April 11 & 12, 2014

Laura NalbandianLaura Nalbandian

Uranus: Understanding Karmic Trauma

Friday Night Lecture

How does a soul or individual break free from lifetimes of conditioned behavior?  Since the nature of evolution seems to be slow with periods of rapid and sudden growth – Uranus is the planet that describes the process of liberation.  We humans seem to be very fond of consistency and are naturally resistant to change; so in steps Uranus to help us shift and evolve.  Unfortunately, Uranus usually provides that shift in shocking and often traumatic ways.  In this workshop Laura will explore Uranus through the natal houses and discuss why trauma seems to be necessary to our growth. Example charts will be drawn from students in the class.

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: 3185 NE Regents Dr., Portland, OR 97212 (SUBUD Center)
$10 OAA members / $15 non-members

The Foundations of Evolutionary Astrology

Saturday Workshop

In this workshop we will look at the “Pluto Method” of chart interpretation, which is at the heart of Evolutionary Astrology, as developed by Jeffrey Wolf Green in his book “Pluto, the Evolutionary Journey of the Soul”.  Laura will present the core methods and principles of this revolutionary technique, which includes how to integrate Pluto and the Lunar Nodes and aspects to the Nodes.  We’ll then take Pluto through the houses, as we explore the evolutionary principles of the soul. Example charts will be drawn from students in the class.

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: 3185 NE Regents Dr., Portland, OR 97212 (SUBUD Center)
$40 OAA members / $60 non-members

Laura Nalbandian Biography

Laura is a 2nd-generation astrologer, practicing and teaching astrology since 1986.  She is the co-owner/coordinator of NORWAC – The Northwest Astrological Conference, established in 1984. Her family owns Astrology Et Al Bookstore, which she managed from 1983-91. She founded and coordinated ROMAC03 (Rocky Mountain Astrology Conference); was hired as the coordinator for UAC02 (United Astrology Conference); served as a Track  Coordinator for UAC08 and served as the UAC12 Pre-registrar.  She has presented at NORWAC (since 1989), ISAR05, EA06, 11 & 12, UAC08 &12, The River of Stars Conference in 2011, the Belgrade Astrology conference 2013, the FAA (Australia) 2014 & The Wisdom of Astrology April 2014. She has lectured in Portland, Boston, Hartford, Edmonton, Louisville and Tampa. Laura is one of the original founding board members of Kepler College, and served as the Recording Secretary and a brief stint as President of the Board. Laura is a past Vice-President; President & Treasurer of the Washington State Astrological Association, and is currently serving as the President.

From 1993 until 1996, Laura was with a local radio station doing a weekly spot; she also was a frequent guest on the Laura Lee show and “Anchored in Astrology” with Debra Clement; and had her own internet broadcasted show – “Astrology Talk” from 1998-1999.  Laura has been a regular guest on “Guiding Stars with Kristin Fontana” for the last 6 years.

She is an Evolutionary Astrologer; having studied with the founder of the material, Jeffrey Green, from 1983-86. Laura has a thriving client practice and teaches 2 to 3 nights a week in Seattle where her focus is looking at the karmic/ evolutionary issues in the chart and helping her clients to deal with and heal past-life patterns.

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May 9 & 10, 2014

christopher-renstromChristopher Renstrom

What Planet Are You On?

Friday Night Lecture

Everyone knows that your birthday says something special about your personality. But do you know why? It’s because on the day that you were born a certain planet was powerful in the sky and this planet became your Ruling Planet. To be a Child of a Planet means that you inherit its talents, tastes, and attributes. It also means that you inherit its foibles. Some planets are light and breezy while others are dark and intense. These will be reflected in your character which is why it’s so important to learn about who you are. Understanding your Ruling Planet helps you to map yourself. Each of us is a world replete with continents and oceans; poles and hemispheres. Learn about the world you hail from.

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: 3185 NE Regents Dr., Portland, OR 97212 (SUBUD Center)
$10 OAA members / $15 non-members

Saturn: A Newer Look at an Older Devil

Saturday Workshop

Saturn has always maintained an outsider status in Astrology. Saturn was the planet associated with Jews, blacks, slaves, the elderly, and the destitute. A far cry from its current connection to rigid authority, oppressive systems, capitalism and the money-class. Saturn is the planet of melancholy and irony. Indeed Saturn speaks to us in ironies because – being the planet of time – hindsight is always 20/20. Where Saturn resides in our horoscope is where we can expect to face our deepest struggles. Saturn will show us where we spite ourselves and Saturn will show us where we succeed despite  ourselves. We will examine Saturn in art, culture, and history as well as in the charts of workshop attendees.

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: 3185 NE Regents Dr., Portland, OR 97212 (SUBUD Center)
$40 OAA members / $60 non-members

Christopher Renstrom Biography

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com, a subscription-based interactive Astrology website adapted from his bestselling book Ruling Planets published by HarperCollins in 2002. Christopher also writes the daily horoscopes for The San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com. He created and wrote the horoscope column for ALLURE magazine from 1991 through 2009. Now the exclusive astrologer for Patti Stanger (the Millionaire matchmaker) his forecasts appear on Pattiknows.com and Sheknows.com. Recently Christopher was voted Best Astrologer by City Weekly’s Best of Utah for 2013 and previously for 2012. Renstrom appears regularly on radio and television.

Christopher Renstrom will also be speaking at the Portland School of Astrology on Thursday May 8th!

Queer Astrology: The Saturn Return of AIDS

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June 13 & 14, 2014

lineaLinea Van Horn

Retrogrades

Friday Night Lecture

“What a retrograde needs is a good obsession.” (Erin Sullivan: Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape.)

Get a grasp on the mechanics of retrograde motion and how it has been interpreted in modern astrology.  We’ll take a look at how other forms of astrology view this condition, and look at it from a “naked-eye” perspective to shed new light on the correct interpretation of retrograde planets in the sky and in the chart.

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: 3185 NE Regents Dr., Portland, OR 97212 (SUBUD Center)
$10 OAA members / $15 non-members

Blinded by the Light: Planets Conjunct the Sun

Saturday Workshop

Of the hundreds of planetary aspects we astrologers use every day, there is only one which renders a planet invisible: a conjunction with the Sun. Despite the frequency with which this occurs, there is disagreement about how to interpret it. Does visibility matter? Traditional astrologers certainly thought so: modern astrologers, not so much. Join Linea in a fascinating exploration of “combustion,” as this position was traditionally called. Both classical and modern views will be explained, as well as the psychological expression and resolution for this common chart condition. Workshop includes a much deeper look, including techniques from other traditions, a more thorough discussion of astronomy and related mechanics, plus descriptions and chart examples for each planet.

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: 3185 NE Regents Dr., Portland, OR 97212 (SUBUD Center)
$40 OAA members / $60 non-members

Linea Van Horn Biography

Linea Van Horn, C.A., NCGR-PAA, is the Astrologer at Large. A professional, full time astrologer since 1998, her career centers on teaching, client work and community building. She is the founder of the San Francisco Astrological Society and President from 1992-2013. She has served on NCGR boards and spearheaded the West Coast Astrology Groups coalition for UAC in 2012. A published writer, she is also a lively and popular presenter. Linea was employed in the astrology internet industry from 1998 – 2009 and now devotes herself full time to client work, teaching, mentoring, writing and editing, lecturing, networking, and blogging in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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