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The Astrological Lodge of London (ALL) nominates
Wanda Sellar
Wanda Sellar comes from a background in journalism, initially reporting in the field and subsequently
working on an agony column on a national newspaper for Marjorie Proops and Miriam Stoppard. For
a while she had an ‘astrological agony column’, locally in Essex, where she lives, answering readers’
questions using horary astrology.
Astrology as been her main subject of interest for a great many years, having qualified with the
Mayo School of Astrology quite early in her career and then with Olivia Barclay’s Qualifying Horary
Practitioner course. Wanda has also trained in various therapeutic disciplines, such as aromatherapy
and reflexology. For a number of years she taught various subjects appertaining to astrology and
healing for local authorities both in London and in Essex.
She is a past President of the Astrological Lodge of London, a post she held for six years, prior to the six years she served as
secretary. She has been the Editor of the AA’s Astrology and Medicine Newsletter for nearly 20 years, which she enjoys just as
much now as when she began.Whilst medical astrology has been of abiding interest, she has latterly become more inspired by
esoteric astrology.This has evolved after training as a Regression therapist, a therapy she practised for ten years, encouraging
her interest in reincarnation leading to studying the works of Helena Blavatsky and Alice Bailey. She is keen to research
astrology using the esoteric rulers.
In recent years Wanda has taught astrology in Japan. She has no less than five books to her credit: two on aromatherapy, one
of which is The Directory of Essential oils, covering its uses as well as astrological rulerships, and three on astrology, including
The Consultation Chart, Introduction to Medical Astrology and most recently Introduction to Decumbiture. She is now working on
her latest book, The Twelfth House.
Wanda has recently set up her own astrology school, Iceni School of Astrology, here she is offering an online Medical
Astrology course.
The London School of Astrology (LSA) nominates
Tem Tarriktar
As founder, editor and publisher of The Mountain Astrologer, Tem Tarriktar has been a significant and
deeply appreciated figure of our community for a quarter of a century. It is difficult to overestimate
the importance of Tem’s magazine – it is simply the finest and most prestigious publication in our
Since first printing TMA as a small, Xerox-generated newsletter in 1987 (some 183 issues ago!), Tem
Tarriktar and his team have built TMA into a magazine that stands tall in our community. It is loved and
respected for the range and quality of its articles and authors, for the care taken at every stage of the
publishing process, and for its openness to – and support of – practitioners from every astrological
discipline. Tem himself is loved and respected, too, for his integrity, humility, humour and warmth.
Both publication and publisher never fail to elicit immense good will in others. TMA continues to be a showcase for new
writers, a forum for a diverse range of astrological approaches, and a place where astrologers of all levels can access the
highest standards in astrology and writing. Although the publication is a team effort, over the years Tem has been involved
in every aspect of its production, from layout to advertising to design, and he has written 70 articles and over a hundred
Tem’s passion for astrology blossomed when he started studying the subject in 1982. With no formal astrological education,
he learned his craft through books, observation, and membership of local groups. By the time he went to his first astrology
conference (UAC) in 1989, he was already teaching astrology classes. Tem later organised two ‘out in nature’ Planet Camp
conferences (1991, 1994) – events that were, in the truest sense, astrological community collaborations.
In founding, publishing, editing and maintaining the most informative, influential and respected astrological magazine in the
Western world, we feel that in 2015 Tem Tarriktar richly deserves to be recognised by our community for his immense
contribution to astrology.
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The Association of Professional Astrologers International
(APAI) and Qualifying Horary Practitioner (QHP) nominate
Dr Benjamin Dykes
In view of his outstanding contribution to the astrological community, the Association of Professional
Astrologers International (APAI) and the Qualifying Horary Practitioner (QHP) wish to nominate Dr.
Benjamin Dykes for the Charles Harvey Award. Ben Dykes is not only a leading mediaeval astrologer,
but has also undertaken the translation of numerous astrological texts, both Latin and Arabic.
Previously, such texts had only been available to the specialist scholar. These include his two-volume
English translation of the Latin works of Guido Bonatti (2007). This ten treatise text, which took
two years to complete, is almost 1600 pages in length and is accompanied by detailed commentary.
Further publications include works from authors such as Hephaistio, important Persian/Arabic texts
and The Book of Nine Judges.
In addition to providing access to important ideas and texts, Ben has made a significant contribution to our understanding of
traditional concepts and techniques. These include Persian methods of solar returns, distributions or directions through the
bounds (terms), the direction of solar return positions and the Persian/Arabic and mediaeval uses of profections with transits.
In terms of his astrological research and translation work, Ben is uniquely placed, having a PhD in philosophy and being a
holder of the Medieval Astrology Diploma, taught by Robert Zoller. As an astrological consultant, Ben also runs a number of
specialist courses and is a lecturer of international repute. Both the APAI and the QHP would ask the astrological community
to acknowledge Ben’s important work, his deep commitment and his enduring contribution, which continues to inform our
understanding of astrology’s history and development.
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Venue Map
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President’s Welcome Message
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Conference Itinerary
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Conference Speakers
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Charles Harvey Award
The address of the venue is:
The Executive Centre
Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road
Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AR
The shuttle will be running back and forth between the Executive
Centre and the Training Centre (Accommodation blocks) at the
following times:
Friday 11th September 2014
13.00 - 15.00
16.15 - 17.30
00.15 - 01-15
Saturday 12th September 2014
08.00 - 09.00
18.30 - 20.00
00.15 - 01.15
Sunday 13th September 2014
08.00 - 09.30
The Astrological Association of Great Britain nominates
Friday Night
The Charles Harvey Award this year will be announced during dinner.
The bar will be open until 1am.
Mike Harding
Saturday Night
We invite you to attend the Saturday Night Dinner, dressed or
representing ‘The Edwardian Era’. This is to help celebrate the
Lodge’s centenary. Prizes for the best dress or idea will be awarded
on the basis of mass acclamation.
