Astrological Speaker and Lecturer – Laura Tadd PhD

Upcoming Lectures

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:00-11:30 AM Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore ($15)

Dream Interpretation Group

 Symbols are everywhere, in both our waking and dreaming lives. In this dream group, we will explore some of the ways we can find meaning out of our dreams; what are they telling you? Is there something within the dream that can give you answers to questions you’ve been grappling with? Or maybe there is something with in the dream asking you to make a change in your life in some way? Rather than just be a class on the theory of dreams, we will work with dreams themselves, so bring one to share. Depending on the size of the group, and richness of a given dream, we may not get through everyone’s dreams but the exercises will still be beneficial to all in attendance.

For more information and to register for this talk please go to Phoenix and Dragon

 

Sep. 19th at 7PM  Serenbe Community Center (Free)

You’re Not Just Your Sign: An introductory exploration into the history and many uses of astrology.

Today many people know their “sign”; you are a Leo because your birthday is August 12th, or a Capricorn because it is December 30th. But the truth is astrology is much more complex. This Sun Sign astrology (as astrologers refer to it) with its corresponding newspaper column and blog post only goes back to 1930, with the birth of Princess Margret. In truth, the roots of astrology go back to Babylon and have been used by leaders, scholars, authors, artist, business persons and layman for millennia.

In this talk, I will discuss part of this cosmologies history as well as some of the many ways astrology is used today; how it is an invaluable tool for understanding ourselves, our relationships and the perfection of the timing of events.

Sep. 25th at 6PM (Privet Gathering)

Working with Venus Energy 

Early in human history people began to look to the sky to try to deepen their understating of life. For millennia one of the most frequently looked to and worked with planet was Venus.  The recordings of observation – correlation of her location in the sky and life in earth goes back at least as far as 1st century BCE. In this talk we will explore her meaning, mythology and how to work with the energy she represents. Particular attention will be given to, her alignment with Mars on Oct. 5 and the fact that over the next 6 moths she will be transition from Morning Star to Evening Star.  We will discuss the differ kinds of energy and archetype this phases support as well as some rituals, mediations, and exercises you can conduct make the most of the energy she is offering up.

 

The United Astrology Conference (UAC) 2018: Celebrating Earth and Sky: Downtown Chicago Marriott

May 26, 2018  – 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm  

Stellar Parenting: The Parent and Child Relationship in Astrology.

The synastry of one’s natal chart to their parents are the transits their parents were under when they were born. Thus, one’s parents are not done with those transits. Understanding this is critical when looking at the child-parent interplay. This will be of interest for those looking to understand the relationships between parents and young children, as well as adult children looking to deepen their relationship with the people who raised them.

Dr. Tadd is available for speaking and teaching engagements; please contact her for details or to set up a speaking engagement.


Past Lectures

Aug. 19th 10:00-11:30 AM Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore

What? Mercury is Retrograde Again?

On August 12th Mercury will be going retrograde. This retrograde starts when he is in Virgo, a sign linked with service, analysis and perfection.  Mercury will be retrograde until Sep. 5th having gone back into Leo, the sign of play, passion and ego. In this class you will learn how to make the most out of Mercury Rx, both what works well and what to be careful with. A retrograde is not something to be feared, it is an opportunity to reboot and get a do over. What do you need to do again and how can you make the most of your take two?

July 15th, 2017 10:00-11:30 AM Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore

A Different Kind of Blue Moon: Working with the first of two Leo New Moons
Astrologically speaking a New Moon happens when the Sun and Moon are in the same sign. Every few years we have two New Moons in the same sign back-to-back. This can only happen if the first New Moon happens on the first day the Sun is in that sign, so there is enough time for the Moon to move through its 28-day lunar cycle and sill be in the same sign at the start of a new phase.

This year is one of those years. This time it is playing out in Leo. We have not had two Leo New Moons back-to-back since July and August 1998 and we will not have another two New Moons in Leo until July and August of 2036.

This year the second of these two Leo New Moons is a Solar Eclipse. This happening simultaneously is not unheard of, but it is unusual. An eclipse did coincide with two Leo New Moons in 1998 and 1979, but there was not an eclipse with the previous 5 two Leo New Moons in 1960, 1941, 1922 1911 or 1903.

In this class, there will be some exploration into the Solar eclipse that takes place on Aug. 21st, but the emphasis this month will be in preparation; working with the New Moon leading up to the eclipse. In the class, I will discuss how you can work with this first Leo New Moon, as you prepare for the Solar eclipse is August. This will be an experiential class so you come away with more than just information in the lead up to these New Moons. And with the new Moon in Leo the sign of the child, come ready to learn and play.

