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The Astrology Podcast

The Astrology Podcast

A weekly podcast on topics related to astrology, hosted by professional astrologer Chris Brennan.

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The Origins of the Exaltations: A New Discovery

In episode 255 of the podcast astrologers Chris Brennan and Benjamin Dykes unveil a new discovery about the origins of the exaltations, derived from a lost Hermetic text preserved by Abu Ma?shar. Last summer Keiji Yamamoto and Charles Burnett released their long-awaited translation of The Great Introduction to Astrology by the 9th century astrologer Abu [?]
2020-05-16
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Misconceptions About Mundane Astrology in the Media

In episode 254 astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim discuss a recent article in the New York Times that claimed that astrologers did not predict the recent worldwide crisis, and some of the related issues with coverage of astrology in the media, as well as the practice of mundane astrology. The starting point for this [?]
2020-05-11
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May 2020 Astrology Forecast

In episode 253 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for May of 2020. Most of the action this month happens in the second full week of May, when Saturn stations direct, Mars completes its conjunction with Saturn by moving out of Aquarius and into Pisces, Venus [?]
2020-04-30
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What is the Birth Chart of the United States?

In episode 252 astrologer Nina Gryphon joins the show to talk about question of what is the correct birth chart for the United States, and to review some of the different possible charts that are available. While this sounds like a simple question, there are actually a number of different birth dates and birth times [?]
2020-04-29
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Becca Tarnas on Outer Planet Cycles and Jung’s Red Book

Episode 251 features an interview with astrologer Becca Tarnas where we talk about her work on the Red Book of Carl Jung, as well as the connection between outer planet cycles and recent world events. Becca practices archetypal astrology, and is the current editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, which recently released its [?]
2020-04-25
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Alan White: Intro to Hellenistic Astrology

Episode 250 features a lecture by the late astrologer Alan White on an introduction to Hellenistic astrology, followed by an audio interview with Alan about his life and work from 2010. Alan began studying astrology seriously in the 1980s, and then in the mid-1990s he discovered Project Hindsight and developed a deep interest in ancient [?]
2020-04-21
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Robert Zoller, Pioneer in Reviving Medieval Astrology

Episode 249 features a tribute to the astrologer Robert Zoller, who passed away in January, and was a pioneer in the revival of the study and practice of medieval astrology. Zoller?s book The Arabic Parts in Astrology: A Lost Key to Prediction (1980) was one of the first books which helped to contribute to the [?]
2020-03-29
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April 2020 Astrology Forecast + Coronavirus Discussion

In episode 248 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan discuss the astrology of the recent coronavirus pandemic, and later provide a general astrological forecast for April of 2020. This is our first episode together since we recorded the last forecast in mid-February, and the world has changed a lot since that time. We [?]
2020-03-27
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Mythic Astrology and Venus Retrogrades with Arielle Guttman

Episode 247 features an interview with astrologer Arielle Guttman about her work on using myth as an interpretive device in astrology, as well as the importance of the synodic cycle of Venus, providing insight into the upcoming Venus retrograde. Arielle is the author of the books Mythic Astrology and Mythic Astrology Applied, as well as [?]
2020-03-23
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The Four Elements in Astrology, with Darby Costello

Episode 246 features a discussion with astrologer Darby Costello about the four elements in astrology, and the way their archetypal meanings are applied to the signs of the zodiac. The four classical elements in the western tradition are: fire, air, water, and earth. The concept of the four elements originated in the Greek tradition with [?]
2020-03-09
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March 2020 Astrology Forecast: Mars Conjunct Saturn in Aquarius

Episode 245 features the astrology forecast for March of 2020, with astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. The astrology of March features the tail end of the Mercury retrograde in Pisces and Aquarius, a Full Moon in Virgo, New Moon in Aries, and then ends with Saturn and Mars moving into Aquarius and [?]
2020-02-29
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How Did Placidus Become the Most Popular House System?