Since becoming a committed astrologer in the early 1980s, Mike Harding has played a key formative
role in the institutional advance and academic standing of British astrology. For ten years he was
a committee member of The Faculty of Astrological Studies, where he was a popular teacher and
an early Director of its Counselling within Astrology course. He was an Astrological Association
Council Member from 1982, editing its Transit magazine and becoming its Chair (1986–90). In 1990,
he founded and became first Chair of the Association of Professional Astrologers (now Association
of Professional Astrologers International). During those years he wrote two key books: Working with
Astrology (with Charles Harvey, 1990) and his own highly influential Hymns to Ancient Gods (1992); plus
some early astro-computing software routines.
Mike is now Senior Lecturer, clinical and academic supervisor and Course Leader at the School of Psychotherapy and
Psychology, Regent’s University, London, and Co-Chair SPP Ethics Committee, where he focuses on existential psychotherapy
drawing mainly on the work of Heidegger and Wittgenstein. His interests include the experience of time and the influence of
language on our sense of self. In this role, he is particularly interested in possible links between philosophy, psychoanalysis and
the wisdom traditions of older cultures, and has written extensively on the practice and philosophy of astrology.
As an academic lecturer over recent decades, Mike has sustained his commitment to astrology, speaking regularly at
conferences and frequently supporting and advising colleagues. Extensive articles for The Astrological Journal, Correlation, as
well as The Journal for Existential Analysis and British Psychological Society, have established and continue to sustain an important
bridge of the highest quality between mainstream academia and profound astrological analysis.
For well over 30 years, Mike has strived for and displayed to the world undeniably high standards of astrology. In all these ways
he has given it exceptional service and would be a most worthy recipient of the Charles Harvey Award.
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After dinner — a chance to socialise in the courtyard or talk with
friends in the lounge bar or cafe down the hall. A DJ will be playing
in the main lounge after dinner.
The bar will be open until 1am.
The Astrological Association
BCM 450, London WC1N 3XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 86250098
Fax: +44 (0)20 86250097
[email protected]
Programme is subject to change
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Welcome to our 2015 Annual Conference!
Just over 100 years ago, Alan Leo’s founding of the Astrological Lodge of London seeded
interest and rediscovery of the roots of astrology’s many traditions. Formal education in these,
alongside advances in modern consulting, mundane and other new methods make up the
high standard of contemporary astrology. Founded from the Lodge in 1958, the Astrological
Association has held a major annual astrology conference for the past forty-seven years. This
year the ever-expanding potential of our knowledge is represented by 36 expert speakers, as
well as the wisdom every delegate brings to our time together.
The chart for our opening appropriately focuses on tradition by having ascendant-ruler
Saturn on the MC.With just eleven days left in Scorpio, the challenge is to marshal everything
we value from the past to focus understanding for Saturn’s final ingress (this cycle) into
Sagittarius. The packed seventh house shows that there will be many wonderful companions
offering a strong impetus for change (Venus and Mars in Leo trining Uranus in Aries, opposed
by Mercury in Libra) and meticulous attention to detail (Sun in Virgo). Standing out in the
seventh is Moon conjunct Jupiter in Virgo opposing Neptune rising in Pisces; the first Jupiter/
Neptune opposition since the Leo/Aquarius one that drove the Iraq War. Can determined
attention to detail cut through to clarify and find solutions to problems faced by us and the
planet in the years since?
Then there are some fun plans and a disco on Saturday night, to sleep through the dark late
lunar phase and awaken rejuvenated by the new moon at 0742 BST Sunday morning.
All delegates at this year’s astrology conference could not be at a better place at a better
time to remember (or learn for the first time) important knowledge and make plans for a
important future.
Have a wonderful time together!
Roy Gillett – President
September 2015
The Faculty of Astrological Studies (FAS) nominates
Lynn Bell
The Faculty is proud to nominate Lynn Bell for the Charles Harvey Award. Lynn’s contribution to
astrology has been outstanding. Her work is rooted in an active consultation practice, but she is wellknown and well-loved internationally as a conference speaker, lecturer, teacher and writer.
She has spoken at most of the major astrology conferences around the world, and has taught in many
countries. As a tutor at the CPA and at the Faculty’s Summer School in Oxford she has particularly
contributed to the rich tradition of astrological teaching in the UK, inspiring countless students and
helping them to establish careers of their own.
She is well-loved as a writer, too. Her articles have appeared in most of the major astrological publications, including regularly
in The Astrological Journal, and she is author of a number of seminal books: Cycles of Light, Planetary Threads and The Mars Quartet
(with Darby Costello, Liz Greene and Melanie Reinhart).
Lynn has a background in literature and sociology, with training in Eriksonian Hypnosis and experience in family therapy. It is
partly this breadth of knowledge which enables her to be active beyond the world of astrology, disseminating knowledge of,
and encouraging respect for, our subject in intelligent and interested non-astrological communities, and allowing opportunities
for inter-disciplinary work and cross-fertilisation of ideas. Notable in this regard has been her work at the New Chartres
School with teachers such as Rupert Sheldrake and Caroline Myss. Thanks to the excellence of Lynn’s teaching, astrology
has gained an important place in the fabric of the school’s curriculum. In particular, her co-teaching with Caroline Myss has
allowed her to link Myss’s work on archetypes and sacred contracts to the astrological paradigm.
For the depth and inspiration of her work over many decades, and for her engagement with related disciplines which enrich,
and are enriched by, astrology, we believe Lynn to be one of astrology’s most insightful exponents and one its very best
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Wanda Sellar has been a consultant astrologer for over thirty years. She is a teacher, and an author of
three books on astrology and two on aromatherapy.The astrology books include ‘The Consultation Chart’,
‘Introduction to Medical Astrology’, and ‘Introduction to Decumbiture’. She has edited the AA’s ‘Astrology
& Medicine Newsletter’ for 18 years, is a past President of the Astrological Lodge, and is Principal of the
Iceni School of Astrology’s Medical Astrology Course.
