Astrological Society of Connecticut May 2012 New Age Fair

Readers at New Age Fair

Readings at New Age Fair

(Astrology Explored) Mark the date! The Astrological Society of Connecticut New Age Fair will not disappoint. There will be lectures, vendors, and of course, readers of all kinds, from astrology to tarot cards.

Because the readers are such popular feature, tickets to sign up for a reader are handed at on a first come, first serve basis. Many people arrive early just to get a ticket to sign up. Readings are set up in twenty minute blocks and are very reasonable. If you’ve been looking for a place to get a reading, but not sure what kind you would like, this is the place to come to choose and sample what is available.
So pull out your Blackberry or your Daytimer and make sure you don’t miss the date.

When: May 20, 2012
10 am to 4 pm
Where: The Keeney Memorial Center
200 Main Street
Old Wethersfield, CT

New Age Fair Speakers – Sunday, May 20, 2012

11:00 a.m. Neptune’ in the chart-How to make friends and use the energy on offer – Ruth Finizio
Do you ever feel unsure about reading a situation correctly. What is reliable, and what is trust-worthy? Neptunian energy is about supporting the development of non-traditional (ie. not prioritized by society) methods of gathering information. Tapping into the unconscious, and tapping into psychic energies, is not a replacement for rational thinking but is in tandem with rational thinking. You are invited to bring your chart with you.

Ruth Finizio is a lifetime student, and teacher, of both physics and metaphysics. She holds a B.S. in Physics, and M.S. in Mathematics and Computers, and MBA, and has completed the coursework on a Doctorate in Mathematics (Mathematical Physics). In addition to her scientific work, Mrs. Finizio is a meditation teacher and a consulting astrologer.

12:00 p.m. What Astrology Can Do for You – Alphee Lavoie
For over 46 years Alphee Lavoie has earned his reputation as a national and international MASTER ASTROLOGER. He Is a certified astrologer that has lectured on astrology all over the world. In 1977 he began The Astrological Institute of Research, the first astrology school in Connecticut and center for counseling with astrology. For almost half a century he has made his living exclusively from counseling and teaching astrology. He has made numerous appearances on local radio and network television as well as CNN, Bloomberg , The Hartford and Connecticut magazine. He also authored a column in the Hartford Courant. He has also appeared ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox news. For 12 years Alphee had a radio show on astrology at the University of Hartford.

1:00 p.m. Charles Edgarton – Past Life Regression
The discussion will range from the basic – what is reincarnation, through a common sense approach to why it only makes sense, to different methods of accessing past lives and examples of characters and lives from peoples’ past that have had direct bearing on their present. He will be open to questions and comments throughout his presentation.

Charlie first regressed over thirty years ago and has been regressing clients professionally since 2005. He has been through over 30 of his own past lives and has regressed over 100 people through theirs. He honed his practice under Roger Woolger and since 2003 maintains active training with Pat Walsh.

2:00 p.m. Aromatherapy for Body Mind and Spirit – Gayle Nogas
Explore the many ways of using some basic essential oils. Gain knowledge of how the oils affect the body, mind and spirit. We will discuss safety, blending, and creating.
Gayle Nogas, M.H; is the founder and proprietor of Gayle’s Thyme Herbal Apothecary in Enfield, CT. Gayle’s Thyme opened in 1995 as a small herb shop and has now grown in size carrying over 500 varieties of herbs, spices and teas, as well as essential oils, candles, incense, jewelry, metaphysical & spiritual supplies. Gayle has studied and taught classes in many aspects of herbalism for almost 25 years.

3:00 p.m. The Journey of the Fool: A Medieval Tarot Myth – Lisa Morrison
Have you ever wondered why there are Jokers in a regular deck of playing cards? Long before Poker, Black Jack and games of chance, there was the Journey of the Fool in the Tarot cards. You could experience the adventure in life by enacting the 22 Trump cards, starting with The Fool (card 0) and ending with the World (card 21). Come and see the mystery behind the Fool, and watch the story unfold. Participate in a creative storytelling, be the Fool who asks questions along the way or be the audience who lauds the decisions that are made. Either way prepare for a purely creative and spontaneous Tarot experience!

Lisa Morrison is Tarot and Rune reader who offers Goddess healings and Past Life facilitation. She frequently teaches classes on the Tarot, Mediterranean goddesses and Shamanism, Renaissance art, Medieval history and the Grail. Lisa studied and taught these subjects in Italy where she led tours to sacred sites in Tuscany and Veneto. She has traveled throughout the lands of the Mediterranean Sea. You can contact Lisa Morrison at 203-248-8767 or email CelticHorseWoman@live.com to request workshops, parties, readings and Goddess healing sessions.

Directions: Take I-91 to exit 26. Follow signs to Old Wethersfield Historical district. At the intersection of Main Street (flag pole), turn left. The hall is the third building down on left. Plenty of free parking in rear of building, on the street, and across the street behind the fire station. The fair is on the second floor.

