The Astrology Podcast

By Chris Brennan

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A weekly podcast on topics related to astrology, hosted by professional astrologer Chris Brennan.

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Transgender Experiences in Astrology
3:37:36
In episode 279 astrologer Michael J. Morris joins the show to talk about using astrology within the context of the lives of transgender people. We spend the first part of the episode talking about some basic things that astrologers should know in terms of cultural competence in order to work well in consultations with transgender […]
Nov 16, 2020
Post-2020 US Presidential Election Astrology Analysis and Reflections
2:45:05
In episode 278 astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim look back at the astrology of the 2020 US presidential election, and reflect on what we learned as astrologers, now that the outcome is known. In the first part of the episode we discuss the much-anticipated Mercury retrograde period, which stationed direct on election day, and […]
Nov 12, 2020
November 2020 Astrology Forecast
2:29:28
In episode 277 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan look at the astrological forecast for November of 2020. The astrology of November features Mercury stationing direct on November 3, which happens to be election day in the US, plus Mars stationing direct in Aries mid-month, the final Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, and a […]
Oct 29, 2020
Mercury Retrograde and What it Means in Astrology
2:34:15
In episode 276 astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo joins the show to talk about Mercury retrograde and what it means in astrology. Mercury retrograde periods occur when the planet Mercury begins moving backwards in the zodiac for about three weeks every few months. Astrologers generally associate Mercury retrograde periods with miscommunication, delays, technological snafus, and other issues […]
Oct 25, 2020
Astrological Generations: Saturn Signs of Millennials
2:18:03
In episode 275 astrologer Kirah Tabourn joins the show to talk about the concept of dividing groups into of people into generations astrologically, and looking at the different sub-generations of millennials based on their Saturn sign. At the start of discussion we talk about how modern astrologers divide different demographic cohorts based on what sign […]
Oct 18, 2020
Sect in Astrology: Day and Night Charts
3:06:38
In episode 274 of the podcast Chris Brennan gives a detailed overview of the concept of sect in astrology, which is the difference between day and night birth charts. Sect is a fundamental concept that was used in Hellenistic astrology, but it has only been recovered by contemporary astrologers over the past 30 years through […]
Oct 14, 2020
Astrology Q&A: Sect During Twilight, and Reading Kids’ Charts
2:45:16
In episode 273 astrologers Leisa Schaim and Chris Brennan answer some questions about astrology that were submitted by listeners of the podcast. Some of the topics we covered in this episode include whether you should learn natal or horary astrology first, how to determine the sect of charts where the birth was close to sunrise […]
Sep 28, 2020
October 2020 Astrology Forecast
2:19:12
In episode 272 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan look at the astrological forecast for October of 2020. The forecast for October features Mars retrograde in Aries squaring Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter, as well as a Mercury retrograde station opposite Uranus, and a Full Moon conjunct Uranus. With all of the Uranus and […]
Sep 24, 2020
The Astrology of Chiron, with Melanie Reinhart
2:11:20
In episode 271 astrologer Melanie Reinhart joins the show to talk about her pioneering work on the minor planet Chiron in astrology. Melanie is the author of the book Chiron and the Healing Journey, which was originally published in 1989, and is now in its fourth edition. Chiron was discovered on November 1, 1977, and […]
Sep 16, 2020
How to Read a Natal Chart With No Birth Time
1:27:37
In episode 270 astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim discuss which techniques you can use in natal astrology to interpret a birth chart even when you don’t have a birth time. Western astrology has focused very heavily on using timed birth charts since about the 1st century BCE, and there are many techniques in natal […]
Sep 08, 2020
September 2020 Astrology Forecast
2:31:07
In episode 269 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan look at the astrological forecast for September of 2020. September is one of the more crucial and tense months that we identified back in our year-ahead forecast, due to Mars stationing retrograde in Aries and squaring Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto in Capricorn. This month […]
Aug 30, 2020
Tajika: Medieval Arabic Astrology in Sanskrit
2:50:19
In episode 268 of the podcast Dr. Martin Gansten joins the show to talk about his new translation of a 17th century Sanskrit text on Tajika astrology, which focuses on annual predictive techniques derived from medieval Arabic sources. Martin is a historian of religion as well as a Sanskrit scholar, who specializes in the study […]
Aug 23, 2020
Translating Ancient Greek Astrological Texts
2:32:37
In episode 267 astrologer and scholar Levente László joins the show to talk about his new translation project for ancient Greek astrological texts, and to discuss some of the translations he has completed so far. Levente is classical philologist from Hungary, and he recently launched the Horoi Project, which is a crowdfunding project to translate […]
Aug 13, 2020
Aspect Patterns in Astrology, with Carole Taylor
2:23:02
In episode 266 astrologer Carole Taylor joins the show to talk about aspect patterns in astrology, such as the T-square, grand trine, and yod. Aspect patterns occur when three or more planets are aligned with each other in a chart through close geometrical configurations. Carole is the author of my new favorite introduction to astrology […]
Aug 05, 2020
August 2020 Astrology Forecast
2:17:00
In episode 265 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan look at the astrological forecast for August of 2020, as well as the birth chart of Walter Mercado. The astrology of August features Mars moving into its shadow and making the first of three sets of squares to Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn, as well […]
Jul 30, 2020
The Origins of the Concept of Detriment in Astrology
2:04:00
In episode 264 of the podcast Chris Brennan and Benjamin Dykes discuss the origins of the concept of detriment in ancient Hellenistic and Medieval astrology. Years ago I noted that that the origins of the concept of detriment are somewhat mysterious, because it is mentioned infrequently by the Hellenistic astrologers, and not usually defined along […]
Jul 28, 2020
Intersectionality and Astrology, with Bear Ryver
1:58:32
In episode 263 astrologer Bear Ryver joins the show to talk about intersectionality as a framework for approaching astrology, working with clients, and the astrological community. Intersectionality is a term that was first coined in a legal context by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, to explain the way in which people can experience multiple overlapping forms […]
Jul 17, 2020
The Life and Work of Noel Tyl, Astrologer
2:31:43
Episode 262 features an interview with astrologers Basil Fearrington and Kathy Rose about the life and work of the astrologer Noel Tyl. Noel Tyl was one of the most prolific astrologers of the late 20th and early 21st century, having authored around 30 books. He passed away last year, on December 31, 2019, the day […]
Jul 11, 2020
July 2020 Astrology Forecast
2:45:39
Episode 261 features astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan giving an overview of the astrological forecast for July of 2020. The astrology of July features Mars starting its long transit through Aries, Saturn moving back into Capricorn, a lunar eclipse in Capricorn, and Mercury squaring Mars most of the month. We begin the […]
Jun 30, 2020
First Steps in Reading a Birth Chart
2:04:15
In episode 260 astrologers Leisa Schaim and Chris Brennan discuss the first steps you should take when trying to interpret a birth chart, and which astrological factors you should focus on in natal astrology. New students of astrology often learn a number of different techniques, but they are often unsure of the order and priority […]
Jun 25, 2020
A Discussion on Astrology and Race in America
2:15:27
On episode 259 of the podcast astrologer Sam Reynolds joins the show to discuss the issue of racism in America, and to talk about some related topics that have come up in the astrological community in the past two weeks. These discussions resulted from the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and the […]
Jun 10, 2020
Astrology As Radical Self-Care, with Diana Rose Harper
1:59:29
In episode 258 of the podcast astrologer Diana Rose Harper joins the show to talk about her work in using natal astrology as a form of radical-self care. This discussion was based on a talk that Diana gave at the Northwest Astrological Conference last month titled Fierce Compassion: Natal Astrology as Radical Self-Care. Radical self-care […]
Jun 09, 2020
June 2020 Astrology Forecast
2:34:35
In episode 257 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological alignments coming up in June of 2020. The month features the second half of the Venus retrograde in Gemini, as well as eclipses in Sagittarius and Cancer, Mercury stationing retrograde, the second of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions, and Mars […]
May 31, 2020
NORWAC 2020: Moving An In-Person Conference Online
1:51:10
Episode 256 of the podcast features an interview with astrologers Laura Nalbanian and Nicholas Polimenakos about the recent Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC), which was moved online recently for the first time in its 36 year history due to the pandemic. NORWAC is normally an in-person conference that takes place in Seattle on Labor Day weekend […]
May 29, 2020
The Origins of the Exaltations: A New Discovery
2:31:23
In episode 255 of the podcast astrologers Chris Brennan and Benjamin Dykes unveil a new discovery about the origins of the exaltations, derived from a lost Hermetic text preserved by Abu Ma’shar. Last summer Keiji Yamamoto and Charles Burnett released their long-awaited translation of The Great Introduction to Astrology by the 9th century astrologer Abu […]
May 16, 2020
Misconceptions About Mundane Astrology in the Media
2:29:09
In episode 254 astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim discuss a recent article in the New York Times that claimed that astrologers did not predict the recent worldwide crisis, and some of the related issues with coverage of astrology in the media, as well as the practice of mundane astrology. The starting point for this […]
May 11, 2020
May 2020 Astrology Forecast
2:49:09
In episode 253 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for May of 2020. Most of the action this month happens in the second full week of May, when Saturn stations direct, Mars completes its conjunction with Saturn by moving out of Aquarius and into Pisces, Venus […]
Apr 30, 2020
What is the Birth Chart of the United States?
1:56:43
In episode 252 astrologer Nina Gryphon joins the show to talk about question of what is the correct birth chart for the United States, and to review some of the different possible charts that are available. While this sounds like a simple question, there are actually a number of different birth dates and birth times […]
Apr 29, 2020
Becca Tarnas on Outer Planet Cycles and Jung’s Red Book
2:24:25
Episode 251 features an interview with astrologer Becca Tarnas where we talk about her work on the Red Book of Carl Jung, as well as the connection between outer planet cycles and recent world events. Becca practices archetypal astrology, and is the current editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, which recently released its […]
Apr 25, 2020
Alan White: Intro to Hellenistic Astrology
2:49:09
Episode 250 features a lecture by the late astrologer Alan White on an introduction to Hellenistic astrology, followed by an audio interview with Alan about his life and work from 2010. Alan began studying astrology seriously in the 1980s, and then in the mid-1990s he discovered Project Hindsight and developed a deep interest in ancient […]
Apr 21, 2020
Robert Zoller, Pioneer in Reviving Medieval Astrology
1:41:11
Episode 249 features a tribute to the astrologer Robert Zoller, who passed away in January, and was a pioneer in the revival of the study and practice of medieval astrology. Zoller’s book The Arabic Parts in Astrology: A Lost Key to Prediction (1980) was one of the first books which helped to contribute to the […]
Mar 29, 2020
April 2020 Astrology Forecast + Coronavirus Discussion
2:41:03
In episode 248 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan discuss the astrology of the recent coronavirus pandemic, and later provide a general astrological forecast for April of 2020. This is our first episode together since we recorded the last forecast in mid-February, and the world has changed a lot since that time. We […]
Mar 27, 2020
Mythic Astrology and Venus Retrogrades with Arielle Guttman
2:09:20
Episode 247 features an interview with astrologer Arielle Guttman about her work on using myth as an interpretive device in astrology, as well as the importance of the synodic cycle of Venus, providing insight into the upcoming Venus retrograde. Arielle is the author of the books Mythic Astrology and Mythic Astrology Applied, as well as […]
Mar 23, 2020
The Four Elements in Astrology, with Darby Costello
2:10:49
Episode 246 features a discussion with astrologer Darby Costello about the four elements in astrology, and the way their archetypal meanings are applied to the signs of the zodiac. The four classical elements in the western tradition are: fire, air, water, and earth. The concept of the four elements originated in the Greek tradition with […]
Mar 09, 2020
March 2020 Astrology Forecast: Mars Conjunct Saturn in Aquarius
2:38:34
Episode 245 features the astrology forecast for March of 2020, with astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. The astrology of March features the tail end of the Mercury retrograde in Pisces and Aquarius, a Full Moon in Virgo, New Moon in Aries, and then ends with Saturn and Mars moving into Aquarius and […]
Feb 29, 2020
How Did Placidus Become the Most Popular House System?
