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Astrology Conference Review: NORWAC

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Food at an Astrology Conference HAS to be better than school dinners! Hurray for NORWAC for having a conference venue so near to wonderful places to eat with super cool people!

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Food at an Astrology Conference HAS to be better than school dinners!

The Northwest Astrology Conference (NORWAC) has the tagline “where you won’t get lost in the crowd”. I have to concur that the NORWAC crowd is super friendly and eager to engage. Everywhere I turned, there were other astrologers who wanted to talk to me (or I wanted to talk to them). It just seemed everyone treasured their time together.

NORWAC meets yearly in June. Located near Seattle Washington, USA, this far-flung conference location takes a bit of devotion to reach. It’s a flight across the Pacific for Australian and Asian astrologers and a trans-continental flight for East Coast Americans. I flew in from the UK so travelled across an ocean and a continent. Our astrology colleagues in the South America and Africa will find it particularly challenging. However, in my opinion, it’s a journey well worth the effort!

NORWAC was part of my American cross continental tour. I met so many groovy people (astrologers and non astrologers) and I didn’t get lost once!

For a great location, super friendly people and lots of variety, NORWAC wins one of my “famous” Astrology Conference Awards for two outstanding lunches!

Northwest Astrology Conference

Alex Trenoweth enroute to NORWAC

I’m awake! Honestly!!

Journal entry 25 May 2017

Whether it’s getting on a plane in the middle of a hurricane, drinking a noxious liquid otherwise known as “port” to be polite (actually it was delicious–they just don’t know how to transport it to the UK so it doesn’t taste like antifreeze) or teaching adolescents for 12 years before realising the life of a supply teacher was where it’s at, I’ve just never been known to take the easy route.

Today I am on a 24-hour odyssey on a Greyhound bus to get to Seattle from San Francisco. I’m halfway through, my butt is numb but I have enough Combos and iced tea (it’s OK, I can cope!) to see me through the apocalypse so I’m pretty happy. Oh and I have wifi!! I could do this for a few days.
I also watched Venus rise as the morning star followed by a spectacular sunrise. At the moment I’m travelling through Salinas County, the very area my former GCSE English pupils used to think was a place John Steinbeck made up. The highway cuts through huge areas of conifers, mountains and rivers. I can almost see George and Lenny hiding in a brook or hear the clink of horseshoes near the bunkhouse.

On the Road

Journal entry 25 May 2017
I love road trips but living in London really does mean it is too expensive to have a car–even if I could get a place to park one. So between naps, I’m putting the finishing touches on my lecture for NORWAC, answering emails (great goddess where do they all come from?) and just enjoying scenery I don’t get to enjoy in London. I saw tiny farmhouses in the middle of nowhere, and a sunrise so vivid it looked like someone dabbed bright red lipstick on the top of the mountain ranges. Of course, there’s nothing like meeting real Americans in the middle of nowhere.
Oh I had Taco Bell’s egg quesadillas with diablo sauce for breakfast!
I could have taken a plane to Seattle but that wouldn’t have been as interesting! So when I arrive looking a little bleary-eyed, you’ll know it’s because I didn’t want to miss a thing on my way to the conference.

Is it Friday?

Journal entry 26 May 2017

Not even a 24-hour bus ride could ensure I could catch up on my sleep the night before my lecture for the Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC). I congratulated myself for getting to my hotel destination–all the way from San Francisco–without resorting to an Uber. But once I got to my hotel, I tossed and turned all night in an unfamiliar bed and missed the purrs of my furry children. And, wouldn’t you know it, I also woke up early. I think it was the first time I sincerely worried about falling asleep half way through my own lecture.

But jet lag, being as it is, meant I was totally ravenous at 8 am local time (4pm BST) and needed to get myself registered at the conference and grab some breakfast or dinner. Or whatever meal we’re going to call it. That’s not to say there weren’t a few lucky distractions. It’s always wonderful to meet up with old friend at conferences but also to (finally) meet people you have only heard about on social media.

1st Best Lunch

NORWAC astro stars: Cheryl Hopkins, Steven Forrest, Rick Levine, Samuel Reynolds, Alex Trenoweth and Gloria Star

l-r, Cheryl Hopkins, Steven Forrest, Rick Levine, Samuel Reynolds, Alex Trenoweth and Gloria Star

Step forward the lovely Steven Forrest. I was just heading out of the hotel to enjoy the sunshine when I heard Steven say (to someone else): “Oh this is Alex? No, you’re not Alex.”

I piped up from behind and said (I told you I get a little silly when I’m overly tired): “No, I’M Alex,”

Steven turned to me and said: “Ah yes, you’re Alex!” Steven and his assistant Tony Howard have always been so wonderfully supportive of my work and I was so happy to be able to meet them in person. We celebrated (along with the lovely other Alex–who came to my lecture!) with sushi and good conversation. NORWAC was off with a bang.

