Sunday, May 07, 2006

Real Astrology Conference at Fulda, Germany


The Real Astrology conference at Fulda, as presented by John Frawley, was a great success. There were approximately 30 attendees from numerous countries, including Germany, the UK (including Scotland), the Netherlands, Switzerland, Serbia, South Africa, and other exotic locales. Yours truly was the only representative from the US. By the end of the conference, I realized one very important thing – we really need more dialogue between traditional astrologers in all countries. There appears to be very little cooperation between US and European astrologers – sure, they chat on email lists, but the US traditional astrology community could significantly benefit from the Europeans’ efforts and knowledge. Judging from the attendees at the conference, the European traditional astrology community is extremely impressive, and I wished I could have spent a week just talking to everyone (whether they would have enjoyed that, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter). There need to be more cooperative ventures between traditional astrologers in variuos countries to enhance our understanding of the art, and truly bring the tradition to life.

As an illustration, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK each have their own home-grown traditional astrology magazine. The US, despite a much greater population and its technological advancement does not. The same is true for conferences and associations focused on traditional astrology. As you can no doubt tell from my strident tone, I have resolved to do something about this, and plan to pursue a rather unique method of bridging the geographical divide in the community, which (I hope) will raise the level of discourse about traditional astrology and its practice. Stay tuned for more details on this website and at www.gryphonastrology.info.

So what actually happened at the conference? John and Branka each lectured on key topics in the tradition – John spent the first evening discussing the philosophical and religious underpinnings of our art. We sang a traditional hymn in the praise of Lilly (“Lilly, Lilly, I love you so”), and analyzed two Rubens paintings. The following day, John lectured on the Arabian Parts and the soul within the chart. It was a very inspiring lecture, and was especially enlightening in view of John’s recent article in the Astrologer’s Apprentice on this very topic.

On Sunday, Serbian astrologer Branka Stamenkovic shared a few horaries with us, which all had to do with nefarious doings in the far-off land of Serbia. Vanished political rivals, hidden mafiosi assassins, and tormented lovers (are there any other kind that call astrologers in the middle of the night?) were all trotted out on display. We learned much from Branka’s charts, as she described the analytical process she used for each chart.

At the end of the last day, John lectured on the chart, solar and lunar returns of one Vesna Vukovic, a Serbian airline hostess who fell from the skies during a terrorist plane bombing, and miraculously survived.

About Fulda itself: a town of about 65,000 in the Hessian region of Germany, it has both historical and natural beauty. On the train ride from Frankfurt, there were beautiful rolling flowery meadows with contented cows grazing happily. It appeared to be a large Milka commercial. The town has beautiful baroque architecture and gardens dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as churches that were far older, and were established when Christianity first arrived in Germany over 1000 years ago.

Finally, the hotel itself was very cozy and as one should expect in Germany, immaculately clean. The food was delicious, abundant, and all homemade (just thinking about the yummy desserts makes me hungry). Yum!

Future doings: Word has it that due to the great success of the Fulda conference, there will be a repeat next year, this time with more speakers from all over the world. Details, as always, can be found on John Frawley’s website, in the “Here, There and Everywhere” section. Visit www.johnfrawley.com for updates.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Chris Brennan said...

You should join us at the Project Hindsight conclave in August. I think that you would find it enjoyable given your desire to see more action and coherence within the traditional astrological community in America. The plan is to present the entirety of the tradition in one conference, and so far things are shaping up so that it seems like it will be a rather remarkable event. If nothing else it will probably be the largest gathering of traditional astrologers that you are going to find on this side of the Atlantic, so it would be worth it for the ability to meet people and make new contacts in person.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Gryphon said...

Chris,

Thank you for the invitation - the conclave looks very exciting indeed, with some interesting speakers and topics. Unfortunately, other astro commitments prevent me from going this year. But I shall certainly keep my eye out for the next one!

Nina

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Chris Brennan said...

Yes, perhaps next time. Are you attending any of the other conferences over the coming year? Baltimore, Arizona, Seattle, etc.?

10:53 PM  
Blogger Gryphon said...

Dear Chris,

You clearly attribute powers of organization and foresight to me that I simply do not possess. I bounce between Europe and the US quite a bit, so I will have to see how the US conferences shake out. I will try to keep the blog posted of my planned appearances - it would be great to meet you.

Nina

4:30 PM  

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