Astrologers in Profile Interview

The astrologer and teacher Adam Elenbaas kindly invited me to do an Astrologers in Profile interview, in which we discussed my journey into becoming an astrologer and scholar. Doing the interview was a deeply meaningful and moving experience for me, and I am so grateful to Adam for the opportunity to share my story in this way. Our conversation ranged through a wide variety of topics and ideas, and we dove into some rich philosophical and spiritual eddies. 

Unifying Perspectives

I was invited to participate in a wonderful, wide-ranging astrological conversation with Philip Daniel Miles for his website Unifying Perspectives. We spoke about the power of language, death and rebirth, the archetypal experience of being in the womb, and the evolution of archetypes, as well as what it means to participate in the transformation of our current moment.

The Astrology of J.R.R. Tolkien

On Tuesday, October 23 I will be offering a presentation for Adam Elenbaas’s Nightlight Astrology School on “The Astrology of J.R.R. Tolkien“! This talk brings together two of my greatest loves and areas of expertise: the practice of astrology and the biography and writings of fantasy author and linguist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The presentation will be hosted online, at 4:00 pm Pacific time, 7:00 pm Eastern. Please visit the Events page of the Nightlight Astrology School for details on how to log in to the meeting.

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The Astrology of J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien is best known as the author of the fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, first published in the mid-1950s and now translated into almost 40 languages. Tolkien first began writing about the world of Middle-earth during World War I, and continued doing so almost until the end of his life in 1973. Although he is best known as a writer, Tolkien was also a visual artist and an extraordinary linguist, holding a position as a professor of philology at Oxford University in England. As his close friend and colleague C.S. Lewis once said: “He had been inside language.” Drawing on an archetypal astrological perspective, this presentation will explore the natal chart of J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as his transits during the creation of some of his major works of art and writing.  

To view my schedule of upcoming events, please visit my Events page!

Astrology Summit 3.0: Raising Consciousness and Deepening Your Spiritual Path

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I have the honor of joining 22 astrologers, scientists, and spiritual leaders in an extraordinary online conversation that will take place September 23-29, 2018. This free event is called Astrology Summit 3.0: Raising Consciousness & Deepening Your Spiritual Path, and is available to anyone to join.

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The focus of the summit is to bring together ideas from astrology, spirituality, and science to reflect on the meaning of life, connect astrological studies and spiritual pursuits, gain practical tools for connecting to a higher consciousness, align to the deeper wisdom offered by astrology, and explore divination, prediction, transpersonal psychology, empowerment, and transcendence.

I will be speaking on the subject of “Astrology As A Spiritual Practice” in conversation with Amanda Pua Walsh, and will participate in a Live Q&A Panel with Patricia Walsh and Adam Sommer on Tuesday, September 25 at 4:00-5:00 pm Pacific time.

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Each day between September 23-29 the Astrology Hub will release 3-4 summit talks that the audience can view for 48 hours from release date.

The live Q&A Panel broadcasts will be each day between Amanda Pua Walsh & the speakers whose talks were released that day (see schedule below).

After the 48 hour viewing period, you will need to purchase the Upgrade Package to access the Astrology Summit 3.0 recordings.

The schedule will be (all times listed are in Pacific):

Interviews released at 7:00 am Pacific each day.

September 23: Rick Levine, Meru Matu, Jennifer Sodini, Carolyn Elliott

Q&A Panel will be 2-3pm PT

September 24: David Palmer, Eric Meyers, Saharah Rose

Q&A Panel will be 4-5pm PT

September 25: Becca Tarnas, Patricia Walsh, Adam Sommer

Q&A Panel will be 4-5pm PT

September 26:  Henry Seltzer, Julene Louis, Donna Woodwell

Q&A Panel will be 4-5pm PT

September 27: Nadiya Shah, Ron Baker, Vic DiCara

Q&A Panel will be 4-5pm PT

September 28: Teal Swan, David Cochrane. Nadia Smirnova-Mierau

Q&A Panel will be 4-5pm PT

September 29: Tashi Dos Santos, Sherene Vismaya, Adam Elenbaas

Q&A Panel will be 2-3pm PT

Register for Astrology Summit 3.0

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Talking The Lord of the Rings on Rune Soup

Gordon White, the fantastic host of Rune Soup, kindly invited me back on his podcast to discuss the practice of active imagination and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It was such a pleasure to drop back into conversation together two and a half years later, and to see how my research has evolved since my first interview with him back in 2016! The podcast is available for download or can be listened to directly below.

 

Journey to the Imaginal Realm: Reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

Journey to the Imaginal Realm Course

Since I was 9 years old, I have been a devotee of the work of J. R. R. Tolkien and an avid explorer of the world of Middle-earth. I am therefore beyond excited to be teaching an online course through Nura Learning this autumn on Tolkien’s magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings. I feel as though I have been waiting half my life to teach this class, and at last such an opportunity has arisen. If you have never read The Lord of the Rings before, or wish to return to Middle-earth to deepen your connection with this remarkable tale, I would be delighted to have you in this course.

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Course Description

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien has been a beloved story to several generations since its publication in the mid-1950s. The story has a timeless quality to it, and engages with a complex struggle between good and evil, death and immortality, power and freedom. The Lord of the Rings blends otherworldly romance with the high rhetoric of epic mythology, at times interwoven with the internal depths of the nineteenth century novel and the political climate of the twentieth century. As Tolkien’s close friend and colleague C. S. Lewis once said: “Nothing quite like it has been done before. This book is like lightning from a clear sky . . . here are beauties which pierce like swords and burn like cold iron.”

The Lord of the Rings is a text treated by many as a sacred text, one to be returned to year after year, or read aloud with loved ones. The Lord of the Rings, for many, has become a myth for our time. This course offers a journey through Tolkien’s magnum opus in a community of learning, guided by a scholar who has spent more than two decades engaging Tolkien’s writings and artwork. This course is designed both for newcomers to Tolkien’s narrative, and for veteran travelers through Middle-earth’s many realms. Together we will explore the grand themes and hidden nuances of Tolkien’s epic story, connecting The Lord of the Rings to the larger mythology of Middle-earth, and situating Tolkien’s process of writing within his own powerful experiences of the imaginal realm.

To learn more and register, please visit: Nura Learning: Journey to the Imaginal Realm