1:44:07
Episode 244 features an interview with Anthony Louis about the history of how Placidus became the most popular system of quadrant house division used in western astrology in modern times. In late 20th and early 21st century astrology Placidus is the most popular house system, and it is usually the default house system in most […]
Feb 24, 2020
Relationship Placements in the Birth Chart
1:57:00
Episode 243 is a recording of a workshop led by astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim about interpreting relationship indicators in the birth chart. This is a recording of a local meeting of the Denver Astrology Group, and it was meant to be an introductory overview to some of the techniques that astrologers employ when […]
Feb 12, 2020
The Asteroids in Astrology, with Demetra George
1:32:41
Episode 242 features an interview with astrologer Demetra George about her pioneering work on the asteroids in astrology, and why she feels they are interesting and important for astrologers to use. Demetra published the book Asteroid Goddesses in 1986, which was one of the first works that established an approach for incorporating the asteroids into […]
Feb 06, 2020
The Yavanajataka: Greek Astrology in Sanskrit?
2:29:55
Episode 241 of the podcast features an interview with Kenneth Miller about an ancient Sanskrit text from India known as the Yavanajataka, and the debate about whether it is a translation of a Greek work on Hellenistic astrology. A critical edition and commentary on this text was published by David Pingree in 1978, and since […]
Jan 31, 2020
February 2020 Astrology Forecast
2:37:37
Episode 240 features astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan discussing the astrological forecast for the month of February of 2020. The astrology of February features Mars moving into Capricorn mid-month, where it joins Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, and then Mercury stationing retrograde in Pisces conjunct Neptune around the same time. We spend the […]
Jan 28, 2020
The Picatrix: A Grimoire of Astrological Magic
2:30:51
Episode 239 of the podcast features an interview with Christopher Warnock about a book known as the Picatrix, which is a 10th century text on astrological magic. This is a sweeping two and a half hour discussion where we talk about the history and origins of the text, as well as its contents. We also […]
Jan 24, 2020
2020 Year Ahead Horoscopes – Part 2: Libra – Pisces
7:25:05
Episode 238 features part 2 of our series on year ahead horoscopes for all twelve signs of the zodiac, with this installment featuring the second half of the signs, Libra through Pisces. These are hour-long horoscope forecasts that are meant to be read relative to your rising sign primarily, although you can also look at […]
Jan 15, 2020
2020 Year Ahead Horoscopes – Part 1: Aries – Virgo
7:00:36
Episode 237 features a series of extended horoscope forecasts for each of the signs of the zodiac which provide an astrological forecast for the entire year of 2020. These horoscopes are primarily meant to be viewed from the perspective of your rising sign, although you can also look at them from the perspective of your […]
Jan 15, 2020
Answering Astrology Questions with Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan
2:09:42
In episode 236 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan got together in-person to answer some questions about astrology that were sent in by listeners of the show. This was the last of the in-studio recordings that we did in Denver towards the end of Austin and Kelly’s trip here in late November. The […]
Dec 31, 2019
The Relationship Between Astrology and Magic
3:09:22
In episode 235 astrologers Austin Coppock and Chris Brennan discuss the relationship between astrology and magic, and some of the areas where they converge and diverge. The premise behind this discussion is that there has been a dramatic rise in the practice of astrological magic over the past couple of years, especially among the younger […]
Dec 22, 2019
2020 Astrology Forecast: Overview of the Year Ahead
3:10:22
In episode 234 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan provide an overview of the astrology of 2020, and discuss the major planetary alignments that will happen over the next year. There is a lot of major planetary activity next year, including a Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, Venus and Mars both retrograde for several […]
Dec 17, 2019
Significations of the Twelve Houses – Part 2: Houses 7–12
3:23:08
In episode 233 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan get back together in the studio for the second of our two part series on the significations of the houses, this time focusing on the meanings of houses 7 through 12. In part 1 of our series on the significations of the twelve houses […]
Dec 06, 2019
December 2019 Astrology Forecast: Jupiter in Capricorn
2:40:35
In episode 232 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan meet up in the studio to give an overview of the astrological forecast for December of 2019, which features Jupiter moving into Capricorn at the start of a one year transit through that sign. This month’s forecast also features a solar eclipse in Capricorn, […]
Dec 01, 2019
Significations of the Twelve Houses – Part 1: Houses 1–6
3:45:35
In episode 231 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan begin the first of a two part series on the meanings of the twelve houses, starting with houses 1 through 6. At the beginning of the episode we review some basic conceptual structures that are necessary for understanding how the houses got their meanings, […]
Nov 27, 2019
Relationship Astrology for Modern Times, with Jessica Lanyadoo
2:41:34
In episode 230 astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo joins the podcast to talk about astrology and relationships, and some of the work she has done in adapting the subject to the realities and sensibilities of modern times. Jessica is the host of the popular Ghost of a Podcast, and is the author of the forthcoming book Astrology […]
Nov 19, 2019
Practicing Astrology Before Your Saturn Return
2:10:13
In episode 229 of the podcast, astrologers Leisa Schaim and Chris Brennan discuss whether age is a relevant prerequisite for practicing astrology, and if it is ok to read charts for clients prior to your Saturn return. The premise of the discussion is that a debate comes up occasionally in the astrological community over how […]
Nov 07, 2019
November 2019 Astrology Forecast: Last of Jupiter in Sag
2:30:03
Episode 228 features astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan talking about the astrological forecast for November of 2019, which is the last full month of Jupiter transiting through Sagittarius. November also features Mercury retrograde in Scorpio most of the month, an exact Saturn-Neptune sextile, and lunations in Taurus and Sagittarius. We decided to […]
Oct 30, 2019
Origins of the House Division Debate in Ancient Astrology
3:48:51
Episode 227 of the podcast is a lecture by Chris Brennan on the origins of the house division debate in ancient astrology, where I present my reconstruction of how the different approaches to house division came about in the Hellenistic tradition 2000 years ago. The premise of the discussion is that we know as modern […]
Oct 28, 2019
Is Astrology Antithetical to Christianity?
2:10:22
In episode 226 astrologer Nate Craddock joins the show to discuss the early history of Christianity and its relationship with astrology. Specifically, we focus on the question of whether astrology is somehow inherently antithetical to Christianity, especially in terms of the origins of the religion during the time of the Roman Empire. Nate is a […]
Oct 08, 2019
Helena Avelar and Luís Ribeiro on Traditional Astrology
3:08:38
Episode 225 features an interview with Helena Avelar and Luís Ribeiro about their work on traditional astrology, and their two books on the subject. Helena and Luís live in Portugal, and are the authors of the 2010 book On the Heavenly Spheres: A Treatise on Traditional Astrology, which is a comprehensive introduction to traditional, pre-20th […]
Oct 04, 2019
October 2019 Astrology Forecast: Mercury Spookygrade
1:47:12
In episode 224 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for October of 2019. October features Mercury stationing retrograde in Scorpio on Halloween, which has been dubbed Mercury Spookygrade by Cam White. The rest of the astrology of October features inner planets moving through Libra and squaring […]
Sep 30, 2019
The Life and Work of Astrologer Alan Oken
1:44:46
Episode 223 is a biographical interview with astrologer Alan Oken, who is the author of a number of highly influential books on modern astrology, such as Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology (1980), and Rulers of the Horoscope (2000). During the course of the show we talk about how Alan got into astrology in the late 1960s, […]
Sep 24, 2019
Reading Birth Charts with Annual Profections
2:07:15
In episode 222 astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim lead a discussion about annual profections with a local astrology group, and take example charts from the audience to demonstrate how the timing technique works in practice. This episode is a recording of a meeting of the Denver Astrology Group that took place at the Mercury […]
Sep 20, 2019
William Lilly and His Book Christian Astrology
1:53:22
Episode 221 of the podcast features an interview with Nina Gryphon about the famous 17th century astrologer William Lilly and his book Christian Astrology. Lilly published Christian Astrology in 1647, and it was the first major textbook on astrology that was written in English. Most western astrological texts were written in Latin up until that […]
Sep 14, 2019
September 2019 Astrology Forecast
1:58:23
Episode 220 features an overview of the astrology of September 2019, with astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. The month opens with two conjunctions with the Sun by Mars and Mercury, and also features Saturn stationing direct in Capricorn, and the third and final square between Jupiter and Neptune. This episode is available […]
Sep 01, 2019
The Recent Revival of Astrology in Romania
1:05:08
Episode 219 features two interviews with astrologers Firicel Ciarnau and Mihaela Dicu about the revival of astrology in Romania over the past 30 years after a period of suppression. I traveled to Romania from June 6–10, 2019, to attend and speak at a conference that was hosted by the Romanian Astrologers Association. On June 9 […]
Aug 28, 2019
Abu Ma’shar on Solar Returns, with Benjamin Dykes
1:52:38
Episode 218 features an interview with Dr. Benjamin Dykes about his new translation of a highly influential book on solar returns by the 9th century astrologer Abu Ma’shar. The title of the book is Persian Nativities IV: On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities. Abu Ma’shar (d. 886 CE) was one of the most […]
Aug 09, 2019
Organizing Astrology Conferences, with Ray Merriman
1:53:54
Episode 217 features an interview with astrologer Ray Merriman about what is involved in organizing a major astrology conference. Ray specializes in financial astrology, and is the former President of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR). He has organized more than 20 astrology conferences over the course of his career, and is in the […]
Aug 04, 2019
August 2019 Astrology Forecast: Leo and Virgo Stelliums
2:00:34
Episode 216 features the astrological forecast for August of 2019, with astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. In the first part of the episode we catch up on Kelly and Austin’s recent moves, and reflect on coming out of the other side of the difficult transits in June and July, and then in […]
Jul 30, 2019
Interpreting Solar and Lunar Eclipses in Your Birth Chart
2:13:18
Episode 215 features a recording of a live workshop where astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim demonstrate how to interpret the astrological significance of eclipses, based on the houses in which they fall in your birth chart. This is a recording of a meeting of the Denver Astrology Group that was held on Saturday, July […]
Jul 21, 2019
The Increasing Frequency of Caesarean Section Births
1:14:27
Episode 214 features an interview with astrologer Wendy Stacey about the increasing frequency of caesarean births, and the implications this has for natal astrology. Wendy is the Chair of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, and Principal of the Mayo School of Astrology. She did an MA degree at Bath Spa University College in Cultural […]
Jul 17, 2019
Interviews with Astrologers from Romania and England
1:00:04
Episode 213 features a few short interviews that I did with different astrologers that I met in Romania and the England while I was traveling through Europe last month to attend two astrology conferences. The first interview is with astrologers Oli Andrei Olar and Lelia Vatasescu from Romania, the second interview is with Carmina Amza […]
Jul 13, 2019
Clive Kavan: Publishing the Regulus Edition of William Lilly
1:05:35
Episode 212 features an interview with Clive Kavan about how he published the 1985 Regulus edition of William Lilly’s book Christian Astrology, which helped to spur the revival of traditional astrology in modern times. Lilly’s book Christian Astrology was originally published in 1647, and it was the first major textbook astrology written in English, because […]
Jul 04, 2019
July 2019 Astrology Forecast: Mercury Retrograde ☌ Mars
1:57:57
In episode 211 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan present the astrological forecast for July of 2019. July begins with a tricky Mercury retrograde station conjunct Mars in Leo, and also features the first full set of eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn. We open the show by talking about Chris’ recent trip to […]
Jul 01, 2019
On Psychological Astrology, with John Green
1:19:32
Episode 210 of the podcast features an interview with astrologer John Green about psychological astrology, and some of the unique and valuable contributions it has made the contemporary practice of astrology over the past few decades. John is the director of the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology (MISPA), which offers a diploma course that […]
Jun 27, 2019
Alan Leo and Early Modern Astrology, with Kim Farnell
1:31:06
Episode 209 features an interview with Kim Farnell about her new book titled Modern Astrologers: The Lives of Alan and Bessie Leo. Alan Leo (1860–1917) is often credited with helping to spur the revival and popularization of astrology in the west in the early 20th century, through his efforts to publish magazines, horoscopes, and books. […]
Jun 22, 2019
Live Astrology Q&A Session at NORWAC 2019
2:03:46
In episode 208 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan answer questions about astrology from listeners in front of a live audience at the 35th annual Northwest Astrological Conference in Seattle, Washington on May 23, 2019. The Q&A session was recorded in front of a live audience of listeners, who flew in to Seattle […]
Jun 04, 2019
Astrology Forecast for June 2019: Mars Opposes Saturn
2:22:46
In episode 207 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan present the astrological forecast for June of 2019. June features some of the most dynamic and tricky configurations of the year, with Mercury and Mars conjoining in Cancer, and opposing Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. We spend the first hour of the show recapping […]
May 31, 2019
Evangeline Adams and the Advent of Astrology in America
2:39:44
In episode 206 Christopher Renstrom joins the show to talk about the work of the early 20th century astrologer Evangeline Adams, and the development and popularization of astrology in America. In the first hour of this discussion we talk about the practice of astrology in America in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and the […]
May 21, 2019
The Master of the Nativity: Finding the Ruler of the Chart
3:21:19
In episode 205 astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim present a lecture on the ancient method of identifying the overall ruler of a birth chart, called the Master of the Nativity. While in modern times astrologers tend to refer to the ruler of the Ascendant as the ruler of the chart, in ancient Greco-Roman astrology […]
May 17, 2019
Teaching Western Astrology in Modern China
1:36:33
Episode 204 features an interview with astrologer David Railey about his work in teaching modern western astrology in China over the past decade. David is the Vice President of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR), and was in town last week to organize a major conference that ISAR is hosting in Denver in September […]
May 06, 2019
Astrology Forecast for May 2019: Mercury Cazimi in Gemini
2:02:19
In episode 203 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan present the astrological forecast for May of 2019. May features a New Moon in Taurus, a Full Moon in Scorpio, a Sun-Mercury cazimi in Gemini, and more. At the top of the show we discuss a few miscellaneous news topics, such as what it […]
Apr 30, 2019
How Did Pluto and the Outer Planets Get Their Meanings?
