What brought you to astrology?
I became interested in astrology through a series of psychedelic medicine ceremonies in the Amazon rainforest. The non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by the plant medicine, which is called “ayahuasca,” exposed me to the idea that celestial objects and events have a direct relationship to events in the psyche.
Why do you practice astrology—what makes it juicy for you?
I practice astrology in the same way that some people give their lives to a religion or mystical discipline. For me it’s like a kind of intellectual yoga, which I think is rare since so many spiritual paths tend to emphasize getting out of our heads. To me, astrology is about the sacredness of the mind, as well as its ability to articulate this very beautiful language that pertains to the everyday life of the soul.
What is your specialty or focus?
Right now I’m interested in horary and Hellenistic astrology.
Is there a planet, sign, or aspect you’ve been exploring lately that represents an archetype or energy that feels important to you right now?
I’ve been looking at traditional concepts as they relate to Taoist philosophy from the I Ching.
What is your picture of astrology in the future?
It’s my hope that more modern astrologers (like myself) will study the classical system because I think there is a lot to be learned from our ancestors, even if we don’t adopt everything they were doing.
If you discovered a new planet, or asteroid, what would you name it and why?
I would name a planet Stephen King…because who wouldn’t be both excited and freaked out to have Stephen King entering your 4th house, or crossing into your 8th or 10th. Which characters would he bring with him?!
Are there any additional comments you would like to make about your lecture and workshop?
I hope that this workshop gives some new and exciting ways to conceptualize old concepts…hopefully making it easier to incorporate them into your practice!
Adam Elenbass is an astrologer, author, and yoga studio owner from the DC/metro area. Adam holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English, Language and Literature. His first book, “Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest,” was published in 2010 by Tarcher/Penguin and Evolver books. Adam is one of the founding writers and contributing editors of RealitySandwich.com. You can learn more about Adam and read his daily horoscopes at www.nightlightastrology.com