Komilla Sutton is the co-founder and Chair of the British Association for Vedic Astrology. A renowned
consultant, teacher and lecturer, her Academy teaches a three-year online study program. She has
sponsored the Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology Conferences in Pondichery and New Delhi. She is the
author of ‘Personal Panchanga’, ‘The Essentials of Vedic Astrology’, ‘Lunar Nodes: Crisis and Redemption’,
and ‘Vedic Love Signs’. Her new book, ‘Nakshatra: the Stars beyond the Zodiac’, will be published soon.
Damian Rocks is a professional astrologer and teacher, and the founder of
In 2014, Damian opened a wellness centre in Sydney dedicated to holistic health and astrology. He holds
an MA from Bath Spa University, the FAA Diploma of Astrology, and in 2012 was awarded the FAA Gold
Medal for Excellence. He teaches a Diploma of Astrology Course in Sydney as well as online, and is
available for private consultations, tuition and speaking engagements.
Note: Complimentary tea, coffee and refreshments are available throughout the day at various stations and in
the coffee shop in the Executive Centre.
9.30 – 12.30 Cambridge Tour
Prudence Jones Roman, Saxon and Viking Cambridge: Come and explore the pivotal border site of
Cambridge history, with its strange legends, ghostly tales, and almost as unbelievable chronicles.This route covers
the meeting point of some of our earlier astrological walks – including some more recent archaeology and some
ghosts as yet unvisited – so whether you’ve been on all of the tours or only one or two, you’ll gain even more by
coming to this one. Here is the historical hinterland of the Cambridge scholars, familiar to astrologers, Dr John
Dee, Isaac Newton, and John Flamsteed.
14.00 – 16.30 Choose between:
Alex Trenoweth is an astrologer, secondary school teacher, and musician. She is also the author of
‘Growing Pains’, a book on the astrology of adolescence. She has spoken extensively in the UK and US,
and was the UK chapter chairperson at a conference in India earlier this year. On top of a busy consulting,
teaching and lecturing schedule, she a jazz trumpeter with the South London Jazz Orchestra and has
performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Wanda Sellar Room 3
Spiritual Consciousness, the Zodiac and the Body: The zodiac signs, as seen from the esoteric viewpoint,
hold the key to our health, complexes and wellbeing. We will examine each of the signs in terms of the lessons
inherent in them, and consider their Personality and Soul Rulers. We will also compare and discuss the meanings
of these rulers.
Faye Cossar Room 4
Vocational Astrology – The Right Career Path: Imagine waking each morning wanting to go to work!
Faye will focus on identifying a truly fulfilling profession for you and your clients by using a career counselling
framework. Case studies will demonstrate how to create a lasting career profile from the birth chart.
16.30 – 17.15
Greetings - first time conference attendees Training Room 1
16.30 – 17.15
Speakers Meeting Coffee Shop
17.30 – 17.45
Conference Opening Conference Room 1
17.50 – 18.35 PLENARY
Lee Lehman Conference Room 1
The Astrology of Sustainability: In order to understand the coming events of the next fifty years, we have to
also understand the environmental stresses of Pluto going through Saturn’s signs. This lecture presents a history
of those events, and how it will apply as we move forward.
18.35 – 19.10
Light refreshments Lounge Foyer
19.15 – 20.15 PLENARY
The Carter Memorial Lecture
Claire Chandler Conference Room 1
When an Astrologer Speaks…: Power surrounds the astrologer, and an understanding of the nature of power
is essential.We must recognise the constraints that frame our practice; we cannot choose to ignore them for they
will not ignore us. Knowledge is Power.
Dinner Restaurant
The Charles Harvey Presentation. The bar will be open until 1am
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07.00 – 10.00
Breakfast Restaurant
09.00 – 10.00 Choose between:
Geoffrey Cornelius Room 3
The Other Side of Saturn: The Trans-Saturnian Showing of Astrology. Beyond Saturn is not more of
the same, and a halfway house of theory is not enough. Just as our symbols show modernity, so must our practice
be transformed. For the modern astrologer this is shocking, inspiring and profoundly disturbing. Illustrated with
Nick Kollerstrom Room 4
Eureka and Mystic Moments – When Inspiration Strikes: Somehow the great Eureka moments in the
history of science seem to have ended in the 1950s, and instead the universe is now giving us mystic-type
moments of illumination. These seem to have a similar astrological signature of quintiles and septiles, so in this
talk Nick will discuss both together.
Alan Ayre Room 2
Astrology and Giant-Killers: In this talk Alan explores how teams composed of so-called ‘average’ players can
beat teams with ‘superstars’. For example, at the 2014 World Cup Finals, Costa Rica beat Italy and out-performed
England. Find out how compatibility, transits and astrocartography all play their part in a team ‘over-performing’.
Jadranka Coic – speaking for The Astrological Lodge of London (APAE Student Track) Room 6
The Lunation Cycle and Eclipses: The lunation cycle between two new Moons is the most obvious astrological
cycle to notice and follow. But is it an easy one to explain? In this talk I will be discussing lunations, with an accent
on the traditional meanings of Moon phases and eclipses.
10.15 – 11.15 Choose between:
Nicholas Campion Room 3
Is the Self – our Soul - in the Horoscope? Many astrologers talk as if astrology is a universal language which
describes the entire life.All answers to all questions are then in the chart. But there are traditions which challenge
this, asserting the primacy of the individual will, and challenging notions of astral fate. What are the implications
for the practice of astrology?
