A fabulous moment in history -- Earthlings have gone to Pluto!
For the first time ever, after a journey of more than 3 billion miles and 9 years, a human-made spacecraft buzzed by Pluto within just 7,800 miles of the surface on July 14, 2015.
And we all know astrologers LOVE Pluto! (Or are just too intimidated to say otherwise.) In any case, we at least love to talk about him. So, to celebrate this historic event, Kepler College hosted its own Pluto Flyby Party on July 14.
If you missed the live event, view the recording!
We had many different astrologers who dropped by to talk about Pluto. Guests included:
Pluto Party Biographies
Kathryn Andren is a professional consulting astrologer joyfully residing on the island of Hawaii and in New York serving clients across the US. Her background in holistic health, energy healing bodywork and a deep connection to nature provides grace and a grounded strength for her astrology consultations and classes. Dedicated to healing service since 1997, she gracefully integrates years of professional experience with intuitive wisdom. “Consciously Create Your World”
Joseph Crane, MA
Joseph Crane, MA, is a consulting astrologer, teacher, and author. As the co-founder of the Astrology Institute in the early 1990’s, Joseph has conducted training programs on astrological interpretation and counseling skills for astrologers. In addition to numerous magazine articles, Joseph is the author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1997), Astrological Roots: the Hellenistic Legacy (2007) and, Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (2012). Joseph publishes a monthly astrology newsletter that contains current planetary phenomena and astrological profiles of historical and contemporary public figures. Joseph is also a psychotherapist and a Buddhist practitioner. He lives in Rhode Island.
Rev. Bill Duvendack
Rev Bill Duvendack is an internationally known astrologer, author, presenter, and psychic. He teaches classes on astrology and occultism, and is available for appointments of many kinds. He does divination readings using astro-dice and tarot cards. He is President of the Astrological Association of St Louis, a member of NCGR, President of Circle of Light Independent Spiritualist Church where he is ordained, an initiate of the Golden Dawn, and a member of BOTA. With over 28 years of experience in occultism, including reading tarot for 21 years, Bill brings a pragmatic view. His writings have been translated into six languages.
Dimitri Gácsér was just 11 years old when he lost his 40 year old father who suffered from cancer. This event had a great impact on his life and made him think about the deeper meaning of life. For him astrology was found to be a clear universal model that answered a lot of questions. Around that time Pluto was conjunct his natal Sun (29 deg.) in Scorpio.
After 20 years studying astrology it was time for him to share his knowledge with other people.
Margaret Gray B.A. ESS (TCD), MSW, D. Psych. Astrology
Margaret works as a professional Psychological Astrologer offering consultations, courses and workshops in Ireland, Hawaii and the US mainland. Margaret trained at the CPA London with Liz Greene and is on the ISAR board of directors. She currently writes a regular feature on Psychological Astrology for Network Ireland Magazine and has published astrology articles in the AA Journal UK, and NCGR journal, as well as Psychotherapy publications in Ireland and the UK. Margaret has been a speaker at several astrology conferences and organizations including ISAR, NORWAC, the UK Ast Ass and the SF Ast. Ass. and runs the Astrology Ireland Meetup Group.
Ray Grasse is author of The Waking Dream, Signs of the Times, and the forthcoming Under a Sacred Sky. He is also associate editor of the Mountain Astrologer magazine. He's closely studied the synchroniicities that have attended previous NASA fly-bys to distant planets and asteroids, and is looking forward to what mysteries the coming New Horizon's mission to Pluto might uncover.
Tom Jacobs is an evolutionary astrologer, energy worker, and channel with a global practice of consultations, tutoring, and teaching. A graduate of Steven Forrest's Apprenticeship Program, Tom hosts The Soul's Journey radio show weekly at 7pm on Contact Talk Radio. 15 books, 2 natal reports, astrology and channeled audio, and charged crystals for healing and empowerment including onyx programmed for Plutonian issues of all kinds are available via tdjacobs.com.
