Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Road Less Travelled

Whether it's getting on a plane in the middle of a hurricane, drinking a noxious liquid otherwise known as "port" to be polite (actually it was delicious--they just don't know how to transport it to the UK so it doesn't taste like antifreeze) or teaching adolescents for 12 years before realising the life of a supply teacher was where it's at, I've just never been known to take the easy route.
My watch says "2am" but my body knows it's not break time yet!!

Today I am on a 24-hour odyssey on a Greyhound bus to get to Seattle from San Francisco. I'm halfway through, my butt is numb but I have enough Combos and iced tea (it's OK, I can cope!) to see me through the apocalypse so I'm pretty happy. Oh and I have wifi!! I could do this for a few days ;)

I also watched Venus rise as the morning star followed by a spectacular sunrise. At the moment I'm travelling through Salinas County, the very area my former GCSE English pupils used to think was a place John Steinbeck made up. The highway cuts through huge areas of conifers, mountains and rivers. I can almost see George and Lenny hiding in a brook or hear the clink of horseshoes near the bunkhouse.

I love road trips but living in London really does mean it is too expensive to have a car--even if I could get a place to park one. So between naps, I'm putting the finishing touches on my lecture for NORWAC, answering emails (great goddess where do they all come from?) and just enjoying scenery I don't get to enjoy in London: an upside down big dipper, tiny farmhouses in the middle of no where, a sunrise so vivid it looked like someone dabbed bright red lipstick on the top of the mountain ranges and of course, there's nothing like meeting real Americans in the middle of nowhere.

Oh I had Taco Bell's egg quesadillas with diablo sauce for breakfast!

I could have taken a plane to Seattle but that wouldn't have been as interesting! So when I arrive looking a little bleary-eyed, you'll know it's because I didn't want to miss a thing on my way to the conference.

Last shout out for my lecture tomorrow (I think tomorrow is Friday):




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Blowing It Up

It has long been noted that astrology lacks true integration. It isn't that people are working against each other, it's just that the northern hemisphere seems to keep to itself and the southern hemisphere seems to keep to itself too. And certainly there has been very little interface between East and West. Distance can be a problem. And the older astrologers' lack of engagement with social media means the gap between older and younger astrologers is widening with every technological advance.

But the Institute of Vedic Culture (IVC) astrology conference, organised by the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology (KIA) and founded by Gopal Bhattacharjee, has been working towards bridging those gaps and in the past few years has been offering simply magical opportunities for astrologers to learn more about the very different approaches of Western (tropical zodiac) and Vedic (sidereal zodiac) astrology. As a research astrologer, I passionately believe we need to stand shoulder to shoulder to endure the slings and arrows of outrageous scepticism and to be in a position to offer a tactical offence (and if you don't believe the sceptics are ganging up on astrologers, then you need to read Robert Currey's brilliant account on the "guerrilla skeptics"). We can't do that if we don't understand each other or if we pretend our factions are more important than the bigger picture. So I am way more than a little excited to be a part of KIA's endeavour to bring together astrologers from 6 continents (we are searching for astrologers from Antarctica, lol), over 20 countries, together at a conference to be held 31st January - 4th February 2017 in beautiful, historical yet modern Kolkata India. So far we have over 70 international speakers plus many speakers from India, making it one of the biggest and certainly the most diverse astrology conference ever held.

As my friend and IVC speaker Sam Sadasiva Geppi says: "We are going to blow it up this year!!"

Oh yes we are. Yes WE are.

Personally, I am terrifically moved by the spirit of this conference.  I am moved by Gopal's vision and I will always be inspired by Ema Kurent and Richard Alwin Filder who were the first international speakers back in 2014. They had NO idea of what to expect but they must have liked it because they returned the next year in 2015 with a few more of us (Naomi Bennett, Michelle Gould, Sanjay Pandya, Agent 63 Ehsan Khazeni, myself and a few others). We all became very close friends and met in South Africa for the Astrology Restored Conference in Cape Town later that year where quite a few of us formed a veritable tribe of antipodean astrologers and then descended on KIA in early 2016 where we were joined by even more international astrologers such as Agent Dakini Laura Boomer Trent, who wanted to discover what they were missing out on.

So when Gopal made me Secretary General of KIA after the conference in 2016, I didn't reveal that I had a very secret weapon: I was Secret Agent 144 for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, the largest social media group of astrologers on the internet. A brain child of Julija Simas (Agent 12), the CIA has over 1.4 million members on its Facebook page but the two groups, with integration being a bit iffy in the astrology world, had yet to meet.

I had met Julija earlier at ISAR 2014 and we got on like a proverbial house on fire. After the conference in India 2016, I went to Melbourne to hang out with other CIA secret agents, most notably Olga Morales. Here we are looking all secretive-like:
From l-r: Olga, me and Julija in Melbourne Australia
It was during this time that I began to hatch my secret plan to get more antipodean friends to the KIA conference (having also experienced the thriving astrological community in Cape Town): Julija and Olga were thrilled with the idea of coming to India. A CIA briefing was in the making.

