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September 14, 2018
Astrology Restored

Astrology Conference Reviews: Cape Town

“Astrology Restored: Bridging Epochs and Traditions” was the name of the conference held in Cape Town South Africa from 6-11th November 2015. Set in Shamballah Tea House, a beautiful farm across from the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the conference was 100% adventure. Astrology Restored was organised by Ana Carrapichano and Richard Fidler with advice and assistance from Michelle Gould and Nancy Massing, Rod Suskin and many other brilliant Cape Town astrologers. The perfect team to bring a dream to life. The story behind the conference is an interesting one. The intention to organise a conference was solemnly set during the […]
September 9, 2018
UAC Chicago Alex Trenoweth

Astrology Conference Review: UAC Chicago

UAC Chicago in 2018 was nothing short of amazing. How many astrologers can fit on a boat? (The answer is 750). And how many astrologers can you fit into a hotel? I think the final count on astrologers in a hotel was 1500. To be honest, I don’t mind too much. This was a highly successful conference for me (as well as many others) and it gets my “Jupiter Award” for bringing together so many people, for providing so many opportunities and for getting me to church on a Sunday morning with a hangover. Expensive? Yes but I (eventually) recovered […]
September 9, 2018
Alex Trenoweth in Perugia

Astrology Conference Review: Perugia Italy

If you ever think to yourself “Gosh, I’d really like to go to an astrology conference that is steeped in history” then Perugia, Italy is your place. The Associazione Cultural Jayavidya holds its annual conference in June every year. It’s a one day conference, leaving you with plenty of time to explore magnificent and near by Rome. Or to just spend time exploring Perugia. Or to just soak in the culture and eat glorious food. Aside from astrology, Perugia is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture. Beautifully organised by Nunzia Meskalila Coppola, this is a conference I […]
September 3, 2018
astrology and education: transition edition

Back to School with Astrology: Transition Edition

Pupils born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 will be gearing up to start secondary school in September. The transition process from primary school to secondary school is exciting but can be a worry for teachers, parents and especially the pupils. Welcome to Back to School: Transition Edition! I’m a real teacher. I’m also a real astrologer. And this is my real advice for parents and teachers who are preparing their children/pupils for the first year of secondary school. That Transition Gap Studies show that pupils who are new to secondary school experience a dip in academic performance. […]
September 2, 2018
ISAR 2016

Astrology Conference Review: ISAR 2016

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 […]
September 1, 2018
Wonderful astrology conference in Belgrade

Astrology Conference Review: International Balkan (Belgrade)

Been going to the same astrology conferences year after year? It’s time to get out of the same old routine! Astrology-a field of study that is rapidly gaining interest-needs good quality schools that students can be proud of. The International Balkan Astrology Conference takes place every March in Belgrade. Since 2001, organisers Aleksander Imsiragic, President of ISAR (which is an affiliate sponsor of IVC), and medical doctor, author and astrologer Lea Imsiragic have been inviting astrologers from all over the world to present their lectures to the students of their affiliated school, the Johannes Kepler Institute. Lea is also the […]
August 28, 2018
Alex Trenoweth's Astrology Conference Awards

Astrology Conference Reviews: Institute of Vedic Culture (IVC)

About IVC Kolkata IVC Kolkata (the full name is The Institute of Vedic Culture for Public Welfare Conference) and its affiliated school Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology (KIA) have been conducting astrology conferences for a full Saturn cycle. In 2014, IVC Kolkata welcomed the first Western astrologers to their conference. By 2015, they had increased the number of Western astrologers  to 7 and in 2016 the number had again increased to 15. In 2018, there were about 70 international speakers. And for their next conference in 2020, they will be welcoming 134 International speakers and 48 student speakers. Many of the […]
August 23, 2018
NORWAC Alex TrenowethConference Awards

Astrology Conference Review: NORWAC

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 […]
August 19, 2018
Alex Trenoweth Astrology Conference Award

Astrology Conference Review: Kepler (Canaveral Research)

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 […]
August 19, 2018
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Astrology Conference Review: Portugal

Been going to the same Astrology Conferences year after year? It’s time to get out of the same old routine! 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 […]

Back to School With Astrology

Copyright: Alex Trenoweth, 2018

Teachers, parents and pupils in the northern hemisphere are preparing for the commencement of a new academic year. And what better way to begin the academic year than with a head start? Coming soon is a very special guide for each year group. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter for special offers on professional consultations, webinars and classes. In the meantime, here are a few astrological tips to help children get the most out of their free education.

