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Hosted jointly by the Calgary Astrology Association and the Edmonton Astrology Association it moves up and down Alberta. There was some talk of it going East to Ontario or West to Vancouver at some point.
The conference is like your Mars’ return and only comes around every two years.
In 2015 it was held in Edmonton and will be again in 2019. Then I understand it will be back to Calgary for 2021.
All speakers have to be Canadian or new Canadians who have made Canada their home, like me. Yes, I have a Canadian passport.
Held at the Executive Royal Hotel in Calgary near the airport to help attendees and speakers with their travel. The shuttle bus picks up and drops off.
Christine at the check-in desk was perky at midnight when I arrived. She even organized a complimentary cup of 2% milk for me so I could make tea in my room just like at home.
I take my own Twining’s Earl Grey tea bags and run the boiling water through the coffee machine. The only thing I always need is the 2% milk. The milk went in the room fridge for my late night and early morning tea.
I had a room with one queen size bed. The sheets were clean and crisp. The towels white and fresh. There was a super large desk and electrical outlets for my computer, phone and ephemeris etc.
I always offer On-the-Spot astrology readings (by donation as you see fit) at conferences where I am a speaker and I did so this time. My room was generous enough for clients to sit comfortably on a chair in a conversation style.
I do not like it if my room is so small that my clients have to sit on the bed. I only work with female clients in this way all of my male clients are accommodated in the public meeting rooms.
There was no room safe for valuables (computer) which was surprising. However I did appreciate the laminate floor instead of carpet. The illusion is of cleanliness all the way.
I tip my chambermaid every morning so we know where we are.
Alison and Kelly
The barman/server Ken was excellent and his sense of humour had the ladies laughing all night. He handled multiple changes of orders for dinner with ease and aplomb and brought several wine samples for our dearest lady to try before she chose her favourite.
The house white was a Chardonnay so I was good with that.
Organized by Donna and Peggy with help from Geni and no doubt many faceless others (and husbands in the wings) whom I never met.
Donna and Peggy
Apparently, these two women have been astrology friends for years and the ease with which they worked together as a team showed. They are caring people whom I am now pleased to call my friends.
Alison and Peggy
The event had a pre-conference morning with Kelly and then officially kicked off at 1 pm with the opening ceremony and then it was straight into the lectures.
I was delighted to be the initial speaker with my presentation on Superior Planet Synodic Cycles and I’d like to think that set the tone for all the quality talks to come.
My engaged audience. Thank you!
I want to give a special shout-out to my good friend Toby and my “longtime-no-see” old friends Franco, Kelly and Hillory. They all gave excellent talks.
I was happy to meet JoAnn and chat before dinner. There were good wines in the bar and the pre-dinner drinkies were a roaring success of conviviality and sparkling conversation.
The Saturday night buffet banquet was substantial as only you can get in Alberta. The haunch of Albert AAA beef was roasted and seasoned to perfection.
Fresh local vegetables (raw and cooked) and enough variety for the vegetarians amongst us. There was an enormous font of gravy with which to anoint your meal. Yum.
There was a dessert trolley with Nanaimo bars and other Canadian favourites. Double yum.
Alison, Toby and Caz.
Madame Popo had much to say and drew many laughs with her outrageous political commentary poking fun at leaders both local and abroad. Go for Justin.
I enjoyed her risqué assessment of the speakers and their quirks that she had picked up earlier.
Her lavish costume was breathtaking and clearly this is Vivienne Westwood’s inspiration and muse for her exotic creations. Madame P. had the personality and presence to pull it all off.
Delightful as she was Madam Popo had a valuable message.
That the gift you have of astrology, and its understanding, needs to be cherished and shared with your clients. This is your gift, use it well.
I loved this part. Her words were on my mind as I travelled back home to Vancouver.
This conference had wonderful after dinner entertainment. You should go to this event simply for the pleasure of experiencing spectacular Madame Popo.
