NORWAC 2018 Scholarship

The Oregon Astrological Association is pleased to announce that we will be awarding $300 in financial need scholarships for the NORWAC 2018 conference! The intent of these scholarships is to provide our members with resources to further their astrological knowledge, gain access to the larger astrological community, and expand their professional skills. In order to be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must be an OAA member in good standing for the year 2018 when you submit your application.

To learn more and submit an application please click here

Reflections on the Year 2017 in the Portland Astrological Community: Remembering Donna

Now that we are approaching the end of 2017, we often take time to look back at the year and reflect. Remember. There were so many ‘’ events that confronted us this year that many of us are numbed and emotionally exhausted—I know I am. Whether it was the political turmoil, threats of nuclear war, mass murder, terrorism, wild fires—just all of it—it has been heart-wrenching and emotionally exhausting.

We don’t often have a direct personal connection to difficult national events and tragedies; we just experience them as really awful days. But one day last summer affected all of us in the astrological community here in Portland, nationally and internationally. It was July 5th, when we all learned that our beloved Donna Cunningham had passed away on her 75th birthday.  When I heard, I sat silently for a moment trying to wrap my head around it. It was hard for me to imagine she was gone. I got up and went to my library and started pulling out Donna’s books. Just looking at them brought back so many good memories of the last thirty years I had known her. I knew Donna personally and worked with her at different times over a thirty year period, co-teaching workshops in Seattle, Port Townsend and Portland, collaborating on a chapter in one of her books, helping her do some research on others or just sitting on the phone gabbing when she needed a moment away from her writing and practice. The last time I saw her was a couple years ago when Christopher Renstrom came to town. She called me and asked if I could pick her up and take her to his lecture. The three of us spent some quality time together that day and, although I talked with her a couple of times on the phone after that, we had no occasion to get together--and then she was gone.

I don’t need to tell you how prolific a writer she was—most of you have her books. I don’t need to say what a nurturing, lunar personality she was—most of you have experienced her Great Mother energy and gentle nature. I don’t need to say what a gifted and talented astrologer she was—most of you have gleaned that from her writings, lectures and workshops. But maybe I do need to remind everyone how much she loved her fans, supporters and her community, both locally and internationally.

Donna was born July 5, 1942 at 07:40am in Onawa, Iowa. She graduated from Grinnell College in 1964 and received a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in New York in 1967. She began her astrological studies in 1968 and started her own practice in the early 1970s. She told me her greatest inspiration and teacher was Richard Idemon, whose tragic death ultimately prompted her to create ‘The Astrologers’ Memorial Webpage’, a virtual museum and memorial to astrologers who have passed on. It was also there that she created a virtual ‘Quilt’ in memorial to the gay astrologers who died during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s. Donna was active at one time or another in the AFA, NCGR, AFAN, and the OAA. She often wrote for The Mountain Astrologer and Dell Horoscope, and of course published many, many books that have become important standards for students and practitioners of astrology. She was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award by Professional Astrologers Incorporated and the prestigious Regulus Award at UAC for her contributions to Astrological theory. Donna Cunningham was and will remain one of the most important astrologers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and we here in Portland had the pleasure and good fortune to have her among us as teacher, colleague and friend. She will be forever loved and forever missed, but never forgotten.

Gary Lorentzen


My First NORWAC: 2017 Scholarship Recipient

In February of 2017, the OAA offered a scholarship for the Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC). OAA member and PSA student Joon Wharton was awarded the scholarship and reported back with this update:

"Up until a few years ago I was mostly interested in reading my (sun sign) horoscope, even though I had been crossing paths with Astrologers for years. My curiosity was piqued in January 2016 when a friend offered me a reading. The language they used in the reading left me wanting to understand the fundamentals of astrology. The opportunity to explore and learn more about it (and myself) opened up later that year when I enrolled at the Portland School of Astrology. I completed the first year program at PSA in the spring of 2017. Astrology is an art and a language that I now engage with every day of my life.

This was my first year at the NORWAC conference. Some of the highlights for me were Demetra George's workshop on the third house goddess, Judith Hill's Astrology of Death, Melanie Reinhart's The I.C. revisited, and one of the best presentations as far as subject matter and immediate applicability was Jenn Zahrt's Dorothean Triplicity rulers. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to attend and for the financial support that OAA extended to me so that I could have that experience.

 Thank you OAA!"

And thank you Joon! Keep your eye out this winter, we'll be announcing another round of scholarships soon!

PSA's 4th Annual Weekend Conference

Portland School of Astrology's 4th annual weekend conference is here! This year PSA offers a total mind, body and spirit experience of Astrology with many great local and guest speakers including Gretchen Lawlor. For more information and ticketing information see below.

Astro Playground
4th Annual Weekend Conference
February 17th-20th, 2017

Embodiment . Creativity . Somatics . Experiential . Sensual . Tangible . Art . Music . Movement

with other talented speakers


Our embodiment weekend is suitable for novice, beginners, intermediate and advanced! There's much to learn at each level! Bring a friend!

Classes Include:

Making Your Own Astro Zine!

