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STA - 25th anniversary celebration

International online event

A curated programme on traditional astrology


Our event has a low admission fee for all astrologers (£45) with a generously discounted rate for STA past graduates and students (£25).

All lectures are recorded and delegates are allowed 28-days to watch any missed presentations.

Saturday 25th September 2021

- Event begins 1:00 pm UTC -

Schedule of talks

UTC Presenter Presentation New York London Istanbul Hong Kong Sydney
1:00 pm Wade Caves Welcome! 9:00 am 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 9:00 pm 11:00 pm
1:15 pm Jupiter Lai 10 tips for horary newbies 9:15 am 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 9:15 pm 11:15 pm
2:15 pm Wade Caves Tethered soul 10:15 am 3:15 pm 5:15 pm 10:15 pm 12:15 pm
3:45 pm William Morris Dignity & flavour 11:45 am 4:45 pm 6:45 pm 11:45 pm 1:45 am*
5:00 pm Break
5:30 pm Deb Houlding Lilly’s own question 1:30 pm 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 1:30 am* 3:30 am*
6:45 pm STA Team STA Q&A 2:45 pm 7:45 pm 9:45 pm 2:45 am* 4:45 am*
7:45 pm Vasilios Takos Theophilus of Edessa 3:45 pm 8:45 pm 10:45 pm 3:45 am* 5:45 am*
9:00 pm Nina Gryphon A question of high office 5:00 pm 10:00 pm 12:00 am* 5:00 am* 7:00 am*
10:30 pm Eve Dembowski Power of consultation charts 6:30 pm 11:30 pm 1:30 am* 6:30 am* 8:30 am*
12:00 am Nicky Allison To live or not to live 8:00 pm 1:00 am* 3:00 am* 8:00 am* 10:00 am*

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* The date is now 26th September 2021 in these localities

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Jupiter Lai - Ten tips for horary newbies

1:15 pm (45 mins)


Some questions are asked by students in nearly every horary class: “What to do about early and late degrees rising?” ... “The significators perfected an aspect, but the event never happened... why?” ... “How long is a horary effective?” These questions trace the shape of common confusion and pitfalls in chart judgment, whether the horary practitioner is new or experienced in practice. Jupiter will discuss frequently asked questions in this talk from both a theoretical and practical angle.

Jupiter Lai teaches the STA Practitioners Level Horary Course to Chinese language astrologers and is well known in Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. She is the co-founder, along with Rod Chang, of the Academy of Astrology ( Jupiter lectures on a wide range of astrological subjects and also incorporates Chinese astrology, I-Ching and Feng Shui into her own astrological practice. Her personal website is

Wade Caves - The tethered soul: radicality in mundane & event-based astrology

2:15 pm (1 hr 15 mins)


Radicality – or the interconnectedness of symbolic moments – is a foundational astrology principle, not something relegated to horary alone. As transiting planets configure themselves day-in and day-out, how do we know which are likely to be personalised? Why should some events attend one nation and not another, even as the same signatures wheel overhead? To see how astrology localises its expression, we will explore how latent potentials within mundane cycles and event charts tend to collapse onto easy entry points.

Wade Caves is an astrological consultant and educator specialising in horary, electional and classical astrological technique. He was certified with honours from the Mayo School of Astrology and has expert knowledge of traditional and modern psychological methods of interpretation. Wade's passion is in understanding the historical and philosophical origins of astrological symbolism. He teaches for the STA and his personal website is

William Morris - Dignity and flavour: practical applications

3:45 pm (1 hr 15 mins)


In this session, different types of medical charts and their practical applications are explored, with particular focus on the use of the table of dignities. Participant charts will be used for the purpose of demonstrating how to select appropriate flavours in food and medicinal herb applications. If you wish to be a participant and have your chart used in this session please email William at to provide necessary data in preparation for the session.

William Morris, PhD, DAOM and is an STA Masters Level Medical Astrology Graduate who earned his doctorates in humoral medicine. Since his first consultation in 1977, he has conducted more than 40,000 medical astrology consultations. William has authored or co-authored five books including Li Shi-zhen Pulse Studies, TCM Case Studies: Dermatology, Reiki Hands That heal, Treating Trauma with Acupuncture, and Cycles in Medical Astrology. Will also runs the Kootenay Sound healing centre – see


5:00 pm (30 mins)

Deb Houlding - Lilly’s own question: his mind through the horary lens

5:30 pm (1 hr)


William Lilly’s 17th century horary on whether to purchase Master B’s houses gives a rare example of Lilly asking his own personal question, the details of which grant insight into what was going on in Lilly’s mind and life at that particular time. Approaching this horary through various angles, we see the budding master- astrologer at work, exploring various astrological techniques; and through its symbolism we also see mirrored to us the practical fears and emotional insecurities of a young man daring to step above the expectations of his lowly social status.