AND. . .if you ever wondered if LUNAR PHASE has an impact on the behaviour of children, here is a video of my lecture in India! (Don’t forget to ‘like’ the video on youtube!) If you’d rather read the article, here is a link. There’s even a full length, nerdy version (the one that got me the honorary doctorate!)

Teachers

For teachers, back-to-school can be a time for a last minute scramble to enjoy what remains of their long summer “break” (as a teacher myself, I use this term very loosely!). COMING VERY SOON is a handy guide for helping teachers manage an unmanageable career! Bookings for consultations here.

Parents

For parents, it can be a time of taking great pride in their child’s growth and maturity but it can also be a time of anxiety as they wonder how their little one will cope in a new classroom complete with a new teacher, new classmates and an ever changing academic curriculum. COMING VERY SOON is a handy guide to help parents be the anchor for their tempest-tossed teenager!

Pupils

And of course, for the pupils themselves, starting all over again in a new environment with changing friendship groups, extended learning and pressure to do well, it can be a time of great anticipation as well as nerve-wracking apprehension. COMING VERY SOON is a guide to help parents and teachers help the children in their care learn and develop.

The Astrological Signature

Fortunately, astrology can give an insight into this exciting time of year.

Every academic year has a unique astrological signature and understanding this is the key to delivering stimulating lessons or preparing children for the opportunities and obstacles ahead. Additionally, some year groups will have important astrological milestones that can be utilised to enhance chances of success.

Most people are familiar with astrology through its association with Sun signs. However, astrology is far more complex than just this one facet and so to understand how a child grows and develops, it is important to look further than the Sun and focus on Jupiter and Saturn, which is usually different to one’s sun sign. Together Jupiter and Saturn form an astrological signature for every academic year group and fortunately, this isn’t difficult to work out.

Saturn

We all want the best for our children and regardless of whether a child is a “chip off the old block” or as completely different to us as they can possibly be. We also want our children to be happy and well adjusted. The very fundamental key to achieving this is through understanding ourselves as authority figures first. In astrology we can do this through understanding Saturn. 

The sun takes one year to travel through each of the zodiac signs. Saturn however takes about 29 years to go around the Sun and only passes through (roughly) one sign every 2 and half years. Saturn makes key connections to its natal position about every 7 years and at each stage, we are forced to make a decision that will have a knock-on effect in events for the rest of our lives. A bit of pressure? You bet. This is why an authority’s figure’s input is so crucially important to children. Once you have a good understanding your own Saturn, you are in a wonderful position to help your pupils or children navigate the tricky waters of growing up.

Jupiter

Jupiter takes about 12 years to go around the Sun and only passes through (roughly) one sign per year. Jupiter makes key connections to its natal point about every three years and at each stage, the child learns crucial information and develops new skills. Children born in a given academic year will share the same Jupiter sign and with a little refinement, it is a very straightforward task to work out a child’s Jupiter sign. If a teacher can understand how the pupils in their care learn and develop then they can make their very difficult (and heroic!) jobs a whole lot easier.

So why Jupiter?

Astrologically, Jupiter is about higher learning, distant travel and philosophical beliefs including religion and politics. It also represents the confidence it takes to make that leap of faith so necessary for learning. Parents and teachers intuitively understand and encourage children to learn but can sometimes miss the mark by not realising that what works for one child of a certain age may not work for an older or younger child. Appreciating a child’s Jupiter sign removes the guesswork and eliminates the chances of misunderstanding the learning motivations for that child.

The Building Blocks of Life

Key Jupiter and Saturn transits to their natal points form the basic building blocks of life.

3 Years Old

The first waxing Jupiter square to its natal position occurs when a child is about 3 years old. Important milestones include being able to walk without hindrance, being toilet trained and being able to speak clearly enough to be understood by someone other than their immediate caregivers. How convenient this is for a parent who wants to expand their child’s horizons through travel! No more diapers, playpens or translating to distant relatives!

6 Years Old

The first Jupiter opposition at about the age of 6, builds on what a child has learned during the first square: children learn and develop variations on walking and running such as skipping, jumping with both feet, hopping on one foot and climbing. And just watch children of this age play: they take risks, they have faith that they won’t get hurt or sick and their antics force the people looking after them to enforce every safety measure available. Children of this age also start to put the sound of letters together to form words and sentences. They learn that with a little faith, those squiggles are a wonderful way to communicate.