Journey into Your Past Lives

Embodied Astrology of The Endocrine System 

Tarot-Astro Archetypal Experience

:: ShadowPlay ::

Colorful Immersion in the Predictive Patterns of Zodiacal Releasing

Astrologers As Activists Council

Embodying your Birth Chart 

Planetary Sound Healing

A Walk Through the Houses Art Journey

Zodiacal Yoga and the Elements

Celestial Calisthenics: Fixed Star Deep Dive

Writing Down the Moon

Enter the Way of SoulCollage(R)


Keynote Ritual 

Community Celebration with Astro Stations

Art Show

Live Music


Location: Most classes will take place at the Multnomah Friend's Meeting House at 4312 SE Stark St. Additional classes will take place at Harmony Yoga and Portland School of Astrology. Check for more details. 

NORWAC 2017 Scholarship

The Oregon Astrological Association is pleased to announce that we will be awarding $300 in financial need scholarships for the NORWAC 2017 conference! The intent of these scholarships is to provide our members with resources to further their astrological knowledge, gain access to the larger astrological community, and expand their professional skills. In order to be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must be an OAA member in good standing for the year 2017 when you submit your application.

To learn more and submit an application please click here

Why Your Membership Matters

The Oregon Astrological Association (OAA) is a membership organization whose mission is to promote astrology by bringing high-quality speakers and social events to our local astrological community.

Your $30 annual membership comes with many great benefits, including the following:

  • A savings of 1/3 of the cost of all Friday night lectures and Saturday workshops, so if you attend events regularly, your membership pays for itself quickly.
  • The ‘bring a friend discount’ which allows a friend that attends with you to enjoy the member price on Friday night lectures.
  • Free listing for your astrological business on the Astrologer Database on the OAA website.
  • Free promotion of your astrological event(s) in our monthly newsletter.
  • Two OAA member social events each year (December and June) to provide opportunities for astrologers to mingle and talk astrology.

What you may not know, however, is that your annual membership extends beyond the direct benefits that come with it. You are actually a partner in all the work that we do. We depend on annual memberships; they are what keeps this organization running. Your membership is what allows us to bring top-notch speakers to our events, maintain the OAA website, and all the other behind the scenes work. Although OAA’s all-volunteer board receives no compensation, we are obligated to pay our speakers for their time, and we pay to rent the space for our events as well. While we charge admission to many events, it does not always cover the entire cost of the event. Your membership dollars make up the difference and allow us to keep bringing interesting and informative speakers and social events to our vibrant local astrological community.

Even if you’re not sure whether you can attend any events, your membership is still important and valuable to OAA and the community in general. It ensures we can keep offering events which make space for our local community to learn more about astrology and support our local astrologers and their businesses. It is not an exaggeration to say that without our members, the OAA could not do the work that  it does. It’s a cliché, but it’s true: we couldn’t do this without you.

You can renew your membership at any OAA event (cash, check, or credit card), by mailing a check (PO Box 6771, Portland, OR, 97228), or through our website (credit card only):

If you have any questions about membership, please contact Tracy Thornton, our Membership Secretary and Treasurer, at

We would love to hear your ideas, suggestions, and feedback about OAA. Please send your thoughts to Lauren Balin, President, at, or any other board member. Board members’ contact information can be found here (scroll about halfway down the page).

Project Valens: Translating the Roots of Astrology

OAA Board Member Brandi Leve is assisting local area Portland School of Astrology teacher Andrea L. Gehrz on a translation project. Check the details!

So what is this all about?

We are inviting you to join us on the journey to complete an easily digestible, technically sound English translation of a 9 book anthology written over 2000 years ago by the Hellenistic Astrologer Vettius Valens.

Why do we need your support?

As you can imagine, translating 2000 year old ancient Greek texts is tricky business. Aside from the language skills necessary, it takes a knowledgeable astrologer to dive into the texts and bring out its original meaning and intent. But with your help, Moira Press can fund the translation of the Anthology, including the costs it takes to research, translate, publish, and market these works. It takes some serious resources to get these books into the public’s hands, and we’re offering you a first chance to read them by supporting this important mission.

Your contribution helps support the process in the following ways:

  • Allows for more dedicated time to sit down and work through the texts, in turn getting the material out to the public faster
  • Cover costs incurred around editing, publishing, legal, etc
  • A chance to bring these ancient teachings to life in the modern world, transmitted for the first time by an actual Astrologer. We know, it’s a big deal.

And if you pledge $5 or more you’ll get access to behind the scenes materials and special early releases of the Anthology each month and original custom made rewards such as: pins, totes, journals, T-Shirts.

Support the project via Patreon!

Letter from the President

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as your newly elected president. I'm Lauren Sage Balin and I practice Evolutionary Astrology here in Portland as well as teach classes at the Portland School of Astrology.  Astrology is not only my profession it's also my passion and my mission, so I'm very excited to be a part of this organization and its tradition of bringing relevant and affordable astrology from many points of view into our lives on a regular basis.  As you can see on the website we have an exceptional line-up of astrologers and events scheduled for this year. Everything changes as the saying goes and along with a new presidency we also have a new location.  As much as we enjoyed the previous location over the years, there were changes in their policies that led to our decision to move. We are now at the Society of Friends on Stark and 44th, a place I hear OAA was at many years ago. They have since remodeled and are very welcoming and we think it's going to be a good fit.   I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and new members as we embark on another memorable year of community and astrology!