Tips for Learning Astrology and Becoming an Astrologer

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In this episode astrologer Kelly Surtees joins the show to talk about some tips for how to learn astrology and eventually become an astrologer. The discussion is partially based on an article I wrote years ago on my blog titled 10 tips for learning astrology. I wanted to return to the topic again in order […]

Ancient Timing Techniques: Time-Lords and Dashas

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Kenneth Johnson joins me in the 30th episode of the show in order to talk about some of the ancient timing techniques that are used in the Hellenistic and Indian astrological traditions. During the course of the show we have a general discussion about time-lord and dasha systems in the east and west, how these […]

Branches and Traditions of Astrology

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In the 29th episode of the podcast I talk about the different branches and traditions of astrology. There are four major “branches” of western astrology, which represent different applications of the subject, along with its various subsets. The traditions of astrology represent different eras in which it was practiced, each of which have their own […]

Mitigating Factors in Traditional Astrology

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In the 28th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Michael Ofek about the many different mitigating factors that traditional astrologers take into account when determining a planet’s condition in a chart. Michael is the leading expert on traditional astrology in Israel, and he offers consultations and classes through his website at www.ofek-sky.com. We […]

The Life and Work of Astrologer James Holden

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In the 27th episode of the show I’m joined by Demetra George in order to talk about the late astrologer James Herschel Holden. Holden was an astrologer, historian, and translator who became the Research Director of the American Federation of Astrologers in 1982, and served in that role until he died on August 13, 2013 […]

Modern and Traditional Views on Difficult Placements

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In the 26th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Mark Jones about the differences between modern and traditional views on difficult chart placements, and we discuss the validity of using distinctions such as “benefic” and “malefic” in astrology. Mark’s background is in counseling and psychology, and he specializes in evolutionary astrology. His 2011 […]

Reception as a Mitigating Factor in Astrology

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In the 25th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Ryhan Butler about the concept of reception, and a specific debate surrounding the technique and the way that it can be used as a mitigating for afflicted planets. Ryhan is the author of the Starlight Knight Astrology blog, and he also recently launched a […]

Understanding Your Saturn Return

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In this episode of the podcast I talk with astrologer Leisa Schaim about the Saturn return. Leisa and I co-author a blog on Saturn returns together called Saturn Return Stories, and we’ve been meaning to do a show for a while where we talk about some of the interpretive principles we use. During the course […]

Birth Data Collection, Sect, and Other Research

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The 23rd episode is a solo show where I talk about some upcoming conferences and workshops, the latest news in the astrological community, and some topics that I’ve been researching lately. The research topics I discuss include birth data collection, determining when a chart switches from day to night, and an issue related to reception. […]

The Astrology of 2015

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In this episode astrologer Austin Coppock joins me to to talk about some of the upcoming astrological trends and themes that will occur in 2015. Austin is the author of the 2015 Astrological Almanac, and so he had a number of great insights to share about what the major planetary alignments are this year, as […]