Episode 244 features an interview with Anthony Louis about the history of how Placidus became the most popular system of quadrant house division used in western astrology in modern times. In late 20th and early 21st century astrology Placidus is the most popular house system, and it is usually the default house system in most [?]
2020-02-24
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Relationship Placements in the Birth Chart

Episode 243 is a recording of a workshop led by astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim about interpreting relationship indicators in the birth chart. This is a recording of a local meeting of the Denver Astrology Group, and it was meant to be an introductory overview to some of the techniques that astrologers employ when [?]
2020-02-12
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The Asteroids in Astrology, with Demetra George

Episode 242 features an interview with astrologer Demetra George about her pioneering work on the asteroids in astrology, and why she feels they are interesting and important for astrologers to use. Demetra published the book Asteroid Goddesses in 1986, which was one of the first works that established an approach for incorporating the asteroids into [?]
2020-02-06
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The Yavanajataka: Greek Astrology in Sanskrit?

Episode 241 of the podcast features an interview with Kenneth Miller about an ancient Sanskrit text from India known as the Yavanajataka, and the debate about whether it is a translation of a Greek work on Hellenistic astrology. A critical edition and commentary on this text was published by David Pingree in 1978, and since [?]
2020-01-31
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February 2020 Astrology Forecast

Episode 240 features astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan discussing the astrological forecast for the month of February of 2020. The astrology of February features Mars moving into Capricorn mid-month, where it joins Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, and then Mercury stationing retrograde in Pisces conjunct Neptune around the same time. We spend the [?]
2020-01-28
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The Picatrix: A Grimoire of Astrological Magic

Episode 239 of the podcast features an interview with Christopher Warnock about a book known as the Picatrix, which is a 10th century text on astrological magic. This is a sweeping two and a half hour discussion where we talk about the history and origins of the text, as well as its contents. We also [?]
2020-01-24
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2020 Year Ahead Horoscopes – Part 2: Libra ? Pisces

Episode 238 features part 2 of our series on year ahead horoscopes for all twelve signs of the zodiac, with this installment featuring the second half of the signs, Libra through Pisces. These are hour-long horoscope forecasts that are meant to be read relative to your rising sign primarily, although you can also look at [?]
2020-01-15
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2020 Year Ahead Horoscopes – Part 1: Aries ? Virgo

Episode 237 features a series of extended horoscope forecasts for each of the signs of the zodiac which provide an astrological forecast for the entire year of 2020. These horoscopes are primarily meant to be viewed from the perspective of your rising sign, although you can also look at them from the perspective of your [?]
2020-01-15
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Answering Astrology Questions with Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan

In episode 236 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan got together in-person to answer some questions about astrology that were sent in by listeners of the show. This was the last of the in-studio recordings that we did in Denver towards the end of Austin and Kelly?s trip here in late November. The [?]
2019-12-31
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The Relationship Between Astrology and Magic

In episode 235 astrologers Austin Coppock and Chris Brennan discuss the relationship between astrology and magic, and some of the areas where they converge and diverge. The premise behind this discussion is that there has been a dramatic rise in the practice of astrological magic over the past couple of years, especially among the younger [?]
2019-12-22
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2020 Astrology Forecast: Overview of the Year Ahead

In episode 234 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan provide an overview of the astrology of 2020, and discuss the major planetary alignments that will happen over the next year. There is a lot of major planetary activity next year, including a Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, Venus and Mars both retrograde for several [?]
2019-12-17
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Significations of the Twelve Houses – Part 2: Houses 7?12

In episode 233 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan get back together in the studio for the second of our two part series on the significations of the houses, this time focusing on the meanings of houses 7 through 12. In part 1 of our series on the significations of the twelve houses [?]
2019-12-06
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December 2019 Astrology Forecast: Jupiter in Capricorn

In episode 232 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan meet up in the studio to give an overview of the astrological forecast for December of 2019, which features Jupiter moving into Capricorn at the start of a one year transit through that sign. This month?s forecast also features a solar eclipse in Capricorn, [?]
2019-12-01
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Significations of the Twelve Houses ? Part 1: Houses 1?6

In episode 231 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan begin the first of a two part series on the meanings of the twelve houses, starting with houses 1 through 6. At the beginning of the episode we review some basic conceptual structures that are necessary for understanding how the houses got their meanings, [?]
2019-11-27
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Relationship Astrology for Modern Times, with Jessica Lanyadoo