1:57:59
In episode 202 astrologers Kenneth Miller and Sam Reynolds join Leisa Schaim and Chris Brennan in the studio to talk about the history behind Pluto’s significations, as well as the meanings of the other outer planets in general. This discussion is partially based on a paper that Kenneth wrote for the second volume of The […]
Apr 28, 2019
Astrologers Dating Astrologers: Advantages and Pitfalls
2:39:09
In episode 201 astrologers Eugenia Krok and Tareck Ghoneim join Leisa Schaim and Chris Brennan to talk about what it is like for an astrologer to be in a romantic relationship with another astrologer. Eugenia is the host of the Accessible Astrology Podcast, and she and Tareck have been dating for two years, while Chris […]
Apr 22, 2019
The Astrology Podcast 200th Episode Retrospective
4:05:25
Astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim celebrate the 200th episode of The Astrology Podcast by talking about its history, looking back at some past episodes, and answering some meta questions about the podcast that were submitted by listeners. Part of our goal was to provide a bit of an introduction to the podcast for those […]
Apr 17, 2019
April 2019 Astrology Forecast: Grand Trine in Fire Signs
2:33:20
Episode 199 covers the astrological forecast for April of 2019, with astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. The forecast for April features a grand fire trine, three outer planets stationing retrograde, and Mercury finally leaving its retrograde shadow and moving from Pisces into Aries. At the top of the show we spend just […]
Mar 31, 2019
Sahl ibn Bishr: A New Translation by Benjamin Dykes
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Episode 198 features an interview with Benjamin Dykes about his new translation of the works of the 9th century astrologer Sahl ibn Bishr from Arabic. Sahl was part of the second generation of astrologers who wrote in Arabic and worked in Baghdad during the early Islamic Caliphate. He seems to have been active around 815–825 […]
Mar 22, 2019
Uranus Transits Through the Twelve Houses
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Episode 197 features a panel of astrologers talking about the recent ingress of Uranus into Taurus, and helping to contextualize what that shift will mean for individuals by talking about it within the context of transits of Uranus through each of the twelve houses. This is a recording from a meeting of the Denver Astrology […]
Mar 13, 2019
Talking with Vedic Astrologer James Braha
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Episode 196 features an interview with Vedic astrologer James Braha, where we talk about his life and work in astrology. James is the author of 6 books on astrology, including Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer, and The Art and Practice of Ancient Hindu Astrology. For more information about his work visit: JamesBraha.com […]
Mar 07, 2019
March 2019 Astrology Forecast: Mercury Retro in Pisces
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Episode 195 features astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan talking about the astrological forecast for the month of March 2019. The astrology of March includes Mercury going retrograde in Pisces and eventually stationing direct conjunct Neptune, as well as Uranus making its final ingress into Taurus where it will stay for several years. […]
Feb 28, 2019
Reincarnation and Astrology, with Steven Forrest
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Episode 194 features an interview with Steven Forrest about the concept of reincarnation, and the question of whether astrology can be used to find information about past lives. Steven is one of the founders of a popular approach to astrology in modern times called Evolutionary Astrology, which holds karma and reincarnation as key principles. In […]
Feb 22, 2019
The Vimshottari Dasha System in Vedic Astrology
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Episode 193 features an interview with astrologer Freedom Cole on the vimshottari dasha system, which is a timing technique used in Vedic astrology. In the last episode of the podcast we presented an introduction to a recently recovered ancient time-lord technique called zodiacal releasing, and noted how a number of similar techniques called “dasha” systems […]
Feb 18, 2019
Zodiacal Releasing: An Ancient Timing Technique
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In episode 192 astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim present a detailed introduction to the ancient zodiacal releasing timing technique, which divides your life into chapters and paragraphs, and helps to identify your life story. In ancient Hellenistic astrology there were several different time-lord techniques that were used to determine when the potential of placements […]
Feb 12, 2019
February 2019 Astrology Forecast
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In episode 191 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan present an overview of the major astrological alignments happening in February of 2019. The astrology of February features Venus ingressing into Capricorn and conjoining Saturn and Pluto, Mars conjoining Uranus one last time in Aries before departing for Taurus, and Mercury […]
Feb 01, 2019
Electional Astrology: How to Find Auspicious Dates & Times
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In episode 190 of the podcast astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim provide an introduction to electional astrology, which is the application of astrology to find auspicious dates and times to begin new ventures and undertakings. On the forecast episodes of the podcast we regularly feature an auspicious electional chart for the month ahead, but […]
Jan 21, 2019
Why Are More Women Interested in Astrology Than Men?
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In episode 189 astrologer Lisa Ardere joins the show to discuss why there seem to be more women who are interested in astrology than men, and some related questions that have become topics of discussion recently in the astrological community. It is generally accepted that there seem to be a greater number of women who […]
Jan 09, 2019
Demetra George on Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice
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Episode 188 features an interview with astrologer Demetra George about her new book titled Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice, A Manual of Traditional Techniques – Volume One: Assessing Planetary Condition. This is the first of two volumes where Demetra provides a detailed treatment of ancient Hellenistic astrology, which is the type of astrology that […]
Jan 02, 2019
2019 Astrology Forecast: Overview of the Year Ahead
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In episode 187 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan provide an overview of the astrology of 2019, and discuss the major planetary alignments that will occur over the course of the next twelve months. The astrology of 2019 features solar eclipses occurring in Capricorn and Cancer, Uranus moving into Taurus, […]
Jan 01, 2019
January 2019 Horoscopes for All Twelve Zodiac Signs
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In episode 186 of the podcast astrologers Chris Brennan and Cam White present the monthly horoscope forecast for each zodiac sign for January of 2019. The astrology of January features a solar eclipse in Capricorn, Uranus stationing direct in Aries, a Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius, a lunar eclipse in Leo, and a Sun-Mercury conjunction in […]
Dec 27, 2018
Answering Astrology Questions from Twitter
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In episode 185 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan take questions from listeners about various astrological topics, ranging from practicing astrology professionally to conceptual issues involving the houses and the zodiac. We start out the episode by catching up on what has been going on for the three of us and in the […]
Dec 22, 2018
Astrologers on Becoming Parents
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Episode 184 features a discussion with Ashley Otero and Patrick Watson about what it is like for an astrologer to become a parent, and some of the unique questions that arise when parenting with astrology. Ashley and Patrick are both professional astrologers who have become parents over the past few years, and this experience has […]
Dec 16, 2018
December 2018 Astrology Forecast: No More Retrogrades
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In episode 183 of the podcast astrologers Chris Brennan, Kelly Surtees, and Austin Coppock discuss the astrological forecast for December of 2018, and the end of a year that has been filled with a seemingly endless barrage of retrograde planets. This episode was recorded earlier in November than usual, and it opens with Austin telling […]
Nov 30, 2018
December 2018 Horoscopes for Every Rising Sign
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Episode 182 of the podcast features our monthly horoscope forecast for all twelve signs of the zodiac for December of 2018, with astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim. Our monthly horoscopes are designed to be read primarily from the perspective of your Ascendant or rising sign, although you can also look at them from the […]
Nov 27, 2018
The Transmission of Horoscopic Astrology to China & Japan
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In episode 181 of the podcast Dr. Jeffrey Kotyk joins the show to talk about the practice of astrology in China in ancient times, and in particular the transmission of horoscopic astrology to China and Japan starting in the 9th century. Jeffrey is an academic historian from Winnipeg, Canada, who specializes in the study of […]
Nov 20, 2018
The Signs of the Zodiac: Qualities and Meanings – Part 2
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In episode 180 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan reconvene for the second of our two part series on the symbolism of the signs of the zodiac. In this episode we discuss the meanings of the second half of the zodiac signs: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Part 1 of this […]
Nov 13, 2018
November 2018 Monthly Horoscopes for All 12 Rising Signs
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Episode 179 of The Astrology Podcast features astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim discussing the horoscopes for November of 2018 for all twelve rising zodiac signs. Chris has been doing these as monthly video horoscopes for each rising sign since July on his astrology YouTube channel, but this month Leisa joined him in our new […]
Nov 02, 2018
November 2018 Astrology Forecast: Jupiter in Sagittarius
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In episode 178 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to discuss the astrological forecast for November of 2018, which features Jupiter moving into Sagittarius for a year-long transit through that sign. The month also features Uranus retrograding back into Aries, Mars moving into Pisces, Venus stationing direct in Libra, […]
Nov 01, 2018
Zodiac Sign Cusps: What’s It Mean to Be Born on a Cusp?