But I still didn't reveal all of my plans.

At ISAR 2016, after a few miserable months in London (I had been travelling around the world for 5 months and found being back at home very difficult to get used to), I met up again with Julija and Ana Carrapichano (who organised the Astrology Restored Conference in South Africa along with Richard Fidler). 

l-r Agents Ana, 144 and 12
It was the perfect opportunity for us to put our heads together and with South American Agent 55 Vanessa Guazzelli Paim on board, we very nicely had 6 continents covered:

Agent 12: South America?
Agent 55: check
Agent 12: North America?
Agent 144: check
Agent 12: Europe?
Agent 144: check (in true Gemini rising style, Agent 144 keeps her two big feet in two separate continents)
Agent 12: South Africa? 
Agent Ana: check
Agent 12: Persia?
Agent 63: check
Agent 12: I got Australia covered
Agent 144: And Super Secret Honorary Agent Gopal has India covered (we're working on China and the Far East)
Agent 144 getting her brief from Agents 55 and 12
Agent 12: 144, we got a plan of action. You do the infiltrating. You got the connections.
Agent 144: Boss, I haven't even had me cup of tea yet


"I can't cope without me tea" --Agent 144
But there were thrills and attempts at papping us before we could hatch our plan fully! And quickly Agent 144 realised there were more important things in life than tea (a miracle in itself!).


Agent 144: OK, I got it. It's on like Donkey Kong. We assemble the finest astrologers for IVC. We get KIA and CIA to work together on IVC before I go MIA at the Kepler Conference!
Agent 12: You got it 144! You got any other conferences you're going to?
Agent 144: Why yes indeed: there's Portugal in February 17
Agent 12: Anything else?
Agent 144: NORWAC
Agent 12: Anything else?
Agent 144: Well there's my tour of the US West Coast where I'll be visiting various branches of NCGR and the San Francisco Astrology Society. . .
Agent 12: Anything else?
Agent 144: Um, I'm at the Scottish Astrology Association in the autumn
Agent 12: Anything else?
Agent 144: Sheesh boss, ya trying to kill me?
Agent 12: It's a tough life as an agent. Where's your next article?
Agent 144: (stunned into silence)
Agent 12: Right, you know what to do

So at the Kepler Conference, the finest research astrologers had gathered and what a terrific opportunity to do some recruiting. Ditto for Portugal.


Northern Hemisphere Agent 144 and Southern Hemisphere Agent 55 showing da love
But wait, there's more!

Cosmic Intelligence Agency is delighted to report that at the NORWAC Conference in Seattle, Agent 12 (Julija) and Agent 144 (Me) will be re-united and both of us will be happy to answer any questions our North American friends might have about the conference in India. We'll have leaflets and, of course, our big mouths to help you decide if being a part of the biggest astrology conference on the planet is something you might like to invest in. After NORWAC, I'll be on a tour of the West Coast meeting various NCGR chapters and the San Francisco Astrology Society and again, will be very happy to share the vision of truly uniting astrologers together. We ask our astrologer friends, in particular those who are speaking at IVC, to engage with our various social media campaigns on Facebook and other platforms.

And with two of the biggest online astrology organisations (CIA, Southern Hemisphere and Western Astrology and KIA, Northern Hemisphere and Vedic) working together, you won't want to miss this opportunity: it's cutting edge stuff and what dreams are made of! 

So readers might be wondering how long Agent 144 has been deep, deep, deep undercover...

Agent 144 in saree, Kolkata India, 2015
Agent 144 with Agent 63, Cape Town 2015

Agents Dakini, Ana and 144 in sarees, Kolkata India 2016

Top secret CIA board meeting, ISAR 2016
Dr Dennis Harness with Agents 63 and 144 before the good doctor knew he would be headline speaker at IVC
Me and IVC Speaker Lynn Bell in Portugal

Hakan Kirkoglu Agent 40 at ISAR: totally oblivious!
Armand Diaz (Agent 17) with Agent 144 at ISAR: oblivious. Note 144's halo
Dr Glenn Perry, oblivious at The Kepler Conference (and promoting my book!!) and just look at 144's halo!
Kepler panel: Four confirmed speakers (and me)! Note the fertility of Dennis Harness' imagination and our star Will Morris!
Dr Will Morris and Kenneth Miller, speakers at IVC 2018, totally oblivious at The Kepler Conference!
 (square halos for 144 and Kenneth!)

Agent 144 photobombing the ISAR board looking like disaster girl but actually going for the "uh-huh, I'll be seeing you at IVC" look. Seven of them have confirmed as speakers at IVC ;)
So there, it's all out!

In all seriousness, it has been remarkable how so many unique and diverse astrologers are so thrilled to put energy in the IVC conference. If you'd like to be a part of this but aren't too sure what things will be like, you can read my account here. We now have the tour packages ready!

