Why should you go to the IAD 2014 event in San Francisco?


First of all, like we’ve learned in this column three issues ago, IAD stands for “International Astrology Day.” This year, all students of Western astrology will celebrate IAD on March 20, the day the Sun enters zero degrees Aries (9:57 am PDT/12:57 pm EDT). March 20 marks the Sun’s reign at the beginning of the tropical zodiac, and also the day of the vernal equinox. IAD is the astrological New Year. But if we want to keep it simple: Yay, the first day of spring, everyone!

However, most of the planned events for IAD 2014 will be happening during the weekend of March 22-23, 2014. All over the world, wherever Western/tropical astrology is studied and practiced, maybe astrologers will gather in small groups, celebrating IAD by perhaps communally baking a cake – astrology is all about birthdays, yes? – and then partaking of the feast while having stimulating cosmic conversations among themselves.

But if you happen to be within the generous loving radius of San Francisco, California, maybe you’d like to consider checking out IAD 2014 – San Francisco Bay Area style! This event will be happening on March 22 (Saturday) at 10 am-8 pm at the Starr King Room of the First Unitarian Universalist Church (1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco, CA 94109). The theme for IAD 2014 is “Astrological Visions: Navigating the Waters of Change.” Intriguing, huh? Let me give you a quick peek: when the talk comes to “waters,” you can be sure that there will be hints of Neptune somewhere since he’s the god of the sea. Furthermore, this is a special period of time because the planet Neptune is currently residing in the sign it naturally rules, Pisces, and will be hovering back and forth along the Piscean degrees until late March of 2025. That’s why some of our IAD 2014 speakers will be discussing Neptune as a signifier. The next day, March 23 (Sunday) is the Michael Lutin Post-Conference Workshop on “Weird Visions” from 10:30 am-4:30 pm at the Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room C260.

This two-day IAD 2014 event is a joint effort of the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and the San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS). Advance registration ended last week so the prices for the events are now as follows:

IAD SF Conference       $95/$110

Lutin Post-Conference   $70/$80

BOTH EVENTS            $155/$180

***Prices are NCGR, SFAS, or AFAN member/ non-member rates. For more information and to register online with PayPal, please go to: http://ncgrsanfrancisco.org/IADSF2014.html

Now, I’m sure that if you’re planning to go to IAD 2014 in San Francisco, you would like to brush up on your astrological knowledge. Remember that during the previous couple of weeks we talked about the keywords for the building blocks of astrology in this column – planets, signs, houses, and aspects.

But you know what? In a truly large astrological gathering where you are certain to meet new people of varying experience levels (novice, intermediate, advanced, professional), you just have to find out three things: your Sun sign, your Moon sign, and your Rising sign a.k.a. your Ascendant. Here’s a dialogue between a couple of women that you might overhear in a monthly astrological meeting:

Abby: Hi! I haven’t seen you here before. I’m Abby. Is this your first time attending our meetings?

Gail: Yes. (hands over her payment for the meeting then writing her name on the attendance sheet)

Abby: (seeing Gail write her name) So, Gail, what’s your Sun, Moon, and Rising?

Gail: My what?!

Abby: (aghast, can’t believe that Gail has no clue) Uh, you know, your signs. Where your Sun is, where your Moon is, where your Rising is…

Gail: Well… I do know my where my Sun is, that’s easy. I’ve read “Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs.” I’m a Virgo. But as for the Moon and Rising you’re talking about, I really have no clue. (despondent now)

Abby: (patting Gail’s hand) That’s OK, honey. Really, it’s all right. I’ll start: my Sun is in Pisces, my Moon is inBles in green-IAD flyer Aries, and I’m a Leo rising.

Gail: (perking up) Hey, I remember reading a column recently in the MANILA MAIL by this Filipinasomething that talks about keywords for the planets and signs! I remember! (This is a shameless plug for this, my metaphysical column, my labor of love: Pilipinasblitz Forever.)

Abby: Yes, I’ve been reading her columns, too. That’s good… that you still remember what you’ve read.

Gail: And you know why I clearly remember now? First, I’m a Virgo – (sotto voce) at least I know that much- (regular voice again) which means that my mind can process with clarity and efficiency. I have eidetic memory. But also, I remembered what I’ve read because of you.

Abby: (baffled) Because of me?!

Gail: Yes, Abby. You said your Sun is in Pisces. So if a keyword for Sun is inner essence and a keyword for Pisces is kind, then your inner essence is all about kindness indeed. It showed in the way that you made me feel better earlier about my lack of information.

Abby: (in wonderment) Oh…

Gail: Then you said that your Moon is in Aries.  The Moon is about emotions, and Aries is about being assertive. You greeted me at the door not just because you’re the registration person but because you were interested in talking with me.

Abby: (speechless, then just tossed her long hair back and looked Gail straight in the eye)

Gail: And Abby, you said you’re a Leo rising. The article says that the First House is one’s personal image or appearance. Well, with Leo in the First and with that beautiful mane of hair you’ve just nonchalantly tossed back, you’re a proud Lioness indeed.

