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 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 here 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 três

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.

Portugal! Parte um

After a white-knuckled take off in the middle of a hurricane, I arrived in beautiful Portugal just in time to take part in a tour of the cities of Porto and Maia. Although I had lost my stomach somewhere over Southeast England, seeing all my astrology friends made everything all right again. And what a beautiful place we were in: it almost made up for all those Hail Mary’s I had to recite on the plane.

We were taken to a port tasting event but I have to admit that of all the choices at a bar, port would defo be my very last choice. Red wine gives me a stinking headache and I just don’t like the flavour of port. But one has to be polite. So I accepted my glass with the assumption that I’d find the nearest plant pot after a toast to our hosts. I was very pleasantly surprised by the bouquet (don’t I sound like I know what I’m talking about?) and the flavour was rich and smooth and completely different to any port I had ever had before.  What on earth do they do to the port in England?

As I caught up with old friends and made new friends, I could almost forget I was the first main speaker the next morning. Of course, the port helped too. I had been thinking a lot about speaking at conferences and whether or not I actually like lecturing. The Kepler Conference really knocked my confidence (so many clever people and then there’s me. . .) that I was seriously considering whether or not I was “deep” enough to be a successful speaker. I see myself as a kind of lucky goofball who really doesn’t belong amongst all these amazing people.

And then I got chatting to Glenn Perry who had generously agreed to be my “victim” for my workshop on healing the inner teenager.

Glenn and I are on the same page when it comes to astrology and psychology. I don’t have the experience and qualifications he has but I can hold up my end of the conversation with him (most of the time). As I was talking to him, I realised that I must be at least a little interesting to keep his attention and for him to remember my name (I can also boast that he gave me a hug when he saw me!). Every now and again, a girl needs a little pick-me-up. I was feeling better. Of course, the port helped that too. It helped so much that I decided that I was really going to stop focusing on how nervous I was and whether or not anyone actually cared about what I had to say in my lecture. I was going to make an effort to watch and learn from the masters. I was going to study everyone’s style and I was going to compare my style to theirs.

Of course that raised a question in my head about what I thought my style was: I know that I speak way too quickly sometimes, I know I like to use my hands when I speak and I know I like to stand and be able to move around when I talk. I also know I don’t like it when people read their lecture to me.

And at these thoughts, my stomach returned to its normal position and then did a flip-flop.

For the first time ever, I was going to read my lecture. And the reason is this: “Herschel, Uranus and Mary Shelley’s Vision of Horror” is packed full of complicated English words and the Portuguese-speaking translators would need to be able to follow my script. I was going to have to remember to slow my speech down (I had already knocked myself out with the powerpoint). The other thing making me nervous was that I had given this old lecture a complete overhaul. When I re-read it, I realised I simply was not the same astrologer who had written this lecture almost 12 years ago. And this is a good thing because I’ve done a lot of studying since then. So, you see, Kepler had a pretty big effect on me and I wanted that effect to be apparent to my audience.

But back to the party (because that’s what it felt like!).

When we returned to the hotel, we were treated to an amazing dinner and my date for the night was the charming David Perloff. Sitting across from me was Mark Jones and his lovely wife Claire, next to me was Lynn Bell and also across from me was Margaret Gray. Is there anything better than a good chinwag with fellow astrologers? I am always so grateful for the support from other astrologers. After all, we were all in the same boat: tired from our journeys, nervous about our lectures and a little uncertain of how it was all going to work out (but mostly very optimistic). We were in it together.

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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 AstrologyNORWAC 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.



Saturday, 4 February 2017

Kepler Conference 2017

With my ephemeris--autographed by an Astronaut!
It was a terrific honour and privilege to be invited to speak at the Kepler Conference which took place from 20th-22nd January near Cape Canaveral Florida. I had always felt my nerdy data was out of place at astrology conferences and in astrology articles but organiser Courtney Roberts took notice and I'm ever so grateful she was able to assemble a fine and diverse cast of researchers for this groundbreaking conference which is now featured in the editorial on the Astrology News Service. Most of us (I feel I should justify that with a more specific statistic but bear with me) came away with the clear idea that we had set a very high bar for future astrology conferences. A few of us also felt we had thrown down the gauntlet to the scientific community who continue to disregard astrology as medieval superstition.