The Astrological Society of Connecticut is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization; one of the largest and most active local astrological organizations in the United States, it is dedicated to educating people interested in astrology, sponsoring lectures, workshops, fund-raising fairs, and social activities.


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May Astrological Society of CT Lecture and Workshop: Melanie Reinhart & Chiron

Melanie Reinhart

Melanie Reinhart

It’s a large ball of dirty ice and only a temporary visitor to our solar system. Discovered by astronomy in 1977, in a lightning fast 10 years the first major astrology book was published on Chiron, and a new player in the astrological lexicon was born.

On Thursday, May 17, 2012 award winning astrologer Melanie Reinhart will lecture, titled A Centaur among Centaurs – Introducing Chiron for the Astrological Society of Connecticut at Keeney Cultural Center, 200 Main St., Wethersfield, CT at 7:00 PM.

Melanie will review the meaning of Chiron, with its astronomy and mythology. We will take a personal and inward view, considering how the energy and meaning of Chiron is reflected in our own lives and in our horoscope.

On Saturday May 19, 2012 Melanie will continue with her Chiron material in a workshop titled Healing Journey – Transits of Chiron from 10 AM to 5 PM, Fisk Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT.

In this workshop, Melanie will focus on the transits of Chiron, as well as the ‘Centaurs’ Pholus and Nessus, demonstrating the sometimes astonishing literalness of their astrological symbolism. In addition, the ancestral dimension of Chiron’s meaning along with suggestions about how to work with this important material.

Melanie Reinhart was born in Zimbabwe, whose night skies inspired her astrological vocation. She holds a B.A. in English, Music and Drama and has been a professional astrologer since 1975. She is a recipient of the prestigious Charles Harvey Award for ‘exceptional service to astrology’. Melanie has taught world-wide and maintains a busy consulting practice and runs her own program based in London. www.melaniereinhart.com

If you would like a single question answered on these pages, please send your birth date, birth place and birth time to starrynightastro@aol.com. Sorry, time limitations prevent answers to anything else than a specific question.


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Hecate —The “Dark” Goddess & The Space Between

Hecate

(Astrology Explored)

note: play YouTube video at the end while you read

Dave Matthews sings:

The space between what’s wrong and right
Is where you’ll find me hiding, waiting for you
The space between your heart and mine
Is the space we’ll fill with time

Twenty-five years ago, I visited a friend who was doing quit a bit of channeling work. Halfway into the reading she said, “Ooh, this is quite unusual. Someone is coming through, and she is dressed all in black. She is saying that you came here to learn astrology. She is quite stern and serious. She is saying you need to learn astrology, or else!

It didn’t take me much prompting to get serious with my astrology studies, even with the “or else” ringing in my head whenever I started to slack on my studies. Soon I found an astrologer giving weekly classes in a mid-level group who took me on with some reservation. Her reservations however didn’t last long.

Who this entity was, though, eluded me many years until I stumbled upon a Celtic goodess the Morrigan, and her earlier incarnations, one of them being Hekate.

Modern times has Hecate, the third of the goddess triad of the mystery religion, the Elysian mysteries as a crone, or hag associated with witchcraft. However, there is evidence that the ancient Greeks did not view Hecate as an old woman, but rather as a young maiden and her role was very different from that of a purveyor of magic.

The ancient role of Hecate is obscured by the very veil of mystery the congregants of the Elysian Rites spread over their practice. Only a few scrapes of the rituals remain in texts, though it appears to be a religion based the idea of resurrection and the return to the source of life.

Hecate, in the Greek myths, attends to the wife of Pluto, Persephone, the daughter of the earth mother, Demeter. Persephone’s essential role is that as a bridge between life and death, spending half of the year in the underworld with her husband and half of the year on the earth with her mother.

Hekate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. After the mother-daughter reunion became she Persephone’s minister and companion in Haides.

Hecate’s twin flaming torches are said to be twin aspects of ever present Venus, as the morning star and evening star, the beginning and the end of the day.

But what is Hecate doing with these torches and why is she guiding goddesses in their quests and journeys? The answer to this question reveals Hecate’s essential nature.

In Greek statuary, Hecate’s image would be shown on panels in a three sided triangular column and placed at door posts and crossroads. Thus Hecate could watch the road in front of you, in back of you and the place in between front and back.

The places “between” were of special concern to the Greeks. In the story of Ulysses, he and his crew had to pass through the channel containing Scylla and Charybdis. Wikipedia tells us:

Scylla and Charybdis were mythical sea monsters noted by Homer; later Greek tradition sited them on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and the Italian mainland. Scylla was rationalized as a rock shoal (described as a six-headed sea monster) on the Italian side of the strait and Charybdis was a whirlpool off the coast of Sicily. They were regarded as a sea hazard located close enough to each other that they posed an inescapable threat to passing sailors; avoiding Charybdis meant passing too close to Scylla and vice versa. According to Homer, Odysseus was forced to choose which monster to confront while passing through the strait; he opted to pass by Scylla and lose only a few sailors, rather than risk the loss of his entire ship in the whirlpool.

