So out of the blue, I got an email informing me that this website is one of the UK’s TOP THREE astrology websites! This site was chosen by a panelist from the Top 10 UK Astrology Blogs! I’m especially delighted as I’ve also just completed the arduous task of writing 14 astrology conference reviews! I’ve beautifully linked the reviews altogether in my article “10 Reasons Why You Need to Get Yourself to an Astrology Conference”. This project has been something I’ve been working on for some time now. It’s wonderful when things come together at the right time.
I’m hoping for tons of traffic to my site now that I’m in the TOP THREE astrology websites!! Woot! I’m also hoping the links help bring more traffic to the websites of the groups that have supported me these past few years during my travels. People ask me all the time for recommendations for conferences or local groups. I’m so happy to oblige! Think of this post as a love letter and a very grateful expression of all the support you’ve shown me.
Now that I am back in London and more or less recovered from jet lag, I am accepting astrology clients again. You can get in touch by clicking the previous link or via my contacts page or you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Although I’m happy to be home, it very much feels like stepping off an escalator unexpectedly. It’s such a jolt. But I’m happy to be back in the classroom. I love it that the kids missed me and I got covered in effluvia from all the hugs.
So after a hectic week of teaching, it’s now half term. I am just sort of chilling, re-reading sections of “Grief: A Dark, Sacred Time” by Darrelyn Ginzburg and reflecting on our recent podcast for Riding Horse Books.
Of course I’m very excited. And what better motivation to update everyone on what’s been happening and my plans for the future.
After a bummer dog of a summer working at language school, I couldn’t wait to hit the road again. My astrology conference roomie Mj Patterson stayed with me all summer and I was delighted to help her sort out her teaching career. I turned another year older but I got to do a book signing at Watkins’ Books for my birthday!
I did my usual end-of-summer ritual visiting my friends who had been at the Faculty of Astrological Studies Summer School all week. But I was absolutely devastated to learn that the IVC conference had to be postponed. This was a complete shock to me and to be honest, it felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. IVC had become my raison d’être and I just didn’t know what the hell to do with myself.
I raged, I closed off, I laughed at the lunacy of it all. I felt relief, I wanted to cry, I wanted to run to India to see what the hell was going on. . .and that was just the first five minutes. But things were out of my control and I had to get pragmatic. After a few days, the initial shock wore off a bit and I re-focused on my upcoming tour of USA and Canada. The reins of IVC will be picked up again eventually. I could see there was no point in me thinking I was in the driver’s seat. I had to move on with my own plans.
I landed in LA and more or less hit the ground running–on very little sleep. Jet lag, I knew, was going to be a certainty but I just didn’t have the time to waste getting used to a 10-hour difference in time zones. My wonderful host and good friend Ra Raghudas was wonderful driving me to all the cool places in Hollywood (even though I was comatose with jet lag at times).
I spoke at the NCGR-LA the night after my arrival on the topic of Harry Potter. The lecture was well received. And it was great practice as it would also be my keynote lecture at the Canadian Astrology Conference.
Then later that night, I was on my way to San Francisco via an all night Greyhound journey.
San Francisco is one of my favourite cities and the Astrological Society is a beautiful group of people. We had dinner, followed by hot chocolate at Dandelion Chocolate which was a very special treat indeed. By this time, I was so jet lagged I was barely able to hold up a conversation. I definitely didn’t have the energy to get nervous about my talk on “When a Flower Speaks”! Fortunately, I got some really beautiful feedback and I was able to take a few days off to regulate my sleeping pattern.
My host, the wonderful president of SFAS Rasha Hasan and I put together a promotion video:
After thanking SFAS for a wonderful visit, it was time to return to LA for the second time for an interview with the lovely Sherri Horn Hasan of Karmic Evolution. This was my third time as a guest on the programme and as usual, Sherri and I had plenty to talk about. Listen to the recording here.
Ra and I had a dance a al “Lala Land” at the Griffiths Observatory and enjoyed a drive through Hollywood and even met up with my old college buddy Tim and a my super beautiful astrology gf Gini Ponder. We toasted Tim’s successful chemotherapy treatments and our astrology friends all over the world under the Hollywood sign at the Chinese Theater.
The next day, before getting on the Amtrak train, Ra and I had just enough time to have lunch with Sue Kientz, author of “More Plutos”. I’m very much looking forward to learning from Sue’s research on Kuiper belt objects.
Then with a light supper packed by Ra, it was off to the station for an 18 hour train journey to see Michael Bartlett!
Michael and I met on Facebook as fellow astrologers. One day, he mentioned that if ever I was in the his neighbourhood, I could look him up. Now I’m not sure if he expected me to take him up on it but I’m just not one to miss out on such an opportunity!
And we had a blast!