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Episode 177 features a discussion between Chris Brennan and Austin Coppock about a recent issue has arisen in the astrological community over zodiac sign cusps, and what it means when a person is born on a cusp. Sun-sign astrology became popular over the course of the past century, and everyone knows their “sign,” which is […]
Oct 29, 2018
Becoming a Professional Astrologer in the Modern Age
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In episode 176 astrologer Tony Howard joins the show to discuss the process of becoming a professional astrologer, and what it takes to make it in the field in the early 21st century. Much of the discussion focuses on how astrologers are making a living and promoting their work in recent times, and some of […]
Oct 20, 2018
The Signs of the Zodiac: Qualities and Meanings – Part 1
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In episode 175 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan discuss the symbolism of the first six signs of the zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo. This is the first installment of a two-part series where we plan to give an in-depth overview of the qualities and meanings of all twelve zodiacal […]
Oct 15, 2018
October 2018 Astrology Forecast: Venus Retro in Scorpio
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Episode 174 of the podcast features an overview of the astrology of October 2018, with Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. Most of the forecast focuses on Venus stationing retrograde in Scorpio early in the month, and the symbolism surrounding that transit. At the top of the show we discuss the pricing of astrological […]
Oct 01, 2018
Michel and Francoise Gauquelin and the Mars Effect
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Episode 173 features an interview with Kenneth Irving about the work of Michel and Francoise Gauquelin, who conducted the largest statistical studies of timed birth charts in the 20th century, and claimed to have found scientific evidence for the validity of astrology. Their most famous and controversial finding was known as the Mars Effect, where […]
Sep 27, 2018
Q&A: Celebrity Endorsements, Calculating Charts, and More
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Episode 172 is a Q&A episode with Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim, where we answer some questions that have been sent in by listeners of the podcast over the past several months. We covered a wide variety of topics in this episode, including famous celebrity endorsements of astrology, how to calculate an astrological chart by […]
Sep 22, 2018
Shakespeare and Astrology, with Priscilla Costello
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Episode 171 features an interview with Priscilla Costello about her book Shakespeare and the Stars, which explores the use of astrology in the plays of William Shakespeare. Priscilla was a teacher of English literature for over 30 years, as well as a practicing astrologer. In the book she uses her background in both areas to […]
Sep 14, 2018
September 2018 Astrology Forecast: Moving Forward
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Episode 170 of the podcast features a discussion between Chris Brennan, Kelly Surtees, and Austin Coppock where we provide an overview of the major planetary alignments happening in September of 2018. This month a number of planets are finally moving direct again, after a period where several were retrograde at the same time over the […]
Aug 31, 2018
Rectification: Using Astrology to Find Your Birth Time
2:52:43
In episode 169 of the podcast astrologers Chris Brennan, Leisa Schaim, and Patrick Watson provide a detailed introduction to the topic of rectification, which is a procedure used to find a person’s birth time when it is otherwise unknown or uncertain. Rectification is often regarded as one of the most difficult things to do in […]
Aug 27, 2018
Dennis Harness on Astrological Counseling Styles
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Episode 168 features an interview with Vedic astrologer Dennis Harness where we talk about different styles of conducting astrological consultations, and some potential challenges that new astrologers should watch out for when seeing clients. We begin by talking about different styles that astrologers use in order to conduct natal consultations, which can range from informational […]
Aug 17, 2018
The Problem of Twins in Natal Astrology
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Episode 167 of the podcast features a discussion between Chris Brennan and Adam Elenbaas about the problem of twins in natal astrology, and how astrologers deal with the birth charts or horoscopes of two people who were born at the same time. The premise of natal astrology is that the alignment of the planets at […]
Aug 10, 2018
August 2018 Astrology Forecast: Final Solar Eclipse in Leo
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In episode 166 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for August of 2018. August features Uranus stationing retrograde for the first time in Taurus, the last of a series of solar eclipses in Leo that started last year, Mars retrograding back into Capricorn and then stationing […]
Jul 31, 2018
Synastry: The Astrology of Relationships
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In episode 165 of the podcast astrologer John Green joins the show to talk about the concept of synastry, which is a technique that astrologers use to determine relationship dynamics by comparing birth chart placements. The basic premise of natal astrology is that the birth chart reflects different facets of a person’s life, including information […]
Jul 28, 2018
The Celestial Art: Essays on Astrological Magic
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Episode 164 of the podcast features an interview with Austin Coppock about a new book he edited titled The Celestial Art: Essays on Astrological Magic. The book is a compilation of essays on astrological magic by a number of notable astrologers, and it covers historical, philosophical, and technical issues related to the topic. The authors […]
Jul 25, 2018
Why Horoscopes Are Still Valid and Important
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In episode 163 of The Astrology Podcast astrologers Jo Gleason and Adam Elenbaas join the show to discuss horoscope columns, the process of writing them, and why they are still an important and useful tool for developing one’s skills as an astrologer. I had been thinking about doing a set of monthly horoscopes for a […]
Jul 09, 2018
Astrology Forecast, July 2018: Lunar Eclipse ☌ Mars
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In episode 162 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for July of 2018. Our main focus this month is a tense lunar eclipse that occurs towards the end of the month in Aquarius, which is closely conjunct Mars and square Uranus. We also […]
Jul 01, 2018
Is Prediction Killing Astrology? ISAR Panel at UAC 2018
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This is a recording of a panel discussion that took place at the United Astrology Conference in Chicago last month titled “Is Prediction Killing Astrology?” The panel was organized by the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) as a free pre-conference event that took place on May 23, 2018, as a precursor to the United […]
Jun 25, 2018
Reflections on United Astrology Conference 2018
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In episode 160 of the show astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Spencer Michaud join me to talk about our experiences at the recent United Astrology Conference, which took place in Chicago from roughly May 23-30, 2018. During the course of the discussion we talk about some of the lectures we gave, lectures we saw, […]
Jun 19, 2018
Live Podcast Event at United Astrology Conference 2018
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Episode 159 is a live podcast discussion that was recorded in front of an audience at the United Astrology Conference in Chicago on May 27, 2018, with Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. This was our first time hosting an event like this, or recording an episode of the podcast in person in front […]
Jun 11, 2018
Astrology Forecast for June 2018: Mars Retrograde
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In episode 158 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan discuss the astrological forecast for June of 2018, which features a prominent Mars retrograde period beginning in Aquarius. This episode was recorded a couple of weeks ago, just before we all left for the United Astrology Conference in Chicago. The conference […]
Jun 01, 2018
What House Rules Sex in Western Astrology?
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Episode 157 is a solo show where I discuss the tricky question of which of the twelve houses rules sex in western astrology. This is a problematic question because it turns out that over the past 2000 years western astrologers have assigned sex to three different houses during different eras. In the Greco-Roman astrological tradition […]
May 14, 2018
Essential Dignities and Debilities, with Charles Obert
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In episode 156 astrologer Charles Obert joins the show to talk about the concept of essential dignities and debilities, and how they are used to determine the condition of a planet in an astrological chart. The essential dignities are essentially the ancient equivalent of the modern sign-rulerships, except it represents the original and more elaborate […]
May 10, 2018
Answering Birth Chart Questions from Listeners
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In episode 155 of the podcast Kelly Surtees joined me to do a live stream on YouTube where we took some questions from listeners about their birth charts, and then demonstrated how we would answer those questions as astrologers in a consultation setting. This was a bit of an experiment, as I had never really […]
May 07, 2018
Astrology Forecast for May 2018: Uranus Enters Taurus
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In episode 154 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for May of 2018. Much of the discussion focuses on the impending ingress of the outer planet Uranus into the zodiacal sign of Taurus, since Uranus only changes signs once every seven years or […]
Apr 29, 2018
Annual Profections: A Basic Time-Lord Technique
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Episode 153 of the podcast is a recording of a webinar by Chris Brennan on an ancient timing technique known as annual profections, which is used to make yearly predictions about a person’s life. The lecture begins by introducing the concept of time-lord techniques in Hellenistic astrology, and how they are used to determine when […]
Apr 26, 2018
Discussing Jung’s Studies in Astrology by Liz Greene
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In episode 152 of the podcast Laura London and Jenn Zahrt join me to discuss a new book by Liz Greene titled Jung’s Studies in Astrology: Prophecy, Magic, and the Qualities of Time. In the book Dr. Greene traces various modern and ancient sources that influenced Carl Jung’s views on astrology, which in turn helped […]
Apr 19, 2018
Astrology Podcasters Q&A Trialogue
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In episode 151 of the podcast I met up in person with fellow astrology podcasters Adam Sommer and Eugenia Krok, and we spent the afternoon answering questions that were sent in by listeners of our shows. In this episode we cover topics ranging from our experiences with running a podcast and how we got started, […]
Apr 10, 2018
Astrology Forecast for April of 2018
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In episode 150 of the podcast astrologers Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for April of 2018. The forecast for April includes a Mars-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn right at the beginning of the month, Mercury stationing direct in Aries, Saturn and Pluto stationing retrograde, and more. At […]
Mar 31, 2018
Tem Tarriktar on the Mountain Astrologer Magazine
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In episode 149 of the podcast Tem Tarriktar joins me to talk about The Mountain Astrologer magazine, which is one of the leading astrological publications in the world today. Tem started TMA in 1987, and during the course of the show we talk about the humble origins of the magazine, as well as some of […]
Mar 27, 2018
Jung on Synchronicity and the Mechanism for Astrology
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In episode 148 of the podcast Keiron Le Grice joins the show to talk about Carl Jung’s theory of synchronicity, and its applicability to astrology as a possible explanatory mechanism. Keiron is the author of the recent book Jung on Astrology, which was discussed in episode 141 with his co-author Saffron Rossi, as well as […]
Mar 16, 2018
The Elephant in the Room
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Episode 147 of the podcast features a discussion with Rick Levine about a recent controversy in the astrological community that centered on a lecture that Glenn Perry gave at a conference in India attacking the sidereal zodiac. Background on the Discussion The event was the 28th International Vedic Astrology Conference, which took place in Kolkata, […]
Mar 07, 2018
Astrology Forecast for March of 2018
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In episode 146 astrologers Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for March of 2018. The forecast for March features a shift of all of the inner planets from Pisces to Aries, Jupiter stationing retrograde in Scorpio, and Mars moving into Capricorn where it joins Saturn and Pluto. […]
Feb 28, 2018
The Origins of Horary Astrology
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In episode 145 astrologer and academic historian Levente László joins the show to talk about the origins of the fourth branch of western astrology, known as horary astrology. The focus of the episode is the mysterious origins of horary astrology, and the question of when and how it was originally developed. As discussed in episode […]
Feb 27, 2018
Secondary Progressions: Every Day Symbolizes A Year
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In episode 144 of the podcast astrologer Kelly Surtees joins the show to talk about a popular timing technique known as secondary progressions, where every day of the native’s life symbolizes an entire year. In this episode we talk about how to calculate secondary progressions, as well as how to identify important turning points and […]
Feb 22, 2018
Q&A: Seeing Clients, House Meanings & Newbie Books
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In episode 143 of the podcast astrologer Kelly Surtees joins the show to help answer some questions that were submitted by listeners of the podcast over the past few days. The questions discussed in this episode include things like “how do you know when you are ready to become a professional astrologer?”, “why are certain […]
Feb 20, 2018
Astrology Forecast for February 2018: Pileup in Pisces
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In episode 142 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the major astrological alignments that will take place in February of 2018. This month features eclipses in Leo and Aquarius, a pileup of planets in Pisces that are squared by Mars and trined by Jupiter, and more. We open the […]
Jan 31, 2018
Carl Jung’s Views and Influence on Modern Astrology
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In episode 141 of the podcast Dr. Safron Rossi joins the show to talk about the life and work of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, and in particular his views on astrology. Safron recently co-authored a book with Keiron Le Grice titled Jung on Astrology, which explores Jung’s thoughts on astrology by providing excepts […]
Jan 29, 2018
Saturn in Capricorn: Major Themes From 2017–2020
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In episode 140 of the podcast astrologers Austin Coppock and Patrick Watson join the show to talk about the transit of Saturn through Capricorn, which will occur from December 2017 through December 2020. We begin the episode by talking about the natures of the planet Saturn and the zodiacal sign Capricorn, and how their significations […]
Jan 18, 2018
Is Astrology Becoming More or Less Popular?