And if you do have to miss the spectacular event, the Nakshatra Barta, KIA's publication, will be available for purchase. Packed full of our researchers' finest articles, it will be distributed to 20,000 readers around the world. Never heard of Nakshatra Barta? We'll be putting that right. It's time for astrologers to find out what it's like to be treated like rock stars--and it could only happen in India. At least for now.

We're hoping to change that at IVC.

So put it in your calendar: IVC 31 January- 4 February 2018, Kolkata India!



Saturday, 25 March 2017

Knee Deep in the Hoopla

OK, the tag for my blog is "Because I sometimes forget where on earth I'm supposed to be. . ." but lately, I've just been getting on with life and work in London.

But that doesn't mean I'm not busy!

Whew. . .what a few weeks.

I'm happy to say all the speakers have been now been selected for the Institute of Vedic Culture's (Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology) conference. You can view the speakers' list here. There's still a lot of work to be done with sorting out topics and descriptions and papers, finalising touring packages and all the other things associated with being on the organizing committee of such a large organisation. But it really has been a great privilege to work with a man who shares my vision in truly uniting the two zodiacs under one roof. Gopal Bhattacharjee and I joke that we must really be long lost twins--we seem to anticipate what the other is about to do and we even seem to share the same sense of humour. But I think we are both very happy so many astrologers from across the globe (from TWENTY countries) also share in our vision of setting aside our factions and taking on the skeptics, critics and the indifferents of astrology.

And in the flurry of everything, Robert Currey honours me with a place on his hard-nosed academic research site! To be on the same webpage as Michel Gauquelin, Suibert Ertel and Finnish researcher Kyosti Tarvainen is beyond mind blowing.

And speaking of mind blowing, I just have to boast that Dr Glenn Perry bought a copy of "Growing Pains"!  here's the proof:

And just because I'm grounded for the moment in London, doesn't mean I'm not getting out and about. . .I have a lot of webinars coming up.

9th April 10am BST: "How to Get Children to Reach For the Stars" for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency. If you didn't already know it, I write the yearly, monthly and weekly horoscopes for the CIA and it is just such a thrill to write for a magazine people actually read! More articles coming out for the CIA soon.

15th April 9pm-10:30pm BST: "Astrology and Education" for Kepler College. One of the great things about attending the ISAR conference back in October was the great connection I made with the prestigious Kepler College! Astrology research at its finest! I did my first webinar on International Astrology Day last weekend and I'm offering this free one for beginners.

29th April 5pm-8pm BST: "Growing Pains" for Kepler College. This webinar is based on my research on astrology and education. $49 for three hours.

7th May: Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology. Further details coming very soon. I'm chuffed to bits to be working with John Green, Clare Martin, Lynn Bell, Darby Costello and Faye Blake-Cossar!

And that leads us nicely on to. . .MY TOUR OF THE WEST COAST, USA!!

So I'm starting off with NORWAC 25-29th May near Seattle where I'll be re-united with lots of astro buddies including Rob Hand and Mark Jones. Then I'll be doing a webinar as part of a series on relationships with the delightful Dorothy Oja, Samuel Reynolds, Margaret Gray and Armand Diaz on 5th June.Then I'm so excited to be speaking at NCGR San Diego on 17 June, NCGR Las Vegas 25 June and San Francisco Astrological Society on the 29th June.

Hopefully "The Wolf You Feed" will be ready to be officially announced by the time I get home from the tour so I can start planning the book launch (I do have a few secrets I'm keeping to myself).

But the fun goes on into September with an appearance at the Woking Astrology Group followed by a jaunt up north to the Scottish Astrological Association. The autumn and winter of 2017/18 will be completely occupied by preparations for the KIA conference. I'll be at UAC (Chicago) spring 2018 to mooch about and crash Ray Merriman's party again. BUT I just got an invitation to speak in Italy in the summer of 2018!

FRENZY!! But in the best possible way.

After all that planning, sometimes a girl just needs to chill out with a good friend after a long day of teaching eager minds. What a great evening I had with my astro sister Laura Boomer-Trent. Spaghetti and conversation. Sigh.

Laura and I: post spaghetti dinner


About the Astrologer


Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on her innovative and original research into Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound investigation and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". She writes the weekly and monthly horoscopes and other articles for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, one of the largest astrological social media groups on the web and was also a speaker for the AstroSummit, a guest lecturer for the London School of Astrology and has spoken at several UK local astrology groups. Upcoming international events include Breaking Down the Borders, the Kepler Conference, Congresso Internacional de Astrologia (Portugal), Kepler College, the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology, NORWAC and the San Francisco Astrology Society Alex is also Vice Principal and Secretary General of International Affairs for the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology and will will be taking up her residential post in India 2017. For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.
"Growing Pains" can be purchased in paperback or kindle format on Amazon or can be signed and posted directly to you by Alex.