June 17th 20117 10:00-11:30 AM Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore

Astrology as a Tool for Parenting

Children are as unique as our bond with them. And although we love our children equally, our relationship with each of them is different. These differences are seen clearly when one looks at a child’s astrology. This lecture explores how and why astrology is an invaluable tool for understanding your child. There are constants when it comes to parenting. But because every child is unique there is a need to tailor the parenting of that child accordingly. To illustrate this I will discuss some fundamentals of astrology as a parenting tool, with both general and specific examples. Additionally, I will discuss how an astrological view illuminates what you are learning from your child; they are as much your teacher as you are theirs.

May 20th 10-11:30 AM Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore

Dream Interpretation Group

 Symbols are everywhere, in both our waking and dreaming lives. In this dream group, we will explore some of the ways we can find meaning out of our dreams; what are they telling you? Is there something within the dream that can give you answers to questions you’ve been grappling with? Or maybe there is something with in the dream asking you to make a change in your life in some way? Rather than just be a class on the theory of dreams, we will work with dreams themselves, so bring one to share. Depending on the size of the group, and richness of a given dream, we may not get through everyone’s dreams but the exercises will still be beneficial to all in attendance.

April 6th, 2017 Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore 7-8:30 PM

Mercury Retrograde: Making an Ally out of the Trickster
With ever growing frequency the term Mercury Retrograde is being used. Often when something goes wrong or  brakes it seems the question is posed: “Is Mercury Retrograde?’ And while he is retroceding multiple times a year this planetary phenomenon gets a bad rap. Yes, it can be a time of combination and technological brake down. But there are things the energy of this time is asking of us as well, and ways we can make the most of these tree week periods of time. 

In this talk, we well discuss not only how to navigate the pitfalls and traps this trickster can lay, but also how to work with this energy, and have it work for you in the most advantage way possible.

March 4th, 2017.  10:00-11:30 AM Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore

Venus Dancing Backwards

While Mercury being retrograde has become a bit of a colloquial phrase, it is not the only planet that goes retrograde. Approximately every 18-months Venus goes retrograde. This year on March 4, 2017, she will turn on her heels, and not be direct again until the 15th of April.

When Venus is retrograde, we are asked to reevaluate. In this talk, we will explore how to make most of this time. What should we prepare for in the preceding weeks? What should we avoid once she is retreating through the zodiac? What should we approach with caution or try to avoid? And equally important, how can we use this time in the most productive positive way possible? This period can make it difficult to get, or even know, what we want. But, it is simultaneously asking us to look at what we value, what and who we want in our life. It is a time to check-in and sees if those wants, those needs, still hold true.
March 4th Venus the planet of love, values, beauty and relationships will appear to be moving backward (retrograde) in the sky. Before she turns on her heels there are a few things we can do in preparation. If you are planning a fashion or beauty purchase, such as a new hair color, do it now, before the retrograde. Venus Retrograde asks us to reevaluate what and who we like, love and value. March 4 – April 15 is the perfect time for Spring Cleaning, to clear out what you no longer like and let go.

Feb. 18th, 2017.  10:00-11:30 AM Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore

Astrology as a Tool for Parenting

Children are as unique as our bond with them. And although we love our children equally, our relationship with each of them is different. These differences are seen clearly when one looks at a child’s astrology. This lecture explores how and why astrology is an invaluable tool for understanding your child. There are constants when it comes to parenting. But because every child is unique there is a need to tailor the parenting of that child accordingly. To illustrate this I will discuss some fundamentals of astrology as a parenting tool, with both general and specific examples. Additionally, I will discuss how an astrological view illuminates what you are learning from your child; they are as much your teacher as you are theirs.

February 13, 2016: The Gift of Squares Kepler College, Webinar
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 are obstacles always a bad thing?

I explored this question in my article Re-framing Squares in the 2015 June/July issue of The Mountain Astrologer. In the article, I spoke to of how astrologers often fail to explore the fact that within the blockade of energy indicative’ to a square is a huge gift. For a squares impact is not limited to 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 must impact all qualities of the signature.

In this class, we will explore this idea further. We will look to chart examples to understand the complexity of this aspect and how labeling it one of the “hard” aspects can lead to a failure to see the gifts it provides. We will look at the more common interpretation of a given square as well how the blocked energy a square creates can be in one’s best interest.

October 14, 2015: Astrology as a Tool for Parenting at East West Books Seattle
Children are unique, as is our bond with them. And although we love our children equally, our relationship with them is different. These differences are seen clearly when one looks at a child’s astrology.

For  this talk I held a discusses astrology is an invaluable tool for understanding your child. There are constants when it comes to parenting, but because every child is unique there is a need to tailor the parenting of that child accordingly.

