Stepping into the Circle

I am writing this after the closing ceremony at the ISAR 2014 conference in Phoenix. The event’s title, Stepping into the Circle, Embracing the Spirit of Community, has come to life vividly. The event began on Thursday the 25th with Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars in a fire trine.

At the opening ceremony we were honored (and delighted and amazed) with the Hoop Dance, a live rendition of the Man in the Maze legend of the Pima and Maricopa people, on whose sacred land the event was held. The Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona is a beautiful environment on the reservation of the Pima and Maricopa people, who partnered with ISAR to host the conference.

It has been a wonderful event, from the spectacular setting to the carefully designed schedule (not too hectic — space and time to appreciate each other), and, of course, the great presentations of astrologers from all over the world. (The guest/faculty list was composed of people from 23 countries.)

Congratulations and thank you to ISAR. Although the three people I will name were generous in their appreciation of all the (other) people who helped produce the conference, special thanks to Gisele Terry (who opened with a beautiful talk on the layers of symbolism within the circle that we entered together), Chris McRae, and Michelle Gould.

A spirit of community and inclusion within the world of astrology provided a backdrop for a number of brilliant and diverse speakers, some of whom I hope to invite onto this blog in the coming weeks. I had a chance to talk with many loyal friends of TMA and met many new friends — it was a glorious time. Thanks also to everyone who shared such warm appreciation to Tem and the TMA staff.

Onwards, to the Full Moon eclipse on October 8.

Have a good week, everyone.

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