And on that note, I have a little confession: I have never been so nervous speaking at a conference before. I just felt that the precedent we were setting was palpable nearly every second. I had four lectures to give and my knees were knocking all the way through every one of them. I often say I find speaking to adults (as opposed to children) unnerving because they're so quiet in the audience but this was something else entirely. I felt I had something important to contribute, I was excited to do so and when Bill Meridian tells you afterwards that he admires your work, you know you've made a good impression. Oh and Glenn Perry and Will Morris bought copies of my book (thanks chaps!).

I listened to nearly every lecture and was so proud to be a part of the team. The topics were hugely varied and packed full of yummy statistics and carefully researched evidence. I felt like I was learning more about how to extend and continue my own astrological research. In fact, I feel my research will never be the same again. I was inspired! As Bill said: "There were more solid research results per hour in this conference than in any conference I can recall." That's what I mean about setting a very high bar for future astrology conferences.

Robert Currey, me and Ken McRitchie waiting for the rocket launch
But of course, conferences aren't just about lectures (because if they were, my brain would have exploded at this one), they're about the people you meet up with and the things you get up to as well. On our first night, we were treated to the prospect of a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. I was so excited, I was like a little kid! I found Robert Currey and Ken McRitchie on the beach and we all sort of jumped up and down with anticipation--until the mission was aborted for the night. Was I disappointed! Not to mention, I no longer had a distraction to keep me from concentrating on how nervous I was about my impending lectures. Fortunately for me, my buddy Ana Andrade from Peru arrived to keep me calm, cool and collected.

L-R Will Morris, me, Kenneth Miller and Scott Silverman
And my moment did come the next afternoon with my lecture entitled "The Gauquelin Effect: Reloaded" and the description reading: "The greatest astro-research program ever undertaken has to be that of the Gauquelins: could destiny be demonstrated? Could their statistics prove that planets in the diurnal circle at birth were connected with excellence in future life? Or, was it all just a glitch in the statistics as Wikipedia now tells us? Now the data is all online but there are not many astro-researchers checking over it. Does the Moon really affect the birth of poets, and Saturn the scientists? For the first time these results are ready and available for analysis by students of psychology. But will they take it seriously or will they just dismiss it as medieval superstition?" I was told the talk went well (I was too bloody nervous to notice anything about the reaction of the audience at the time) and this is a talk I definitely want to develop into something lengthier and grittier.

CIA agents Michele Finey, me and Cassandra Butler
As I mentioned, there were many, many fine talks. I won't even try to replicate (haha) the fine research of the other speakers. If you would like specifics, have a rummage through The Kepler Conference website for copyrighted (yeah, don't nick our research without our permission!) materials.

That rocket launch? It did happen eventually! I took a video of it but have yet to figure out how to get it from my device to you tube but it will happen. Suffice to say, it was spectacularly awesome. I was surprised it took nearly 90 seconds before we heard the characteristic "boom boom" of the sound barrier being broken but even more surprising was the number of shooting stars we saw!

Saturday was my big lecture. I was nearly in meltdown. I get weird when I'm nervous. I got so weird, I conjured up my own mystical moment. And here's how it went: I was walking to the lobby to get some breakfast when I saw this big, bright pink flower. Glorious it was. It was just the same colour as one of my favourite tops so I was admiring it. As I passed by it, the flower said: "You know, it hurts to blossom."

I kid you not.

So I stopped, backed up and said: "Huh?"