Darby Costello Room 4
Neptune and Longing: Neptune is considered a ‘transpersonal’ or ‘generational’ planet by many astrologers
today. And yet it describes a dimension that is very much part of our personal lives. In this talk we shall look at
how we can get lost in Neptune’s realm without ever knowing it, and how Neptune mixes up our intimate and
even social needs and desires with its ever-mysterious call.
Eve Dembowski – speaking for The School of Traditional Astrology (APAE Student Track) Room 2
Considerations Before Judgement – What Makes a Chart Radical? This lecture will explore, through
chart examples, the astrological rationale behind ‘considerations before judgement’, and trace the meaning and
importance of a chart being radical. It will also unveil the magical connections between the horary chart and natal
Sheila Harrison Room 6
The Quest – The Past is the Passport to Our Future: The discovery in a Scottish attic of an embroidered
silk square sewn by a First World War soldier, who died in Alexandria, Egypt, sets off a search that unravels a
whole Sagittarian family saga — and leads right up to a descendant born with the Sun in Sagittarius in December
11.30 – 12.15 PLENARY
Miloslawa Krogulska is a Polish astrologer and teacher with twelve years of experience. Her articles have
been published in the nationwide press, and her TV/radio appearances have helped popularize astrology
in Poland. She is often asked to make comments about celebrities and politicians in the media. Miloslawa
is co-founder of the Polish Astrological Association and publisher of two magazines: ‘The Tarotist’ and
‘Professional Astrology’. A member of Astrological Association since 2002, she lives and works in Warsaw,
Lee Lehman has a Ph.D. in Botany from Rutgers University. She is author of nine astrology books,
the most recent being ‘The Magic of Electional Astrology’. She is Vice President of the Board of OCA
Corp., and teaches at IAA, the Midwest School of Astrology, and Kepler College. Her annual masterclass
series presents classical topics in an intensive learning format. Her correspondence courses bring classical
astrology to the forefront as an astrological system.
Sue Lewis for The Astrological Psychology Association (APA) holds diplomas from the Faculty
of Astrological Studies and the Astrological Psychology Association. She tutors for the APA and has an
MA in Western Esotericism, a Certificate in Transpersonal Perspectives, and is an active member of the
Transpersonal Perspectives Group. Her book, ‘Astrological Psychology, Western Esotericism, and the
Transpersonal’ will be published by HopeWell Books in 2015.
Emily Lord-Kambitsch first studied astrology with Dr. Jennifer Freed in Santa Barbara, California in early
2009. Having gained preliminary experience in consultation in California, she began study at the London
School of Astrology, and received from there a Certificate in Astrology. She is working toward a PhD in
Classics from University College London, and enjoys highlighting connections between classical mythology
and astrology in her consultations. For more information, visit her website at
Chris McRae has been a professional astrologer since 1970, as a consultant, teacher, lecturer and author.
She lectures frequently, is an ISAR Consulting Skills Trainer, and her community work includes being ISAR
Board Vice-President, Chair of the International Council, and Chair of the Certification Program. She has
trained and conducted seminars in Russia, Turkey, Israel, Europe, Australia, and two recent trips to China.
Chris won the UAC 2012 Regulus Award for Professional Image.
Shawn Nygaard for The London School of Astrology (LSA) is an archetypal astrologer from
Minneapolis, where he teaches classes on the in-depth meanings of astrological symbols. He spent a year
working for an astrology hotline, doing readings for clients from around the world. Shawn hosted the
popular archetypal astrology radio show, ‘Imagine That!’, and has been a guest speaker at the Minnesota
Jung Association. Shawn graduated from the CMED Institute in Chicago, where he studied archetypes with
Caroline Myss.
Frank Piechoski is a professional astrologer whose specialties include mundane, electional, vocational
and locational astrology. Above all, he advocates the practical application of astrology to daily life. His
lectures and workshops include presentations at UAC, NCGR, ISAR, the Astrological Association of Great
Britain Conference, and many local and regional groups.
Izabela Podlaska-Konkel The Secrets of the 8th House: The 8th house is quite infamous among
astrologers. Throughout the centuries it has been considered a house of loss, fear and even death. In the
20th century, humanistic astrologers assigned big money, sex and hidden, sinful pleasures to this house.
However, is it really as black as it’s often painted? I shall investigate its old and new meanings and look at
examples of how they have changed over the past few centuries. The lecture is for astrologers of all levels.
Brian Clark (via satellite) Conference Room 1
Day and Night: Our past has bequeathed us the notion of planetary sect, opening a panorama of ways of
thinking about the horoscope from a diurnal or nocturnal perspective. Astrology offers us a simple, yet complex
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and profound approach to reflect on images of day and night. Through my work with dreams, images of the night
have profoundly affected my approach to the ‘day’ viewing of any horoscope. This lecture will reflect on astrology
as an intelligence of the night and how its symbols and images can be applied in the solar light of day.
12.15 – 12.30
The Astrological Association CIO AGM Conference Room 1
– all members welcome
Kim Farley for The Faculty of Astrological Studies (FAS) took up astrology in the late 1980s and
has since maintained a private practice in London. She teaches at Certificate and Diploma level in London
classes for the Faculty and the LSA. Introducing beginners to the subject remains her primary joy and she
continues to be delighted by the way astrology offers itself to the imagination. In addition to astrological
work, she is also an independent funeral celebrant.
12.15 – 13.45
Lunch Restaurant
Kim Farnell is President of the Astrological Lodge of London. She gained an MA in Cultural Astronomy
and Astrology in 2005, and her Diploma from The Faculty of Astrological Studies in 1990. She has lectured
extensively both in the UK and overseas, appeared on radio and TV as an astrologer, and had articles
published in astrological periodicals all over the world. Working as an editor/writer, she is the author of
several books.
