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Roderick Kidston

Roderick Kidston

Roderick began learning astrology in 1974 at the age of thirteen, from his self-taught mother. An early fan of adding asteroids to the astrologer's repertoire, he now finds it impossible to read a horoscope, in any full way, without the so-called "minor planets." The study of harmonics has also been a passion, and for more than a decade he has been investigating how harmonic patterns may explain both material evolutionary potential, and the inner workings and drives of the mind and soul. Recently he has dusted off an older interest in the influences of the fixed stars and has been writing a book on the subject.

Roderick wrote for the Wellspring AstroLog from its first publication (as the WellBeing Astrology Guide) in 1997 until it ceased in 2008, and he has been published in the FAA Journal and in two other small journals in Australia. He has taught astrology in Canberra, where he lives, and he has given talks and workshops in several cities. He was a speaker at the Marriage of Minds conference in 2003, at the FAA Conferences in Australia from 2006 to 2014, and he gave an informal talk on the asteroid Iris at the NCGR conference in Baltimore (USA) in 2007. Roderick is the author of an asteroid report writer for Cosmic Patterns Software, producers of Kepler and Sirius software, called "The Iris Asteroids Report." This covers a comprehensive interpretation of fifteen major asteroids in the horoscope: Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Astraea, Iris, Hygiea, Proserpina, Diana, Apollo, Bacchus, Hephaistos, Flora, Hekate and Chiron. He writes an astrological blog at yinyangastrologer.com.

Roderick Kidston


Lectures scheduled for Roderick Kidston:

A Different Angle on Angles

Ask an astrologer about the "angles" of the horoscope and they’ll promptly offer the ascendant and the midheaven, with maybe the descendant and the lower heaven thrown in as optional extras. But nobody tends to interpret planets in aspect to these latter two, it’s all about the rising and culminating degrees.

Yet the geometry of the horoscope offers four other important axes. Some astrologers have some familiarity with the weird, fateful Vertex-Anti-Vertex axis (a Vortex if ever there was one) and the finely poised Equatorial Ascendant-Descendant axis, which can show true balance but easily wobbles into the personality crannies where shadows lie. Two other axes, the Co-Ascendant-Descendant, and the Polar Ascendant-Descendant, are almost never discussed or used. That is a Big, Big Mistake.

For many years now, Roderick Kidston has quietly but firmly stated that in many respects the Polar Ascendant is the most important Angle in the horoscope. It’s a feedback loop with the world and any planets entangled with it express with huge power and panache –- or raise all hell, because there isn’t much to stop them. (Hints: Hitler’s horoscope reveals its dark collective Pluto horrors with the Polar Ascendant factored in. And we can only truly understand Eleanor Roosevelt as "Mother of the World" when we see what happens with her Moon and this angle.) Meanwhile, the Co-Ascendant seems to show an axis where the planetary energies involved have no functioning "off" switch. It’s all happening there, full-on and that’s that.

Tune in to this talk to get a new angle on the angles, especially the mighty Polar Ascendant.

With this discussion, we’ll look at the idea of the angles as Power Points in a whole new way.

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Session 3, Room 4
  7:30 pm U.S. EST
  12:30 am GMT (Mon., Nov. 21, 2016)
  11:30 am Australian EDT (Mon., Nov. 21, 2016)

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