Astrology Conference Review: ISAR 2016

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ISAR 2016

Enormous gratitude to ISAR for helping me promote my book and make connections!

ISAR 2016

Enormous gratitude to ISAR for helping me promote my book and make connections!

Been going to the same Astrology Conferences year after year? It’s time to get out of the same old routine! ISAR 2016 wins my prize for “Best Connections” and it’s a conference well worth attending if you are just starting to branch out as an astrologer.

Best Connections, ISAR

I first attended ISAR’s biennial conference in 2014. It marked the very start of my career as an international astrologer (I had spoken at UAC in 2008 but was working full time as a teacher so wan’t able to travel much). My book “Growing Pains” had come out the year before and was starting to gain some attention outside of the UK.

ISAR 2014 was the start of my tour of the USA. I can honestly say my life radically changed since this tour: on the last night of the tour, I was invited to India! And so ISAR holds a very special place in my heart! I appreciate all the ISAR does for me and continues to do for the astrological community. And I’m so happy ISAR is an affiliated sponsor of IVC 2020!

The first day, ISAR 2016

ISAR 2016

Wonderful that Ray Merriman and Erin Sullivan were the first people I met at ISAR 2016

The International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) conference is held every other year in a different location in the continental USA and is one of the biggest astrological events in the world. It could be very easy to be swallowed up by the atmosphere–unless you walk through the door to register and bump straight into President of ISAR Ray Merriman and one of the astrological writers you most admire, Erin Sullivan. Which is exactly what happened to me. Ray has been a personal friend for nearly a decade but Erin I had only admired from afar. We had exchanged numerous Facebook messages and before actually meeting her in the flesh, I had been a little worried about what I would say to her. I need not have worried! We got on like a proverbial house on fire!

ISAR 2016

Astrologers on a hay wagon!

Once I registered and settled, it didn’t take long to find other friends (my astro brother Ian Waisler, Demetrius Bagley, Elizabeth Kullen, Cindy Chamberlin, Margaret Gray, Nick Polimenakos and others) and be swept off to nearby Tanaka Farms to pick organic produce for our (independently organised) vegan supper. And who should I meet straightaway? Dennis Harness!! Like Erin, Dennis is an astrological elder whose writing I admire. Chatting amongst the rows of pumpkins, getting lost in a cornfield maze and petting goats is one hell of a way to get acquainted!

Ian had very cleverly found an Air B and B near to the conference hotel and with the help of housemates, had prepared a sumptuous cruelty-free meal for all of us. Oh and I got to sit next to Dennis!

All of this was before the conference actually started!

The Opening Ceremony, ISAR 2016

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A packed room for ISAR 2016 opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony of any conference is important and I was not disappointed with this one: Aleks Imsiragic had put together one of the best and most exciting introductory trailers I have ever seen. I was so proud to see several of my personal friends from around the world featured. But more than that, it made me really look forward to the rest of the conference

As I have mentioned elsewhere, I am not a particular fan of politics but the recent presidential debate had ignited my interests. And a good thing too—the grand opening ceremony centred around astrological predictions for the upcoming election. PR guru Shelley Ackerman did the excellent job of getting some serious press coverage for the panel discussion on the elections. I was floored by the different methods each astrologer used to come to the same conclusion: Hillary for the win!

NB: Clearly the astrologers got this one wrong. This left a few astrologers feeling like they had egg on the faces but the analysis of this wrong prediction is so important to our craft. We need to look back on what went wrong and hone our techniques. This is a great opportunity for research.

ISAR 2016

Found during the “Org Parties Crawl”: Rick Levine and his magic flute!

I was so pleased the board had collaborated in generating ample PR for the conference—and like it or not, the controversy around securing Hillary’s accurate time of birth not only had astrologers and non astrologers alike talking, it also showed astrologers doing their homework by not just accepting any old data that comes their way.

After the opening ceremony, we were sprung loose to catch up with friends and acquaintances and to take in our new environs.  I got to see my beloved astro sisters Ana Carrapichano and Michelle Gould and catch up with all the gossip.

Party Crawl, ISAR 2016

The “Org Party Crawl” was a chance to mingle amongst various astrological organisations to see what was happening. I made a point to visit each of the seven groups and was just amazed at the ingenuity shown. Special shout out to Rick Levine who played live music at the OPA party and to Queer Astrology for being so loving, welcoming and open. The rest of the groups were just as lively and innovative and if I had the time and energy I would have joined all of them.