Abby: Purr… would you like to get a cup of coffee with me after the lecture?

Gail: Oh my, such fire! You’re making me forget my kinda-sorta vow of celibacy…

Abby: Honey, don’t over-think this. Such a Virgo you are indeed. Just go where the feeling leads you… (fade to black)

All right. Since we’re keeping this column rated PG, we’ll leave it at that. So we go back to our point on why we had the above dialogue sample: we don’t want to be caught unprepared when someone at IAD 2014 – which you and I will be attending – asks us where our Sun, Moon, and Rising signs are. Three quick tips: 1. Head on over to www.astro.com and create your free account. 2. For a hands-on feet-wet astro-experience of creating your own chart by hand, you can buy a secondhand copy of “Linda Goodman’s Relationship Signs.” The first few chapters are a very helpful astrological primer, and at the back of the book are the planet tables. Using this resource, I challenge you to find your Moon and Rising/Ascendant signs. Of course you already know your Sun sign, yes? However, if you don’t know your time of birth, Linda Goodman’s solution is to consider the Ascendant the same as the Sun sign. 3. Please do your own research. Don’t just take things at face value. Have you ever wondered why astrology works? Not just because it does, but a deeper meaning, perhaps? Tell me about what you find in your library books and scientific journals, and maybe I’ll meet you in your dream…

But hey, in our waking lives, let’s you and I have a Blitz Blast at the International Astrology Day 2014 in San Francisco, CA!!! See you beautiful people there on March 22-23!!! Go, IAD!!!


Contact Bles Carmona at pilipinasblitz@gmail.com, via Facebook at http://facebook.com/pilipinasblitzforever.org, or follow her on Twitter@BlesildaCarmona.

How do we celebrate International Astrology Day (IAD) 2014? in this week’s issue of the Manila Mail (Feb. 26-Mar. 4, 2014)


Straight from the flyer: International Astrology Day (IAD) is an annual observance/holiday celebrated by astrologers and astrology enthusiasts. It is held on the spring equinox, the day the Sun enters Aries, which is the first sign of the Tropical Zodiac, and has long been considered the astrological new year. This year, the Sun enters Aries on March 20.

In observance of IAD, the Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN) coordinates astrological lectures and events around the world. So that’s how we astrologers roll: we celebrate IAD by learning and mingling with fellow students of astrology. Yes, at some level, we are all students/lifelong learners, even the most experienced professionals among us, because there is always something new and exciting to learn or review. IAD-San Francisco is a joint presentation of the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and the San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS). A portion of the proceeds from the IAD-San Francisco event will be donated to AFAN.

IAD 2014 will be happening on March 22 (Saturday) at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St. at Geary, San Francisco, CA 94109, Starr King Room, from 10 AM-8 PM. This year’s theme is “Astrological Visions: Navigating the Waters of Change.” The following day, there will be a Michael Lutin Post-Conference Workshop, “Weird Visions,” at Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 260 from 10:30 AM-4:30 PM. Why am I informing you peeps ahead of time about these special events?

Well, I was hoping that you could help me out. As far as I know, I am the only Filipina-American astrologer who is able to attend these events at this time. Also, as far as I know, I am the first and only Filipina-American to serve in the Board of NCGR San Francisco, and I do admit that it could get quite lonely out here. Therefore I am reaching out to any one of you who feels that this is the time to dip your feet in the waters of astrology at last and learn about yourself and the world in the process. You won’t be alone because I’ll make sure that I’ll be here for you and we can have fun times together, just discussing our charts and sharing insights borne of study and experience. If this is something you want to explore, please let me know.

Here is the schedule for IAD 2014 on March 22, 2014 (Saturday):

>10 AM Opening Ceremony: Rio Olesky on Didgeridoo

>10:15-11:45 AM Keynote Address: “Thriving in the Midst of Crisis” by Michael Lutin (michaellutin.com), educated in the finest eastern schools and Phi Beta Kappa member, who has written four books plus book and lyrics for five astrological musicals. Teaser: With the political, moral, religious, and economic pandemonium brought about on outer planet transits, how can you experience ecstasy and find stability?

>Noon-1 PM “Understanding Neptune: The Planet of Influence” by Deborah Smith Parker (www.astrologicuspress.com), author, poet, lecturer, and Vice President of the San Diego Astrological Society, practicing astrology for more than 35 years. Ms. Parker will discuss both the personal and collective impacts of Neptune in astrological interpretations. She will also include the role of Neptune in public policy from war, to fads, to pharmaceuticals, the development of the fields of psychology, trauma medicine, and more.

>Lunch 1-2:15 PM

>2:30-3:30 PM “Astrology, Practical Mysticism, and Planetary Initiation” by Greg Bogart, Ph.D., MFT (www.gregbogart.net), a psychotherapist in Berkeley who also teaches in the Counseling Psychology and East-West Psychology programs at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He will discuss the implications of the Grand Cross: Uranus in Aries, Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, and Pluto in Capricorn, plus Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Studying these transits can prepare us to meet the challenges of planetary initiation.

