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.
The title Fish Can’t Climb Trees may seem a strange one but itreferences Einstein’s quote:
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
And on from this that each person can be a genius but they need to be measured differently to each other. That one method of scoring intelligence does not fit all.
Helyn Connerr has written a book about how we actually process information as adults based on astrology.
She references ancient archetypes and builds her case on solid foundations. There are detailed explanations of the twelve possible learning methods as shown by each birth chart Mercury placement.
Connerr writes in an easy to read style with clear and articulate explanations for each sign. She makes memorable symbols for the Mercury signs like Procon for Mercury in Libra that references the Libran need to see both the pros and cons or both sides of any situation.
Say you and your friend both have your Sun in Aries, but if you have Mercury in Taurus you will learn and process information differently than your buddy who has their Mercury in Pisces.
There are chapters on learning style groupings, similarities and differences and polarity, relating and uptake of information. An astrologer will connect this to the astrological elements, qualities and polarities.
This book can be read by non-astrologers but for astrologers is it a wonderful resource on how each Mercury placement actually processes information. These insights can be used if you are a practicing astrologer right now in your daily readings.
My biggest take away from Fish Can’t Climb Trees is that as a teacher I naturally present my classes through my individual Mercury Model and I can see the strength and weaknesses in myself which can be improved to reach through to my own students who have different Mercury signs themselves.
Through the nature of your natal Mercury and it’s sign your speaking, learning, thinking and genius can be shown.
I’ve read a few astrology books in my time and I have to say that Fish Can’t Climb Trees by Helyn Connerr is exceptional on several counts. She has many original thoughts, insights and comments on astrology. She suggests practical methods of dealing with each Mercury sign. She has written a book which is well crafted with a woven message of intellectual diversity that should be embraced and not shunned.
If you are an astrology student, teacher, speaker or lecturer you need to read Fish can’t Climb Trees.
I enjoyed this book immensely.
About the Author
Helyn Connerr, MSc. is creator of personal development workshop the Mercury Model, which is a culmination of her personal interests including her long term study of astrology with its mythic themes and archetypal patterns. The Model assesses individual’s natural cognitive style, and has been successfully adapted into a professional development version too. Author of Learning Without Tears (2008), she has also featured in a wide range of journals and publications, including The Guardian. Helyn currently works as a teacher, trainer, coach and consultant while running her Cumbria-based UK business Astro Innovation.
This book is about how your Venus placement will express itself through your chart and it is an easy read. There is much thought given to the many facets of Venus which is refreshing.
Venus in your chart is not typically a difficult planet and can be often ignored in favor of understanding more demanding planets like Saturn or Pluto.
Shepherd has brought each Venus sign placement to life and we can all benefit from a more rounded understanding of the brightest planet in the sky. I found my personal Venus in sign beautifully expressed which brought me another dimension to understand this much loved planet.
This is the type of book that you may not read from cover to cover but dip into as and when you need more understanding of the twelve possible Venus sign placements.
My copy was a PDF eBook suitable for an iPad or iPhone. The pages are clearly formatted and it is easy to read.
It is a beginner’s book and could be understood by all. There is a handy list of the Venus placements in the back although if you are over 65 you can’t get your Venus sign here and you will have to search elsewhere.
I recommend it as a Venus specific book for your astrological bookshelf.
Madiba was born was on July 18, 1918 in the small village of Mveso near the town of Butterworth in the Republic of South Africa.
He has an unknown birth time so his chart is calculated for noon.
This chart features the Sun, Jupiter and Pluto inCancer. We have to remember that Pluto had not been discovered and therefore was not part of the human consciousness when he was born.
We note that transiting Pluto has recently made the opposition to his natal Pluto which in itself is interesting as the ruler of Scorpio usually takes 245 years to make one orbit of the Sun. On average it takes 125 years to form an opposition to its natal place.
This has happened sooner as Pluto was faster in Scorpio at the closest to the Sun during the 1980’s. In the past people would never get the Pluto half-return in their lifetime. This is the case for people in their nineties alive today.
The Moon in Scorpio and Pluto in Cancer are in mutual reception by sign and may be linked by a sesquiquadrate aspect (birth time permitting). This reinforces the connection between the people and change through upheaval.
Massive (Jupiter) resistance and upheaval (Pluto) brought the spotlight (Sun) to his country (Cancer) and was a part of his life for many years. This was interspersed with years incarcerated on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town.
His triumphant position as the president of South Africa and global acknowledgement for his efforts will be remembered.
One can only guess at the transformation occurring in the streets of South Africa this week as the country mourns their loss.