Dinner & Drinks: The Astrology of RuPaul

Dinner & Drinks: The Astrology of RuPaul


Dinner and Drinks is back in June welcoming Shawn Nygaard as our guest of honor! Join us on the evening of Thursday, June 27th.

Shawn is passionate about exploring RuPaul’s natal chart. As we mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, it’s a fascinating look at a queer person who blazed their own path. RuPaul has a natal Saturn in Capricorn and uniquely embodies the Senex and Puer dichotomy. It’s a whole different way to rock Saturn.

Join AYA for a light-hearted (and serious) conversation about RuPaul, Drag, queerness, and the role of creativity in breathing life into planetary energies.

Find out more about Shawn – https://www.imagineastrology.com/about-shawn

Access the meeting on June 27th at this link https://zoom.us/j/961299102

Astrology As Self-Care: Dinner and Drinks with Stacia Secreriat

Dinner and Drinks is back in May welcoming Stacia Secreriat as our Dinner and Drinks guest of honor!

Stacia is passionate about using the natal chart to optimize self-care, cultivate compassion towards the self, and balance planetary energies in the chart.

Knowing ourselves well, and understanding our own motivations and needs leads us to be able to tend to those needs in a deeper way than we could without astrology. This is the crux of Stacia’s client work, helping people care for themselves using their own unique placements.

She’s joining us May 30, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific to share her wisdom and answer your questions.

From Stacia’s website, Moon Deep Astrology:

“Just like a doctor can look at a patient’s vital chart and make a diagnosis to find appropriate cures, so can astrologers look to a natal chart to find signatures of physical, emotional and spiritual ailments and their remedies. A medical vital chart is exactly what the name implies: a record of a patient’s vitals; their literal patterns of life through heartbeat, breath, and the body.

Astrology uses a natal chart to find the energetic patterns in your personality and earthly vehicle. Understanding your chart can not only help you understand these “vitals” better, but also help you realize your highest potential. Astrology can help us feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. We can use it to be more productive, be more relaxed, treat inflammation in the body, heal emotional trauma, or literally any thing that might “ail” us. Understanding our astrological tendencies can be a great place to start looking for treatment or acceptance of our current issues.”

Find out more about Stacia at https://moondeepastrology.com/

Join us online at https://zoom.us/j/131989276 on Thursday, May 30th at:

4pm – Hawaii – Hawaii Standard Time
6pm– Los Angeles – Pacific Standard Time
7pm – Denver – Mountain Standard Time
8pm – Chicago – Central Standard time
9pm – New York / Toronto – Eastern Standard Time
10pm – Halifax / Charlottetown – Atlantic Standard Time
10:30pm – Newfoundland – Newfoundland Standard Time


Friday, May 31st at:

Midnight – Rio de Janeiro / São Paulo – Brazil Summer Time
2am – London / Greenwich Mean Time
3am – Paris / Berlin / Rome / Barcelona – Central European Time
4am – South Africa – South Africa Standard Time
5am – Moscow – Moscow Standard Time
7:30am – India – India Standard Time
10am – China – China Standard Time
11am – Japan – Japan Standard Time
11am – Korea – Korea Standard Time

1pm – Sydney / Melbourne – Australian Eastern Daylight Time
3pm – Auckland – New Zealand Daylight Time

Q&A with Rod Chang: Black Holes and the Galactic Center

Your favorite AYA Q&A event is back on April 27, this time on Saturday to reach our friends around the globe! Rod Chang is joining us to talk all about the new images of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87 near the Virgo galaxy cluster. This week marks the first time humanity has ever been able to clearly picture a black hole.

From these images, we can glean insights into the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, known as the Galactic Center. It currently aligns with 27 degrees of Sagittarius on the ecliptic, and many modern astrologers detect a special energy at this degree ─ in some ways similar to a fixed star’s charge ─ but in other ways in a league of its own.

Join us for an discussion about black holes and how to integrate the galactic center into your work with astrology charts and the dynamics of contact with the 27th degree of Sagittarius.

Rod and Jupiter Lai co-founded the Academy of Astrology (AOA), which is the premier school teaching western astrology in Asia. Rod Chang has over 20 years’ astrological experience, and has studied at the UK’s Faculty of Astrological Studies. In 2018, Rod was a guest tutor at the Faculty’s Summer School at Oxford where he taught a workshop on the galactic center.

This event is the classic Dinner and Drinks format you know and love, this time accommodating brunch and tea times for our friends across the world’s time zones!

MEETING LINK: https://zoom.us/j/802352550

Join us online on Saturday, April 27th:

10am – Los Angeles – Pacific Daylight time
11am – Denver – Mountain Daylight Time
Noon – Chicago – Central Daylight Time
1pm – New York / Toronto – Eastern Daylight Time
2pm – Halifax – Atlantic Daylight Time
2:30pm – Newfoundland – Newfoundland Daylight Time

2pm – Rio de Janeiro / São Paulo – Brazil Time

6pm – London – British Summer Time
7pm – Paris / Berlin – Central European Summer Time
7pm – Johannesburg – South Africa Standard Time
8pm – Moscow – Moscow Standard Time

10:30pm – New Delhi – India Standard Time
1am – Shanghai – China Standard Time
2am – Tokoyo – Japan Standard Time
3am – Sydney – Australian Eastern Standard Time

Call for Board Members

The Association for Young Astrologers is seeking two new board members to join our board: a Social Media Manager as well as a Deputy Webmaster.