In traveling to the Underworld, the soul would first pass through and underground passage to encounter the River Styx, the dividing line between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Once a soul crossed the river, they would be forever bound to the realms of the dead, and their ultimate fate.

Hecate herself seems to a version of the Sumerian war goddess Innana, and later Istar, who were identified with the planet Venus. In Innana’s own story is an episode where she died in the halls of the Underworld ruled by her sister Ereshkigal and was resurrected by actions taken by other gods. Thus identified with a version of Venus, it is not so unusual for a dark aspect of Venus to be bearing the torches that associated with Venus.

With Persephone’s essential role is that as a bridge between life and death, spending half of the year in the underworld with her husband and half of the year on the earth with her mother it was Hecate’s specific task to act as a guide as Persephone journeys taking her through the places “in between”.

The place ‘between” then was a place of transition, the end of one thing and the beginning of another. Hecate, in bearing the torches of beginning and ending, was the guide through the place “in between”.

What then can we say about Hecate in our charts?

In astrology, Hecate is asteroid 100. To find the position of Hecate in your chart go to Serennu’s asteroid page and enter your chart info and the number of the asteroid.

In my personal chart Hekate is buried deep within my twelfth house, poised between my Mars in early degrees of Taurus and my Ascendant in late degrees of Taurus. Talk about your prophetic utterances! She is sextile my Moon in Pisces and squares my Sun/Chiron combination in Aquarius. This Sun/Chiron combo opposite my Uranus is the marker in my chart for my profession as an astrologer. With Hecate in challenge aspect to this no wonder she said, “Or else!”

If you look up your Hekate, don’t get too worked up if you don’t find a direct connection with other planets in your chart. If I was counseling on Hekate’s position, I would look to see if she was making a conjunction or tight aspects to any personal planet and check out where she was by house. If nothing was going on currently but I saw that there was a transition coming on, I would look to her house position and the ruler of the house to see where you might get guidance on handling the transition.

Despite Hekate’s fearsome reputation, there is no need to fear her. If she is grim, it is because she’s walked places few mortals have tread. Nontheless, there is no better guide for the places “in between”.

If you would like a single question answered on these pages, please send your birth date, birth place and birth time to starrynightastro@aol.com. Sorry, time limitations prevent answers to anything else than a specific question.


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The Astrology of “Supermoons”: Thin Skinned Earth Shakes, Rattles and Rolls

Astro*carto*graphy chart May 2012 Supermoon(Astrology Explored) Even the moon’s orbit is slightly elliptical. Many of us know that the orbits of the planets are not perfect circles, but ellipses, circles that appear elongated. The astronomical event called a “supermoon” occurs when as astrologer Richard Nolle tells us “the Moon is at 90% or greater of its mean
closest approach to Earth (perigee).”

The dramatic result that the moon appears larger in the sky than at other times during the year. However, while it is a great visual display, most modern astrologers typically don’t ascribe meaning to the size the moon appears to be in the sky.

One astrologer who does watch supermoons, Richard Nolle is in the fact the person who coined that term. This is what he tells us about them:

SuperMoons are noteworthy for their close association with extreme tidal forces working in what astrologers of old used to call the sublunary world: the atmosphere, crust and oceans of our home planet – including ourselves, of course. From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment – within three days either way of the exact syzygy, as a general rule. SuperMoon solar eclipses tend to have a wider sphere of impact, extending roughly a week before and after the actual event. And other lunar extremes (of declination, for example) can extend the geocosmic stress window by a day or two here and there in any case.

The USGS tell us this about the sublunary world:

“The distance from the surface of the Earth to its center is 3,700 miles. The thickness of the ocean lithosphere or the relatively solid skin of the earth under oceans is only 41 miles, which in relative terms is much thinner than the skin of an apple.” Continue reading

May Horoscope Forecast: Where’s the Fire?

Monthly Forecast

The planets travel in zodiac signs that are comprised of the elements earth, air and water. There is a noticeable lack of the element fire except for the South node, which takes about the moon anyway. Fire is the element that sparks initiative and action, where the joy of doing is in action. Fire graces us with inspiration and vision. Without it, things are slow to get off the ground, there is little apparent enthusiasm for the tasks at hand.

As a person with only one planet in fire in my chart, I understand very well this state of affairs. I’ve been taken to task on occasion for not being enthused enough, not enough of a cheerleader. Personally I’ve always wondered why this was so important. Put the impossible in front of me, I’ll get it done. It will be pragmatic, it will be logical, it will be sensible, but no one will be waving flags about what a wonderful job I’ve done. There is substance but little flash. People often underestimate me because I’m not running around telling people what I do. Sometimes they just take me granted. Continue reading