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Astrology Conference Review: Kepler (Canaveral Research)August 19, 2018
Been going to the same Astrology Conferences year after year? It’s time to get out of the same old routine! Before we go any further, please follow me on social media. Subscribe to my newsletter if you would like to learn more about astrology from a fully qualified professional. I’m active on Facebook (@growingpainsadolescence), Twitter and Instagram. If you’d like to have a chart reading, please book via my products page. My book “Growing Pains” is also available for purchase here. Don’t forget there are lots of astrology conferences happening all over the world. I update my website with new articles on Monday and Saturdays–and whenever I feel like it.
Portugal!The 1st International Astrology Conference in Portugal took place from 24th to 26th of February 2017 at the Fórum da Maia. The conference venue was very modern and in the city centre, making it very easy to explore the local area, taste the wonderful cuisine and practice a few Portuguese phrases. On a very practical note, with the British pound being strong against the euro, this conference was very affordable for attendees outside of Portugal and expenses were very easy on the wallet. I particularly loved this conference because it was a turning point for me as a lecturer.
Since this conference, astrology in Portugal has gone from strength to strength. Now a part of the ISAR certification course, Associação Portuguesa de Astrologia (ASPAS) has truly become an influential international astrology group.
2nd International Astrology Conference in Portugal took place in Lisbon on the 23 and 24 March 2018. I was delighted that several 2020 IVC Conference lecturers will be speaking: ASPAS President Isabel Guimaraes, my travel buddies (we keep bumping into each other at various conferences!) and ISAR President Aleksander Imsiragic and his lovely wife Lea, Australians Damian Rocks and Lyndall McQuinn, IVC “Astrologer of the Year, 2018” Rick Levine. And me of course. I am also very much looking forward to being reunited with several “home grown” Portuguese astrologers. This was the promotional video for the conference:The
The Review (2016)
We were taken to a port tasting event but I have to admit that of all the choices at a bar, port would defo be my very last choice. Red wine gives me a stinking headache and I just don’t like the flavour of port. But one has to be polite. So I accepted my glass with the assumption that I’d find the nearest plant pot after a toast to our hosts. I was very pleasantly surprised by the bouquet (don’t I sound like I know what I’m talking about?) and the flavour was rich and smooth and completely different to any port I had ever had before. What on earth do they do to the port in England?
Lost ConfidenceAs I caught up with old friends and made new friends, I could almost forget I was the first main speaker the next morning. Of course, the port helped too. I had been thinking a lot about speaking at conferences and whether or not I actually like lecturing. The Kepler Conference really knocked my confidence (so many clever people and then there’s me. . .) that I was seriously considering whether or not I was “deep” enough to be a successful speaker. I see myself as a kind of lucky goofball who really doesn’t belong amongst all these amazing people. And then I got chatting to Glenn Perry who had generously agreed to be my “victim” for my workshop on healing the inner teenager. Glenn and I are on the same page when it comes to astrology and psychology. I don’t have the experience and qualifications he has but I can hold up my end of the conversation with him (most of the time). As I was talking to him, I realised that I must be at least a little interesting to keep his attention and for him to remember my name (I can also boast that he gave me a hug when he saw me!). Every now and again, a girl needs a little pick-me-up. I was feeling better. Of course, the port helped that too. The port helped so much that I decided that I was really going to stop focusing on how nervous I was and whether or not anyone actually cared about what I had to say in my lecture. I was going to make an effort to watch and learn from the masters. I was going to study everyone’s style and I was going to compare my style to theirs.
Style?Of course that raised a question in my head about what I thought my style was: I know that I speak way too quickly sometimes, I know I like to use my hands when I speak and I know I like to stand and be able to move around when I talk. I also know I don’t like it when people read their lecture to me. And at these thoughts, my stomach returned to its normal position and then did a flip-flop. For the first time ever, I was going to read my lecture. And the reason is this: “Herschel, Uranus and Mary Shelley’s Vision of Horror” is packed full of complicated English words and the Portuguese-speaking translators would need to be able to follow my script. I was going to have to remember to slow my speech down. (I had already knocked myself out with the powerpoint). The other thing making me nervous was that I had given this old lecture a complete overhaul. When I re-read it, I realised I simply was not the same astrologer who had written this lecture almost 12 years ago. And this is a good thing because I’ve done a lot of studying since then.
Back to the PartyWhen we returned to the hotel, we were treated to an amazing dinner. My date for the night was the charming David Perloff. Sitting across from me was Mark Jones and his lovely wife Claire. Next to me was Lynn Bell and also across from me was Margaret Gray. Is there anything better than a good chinwag with fellow astrologers? I am always so grateful for the support from other astrologers. After all, we were all in the same boat: tired from our journeys, nervous about our lectures and a little uncertain of how it was all going to work out (but mostly very optimistic). We were in it together.
The LectureMorning came too quickly and it was time to get my Moon in Leo out of the cupboard with my gold and black jacket and leopard print brogues (oh yes). I also had to give myself a serious lecture about positive thinking and to stop worrying about not measuring up to other people. I have my own research, my own style (I finally convinced myself) and my own path in astrology (which I found when I stepped away from the well trodden path of astrologers before me). On the bus to the venue, I read my lecture for the final time. And found a mistake (thankfully before I started to lecture) and was able to fix it before everything kicked off. I also made an unprecedented decision: I was going to sit down for this lecture. No pacing around like a nervous kid who doesn’t have the experience in lecturing. I was going to be cool. Calm. I was going to speak slowly. Then I was also going to say a few sentences in Portuguese. And I certainly wasn’t going to freak out because I was the first lecturer in the main auditorium. I took a quick look at how my powerpoint looked on the big screen: gorgeous!
And then it was time to speak.