Social Media Manager

AYA is seeking a Social Media Manager to work with the board to create an innovative and active social media presence for our organization. The duties of the social media manager will include:


  • Tracking the astrology conversation on instagram, commenting on posts as appropriate from the official AYA Account, and coming up with proposals for how AYA can share innovative images with the community
  • Post the monthly “Dinner and Drinks” online event on instagram
  • Post Thursday Lecture highlights on instagram
  • Keep AYA stories updated multiple times per week with
    • Dinner and Drinks/other event reminders
    • Interesting posts from young astrologers in the community
    • Relevant updates on upcoming events that would benefit young astrologers
  • Working with the President on a series of intersections between art history and astrology and posting lesser known art with astrological resonances


  • Working with the Vice President on how to elevate astrological commentary on Twitter
  • Post Dinner and Drinks event on twitter
  • Post Thursday Lecture highlights on twitter
  • Keep twitter updated with upcoming events at least once a week leading up to event
  • Retweeting posts that would be relevant to AYA’s followers
  • Engaging and responding to tweets as appropriate


  • Attending AYA’s Monthly online Dinner and Drinks gathering
  • Working with President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Webmaster to Co-Host the Online Event


  • Working with the Vice President to Create the Facebook Event for Dinner and Drinks
  • Competence with Photoshop, Canva, or other graphic design software to create dynamic graphics for Facebook event
  • Invite friends and members of the community to online Dinner and Drinks events promptly utilizing Facebook’s Friend List and invite features

Voice and Brand

  • Working with Vice President to create and maintain a consistent voice and brand across all SM platforms for announcements, captions, etc. The voice of AYA is informal and relaxed, but clear and informative.

In addition to these duties, the Social Media Manager will keep a finger on the pulse of our online astrological community, bringing insights and trends to the board’s attention as relevant. An ideal Social Media Manager is personally active on and familiar with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and well equipped to navigate these platforms easily and organically. This is a collaborative position; innovation and expansion are welcomed and encouraged.

Deputy Webmaster

AYA is seeking a Deputy Webmaster to assist its webmaster with maintaining and expanding its website – www.youngastrologers.org.  


  • Competence with the WordPress interface
  • Capacity to devote 10 minutes to make quick adjustments to web content on any given business day
  • Willingness to work with the Webmaster on larger projects on weekends, devoting perhaps one hour per weekend
  • Uploading video files to the AYA website to expand its archive of video lectures as well as its archive of dinner and drinks sessions

How To Apply

To apply for either position, send us an email at youngastrologers@gmail.com describing:

  • Why you you’re excited to join the AYA team
  • What makes you a great fit for the position

Please include links to your personal website and any social media handles.

All members of the AYA board work on a volunteer basis as a service to the astrological community.

The deadline for applications is March 20, 2019 at 6pm US Eastern Time: the Aries Ingress.

WEBINAR LOTTERY: Fire: The Heart of Knowing with Darby Costello

WEBINAR LOTTERY: We’re giving away a free webinar to an AYA member!

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Oliver Adam!

We’re partnering with our friends at the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology to give away a free pass to Darby Costello’s webinar, Fire: The Heart of Knowing.

“Fire is the element that represents our ability to know things directly – it shows us our intuitive function.  It represents the imaginal realm and is at the heart of our creative lives. It is how we ‘know’ things, directly.  In this webinar we shall explore the realm of fire, through its signs, planets and houses.”

The webinar is on Sunday, February 24th at 7:30am Pacific Time, 10:30am Eastern Time, or 3:30pm in England. You can attend live or watch the recording afterwards!

Check out all the details on the webinar here: https://www.mercuryinternetschool.com/24feb2019.html

RULES: Be a member of AYA. That’s it! If you’re not signed up yet, you can do that here(membership is only $20/year and everyone is welcome).

HOW TO ENTER: Cast your lot for the giveaway by sharing your hermetic Lot of Spirit in the comment section below, or by emailing it to youngastrologers@gmail.com, by February 20 at 11:59pm EST.

On Thursday, February 21st, the winner will be selected using RNG magic. We will use a randomized number generator to pick a number between 1 and 12, which will be the winning sign. Then we will then use a randomized generator to pick a number between 0 and 29, which will be the winning degree. The lot closest to this degree will be the winner!

To find your Lot of Spirit: you can use astro.com’s Extended Chart Selection, and select the Chart Drawing Style “Astrodienst with Arabic points“. Or you can do it old school and calculate it yourself! Patrick Watson explains the calculation (and much more) here, and Chris Brennan has a classic tutorial here.

Remember, only current AYA members are eligible!

Audaces Fortuna Iuvat… cast your lot!

MARCH Dinner and Drinks with Austin Coppock: Astrology & Tarot

MEETING LINK: https://zoom.us/j/911105535

Dinner and Drinks in March welcomes back AYA’s very own former President, Austin Coppock! We are delighted to have Austin joining us on Thursday, March 21 at 9pm eastern, 6pm pacific to talk all things astrology and tarot. From the history and overlap of the traditions and symbolism to talking shop, there’s no better practitioner to have at this particular proverbial round table than Austin. While we all know and love him for his astrological work, his experience with tarot matches it─ he began the journey over 20 years ago. Tarot even makes a notable appearance in his book, 36 Faces. If you’re a fan of that work, there’s no better time to come and ask your burning questions about the tarot piece directly to the author!

More about Austin: https://austincoppock.com/

Grab a drink and bring your questions! As always, this event is free, casual, Q&A based, and open to everybody. We can’t wait to see you there!