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Amy Herring: Planetary Mischief in Midlife

  • Friend's Meeting House 4312 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215 (map)

Friday lecture

“Midlife crisis” is a household phrase in western culture that immediately conjuring up images of balding, middle-aged men in red sports cars trying to recapture their youth. This stereotype has become comical--either sadly ridiculous when being lived out in front of our eyes or just downright inaccurate when it comes to the personal reality of the experience. Is there more to it than that? What lies at the heart of the midlife crisis and does it truly exist?

Groundbreaking psychologist and friend of astrology, Carl Jung, said the midlife transition marks the beginning of the second half of life, when a mental transformation occurs. Jung’s own midlife transformation was quite profound, seeming to border on the edge of madness at times, but also a period of his life from which most of his richest work grew.

A number of aspects occur during the period of our lives broadly defined as ‘midlife’. In this lecture, we’ll explore the astrology of the mid-life transition against the backdrop of Jungian theory and the astrological events that happen to us all during this time, with chart examples to see midlife in action. We’ll also look at strategies for helping clients through this transition.

Amy's Bio:

I have been a professional astrologer since 1995. Although self-taught by voraciously reading many great books (my favorites include works by Steven Arroyo, Steven Forrest, Alan Oken—the list goes on) I formalized my study with Steven Forrest, graduating from his Astrology Apprenticeship program with his high, personal recommendation in 2006. My focus is on the psycho-spiritual applications of astrology.

The secondary progressed moon has long been a favorite topic of mine, so I wrote my first book about it: Astrology of the Moon: an Illuminating Journey Through the Signs and Houses, which was published by Llewellyn in 2010. My second book combines a focused and detailed overview of astrology’s components and some of my favorite techniques in approaching the interpretation of a natal chart, titled: Essential Astrology: Everything You Need to Know to Interpret Your Natal Chart, is available in March 2016.

I love teaching and have an ongoing list of students I tutor. I have lectured about astrology at venues such as the Northwest Astrological Conference and Washington State Astrologer's Association, and at various astrological associations in the western United States. You can find me on the web at, and on Facebook at

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Lecture ends around 9:30 p.m.
Location: 4312 SE Stark St (Friend's Meeting House)
$10 OAA members / $15 non-members Pay Online!