New Astrology | Crystal Source

Update: 3/3/2019

All astrology classes are essentially absorbed into the 2nd Saturday of the month, (3 hour Meetups–3pm to 6pm) at Crystal Source. Sometimes there’s an agenda, most times there is not. Class topics are first come, first served. (Arrive early and propose your topic and we will go over that topic first!)

Update: 9/16/2017

All regularly scheduled classes have been cancelled as of this month. Please stay in touch with the events page and the SignsInLife Meetup page for information on new presentations and events. Thank You! (and a special Thank You to James and Joan at Crystal Source!)


Update: 6/3/2017

I will be taking the summer off to study and relax. There will be no classes for the summer of 2017 except for the last class of the ongoing 7 week series to be held on June 13th. The next class is scheduled for the 1st Saturday in September, September 2nd, 2017 at Crystal Source–this is a transition from the weekdays to the weekend and I feel as though we will be able to accommodate more students this way. I am also offering private tutoring at this time. Many thanks everyone and many blessings! Thaddeus

Update: 3/8/2017

We will be doing the 7 week series again starting on March 14th, 2017. We will be starting promptly at 6:30 pm–$20 per class. The regular class will overlap with this one. However if you are there for the regular class then it’s still $5.

Week 1–Planets–March 14th, 2017
Week 2–Signs of the Zodiac–Mar 28
Week 3–Aspects–April 11
Week 4–Houses–April 25
Week 5–Interpretation I, Putting it all together–May 9
Week 6–Interpretation II, Putting it all together–May 23
Week 7–Transits as a predictive tool–June 13

Update: 2/12/2017

Please see the Events page for more details on the upcoming workshop in April. This Monday’s class, Feb 13th, 2017 is a reschedule for Feb 14th (Valentines Day). Also, please see the updated price list on the Services page above.

Update: 11/17/16

The two day workshop for Jan 2017 is scheduled–please see the event page for more details on this. I will do my best to keep this workshop going on a quarterly basis.

Update: 10/30/16

There are new classes coming and a workshop on Oct 15th and 16th. For the workshop, this will be a two day intensive on the planets, signs, aspects and houses so please see the event page for further info. Also, the every 2nd Thursday class is cancelled as we are switching to an Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday astrology class/discussion starting on Oct 11th, 2016. The classes are in an open format so all are welcome to join. Please check the dates as these classes will follow the 2nd and 4th Tuesday format. The dates for the rest of this year are listed on the event page and on the SignsInLife Meetup Page. Thank You and Many Blessings! Thaddeus

Update: 4/12/16

<<NEW!! Open Astrology Discussion/Class at Crystal Source–2nd Thursday of every month ongoing–starting May 12th, 2016–see Event page & SignsInLife meetup page for details>>

Update: 11/15/15

We finished our final class in the new astrology series at Crystal Source in early September 2015. New classes, workshops and presentations are in the works. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to contact me if there is any special astrology topic that you would like to have taught or discussed. And be sure to stay connected with the SignsInLife Meetup page so that you will be automatically notified as soon as something new pops up!

Update: 6/20/15


Here’s the Meetup Page Link for this event

We’ve got the next class series scheduled at Crystal Source! (and payment for the class will be accepted at Crystal Source) You may contact me or James for details should you have any questions. Below is the write up:

Welcome to the New Astrology at Crystal Source Foundational Astrology Series! This 7 week beginners course is designed to get you off and running quickly, casting and interpreting astrology charts. We will start from the very beginning and gradually work our way into the finer points of interpretation and analysis which will lead us into learning about transits as a basic predictive tool.
Since this is a beginning class, we ask that each student study on their own in between classes. There are a handful of recommended reading materials which we will go over at the start of the first class.
The real art of astrology is much different than what the daily horoscopes have to offer. Learning about your potential and the potential of others through the lens of astrology is a crucial tool to have when the going gets rough–as it is during the great times when maximizing your good luck can be just as important!
This 7 week series will get you started in working with astrology as a real-world skill. Class starts at 7pm each night
Week 1–Planets–July 23rd, 2015
Week 2–Signs of the Zodiac–July 30th
Week 3–Aspects–August 6th
Week 4–Houses–August 13th
Week 5–Interpretation I, Putting it all together–August 20th
Week 6–Interpretation II, Putting it all together–August 27th
Week 7–Transits as a predictive tool–September 3rd
Total cost is $275 with a $100 cash deposit due by close of business Monday, July 13th to reserve your seat. 4 students minimum with a maximum of 10.
BIO: Thaddeus is an astrologer, writer and speaker who started studying astrology at a very young age. Working with various methods and techniques he has developed his own brand of astrological interpretation. He is an NCGR Level II and holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Columbia College. Find him at

Update: 2/23/15)

New classes are in the works for 2015…stay updated through the SignsInLife Meetup page, Twitter page as well as the Events page on this site!

