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okscorpiogal
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Elsa, Midara and other astrologers - have any of you ever attended a regional national or international astrology convention?  I have attended too many to count, all in the USA.  Early on ('70s) I started attending every single AFA convention.  I was thrilled to be able to hear so many of the "all time greats" in person - Mark Edmund Jones, Isabel Hickey, Dane Rudyar, Catherine Grant, Noel Tyl, Zip Dobyns, and my personal "mentor", Henrietta "Mike" Cramton lectured at a few.  I am sure I will think of more names after I have posted.  Then I attended some regional ones in CA (LA area) and Dallas.  Later on I started attending the UAC ones.  I taught my granddaughter astrology and she went with me to the last 2 UAC conventions in Chicago and then in New Orleans.  I went by myself to an earlier one.  I doubt I will be able to ever attend another one, but feel so blessed for the ones I have met and the additional knowledge those conventions have given me!

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Wow that’s really awesome that you went to all of those conventions and all over the US! Your grand daughter is so lucky to have a grandmother like you. How cool is that? I would have absolutely loved that.
I’ve never been to one personally.

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Astrology conventions sound like fun.

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@purplestargirl I really enjoyed them and learned so very much.  One thing I learned was that there's so many types of astrology, and it's all I can do to wrap my head around the basic, conventional one, so I avoidd the lectures on different types like Sidereal and Uranian. etc.  I respect the study of asteroids but never really studied it.  Zip Dobyns personally looked at my youngest son';s chart (very ADD before the schools knew how to handle it), and she painstakingly explained to me how the asteroids in his chart were triggering that.  I had a lot of respecxt for that lady.

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Wow! I’m definitely absolutely not an Astrologer. But, I’d love to have gone to these, I barely know the basics, and regret waiting so late in life to study. 
At what age did you begin studying? What got you interested? That’s really a great story. Do you have any of their autographs? I loved reading this; and I hope someone helps you get to a few more if there’s one happening near your home. What was a couple of your favorite presentations? Subjects? I bet you’re really good. You’re welcome to give me some feedback anytime on my chart. I’m so curious and honestly Astrology is what pulled me out of me - almost giving up when I was at my worst point in life. Having someone explain that what I was going through was a terrible transit. Ive been self teaching myself. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Elsa and Midara. I love this site. 
I’m really glad you’re here and I can’t wait to hear more stories. 

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Thanks for alll your replies.  My 'puter is so wonky tonight, I'll try to make this short before it goes somewhere else on me!  Redbird, my story would be too long to print here.  I am 83 and I started studying at 29.  If they will let us give our e-mails address, but let's see if this will go through - mine is okscorpiogal

at hotmail, dot, com.  Write me there & I'll bore you with the whole story!

I have subscribed to Elsa's column for awhile now but just recently found this site.  I have checked out a lot of other astrologers I found on the 'net, and both she and Midara are so good!  I was so upset to discover some of those on the net can't even draw up a chart succcessfully!  I do have a "fun" (and long!) sstory of how/when/why I got into astrology. 

I posted this in another thread - I am almost out of $$ and would love a reading from E. or M. but don't have the money.  Even tho I know my chart inside out, it's always interesting to have "fresh eyes" take a look at it!

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I am a self-taught astrologer - I was introduced to the subject when I was 8 years old. I studied with my sister in a vacuum.

I moved to the city (Denver) as I neared my Saturn return. They had an astrology club so I went to a meeting, having no clue what to expect. The internet barely existed. I had no idea my level of knowledge. It was odd.

I really liked the club. They had local people doing presentations. Most of them were very interesting. The club sponsored workshops put on by out of state astrologers. I attended these... Tracey Marks and David Pond.  

I also attended the meetings of the local NCGR chapter for awhile... until I had a baby.  That was the end of astro clubs for me.

I did go to one conference, also in Denver. They were trying to expand and have a Western conference but it did not go well. Weather grounded some planes... some astrologers were no-shows. Michael Lutin for one. He's really the reason I wanted to write about astrology.  His book made me laugh until I spit. I was way not-PC and I understand it's been tamed through editing. Specifically, he wrote that Leo dies their pubic hair.... and various other sundries.

That conference was really hard on me. I was on the verge of becoming known in astrology. It's when I realized I was way too shy and/or sensitive to function in these conferences. Too much Saturn Neptune. It's just very overwhelming.

Astrologers can be quite odd.  For example, during the David Pond (all day) workshop, the guy behind me blew on me.  Seriously. For hours. 

I turned around and he had this sly smile. I should have clocked that mf'er!

I also started crying during a lecture.  It was given by a Pisces man with a Scorpio moon. I could feel something emanating off him. God, that was intense. He was a really nice person... now deceased. But I was sitting there in the front row, tears flowing, inappropriately. That was it for me.  It was a 3 day conference and when I left, I knew I would never attend another.  All in all, it was excruciating but not because of anything anyone did. I was just overwhelmed. Too, too much energy.  No wonder I live in the country.

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@elsa Thanks so much for your reply! I was at the Denver NCGR conference maybe 8 years ago, but I don't think that was the one you were referring to.  I have a Saturn-Neptune oppositiion (6 to 12), so I tend to downplay my knowledge and abilities.  I think if there had been an iinternet when I was in my prime, I would have tried to do something there.  I am just so thrilled I got to meet or hear so many of the greats'  lectures.

To answer Redbird's question, it never even occurred to me to ask for autographs, but I did take a lot of pics.  However, when my kids emptied my house after my dental surgery Jan, 2020, where I died on the table twice, most everything was tossed.  One big box of astrology stuff was earlier transferred to oldest son's garage, so all was not lost. 

I contributed a lot of articles and pictures to the Astrologers Memorial Site, last hosted by Donna Cunningham, but I don't think that site exists any longer.  I found a website for Donna and just asked her if it still exists/how do I access it. I met her personally at one of the NCGR conventions.

 

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Some of my favorite presenters at the conventions - I'll just list the ones who are still alive - Noel Tyl, Alan Oken,  and I am having a sr. moment and can't come up with the others' names right now.  One of them has a wife named Elise, and I used to be in occasional e-mail contact with her, they live in Virginia, and I accidentally sat next to her at one of his lectures and we became acquainted!  He was a heavyset guy, and made a promise to her that he would lose weight and wear his wedding suit at their next anniversary, which was a significant one!  And, he did it!

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@okscorpiogal Sadly, Donna Cunningham passed in 2017. Her website skywriter.wordpress.com still exists fortunately as it has a wealth of info.

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@okscorpiogal Donna has passed.

Sorry.

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