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Welcome to Alex’s Top 2019 Moments! I had a fabulous 2019–and I honestly thought I couldn’t out do 2018 with the IVC conference in India and United Astrology Conference and a whole lot of other great stuff. I hope you had a great 2019 and I also hope that this post will inspire you to reflect back on the good times. Let’s BLOW UP 2020!
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So without further ado. . .here’s my Top Moments of 2019 (in no particular order)!
10. Lighting the Lamp in Kolkata
In January, I made my way to Kolkata again to speak at the IVC’s national conference. I spoke on “Algol and the British Royal Family” which was a topic that got a lot of my attention in 2019. I was thrilled that the article was also featured in the marvelous ISAR journal. I wanted to break out of my comfort zone with my lectures this year and I’m happy to say I was able to do a fine repertoire of topics.
ISAR also invited me to speak for their Star Club and I did “Zeus on the Loose”. I did this talk just before I caught my flight back to London so it felt a bit hectic to be lecturing while working myself up to an anxiety attack for the plane! I’ll be speaking again for ISAR on 9th February as well as lecturing at the conference in September.
9. Portugal and Ireland!!
How much fun did we have in Lisbon? After extended time in India, it was wonderful to be reunited with friends from afar. Aleksander Imsiragic (president of ISAR) and I had a empire building power breakfast that led to me becoming ISAR’s Ambassador for India!
I was mega blessed to meet Margaret Gray again in Dublin. In the early 1990’s, I lived in Dublin and hadn’t been back since then. A lot had changed of course! But the music is still wonderful and the people are still very nice!
If you follow me, then you know I love a good meme. Well this year I became a meme, lol. Here I am grilling this guy on where he got his astrology information from. . .Thanks John Byrne!
As I had to prove to my buddy Kim Farnell and another friend on New Year’s Eve, I’m actually a fairly competent trumpet player (I actually play all brass instruments but trumpet is my fave). But this year I also got to be a Music teacher for a half term. And I really, really enjoyed it. Music is a beautiful gift and to be able to share that love with children is a wonderful feeling.
Usually my performances are limited to Remembrance Day and Christmas. But one of my very best performances was for a group of 60 4-year-olds who were suitably impressed that I could play the trumpet, trombone, French horn and E–flat bass.
My buddy and perennial conference roomie Mj Patterson stayed with me for the summer and we did plenty of singing. One of the most memorable moments of the Canadian Astrology Conference, was when we sang “Bad Moon Risin'” with the very talented (and very improvised) Canadian astrology band! The memory puts a smile on my face. And well done you Canadian Astrologers for putting on two fantastic conferences this year
I did play at Christmas with the Walthamstow Orchestra under the conducting and arrangement skills of Jonathan Rathbone. It was fab to be a part of it. My resolution for 2020 is to play with an orchestra more often.
A huge THANK YOU to Kim Farnell for making my article in the Astrology Quarterly look so wonderful!! My article on Childhood and Astrology appears in this issue
7. Book signing at Watkin’s
For my birthday, I did a book signing at Watkin’s, London top esoteric bookshop (I also did a signing at The Astrology Shop). There’s nothing like seeing your book on a book shelf (I’m currently writing three more books so watch this space!).
6. The US/Canadian tour!!
I arranged a little tour for myself that started in LA and migrated over to Halifax Nova Scotia. I spoke at several local astrology groups and had such fun meeting other astrologers. Special thanks to my friend Ra Rishikavi Raghudas for all the hosting and driving!
New Mexico was a state I had not been to (until a few years ago, I had not traveled much in the US) so when Michael Bartlett invited me to visit him, I jumped at the chance. I took the train from LA and it was absolutely beautiful to see all that scenery!
Michael and I interviewed each other and I was also interviewed by a local radio station (actually I did LOTS of interviews for radio stations!). Here’s the interview with Michael (we are very giggly!)
5. O Canada!
I visited Edmonton Alberta to speak at the Canadian Astrology Conference (I gave the keynote speech!) God bless the Canadians, their poutine and donairs and all the wonderful stuff they’re doing in astrology. Congratulations you beautiful people and here’s hoping I get my Canadian passport sorted out soon!
Mega congratulations to Mj Patterson for organising her first astrology conference and lots of love to Tracy Quinlan and Donna Young for all their hard work!
4. Guilt tripping David Cochrane into buying me a cocktail!
My good friend David Cochrane accidentally left me off a list of speakers for the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference. I jokingly said it would cost him a cocktail. Being the gentleman he is, he obliged! Thank you David for one of the funniest moments of 2019.
Massive thanks also to Dennis Harness for this fabulous conference!
I loved spending time with Maurice Fernandez and I’m looking forward to working more with the Organization For Professional Astrology. I loved the latest issue of their magazine “The Career Astrologer” and am well chuffed to have an article in it!
Much love to my other perennial roommate, Naomi Bennett too. And Laura and Carlton for hosting me!
And just check out OPA’s mag!! Download here:
3. Cape Town Comes to London
How happy was I to see three of my astro siblings from Cape Town?? Oh I was VERY VERY happy.
2. Cosmic Intelligence Agency!
My Australian friend and head of the Cosmic Intelligence Agency Julija Simas came to came to see me in London. I think I saw more of London with her in a week than I’ve seen in a few years! Our friend Laura Boomer Trent took us on a tour of the Mythraeum Museum and a search for Mercury! Then Jules and I poshed up for dinner at a swish restaurant in Kensington. By total fluke, this was also where Ana and Nick stayed when they were in London.
The CIA has a symposium and a new book out too!! My contribution was “Teenagers who have changed the world.” You can find out more about the symposium and book by checking out this link.
And just check out CIA’s new e-book! (more info here)
I was super chuffed to discover my nephew has learned the art of the selfie!!!
Well I’ve already blown dry January, lol. But I will focus on being healthier and getting back to the gym now that I’m more settled.
This year I’ll be focusing on getting my Canadian citizenship sorted out and preparing for ISAR! I’m in the home stretch with my second and third books and hoping to finish off a fourth one very soon. I’ve been writing for ISAR, OPA, CIA and a few other quality astrology magazines so lots of things to look forward to. . .
Things are moving along rather nicely.