Where online do you most actively discuss astrology?
I’m curious, where online do you most actively discuss astrology? I like the community here but it’s not quite as active as I was hoping (I include myself in that – we all get busy!). Do you guys have favorite forums, discussion boards, groups, etc.? Feel free to include both “open” and “closed” ones – for example, my goal this year is to start taking some online astrology classes in addition to the ones I take in person, and I know some of those also have forums (Chris Brennan’s, Austin Coppock’s, etc.) and I’m not sure how active those groups are since they’re private.
I’ve been trying to gather small groups of friends in the Chicagoland area who are interested in learning more about it and would like to discuss in person as well, not only digesting new skills but also applying these things to our own charts.
I found a local astrology group on Meetup.com as well as the local chapter of NCGR are pretty active online and in person. It’s nice to meet real people and then continue discussions online 🙂
I agree with you, I found a local NCGR Chapter down here as well. They do monthly meetings and there is always a possibility to get involved with the Astrological Organization!
Unfortunately there is no Meetup.com meetings here yet but it was always an idea of mine to start on!
It’s always a matter of time these days!
As for the Online Discussion groups.. Well, there are plenty out there for all level of Astrology Proficiency.
I know that Anything Astrology is for the beginners as people like to share their charts to see what others might say/notice regarding certain aspects of their lives.
There is Saturn Support Group for those who are interested in Saturn’s influence in the chart, through Houses and His Returns.
There is Hypatia Group that focuses on a Feminine Astrology Support.
Chris Brennan’s Hellenistic Astrology group is another popular FB group.
Pretty much, almost every astrologer has it’s own Page where they facilitate discussions, it’s a matter of finding your approach to astrology and participating in the discussions that interest you.
I hate to say it, but I have found the most focused action on Facebook groups. The Saturn Support Group is a good one, and Pluto – Your Soul’s Desires is also really great. The woman that runs it seems to focus on EA (Evolutionary Astrology) and regularly posts thoughtful and elaborate prompts, and the participants are highly invested. The FB forums don’t seem to catch a lot of full time pros, though, but people in transition to a pro practice, new students, or long-term hobbyists. I have lurked and occasionally posted in the Astrologyweekly forums for a while, but honestly there is SO much going on there that I have tiptoed around it without diving in too much. There are so many topics in so many different forums, I can see myself becoming really scatterbrained, which is something that I am working on disciplining myself out of. Challenging but necessary – I have a Mercury Retrograde in square to Saturn. That’s why I like the FB groups – they have a specific focus so I don’t go all haywire with the neurons and lose track, and I’m updated when there are popular threads. The Astroweekly forums though are great for when I just want to geek out on random advanced topics across the board, but I can get really overwhelmed from the sheer amount of threads and members. Lindaland seems similar, though I haven’t really explored that one other than threads that come up in my google searches.
I also am hoping that these forums can see more life and activity soon! I like the idea of discoursing with others who are invested in the organization. I think that it’s that “social inertia” phenomenon – when no one posts, people think there’s no use in posting. Let’s try to break that cycle and start some new momentum!