Sheila Harrison is an astrologer who studied at The Centre for Psychological Astrology from 1987–
1990. She began learning astrology in 1979 and has worked continuously, running classes from 1986 to the
present day. She has taught Adult Education, private classes and tarot groups, and maintains a broad client
base. Astrology is a passion for Sheila, who finds unlocking the chart and working with students and clients
endlessly fascinating.
Maggie Hyde for The Company of Astrologers (COA) is co-founder of The Company of Astrologers,
London (from 1983) and a regular Company tutor. She has an MA in Mysticism and Religious Experience
and is currently the astrologer for ‘Glamour’ magazine. She is a guest lecturer on the Myth, Cosmology
and the Sacred MA at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her books include ‘Jung and Astrology’,
‘Introducing Jung’ and ‘Astrology for Beginners’.
Mark Jones is an astrologer, psychosynthesis therapist and hypnotherapist based in Bristol, England, and
works with clients and students worldwide. Mark is a regular speaker and workshop leader in North
America. His first book, ‘Healing the Soul’, explains his approach. His second book, ‘The Soul Speaks: the
Therapeutic Power of Astrology’, explores the transformative power of the natal chart reading. Mark
has chapters in ‘Astrology: the New Generation’, ‘Transpersonal Astrology’ and ‘Insights into Evolutionary
Öner Doser, a leading Turkish astrologer, has many followers in the social and national media, including
twenty-two million TV viewers. He has organized an online live interactive training program, and in 2005
founded Istanbul’s AstrolArt School, which has trained over 650 students. He has had fourteen books
published – three translated into English – and articles in ‘The Astrological Journal’. Since 2012, he has
organized International Astrology Days in Istanbul with foreign astrologers, a fourth is planned March 2015.
13.45 – 14.45 PLENARY
Presidents of The Astrological Lodge of London Conference Room 1
A discussion with the Lodge’s current and past presidents (Nick Campion, Geoffrey Cornelius, Bernard Eccles,
Wanda Sellar, Claire Chandler and Kim Farnell) to celebrate the Lodge’s 100th anniversary.
15.00 – 16.00 Choose between:
Kim Farnell Room 2
When Astrologers Go Bad: Astrologers spend a lot of time defending their work and themselves. For
centuries, they’ve fought accusations of fraud, dishonesty and abuse of the weak-willed. But as with any other
profession, we can list criminals and unsavoury characters amongst our number. This talk looks at the lives and
actions of some of those astrologers.
Catherine Blackledge Room 4
William Lilly – The Man who Could Predict the Future: ‘Prediction’ is a word that astrologers often avoid,
but prediction is at the heart of William Lilly’s astrology. Thanks to his accurate forecasts, Lilly rose to become
the most famous man in 17th-century England and its greatest magus. Discover which predictions secured his
success, and how he enthralled the war-torn nation.
Shawn Nygaard – speaking for The London School of Astrology (APAE Student Track) Room 6
Neptune and The Mystic Chords of Memory: Neptune’s oceanic nature resonates with a sense of
timelessness and eternity, and water has an intimate symbolic connection with memory – both forgetting and
remembering. ‘That which is imagined need never be lost,’ writes Clive Barker. This talk explores these themes
and how they relate to Neptune’s watery ways.
Rod Chang Room 2
Comets and Astrology: Comets are associated with taboos in people’s hearts.When some people see comets,
they believe that something unlucky or disastrous will occur. In this presentation, I shall look at how ancient
astrologers viewed the effects of comets, and consider modern views on comets and how they influence the
natal chart.
16.15 – 17.15 Choose between:
Prudence Jones is an astrologer, therapist and author based in Cambridge, and a regular speaker at
AA events. A former Chair of the APAI and member of the AA Council, she has written on ancient and
medieval astrology, sacred city layout and the astronomical orientation of sites, in addition to pioneering
modern experiential astrology. Her books ‘Creative Astrology’ and ‘A History of Pagan Europe’ (with Nigel
Pennick) are currently in print.
Nick Kollerstrom is a writer and historian of science. Formerly an honorary research fellow at University
College London (UCL) and a BBC lunar gardening correspondent, he is the author of several books,
including ‘Gardening and Planting by the Moon’ (annually from 1980), ‘Newton’s Forgotten Lunar Theory’
(2000), ‘Crop Circles’ (2002), and ‘Terror on the Tube’ (2009). Kollerstrom was awarded his PhD in 1995
for a thesis entitled, ‘The Achievement of Newton’s “Theory of the Moon’s Motion” of 1702’.
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Gary Christen Room 6
Inner Dialog, Outer Experience: The personal points used in Symmetrical Astrology provide a framework
for interpreting natal, forecasting or mundane work simply and deeply. Learning where to look allows us to see
deeper sides of people’s inner lives, their outlooks and how they fit into this world.
Wade Caves Room 3
The Divinatory Art of Horary Astrology: Horary astrology is often reported to be a soulless predictive
technique with little to offer today’s astrologer. Using modern and historical examples, we will look at horary in
the light of the divinatory art that it truly is — a living technique that transcends mere prediction to open up
avenues of possibility.
Frank Piechoski Room 4
Finding the G (Global) Spot: This talk will use astro-mapping techniques along with traditional mundane
astrology practices to identify world hotspots. We’ll bring cycles, lunations and events down to specific places on
Earth to increase the accuracy of mundane forecasts and help make sense of world affairs.
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Kim Farley – speaking for The Faculty of Astrological Studies (APAE Student Track) Room 2
How Not to be Scared by Forecasting — and Other Tales from the Astrologer’s Desk: Although the
best minds agree that all we really have is ‘now’, this comes firmly sandwiched between two thens: the then of
the past and the then of the future. Given that it sometimes seems impossible to view either objectively, perhaps
imagination is the truest lens we have? Kim’s talk will offer her own take on working (and playing) with the past
and future and letting the planets run free.