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In episode 139 of the podcast astrologers Dayna Lynn Nuckolls and Jessica Lanyadoo join the show to talk about whether astrology is becoming more or less popular in society. This question arose as a discussion topic recently in the astrological community after some recent media coverage of astrology, which included a piece in the New […]
Jan 11, 2018
The Astrology of 2018: Overview of the Major Transits
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In episode 138 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to provide an overview of the astrology of 2018. During the course of the episode we provide an overview of the major planetary transits and aspects this year, such as Saturn spending its first full year in Capricorn, Uranus moving […]
Dec 29, 2017
Elsbeth Ebertin and the Rise of Women in Astrology
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In episode 137 of the podcast Dr. Jenn Zahrt joins the show to talk about Elsbeth Ebertin, who was a famous German astrologer who lived in the early 20th century, and was one of the first prominent female astrologers in modern times. During the course of the show we talk about Elsbeth’s life and work, […]
Dec 18, 2017
Q&A: Astrological Consultations, Using Elections + More
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In episode 136 of the podcast astrologer Adam Elenbaas joins the show once again to finish answering some remaining questions we received from listeners over the past few months, as a followup to episodes 133 and 127. In this episode we covered a lot of different questions, which ranged from discussions about the structure and […]
Dec 11, 2017
Sade Sati: Saturn Transiting the Natal Moon
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In episode 135 astrologer Ryan Kurczak joins the show to talk about the concept of sade sati in Indian astrology, which is a 7.5 year period when Saturn transits the signs around the natal Moon. As we discuss in the episode, the sade sati transit is usually said to begin when Saturn moves into the […]
Dec 05, 2017
Astrology Forecast and Election for December 2017
2:15:33
In episode 134 of the podcast astrologers Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees join me to talk about the astrological forecast for December of 2017. The astrology of December features a Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius that first stations in a conjunction with Saturn, Mars ingressing into Scorpio, and Saturn moving into Capricorn. At the top of […]
Nov 30, 2017
Q&A: From Student to Practitioner of Astrology
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In episode 133 astrologer Adam Elenbaas joins the show to help me answer some questions that were submitted by listeners of the podcast over the past few months. As with episode 127, we got stuck on the first set of questions, and ended up spending the entire 90 minutes talking about issues related to learning […]
Nov 25, 2017
A Newbie’s Guide to Astrology Conferences
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In episode 132 of the podcast astrologers Jo Gleason and Ryhan Butler join the show to discuss what astrology conferences are all about, why you should try to go to one, and some strategies for making them easier to attend. Ryhan is a board member of the Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN), while Jo is […]
Nov 16, 2017
Saturn Return in Sagittarius Retrospective
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In episode 131 of the podcast astrologers Leisa Schaim and Patrick Watson join the show to talk about some examples of Saturn returns that we have observed over the past few years as Saturn has been transiting through the zodiacal sign of Sagittarius. Our example charts include a mixture of celebrity charts, charts of friends […]
Nov 09, 2017
Astrology Forecast and Election for November 2017
2:11:59
In episode 130 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show once again to talk about the astrological forecast for November of 2017. The show opens with an hour-long discussion about news and observations related to the recent ingress of Jupiter into Scorpio, as well as some followup discussion about episode […]
Oct 30, 2017
A Newly Discovered 4th Century Horoscope
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Episode 129 of the podcast features an interview with Dorian Greenbaum about the recent discovery of a new horoscope from Egypt that dates to the 4th century CE. In September of 2017 Dorian Greenbaum and Alexander Jones published a paper on the discovery through the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, titled P.Berl. […]
Oct 19, 2017
Composite Charts, with Originator John Townley
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Episode 128 features an interview with astrologer John Townley about composite charts, and his work in developing and promoting the technique starting in the early 1970s. John was the first person to publish a book on the subject in 1973, and is generally recognized as having popularized the technique. During the course of the interview […]
Oct 13, 2017
Unexpected Lunar Nodes Discussion with Adam Sommer
1:33:26
In episode 127 astrologer Adam Sommer of the Exploring Astrology podcast joined the show to answer some questions submitted by listeners of both of our podcasts, but we got stuck on the very first question and ended up having a 90-minute discussion about the lunar nodes. On the Moon’s Nodes We open the episode by […]
Oct 05, 2017
Astrology Forecast + Major Alignments for October 2017
1:52:08
In episode 126 of the podcast astrologers Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for October of 2017, which includes Jupiter moving into Scorpio, lunations in Aries and Libra, and more. The show opens with a brief discussion about relocational astrology, which was covered earlier this month in […]
Sep 30, 2017
How to Choose a Professional Astrologer
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In episode 125 of the podcast astrologers Cassandra Tyndall and Tony Howard join the show to discuss some tips that clients can take into consideration when trying to choose an astrologer to get an astrological consultation from. During the course of the discussion we focus in particular on some strategies for trying to find an […]
Sep 28, 2017
Astrological Education: Options for Serious Study
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Episode 124 of the podcast features a discussion about different options for getting a well-rounded education in astrology, and the pros and cons associated with the four major educational paths that a student can take if they want to study astrology within the context of a school or certification program. The episode was prompted by […]
Sep 19, 2017
Locational Astrology: The Astrology of Where You Live
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In episode 123 astrologer Moses Siregar joins the show to talk about locational astrology, also known as astrolocality or relocational astrology, which is used to describe how people experience different places on Earth. Locational astrology is a relatively recent development in the astrological tradition, and during the course of the episode we talk about how […]
Sep 12, 2017
Astrology Forecast and Election for September 2017
1:45:02
In episode 122 of the podcast astrologer Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock return to the show to talk about the astrological forecast for September of 2017. The astrology of September features the final of three Jupiter-Uranus oppositions, Mercury stationing direct in Leo around the time of a Pisces full moon, and at one point a […]
Aug 30, 2017
The Importance of Astronomy for Astrology
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In episode 121 of the podcast astrologer Gemini Brett joins the show to talk about why it is important for astrologers to have some grounding in the astronomy underlying astrology, as well as some of the problems that can arise when they don’t. In the first half of the show we discuss the separation between […]
Aug 29, 2017
Theophilus of Edessa: Translating His Astrological Works
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In episode 120 of the podcast Benjamin Dykes and Eduardo Gramaglia join the show to talk about their new translation of the astrological works of the 8th century astrologer Theophilus of Edessa. Theophilus was a Christian astrologer who served the kings of the early Islamic Empire around the time of the pivotal transition between the […]
Aug 24, 2017
The Astrology of Eclipses, with Bernadette Brady
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In episode 119 of the podcast Dr. Bernadette Brady joins the show to talk about the astrological significance of eclipses, and how astrologers have viewed and worked with them, both in ancient and in modern times. Bernadette has a PhD in Anthropology, and she is a tutor for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology […]
Aug 18, 2017
Astrology Forecast and Election for August 2017
1:39:30
In episode 118 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to discuss the astrology of August of 2017. The main highlight of the month of course is the much-hyped solar eclipse that is set to take place in Leo, and will cut across the entire continental United States. The month […]
Jul 31, 2017
Western Sidereal Astrology, with Kenneth Bowser
2:13:32
In episode 117 astrologer Kenneth Bowser joins the show to talk about the modern movement to revive the use of the sidereal zodiac in western astrology. During the course of the show we discuss the sidereal origins of the zodiac, the revival of its usage in the west through the work of the 20th century […]
Jul 24, 2017
Horary Astrology Questions, with Lee Lehman
2:04:31
In episode 116 of the podcast astrologer Lee Lehman returns to the show to talk about a branch of western astrology known as horary astrology. During the course of the episode we talk about the recent revival of the practice of traditional horary astrology in modern times, as well as Lee’s part in helping to […]
Jul 14, 2017
The Tropical Zodiac in Indian Astrology, with Vic DiCara
1:15:40
In episode 115 of the podcast astrologer Vic DiCara joins the show to talk about his use of the tropical zodiac within the context of Indian astrology, and some of the recent debates surrounding the subject among Vedic astrologers. Vic has done a number of articles and videos on this topic, and recently engaged in […]
Jul 07, 2017
Astrology Forecast and Electional Chart for July of 2017
1:30:39
In episode 114 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show in order to talk about the astrological forecast for July of 2017.This month features Mars falling under the beams of the Sun, a pileup of planets in Leo, lunations in Capricorn and Leo, and much more. Later in the show […]
Jun 30, 2017
The Modern Revival of Astrology, with Nick Campion
1:42:47
In episode 113 of the podcast I interview Dr. Nicholas Campion of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David about the revival of the practice of astrology in the west in the late 19th and early 20th century. Nick is the leading historian in the world on the history of astrology in western culture, and […]
Jun 29, 2017
Dane Rudhyar and the Birth of Modern Astrology
2:10:42
In episode 112 of the podcast Chet Zdrowski joins the show to talk about the life and work of the influential 20th century astrologer Dane Rudhyar. Rudhyar is a towering figure in mid- to late-20th century astrology due to the technical and conceptual work that he did in reformulating astrology for modern times, as well […]
Jun 26, 2017
Planetary Yogas or Combinations with Ernst Wilhelm
1:43:42
In episode 111 of the podcast astrologer Ernst Wilhelm joins the show to talk about the concept of planetary yogas in Vedic astrology, which are chart placements and combinations that indicate specific outcomes. Ernst is the author of a book on the topic titled Core Yogas: Yokes to the Fruits of Karmas. You can find […]
Jun 19, 2017
Astrology Forecast for June of 2017
1:50:16
In episode 110 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show in order to talk about the astrological forecast for June of 2017. This month features Mars moving into Cancer, Jupiter stationing direct in Libra, a Mercury-Sun cazimi in Cancer, and much more. Later in the show I highlight one auspicious […]
May 24, 2017
Sam Reynolds on Talking Astrology with Bill Nye
2:01:07
In episode 109 of the podcast astrologer Samuel Reynolds joins the show to talk about his recent appearance on the new Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World in order to defend astrology. During the course of the episode we discuss some of the different arguments that were made for and against astrology, as well […]