Day 2, ISAR 2016

ISAR 2016 Trenoweth Book Signing

Komilla Sutton, Elizabeth Kullen, Ian Waisler, me and Ehsan Khazeni at my book signing.

Well Day Two was my book signing! And as this is my blog and I’m self-employed, I make no apologies for plugging myself!

How generous of ISAR to arrange book signings for us writers! I was not only pleased to shift some books but also to chat with other astrologers about my work in astrology and education. I loved the support I received from other astrologers (is there a better acknowledgement than having someone tell you how much they love what you do?). In particular, I was thrilled to be invited to work with Kepler College!

It was so fabulous to see my brilliant friend and head of Cosmic IntelligenceAgency Julija Simas and

ISAR 2016

Secret Cosmic Intelligence Agency meeting

fellow agents Armand Diaz, Cassandra Butler, Vanessa Guazzelli Paim, Demetrius Bagley and Margaret Gray (who I’ll be collaborating with very soon in Dublin) at our board meeting to discuss upcoming projects including webinars, interviews and a whole slew of other exciting goodies coming your way very soon. Just check out that lovely tablecloth

ISAR 2016

CIA Agents having dinner with the Leo King, David Palmer

(really a delicious silk scarf that Julija gave to me)! Oh and  I got to have dinner with  internet sensation David Palmer “The Leo King” and his lovely fiancée Leanna!

The Lectures, ISAR 2016

After an evening of astrology chatter and sharing starry love, it was time to get down to the business of taking in astro knowledge. As part of the voluntary crew, it was my job to work with my astro brother Samuel Reynolds to ensure all the audio-visual equipment was working for all the speakers. This meant I could pop in and out of several talks without seeming rude. And what a lineup it was! In between my dips

ISAR 2016

A mutual reception: Matt Savinar and I swapping reading material

into a spectacular array of lectures, I had the chance to chat with a few interesting people.

I have no idea why it never occurred to me that I might run into the divine Matt Savinar whose astrology magazine Hexagon I had the pleasure of being in. One of the very best things about conferences is the opportunity to meet folks in person and in Matt’s case, it was the chance to thank him for all his promotional work for “Growing Pains”. It’s well worth checking out the Hexagon website!

And speaking of astrology magazines, I also bumped into

ISAR 2016

Tem Tarriktar, editor of Mountain Astrologer magazine

Tem Tarriktar of the Mountain Astrologer. Again, I have to say how nice it is to see respectable astrology magazines with such excellent websites. Of course, I had to have a selfie with Tem!

Awards Banquet, ISAR 2016

After the second day of lectures, the excitement of the impending banquet was palpable and it was time for me to slip into something that suited my Moon in Leo–haha a black and gold dinner jacket. My dinner date was the very lovely Ehsan Khazeni who unsurprisingly was a hit at the conference. At one point, I had to pull my Ehsan from the clutches of Michael Lutin and Glenn Perry who wanted him to sit at their table. We got a round of applause from bemused observers as I re-claimed Ehsan as MY date. Here we are with the gorgeous (and BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS) Komilla Sutton!!
ISAR 2016

Awards Banquet, with Komilla Sutton and Ehsan Khazeni

Another surprise of the evening was meeting the Astrodienst founder, Alois Treindl. Astrodienst is a FREE astrology programme that I had been using since the early noughties well before I was able to afford Solar Fire and other expensive astrology programmes. I can honestly say Astrodienst was an integral part in helping me pass early astrology exams and in supporting my early astrology consulting career. I was so pleased Alois was honoured with a well deserved Lifetime Achievement award! The photo is a little blurry but here I am with Erin Sullivan, Lynn Bell, astro brother (and date!!)  Ehsan, and Alois!

How to Say “Trenoweth”

The funniest moment of the evening goes to the beautimus Chris Renstrom, who mispronounced my last name. Well. . .we can’t let there be any doubt on how this very tricky name is pronounced now can we?? So here we are with me schooling Chris on the correct pronunciation (so lovely to finally meet you Chris!).

At the risk of seeming like I am astro-worshipping Frank Clifford, I just want to say as one of the few

ISAR 2016

With the lovely Hakan Kirkoglu

(honourary) Brits attending ISAR that I hooted and hollered when he received the “Best Article” award for contributions to the fabulous ISAR Journal! Seriously a proud moment!

Richard and Victoria Smoot, the editors of the ISAR magazine,  received a well deserved honour for all their hard work. Like Ray, Richard is a Michigan man–and automatically gets into my good books (being born in Michigan myself!).

I have to put in a huge shout out to the totally gorgeous Hakan Kirkoglu . . . Just because he is totally brilliant. And gorgeous. And don’t we look marvellous together?