In episode 230 astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo joins the podcast to talk about astrology and relationships, and some of the work she has done in adapting the subject to the realities and sensibilities of modern times. Jessica is the host of the popular Ghost of a Podcast, and is the author of the forthcoming book Astrology [?]
2019-11-19
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Practicing Astrology Before Your Saturn Return

In episode 229 of the podcast, astrologers Leisa Schaim and Chris Brennan discuss whether age is a relevant prerequisite for practicing astrology, and if it is ok to read charts for clients prior to your Saturn return. The premise of the discussion is that a debate comes up occasionally in the astrological community over how [?]
2019-11-07
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November 2019 Astrology Forecast: Last of Jupiter in Sag

Episode 228 features astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan talking about the astrological forecast for November of 2019, which is the last full month of Jupiter transiting through Sagittarius. November also features Mercury retrograde in Scorpio most of the month, an exact Saturn-Neptune sextile, and lunations in Taurus and Sagittarius. We decided to [?]
2019-10-30
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Origins of the House Division Debate in Ancient Astrology

Episode 227 of the podcast is a lecture by Chris Brennan on the origins of the house division debate in ancient astrology, where I present my reconstruction of how the different approaches to house division came about in the Hellenistic tradition 2000 years ago. The premise of the discussion is that we know as modern [?]
2019-10-28
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Is Astrology Antithetical to Christianity?

In episode 226 astrologer Nate Craddock joins the show to discuss the early history of Christianity and its relationship with astrology. Specifically, we focus on the question of whether astrology is somehow inherently antithetical to Christianity, especially in terms of the origins of the religion during the time of the Roman Empire. Nate is a [?]
2019-10-08
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Helena Avelar and Luís Ribeiro on Traditional Astrology

Episode 225 features an interview with Helena Avelar and Luís Ribeiro about their work on traditional astrology, and their two books on the subject. Helena and Luís live in Portugal, and are the authors of the 2010 book On the Heavenly Spheres: A Treatise on Traditional Astrology, which is a comprehensive introduction to traditional, pre-20th [?]
2019-10-04
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October 2019 Astrology Forecast: Mercury Spookygrade

In episode 224 astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for October of 2019. October features Mercury stationing retrograde in Scorpio on Halloween, which has been dubbed Mercury Spookygrade by Cam White. The rest of the astrology of October features inner planets moving through Libra and squaring [?]
2019-09-30
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The Life and Work of Astrologer Alan Oken

Episode 223 is a biographical interview with astrologer Alan Oken, who is the author of a number of highly influential books on modern astrology, such as Alan Oken?s Complete Astrology (1980), and Rulers of the Horoscope (2000). During the course of the show we talk about how Alan got into astrology in the late 1960s, [?]
2019-09-24
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Reading Birth Charts with Annual Profections

In episode 222 astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim lead a discussion about annual profections with a local astrology group, and take example charts from the audience to demonstrate how the timing technique works in practice. This episode is a recording of a meeting of the Denver Astrology Group that took place at the Mercury [?]
2019-09-20
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William Lilly and His Book Christian Astrology

Episode 221 of the podcast features an interview with Nina Gryphon about the famous 17th century astrologer William Lilly and his book Christian Astrology. Lilly published Christian Astrology in 1647, and it was the first major textbook on astrology that was written in English. Most western astrological texts were written in Latin up until that [?]
2019-09-14
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September 2019 Astrology Forecast

Episode 220 features an overview of the astrology of September 2019, with astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. The month opens with two conjunctions with the Sun by Mars and Mercury, and also features Saturn stationing direct in Capricorn, and the third and final square between Jupiter and Neptune. This episode is available [?]
2019-09-01
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The Recent Revival of Astrology in Romania

Episode 219 features two interviews with astrologers Firicel Ciarnau and Mihaela Dicu about the revival of astrology in Romania over the past 30 years after a period of suppression. I traveled to Romania from June 6?10, 2019, to attend and speak at a conference that was hosted by the Romanian Astrologers Association. On June 9 [?]
2019-08-28
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Abu Ma’shar on Solar Returns, with Benjamin Dykes

