Synchronicity and Saturn Returns

This month's meeting will feature two 45 minute lectures on different topics by local astrologers Doug Egan and Leisa Schaim.  Doug will present a lecture on synchronicity, and Leisa will present a lecture on Saturn returns.

Below you will find lecture descriptions, bios, and other information about the meeting.


Lecture 1 - Doug Egan

Title: How Does Astrology Work? Synchronicity as a popular explanation.

Description: We will look at a brief history of the possible "mechanisms" of astrology. An examination of the history of Synchronicity and its association with astrology will follow. Finally, we will learn what Synchronicity is, and how it affects us as astrologers.

Bio: Doug Egan first learned to cast charts by hand at 18 years old, and has been a lifelong student ever since. He is old enough that he met Dane Rudhyar, and had his chart done by Catharine Grant (founder of AFA). He has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and ISAR online. He was one of the first contributers to Kepler College, and was co-founder of the New Orleans Astrology Group in the mid-90's. Synchronicity is of particular interest to him.


Lecture 2 - Leisa Schaim

Title: Saturn Returns, Sect, and the Taboo Against Difficulty

Description: This lecture will discuss the ancient concept of sect - whether one has a day or night chart - in relationship with the relative ease or difficulty different people experience during their Saturn returns. Some of the most common ways Saturn returns are talked about will then be looked at in light of this distinction, leading to an examination of how contemporary astrology deals with the issue of life difficulties.

Bio: Leisa Schaim is an astrologer living in Denver, Colorado who uses a blend of both modern and traditional techniques in her astrological work. She co-writes a blog about the Saturn return, Leisa has served on the board of the Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN) since 2011 and is a former board member of the Astrological Association for Young Astrologers (AYA).




Lecture Fee

The fee for attending the lecture is $5. All proceeds will go to the speakers.

Length of the Meeting

The meeting will start at 3:00 PM, and the first lecture will go until 3:45, with a few minutes for questions and answers afterward. The second lecture will begin at 4:00 PM, with time for questions and answers until about 5:00 PM. After that people are free to hang out and socialize in the cafe.

Note that the Mercury Cafe also serves brunch earlier in the day, so if anyone wants to come early, around 2:00 PM, there will probably be some other astrologers there having brunch.


Other Events in August - Workshop with Mark Jones

Evolutionary astrologer Mark Jones will be in town to give a workshop in Boulder from August 31 - September 1.  The title of the workshop is "Finding Your Life Path: the Nature of the Nodal Axis of the Moon."

The purpose of the workshop is to "explore the nature of the Nodal Axis of the Moon in the birth chart as revealing the evolutionary potential of the individual life. The workshop will explore the Moon's Nodes in detail by house and sign to reveal the profound symbolism within these placements."

For more information about the workshop please see Mark's website:




Library Books

Just a reminder that the Denver Astrology Group now has a small library, and you can check books out from it at each meeting.

It is only $10 a year to sign up for the library, and you can check out 1 book at each meeting, and then you will have to return it at the next meeting the following month.

See our website for a complete catalog of all of the books currently available in the library:

If you would like us to bring a book to the meeting for you to check out then just send an email to Chris at: [masked]

We will also be bringing a box of some of the best books from the library with us to the meeting, for those of you who would like to browse through them in person.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!

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  • Susan

    How serendipitous to have Schroedinger's birthday as the focus for Google logo on the search engine today! ;-)

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Doug E.

    Doug Egan here. I appreciate all of the comments, and I, too, enjoyed Lisa's talk. Regarding the Synchronicity talk: as several people pointed out, it really was probably too much information to fit into 45 minutes. If there is enough interest, maybe there would be the possibility for a longer talk on the subject. Regarding the comments about the lack of 'practical take-aways': I think that there were a fair amount of 'newbies' there for the talks, and as a former newbie, that's what I wanted the most, things that could help me learn the basics. However, there were some more experienced astrologers there also, and it's sometimes difficult to satisfy both camps. In this case, the purpose of the talk wasn't so much to convey techniques, but to speculate on deeper philosophical issues involved with the subject of astrology, and hopefully there is room for that also under the big umbrella that we all sit under. I've always wondered about everything: Why? and How does it work?

    4 · August 11, 2013

    • Nanette F.

      Just for fun I recommend the recent Nat'l. Geographic article on formation of the solar system. At least I found it very thought provoking, and yes, even in terms of synchronicity. There is a 50/50 chance that Neptune and Uranus swapped orbits. Speculation anyone ? :) And I too enjoyed your talk, which, yes, was seeking to cover more than 45 min. could handle. Would love to hear about your personal speculations on synchronicity at some time.

      August 12, 2013

    • Gary

      re: Solar System, a great PBS video is available at the library. "Telescope, Hunting the Edge of Space" covers the history of our understanding of the universe from the earliest astronomers to Hubble....

      August 12, 2013

  • Suzanne A.

    Very insightful and informative talks. I would love to hear the first speaker go into greater depth on the topic of synchronicity at another time. Thanks for putting this together!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Eujenia R.

    Two interesting and thought provoking lectures. Doug had to pack in some very complex ideas in to 45 minutes, and made me realize I had a lot more to add to my study list. If anyone saw me yawn, rest assured - that was about my insomnia, not anyone's talk.

    August 11, 2013

  • Rebekkah H.

    Chris, I like the new format. We now have the opportunity to tap into the wealth of information that our group of Astrologers have to give. I have been coming on and off for quite a while and am struck by the professionalism of attendees. I think you are giving all of us the chance to take our skills to new heights. Most of us are able to go one on one during a reading, but having the opportunity to present to a larger audience is brilliant. This can only serve to expand our community and unite the profession. I am excited to hear from more of our members!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Nanette F.

    I would like to hear the personal deductions regarding synchronicity. The handout was well done, and I have heard of 90% of what he listed. Now I would like his take on them. :) But that is a BIG subject.
    And probably not a question that can be definitively answered. I would tend to lean to Cornelius' camp- but my specialty is Tarot. I think a view of the connectivity possible between Tarot and Astrology might be interesting.

    August 11, 2013

  • Gary

    That was awesome, especially enjoyed Saturn presentation. Great and insightful conversation afterward!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Bev T.

    The Synchronicity lecture seemed long without reaching a point; although, the speaker was personable.
    The Saturn Returns was well worth my time and I have take-a-ways that I can apply immediately to my studies.
    Thanks, always, for a good meeting. Wish it would start earlier so I could stay and mingle.

    August 11, 2013

  • Mercuriari

    Alot of Mercury at the Mercury Cafe! Nice presentation (missed the first). Mingled well. Nice mix of pros, amateurs, and the newly star-aware. Stayed 2 1/2 hrs. sharing astrological insight with another Mercury conj. M.H..We walk out to see 2 Geminis talking 240 concepts per minute. The 4 of us dispersed at the threat that lightning must surely find 4 Mercurians a most irresistable target.

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Nanette F.


    August 10, 2013

  • Kelly T.

    Both well done! Great meetup!

    August 10, 2013

  • Susan

    Both presentations were awesome and very educational! Keep up the fantastic work!

    August 10, 2013

  • Suzi R.

    Both speakers were AWESOME! I learned a lot and now I have to go further!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Nanette F.

    life permitting :)

    July 13, 2013

  • Mercuriari

    Two important subjects - jackpot! Be there no matter what.

    July 13, 2013

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