Why You Should Attend
If you are Canadian you should support local astrology. There is a certain pride in the excellent quality of the people you will meet both those who run the show and those who attended.
This is what I would call a boutique astrology conference. Quality speakers, topics and fare but not so well known.
“a boutique astrology Conference”
If you are an American you should go because you love astrology and you need to experience Canadian hospitality at its best. Live dangerously and travel north of the border. You will love it.
Alison and Franco
If you live anywhere else (not North America) you should go because you can learn from a rich resource that is the basis of modern Canadian Astrology.
The Take Home
These are the things I have taken home from this weekend.
* Gratitude for having being invited to share my insights and experience with this audience. * Inspiration to try new things in astrology. * New friends to keep in touch with and join up with when they come to visit my city. * The knowledge that there is always something to learn in astrology and it is not always a technical detail. * That in my audience, if the light goes on in only one person’s eyes, I have done my job. * Thankful for those who enjoyed my talk and their private comments to me afterwards. Thank you. Hugs.
Why I’ll Be Back
I wasn’t always a Canadian. In fact I lived in Africa for most of my life. But Canada is an inclusive country that embraces cultural diversity.
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Of all the astrology books I have had the pleasure of reviewing over the years Learning Without Tears is in a class of its own. Connerr takes the Mercury archetype, well known by astrologers, to a new level.
The author does not complicate the information being presented with an excess of technical terms, words and astrologese. She specifically uses regular dialogue to get her message across to the layperson.
There is the option to skip the detailed astrological explanations, if you wish to clearly focus on the child’s learning style, and not where it originates. With this brilliant approach the author has subtlety woven birth chart features into mainstream education which is directly aimed at parents and teachers.
We often hear the lament that astrology is not taken seriously by science. It is portrayed as the poor relation to astronomy and psychology. This fact was brought home to us during the 2011 online heated discussions. Here lies the beauty of this original book from an astrologer’s point of view. The author has parlayed astrology, and its centuries old traditions, into mainstream educational thought even perhaps without its detractors noticing.
This book is divided into three parts.
Part I – Individual Learning Styles and How They Interact
In the first section she discusses each of the twelve possible learning styles and how they manifest in every child. Presented with colorful animal characters clearly identifying each role.
Areas of similarity and difference are brought out in a subset by the style groupings and divisions which are easily recognizable to the astrology student as polarity, quadruplicity and element.
Connerr presents some real life parent and child scenarios and the resolutions are provided using the Mercury model.
We are challenged to explore our own learning style as parents and to consider how we default to that particular method by personally giving it preference and value
Part II – Variations and Background
She discusses how features in the whole nativity can influence each personality and provide modifications. Then goes on to explain the extraction of the essence for each Mercury archetype during individual analysis.
Part III – Identify a Learning Style
The author provides yearly assessment tables (Mercury ephemeris) to discover each persons learning style.
The New Physics and Essential Mercury
Helyn Connerr MSc is well qualified to write this book. Her background is impressive and she has studied astrology for over thirty years. She brings a scientist’s mind to an astrology problem.
Believing you can observe the energy principle of Essential Mercury in action and watch its effects, she discusses how the principles outlined are shown by planet, element, music, animals, literature, esoterica and the physical body. That Mercury, as an information receptor, is inherent in how we live, breathe and perceive.
Although this book is aimed at educators, parents and children, one wonders if astrology teachers, when using this method, will find their students benefit and grasp new information in a way each learner can assimilate.
It is quite apparent that we retain our learning style throughout life. If as grown-ups, we choose to embark on further study, we will benefit by aligning ourselves with our own Mercury model.
This simple practice would enhance the adult education process. Rather than thinking, “I’m too old to learn this” perhaps we need to open up our minds, because, obviously we can learn if we are presented and communicated information in a way we each can appreciate
Learning Without Tears comes highly recommended for students, parents and educators.
Alison encourages you to explore your unique creativity and live a satisfying life through your personal astrology. She offers her insights from the heart and with a sense of humor.
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