To illustrate this Laura will discuss some fundamentals of astrology and parenting, and provide examples of how a child is impacted by their astrology. Additionally, she will discuss how an astrological view illuminates what you are learning from your child. They are as much your teacher as you are theirs.

July 11th, 2015: Uranus and History: The trickster through the zodiac: Kepler College Webinar
In this community webinar, I will look at Uranus throughout the zodiac and historical events reflective of that alignment. Particularly with Uranus, as part of its meaning is tied to society and community, exploring how the archetype is expressed at the collective level deepens our understanding of the archetype and thereby how it may be expressed at an individual level.

March 20th, 2015: International Astrology Day, Kepler College Webinar – Astrological Research Doesn’t have to be Difficult with David Cochrane, Judith Holloway, and Laura Tadd
A discussion panel on astrological research.

May 10th, 2014: How to work with Mars’ extended stay in Libra Launching Pad 
Berkeley CA
In this talk, I discussed the planet Mars in the sign of Libra. In astrology Mars represents our drive & ability to go forward. As the God of War, he also represents anger and aggression. The sign of Libra is associated with partnerships, balance, and fairness. What happens when these two energies are forced to work together? How is self-directed Mars expressed when seen through the lens of other-centric Libra?

January 28th, 2014: Action, Reaction, Re-action: Mars in astrology and how to be proactive when you feel like you are going backward. Saybrook University
In this talk I will discuss the planet Mars from an astrological perspective and how it is a reflection of where and how we are driven to action and proactive ways of being. You may have heard of  “Mercury retrograde”, but did you know that all planets have a retrograde cycle? Mars is going Retrograde on the 1st of March. Where as when Mercury is retrograde it can bring a breakdown in communication and technology, Mars retrograde can make it difficult to move forward. Unlike the Mercury retrograde that is about 3 weeks, Mars will be retrograde for 2 1/2 months. In this talk, I will also provide some suggestions as to how to make the most of this time that can feel like you are going the wrong way on the escalator. We will explore how you can remain driven in school, in work all parts of your life- and what are the advantages of having to slow down and or do things over?

Alex and Ani (+) Energy 2013: Corporate Retreat: Stellar Power – Using astrology to facilitate the growth and well-being of an organization
This talk addressed some of the underlying principles of an astrological philosophy, and how understanding the relationship between the cosmos and life here on earth is an invaluable tool. Over the course of the hour, we explored what is meant by astrology and why it is relevant in the context of an organization. For example: in recent decades the term Mercury retrograde has become a more commonly known phrase; but what is it exactly?  Is it really this doomsday-like event, occurring multiple times a year, or are there benefits to this astrological occurrence as well?

August 29th, 2012: Uranus – Rebel with a Cause. Saybrook University
In Western astrology, the planet Uranus is representative of innovation, revolution, rebellion and humanity. He is the rebel with a cause. Unlike the Moon that moves through a sign in just over two and a half days, Uranus takes just over 84 years to orbit the zodiac, staying in one sign for around seven years. Currently, Uranus is in the sign of Aries where he has not been since 1935. In this talk, I discussed how the innovating rebel is expressed throughout each of the 12 signs. Uranus is believed to be the higher octave of Mercury. That is Mercury or the Mercury archetype expresses how one gathers and analyzes knowledge- with Uranus we see how one comes to new and unconventional ideas. Uranus represents your aha moments – seeing & understanding things in a completely new way; be it you, your larger community, cultural or even at global scale. By understanding the sign Uranus was in at the time of your birth you can come to see where your thoughts and actions have the greatest potential to be groundbreaking and cutting-edge.

January 18th, 2012: The God of Communication and You – What does the astrological placement of the planet Mercury say about how you think and communicate? Saybrook University
In Western Astrology, each celestial object in the sky represents different archetypes and parts of the self. The planet Mercury, like its Roman namesake, is about communication. In astrology the sign you have Mercury in, that is where it was when you were born, is seen to reflect how you think and communicate. Do you tend to think and communicate in a methodical deliberate manner – or do you tend to think abstractly? Knowing where you Mercury is and how the god, the archetype, is working with you can lead to more effective communication as you can come to have a deeper understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses in communication.

August 28th, 2011
: Moon, Mood, and Myth: The astrological meaning of the Moon. Saybrook University
Despite how it is typically understood, astrology is a deeply complex cosmology. Horoscopes in the back of the newspaper are based on the day you were born and are but a fragment of astrology. In truth, all planets, all asteroids, as well as  the sun and the moon, were in a sign when you were born. Each of these celestial objects represents a different part of the self. Although some may have been in the same sign as the Sun when you were born others were not; representing the complexity that is you. In this talk, I spoke about the Moon in astrology. Looking at: What archetype the Moon embodies – what it means for her to have been in a given sign when you were born and how can knowing this help you to move through life with greater grace and ease.