7 Years Old

At the first Saturn square at around the age of 7, there is usually an event or a problem that means the child begins to understand limitations. They (or someone they love) get hurt or sick, they experience a setback or a knock to their confidence that means they lose interest in something that had previously captivated their attention. Everyone experiences times of trials and tribulations. We all make mistakes and have to admit we have been wrong. We have two choices on how to deal with these setbacks: either we get back up and keep on fighting or we roll over and give in. If authority figures understand a child’s (or in the case of a teacher, the entire classroom) perception of failure and setbacks, they can help them develop coping mechanisms that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

9 Years Old

The first waning Jupiter square to its natal position occurs when a child is about 9 years old. Almost all children have imaginary playmates/adversaries but at this age, children can distinguish between fantasy and reality.  The stuffed animals stop talking and the bogeyman under the closet retreat to the shadows of memory.

Neurological Development

Not so long ago, the behavioural changes observed in adolescence were blamed on “raging hormones”. It is now understood that whilst the influx of hormones are a contributing cause to behaviour, they are not the sole culprit. Instead what is being increasingly understood and more thoroughly researched are the neurological developments that occur at the time of the first Jupiter return at around the age of 11 years 8 months.

Although the precise age at when these neurological developments begin depends on a wide range of environmental factors, it is generally accepted that the brain startss making its transition from the brain of child who thinks with its limbic system (based on reflex and immediate gratification) to the brain of adult who makes decisions with their cerebral cortex (based on logic and reasoning) is during early adolescence. The physical evidence of these changes can be seen in the increase of folds of the brain material in the cerebral cortex. Viewed neurologically, this is a very exciting time indeed. But for parents and teachers, a whole new problem rears its head: adolescent behaviour.

Moving to the “Big School”

Children of Jupiter return age are usually preparing for the transition to the “Big School” where they will meet pupils from different backgrounds and religions, will have more classes and subjects, more teachers (all with different teaching styles) and thus will begin a whole new chapter in their lives. Because there is so little interface between primary school teachers and secondary school teachers, pupils of this age can quite literally feel lost in the crowd: they’ve gone from being the eldest in their schools where everyone knows them to being very small fish in very big ponds. Added to this problem is that secondary school teachers are more focused on the older children who must begin the process of exam preparation. This tendency—as well as the tendency to invest money in the exam year for academic interventions—means that younger adolescents are ignored. This means they find new and creative ways of getting trouble.

And so what happens to “naughty” children (who tend to be boys who develop later neurologically than girls of the same age) during their Jupiter returns? Big, bad Saturn stamps down on them. Data from a London school showed that children of this age received more sanctions for behaviour in general but for disruptive behaviour specifically. But as any busy teacher will tell you, it is important to choose battles wisely by focusing on the most serious offenses. The little stuff is often shrugged off as all being a part of growing up. In other words, children will learn to use the distractions of more serious behaviour to get out of completing work to an acceptable standard for the very simple reason that no one is going to challenge them. All that brain development that takes place during these important early years of adolescence is almost completely wasted. 

Rebel Yell

Problems only exacerbate as an adolescent continues to mature. By the time they reach the age of 13, poor behaviour is at its peak and this age group becomes the class teachers least like to teach. Astrologically, this is when not only as transiting Jupiter is sextile to its natal position but also Uranus makes its first Ptolemaic aspect by transit (also a sextile). Uranus is associated with friendship groups and rebellion and, as Jupiter magnifies what it touches, it’s no surprise that this age group begins to stop listening to authority figures and instead looks to its own peer group for information, advice and ways of getting trouble.

And still that adolescent brain has not finished making its transition to that of an adult’s level of functioning.

The Habits of a Lifetime

At around the age of 14, the rapid development of the brain begins to slow down and with this settling, behaviour also begins to improve. Responsibilities inside and outside of the classroom also increases and as the pupils continues to mature, their brain begins the process of shutting down its unused parts and exercise those parts that are used more often. Think of the implications of this: a child who has been allowed to develop poor habits will only continue to build on these thus fixing these habits that will stay with them for the rest of their lifetime. They will learn how to make excuses for their bad habits and begin selecting people and/or groups that will accept these bad habits. It is the starting point of addictions that can take a long period of time to overcome (if ever at all).

But what if parents and teachers really understood this? There would be some serious changes in the way we raise and educate our children!

Understanding children and how they learn and develop is far more than just being concerned with what they are learning. Instead, there should be more emphasis on how a child learns and develops. Astrology can be an enormously helpful tool not only with understanding how but knowing when.

Want to know more? Why not schedule a consultation? If you’re unsure about a consultation, there is also a large selection of pre-recorded webinars to choose from.