New Corresponding Secretary

Posted on May 17, 2016

The SDAS Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome our new Corresponding Secretary, Melissa "Mel" LaFara! Melissa was appointed by the Board at its May 11 meeting and approved by a majority vote of the membership in attendance at the May 13 general meeting. She'll complete the term that began in January 2016. Mel brings technical smarts, insightful astrology, good sense,and a can-do spirit to her position, and we're so happy to have her aboard!

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Election results

Posted on Jan 11, 2016

Elections were held at the January 2016 meeting, with new positions elected and mid-term appointments approved. The 2016 SDAS Board of Directors: President:  April Elliott Kent (Appointed) Vice-President/Publicity Director: Loda Shaw (Elected) Treasurer: Jim Hennum (Elected) Membership Director (Appointed) /Acting Librarian (Elected): Carri Barish Recording Secretary (Appointed): Simone Butler Newsletter Editor/Corresponding Secretary (Elected): Francesca Smith # # # This year, we'll resume holding elections in November. The following positions will be on the ballot: President, Membership Director, Recording Secretary, Publicity, Newsletter Editor....

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New fees for January 2016

Posted on Dec 5, 2015

Hi all! Just a reminder that entrance fees for meetings will change beginning with our January 8 meeting. Members of SDAS and our sister organizations SCAN and NCGR will pay $8, and non-members will pay $14. And if you sign up to become a member at one of our meetings, your entrance fee will be waived for that meeting!

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Do you like to feed people?

Posted on Apr 4, 2015

SDAS is looking for volunteers to help with refreshments for our monthly meetings! You will be responsible for providing snacks and coffee, and setting up the refreshments table before meetings. SDAS will reimburse you for your expenses. If you have some Cancer planets you'd like to put to good use, get in touch with us!

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November News

Posted on Nov 14, 2014

Our Winter Solstice Party will be held on Friday, December 12! Members in good standing are admitted free and will receive a complimentary Jim Maynard Pocket Astrologer (you must attend the party in order to receive a calendar). Guests, including members of SCAN and NCGR-SD, may attend for a $10 fee. We'll have pizza, salad, and dessert, and guests with special dietary needs are invited to bring dishes that meet their requirements. Board elections will be held at our JANUARY 2015 meeting. The Board's nominating committee will present a slate of nominees at the December meeting/Solstice Party on December 12. Our Readers Bazaar, which we had planned to hold in January, will be postponed to another month. Thanks and best wishes to Recording Secretary Barbara Murphy, who is stepping down from the position after four years of excellent service. SDAS is now on Twitter! Follow us at

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An Archetypal Crucible

Posted on Jul 1, 2013

As one of only a few astrologers in the western mystery school I am a member of, I am periodically asked to apply some aspect of astrology at the group’s annual West Coast retreat. One event particularly stands out for its compelling demonstrations of the power of astrological archetypes in human expression. It was a workshop on Mercury in the elements. Most participants didn’t have a clue what their Mercury placement was, so it was identified for them when they signed up for their workshops. Following the requisite information on the elements, the planet Mercury and its expressions within the elements, I divided the participants into four groups by the element each person’s Mercury was in. With the workshop attendance around 65 people, distribution by element was fairly even, so the groups were a workable size. Our meeting room couldn’t accommodate four breakout groups, so I announced that the only element I trusted to leave the room and come back when they were supposed to was Earth. This got a big laugh and proved to be true. The Mercury in earth folks huddled around the doorway just outside the room, finished first, and remained rooted there until summoned inside. Each group was given two questions they were to discuss and report back to the larger group. The questions were: (1) What is the role of communication, and (2) what do you value most in others in communication? When we reassembled, the results were predictable—if you were an astrologer. Fire wanted to go first. Earth had a list of ordered bullet points. Air kept talking among themselves, adding to their list. Water stressed the feeling nature of communication. Next they were put into two large groups of compatible elements. Fire met with Air and Earth met with Water. Their question was to determine the best way to resolve disputes. Conversations were pretty lively, even in the water/ earth group. It was easy to see that they were working well together, also reflected in their reports to the larger group. Energy was high and several people said how much fun they were having. Oh, how we rarely think to take an umbrella when the sun is shining. Then came the inevitable. I asked them to get into groups with “the other element.” Fire and Earth were to meet together and Air with Water. Whereas in the two previous breakouts everyone went quickly and willingly into their groups, this time it was as if I were asking like poles of a magnet to touch. They would not assemble. I practically had to get a whip to drive them into their groups. By the time they finally got together, the entire room was reduced to the emotional level of a kindergarten class. Water looked wounded. Air squirmed in their chairs, clearly bored. Fire folks were clearly irritated, and Earth visibly sulked. Whereas during...

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