her research. Thank you, Sharon, for the lessons in Hermes' cosmology just as Mercury and the Sun aligned their waves in our direction, reaching us through the 9th house!
On September 20, Linda Sherwin presented a program via Zoom entitled, "UNDER ONE SKY: How Do We Work Together?" which focused on patterns in the United States Sibley chart. All of us live under the same sky. As above, so below. Can astrology help us heal our divisions and find common ground?
On Sunday, February 9th, we celebrated Black History Month with Rashanda Jefferson's presentation of "BIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN BANNEKER" at Brentwood Community Center. Benjamin Banneker was an early American mathematician, astronomer, and almanac author/ astrologer, and an unsung architect of modern astrology. As practicing astrologers, one of the tools that we use regularly in our work is the Ephemeris. Have you ever wondered how such a wonderful tool came about? Well, we owe this amazing man a huge thank you for that, as well as for many other things.