Update: (8/31/14)

Thank you to everyone who has attended the regularly scheduled New Astrology classes as well as Prediction Nights at Crystal Source. We are in a “start over” mode so to speak with the every other Thurs night classes, so we will begin going over all of the basics once again starting with the workshop scheduled on September 20th and 21st (Sat & Sun). You can find the workshop page above in the menu as well as on a separate post that I created. We may have a class (depending on interest) on Thursday Sep 11, but I suspect that I will be there at Crystal Source that night regardless. On another note, if you are past the beginner level material and would like to take that further into the more intermediate and advanced level learning, then feel free to join our Thursday night classes, just be sure to let us know that you are on your way. Thanks and we will see you soon–Thadd

Update: (7/3/14)

Thanks to all who attended this class. The next one will be Thursday, 7/17/14 at 7pm. On 7/31/14 we will have a prediction night for August 2014 instead of the class.

We had some good discussion regarding weather astrology or astrometeorology and astrology software. There are several authors and resources out there for this, namely Carolyn Egan, Kris Brandt-Riske and the Church of Light as well as Alphee Lavoie’s research with the Gators.  With astrology software, there are so many options to choose from. As of now, I am recommending Solar Fire but if you want to do some specialist type of astrology, just let me know and I will point you in the right direction. Not all software is good for everyone and there are many different price levels all the way from free to the hundreds of dollars.

It looks like we have added another must have to the list: The Only Way to Learn Astrology: Basic Principles, Vol 1, 2nd Edition [Marion D. March, Joan McEvers]. This book was actually recommended by my and several other students years ago during a 6-week basic astrology workshop. There are just so many out there that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. So we are adding this one to the must have list.

We talked about how you will get “more bang for your buck” by learning the aspects thoroughly. Here are a few more highly recommended books to learn the aspects: Heaven Knows What by Grant Lewi, and How to Be a Great Astrologer: The Planetary Aspects Explained by James Braha.

When you combine doing your own charts with reading and learning from multiple sources, then you are really moving along in your practice of astrology. The truth is that over time, you will develop your own unique system, which is a synthesis of everything that you have ever found valuable and what you are continuing to discover.


Many thanks to James, Joan and all who have attended the basic Western astrology classes at Crystal Source in Hurst, TX (every other Thursday night starting at 7pm). We started back in April 2014 and it has been fun teaching the class and learning from students and from each other. I’m glad to see that most of us are still engaged with figuring out the nuts and bolts of the foundation of what we call astrology in the Western tradition. I hope to see this class flourish and grow into a dedicated group of collaborative astrologers committed to discovering how astrology can help us to learn, heal, grow and overcome. Astrology is a symbolic language written in the heavens–all we must do is listen and watch closely in order to perceive the mysteries of the universe.


I want this page to be a jumping off point for questions, comments or anything else related to the class at Crystal Source. Before I get started we have to lay down some some foundational concepts for the class. They almost all involve memory:

  • We must know what the symbols represent–for the signs, planets and aspects–and have them memorized. For example, the symbol for Aries is the ram glyph and the symbol for Jupiter is the crescent above the cross. The trine is represented as a triangle.
  • We have to know the order of the signs, Aries through Pisces and even backwards if we can. Also the triplicities and the quadruplicities: An example of the triplicities is that as a “3” Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces form the Water triplicity. For a quadruplicity we have Taurus/Leo/Scorpio/Aquarius as the 4 Fixed Signs and so on for the Cardinal and Mutable signs.
  • We need to know in which signs planets are in rulership, exaltation, debility and fall. This gives us an idea as to the planets condition. For example in the sign of Pisces, Jupiter is the ruler of the sign and Neptune is the modern co-ruler, Venus is exalted in Pisces and Mercury is in debility (detriment) and fall. For Aquarius, Saturn is the ruler and Uranus is the modern co-ruler, Mercury is exalted (modern), the Sun is in it’s debility and Pluto is in fall (modern). We will do our best to remember the modern and ancient rulership schemes.
  • Understanding the essential meaning of the planets, signs, houses and aspects will take time. We have to have the symbols memorized so that we can get to a working knowledge and start to apply the basics, which will take time, practice and patience with ourselves. Self study is a must.

So far we have covered the basics: planets, signs, houses and aspects and their basic meanings. The last time that we met on Thurs night (5/22/14) we watched a brief YouTube video on the armillary sphere which demonstrated the differences between the various paths of the Sun across the sky during the seasonal changes. And we tried a bit of synthesis which came from the homework for the class previous to that–to give one interpretation about your chart that you found to be very true and one that you thought was wrong or were unsure about. The homework for the upcoming class on Thurs, 6/5/14 is to read the first chapter of Rae Orion’s Astrology for Dummies 2nd Ed. (2007).

Leave any comments or questions below using Disqus. We will keep this page updated often posting the most recent information on top so come back from time to time and review or just get your questions out there. If you don’t feel like making anything public, then contact me privately. Thanks to everyone again and I look forward to seeing all of you next time. Thaddeus