AFA 2015 Conference Schedule


Pre-Conference Workshops

Chart Calculation: A One-Day Workshop on Natal and Progressed Chart Calculation: presented by Christine Arens, LPTMAFA; click here to learn more about this workshop on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

A Time to Ask: A One-Day Workshop on Horary Astrology: presented by Deborah Houlding; click here to learn more about this workshop on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.


Conference Schedule

The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not; this is literally a miracle, a thing to strike us dumb ~ Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship, 1840.

Thursday, April 9, 1:00-5:00 pm

1:00 pm

Welcome from AFA

Tribute to James Holden

Introduction of Speakers

Opening Panel moderated by Dave Campbell - How do you define astrology? What is the astrological orientation that you are bringing to your talks, with special reference to time?


2:30 pm: The Astrologers View of Time presented by Bernadette Brady

Time comes in many forms. There is the daily time of our watches, measurable, linear and regular, called by the Greeks Chronos time. When Chronos time was not sufficient the Greeks developed Kairos time, a time not of quantity but of quality. But what of the loom that weaves into our life the threads of stars and planets - Cosmic Time? Today we also have eternal time, tenseless time, thick time, circular time and even Dane Rudhyars notion of spiral time. This lecture will explore the idea of The Cosmic Clock and the implications for the practice of astrology of the type of time we adopt and apply to our charts and lives.


3:45 pm: The Timing of Fleet-Footed Mercury presented by Demetra George

Setting the tone for the weekend, our conference opens with an exact conjunction of Mercury in the heart of the Sun, a time when Mercury is infused and fertilized with the generative power of the Sun. This patron god of travelers is the swiftest planet in our solar system; three times each years he follows a circuitous path of dizzying twists and turns, appearing and disappearing, going forwards and backwards, moving faster, slower, and standing still. Turning to myth to follow the tracks of his mysterious journeying, this lecture explores the critical moments of Mercurys synodic cycle and illuminates the precise timing of deep insights, bright ideas, and regenerative mental surges that he offers every year.

Evening free to socialize at hotel happy hour and dinner on own


Friday, April 10, 9:30 am-5:00 pm

9:30 am - Cosmic Connections: Understanding Timing in Horary and Elections presented by Deborah Houlding

A relilable assessment of timing is usually considered an advanced element of horary, but this presentation will show how the symbolism of time reveals itself naturally once the principles are understood and the most practical techniques identified. Modern and historical case-studies will demonstrate how connections between nativities, moments of enquiry, and their ultimate resolution are often quite stunning. Exploring the issues allows us to identify the best method for predicting when moments of significance occur, as well as refining our practice of electionaltechniques and deepening our broader understanding of how astrological cycles unfold their meaning over time,.


11:00 am - Consultation Charts and Thought-Interpretation presented by Benjamin Dykes

In this session, we will look at several methods used by ancient and medieval astrologers to interpret beforehand the content of a question or consultation - and in some cases, to predict the outcome of the question from that chart, or even to predict what is in a clients hand. Using translations from Hermes, Mashaallah, Hephaistion of Thebes, and Abu Mashars student Shadhan, we will examine actual charts to see how consultation charts and thought-interpretation played an important role in early horary.

11:45 am - Panel: Audience Questions moderated by Dave Campbell

Lunch - 12:30-2:00 pm (included with registration)

2:00 pm -Primary Directions without Tears presented by Benjamin Dykes

Primary direction was a key method in traditional astrology (in both nativities and mundane astrology), and we will look at two ways to perform them easily: through ascensions, and through Ptolemys semi-arc directions. The methods will be illustrated with several charts.


3:30 pm - Adding Stars presented by Bernadette Brady

As astrologers we have grown to understand the planetary cosmos, both externally as in the practice of medieval astrology and internally as in the practice of psychological astrology. Yet we can release our astrology from the ecliptic and, by using parans, look beyond the planets to the stars. When we raise our eyes to the heavens we encounter a rich tapestry of human mythology. This mythology has its roots in the Palaeolithic era and can reveal to the astrologer another level of our sense of who we are - an individual linked to the stuff of stars. In this lecture Bernadette will introduce you to a sky full of stars and show you just how their ancient stories are still woven into the fabric of your life.

6:00 pm - Reception at AFA headquarters (shuttle provided)

Saturday, April 11, 9:30 am-5:00 pm

9:30 am - The Timing of Illness presented by Demetra George and Deborah Houlding

Hellenistic astrologers looked to the motion of the Moon its speed, light, and aspects at the time a person took to bed ill as the key to understanding the cause, treatment, course, and prognosis of the malady. These guidelines can also be used to analyze surgery charts. Later astrologers merged this method with Galens work on Critical Days, which then developed into the doctrine of decumbiture. In this double lecture, Demetra will present the origins and foundational concepts of the timing of illness based upon her translations of 1st century astrological-medical texts. Debwill then demonstrate how Renaissance astrologer Nicholas Culpeperapplied the decumbiture method of monitoring periods of crisis and intermission in illness, allowing him to adjust his treatment according to the patients dips and turns in strength and vitality, in preparation for the time when the medical crisis came to its height


12:00 pm - The Divine and the Horoscope presented by Bernadette Brady

In the thirteenth century the Italian astrologer Guido Bonatti wrote in detail about astrological techniques that reveal a persons understanding of God, as well as ones spiritual purpose in life. Bonatti even offered a method for considering whether an individual would fulfil this allocated spiritual purpose. These methods are still valuable today in allowing you, as an astrologer, to understand where and how one seeks the divine in the horoscope

Lunch - 12:30-2:00 pm (included with registration)


2:00 pm - Timing Aspects by Planetary Periods presented by Demetra George

Planetary periods, based upon the synodic cycles of the planet relative to the Sun, are one of the oldest timing procedures used in astrology. This lecture will explain the use of this technique in the timing of aspects and discuss how the generic maturation period of the aspect between each set of planets reflects an archetypal pattern of the maturation of human development over the course of the life.


2:35 pm - Timing in Mundane Astrology presented by Benjamin Dykes

In this talk we will review the major timing techniques used by medieval astrologers to time mundane events: eclipses, mean conjunctions, mundane time lords derived from the Flood-Kaliyuga, and more. Actual mundane charts will be used to illustrate the techniques.


3:50 pm - The Caliph's Dream and the Elected Chart of Baghdad presented by Deborah Houlding

The transmission of astrological treasures (and the ideals they represented) impacted upon not only the timing but the site and design of Baghdad - a city purposefully built to act as a centre of wisdom in the Arabian world. The horoscope for Baghdad is often viewed as an astrological enigma, but with this historical understanding and the help of various Arabic texts and architectural reports, we cansee how deep the symbolic and astronomical significance was between a foundation chart and the city that emerged. This adds a new dimension to our understanding of this famous chart, and opens our eyes to the extent that astrological symbolism defined the architecture of the medieval world.

4:45 pm - Closing Panel with Audience Questions moderated by Dave Campbell