A third night sitting upright on ground transportation proved to be quite hard on this vintage body. After dinner with the Santa Fe crew, I couldn’t keep my eyes open (sorry Michael!). But at least Jason Holley and I got to indulge in some oysters! How does Santa Fe get oysters? I don’t care. . .
Michael and I had a very intense weekend of laughter, psychoanalysing and astrology. I think we may have worn each other out with all our talking!
But we also managed to interview each other:
Here’s my interview with Michael:
And his interview with me:
Before leaving Santa Fe, I also did an interview with Merrily Leblanc on her “Moonwise” podcast for KSFR radio. The recording is here.
Thank you so much Michael for being such a great host!
I returned to LA one final time to speak for Laura Desjardin’s group Southern California Astrological Network. Ra was again my wonderful host (and driver) but this really was going to be a super quick visit.
My talk was on “Herschel, Uranus and Mary Shelley’s Vision of Horror”. I’m so pleased it was received so well. The written version of the lecture is here. The group was very warm and receptive and I was so happy so many people went out of their way out to see me.
Laura had been my roommate at the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference (and will be again this year) and gosh I missed her! I remember arriving in Sedona in the middle of the night feeling absolutely dreadful to have to disturb Laura. But luckily, she was up and ready for a gab.
We didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time together in LA. But it was wonderful to spend some quality time at her house after my talk. See you soon again in Sedona my darling heart!
My next stop was Edmonton for the Canadian Astrological Conference. I won’t dwell on how closely I came to missing that plane. . .
I’ve already written a review about this beautiful conference in Edmonton. I won’t say much more on this post except to add it was absolutely superb!
After the conference, it was time to head to Detroit to see family. I pulled yet another all nighter to get to Detroit. My ass was seriously dragging but seeing my sister and her family was just the tonic I needed. I loved just hanging out with my nieces and nephews and being a part of a busy family. I had an interview with NYC astrology Anthony Picco for his show “Cosmic Tuesdays”. You can hear the recording here:Listen to “Alex Trenoweth: Astrologer, Author, School Teacher” on Spreaker.
I also saw one of my oldest friends. And my mom and dad drove me to the airport.
I pulled one more all nighter from Detroit to Hartford Connecticut (via Orlando Florida if you can believe it!). But I finally made it. I was picked up at the airport by the lovely Agneta Borstein, the President of the Astrological Society of Connecticut. I was so exhausted that I had to make my excuses and have a nap almost as soon as I arrived.
After a long rest, the shakiness, coldness and nausea that accompany a lack of sleep (for me) had subsided. I was ready for some starry action. We had a wonderful sushi dinner and the ASC made me feel like one of their own. My lecture was “Off With Their Heads: Algol and the Royal Family”. Gosh, I was a little nervous giving this talk to Americans. But did they love hearing the gossip on the British Royal Family? Oh yeah!
I was honoured by ASC by being invited to sign their tablecloth. My signature–right near Howard Sasportas’– will now be embroidered for posterity. How’s that for COOL?
No trip to the East Coast would be complete without visiting my old high school buddy Mike in Baltimore and my astrology buddy Frank Piechosky in Philly.
Mike, his husband and I do enough laughing to be committed. Frank and I eat and drink so much that I didn’t want to know what the bloody scales would say when I would got home. (The news was not cheery!). But what a blast we had!
And then I was on my way to see Priya Kale on a bus to NYC that said “To Mars”!
My final stop on the tour was in Halifax Nova Scotia for the Northern Stars Astrology Conference. The review of this terrific conference is here.
A huge, huge thanks to all my hosts on this tour. It was such a hectic and fulfilling tour that I think I’m knackered just remembering it all!
After giving 2 conference keynote speeches, appearing on 5 different radio stations, speaking at 5 local astrology groups covering 5 different topics AND selling all my books and pulling at least 9 all-nighters, I am confident in saying this tour was a successful one.
I have a lot of unfinished projects to work on–including three books in various stages of completion. I’ll be doing some more interviews for The Wessex Astrologer (my next one is with Komilla Sutton!). After SVAC, I will be more or less trying to finish the various things I’ve started. But I’ll be hitting the road again next summer. I’m still working on the itinerary for the next tour. But I’m expecting great things–especially as it all kicks off with lecturing at one of my favourites (I know, I say this about all the conferences I’ve written about), ISAR.
My final bit of news is I’ve just kicked off my new school “Rohini Academy of Astrology and Other Divinatory Arts” with a tarot class here in East London. One of my confirmed tutors is the wonderful Ehsan Khazeni who will be doing a series of webinars once I finalise my syllabus. I’m very much inspired by the holistic approach to astrology utilised by practitioners in India. My official astrology software will be Ehsan’s “Bindu” which has been steadily gaining in popularity the past couple of years. I’m so looking forward to further collaborations!
So what have you been up to? Let me know in the comments!
Be good to each other!