Evolutionary astrologer Sol W. Jonassen is based in Bergen, Norway, where she is currently dong her service as a human being, astrologer, healer, yogini and mother to two wonderful children and two cats. She is also the primus motor behind the annual Norwegian astrology conference Polaris, serves as a board member for the Norwegian Astrology Association, provides astrology columns for the biggest publication in Norway, teaches astrology online and on site, and enjoys an occasional trip abroad to talk about her passions in astrology. Her primary expertise is in the filed of psychotherapeutic astrology. She’s also a trained healer and meditation instructor, synthesizing all in her practice.
Rose Marcus, Evolutionary Astrologer, ISAR CAP, resides in North Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She wrote about Pluto’s transit through Capricorn in her first book, “Insights into Evolutionary Astrology”, which was published by Llewellyn Worldwide, in July, 2010. She is currently working on a book on Chiron. Rose writes a weekly astrology column for The Georgia Straight Newspaper, Vancouver, (published on line every Thursday: www.straight.com/lifestyles). On the last Wednesday of every month she discusses the transits for the month ahead on “Guiding Stars” with host Kristin Fontana: www.healthy life.net.
Russ von Ohlhausen
Russ von Ohlhausen has practiced Western astrology for 16 years. As a writer and researcher, his work reflects a lifetime study of science, religions, myths, metaphysics & nature — and what they reveal about consciousness and human behavior. Russ is serves as the Vice President of the Astrological Society of Austin, and teaches on metaphysics and science at Kepler College. A student of Buddhist, Jainist, & Hermetic philosophy, Russ has travelled extensively in South East Asia, Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia. In former 'lives' he studied history, science and psychology at Texas A&M University-Commerce; served in the U.S. Navy; advised orphanages and youth organizations in Nepal & Tibet; and design-built sustainable homes (and tiny houses) in Austin, Texas, where he currently resides. Today, Russ is launching Mind Frontiers, a portal for reintegrating ancient wisdom with modern science in order to revive the path to holistic spiritual living and evolution
Samuel F. Reynolds
Samuel F. Reynolds, a former skeptic, had a life-changing visit to an astrologer and has since spent 23 years doing charts and studying astrology. Now Samuel consults, writes and teaches astrology full-time. He currently serves on the boards of directors for the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) and the Astrology News Service, and he’s a co-founder of the International Society of Black Astrologers. He’s also an entrepreneur who helps others build their businesses as mind-body-spirit practitioners. He writes horoscopes for Ebony.com, MySign.com, and Pride, a British Black women’s magazine. His home website is UnlockAstrology.com.
Patricia L. Walsh
Patricia is a certified Deep Memory Process (DMP)® regression practitioner (since 2002) and is the Chief US Trainer for Dr. Roger Woolger’s institute of Deep Memory Process. She worked personally with Dr. Woolger, leading and co-teaching trainings in both Ancestral spirit work and Regression since 2003. She is also a graduate of the Jeffrey Wolf Green School of Evolutionary Astrology (2004) and is a certified Evolutionary Astrologer. She is the author of ‘Understanding Karmic Complexes: Evolutionary Astrology and Regression Therapy’ (The Wessex Astrologer, 2009).
Donna Woodwell, MA
Though Donna attended grad school to become a foreign correspondent, she had no idea how foreign she would get. An explorer of Western and indigenous philosophical, magical and shamanic practices, she brings ancient wisdom to re-enchant modern life. In addition to her private consultations, Donna hosts a weekly call-in radio show, teaches astrology and esoteric studies at Kepler College and at the University of Texas Informal Classes, and has written for Astrology.com and MySign.com. Over the years, Donna’s served on the boards of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR), the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) and as the founding president of the Astrological Society of Austin. Currently, Donna's working on a book about the modern-day applications of astral theurgy.
The closest approach to Pluto was at 7:49 AM ET/4:49 AM PT. We couldn't see a “live” broadcast from Pluto, since there’s a 5-hour time lag to send a data signal back to Earth. (Yes, Pluto is that far away!)
Links to read more on the historic New Horizons Mission to Pluto.
Official NASA New Horizons
NASA News Coverage of Pluto Flyby
What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Flyby
Ray Grasse in the Mountain Astrologer
How well do you know the dwarf planet? Space.com Quiz
New Horizons Trailer
Oh, Pluto Theme Song