About the New Book


There are two wolves fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one wolf is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The wolf I feed.”

We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.

Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of  highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong wolf.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

When a Flower Speaks

People often ask me why I’m so fascinated with astrology and it’s always difficult to explain how vast the subject is and how different astrologers have different approaches to the topic. But I like how astrology can demonstrate the inner connections of events on earth. Recently I’ve had a couple of very strange experiences that I’m still trying to work out. But here goes:

On the 10th of February 2015, 1:00 am in Rishikesh India, I was spending my first night in an ashram. Earlier in the evening, I had participated in my first ever meditation session and I was looking forward to the morning session. It was also my first evening of my North Node dasha (although I didn’t know it then). As I was sleeping, I became aware that I was levitating. I also realised I was no longer sleeping: it was as if the rules of physics had been suspended. There were other beings in the room who seemed neither malevolent or benevolent: they just seemed to be observers. I was afraid to rouse myself to full consciousness because it all seemed so real  - were I to crash to the marble floor from the height I perceived myself to be floating, there would be serious damage to my physical body. It was then I understood I was no longer in my physical body. I didn’t feel I had died (where was the white light everyone talks about?) but I knew I was having an out-of-body experience. Why me I wondered? I still have no idea. But it did convince me that there are different planes of existence where other beings live: somehow my plane and their plane intersected. I felt I was being observed and that my reaction to the observation was important. I had been ‘opened up’ to something.

I must have dozed back into unconsciousness because the next thing I knew was that the horn calling us to meditation was being blown. It was 5am and I was acutely aware that something within me had been altered but I didn’t have the ability to understand what it was. It seemed to me like I was missing several pieces to a jigsaw puzzle.

To construct the chart of the moment, I’ve used the time of 1am (I couldn’t check my watch in the middle of an out of body experience!). The last time I had checked my watch before going to sleep, it was around 11pm. I had enough awareness during my experience to perceive there was no sunlight and I had been a little irritated to be partially roused out of a sound sleep. I do not think I was roused during a REM cycle as I had no recollection of dreaming. Following the experience, I returned to a deep sleep and did not wake again until I heard the call to meditation. Using the time of 1am is a bit of a guess and it was the first (and only) time I used but it ties in beautifully with my second mystic moment which I’ll get to in a minute.


Mystic Moments

An account of some famous “Mystic Moments” was posted by Gary Philipson on Skyscript. To compare my experience to the experience of others, let’s have a look:

1)      At twilight on 15th January, 1964, Muz Murray sat on the shore of Cyprus and
‘within him, in a moment, a crack opened in the egg of cosmic understanding. His whole being became illumined with a sudden revelatory awareness sensed through every cell in his body which changed the course of his life, and ultimately, the lives of many who have come into contact with him. Those few moments of ‘cosmic consciousness’ led him to intensify his studies into the why and wherefore of man’s relationship to the All.

This led him to found the hippie journal ‘Gandalf’s Garden’ a few years later, and these quotes come from Issue One in May 1968.

2)      On 8 April, 1998, Hazel Courtney while walking into Harrods started having a divine encounter that changed her life:

‘As I walked into the turnstile at the entrance to the bread stall, it stuck, and during those few seconds of feeling trapped I felt as though a volcano of energy was erupting inside me, my chest and head felt as though they were going to explode. Within seconds, I could hear voices in my head, which I knew had not emanated from my brain. Within 15 minutes I was rushed to my doctor, who believed I might have suffered a heart attack. As he applied the heart monitors, I began to “feel” my doctor’s thoughts in my head. Believe me that was an awesome moment for both of us. Several hundred more were to follow.

As my experience accelerated, the physical effects became almost intolerable and on the Easter Sunday with a medical doctor present I underwent a near-death – an out of the body experience during which I truly understood that human consciousness survives physical death.
Within days I was forced to leave my Sunday Times column [she worked as an alternative health columnist] due to the sheer amount of phenomena happening around me. My energy field became so powerful that light bulbs and computers would crash. By concentrating on our TV I could change channels using the power of the mind…’
(Kindred Spirit Vol 81, July/Aug 2006)

She has since written two books on the subject.

3)      While journeying from Amsterdam to Delft, Emanuel Swedenborg had his first experience of enlightenment that was to change his life: ‘He had experienced emotional turmoil over the Easter weekend, but during his journey on Monday, he enjoyed a wonderful feeling of bliss. That night, he suddenly was seized with such trembling that he fell from his bed onto the floor’ and he then ‘felt that he had been divinely commissioned to do a special work.’ (A Scientist Explores Spirit, a biography of Emanuel Swedenborg Dole &Kirven, 1997, p.39, Chapter, ‘The Turning-Point’ The date was then 7 April, 1744

4)      ‘In the early morning of 11 May, 1895, came the crowning experience of my life’ (Burke, Cosmic Consciousness, p.292), The Irishman Paul Tyler was living around New York in a Shaker community. His diary records how, that morning, his religious belief was confirmed:

‘dissolving in happy tears, I sprang from my bed about five o’clock …All this time the atmosphere of the room was vibrant with an intense white light. The presence which had been revealed in the first waking moments seemed now diffused and continuing throughout the universe.’

