Astrology Conferences and retreats around the Globe

Agent 81 – Demetrius Bagley

Whether you are a student of astrology, hobbyist or any kind of professional, I strongly recommend meeting up with fellow tribe members. That might be at a meetup, class, group setting, or one of my favorites, a conference.

Conferences happen every so many months in various spots around the world. At each, a number of name and other astrologers present work that is old or new, basic or complex, and so on. It is definitely a way to fill yourself up at a metaphorical buffet of astrology knowledge, and to see what you really know.

It’s also a fantastic way to connect with people who speak and adore what some call ‘astrologese’ – the language of astrology that most others are unfamiliar with. I find astrologer conferences to be a definite mix of professional gathering meets family reunion swirled with an overnight camp sensibility. So yes there are conversations late into the nights for some. And occasionally trips to late night eateries for fries, donuts, cheezy doodles or any such. Conferences really can rejuvenate one in a few different ways. With emails, tweets, Facebooking, etc. etc. allowing the connections to take further hold and ripple across our global community.

Astro conferences and retreats on our radar over these next two years:

The Rassemblement des Astrologues Occidentaux (RAO) conference is October 7, 2017 in Lyons, France. The focus is on twins and on power. (It will be conducted in French.)

The annual bi-national State of the Art Astrology Conference (SOTA) happens October 19-23, 2017 in Buffalo, New York, USA. This conference champions new voices and talks that embraces astrology along with other esoteric practices. Some say SOTA is the edgiest of all the world’s astrologer conferences. Their hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport, a short 5-10 minute ride away.

Journey into Astro Magic – Jupiter in Scorpio is C*I*A‘s next retreat. We’ll be in Melbourne, Australia October 26–29, 2017 with special guest presenter Gemini Brett from Seattle WA USA. Our members receive 10% discount on this very special weekend away.

Look for The Kepler Conference to return as an annual offering January 25-28, 2018 in Florida with a focus on astrological research. The newest USA conference offers over a dozen presentations and speakers with some of the latest and greatest research projects & techniques out there.

The 28th International Astrological Seminar 2018 goes January 31–February 4, 2018 in Held Kolkata, India with hundreds of astrologers from near and far. Reports note astrologers feel incredibly welcome as part of this event and moreso being an astrologer – a revered profession here! C*I*A Members Receive 10% discount to attend

Winter finds Queer Astrology (QA) presenting its fourth conference in Portland OR USA. That’s February 16-19, 2018. Stay tuned for registration details and more here.

The Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) comes earlier this year, yet is still in Greater Seattle March 22–26, 2018. It is the longest-running annual astrologers conference in the USA, it sports a familial, fun and down to earth vibe. It’s one of the world’s largest annual events.

Off in the distance is United Astrology Conference (UAC). UAC is the largest astrologers conference in the Northern Hemisphere in recent decades. Hugely recommend it, provided you are OK being with hundreds and hundreds of astrologers of all levels! This mothership conference happens May 24–29, 2018 in downtown Chicago. Schedules to be announced into 2017 with some 200-300 talks to choose from. There will be awards, dancing, excursions and plenty else.

To keep up with any/all of these, subscribe to their e-newsletter, which comes with buying a membership where offered.

And to save money on attending these events, here’s what I’ve learned over the years:

    • Save up and purchase registration as soon as it goes on sale as that will be THE lowest price offered. Alternately, please consider volunteering at the event itself or for the hosting organization in general to earn a registration.
    • Consider sharing a hotel room (and its costs) with one or more. Fellow attendees generally hang out in the hotel lobby, its bar or the designated party suite. This makes sharing easier since hotel rooms aren’t hugely used beyond sleeping, showering and storing your stuff, since most of us are hanging out all day and night! Alternately, know that Association for Young Astrologers (AYA) frequently hosts a housing suite that a gaggle of astrologers share in a sort of camping out style bringing hotel costs down immensely. Over the years, these housing suites have fosters some rather strong bonds.
    • Make it more affordable by saving $20–50 weekly, preferably for one full year pre-event. This total amount will then cover most or even all expenses – registration, airfare, hotel, food and local transit – without breaking your bank. It can also prepare one to take advantage of airfare sales (aka better pricing) using cash vs. credit.
    • Apply for one of the annual scholarships from Association For Astrological Networking (AFAN) especially if you are a first time attendee and need some financial support. Of course, one must be an active AFAN member to apply for those. Independently run NORWAC offered special scholarships in 2015 and 2016 also.

3 replies
  1. Judith Hill
    Judith Hill says:

    I am the producer of the “Medical Astrology & Herbs Conference” aka “The Renaissance Medicine Conference” in Portland, OR this August 12-13. How can I get this event posted? I cannot find a contact link. We have the most experienced medical astrology teachers this year and would love to get the word out!


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