Deb Houlding, author of The Houses: Temples of the Sky (1996) and co-author of Soru Astrolojisi: Horary Astrology (2015), was the founder of Ascella Publications, the Traditional Astrologer magazine, the Skyscript website and the STA school. In 2010 Deb received the AA’s Charles Harvey Award for ‘exceptional service to astrology’; in 2012 she received the Jayavidya Association International Award for cultural contributions to astrology. In 2018 she received the UAC Regulus Award for 'advancing the theory and understanding of astrology'.

STA TEAM - Q&A: ask us anything!

6:45 pm (45 mins)


STA tutors love to answer questions on any element of astrology. We like to think there is nothing any astrologer could ask us, that we haven’t already thought about a lot and have worthy comment to make. We will use this session as an open platform for answering a selection of participant questions on any element of astrology, or the STA school in general. We will also consider the history of the STA and its plans for future developments as the tradition of astrology constantly evolves in this and every ‘modern age’.

The Q&A forum will feature Lee Lehman PhD, principal of the STA Medical Astrology program, Deborah Houlding, principal of the STA Horary Astrology program, and a selection of STA tutors. Wade Caves will host the session and provide update on his plans to launch a new ‘astronomy for astrologers’ within the STA syllabus. (The STA is a well-respected school of astrology that has been developing for 25 years and has done a lot of good stuff – its personal website is

Vasilios Takos - Theophilus of Edessa on trials, legal issues & conflict charts

7:45 pm (1 hr)


Theophilus of Edessa, Greco-Syriac medieval astrologer who served the caliphs in Baghdad in the late 8th century, made unique contributions to the techniques of military astrology. Even when military astrology seems trivial, in times of peace, its methods always remain significant because they set the template for rules applied in trials, legal matters or any kind of conflict chart. Theophilus transmits the approach of Rhetorius and Dorotheus but further develops it through his own knowledge, part of which will be examined through considering his different examples.

Vasilios Takos teaches the STA Practitioners Level Horary Course to Greek language astrologers and has long-standing research in ancient Greek astrological texts, with particular interest in how the techniques transmit through Persian and Arabic sources. Vasilios graduated from Noel Tyl’s Master’s Degree Certification Program in 2015, and since then has been running a multi-lingual astrology consultation service from his home in Thessaloniki, Greece. His personal website is

Nina Gryphon - A question of high office

9:00 pm (1 hr 15 mins)


Horary charts about desired kingships are often demonstrated in medieval texts but we rarely get the opportunity to test those techniques in today’s world. Join Nina for discussion of her horary judgment for a high-ranking politician in a Latin American country wanting to become his nation’s Foreign Minister. We will consider the traditional principles and rules for judging potential attainment of kingship or high office and apply them to this 21st-century horary.

Nina Gryphon is an STA Masters Level Horary Astrology Graduate and part time STA tutor who also works as a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, California. Nina practices traditional astrology and, in addition to horary, has a special interest in astrological magic. She publishes a monthly list of auspicious magical elections and creates videos about astrology and magic on Her personal website is

Eve Dembowski - Power of consultation charts

10:30 pm (1 hr 15 mins)


When an appointment time is set between an astrologer and their client, they synergistically create a powerful moment. This agreed upon ceremonial moment holds all the information needed for a successful consultation. The chart set for that chosen moment, referred to as the ‘consultation chart’ reveals that information and discloses what lies in the client’s heart. It is nothing short of magical to experience the clarity the consultation chart can bring to even the most complex situations.

Eve Dembowski is an STA tutor and astrological consultant living in Melbourne, Australia. As well as her astrological expertise, Eve is also a trained musician and flower essence therapist. Eve first studied medieval astrology with Robert Zoller and actively consults, teaches, hosts study groups and presents workshops and lectures on traditional astrology and astrological philosophy. Her personal astrological blog is hosted at

Nicky Allison - To live or not to live

12:00 am (1 hr)


Does death show in a chart? These days, we expect that our children will live long enough to enjoy a full life. Before modern medicine and medical intervention, the continuing life of an infant could not be assumed. It may seem offensive in these modern times to even contemplate the death of an infant, but it remains the case that some of us are born with more vitality than others. So how much life is there in a moment, and can it be assessed astrologically?

Nicky Allison is an STA Masters Level Medical Astrology Graduate who began training in Astrology in 1991 with Astro-Logos, before going on to receive her FAA Diploma, Medieval Diploma and Horary Certificate. She is a naturopath/herbalist and hypnotherapist, with a special love for medical astrology and horary. She lives with her partner and dog, and spends her free time making incense, bushwalking and hunting for mushrooms.

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