Gary Christen is a well-known practitioner of Uranian Astrology, which he has evolved into modern
Symmetrical Astrology. An astrologer since his teens, he’s the first person in modern times awarded an
accredited B.A. in Astrology (Livingston College, Rutgers University, 1974). An international lecturer,
Gary has taught since the early 1970s. A professional astrologer from 1969, Gary co-founded Astrolabe,
Inc., helping develop Astrolabe products. He is currently perfecting Nova ChartWheels and writing ‘An
Approach to Astrology’.
17.30 – 18.30 Choose between:
Mark Jones Room 3
Uranus as Deep Memory: Uranus, the higher octave of Mercury, transforms our understanding of linear mind
through non-linear soul. Deep memory, symbolized by Uranus–Aquarius, contains everything: lost-memories, interuterine recall and past-life experience. Accessing this memory field deepens our understanding of psychological
processes, allowing release of restrictive patterns within the psyche. This talk includes examples from Mark’s
client work.
Komilla Sutton Room 4
Mars — Anger, Frustration, Passion or Divinity: Mars can bring anger, frustration, impulsiveness, wrong
passions and risky behaviour. The deity of Mars is Murugun, revered as a protector, yogi and divinity god of logic
and discrimination. This talk will focus on how to use Mars’s energy to the path of growth, personal strength and
inner calmness.
Oner Doser Room 6
Integrating Medieval Astrology Prediction Techniques: As the writer of a book on prediction in astrology,
I would like to show how to combine predictive techniques like profections, firdaria and solar returns. I shall
show how these techniques are complementary by giving examples from my own natal chart.
Every year the Lodge offer an annual ritual.
This year it will be held at the Conference. All are welcome.
18.30 – 19.00
Local Group Meetings Training Room 1
18.30 – 19.00
APAE meeting Room 6
Dinner Restaurant
Fancy Dress Dinner: Edwardian Dress. DJ from 9pm. Bar will be open until 1am
The Ada Phillips scholarship is given to students of APAE registered schools in memory
Brian Clark (via satellite) has been a consulting astrologer and educator for most of his adult life and is
the creator of the Astro*Synthesis distance learning program, which has been shaped from his experience
as an astrological educator over the past 36 years ( Through Odyssey Tours
to Ancient Greece, Brian conducts tours to sacred sanctuaries, especially those dedicated to healing and
divination. He has been honoured with Life Membership in the Federation of Australian Astrologers and
its professional body, the Association of Professional Astrologers, for his contributions to the discipline of
Jadranka Coic for The Astrological Lodge of London (ALL) was born and raised in Croatia and, in
1991, moved to London. She works as an accountant but spends free time either practising astrology or
growing vegetables on her allotment in accordance with Moon cycles. Jadranka started to study astrology
more than fifteen years ago with The Faculty of Astrological Studies. She is the Lodge’s Treasurer and
Beginner’s Class Tutor, as well as organiser of the annual Astrology and Healing Seminar.
Geoffrey Cornelius has a background in philosophy and is a consultant and teacher. He is a practitioner
of several forms of divination, including the I Ching and tarot. A former President of the Astrological Lodge
of London, in 1983 he co-founded The Company of Astrologers with Maggie Hyde and other leading
practitioners. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, specializing in divination, and he teaches on the Myth,
Cosmology and the Sacred MA at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Faye Cossar has been an astrologer for personal and business clients for over twenty-five years. Originally
from New Zealand, she now lives in the Netherlands and runs The Amsterdam School of Astrology (www. She lectures worldwide and holds an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from
Bath Spa University. Her book, ‘Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile: Finding the Right Career
Direction’, was published in 2012 by Flare. Faye’s websites are and for business
Darby Costello is a much-loved astrologer, international lecturer and student mentor. Darby was Head
Tutor at the CPA for many years. She has written books, completed the MA in Cultural Astronomy
and Astrology at Bath Spa, and was presented with the prestigious Charles Harvey Award in 2013.
of the Association’s first Treasurer, Ada Phillips.
This year’s Ada Phillips Scholarship recipients are:
Kim Buckley
Kathy He
Susan Lionti
Daniel Nasir
The Mavis Klein Scholarship was awarded to:
Beryl Bennett
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Eve Dembowski for The School of Traditional Astrology (STA) is a published writer and traditional
astrologer with a particular interest in horary. She was the convener at the 2009 and 2010 Regulus
Traditional Astrology Conference. She holds a Diploma of Applied Astrology, the FAA Practitioner’s
Diploma, a Certificate in Medieval Astrology, and the STA Diploma of Traditional Horary Astrology. She is
a tutor for the STA and presents its Practitioner’s Level Horary Certificate in Australia and online.
Monica Dimino is full-time professional astrologer from Boston with an international clientele. She is a
Registered Nurse with post-graduate work in education and a Certified Gestalt Therapist. Her astrological
credentials include: PMAFA, Certified OPA Group Leader, NCGR Level IV, and the ISAR CAP. She chairs
the ISAR’s Consulting Skills Training Course. Monica is dedicated to improving the practice of professional
astrology and breaking through the opposition to astrology that still persists.
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Demian Allan for The British Astrological and Psychic Society (BAPS) is the new astrologer for
‘Kindred Spirit’ magazine and the ‘Mind Body Spirit’ publication. He teaches astrology at The College of
Psychic Studies and is the in-house astrologer for Watkins Books. Demian had his first book published
in 2012, ‘The Astrological Dynamics of the Universe’, and is the President of The British Astrological and
Psychic Society.