Episode 218 features an interview with Dr. Benjamin Dykes about his new translation of a highly influential book on solar returns by the 9th century astrologer Abu Ma?shar. The title of the book is Persian Nativities IV: On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities. Abu Ma?shar (d. 886 CE) was one of the most [?]
2019-08-09
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Organizing Astrology Conferences, with Ray Merriman

Episode 217 features an interview with astrologer Ray Merriman about what is involved in organizing a major astrology conference. Ray specializes in financial astrology, and is the former President of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR). He has organized more than 20 astrology conferences over the course of his career, and is in the [?]
2019-08-04
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August 2019 Astrology Forecast: Leo and Virgo Stelliums

Episode 216 features the astrological forecast for August of 2019, with astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan. In the first part of the episode we catch up on Kelly and Austin?s recent moves, and reflect on coming out of the other side of the difficult transits in June and July, and then in [?]
2019-07-30
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Interpreting Solar and Lunar Eclipses in Your Birth Chart

Episode 215 features a recording of a live workshop where astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim demonstrate how to interpret the astrological significance of eclipses, based on the houses in which they fall in your birth chart. This is a recording of a meeting of the Denver Astrology Group that was held on Saturday, July [?]
2019-07-21
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The Increasing Frequency of Caesarean Section Births

Episode 214 features an interview with astrologer Wendy Stacey about the increasing frequency of caesarean births, and the implications this has for natal astrology. Wendy is the Chair of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, and Principal of the Mayo School of Astrology. She did an MA degree at Bath Spa University College in Cultural [?]
2019-07-17
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Interviews with Astrologers from Romania and England

Episode 213 features a few short interviews that I did with different astrologers that I met in Romania and the England while I was traveling through Europe last month to attend two astrology conferences. The first interview is with astrologers Oli Andrei Olar and Lelia Vatasescu from Romania, the second interview is with Carmina Amza [?]
2019-07-13
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Clive Kavan: Publishing the Regulus Edition of William Lilly

Episode 212 features an interview with Clive Kavan about how he published the 1985 Regulus edition of William Lilly?s book Christian Astrology, which helped to spur the revival of traditional astrology in modern times. Lilly?s book Christian Astrology was originally published in 1647, and it was the first major textbook astrology written in English, because [?]
2019-07-04
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July 2019 Astrology Forecast: Mercury Retrograde ? Mars

In episode 211 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan present the astrological forecast for July of 2019. July begins with a tricky Mercury retrograde station conjunct Mars in Leo, and also features the first full set of eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn. We open the show by talking about Chris? recent trip to [?]
2019-07-01
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On Psychological Astrology, with John Green

Episode 210 of the podcast features an interview with astrologer John Green about psychological astrology, and some of the unique and valuable contributions it has made the contemporary practice of astrology over the past few decades. John is the director of the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology (MISPA), which offers a diploma course that [?]
2019-06-27
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Alan Leo and Early Modern Astrology, with Kim Farnell

Episode 209 features an interview with Kim Farnell about her new book titled Modern Astrologers: The Lives of Alan and Bessie Leo. Alan Leo (1860?1917) is often credited with helping to spur the revival and popularization of astrology in the west in the early 20th century, through his efforts to publish magazines, horoscopes, and books. [?]
2019-06-22
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Live Astrology Q&A Session at NORWAC 2019

In episode 208 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan answer questions about astrology from listeners in front of a live audience at the 35th annual Northwest Astrological Conference in Seattle, Washington on May 23, 2019. The Q&A session was recorded in front of a live audience of listeners, who flew in to Seattle [?]
2019-06-04
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Astrology Forecast for June 2019: Mars Opposes Saturn

In episode 207 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan present the astrological forecast for June of 2019. June features some of the most dynamic and tricky configurations of the year, with Mercury and Mars conjoining in Cancer, and opposing Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. We spend the first hour of the show recapping [?]
2019-05-31
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Evangeline Adams and the Advent of Astrology in America

In episode 206 Christopher Renstrom joins the show to talk about the work of the early 20th century astrologer Evangeline Adams, and the development and popularization of astrology in America. In the first hour of this discussion we talk about the practice of astrology in America in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and the [?]
2019-05-21
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