Some weeks later Tyler wrote: ‘There is a consciousness of a steady glow which is light and warmth in all my being. It is certain that ever since that morning I have had a larger and surer hold on life and have been able to work with a clearer and more attractive brain and body.’

5)      Blaise Pascal experienced a mystic illumination, on Nov 23 1654, 10.30 pm to midnight. He kept an amulet with this written permanently within it, which was discovered after his death as tucked into the fabric of his coat. On it was written:

FEU
Dieud’Abraham. Dieud’Isaac Dieu de Jacob
Non des philosophes et des savans
Certitude joye certitude, sentiment, veue joye paix
Dieu de Jesus Christ

Which roughly translated into English means:

Fire
God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob
Not the philosophers and not a fool who thinks he is wise
Certainty of joy, a feeling, seeing joy and peace
God of Jesus Christ
Other mystical comments of a joyful nature were inscribed, eg ‘My God do not leave me. This is eternal life.’ (Bucke, p225-7)

6)      Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain was born on 11th December 1931, in Madhya Pradesh, India. He had a special experience on March 21, 1953 and described it as follows. He awoke from sleep around midnight: ‘The sleep was broken by something else. I felt a great presence around me in the room… I felt a throbbing life all around me, a great vibration - almost like a hurricane, a great storm of light.’ He arose, and walked outside: ‘I reached to the garden where I used to go every day. The garden was closed, closed for the night. It was too late, it was almost one o'clock in the night. The gardeners were fast asleep. I had to enter the garden like a thief, I had to climb the gate. But something was pulling me towards the garden. The moment I entered the garden everything became luminous, it was all over the place - the benediction, the blessedness. I could see the trees for the first time - their green, their life, their very sap running, There was no time, there was no passage of time; it was the virgin reality – uncorrupted… . When I went back home it was four o'clock in the morning.

7)      While orbiting the Earth, Astronaut Edgar Mitchell was watching how ‘the earth, moon, the sun, and the planets all went through the window every two minutes’ which he found to be a ‘powerful, powerful experience:’

What I experienced was a grand epiphany accompanied by an exhilaration. From that moment on, my life would take a radically different course … I actually felt what has been described as an ecstasy of unity .. I perceived the universe as in some way conscious.’ And ‘the restraints and boundaries of flesh and bone fell away.’

This lead him to found the Noetic Sciences institute. (Edgar Mitchell, The Way of the Explorer, An Apollo astronaut’s journey through the Material and Mystical Worlds, NY 1996, p.59.’
This happened two days after leaving the Moon and a day before landing back on Earth so we may place it at 8 February, 1971 (they left the Moon 6 Feb 19hrs UT, and landed in the Pacific Ocean 9 Feb 21 hrs UT)

Dated Mystic Moments:
1654 Nov 23 Blaise Pascal
1744 April 7 Emanuel Swedenborg
1895 May 11 Paul Tyler
1953 March 21 Rajneesh
1964 January 15 Muz Murray
1971 April 7 Edgar Mitchell
1998 April 8 Hazel Courtney (1)

In reading the accounts of other mystic experiences, I have to say I think mine pales in comparison on the grounds of the impact it has had on me. I can understand that something has changed because I was allowed to glimpse something not everyone has had the opportunity to experience. And yet, I don’t understand what I am supposed to do with this knowledge. I don’t feel compelled to alter the world and after my experience, I simply returned to England, resumed my job as a teacher and lived a fairly normal life (if one can call living a double life as a teacher and astrologer normal).

But yet there are astrological similarities in the charts of these experiences and that is this: the number of quintiles and septiles.

The chart of my outer body experience shows 3 quintiles and 4 septiles, using a tight orb of two degrees (applying or separating). This is a lot--60% more than one would expect. I’m using ±12/n for orb, where “n” is here 5 and 7 for the quintiles and septiles. Using that, one has an expectation of 2.2 and 2.4 of these aspects in any chart.


But there’s more to this story.




A flower spoke

We think of Flower-Power as fifty years ago, the Summer of Love, 1967 but this happened only a few weeks ago.

On the morning of 21 January 2017, I was walking from my hotel room to get some breakfast. From a distance, I noticed a bright pink flower and I was immediately drawn towards it. I had been attending a conference (The Kepler Conference) and was due to speak later that day. I was feeling decidedly and uncharacteristically anxious and nervous. I had given a lecture the day before which I felt went well but I had the nagging feeling my research lagged behind the rest of the researchers. I was wrestling with the question of whether or not I enjoyed lecturing or even if I had what took to be a good lecturer. It was a real crisis of confidence and I knew I had to change something about myself. I felt like the dunce of the classroom (although I knew I wasn't!) and I had an important message to get out there. All my work of the past 15 years was being distilled into a 45 minute lecture. It all came down to how I delivered that message. Used to teaching children, I felt my style was all wrong and I didn’t know how to change it. I felt I was a goofball. How does one even change their style? I would say I was in agony with these questions and I was overcome by negative self-talk.

