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June: The Advent of Houses


The Joys of the Planets and the Origins of the Significations of the Houses and Triplicities

In this lecture Chris will present the results of a recent discovery about the origins of western astrology. He will demonstrate how the Hellenistic doctrine of the planetary joys originally provided the motivation for the the assignment of the four classical elements to the triplicities, as well as the motivation for the significations of some of the houses. He will also show how this discovery can shed light on some other concepts such as the doctrine of sect, the triplicity rulers, and the exaltations. We will conclude with a discussion about the implications of this discovery in terms of the broader study of the history of astrology, as well as current debates within the astrological and academic communities about the origins of western astrology.


Chris Brennan is a practicing astrologer from Denver, Colorado, who specializes in Hellenistic astrology. He was educated at Kepler College, where he focused on cross-cultural comparisons between the astrological traditions. He is the former President of the Association for Young Astrologers, as well as the former Research Director of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. He offers consultations and teaches online classes through his website

Outline & Directions:

The meetup takes place at the Theosophical Society, which is right next to Quest Bookshop. You may enter through the bookshop or to the left of the bookshop. A sign will be posted. The following is a rough outline. Please come on time so you can introduce yourself.

3:00 - 3:15 - Brief intros from attendees
3:15 - 4:45 - Talk/presentation
4:45 - Socializing


In line with the non-profit model, the goal is to collect just enough money to pay for expenses including room rental, meetup fees, and hopefully some compensation for the speaker. The hope is that a consistent amount of $5 from everyone each meetup will cover costs, averaged over the long term.

Since Chris is coming from out of town, any amount more than $5 would be greatly appreciated to help pay his expenses.

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  • Nick C.

    Thanks again to Chris for the talk. It was a well-organized barrage of information, and it filled in some crucial gaps in my understanding of Hellenistic. And thanks again to Kirk, Demetrius, and Tony for putting this group together. It's a valuable resource for NYC astrologers, and I'll definitely be back for more.

    2 · June 17, 2013

  • May

    Yay! It was fun! By the way I was the one who mentioned the millennial meetup and so hopefully you don't mind me saying hey over here:


    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Tellok B.

    Since I'm a newbie in Astrology, and didn't understand 90% of what was being said and bore to death, but try to stay awake anyway. I would say it was okay.

    June 16, 2013

  • Tony P.

    Chris Brennan knows his stuff... carefully and concisely and clearly presented

    2 · June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I wish I knew enough to be able to really keep up. A lot of what was said was over my head. I need to start at the beginning again.

      June 16, 2013

  • Chanik P.

    I'm an astrology newbie, but I felt like I "got" the gist of the lecture because Chris presented everything with such clarity and elegant simplicity. Very educational.

    3 · June 16, 2013

  • Emily Asher A.

    I was dying to go to this. Alas, the Father's day clash prevents me from attending. Please do more meetups Kirk!

    June 12, 2013

  • Kirk K.

    I have a bunch of extra PlanetWatcher calendars that I always forget to bring to the meetups, but I will bring them as free give-aways ( Also, since Chris is coming from out of town, any amount over $5 that you are able to contribute to help cover his expenses would be greatly appreciated.

    June 12, 2013

    • Chanik P.

      Awesome. I've been meaning to ask you about those calendars. I'm glad my Father's day dinner is scheduled for Monday this year. Most serendipitous. I'm happy to contribute a 'lil extra.

      1 · June 12, 2013

  • andi

    Havent been to a meet up in so long :) !!

    June 12, 2013

  • Maria W

    Sorry to miss Chris but must host the Dads party!

    1 · June 11, 2013

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    June 9, 2013

  • Jessica A.

    Looking forward to finally meeting you, Chris, and catching up with some New York astrologers. House systems are the most important choice we make when we cast a horoscope - can't wait to compare notes!

    2 · June 9, 2013

  • Kirk K.

    Please note the new date/time! I know Sunday is also father's day, but I hope everyone can still make it. The topic is relevant to father's day in a way, since we will explore the ancestral roots of astrology.

    1 · June 5, 2013

    • Tony P.

      I wold like to add... I heard sections of this talk on a webinar a couple of weeks ago... it is fascinating astrological history...

      June 5, 2013

    • Nicole

      Kirk :( I can't do fathers day...... ((((majorly bummed))))

      June 6, 2013

  • Nicole

    I really want to attend. Can this be rescheduled? Fathers day is a deal breaker :( I have a dad :)

    June 6, 2013

  • Jenny

    On Father's Day?? =/

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like the idea that our birth positions open many highways for us to make choices from. Also the fact that we ourselves chose when and to whom we wish to be born to. Totally fascinating.
    Can't wait to meet everyone.

    June 5, 2013

  • pravir

    Hi all, I really enjoyed our interactive session this last Thursday. For those of us interested in learning face reading, here is another meetup group to check out.


    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Kirk K.

      Thank you for this Pravir! I've already signed up! We have been reviewing face reading from the Chinese tradition at the palmistry meetup (­), but I'm very excited to learn more from the Indian tradition.

      May 19, 2013

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