>4-5 PM “The Other Side of Neptune” by Linea Van Horn, C.A., NCGR-PAA (www.astrologeratlarge.com), founder and past president of SFAS, published writer and respected teacher. I am proud to call her my mentor in intermediate astrology. Excerpts from the lecture teaser: Consider Neptune: Field of dreams or den of illusion? Holy Grail or snuff planet? Realm of infinity or hall of mirrors? For anyone with control issues, Neptune is an exercise in frustration. For those on a spiritual path, he shows the way. What qualities can we develop to make the best use of this enigmatic planet?

>5:30-6:30 PM “How Do We Know What We Know?” by Jessica Lanyadoo (www.lovelanyadoo.com), astrologer, psychic medium, and medical astrologer with a weekly column, “Psychic Dream Astrology” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian; and Barry Perlman (www.astrobarry.com), intuitive astrologer, speaker, and co-owner of “The Sacred Well,” a metaphysical shop in Oakland, CA, where he teaches classes and hosts a monthly Astrology Salon. Their topic will be inspired by that weekend’s Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. They will explore different intuitive and sense-based tools that can be identified in an individual’s birth chart, moving beyond the cerebral to better experience and understand the world we live in. They will also lead us in reflecting about the role of astrology itself, which straddles a complicated line between being a logical rule-based system and a divination tool requiring intuitive synthesis.

>6:45-8 pm Esther Lau Social Reception: Ms. Esther donated very good wine for IAD 2013, and now for IAD 2014, we are blessed by her generosity again. Ms. Lau is the President of Empress Investments International, a private investment company specializing in securities, real estate, and entertainment, with offices at the One Market Plaza, Spear Tower in San Francisco. Every year, Ms. Esther gives beautiful calendars designed with Chinese fine art works to NCGR and SFAS volunteers (read: Board members). One time, after an NCGR evening lecture, she spared me a 30-minute bus ride from Fort Mason to the Civic Center BART by driving me to the BART in less than half the time. Ms. Esther is the very soul of kindness and humility. I can safely say that she is one of the benefactors of the San Francisco Bay Area astrological community.

The following day, Sunday, Michael Lutin’s post-conference workshop is about “Weird Visions” since Chiron and Neptune’s transit through Pisces will be affecting us all until the mid-2020s. It will be a guided imagery seminar, through the depths of the unconscious to spiritually enriching fulfillment, moving us from the shame of failure to personal triumph.

Early Bird registrations were closed at the end of January. However, here’s a rubric for current registration options:

Registration Rates* Advance (Ends 3/15/2014) Week of Event
IAD SF Conference $85/$100 $95/$110
Lutin Post-Conference $65/$75 $70/$80
BOTH EVENTS $140/$165 $155/$180

*Prices are NCGR, SFAS, or AFAN Member Rates/Non-Member Rates

For more information and to register online with PayPal, go to: http://ncgrsanfrancisco.org/IADSF2014.html

So make plans, my friends, and I hope to see you there at the appointed time!

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Contact Bles Carmona at pilipinasblitz@gmail.com, via Facebook at http://facebook.com/pilipinasblitzforever.org, or follow her on Twitter@BlesildaCarmona.

Happy New Year: It’s all good!

A blessed and prosperous 2014 to all of you, my friends!
***January 1 is the day of the New Moon in Capricorn itself, and you know by now how New Moons are auspicious for new beginnings, fresh starts, and new goals to be set. If you want your hair to grow out faster, you could try having your hair cut during the New Moon too… just snippets from the edges, though, like maybe 1/2-1 inch trim.
***Meanwhile, the 2014 Chinese New Year a.k.a. the Lunar New Year, doesn’t begin until January 31. In the Chinese calendar, this is already the Lunar Year 4712, the Year of the Wood Horse.
***For Western astrologers, the start of the astrological year doesn’t happen until the vernal equinox this year on March 20, when the Sun enters Aries. Western astrologers all over the world then celebrate International Astrology Day (IAD 2014) and hold conferences and community activities around that time. San Francisco Bay Area astrologers, in particular, will gather once again for IAD 2014 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in SF on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10 am-8 pm, for a day full of speakers and a wine reception at the end of the day, with good wine generously sponsored by the business empress Esther Wang-O Lau (of Empress Investments International LLC, EmpressInvestments.com). This IAD 2014 conference is a joint effort among the National Council for Geocosmic Research-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NCGR-SFBAC) headed by Steve Pincus, the San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS) headed by Ian Waisler, and the Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN). The theme is about “Astrological Visions: Navigating the Waters of Change,” with a special emphasis on Neptune, since it’s in the early degrees of Pisces, the sign it rules. A post-conference talk by creative/avant-garde astrologer Michael Lutin is scheduled the following day at Fort Mason, and his theme will be “Weird Visions.”
***In short, a Happy New Year to all of us, regardless of when we actually celebrate it! It’s all good. Sending you healing light, love, and energy, BLES
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