Announcement: New Webmaster on the AYA Board!
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Jo Gleason
January 7, 2018
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Please welcome our newest AYA board member: Alison Tinker, Webmaster!

Alison’s professional background is in illustration, digital design and web development. Her interest in astrology began in 2008 when a friend did a natal chart reading for her. After studying many different branches of astrology she eventually formed a deep interest in medieval astrology and astrological magic. In 2015 she began Christopher Warnock’s Astrological Magic Course which greatly furthered her passion for the subject. By day she works as a web developer. By night she works on a variety of creative projects, including combining art and astrology to craft magical talismans. She joined AYA to become more involved in the astrological community and to find a path towards turning her love of astrology into more than just a hobby. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.

 

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The Natal Chart: A Beginner’s Guide
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Official AYA
January 1, 2018
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So, you’re new to astrology and not quite sure where to start? Never fear! We’ve got you covered. Here’s are some first steps you can take to get started on your journey.

Get Your Natal Chart

Most astrologers start out by learning how to interpret their own natal chart. Most people know what day they were born, but many don’t know the exact time of birth. You’ll need an accurate birth time and location to find out what your rising sign is. You can typically find this information on your birth certificate. If you don’t have your birth certificate handy, learn how to order a copy.

Here are some easy, fast and free ways to get your natal chart:

  1. Go to Astro.com. Click on Free Horoscopes > Natal Chart/Ascendent. You can create a free registered user profile or create a horoscope as a guest. After registering or continuing as a guest you will see a Birth Data Entry form. Fill out this form and submit it to see your generated natal chart.
  2. Go to Astrolabe: Free Birthchart and Astrology Report. Enter your birth data into the form and submit it to see your results. Scroll down to view a brief interpretation of your chart. Print the page to save your chart as a PDF file.

A Sample Chart

Interpreting Your Natal Chart

You’ve got your natal chart… great! But what does it mean? The primary actors in a natal chart can be broken down into Planets, Signs, and Houses. After you understand how these three components work together you’ll quickly move on to learning about other facets of chart interpretation.

These are some great beginner resources for learning about the basic components of an astrological chart:

Astrolabe: A Mini-Course in Astrology
First Steps in Astrology by Liz Greene
TMA Beginner Series

 

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UAC 2018 AYA Roomshare
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Jo Gleason
November 9, 2017
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Conferences can be expensive, but we want to make it easier on you. The Association for Young Astrologers is pleased to announce our roomshare opportunity for UAC 2018!

The United Astrology Conference takes place in Downtown Chicago, May 24-29, 2018. AYA is offering young astrologers a shared suite at only $40 per night in the conference hotel.

Here’s what you need to know about the roomshare:

  1. It’s only $40 per night in the beautiful conference hotel
  2. You must have an active AYA membership (sign up or renew here) to qualify for the roomshare
  3. You must make a $40 deposit (refundable until May 15, 2018) to reserve your space
  4. BYO bedding (there’s a couch and a king sized bed in the suite, but they won’t sleep everyone. Sleepover!)

To apply for the roomshare, make sure you have an active AYA membership, then fill out the form here.

Staying in a roomshare suite is a great way to alleviate financial strain, but it’s more than that. Friendships formed and bonds made at an astrology conference are priceless, and sharing space with your fellows is an unique experience unlike anything else. We look forward this this year’s roomshare group and the special memories we make together!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at youngastrologers@gmail.com.

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Introducing the New AYA Board!
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Jo Gleason
March 6, 2017
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AYA has been going through some leadership transitions in the past 9 months, and we appreciate you all sticking with us. The Association for Young Astrologers has an all new board, and we’re excited to introduce ourselves officially!

Alia Wesala, President

AliaBioPhotoAlia is a licensed macro social work practitioner and astrologer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has studied astrology since the age of 14, focusing on modern psychological approaches and synastry. In 2013, she began moonlighting as a professional astrologer, offering brief natal and synastry interpretations at a local bookstore and has steadily been growing her practice since. She is currently serving as the president of the Association for Young Astrologers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Larkin, Vice President

DannyBioPhoto2cropDanny lives in New York City. In 2007, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University, earning a Bachelor’s with special honors in Art History. While at Fordham he studied broadly, including courses on Ancient Greek art, temple architecture, and pagan religion. He also studied Roman art, imperial religion, and ancient mystery cults. In 2016, he learned how to erect a horoscope by hand, passed the first level NCGR test, and studied Hellenistic Astrology with Demetra George during a five day intensive in Oregon. Currently, he is progressing through Chris Brennan’s online course in Hellenistic Astrology and taking occasional modules with Austin Coppock. In 2016, he also assisted Chris Brennan with some special research projects such as analyzing the rising sign on extant Greek papyrus horoscopes, literary analysis of a Latin astrological treatise, and translation of a French source on the history of astrology, all in preparation for Brennan’s landmark Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune (2017). In 2017, Danny will embark upon an ambitious learning schedule. He will travel to Oxford to study with Robert Hand and other members of the Faculty of Astrological Studies for their Summer School. He will return to Oregon to study with Demetra George during her second annual Hellenistic Astrology intensive. Finally, he will make a journey to Cornwall, England to study Carl Jung and the origins of modern psychological astrology with Liz Greene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Zolotov, Member Engagement Coordinator

AlexBioPhotoMy name is Alex (or Sasha, which short for Aleksandr) and I am originally from Russia. I had an opportunity to study and travel all throughout different European countries before settling down in the United States. The interest in astrology came naturally after being exposed to an enormous number of books on spirituality. After a few years of soul searching I am now in the process of getting my fancy degree in marketing as well as the Professional Diploma in Astrology from Kepler college. Rich multicultural experience, along with my extremely mutable chart makes it extremely easy for me to relate and connect with people around me (although, that part could just be me being gay). As cliché as it sounds, Astrology allows me to understand myself better and that awareness makes me want to share this knowledge and passion with others! My engagement with AYA doesn’t just allow me to actualize my natural potentials, it makes me feel like a proud part of the Future of the Astrologies.

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Jo Gleason, Social Media and Graphics Maven

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Jo is a freelance writer and graphic designer based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Although her fascination with astrology started in her late teens, she began dedicated study after discovering the work of Project Hindsight. After a year at Kepler College in 2015, Jo adjusted her focus to a primarily traditional approach, studying Hellenistic Astrology with Chris Brennan and Planetary Magic with Austin Coppock. Jo is currently on staff with the State of the Art Astrology Conference as the program and flier designer. She joined the Association for young Astrologers board in June 2016 to manage the social media accounts, and soon began creating graphics for planetary alignments and AYA events.

 

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