Astrology clients and enthusiasts alike often seek answers to religious questions such as who am I, where did I come from, and where am I going. Originally, astrology was a priestly art: one can even fruitfully explore whether astrology today is in fact a religion. Knowing something about religion and how astrology is viewed from a religious perspective can be helpful to astrologers as they encounter in their practice a great deal of diverse religious beliefs.
Join with Michael as he explores the interface between these two great subjects with an eye to identifying what makes for “religious” people and what we can understand about our own religious views from our own birth charts.
Michael Barwick is a professional astrologer with 30 years of experience. He maintains a professional practice centered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is a respected international speaker.
Michael has spoken at Cleveland’s Midwest Astrology Conference (MAC) and the State of the Art (SOTA) Astrology Conference. He has also spoken for Astrology Toronto (AT), the Canadian Association for Astrological Education (CAAE) and other organizations across Ontario.
Michael has seen and experienced that astrology is a profound tool for learning about yourself and the world around you, personal empowerment and tackling life challenges successfully. He is also a devout Roman Catholic who worships at our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto.
The only way out is through. And we can say the same of our natal charts – we are born through them, live through them, and eventually pass on through them. In this discussion we will explore themes of initiation in a natal chart, and how our personal rites of passage are like seeds planted at the moment of our birth. We will explore how those seeds burst through the ground during important moments of our lives (triggered through transits and progressions), and how we can gain agency in these moments.
Our lives blossom with mastery of our charts; when each experience is seen as an initiation that we can go through (rather than around) to come out the other side transformed. We will discuss the theme and flavour of initiation that might arise through different signs, planets, aspects, and houses, as well as study examples of individuals who have transformed difficult chart signatures into incredible strengths. Please bring your chart if you would like to discuss your personal initiation journey.
Aerin Fogel lives and works in Toronto practicing astrology and karmic readings. In the past she has held a horoscope column at Fashion Magazine, and currently works individually with clients and as the special events astrologer for Holt Renfrew. Aerin is the creator of Toronto feminist music festival Venus Fest, and plays music with her project Queen Of Swords. She has additionally published several fiction and creative non-fiction pieces.
Back to the Future – Converse Predictive Events
Many people think converse are a pair of shoes worn by New Wavers. How can going backwards in time help you make predictions in the future? Franco can be a trickster like Mercury. When Mercury was born, he stole all of Apollo’s cows by making them walk backwards so their hoof prints ended where he stole them from! Come join Franco in this predictive workshop where he will march you back through the chart.
Franco is somewhat of a Renaissance Man: mechanical engineer by day, astrologer, parent, musician, athlete, omnimancer, energy worker and Wiccan priest. He is the former VP of Astrology Toronto and was the editor of the group’s newsletter, The Midheaven. He can be reached at www.soulbody.ca.