May 16, 2017
Bonatti’s 146 Considerations, with Nina Gryphon
1:42:39
In episode 108 of the podcast astrologer Nina Gryphon joins the show to talk about her project to create an illustrated commentary on the 146 aphorisms of the 13th century astrologer Guido Bonatti. Nina is an astrologer and corporate lawyer who practices traditional astrology, specializing in personal, financial, and political forecasting. She recently launched a […]
May 11, 2017
Dorotheus of Sidon: A New Translation by Ben Dykes
1:28:56
In episode 107 of the podcast astrologer Benjamin Dykes joins the show to talk about his new translation of the work of the 1st century astrologer Dorotheus of Sidon. Dorotheus was a highly influential astrologer who lived in the Mediterranean region during the time of the Roman Empire, and he wrote one of the earliest […]
May 07, 2017
Astrology Forecast for May of 2017
1:41:23
In episode 106 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for May of 2017. We open the show by talking about some recent news in the community, including a discussion about the episode of Bill Nye’s new show that covered astrology, and some related issues surrounding the […]
May 01, 2017
Light, Darkness, and Polarities in Astrology
1:28:05
In episode 105 Israeli astrologer Michael Ofek joins the show to talk about the important but often overlooked role that the concept of light plays as a foundational principle in many different areas of astrology. The discussion is based on Michael’s research into the role that light plays in astrology over the past decade, and […]
Apr 24, 2017
Lynn Bell on the Astrology of Family Dynamics
1:54:57
In episode 104 of the podcast astrologer Lynn Bell joins the show to talk about the astrology of family dynamics, as seen through the natal chart and synastry. Most of our discussion focuses on subjects that are dealt with in her book on the topic, titled Planetary Threads: Patterns of Relating Among Family and Friends. […]
Apr 17, 2017
April 2017 Q&A Session with Kelly Surtees
2:14:32
In episode 103 astrologer Kelly Surtees joins the show in order to help answer questions from listeners and patrons of the podcast on a variety of astrological topics. We received so many questions for our last Q&A episode, which was episode 100, that we decided to do a followup show with just Kelly and Chris […]
Apr 11, 2017
Astrology Forecast for April 2017
1:49:47
In episode 102 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for April of 2017. We open the show with a long discussion about astrology sometimes giving you information about odd things that you don’t really need to know. Later in the episode I also highlight one auspicious […]
Mar 31, 2017
The Age of Aquarius
1:27:51
In episode 101 Kenneth Miller joins me to talk about the concept of the Age of Aquarius, where it came from, what it means, and what some of the issues are surrounding it. This is an episode that Kenneth and I have been wanting to do for a while now, and it ties in nicely […]
Mar 24, 2017
100th Episode Q&A and Round Table Discussion
1:50:02
The podcast has reached a major milestone, and this is the 100th episode of the show! To celebrate the 100th episode we had a question and answer session with astrologers Chris Brennan, Patrick Watson, Leisa Schaim, and Nick Dagan Best. The day before we recorded the episode we put out a call for questions from […]
Mar 13, 2017
In Defense of Prediction, with Adam Elenbaas
1:35:05
In episode 99 of the podcast astrologer Adam Elenbaas joins the show to talk about using astrology to make predictions, some of the different attitudes that astrologers have towards the subject, and the pros and cons of the practice in general. For more information about Adam’s work see: NightlightAstrology.com. Below you will find the show […]
Mar 06, 2017
Astrology Forecast for March 2017
1:14:08
In episode 98 of the podcast Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the major astrological alignments coming up in March of 2017, which includes a Jupiter-Uranus opposition, Venus stationing retrograde in Aries, Jupiter square Pluto, and more. At the top of the episode we also announce the giveaway prizes for […]
Feb 28, 2017
Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune
1:54:50
In episode 97 of the podcast I talk about the recent release of my new book on ancient astrology, titled Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune. The book provides one of the first comprehensive surveys in modern times of the type of astrology that was practiced during the time of the Roman Empire, […]
Feb 25, 2017
Astrology Forecast for February 2017
2:19:21
In episode 96 of the podcast Austin Coppock joins the show to talk about the major upcoming astrological alignments in February of 2017. February features a lunar eclipse in Leo, a solar eclipse in Pisces, and an exact Jupiter-Uranus opposition with Mars conjunct Uranus at the same time. Kelly is away on vacation and decided […]
Jan 28, 2017
The Astrology of 2017: Yearly Forecast Discussion
2:17:59
In episode 95 of the podcast astrologers Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees join the show to talk about some of the major astrological alignments coming up in 2017. We start out by doing a bit of a review of some of the major themes that came up over the past year, and talking about them […]
Dec 30, 2016
Astrology Forecast for December 2016
1:42:02
In episode 94 of the podcast Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show in order to talk about the astrology of December, as well as reflect on the results of the recent US presidential election. Some of the highlights of the forecast portion of the episode include an extended discussion of the first Jupiter-Uranus […]
Nov 23, 2016
Post-2016 Election Analysis and Reflections
3:21:54
In episode 93 of the podcast I talk about the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election, and reflect on what happened with my prediction. Below you will find the show notes, followed by links to download or stream the recording of our discussion. Giveaway Prizes for October/November On the next episode we will be […]
Nov 15, 2016
Astrology Forecast Discussion for November 2016
1:46:22
In episode 92 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to give an overview of the astrology for November 2016, which includes Jupiter square Pluto, Neptune stationing direct while conjunct the north node, and more. We also give a brief recap of the ISAR astrology conference that took place a couple of weeks […]
Oct 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s Birth Time Revisited
1:56:47
In episode 91 astrologer Patrick Watson joins the show for a followup discussion about Hillary Clinton’s birth time, in order to talk about some new developments that have taken place over the past few weeks since we originally covered this topic in episode 90. Since this is a followup discussion to the one we had […]
Oct 22, 2016
2016 US Presidential Election Birth Data Issues
1:49:44
In episode 90 astrologer Patrick Watson joins the podcast to talk about birth data issues in the 2016 US presidential election, and in particular ongoing questions surrounding the birth time of Hillary Clinton. Below you will find the show notes, followed by links to download or stream the recording of our discussion. Monthly Giveaway Winners […]
Sep 29, 2016
Astrology Forecast Discussion for October 2016
1:02:34
In episode 89 Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for October of 2016, which includes Mars in a new sign for the first time all year, a Full Moon conjunct Uranus, and some other relatively light ingresses after a pretty busy September. I also highlighted some auspicious […]
Sep 29, 2016
NASA Changes Zodiac Signs? Astrologers Respond
1:27:04
In episode 88 of the podcast Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees join the show to discuss and dispel recent rumors that NASA has changed the signs of the zodiac, and clarify the relationship between the zodiacal signs and constellations. Below you will find the show notes, followed by links to download or stream the recording […]
Sep 27, 2016
Astrology Forecast Discussion for September 2016
1:46:32
In episode 87 Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for September of 2016, which includes eclipses in Virgo and Pisces, Jupiter ingressing into Libra, the final Saturn-Neptune square, and a Mercury retrograde period in Virgo to top it off. I also highlighted some auspicious dates for beginning […]
Aug 29, 2016
Saturn as Feminine, and the Earliest Female Astrologer
1:33:10
Episode 86 is a solo show where I talk about a couple of research projects I’ve been working on recently in connection with the book I’m writing on Hellenistic astrology. The first topic is the question of whether Saturn was conceptualized as feminine by some astrologers in the early Hellenistic tradition, while the second is […]
Aug 01, 2016
Astrology Forecast and Favorable Dates for August 2016
1:45:45
Episode 85 of the podcast features a discussion about the astrological outlook for August of 2016, with astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock. During the course of the discussion we talk about Mars finishing up its post-retrograde shadow period, whether or not the Full Moon on August 18th really counts as a lunar eclipse, and […]
Jul 27, 2016
Richard Tarnas on Cosmos and Psyche
2:15:34
Episode 84 features an interview with Richard Tarnas about his book Cosmos and Psyche. This landmark book was released a decade ago, in 2006, and the purpose of this episode is to give an overview of the book, talk a bit about what went into writing it, as well as discuss some developments that have […]
Jul 25, 2016
The Queer Astrology Conference
1:33:31
Episode 83 of the podcast features an interview with astrologer Ian Waisler about his work in helping to organize the Queer Astrology Conference over the past few years. You can find out more information about the conference at QueerAstrology.com. Below you will find the show notes, followed by links to download or stream the recording […]
Jul 15, 2016
Q&A Episode: Arabic Parts, House Division, Mythology
2:17:49
In episode 82 of the podcast Kelly Surtees and Leisa Schaim join the show in order to help answer some questions that were sent in by listeners of the podcast over the past couple of months on a variety of topics. The questions covered topics such as the origins and rationale of the Arabic Parts, […]
Jun 30, 2016
Astrology Forecast and Favorable Dates for July 2016
1:29:07
Episode 81 of the podcast features a discussion about the astrological outlook for July of 2016, with astrologers Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees. This month begins just after Mars stations direct in Scorpio after a long retrograde period, lunations in Cancer and Capricorn, the heliacal rising of Mercury and Venus in Leo, and Uranus stationing […]
Jun 27, 2016
Writing a Horoscope Column with Rick Levine
1:39:01
Episode 80 features an interview with astrologer Rick Levine about the process and techniques involved in writing a regular horoscope column using Sun-sign astrology. You can find out more information about Rick on his website at www.stariq.com. Below you will find the show notes, followed by links to download or stream the recording of this […]
Jun 25, 2016
Sexual Orientation and Astrology
1:40:03
Episode 79 of the podcast features a discussion with astrologer Christopher Renstrom about the recent debate in the astrological community over whether there are placements in a person’s birth chart that can indicate one’s sexual orientation. Christopher gave a talk at the second Queer Astrology Conference in 2015 titled “The Problem of the Gay Signature: […]
Jun 06, 2016
Astrology Forecast and Auspicious Dates for June 2016
1:38:08
Episode 78 of the podcast features a discussion about the astrological outlook for June of 2016, with astrologers Kelley Surtees and Austin Coppock. This month features the second of two exact Saturn-Neptune squares, transiting Mars stationing direct at 23 Scorpio, a mutable grand cross, and more. I also highlighted some auspicious dates for beginning different […]
May 25, 2016
The Nature and Value of Astrological Prediction
1:15:34
In episode 77 astrologer John Marchesella joins the show to talk about the value of astrological prediction, and what he has learned about the nature of astrology after practicing it for 40 years. John is the President of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, which is hosting a major astrological conference titled The Many Faces […]
May 18, 2016
Financial Astrology with Ray Merriman
1:17:29
