Bringing the stars...down to Earth

The Great Debate on House Rulerships @ Joyce Beers Community Center (between Panera and Aladdin's)
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

chart2During much of the 20th century, American astrologers followed a model of house rulerships that defines Aries as the ruler of the first house, Taurus as the ruler of the second house, and so on. Yet the origin of this rulership system is poorly understood, and little effort has been made by modern astrologers to investigate its origins.

This contemporary theory of house meanings assumes that the houses are associated with, and take their meaning from, the signs of the zodiac.  The ascendancy of this sign-based approach edged out some of the traditional rulerships that were at odds with the sign-based theory. Increasingly, the signs of the zodiac were adapted and broadened out to incorporate the meaning of the houses, which correspond with their natural zodiacal order.

Over the past 25 years, as astrologer/academics like Robert Schmidt, Robert Hand, Robert Zoller, Benjamin Dykes, and Robert Holden worked to translate ancient Hellenistic Greek and Medieval Arab astrology texts, a renewed interest in astrology’s foundations and origins has led to a spirited reassessment of our modern house rulerships. The British have debated rulerships even longer, since the late Olivia Barclay re-introduced the work of William Lilly in the early 1980s.

Through her studies with Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), Naomi Bennett gained a view of signs and houses that differs widely from our modern understanding. In this lecture, she discusses her discoveries to verify the ancient design left to us from the Hellenistic Egyptians that fit the original astrological design perfectly.

Location: Joyce Beers Community Center, Hillcrest
Admission: $8 members SDAS/NCGR/SCAN; $14 non-members


bennettNaomi C Bennett has practiced astrology since 1970 and is currently President of the Astrological Society of Austin, TX. She has a B.S. in Psychology, an 11-year career in computer sales with Fortune 500 companies, and 15 years as a Real Estate investor. She teaches astrology as a branch of sacred geometry and advises clients. She authored Foundations of Astrology in 2014 and has published two works of Carl Payne Tobey, who was her astrology mentor. She is an international speaker for various astrology conferences in 2014-2016, including the 25th Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology conference in Kolkata (as USA Chapter Chairperson), the Astrological Association Conference in the UK, and the Astrology Restored conference in Capetown, South Africa. Quarterly mundane and financial forecasts are on YouTube (naomibennett360), her website is, she can be found on Facebook, and she may be reached by email at

Saturn square Neptune: Ill-Informed Decisions @ Joyce Beers Community Center (between Panera and Aladdin's)
Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Saturn/Neptune cycle takes approximately 36 years to complete from conjunction to conjunction
and it combines the structural energies of Saturn with the nebulous 'visionary' energy of Neptune. The time period from November 2015 through September 2016 is the waning phase of tension with regard to this current cycle, which initiated with the most recent conjunction between Saturn and Neptune (in Capricorn in 1989). The ‘structured stories’ that were birthed or initiated at the start of the cycle are now facing challenges to remain intact as attempts to create concrete solutions for the future (Saturn in Sagittarius) are conflicting with the ability to see the whole truth of the situation (Neptune in Pisces), and decisions are being forced on the world in the presence of incomplete information.

In this presentation, Christopher will use his educational background in atmospheric science and climate change to specifically address the current Saturn/Neptune square with regards to the climate change debate and the global decisions being agreed upon in order to contain it. He will analyze the timeline of the climate change narrative which initiated at the start of the cycle in 1989 and how it has progressed with regards to the Saturn/Neptune cycle through the present period.


chris-taylorWith over 12 years of experience as a practitioner of the ancient art of astrology, Christopher Robert Taylor combines compassionate logic with his inborn intuition to provide clients with a practical understanding of the unconscious creations that have led to their current life experiences. He assists his clients in becoming more conscious of their unconscious creations revealing the power that exists to exercise free will in order to direct the experiences of our own futures. He believes that with consciousness comes the power to release in the present that which no longer serves us, thereby creating in the present moment that which will serve us now and into the future.