2nd Best Lunch

Samuel F Reynolds, Jeanette Ponder and new friends Mecca Woods, Monique Moore, Chartreuse Tempo Barriere, and Janelle Belgrave L Ac.

Saying “Cheese!”

Fortunately, I managed to remain conscious (if one can call it that) and delivered my first lecture to a full room at NORWAC. Lecturing at the same time as me was my astro brother Sam Reynolds, astro papa Rob Hand so I was particularly delighted that I wasn’t lecturing to an empty room. And I sold all the books I had brought with me! In fact, I’ve never had so many compliments, offers of support, queries about my next book and just general, all round gratitude for coming to an astrology conference. I was totally bowled over by the sheer number of people who knew about my work even though I hadn’t met them.

After the lecture, of course, I just wanted to peel myself off of the ceiling and chill. As I was again headed out the door to make a sneaky getaway, I was stopped by a large entourage around Samuel Reynolds. The group enveloped me in their fold and dragged me off to The Cheesecake Factory with them.

I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to American cuisine (although I will go so far as to say it’s a vast improvement on the British fare). Somehow when you’re surrounded by contagious energy, the food just doesn’t matter. What a meal, what company and how wonderful to be with my astro brother again. Special shout-out to my Facebook friend Jeanette Ponder and new friends Mecca Woods (The Meccanism), Monique Moore (The AstroHeaux), Chartreuse Tempo Barriere (The astro FLOTUS), and Janelle Belgrave. It has been nothing short of an honour to watch their careers in astrology flourish.

Saturday at NORWAC

Alex Trenoweth, Julija Simas and Maurice Fernandez

Several CIA and OPA members who attended NORWAC spoke at IVC 2018!

On Saturday, after spending a relaxing day catching up with friends, it was time to head to the banquet. Now a banquet–or indeed a conference–shouldn’t be about the food. It should be about the company, right? And as someone who eats school dinners on a regular basis, I’m hardly a qualified food critic but if I’m going to pay 50-100 times more for a banquet dinner than a school dinner then dammit, I want something that doesn’t look or taste like one. Fortunately this is a rare occurrence. Still I like to give conference bonus points when hotels get the food right. A round of applause to the Doubletree Suites of Tukwila Washington.

One of the people I couldn’t wait to catch up with was my Australian buddy Julija Simas. Julija is Control Agent 12 of the Cosmic Intelligence Agency.  I hadn’t seen Julija since ISAR back in October. At the Northwest Astrology Conference, there was a lot of laughter, a bit of naughtiness. But generally, it was a time of giggling, scheming and catching up. I am in awe of Julia’s networking skills, her shrewd judgement of character (she does’t just let anyone become an agent. And boy, do I pay attention now when she calls someone out. That’s a true rarity but nonetheless a proven accuracy as far as I’m concerned). I  also admire her business acumen. She has a way of getting things done! I consider it a great honour to be a part of CIA and I credit Julija for inspiring me to do important secret agent work.

Melanie!

Nessus? Oh yes!

Alex Trenoweth and Melanie

A lecturer I try never to miss is Melanie Reinhart, who I am very fortunate to count as a personal friend. She is compassionate, wise and I never fail to learn something when I attend her classes. And I wasn’t disappointed at NORWAC. Melanie’s topic was Nessus and couldn’t resist the temptation to look at Nessus in my own chart. Nessus was in Gemini when I was born, conjunct my ascendant along with the recent New Moon with transiting Nessus in the 10th house. That’s a lot of Nessus!! I couldn’t wait to tell Melanie this, secretly wondering how she’d interpret something like this. Without hesitation, she said “Well that’s all your work in revolutionising education!”

There are times when I’m just bowled over–and this was one of them. Melanie knows about my work? She doesn’t even use social media. It was all a bit much for me to take in.

Enter the Psychopomp!

Alex Trenoweth, Julija Simas and Nick Polimenakos at NORWAC

Alex Trenoweth, Julija Simas and Nick Polimenakos at NORWAC

My super secret prize for Psychopomp (the Jungian one) skills go to Nicholas Polimenakos. I met him at ISAR but fell in love with him at NORWAC! So helpful with a great sense of humour and just a manner I really enjoy. He clearly knew and loved both astrology and the area he lived in. And he wanted everyone to know he knew where everything was. And had connections everywhere!

I love smiley men (even if there’s a mischievous twinkle) and he makes far better imp faces than me. Oh and he reads my blogs so I love him even more. All ’round great guy. Definitely a keeper. I might have to add him as my astro brother. I just want him to know how much I appreciate him. The only real damper on this conference was learning Nick’s car was broken into on the last night. He lost valuable tech items such as his phone, laptop and camera.

Here’s hoping the insurance settlement is quick and that the person/s responsible experience the bitch that is karma sooner rather than later.

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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