Episode 76 of the podcast features an interview with astrologer Ray Merriman on the topic of financial astrology, including the use of astrology to time changes in financial markets. Ray is the President of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR), and he is one of the most well-known financial astrologers in the astrological community. […]
May 10, 2016
The Life and Work of Astrologer Maggie Nalbandian
1:43:00
In episode 75 guests Laura Nalbandian and Gary Lorentzen join the show in order to talk about the late astrologer Maggie Nalbandian, and her contributions to the astrological community. Maggie is primarily known for running a popular astrology bookstore in Seattle called Astrology et al, organizing the Northwest Astrological Conference starting in the 1980s, and […]
May 01, 2016
Astrology Forecast and Auspicious Dates for May 2016
2:03:35
Episode 74 features a discussion with Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock about the major astrological alignments and forecast for May of 2016, as well as coverage of some of the most auspicious dates over the next few weeks, based on the principles of electional astrology. At the beginning of the episode we also had an […]
Apr 29, 2016
The Life and Work of Astrologer Demetra George
1:53:23
In episode 73 I talk with astrologer Demetra George about her life and career in the field of astrology, as part of a new series of biographical episodes. Demetra has been active in the astrological community for over 40 years, and is perhaps most well-known for her work on the astrological meaning of the asteroids, […]
Apr 27, 2016
Astrological Training, Certification, and Credentials
1:21:55
In episode 72 astrologer Anne Ortelee joins the show to talk about the process of becoming a professional astrologer, and specifically the pros and cons of becoming certified by the major astrological organizations as part of pursuing astrology as a vocation. Anne is the host of the Weekly Weather astrology podcast, and you can find […]
Apr 25, 2016
Medical Astrology With Lee Lehman
1:34:10
In episode 71 astrologer Lee Lehman joins the show to discuss medical astrology, and some of the ways that astrology and medicine have been used together since ancient times. Lee is the author of a book on medical astrology titled Traditional Medical Astrology. You can find out more information about Lee’s work on her website […]
Apr 20, 2016
The Astrology of Mars Retrograde Periods
1:54:59
In episode 70 astrologers Nick Dagan Best and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about Mars retrograde periods and their significance in astrology. In particular was focus in on understanding the upcoming Mars retrograde period in Sagittarius and Scorpio that is set to begin in April of 2016. Below you will find the show […]
Mar 28, 2016
Astrology Forecast and Elections for April 2016
1:15:27
Episode 69 features a discussion with Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock about the astrological forecast for April of 2016, as well as a segment on some of the most auspicious electional dates over the next few weeks. The cover art for this episode is from the 2016 PlanetWatcher Astrology Calendar. Below you will find the […]
Mar 24, 2016
Joan Quigley and the Reagans’ Use of Astrology
1:58:35
Episode 68 features a discussion with Nick Dagan Best about the famous astrologer Joan Quigley and her work for Ronald and Nancy Reagan while they were in the White House. Nancy Reagan died recently, on Sunday, March 6, 2016, and her use of astrology to help her husband while he was President was mentioned in […]
Mar 09, 2016
The Outer Planets and Relationships
1:14:03
Episode 67 of the podcast features an interview with astrologer Kay Taylor on how the outer planets manifest their significations within the context of relationships. The discussion primarily centers around the spectrum of different experiences that accompany aspects between the inner planet Venus and the outer planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in a birth chart, […]
Feb 29, 2016
Astrology Forecast and Elections for March 2016
1:02:34
Episode 66 features a discussion with Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees about the astrological forecast for March of 2016, as well as a segment with Leisa Schaim about some of the most auspicious electional charts over the next few weeks. The cover art for this episode is from the 2016 PlanetWatcher Astrology Calendar. Below you […]
Feb 28, 2016
The Professional Astrologer Book Interview
1:18:27
Episode 65 features an interview with astrologer Maurice Fernandez about a new book that he edited titled The Professional Astrologer: Building a Successful Astrology Practice. The book was published by the Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA), which Maurice is the president of, and it features contributions by a wide range of practicing astrologers which provides […]
Feb 27, 2016
The Significations of the Seven Traditional Planets
2:01:38
In episode 64 Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock  join the show to talk about the meanings of the seven classical celestial bodies, as well as how astrologers developed those meanings. The topic was motivated by Chris recently finishing a translation of a chapter on the significations of the planets from the 2nd century astrologer Vettius […]
Feb 25, 2016
Astrology Forecast and Elections for February 2016
1:36:32
Episode 63 features a discussion with Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock about some of the major astrological alignments and auspicious electional charts in the upcoming month of February 2016. During the course of the show we cover topics such as the impending Mars retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio, an upcoming emphasis on mutable signs, and […]
Jan 29, 2016
The Lives and Works of the Hellenistic Astrologers
3:35:42
In episode 62 of the podcast I provide an extensive overview of the lives and works of some of the major astrologers of the Hellenistic astrological tradition, ranging from the 3rd century BCE to the 7th century CE. During the course of the episode I give an overview of the rise and fall of astrology […]
Jan 27, 2016
The Debate Over the Origins of Hellenistic Astrology
1:59:43
Episode 61 features a discussion with astrologer and specialist in Babylonian astrology Maria Mateus about the origins of Hellenistic astrology. We primarily focus on a recent debate that has developed in the astrological and academic communities over the past couple decades over whether Hellenistic astrology came about as a result of a sudden invention, or […]
Jan 25, 2016
The Zodiac Debate: Tropical vs Sidereal
2:15:28
In episode 60 of the podcast astrologers Kenneth Miller and Nick Dagan Best join the show in order to help me tackle the zodiac debate, and discuss the differences between the tropical and sidereal zodiacs. Below are notes on some of the topics that we discussed in the episode, followed by the link to listen […]
Jan 04, 2016
Misconceptions About Older Forms of Astrology
2:03:05
In episode 59 astrologer Leisa Schaim joins me to talk about common misconceptions about ancient astrology, which is one of a series of podcasts I’ll be doing related to topics I’m thinking about as I go through the process of writing my forthcoming book on Hellenistic astrology. During the course of the show we talk […]
Dec 31, 2015
The Star of Bethlehem
1:49:27
In episode 58 astrologer Kenneth Miller joins me to talk about the astrology surrounding the Star of Bethlehem and the birth chart of Jesus. During the course of the show we talk about the history surrounding this topic, some of the different theories about what the Star of Bethlehem was, and try to explain some […]
Dec 21, 2015
Astrology Forecast and Transits for 2016
1:30:25
In episode 57 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan look at some of the major transits and alignments for the year ahead, and give an overview of the astrology of 2016. This episode takes the place of our usual monthly forecast, although we still touch upon some of the major themes for January. […]
Dec 17, 2015
Tips for Becoming a Better Astrologer
1:46:33
Episode 56 is a lecture by Chris Brennan titled Tips for Becoming a Better Astrologer. This is a recording of a live talk that I presented at a meeting of the local astrology group that I organize called the Denver Astrology Group. It was recorded on November 14, 2015 at the Mercury Cafe. In the […]
Dec 06, 2015
Astrology Forecast and Elections for December 2015
1:43:39
In episode 55 Austin Coppock and Kelly Surtees join the show to discuss the astrology forecast for the upcoming month of December 2015. During the course of the show we cover topics such as the Saturn-Neptune square, the reactivation of the Uranus-Pluto square, a great deal of mutable placements, and more. We also start the […]
Nov 29, 2015
The Debate About Ancient Systems of House Division
2:16:11
Episode 54 of the podcast is a follow-up to episode 52 where I gave a lecture on whole sign houses, which I presented as an advocacy piece that was structured around 12 arguments for why I personally think that it is the best approach to house division. There was a bit of controversy on Facebook […]
Nov 26, 2015
Geoffrey Cornelius on The Moment of Astrology
1:49:00
Episode 53 of the podcast features an interview with astrologer Geoffrey Cornelius about his book The Moment of Astrology: Origins in Divination. The book was originally published in 1994, and over the past 21 years has become one of the most influential books on the philosophy of astrology in modern times. Rob Hand has called […]
Nov 24, 2015
Whole Sign Houses: The Best System of House Division
1:44:24
This episode of the podcast is a recording of a lecture I presented recently titled 12 Reasons Why Whole Sign Houses is the Best House System. This talk was presented on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 as an evening webinar for the Nightlight Astrology group organized by Adam Elenbaas. When Adam invited me to give a […]
Nov 22, 2015
Astrology Forecast and Elections for November 2015
1:34:42
In episode 51 Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to discuss the astrology forecast for the upcoming month of November 2015. During the course of the show we cover topics such as the first Saturn-Neptune square, the beginnings of the mutable T-square, a couple of mutual receptions, and various ingresses by different planets […]
Oct 29, 2015
10 Problems That Are Unique to Astrologers
1:36:52
In episode 50 Patrick Watson joins the show to talk about his list of 10 unique problems that only astrologers have. Some of the problems represent real issues regarding the perception of astrology in modern society, while others that are just humorous annoyances that astrology enthusiasts have to deal with from time to time. The […]
Oct 19, 2015
Responses to Religious Criticisms of Astrology
1:15:34
In this episode astrologer Samuel Reynolds joins the show again in order to talk about some common religious criticisms of astrology, and what sort of responses astrologers have when dealing with these objections. During the course of the show we discuss questions such as whether astrology itself qualifies as a religion, whether it favors a […]
Oct 12, 2015
Fate, Free Will, and Astrology
1:21:11
In this episode astrologer Mark Jones joins the show to discuss some philosophical issues related to astrology, and different arguments that astrologers have about its implications for fate and free will. During the course of the show Mark and I talk about topics such as the extent to which astrology implies that people’s lives are […]
Oct 08, 2015
Astrology Forecast and Elections for October 2015
1:37:23
In this episode Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show once again to talk about the major astrological aspects for the month of October 2015, as well as some of the most auspicious electional dates I could find that month. During the course of the episode we cover Jupiter trine Pluto, Mars opposite Neptune, […]
Sep 29, 2015
Responses to Common Scientific Criticisms of Astrology
1:20:20
In this episode astrologer Samuel F. Reynolds joins the show to talk about some common criticisms of astrology from the scientific and skeptical communities, and how astrologers respond to those criticisms. Astrology occupies a unique position in society where it has historically been the subject of criticism from both the scientific as well as the […]
Sep 23, 2015
Saturn in Sagittarius
2:18:31
In the 45th episode of the podcast four astrologers join the show to talk about the upcoming ingress of Saturn in Sagittarius. In the first half of the show I talk with Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock about what Saturn in Sagittarius means from a broad symbolic perspective, as well as what it means for […]
Sep 16, 2015
Conferences, Detriment, Legality of Astrology, etc.