Alan Ayre is the author of ‘Football Aims for the Stars: How the Constellations Can Affect Planet
Football’, and ‘Astro-Logic and Winning Football: How Giant-killings and Cup Upsets Happen’. Alan holds a
Diploma from The White Eagle School of Astrology. He has been researching the influence and application
of astrology in football for over ten years, and will be illustrating the key chart indicators that help players
fulfil their potential and give teams a competitive advantage.
Naomi Bennett has practised astrology since 1970 and is currently President of the Astrological Society
of Austin, Texas. She has a B.S. in Psychology, and an eleven-year career in computer sales with Fortune
500 companies. She teaches astrology as a branch of sacred geometry and advises clients. Her new book,
‘Foundations of Astrology’, is available at Her quarterly mundane and financial forecasts
are on YouTube at naomibennett360. Her website is and her email is
[email protected]
Dr Catherine Blackledge is a writer whose career and interests span the worlds of science and the
occult. Her most recent book is ‘The Man Who Saw the Future: a Biography of William Lilly’ (2015). Her
first book, ‘The Story of V’ (2003), was an internationally-acclaimed cultural history of the vagina, and has
been translated into ten languages. She has a science degree and a PhD, and has been a student of astrology
for over a decade.
Nicholas Campion is Director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of
Wales Trinity Saint David. He is also Director of the Sophia Centre and Senior Lecturer in the School of
Archaeology, History and Anthropology. His books include the two-volume ‘History of Western Astrology’,
‘Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West’, ‘Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions’
and ‘What do Astrologers Believe?’
Wade Caves is an astrological consultant and speaker specializing in horary and classical astrology.Wade
received a Certificate with Honours from The Mayo School of Astrology, and a certification as a horary
practitioner from Deborah Houlding’s School of Traditional Astrology (STA) in 2013. He now serves as a
tutor and faculty member for the STA. Wade is based in San Francisco, California, and can be reached at
[email protected] and
Claire Chandler MA, D.F.Astrol.S is currently a political activist, astrologer and project manager based
in London. She is particularly interested in historical cycles and how astrology can help us explore our
personal and collective narratives. She was President of the Astrological Lodge of London from 2002–08
and completed her MA in Cultural Astronomy in 2013. Her website is
Rod Chang has studied astrology for over twenty years, both through self-study and through the LSA
and the FAS. Rod’s favourite area is mundane astrology and he has a humanistic approach to astrology. He
has written a number of books on astrology in Chinese and has taught astrology in Mandarin for ten years.
He is co-founder of the Academy of Astrology with Jupiter Lai, which aims to promote Western Astrology
to Chinese speakers.
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07.00 – 10.00
Breakfast Restaurant
09.00 – 10.00 Choose between:
Nicholas Campion Room 3
What do Astrologers Believe? This talk presents key findings from Nick’s fifteen years of academic research
into what astrologers believe. How many astrologers believe in reincarnation, think that they attract clients with
particular horoscopes, claim that the rules of astrology are fixed or flexible, that Jesus Christ answers prayer, or
that Darwin was right? Come along for a snapshot of what astrologers believe, and compare your views.
Öner Doser Room 4
An Islamic View of Hermetic Knowledge: Hermes, who is identified with Thoth of Egypt, Unnuh of the
Jewish, Idris prophet in Quran, is directly linked to astrology. In this talk, I will discuss astrology within the frame
of cosmology in Islamic texts.
Miłosława Krogulska Room 6
The 12th House – What Are We Really Afraid Of? The 12th house represents our hidden fears collected
from early childhood.They can become our enemies in later life, sucking our energy and enthusiasm like vampires.
Today, we’ll enter this dark room and confront old and new fears. We’ll examine its cusp and ruler and consider
how planets feel when they are trapped inside. Please bring your charts. (If you’ve got no problems with the 12th
house but are you curious why, for example, Nicole Kidman is afraid of butterflies, you are still warmly invited.)
Sue Lewis – speaking for The Astrological Psychology Association (APAE Student Track) Room 2
The Moon Node Chart in Huber Astrology: In Huber astrology, the Moon Node Chart is a key to
understanding the past. In this talk I will outline its structure and demonstrate how the comparison of the Moon
Node Chart with the Natal Chart can identify karmic themes we need to work with during this lifetime.
10.15 – 11.15 Choose between:
Geoffrey Cornelius Room 3
Providence vs. Prediction: The difference between showing symbol and speculating on its back goes to the
heart of the classical and modern tradition. Insights from the hermeneutics of divination will be used to raise
questions about astrological practice. Illustrated with examples.
Izabela Podlaska-Konkel Room 2
The Secrets of the 8th House: The 8th house is quite infamous among astrologers.Throughout the centuries
it has been considered a house of loss, fear and even death. In the 20th century, humanistic astrologers assigned
big money, sex and hidden, sinful pleasures to this house. However, is it really as black as it’s often painted? I shall
investigate its old and new meanings and look at examples of how they have changed over the past few centuries.
The lecture is for astrologers of all levels.
Alex Trenoweth Room 4
The Day the Music Died: Genuine grief over a celebrity death can seem implausible, but when three popular
musicians died in a terrible plane crash one freezing February morning, a young Don MacLean was so traumatised
that he poured his anguish into writing the classic song ‘American Pie’. Alex explores the astrology of ‘The Day
the Music Died’.
Demian Allan – speaking for The British Astrological and Psychic Society Room 6
(APAE Student Track) Lilith and Lust: This talk will consider the relationship between Black Moon Lilith
and the cultural changes in the way we see partnerships, as well as how women react to Lilith’s energy and men’s
perception of Lilith in their own natal charts.
11.30 – 12.30 Choose between:
Mark Jones Room 3
The Arc of the Infinite – The Planetary Nodes: The Moon’s Nodes are well known, not so the Planetary
Nodes.This talk revisits Dane Rudhyar’s nodal research, expanding upon his insights, and explores the significance
of the Planetary Nodes individually and collectively as a way to understand the past and shape the future.
