I just wanted to write a short post with a few updates about upcoming events, as well as some reflections on the past year.

Hellenistic Astrology Workshop in February

At the moment I am getting prepared for my three day workshop on Hellenistic astrology which takes place in Austin, Texas from February 27th through March 1st, 2009.

I’m really excited about the workshop, and I’m planning to pack a lot of information into it.  So far the response has been good, and registration spaces seem to be filling up.  Apparently we have a limited number of space available though, so if you are interested in registering for the workshop then you should probably contact the organizers pretty soon.

You can find out more information about the workshop or register for it at www.texasastrologyretreat.org

Astrology Blogging

Over the past couple of months I’ve been doing a lot of astrology blogging over at the Horoscopic Astrology Blog, and I also launched two new blogs with my friend Patrick Watson.  The Celebrity Astrology Blog went online in November, and then the Political Astrology Blog went live on January 5th.  We are in the process of recruiting a team of writers so that we can provide fresh astrologically-related content on all three blogs on a daily basis.

Unfortunately this project, as well as some other unrelated translation complications, have led to some delays in my forthcoming book on Hellenistic astrology, although the book is looking really good at this point, and it is going to be excellent by the time it hits the market.

Notable Mentions in Books

Speaking of books, I realized today that I received notable mention in 4 different books that were published over the course of the past year.

The first mention was in the acknowledgments section of Nick Campion’s new book The Dawn of Astrology: A Cultural History of Western Astrology, for providing him with some helpful feedback and corrections on his chapter on Hellenistic astrology.

The second mention was in Ben Dykes’ compilation of Medieval translations titled Works of Sahl and Masha’allah, primarily due to the many discussions that I had with Ben about the origins of horary astrology while he was writing the book.   I wrote a review of the book on the Horoscopic Astrology blog.

Just tonight I realized that I was also mentioned in Steven Weiss’ new book Signs of Success: The Remarkable Power of Business Astrology.  Here is the except:

The new breed’s names – Chris Brennan, Nick Dagan Best, Rebecca Crane, Adam Gainsburg, Maria Mateus, Kenneth Miller, Jonathan Pearl, Kelly Lee Phipps, Sherene Schostak, Bill Street, and others whom I may have most regrettably but unintentionally failed to mention – are not yet well known through the length and breadth of the astrology kingdom, but they will be. For while apparently well versed in traditional astrological knowledge that has been passed along for millenia, these younger astrologers also bring a unique message that, as an internationally-respected astrologer by the name of Robert Blashke pointed out, represents a clear “new wave” passing of the generational torch. Thse new astrologers, in terms of Blashke’s cogent analysis, are unique in that they are questing for synthesis. (pg. 236)

More recently, I received acknowledgements in Regulus Astrology’s book America is Born: Introducing the Regulus USA National Horoscope.  I spent a few weeks in October helping him to edit the book, and it came out really well in the end.

The Rest of 2009

That’s about it for this update.   I’ll be lecturing in Seattle and Miami in May and July, respectively, finishing up my book, and continuing to work on the astrology blogs throughout the course of the year.  So, stay tuned for future updates.