<<NEW!!!–2 Day Basic Western Astrology Workshop is rescheduled for Sat June 3rd and Sun June 4rd, 2017–future workshops will be held on an on-demand basis following this workshop. We will cover the Planets, Signs, Houses and Aspects in detail as well as interpretation methods and techniques. Cost is $150 with a $50 deposit required prior to the class. See the Event Page for a more in depth description. You can pay for the workshop at the Services page on this site through PayPal or pay James at Crystal Source in person.>>
<<NEW!!! Ongoing Astrology Discussion/Class at Crystal Source–Get Your Astrology Questions Answered–Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month–starts approximately 7:30pm–see Event page & SignsInLife meetup page for details>>
<<Also NEW!!! A 7 week series for beginners will start on Tuesday March 14th, 2017. This will include the material taught in the weekend workshop and this class will overlap into the regular 2nd and 4th Tuesday night class. Class starts at 6:30pm–Cost is $20 per class>>
I started my astrology/astronomy interest and life’s work when I was around 4 years of age.
The obsession began with a few sources such as the Time-Life books from the 80’s that contained the pictures of the Planets transmitted from the Voyager spacecraft. Voyager relayed back to Earth the most astounding images that we have ever seen of the planets up until that point. Well, from that time on the Planets had grabbed me so to speak. I quickly started drawing on the walls what I saw in the books. Asking for help from my parents and grandmother, I drew with as much precision as possible all of the planets, nebulae, star clusters and other stellar objects that I could find. The wall calendar in the kitchen was another curiosity depicting little symbols of the Moon’s various phases along with days that were good for planting and fishing. I remember crying because I could not take my planet cut outs with me—colorful cardboard displays of the planets that you sometimes see in the classroom.
In the summer of ’95 I had access to my high school library carrying a variety of popular astrology titles. I promptly read all of the Linda Goodman astrology classics that I could find, among a handful of other great titles on more advanced astrology written by authors like Arroyo, Hand, Rudhyar, Green, etc. This was the inspiration that took me to the next level in my understanding. Little hints were thrown out here and there within Goodman’s books that lit a spark that ignited a flame. Within a few years after that I was able to purchase my own books, which I did and I studied as much as I could, sometimes spending nearly a whole teenagers paychecks on astrology and metaphysical books (The books were a wide range of special topics in astrology). Around that time I had a few tragedy’s with my brother’s severe accident and head injury and the passing of my aunt, uncle, father and a few close relatives–all within 4 years of each other. They passed away young and these events led me away to do other things; I had to change my focus, so I followed another dream and enlisted in the U.S. Marines. Astrology was there most certainly working in my mind but it had to stay in the background, keeping astrology to myself.
2008 was a pivotal year for my love and passion for all things astrological. I slowly broke out all of my old books and began reading again. All of the old things that I had learned resurfaced but with a new understanding and appreciation. I began to see that there was no way that anyone could possibly learn and apply the entirety of known human knowledge of astrology in a lifetime. I discovered the meaning of “we don’t know what we don’t know.” I also realized that I had barely scratched the surface of being able to, at a level of any real competency, work with someone on a professional astrological level. In essence, I had work to do. I attended classes and workshops and started reading even more. I bought the astrology calculation program Solar Fire Gold (and later Sirius among others) and started working with it after much prodding from a few other astrologers. Soon, I started to actually meet other astrologers and this was a revelation in and of itself.
Many of us begin the astrological journey alone never realizing that there are others out there practicing the art. Again we simply don’t know what we don’t know.
So what is astrology?
For me it is a love, a passion, an experience, a science, an art, an understanding and above all—a mystery. That is the best part, simply going outside on a cloudless night and looking up as many of us have done before over the ages. Watching the Full Moon coming over the eastern horizon at sunset—what does it mean and how does it feel? Through looking out at stellar objects we are at the same time inviting ourselves to look IN, which is a mystery as well, perhaps even greater than we will ever know.
While I am rather eclectic in the methods and techniques that I employ in my astrological work you are welcome to join me in the pursuit of the mysteries of astrology of all kinds—This is a site for lovers of astrology.
Enjoy and Many Blessings