It was then that I was close enough to that pink flower to touch it. And it spoke:

“You know, it hurts to blossom.” And I knew there were all sorts of profundity in this moment that was going to take some time to unravel. We admire the beauty of the blossom but we don’t ever think of the painful emergence of such beauty. However, at that moment, all I could think of was that I heard this flower speak as if it had a human voice. I checked my watch: 7:30am.

I asked my friend Scott Silverman to take a photo of the flower because my phone wasn’t charged (I didn’t have the right adaptor) so the moment could be verified but his phone wasn’t charged either. He took the photo later in the morning.

Now this chart also has a higher than expected number of quintiles and septiles: a total of six or about 50% more than expected in a normal chart.




But there’s still more to this story:


The Moon of the mystic flower chart is conjunct the MC—and it is bang on my own natal South Node and Neptune—and both of the points are on the ascendant of the out of body experience! And looking a little closer at the charts, there is a quintile between the Sun and Moon and the flower itself is fivefold or pentagram in shape: creative and powerful blossoming indeed.



These two mystical experiences were framing a stage of my life where changes were happening so quickly that I just didn’t have time to process them. I was kind of swept away with the tide and was reacting rather than taking control.

The next conference I lectured at was in Portugal and I did something completely different to the way I normally did things at conferences: I carefully watched other speakers to get a sense of their style, I sat down and read my lecture (which I swore I’d never do but the translation process meant it had to be done). I felt I stepped out of my normal self to be more objective and to be in a better frame of mind to learn. I stopped being a goofball (or at least I stopped thinking myself as one). I got my confidence back. I felt there was something mystical happening in this process too and that the flower had been an integral part of that process.

My lecture in Portugal (“Herschel, Uranus and Mary Shelley’s Vision of Horror) was re-worked from an article I had written about 12 years ago. As I updated it, I realised I wasn’t the same astrologer I was back then: I had improved and had developed a way of working that I simply didn’t have all those years ago. Miraculously I had blossomed—and it was sudden and admittedly a sometimes painful experience to put myself out there, to be open to rejection, to get up on stage to speak to lots of adults and reveal my own personal research, to be exposed to the critics and to make mistakes. As I delivered the lecture for the Portuguese audience, I joked that the eclipse of 26th February 2017 was conjunct the Venus of both of the discovery charts for Uranus and Pluto (the two key charts of the lecture) but I hadn’t realised it was also conjunct the nodal axis of the mystical flower chart or the Neptune of the out-of-body experience. Only astrology could have shown how these events link up.

I have no idea what it all means. But something has changed, something has been revealed and I needed that flower to tell me that without pain it is impossible to blossom.

And without astrology, I would not even be able to begin to understand the message.

About the Astrologer

Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on her innovative and original research into Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound investigation and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". She writes the weekly and monthly horoscopes and other articles for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, one of the largest astrological social media groups on the web and was also a speaker for the AstroSummit, a guest lecturer for the London School of Astrology and has spoken at several UK local astrology groups. Upcoming international events include Breaking Down the Borders, the Kepler Conference, Congresso Internacional de Astrologia (Portugal), Kepler College, the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology, NORWAC and the San Francisco Astrology Society Alex is also Vice Principal and Secretary General of International Affairs for the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology and will will be taking up her residential post in India 2017. For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.
"Growing Pains" can be purchased in paperback or kindle format on Amazon or can be signed and posted directly to you by Alex.

About the New Book


There are two wolves fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one wolf is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The wolf I feed.”

We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.



Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of  highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong wolf.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Portugal!! Parte trĂªs

We had another fabulous dinner in Maia on the waterfront. Again, just really nice to be with other astrologers.

I arrived at the auditorium raring to watch other speakers. First up was my buddy Glenn Perry who was so calm, so informative and just so experienced that I really learned an awful lot from him on presentation skills. I loved the content of his lecture too on “Present Centered, Purpose Focused Prediction” and a lot of the psychology I studied at university began to return. Luiza Azancat (an amazing polyglot) spoke on “The Astrology of Twin Siblings” which demonstrated how one twin acts out one half of the chart and the other twin acts out the other. Absolutely fascinating research. Next was my good friend Christian Konig who did an incredible presentation on the different types of stars (“Between Heaven and Earth—Helical Rising and Setting Stars”) that was visually appealing thanks to his wicked skills on powerpoint (yeah guess who’s getting a phone call when it’s time to prepare the next lecture?). Like Glenn, Christian was incredibly calm even though I knew he was very nervous.

