Where can an astrologer go to watch a real life rocket launch on the beach? At the Kepler Conference!!
I had my ephemeris signed by a real astronaut at Kennedy Space Center!
Been going to the same Astrology Conferences year after year? It’s time to get out of the same old routine! Astrological research is where it’s at!
The Kepler Astrology Conference, on beautiful Cocoa Beach Florida, is an astrology conference with a difference: the speakers are all nerds! We test astrology principles. It’s better than just regurgitating what astrologers before us have said. After all, astrologers before us did not have the technology we have now. Personally, I like astrology to have a practical purpose.
As the venue is on a beach, it is a welcome break from the terrible winter weather in England. (Although the weather isn’t always nice in Florida either!). The Kepler Conference is very quickly approaching its third year. To register for 2019, visit the Kepler Conference site.
Courtney Roberts, who organises Canaveral Research and the Kepler Conference, is an award-winning IVC Conference speaker. We were delighted Canaveral Research was one of our affiliated sponsors in 2018 and we’re equally happy that Courtney as well as a few other Kepler conference lecturers came to India.
Courtney Roberts, Director of Canaveral Research, wins a prize for her contributions to outstanding research at the IVC Conference, Kolkata India.
Courtney and several other top Kepler conference astrological researchers will be returning to lecture at the IVC Conference in 2020: besides myself and Courtney, Ehsan Khazeni, Dennis Harness (who organises the Sedona Astrology Conference), Vanessa Gauzelli Paim, Russell Olhausen, Cassandra Butler, David Perkins and Frank Piechosky are all on the programme.
Kepler Astrology Conference not only won an award in India but they also receive a very special “Alex Trenoweth Astrology Conference Award” for a very special event: a rocket launch!! From the beach of the conference venue, we saw this incredible event with our own eyes. It was one THE MOST exciting thing I have ever seen at an astrology conference! And for this mind blowing event, I am very happy to award the Kepler Conference with the very special award!
Where can an astrologer go to watch a real life rocket launch on the beach? At the Kepler Conference!!
The promotional video for the Kepler Conference 2019:
The Review: Astrological Research
The first Kepler Conference took place from 20th-22nd January 2017 near Cape Canaveral Florida. I had always felt my nerdy data was out of place at astrology conferences and in astrology articles but organiser Courtney Roberts took notice and I’m ever so grateful she was able to assemble a fine and diverse cast of researchers for this groundbreaking conference which was also featured in an editorial on the Astrology News Service.
Astrological Researchers will be gathering near Cape Canaveral in January 2019
Most of us (I feel I should justify that with a more specific statistic but bear with me) came away with the clear idea that we had set a very high bar for future astrology conferences. A few of us also felt we had thrown down the gauntlet to the scientific community who continue to disregard astrology as medieval superstition.
And on that note, I have a little confession: I had never been so nervous speaking at a conference before. I just felt that the precedent we were setting was palpable nearly every second. I had four lectures to give and my knees were knocking all the way through every one of them. I often say I find speaking to adults (as opposed to children) unnerving because they’re so quiet in the audience but this was something else entirely. I felt I had something important to contribute, I was excited to do so and when Bill Meridian tells you afterwards that he admires your work, you know you’ve made a good impression. Oh and Glenn Perry and Will Morris bought copies of my book (thanks chaps!).
I listened to nearly every lecture and was so proud to be a part of the team. The topics were hugely varied and packed full of yummy statistics and carefully researched evidence. I felt like I was learning more about how to extend and continue my own astrological research. In fact, I feel my research will never be the same again. I was inspired! As Bill said: “There were more solid research results per hour in this conference than in any conference I can recall.” That’s what I mean about setting a very high bar for future astrology conferences.
Robert Currey, me and Ken McRitchie. I love these guys! We’re waiting for the rocket launch.
But of course, conferences aren’t just about lectures (because if they were, my brain would have exploded at this one), they’re about the people you meet up with and the things you get up to as well. On our first night, we were treated to the prospect of a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. I was so excited, I was like a little kid! I found Robert Currey and Ken McRitchie on the beach and we all sort of jumped up and down with anticipation–until the mission was aborted for the night. Was I disappointed! Not to mention, I no longer had a distraction to keep me from concentrating on how nervous I was about my impending lectures. Fortunately for me, my buddy Ana Andrade from Peru arrived to keep me calm, cool and collected.
The Big Moment
From l-r: Dr Will Morris, me, Kenneth Miller and my hot date at UAC 2018, Scott Silverman (hubba hubba)
And my moment did come the next afternoon with my lecture entitled “The Gauquelin Effect: Reloaded” and the description reading: “The greatest astro-research program ever undertaken has to be that of the Gauquelins: could destiny be demonstrated? Could their statistics prove that planets in the diurnal circle at birth were connected with excellence in future life? Or, was it all just a glitch in the statistics as Wikipedia now tells us? Now the data is all online but there are not many astro-researchers checking over it. Does the Moon really affect the birth of poets, and Saturn the scientists? For the first time these results are ready and available for analysis by students of psychology. But will they take it seriously or will they just dismiss it as medieval superstition?” I was told the talk went well (I was too bloody nervous to notice anything about the reaction of the audience at the time). This is a talk I definitely want to develop into something lengthier and grittier.
With Ana Andrade, Michele Finey, Cassandra Butler
As I mentioned, there were many, many fine talks. I won’t even try to replicate (haha) the fine research of the other speakers. If you would like specifics, have a rummage through The Kepler Conference website for copyrighted (yeah, don’t nick our research without our permission!) materials.
