An event billing itself as the largest astrology conference in the United States will take place Feb. 16-19 in Baltimore at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.
Those are auspicious dates for such an event, said Joyce Levine, chairwoman of the National Council for Geocosmic Research Inc., which is hosting the conference. Why? It’s the end of Aquarius season, the sign friendliest to astrologers, she said; to boot, Uranus is in opposition to Jupiter, which brings the possibility for expansion.
“You can look at the time frame as being more opportunistic,” said Levine.
Though the stars were consulted in the conference planning, earthly matters played a role.
“We like to get a good chart for the opening of the conference, but we also have to deal with hotel availability and all those practical things that have nothing to do with astrology,” said Levine.
Sessions will include techniques for telling the future (well, obviously) as well as several on financial topics – economic forecasts, stock analysis and even bitcoin.
While some of the talks are meant for a lay audience, others are intended for the professional astrologer. “A lot of the other talks, if you didn’t have some kind of knowledge, you’d be a bit lost.”
Among the 60-plus guest speakers: the well-known astrologer Susan Miller and a former hedge fund manager who Levine said used a separate name when working in finance.
“People don’t always want to admit that they’re using [astrology] even though they are,” Levine said. “I have clients that would not necessarily tell people that they would see astrologers.”
For many clients, an astrologer’s role is to let them know what times will be the most fortuitous.
One notable example: President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan frequently consulted with an astrologer before making scheduling decisions, a fact that embarassed the White House when a former staffer revealed it in 1988.
A White House spokesperson confirmed the Reagans were both "deeply interested" in astrology, according to The New York Times. Still, the president told reporters ''No policy or decision in my mind has ever been influenced by astrology.''
It did little to stop jokers in Washington from poking fun at the president's supposed superstitions. But perhaps the Reagans got the last laugh. Their timing was impeccable, Levine said.
"The Many Faces of Astrology" runs Feb. 16-19 at the Hyatt Regency in the Inner Harbor. For more information go to ncgrconference2017.com