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Wade Caves Room 4
Radicality in Electional Astrology: Electional astrology is perhaps the most proactive application of our
art, but its promise is often underutilized. This talk will examine the historical procedure of electing a chart in
an attempt to highlight a crucial first step that has fallen out of modern practice and deserves re-introduction:
adapting the election from a root chart.
Kim Farnell Room 6
Impending Doom: Interpreting Comets in Astrology: To most people nowadays, comets are merely a
celestial light show. To some they are a source of fear and terror. To the astrologers of the past they were
messengers of coming changes and events. What precisely did they signify?
Emily Lord-Kambitsch Room 6
Ancient Voices in Modern Astrology: Hesiod’s ‘Works and Days’ and Ovid’s ‘Fasti’ are ancient didactic texts,
unveiling the origins of humans’ moral/ritual relationship to the gods, and to one another. This talk explores
Greco-Roman inspirations for astrology contained in these texts that may inform our approaches to astrology
Damian Rocks Room 2
Horary Tools for Psychological Astrologers: This talk is a practical look at how traditional horary techniques
can be applied in a contemporary format for client-centred astrology. Incorporating consultation charts and
horary charts with common techniques available to most psychological astrologers, we will explore how the
simple use of horary can lead to far greater accuracy in client work, revealing deeper archetypal themes that seek
to be expressed both in the moment and over time.
12.30 – 13.30
Lunch Restaurant
Faye Cossar Room 4
Co-creating with the Planets: Rupert Sheldrake challenges the assumption that nature has ‘laws’, suggesting
instead that it has ‘habits’. Perhaps the same applies to planetary archetypes. Are they fixed? Do we have an
influence in creating the future? Faye will explore the changing meaning ascribed to planets using Uranus as an
16.00 – 16.45 CLOSING PLENARY
Darby Costello Conference Room 1
Almost On Our Way – Into Saturn in Sagittarius: We have all been watching and experiencing Saturn
moving through the early degrees of fiery Sagittarius. Before going retrograde and slipping back into the deep
waters of Scorpio it got into squaring range of Neptune. On 18 September it will be back in Sagittarius and on its
way – but not before encountering Neptune once again. What on earth is this year about? And what it is leading
to? Are we navigating it wisely? We shall address these questions here.
Conference Bookshop Remember to purchase any books before the bookshop closes.
13.30 – 14.30 Choose between:
Wanda Sellar Room 2
The Twelfth House: Perhaps the most mysterious of all the houses and promising more gloom than joy
according to traditional concepts, the 12th house nevertheless figures prominently in the charts of many high
achievers. In this talk, we will also consider the concepts of self-undoing, witchcraft, health and spirituality.
16.45 – 17.00
Official Conference Closing Conference Room 1
19.00 – 20.00
Dinner Restaurant
07.00 – 09.00
Breakfast Restaurant
Maggie Hyde – speaking for The Company of Astrologers (APAE Student Track) Room 3
Being an Astrologer in a Late Capitalist World: This talk will consider how we can navigate a path of good
fortune with astrological divination. Illustrated with example charts.
(12.30 – 13.30
Lunch) Restaurant
Komilla Sutton Room 4
The Secrets of Lunar Nodes, Past Lives and Present Influences: Lunar nodes are known as Rahu and
Ketu. Vedic philosophy believes that karma (actions) from the past is responsible for what happens in this life.
Rahu and Ketu both represent the past and how to understand this axis and deal with the present.
Gary Christen Room 3
Event Sequences and Event Ecology: The resonance between common factors as seen through Symmetrical
Astrology allows us to look at Arc Openings, the distance between planets and other factors in the horoscope.
The basis of Planetary Pictures, Openings combine simplicity, elegance, easy use, deliver terrific results and
demonstrate how resonance underlies all astrology.
Frank Piechoski Room 6
Sex and Blood and Chocolate: A look at how Venus and Mars operate in charts – not only natally, but also in
synastry. Included will be a look at some relationships in the music industry – some tempestuous, some stable –
and how Venus–Mars placements operate in these charts.
14.45 – 15.45 Choose between:
Alan Ayre Room 2
Astrology and Star Players: Success in football (or any endeavour for that matter) depends on an individual
being true to his or her authentic self. Many talented youngsters fall by the footballing wayside whilst their less
talented peers go on to great achievement. In this talk, Alan identifies the astrological factors that help players
connect with their ‘inner’ footballer, and help find their ‘path’, feel fulfilled, and realise their full potential.
Naomi Bennett Room 3
Sacred Geometry in Astrology: In her book, ‘Foundations of Astrology’, Naomi shows how geometry and
astronomy were fundamental to the design of planetary rulerships of zodiac signs and houses. Her research,
presented in this talk, goes beyond Greek texts to include other Egyptian artefacts that are keys to the Hellenistic
Planetary Order.
09.30 – 17.00 Choose between:
Lee Lehman Room 4
Classical Solar Returns: This workshop presents the theory and practice of solar returns, beginning with its
historical variations, but mainly provides a hands-on approach to give participants the opportunity to leave the
workshop feeling confident in the use of solar return methodology. Here we examine the use of Solar Returns
to evaluate the significance of particular years, and the themes they present, as well as the use of multiple
consecutive solar returns to understand the flow of time over longer time intervals than a year. We will also
examine common life themes and how they look in solar returns.
ISAR Consulting Skills Training Room 2
Techniques that will make your client preparation much easier and your sessions with clients far more fruitful.
With Chris McRae and Monica Dimino.
FRIDAY 2PM – 4.30PM (2 hours)
SATURDAY 8AM – 11.30AM (3.5 hours)
SUNDAY 8AM – 11.30AM (3.5 hours)
MONDAY 8.30AM – 6.30PM (9 hours plus lunch)
Programme subject to change
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