That rocket launch? It did happen eventually! I took a video of it but have yet to figure out how to get it from my device to you tube but it will happen. Suffice to say, it was spectacularly awesome. I was surprised it took nearly 90 seconds before we heard the characteristic “boom boom” of the sound barrier being broken but even more surprising was the number of shooting stars we saw!
Saturday was my big lecture. I was nearly in meltdown. I get weird when I’m nervous. I got so weird, I conjured up my own mystical moment. And here’s how it went: I was walking to the lobby to get some breakfast earlier in the day when I saw this big, bright pink flower. Glorious it was. It was just the same colour as one of my favourite tops so I was admiring it. As I passed by it, the flower said: “You know, it hurts to blossom.”
The flower that spoke!
When a Flower Speaks
I kid you not.
So I stopped, backed up and said: “Huh?”
But of course, mystical moments aren’t known for replicating on demand so I called my friend Scott over to take a photo of it as a memento. I’ll bet it does hurt to blossom–and all we do is focus on the end result, not the process. And Miss Pink Flower, your message was not lost on me.
I’ve always felt that good astrological writing should be well paid and well distributed. What an honour to write for Dell Horoscope!
On a side note, I’m happy to say I had the opportunity to write up this experience for Dell Horoscope. “When a Flower Speaks”, a write up of my mystical experience at the Kepler Conference, was clearly an article that touched the hearts of many people. Throughout my recent astro tour in the US, several people mentioned this article and wanted to share their own mystical experiences. I can honestly say I have never received such positive feedback for an article.
A few hours after the experience, I was up to lecture. I could feel the blood pumping in my ears and I knew my hands were shaking as I held the microphone. This was my research, my results and my evidence that I could back up “Growing Pains” with relevant statistics. I don’t know why I was so nervous. I still shake just thinking about it! It hurt to blossom all right. And I’m still thinking of things I wish I had said or things I wished I hadn’t said. But I knocked some socks off. And I’m rolling up my sleeves for more.
Later that same evening, I also took part in a panel discussion about putting astrology to work: expanding astrology’s professional applications and opportunities. Essentially, I talked about the problems I’ve had merging my two very different careers and I came away thinking that astrology on its own has no relevance. It serves an important part of the backdrop of many different professions but at the same time, astrologers have to have such a vast array of other skills (writing, lecturing, marketing and all the other skills that have to be brought into the arena) that it’s pretty impossible to find astrologers who “just” do consultations. I was also pretty sure that astrology can be used in some way in every profession. The potential for more astrology nerdery has no limitations.
Well, clearly boy researchers outnumber female researchers! I’d like to do something about that!
By Sunday morning, I was pretty chilled. I went for a walk on the beach. . .and wouldn’t you know it, I had another mystical moment. Perhaps it was being so close to the Atlantic Ocean that caused the universe to crack open wide enough for me to hear what it had to say. Anyway, I was watching the sunrise when I noticed all these little holes in the sand. I wondered why they were there and then it occurred to me (because I occasionally watch David Attenborough) that there might be clams or something in those holes.
All of a sudden, I really wanted to see a clam (having never seen one in the wild before). So I started poking around a bit with my fingers and got sand under my nails (which I hate) just before realising that maybe these holes might not be made by clams but maybe by crabs with great big pinchers that could snap my delicate digits to the bone. So I looked around and found an old cup and I started digging. And digging.
Pretty soon I realised that whatever had made that hole was probably burrowing deeper just to get away from big scary me. It seemed a bit cruel to continue with my exploration so I just went back to watching the sunrise. I thought about what might have made those holes and I thought about how research is a bit like the experience I had just had: we get curious, we prod a bit then change our instruments and sometimes what we are pursuing seems deliberately elusive. Sooner or later we have to decide whether or not its worth it to continue our pursuit.
My final talk was on Kolisko’s famous experiments and the secrets of the seven metals. I was very pleased to hear my new found friend Rahul Thakur is extending this research. So more research! It never ends. It was also a great pleasure to meet fellow CIA Agent Michele Finey and her partner Neil Dennis. I thought we did a pretty good job team-working our way through Planetary Metals.
Well. . .sometimes the weather reflects the effects a conference has on the wider astrological community. . .
By Sunday evening, dark clouds started to gather and tornado warnings were issued.
I’m from Michigan and let’s just say I’m traumatised by tornadoes. I don’t want to see one and I defo don’t want to be in one. But it was one spectacular storm and in between flashes of lightning. We could see the formation of funnel clouds that didn’t quite pull it together enough to pose as a real threat. But my great goddess, it rained! I turned to Dennis Harness and said: “I’ve never said this before but I think this was one of the best astrology conferences I’ve ever been to!” And it was followed by such a great crack of thunder, I had to re-phrase and say: “I think we made history this weekend.”
Haha–commanding a Space Shuttle!!
On Monday we got to visit Kennedy Space Center. I was like a little kid in heaven looking at all the launch sites and checking out all the space suits. I even got to meet John Blaha, a real astronaut. I was a bit tongue tied I was so in awe of him–imagine meeting a person who has been to outer space! But I got him to sign my ephemeris! (Such a nice guy!). I also went on a simulation of shuttle launch and I got to pretend I was commanding a shuttle. Every now and again I had to sit down because I was so overwhelmed by the vastness of space and by how much we don’t know about it.
I do hope Kepler research continues to go from strength to strength. From the buzz created, I really do think we will have a mention in the Big Book of Astrological History.
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.
Quite possibly the most quintessential photo of an astrological dinner party ever taken!