After all that sitting and listening, I had worked up a bit of an appetite so we found a local restaurant and indulged ourselves in some Portuguese cuisine. Fab company with Rod, Christian, Carla and Monica and a few others. Oh I had codfish which is the local speciality. Yummy.

I watched Glenn again for his workshop and again was just blown away by his calmness, experience and professionalism. His topic was “Venus-Pluto Dynamics: Transforming Fears of Intimacy”. I just loved the way he took a few case studies and made quite complex points very simple. Then I went to watch Roy who did a good job of making key mundane points easy for beginners (I’m not a beginner but it was still good to learn from an experienced speaker). Roy certainly taught me about how to plug my own material in the future (one can’t be shy about it!).

The talks at this conference went on quite late—almost as late as in India (and you KNOW how much I love India). But what made it all so enjoyable was that there was so much to do outside of the auditorium and if anything was needed, one could just wander out to get it. So the last workshop I went to was Margaret Gray’s astro-drama which was a lot of fun and I think we made a pretty good tag team. By the end of this, both of us were knackered.

Sunday morning and it was time to catch Mark Jones in action. “The Destiny Line: the Nodal Axis of the Moon as the Key to Personal Evolution” was the title of his workshop. Now Mark is a very popular speaker so I really wanted to see what I could learn from him. And I think the key to his success is that he makes one point and keeps reinforcing it. He also has an incredible, measured voice (he’s also a hypnotherapist) that was very pleasant to listen to.

After lunch with the astrologers, it was time to watch Margaret in action again. Her topic was “Understanding and Transforming Compulsive and Addictive Relationship patterns with the help of Psychological Astrology” which she delivered in heels! What I found quite striking was the crossover between her talk and Glenn’s. They didn’t work together on their lectures but they made a lot of the same points. Fascinating.

My attention span was dwindling so a few of us gathered to chew the fat. And I learned something else about myself:

I’ve said before I don’t attend conferences with the expectations of making money. I go to conferences for the connections with other astrologers, to learn about what’s going on outside of merry England (LOTS!!) and to pick up opportunities for collaboration. If I do make money, it’s almost exclusively in book sales, private consultations and future engagements outside of the big conferences. There’s a part of me that really dislikes discussing finances and a different part of me who is very reluctant to focus on astrology full time in the hopes of being able to leave teaching (for goodness sake, I just got the teaching/practising astrology balance just right!). I know I would miss teaching if I ever did discover the key to making tons of money in astrology so there’s a real reluctance to talk turkey about money. Having said that, it is nice to have a bit of jingle in the pocket (mainly through book sales) at the end of the conference (even if there were a few misunderstandings around EU taxes).

With the old finances in order, it was time to enjoy the last lecture. “Turning Lead into Gold: Planets in Detriment and Fall” was delivered by Lynn Bell. I’ve seen Lynn lecture a lot and she is one of my astro heroes for her really well considered examples, her knowledge of mythology and her consistent elegance. And she didn’t disappoint.

It really was a great conference and as it was the first one for the Portuguese astrologers, I thought it was absolutely bloody marvellous. The generosity of the hosts, the central location of the event and just the experience of being able to enjoy the setting was nothing short of glorious. Oh and guess who is going to have a few articles translated into Portuguese?

My last dinner in Portugal was spent with the Brits. Lynn (like me, she’s an honourary Brit) gave me some great advice and Carole Taylor (I’ve seen Carole lecture a lot too so I had to make the decision to see speakers I hadn’t seen before) gave me some encouragement about the lecture circuit. It is a great feeling to know that I am now experienced enough as a speaker that I can step back and get a better feel for what I enjoy in a conference, how I can be a better speaker and just to enjoy observing the masters. What a terrible teacher I’d be if I thought there was no room for improvement!


My sincere thanks to Isabel Guimardes and team for a wonderful conference.

For part 1, click here
For part 2, click here

About the Astrologer


Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on her innovative and original research into Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound investigation and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". She writes the weekly and monthly horoscopes and other articles for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, one of the largest astrological social media groups on the web and was also a speaker for the AstroSummit, a guest lecturer for the London School of Astrology and has spoken at several UK local astrology groups. Upcoming international events include Breaking Down the Borders, the Kepler Conference, Congresso Internacional de Astrologia (Portugal), Kepler College, the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology, NORWAC and the San Francisco Astrology Society Alex is also Vice Principal and Secretary General of International Affairs for the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology and will will be taking up her residential post in India 2017. For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.
"Growing Pains" can be purchased in paperback or kindle format on Amazon or can be signed and posted directly to you by Alex.

About the New Book


There are two wolves fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one wolf is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The wolf I feed.”

We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.


Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of  highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong wolf.

