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Christopher Renstrom: SATURN: A Newer Look at an Older Devil

Join us as we welcome Christopher Renstrom for a half-day workshop. He's the daily horoscope columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and, and also writes three weekly columns for Christopher Renstrom is the creator of, a subscription-based interactive Astrology website adapted from his bestselling book Ruling Planets published by HarperCollins in 2002. He created and wrote the horoscope column for ALLURE magazine from 1991 through 2009. Now the exclusive astrologer for Patti Stanger (the Millionaire Matchmaker) his forecasts appear on In 2012 Christopher was voted Best Astrologer by Utah’s City Weekly. 

About the workshop:

The Renaissance philosopher Marsilio Ficino feared the presence of Saturn in his horoscope while Robert Burton, the author of The Anatomy of Melancholy, wore his like a badge of honor. Saturn is Astrology’s greatest Malefic – traditionally seen as gloomy, baleful, and destructive, Saturn has been dressed up in recent years as the shadow aspect of our horoscope. The part of ourselves that we resist, deny, or project on to others because we find it so unattractive; the dark side that we need to integrate into our psyches in order to become whole and healthy human beings.

But what if it really is Saturn’s job to bedevil, to thwart, to inhibit and to prohibit? What if his nature is to be stubbornly adversarial; to resist the impulse to integrate and to incorporate which are the cardinal virtues of Jupiter?

Saturn has always maintained an outsider status in Astrology. Saturn was the planet associated with Jews, blacks, slaves, the elderly, and the destitute. A far cry from its current connection to rigid authority, oppressive systems, capitalism and the money-class. Saturn is the planet of melancholy and irony. Indeed Saturn speaks to us in ironies because nothing comes easy under his influence. Where he resides in our horoscope is where we can expect to face our deepest struggles. 

He will show us where we spite ourselves and he will show us where we will succeed despite ourselves. Where other planets beseech us to look to our higher selves, Saturn insists that we look down. But not to grovel in the mire and to wallow in guilt. Saturn was an earth deity. He was the one responsible for teaching mankind how to make the most of his resources. Saturn doesn’t teach us how to transmute shit into gold; Saturn teaches us how to make gold out our shit. 

For the first part of the workshop we will examine Saturn in art, culture, and history. This will be done with a PowerPoint presentation. We will look for Saturn in the Book of Job, Oedipus, the temptation of Christ in the desert, and the fall of Richard Nixon. We will see how his adversarial role actually plays an integral part in consciousness raising because he is (ironically speaking) the voice of conscience.

We will look for Saturn motifs in the horoscopes of Rush Limbaugh, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Maher, and Betty White. We will then examine Saturn in the horoscopes of attendants to the workshop to see what are the lessons that we are learning (and perhaps not getting) in our charts. One of the meanings of irony comes from greek drama where the full significance of the lead character’s actions – like Oedipus for example - are recognizable to everyone but himself. Discussing our Saturns in a group may reveal things that wouldn’t have occurred to us otherwise.

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Advance Registration (until midnight August 1st): $25 NCGR Members / $30 Non-Members.
Day of Event (August 2nd): $30 NCGR Members / $35 Non-Members.

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Enjoy complimentary light refreshments. Also you can peruse some selected books for sale. For more about becoming an NCGR member visit

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from Christopher Renstrom in this half-day workshop.

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  • Nora Jean S.

    Christopher Renstrom always has a new perspective on old topics, but he draws these new perspectives from ancient texts, tying them to current events and celebrities. He's always informative and humorous. His presentation is done with verve and panache.

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great workshop...thanks so much! So many wonderful new insights to explore about Saturn.

    August 2, 2014

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