ISAR 2016

With Antonia Langsdorf and Ray Merriman

The evening finished with me gatecrashing Ray Merriman’s after party in his hotel room. I had managed to capture another photo of him with the lovely Antonia earlier in the evening before I polished off the last of his beer with Glenn Perry (who I will be seeing again at the Kepler Astrology Conference and at the First Annual Astrology Conference in Portugal).

The morning after!

Everyone looked chipper enough to me on Sunday morning. And the incredible thing was the buzz was still going strong. Sometimes conferences can feel like you’re being herded from one lecture to another and everyone is drooping by the last day. But everywhere I looked, there were happy faces and as the conference came to a close, there were many invitations to collaborate with other fantastic astrologers.

I was delighted to be invited to speak at the San Francisco Astrological Society on 29 June 2017 just a few weeks after I’ll be lecturing at Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) near Seattle Washington. I have so many Facebook friends from San Francisco and their astrology meetings look like such a blast so I was well chuffed to get an invitation.
ISAR 2016

Bright and chipper Dennis Harness, Ehsan Khazeni and me

I finally got to meet David Cochrane and his lovely wife Fei after hearing so much about them. David was kind enough to give me a shout out for my research into astrology and education and to invite me to present this research at the upcoming Kepler Conference(not to be confused with Kepler College) in Florida in January.

And on the subject of my academic research, one of my papers on the lunar phases and adolescent behaviour has been peer reviewed a few times. I’m relieved it won’t take too much effort to fix up and pleased my inner nerd is still on the sharp side. My good friend Armand Diaz will be writing more about my research in an upcoming issue of the Astrology News Service and my new buddy Matt Savinar will be interviewing me for Hexagon magazine. I’m awaiting advice on the best magazine to publish my work (the big question seems to centre around should it go in an astrological magazine or an academic scientific one). But it’s all coming on.

Farewell

ISAR 2016

Cosmic Intelligence Agents gathering for a final photo

All good things come to an end and I was fortunate to have been close to my astro sister Michelle Gould as she prepared for her lecture and for the closing address of ISAR. Michelle had put an enormous amount of work into making the ISAR conference such a success and it was an honour to have been able to spend so much time with her.

Shall I reveal a little secret? Michelle practiced and practiced her closing address (and her lecture as well) so just the right mood was created for the delegates to go home on. As I listened to her address the 500 delegates, I tried to experience her words as if I had never heard them before and I had that warm, fuzzy feeling of being loved and treasured and I was sorry to have to start saying good byes when she was finished. It really was a great conference and so many things seemed to conspire to bring me to California that I just knew I was meant to be there. As I’ve said before, all conferences are special but to me ISAR 2016 brought a huge contingent of people together and got them to work harmoniously together. What a shame we couldn’t bottle that energy and distribute it to a few political parties, eh?
Isar 2016

One more book signing!

I was fortunate to have been able to stay on for another night–and even got to autograph a couple more of my books.

On a final note, ISAR lectures are recorded and can be purchased by clicking this link.

Astrology Conferences Around the World

If you’re curious about astrology conferences, I’ve written a few reviews of my favourites!

United Astrology Conference, various locations in the US, every 4 years

Northwest Astrology Conference, Seattle Washington, every year in June

International Society for Astrological Research, various locations in the US, every other year in the autumn

Kepler Institute, Belgrade Serbia, every year in March

Associação Portuguesa de Astrologia, ASPAS, Maia Portugal, 23 and 24 March 2019

Kepler Research, Cape Canaveral, 24-27 January 2019

Associazione Cultural Jayavidya, Perugia Italy, every year in June

State of the Art Astrology, Buffalo NY every year in October

Astrology Restored, Cape Town, next one in 2020

Institute of Vedic Culture (IVC), Kolkata India, 4-9 February 2020

I help organise the IVC conference. Here’s our promotional video

My full travel and lecture schedule is here.

Alex Trenoweth
Alex Trenoweth
Alex Trenoweth, MA, DFAstrolS is an astrologer, teacher and author of "Growing Pains", "The Wolf You Feed" and the soon-to-be-released "Mirror Mirror" by The Wessex Astrologer. She travels across the globe lecturing on the topic of Astrology and Education. In 2015, she was voted "Best International Astrologer" for her innovative research on astrology and adolescence. Her work has been published in major astrological magazines around the world such as Dell Horoscope, the International Society of Astrological Research, the Organization for Professional Astrologers and she is co-editor of "Constellation News", one of the largest astrological magazines on the planet.

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