1:49:12
In the 44th episode of the show Leisa Schaim joins me to talk about a few different research projects and topics related to astrology that we’ve been working on or thinking about lately. The four main topics that we discuss are 1) current models for astrological conferences, 2) finding a more appropriate technical term to […]
Sep 08, 2015
Astrology Forecast and Elections for September 2015
1:32:38
Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the major astrological alignments for the month of September, as well as some of the most auspicious electional dates for the month. During the course of the show we cover Saturn’s ingress into Sagittarius and departure from Scorpio, Venus stationing direct in Leo and […]
Aug 25, 2015
Mark Jones on the Therapeutic Potential of Astrology
1:29:25
In this episode I talk with astrologer Mark Jones about his new book titled The Soul Speaks: The Therapeutic Potential of Astrology. In the book Mark uses his background as a psychotherapist to help teach astrologers some useful skills for doing counseling. He makes the point that no matter what type of astrology you practice, […]
Aug 17, 2015
Birth Times and Improving Data Collection Efforts
2:12:51
In episode 41 of the podcast Patrick Watson and Nick Dagan Best join the show to discuss the topic of birth data collection. We start by answering some fundamental questions about why the birth time is important in natal astrology and why data collection is crucial for different types of astrological research. Later we launch […]
Aug 11, 2015
Sun-Sign Astrology: Pros and Cons
1:09:31
In the 40th episode of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the pros and cons of Sun-sign astrology. The starting point for our discussion is a phenomenon where sometimes people  who are just getting into the study of more advanced forms of astrology go through a period […]
Aug 05, 2015
Venus Retrograde: Challenging Consensus
1:30:08
In the 39th episode of the show astrologer Nick Dagan Best joins me to talk about the phenomenon known as Venus retrograde, how it is defined, and what it means within the context of astrology. Nick is one of the leading experts on Venus retrograde periods, and during the course of the show explains how […]
Jul 30, 2015
Astrology Forecast & Auspicious Dates for August 2015
1:04:24
Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to provide a look ahead at the major astrological alignments in August of 2015. We cover the Venus retrograde in Virgo/Leo, Saturn stationing direct in Scorpio, Jupiter making its ingress into Virgo, and more. We also highlight several auspicious dates that occur during the course of the […]
Jul 26, 2015
Robert Hand on Sect: Day vs. Night Charts
1:06:16
In the 37th episode Robert Hand joins the show to talk about the distinction between day and night charts in astrology, which is known as the concept of sect. Rob is one of the main astrologers who reintroduced sect to western astrology after it was rediscovered in translations of ancient texts in the mid-1990s. He […]
Jul 20, 2015
Mundane Astrology with Benjamin Dykes
1:16:06
In this episode Benjamin Dykes joins to show to talk about his two recent books on mundane astrology, and some of the different techniques that ancient astrologers used to predict world events. Our discussion is based on Ben’s recent publication of a compilation of different Medieval works on mundane astrology that he translated in two […]
Jul 13, 2015
Prediction vs Forecasting & Cultural Acceptance
1:28:14
This episode is a solo show where I talk about a few different topics such as whether there is a difference between prediction and forecasting, and whether there are potential downsides to astrology becoming more widely accepted in culture.  I also talk about a few different pieces of news in the astrological community such as […]
Jul 09, 2015
Astrology Forecast and Auspicious Dates for July 2015
1:06:45
In this episode astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the podcast to talk about the major astrological alignments in July of 2015. We also discuss some auspicious dates for beginning different types of ventures, according to the rules of electional astrology. This is the second time that Kelly and I have done a monthly […]
Jun 26, 2015
History Channel Astrology Episode Commentary
1:45:32
In the 33rd episode of the podcast Leisa Schaim joins the show to talk about the recent History Channel episode on astrology, and discuss the pros and cons of the coverage of astrology in that show. During the course of the podcast we provide a synopsis of the History Channel episode, as well as a […]
Jun 07, 2015
Astrology Forecast and Elections for June 2015
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This episode of the podcast features a new segment where astrologer Kelly Surtees joins me to provide a forecast of some of the major astrological trends for the month of June 2015, as well as highlight some of the most auspicious electional charts during the course of the month. The astrology forecast segment is based […]
Jun 02, 2015
Tips for Learning Astrology and Becoming an Astrologer
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In this episode astrologer Kelly Surtees joins the show to talk about some tips for how to learn astrology and eventually become an astrologer. The discussion is partially based on an article I wrote years ago on my blog titled 10 tips for learning astrology. (Update 8/18/2018: also see my video on five quick beginner […]
May 18, 2015
Ancient Timing Techniques: Time-Lords and Dashas
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Kenneth Johnson joins me in the 30th episode of the show in order to talk about some of the ancient timing techniques that are used in the Hellenistic and Indian astrological traditions. During the course of the show we have a general discussion about time-lord and dasha systems in the east and west, how these […]
May 01, 2015
Branches and Traditions of Astrology
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In the 29th episode of the podcast I talk about the different branches and traditions of astrology. There are four major “branches” of western astrology, which represent different applications of the subject, along with its various subsets. The traditions of astrology represent different eras in which it was practiced, each of which have their own […]
Apr 22, 2015
Mitigating Factors in Traditional Astrology
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In the 28th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Michael Ofek about the many different mitigating factors that traditional astrologers take into account when determining a planet’s condition in a chart. Michael is the leading expert on traditional astrology in Israel, and he offers consultations and classes through his website at www.ofek-sky.com. We […]
Mar 10, 2015
The Life and Work of Astrologer James Holden
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In the 27th episode of the show I’m joined by Demetra George in order to talk about the late astrologer James Herschel Holden. Holden was an astrologer, historian, and translator who became the Research Director of the American Federation of Astrologers in 1982, and served in that role until he died on August 13, 2013 […]
Mar 06, 2015
Modern and Traditional Views on Difficult Placements
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In the 26th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Mark Jones about the differences between modern and traditional views on difficult chart placements, and we discuss the validity of using distinctions such as “benefic” and “malefic” in astrology. Mark’s background is in counseling and psychology, and he specializes in evolutionary astrology. His 2011 […]
Feb 23, 2015
Reception as a Mitigating Factor in Astrology
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In the 25th episode of the show I talk with astrologer Ryhan Butler about the concept of reception, and a specific debate surrounding the technique and the way that it can be used as a mitigating for afflicted planets. Ryhan is the author of the Starlight Knight Astrology blog, and he also recently launched a […]
Feb 16, 2015
Understanding Your Saturn Return
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In this episode of the podcast I talk with astrologer Leisa Schaim about the Saturn return. Leisa and I co-author a blog on Saturn returns together called Saturn Return Stories, and we’ve been meaning to do a show for a while where we talk about some of the interpretive principles we use. During the course […]
Feb 09, 2015
Birth Data Collection, Sect, and Other Research
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The 23rd episode is a solo show where I talk about some upcoming conferences and workshops, the latest news in the astrological community, and some topics that I’ve been researching lately. The research topics I discuss include birth data collection, determining when a chart switches from day to night, and an issue related to reception. […]
Feb 02, 2015
The Astrology of 2015
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In this episode astrologer Austin Coppock joins me to to talk about some of the upcoming astrological trends and themes that will occur in 2015. Austin is the author of the 2015 Astrological Almanac, and so he had a number of great insights to share about what the major planetary alignments are this year, as […]
Jan 08, 2015
Astrology and Tarot: Professional Parallels
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In the 21st episode of the show I talk with professional tarot card reader Brigit Esselmont of BiddyTarot.com about the parallels between the professional practice of astrology and tarot. A few months ago I listened to an interview that Brigit did on another podcast, and I was interested in her story about making the transition […]
Sep 12, 2014
Austin Coppock on the Astrology of the Decans
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In this episode I interview astrologer Austin Coppock about his groundbreaking new book, titled 36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans. The book covers the history, philosophy, and interpretation of each of the 36 decans. The majority of the text focuses on providing delineations for each of the decans based on symbolic […]
Aug 21, 2014
Objective Versus Subjective Reality in Astrology
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This episode features a discussion between Ben Dykes and I on the topic of how the subjective nature of human experience sometimes creates problems when trying to view people’s lives objectively through the lens of astrology. The crux of the issue is that it is sometimes difficult for people to evaluate statements that are made […]
Jul 29, 2014
Modern vs. Traditional Astrology Debate
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This episode of The Astrology Podcast features a recording of a live debate between Eric Meyers and Chris Brennan on the differences between modern and traditional astrology. The recent revival of the older, pre-20th century forms of astrology in the past few decades has led to some major differences in how “modern” and “traditional” astrologers […]
Jun 16, 2014
The Rationale for the Significations of the Houses
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This episode is a solo show where I focus on a discussion about the differences between the ancient and modern rationales for determining what each of the 12 house signify in a chart. I’ve been wrestling with an issue recently where the conceptual notion underlying the houses is completely different in the traditional and modern […]
Jun 10, 2014
Christopher Warnock on Astrology, Magic and the Occult
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The 16th episode of the podcast features an interview with astrologer Christopher Warnock on the topic of astrology, magic, and the occult. Christopher is one of the leading practitioners of astrological magic in the world today, and he is well known for his work with talismans, publishing translations of magical texts such as the Picatrix, […]
Mar 16, 2014
The Ethics of Using Electional Astrology to Time a Birth
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In this episode I talk with Patrick Watson about whether it is ethical to use electional astrology in order to choose a birth chart for a baby that is about to be born, as well as some of the issues connected with that topic. Patrick and his wife had a baby just last month, and […]
Feb 24, 2014
Data Collection and Celebrity vs. Personal Birth Charts
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In this episode I talk with astrologer Kenneth Miller about the general topic of birth data collection as it relates to astrology. Much of the show focuses on discussing the debate over whether it is better to use the birth charts of celebrities as examples or if it is better to use the charts of […]
Feb 20, 2014
Ben Dykes’ New Translation of Hephaistio of Thebes
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In the 13th episode of the podcast I interview Benjamin Dykes about his new translation of book 3 of the Apotelesmatics of Hephaistio of Thebes. Hephaistio was a 5th century astrologer who wrote in Greek, and his third book contains some of the earliest material on electional astrology, largely derived from the 1st century astrologer […]
Dec 19, 2013
Robert Hand on Reconciling Modern and Traditional Astrology
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In this episode of the podcast I interview world-renowned astrologer Robert Hand, and we talk about the issue of rebuilding the links between modern and traditional astrology. Rob is known for books such as Planets in Transit, Planets in Composite, and Horoscope Symbols, although he is also known for his work in recovering and reviving […]
Dec 10, 2013
The Astrology of Uranus and the United States
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In this episode I interview astrologer Nick Dagan Best about his new book titled URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World. The book focuses on three different periods in American history when transiting Uranus was in Gemini, and shows how these were pivotal times that coincided with great changes […]
Sep 16, 2013
The Future of Astrology
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In the tenth episode of the show I discuss the future of astrology with Austin Coppock, who is the President of the Association for Young Astrologers (AYA). AYA is organizing a pre-conference workshop at the NCGR conference in Philadelphia next week that will showcase a range of different talks by members of the organization. We […]
Aug 08, 2013
The Relationship Between Hellenistic and Indian Astrology
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In this episode I talk with astrologer Kenneth Johnson about the relationship between Hellenistic and Indian astrology, and the transmission of astrological doctrines between the two traditions. Kenneth has an M.A. in Eastern Studies from St. John’s College, where he focused on Classical Sanskrit, and has an extensive background in both Indian and western astrology. He […]
Jul 26, 2013
The Issue of House Division in Astrology
1:12:56
In this episode Chris and Kelly Surtees talk about the issue of house division in western astrology, and the range of different house systems that astrologers employ in practice. The discussion was motivated by some recent threads in the Professional Astrologers group on Facebook, including a poll which showed that a surprising number of astrologers […]
Jul 18, 2013
Mercury Retrograde: Myths and Realities
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In the seventh episode of the show I talk with Kelly Surtees about the astrology of Mercury retrograde. Mercury recently went retrograde in Cancer, and so we thought that it would be an appropriate time to talk about the phenomenon on the show. During the course of the episode we discuss some events and circumstances […]
Jul 05, 2013
NORWAC Recap With Kelly Surtees
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I just returned from the Northwest Astrology Conference (NORWAC) a few days ago, and in this episode I decided to do a recap of some of the high points of the conference with astrologer and fellow conference speaker Kelly Surtees. During the course of the show we talk about some of the people we met […]
Jun 03, 2013
The Fifth Episode of the Astrology Podcast
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In the fifth episode of the podcast Chris and Patrick discuss the 2012 presidential election in retrospect, and some of the things that astrologers learned from it in terms of which techniques worked, and which didn’t. They also discuss some other notable events that occurred in the past few months since the last episode of […]
Jan 18, 2013
The Astrology of the 2012 Presidential Election
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In the fourth episode of the podcast Patrick Watson of The Political Astrology Blog joins me to discuss the astrology of the 2012 presidential election in the United States. During the course of the show Patrick and I discuss topics such as the different astrological approaches to predicting the outcome of the election, the approach […]
Sep 19, 2012
The Definition of “Astrologer” with Nick Dagan Best
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In the third episode of the podcast Nick Dagan Best and I discuss the definition of the word “astrologer”, and talk about the pros and cons of some of the different ways that people define the term. The central question is what does it take to be considered an astrologer?  Should the term “astrologer” only […]
Aug 26, 2012
Ben Dykes on Electional Astrology
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In the second episode of The Astrology Podcast I interview Dr. Benjamin Dykes about his new book on electional astrology, titled Choices and Inceptions: Traditional Electional Astrology. Ben is one of the leading authorities in the world today on the subject of Medieval astrology. His new book is a compilation of translations of several Medieval […]
Jul 19, 2012
The First Episode of the Astrology Podcast
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The first episode of the astrology podcast has been released!  You can download the MP3 or stream it right from the website at the bottom of this post. Since this is the first episode I went ahead and introduced myself, and then spent the rest of the time discussing my plans for the show, in […]
Jun 29, 2012