But of course, mystical moments aren't known for replicating on demand so I called my friend Scott over to take a photo of it as a memento. I'm still waiting for it, Scott ;). I'll bet it does hurt to blossom--and all we do is focus on the end result, not the process. And Miss Pink Flower, your message was not lost on me.

A few hours later and I'm up to lecture. I could feel the blood pumping in my ears and I knew my hands were shaking as I held the mic. This was my research, my results and my evidence that I could back up "Growing Pains" with relevant statistics. I don't know why I was so nervous. I'm still shaking just thinking about it! It was hurting to blossom all right. And I'm still thinking of things I wish I had said or things I wished I hadn't said. But I knocked some socks off. And I'm rolling up my sleeves for more. 

Later that same evening, I also took part in a panel discussion about putting astrology to work: expanding astrology's professional applications and opportunities. Essentially, I talked about the problems I've had merging my two very different careers and I came away thinking that astrology on
its own has no relevance. It serves an important part of the backdrop of many different professions but at the same time, astrologers have to have such a vast array of other skills (writing, lecturing, marketing and all the other skills that have to be brought into the arena) that it's pretty impossible to find astrologers who "just" do consultations. I was also pretty sure that astrology can be used in some way in every profession. The potential for more astrology nerdery has no limitations.

By Sunday morning, I was pretty chilled. I went for a walk on the beach. . .and wouldn't you know it, I had another mystical moment. Perhaps it was being so close to the Atlantic Ocean that caused the universe to crack open wide enough for me to hear what it had to say. Anyway, I was watching the sunrise when I noticed all these little holes in the sand. I wondered why they were there and then it occurred to me (because I occasionally watch David Attenborough) that there might be clams or something in those holes. All of a sudden, I really wanted to see a clam (having never seen one in the wild before). So I started poking around a bit with my fingers and got sand under my nails (which I hate) just before realising that maybe these holes might not be made by clams but maybe by crabs with great big pinchers that could snap my delicate digits to the bone. So I looked around and found an old cup and I started digging. And digging. Pretty soon I realised that whatever had made that hole was probably burrowing deeper just to get away from big scary me. It seemed a bit cruel to continue with my exploration so I just went back to watching the sunrise. I thought about what might have made those holes and I thought about how research is a bit like the experience I had just had: we get curious, we prod a bit then change our instruments and sometimes what we are pursuing seems deliberately elusive. Sooner or later we have to decide whether or not its worth it to continue our pursuit.

Yeah I get profound like that near oceans.

My final talk was on Kolisko's famous experiments and the secrets of the seven metals. When I get to India, I will be replicating these in a laboratory with my new found friend Rahul. So more research. It never ends. It was a great pleasure to meet fellow CIA Agent Michele Finey and her partner Neil Dennis. I thought we did a pretty good job team-working our way through Planetary Metals.

By Sunday evening, dark clouds started to gather and tornado warnings were issued.

I'm from Michigan and let's just say I'm traumatised by tornadoes. I don't want to see one and I defo don't want to be in one. But it was one spectacular storm and in between flashes of lightning, we could see the formation of funnel clouds that didn't quite pull it together enough to pose as a real threat. But my great goddess, it rained! I turned to Dennis Harness and said: "I've never said this before but I think this was one of the best astrology conferences I've ever been to!" And it was followed by such a great crack of thunder, I had to re-phrase and say: "I think we made history this weekend."

On Monday we got to visit Kennedy Space Center. I was like a little kid in heaven looking at all the launch sites and checking out all the space suits. I even got to meet John Blaha, a real astronaut. I was a bit tongue tied I was so in awe of him--imagine meeting a person who has been to outer space! But I got him to sign my ephemeris! (Such a nice guy!). I also went on a simulation of shuttle launch and I got to pretend I was commanding a shuttle. Every now and again I had to sit down because I was so overwhelmed by the vastness of space and by how much we don't know about it.

I do hope Kepler research continues to go from strength to strength. From the buzz created, I really do think we will have a mention in the Big Book of Astrological History.


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) 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 early 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.