Portugal! Parte dois

Morning came too quickly and it was time to get my Moon in Leo out of the cupboard with my gold and black jacket and leopard print brogues (oh yes). I also had to give myself a serious lecture about positive thinking and to stop worrying about not measuring up to other people. I have my own research, my own style (I finally convinced myself) and my own path in astrology (which I found when I stepped away from the well trodden path of astrologers before me).

On the bus to the venue, I read my lecture for the final time. And found a mistake (thankfully before I started to lecture) and was able to fix it before everything kicked off. I also made an unprecedented decision: I was going to sit down for this lecture. No pacing around like a nervous kid who doesn’t have the experience in lecturing. I was going to be cool. I was going to be calm. I was going to speak slowly. I was also going to say a few sentences in Portuguese.  And I certainly wasn’t going to freak out because I was the first lecturer in the main auditorium. I took a quick look at how my powerpoint looked on the big screen: gorgeous!

And then it was time to speak.

So I opened my big mouth, spoke in Portuguese and started the English part of my lecture when I realised there were people calling out to me.

“Alex, we can’t hear you!”

I looked out in the audience and saw Lynn Bell calling out: “Turn your microphone on!”

Now here’s when I realised that I don’t have just one inner voice. I have two. And here’s what they sounded like:

Voice one: Why didn’t you check the bloody mic before?
Voice two: That’s what sound engineers are for. Just switch the thing on.
Lynn Bell: Turn the mic on. Press the button!
At this point I’m sure I looked totally gormless.
Voice one (as I stare at the mic): Where’s the fucking button?
Voice Two: Try the other fucking mic!
Me (reaching for the other mic): What? This?
Lynn Bell: No. Just press the button.
Voice One: OH MY GOD WHERE IS THE FUCKING BUTTON??
Voice two: Alex, just calm down and look for the fucking thing. You got this.
Struggling not to burst into giggles, I found the button and pressed it.
Me (VOICE MAGNIFIED): IS THAT BETTER? OOPS!! (another struggle not to giggle)
Voice one (face palm): Oh my God, can’t take you anywhere.
Voice two: Well you found the button...
Voice one: For god’s sake. About fucking time.
Voice two: Now take a nice deep breath.

I started speaking in Portuguese and I got a round of applause from the Portuguese audience. I got laughter from my eclipse joke and I found out later that my references to being an English teacher went down a treat.

So what did I learn about myself as speaker from this experience.?

Check the fucking mic beforehand and tell voice one to take a bloody hike. Knuckle bump to voice two.

And what a difference to be sitting down to lecture! I felt calm, grounded and I had prepared so well nothing went wrong. Despite the hiccup at the start, I did manage to shut out voice one and just focus on voice two. Sure there were times when I wanted to jump up and start waving my arms around and making crazy lecture faces like a lunatic but I held myself back.

Voice two said: You got this.

Voice one: The audience is awful damn quiet. Are you sure they didn’t fall asleep?

Voice two: These are adults, not children. They can sit still for an hour.

Of course I was relieved to be finished (I tried not to show that too much). I left the auditorium and went to get some fresh air and bumped into Christian Konig and Rod Chang who told me I did brilliantly (thanks chaps). But the biggest surprise was that Margaret told me I sounded “elegant”. Trust me when I say I’ve never been called “elegant” about anything in my life. And I was extra pleased because I was reading my own writing. I also got a few compliments about my voice—and that has never happened before. So it was all a very good exercise in extending myself and learning about how I function as a speaker.

I wasn’t really up to doing too much listening after my lecture. I had coffee with Roy, Wendy and Carolyn (always great to hang out with the Brits) and just chill for a bit before my workshop. I wasn’t really worried about the workshop at all as it’s essentially material from my book. I didn’t even flinch when I learned two minutes before I started that my audience didn’t need for me to be translated. It immediately doubled my lecture material (because I wouldn’t have to stop after every paragraph to be translated) but that wasn’t a problem at all. And Glenn as my victim was brilliant and I got some feedback on how I can make some of the graphs I use more readable to non teachers (I still need to do a little work  on not assuming my audience knows more about my subject material than me). But I was pretty spent and left after my workshop to get some rest before dinner.

For part 1, click here
For part 3, click here 

About the Astrologer


Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on her innovative and original research into Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound investigation and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". She writes the weekly and monthly horoscopes and other articles for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, one of the largest astrological social media groups on the web and was also a speaker for the AstroSummit, a guest lecturer for the London School of Astrology and has spoken at several UK local astrology groups. Upcoming international events include Breaking Down the Borders, the Kepler Conference, Congresso Internacional de Astrologia (Portugal), Kepler College, the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology, NORWAC and the San Francisco Astrology Society Alex is also Vice Principal and Secretary General of International Affairs for the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology and will will be taking up her residential post in India 2017. For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.
"Growing Pains" can be purchased in paperback or kindle format on Amazon or can be signed and posted directly to you by Alex.

About the New Book


There are two wolves fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one wolf is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The wolf I feed.”

We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.


Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of  highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong wolf.