Are obstacles bad? In astrology we often talk about how a square blocks or impedes a planet from fully expressing itself, and that this obstacle leads to challenge and frustration for the native. But is this always true?

register DATE: Saturday, February 13, 2016 
TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST (1:00-3:00 PM EST)

Dr. Laura Tadd explored this question in her article Reframing Squares in the June/July issue of The Mountain Astrologer. In the article she observed that astrologers often fail to explore the huge gift that can be found in the square's blockade of energy. A square's impact doesn't just block the positive, healthy, beneficial archetypal qualities of a planetary signature. The shadowy, negative, and toxic aspects are also blocked and impeded from manifesting with ease. The energy a square brings in does not, cannot, cherry-pick what it obstructs: blocking only the positive and letting the negative run wild and free. It impacts all qualities related to this signature.

Tadd Laura 12 15In this workshop Laura will explore this idea in further depth. She will use chart examples to understand the complexity of this aspect. She will show how labeling a square as one of the “hard” aspects can blind us to the gifts it can provide. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to understand how to combine the more common interpretation of a given square combined with the potential gifts within the blocked energy. Using this information, they can help themselves and their clients to see how squares can be in one’s best interest.


Laura Tadd, PhD is a consulting astrologer living in Seattle, WA. Her PhD is in Human Science and she holds a certificate in Psychological Astrology. An active member of the astrology community, she is a current member of the AFAN steering committee. She feels deeply called to bridge the gab between astrologers and the non-astrologically literate; illuminating for others the power of an astrological worldview. In addition to her international client work, she is a published author and has lectured throughout the United States on astrology.


register blueQabala is an ancient cosmological map, with deep roots in the Jewish mystical tradition, used to explore how consciousness, energy and matter flow together to create our experience of reality.

TIME: February 20, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST / 12:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Workshop Presented By Kathryn Andren and Donna Woodwell

Over the centuries, other magical threads -- including astrology -- have been woven into the "Tree of Life," making it one of the central keys for understanding the Western Esoteric Tradition.

In this 3-hour workshop, you'll receive an introductory overview of the Qabala symbolic system. We'll explore how the Tree of Life links to cosmic correspondencs such as planets, signs and elements, as well as how Qabala can be used as a remedial tool with astrology.