Astrology Conference 2021 via Zoom

Meet the Speakers

Special Opening / Closing Drums by Gaisheda

Gaisheda Kheawok

Gaisheda Kheawok is a Tribal Clinical Psychotherapist and Peace Elder in the Seneca and Celtic traditions. She is on Faculty for the Canadian Association for Integrative Energy Therapies (CAIET) for over 10 years, and is a Member and Faculty of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). Gaisheda is a practicing Shaman in the Celtic and Seneca traditions, and the Founder and Executive Director of The Whispering Song School of Energy Medicine, specializing in delivering a Shamanic psychoeducational professional development curriculum and programs.

Key Note Speaker

Demetra George

Demetra is a professional astrologer who received her Master’s degree in Classics from the University of Oregon. She has been active in astrology since 1971. In 2002 she received the renowned Regulus Award in Theory and Understanding. Specializing in archetypal mythology and ancient techniques, she is the author of Asteroid Goddesses, Astrology for Yourself, Mysteries of the Dark Moon, Finding Our Way through the Dark, Astrology and the Authentic Self, and Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques, Volume I.

Conference Speakers

Michael Barwick

Professional astrologer with over 30 years of experience, Michael is a teacher and international speaker. He maintains a practice in Toronto ON. In addition to speaking and teaching in Toronto, he has spoken in Guelph, Ottawa, and New York city. Michael has often spoken in the U.S. for the Midwest Astrology Conferences (MAC) and State of the Art Astrology Conferences (SOTA). Recently, he has been conducting webinars for the Canadian Association for Astrological Education (CAAE) and Nadiya Shah's Synchronicity University.

Nick Dagan Best

Nick Dagan Best is a Montreal-born astrologer of 26 years. He studied with a variety of teachers in the NYC NCGR between 1997-1999, before moving on to learning Hellenistic astrology with Robert Schmidt of Project Hindsight in Cumberland, Maryland from 1999-2007. Nick has spoken at numerous conferences on three continents, including two appearances at UAC. He returns to Canada this year, following five years living in Cape Town, South Africa.

Matthew Currie

Professional astrologer and writer for over 25 years. I was born in Burnaby between periods of a Vancouver Canucks game and now live in Calgary. Here are some places you may have seen my work:

Aerin Fogel

Aerin Fogel is a Toronto-based healing arts practitioner, practicing astrology, karmic pattern readings, tarot, and energy healing since 2012. She sits on the board for Astrology Toronto and has been part of the AT speaker series. She frequently offers astrology workshops with mentor and colleague Julie Simmons. Aerin's approach to astrology merges traditional and modern frameworks, integrating a trauma-informed perspective and deconstructing some of the patriarchal and capitalist aspects of the lineage. Aerin is the founder and Artistic Director for Toronto music festival Venus Fest.

Kimberly Jolivet

An active and contributing member of APAA Atlantic Professional Astrologers’ Association, EAS Edmonton Astrological Society, OPA Organization of Professional Astrologers, and ISAR International Society for Astrological Research. Kimberly of White Raven Astrology will guide you through your own personal and unique map of life. Utilizing Astrology, Reflexology, and the bodies Energy system you will explore hidden depths and unlock the path to your inner divine spiritual self and work with practical ways to apply these new tools to your daily life. You will remain in control of your own destiny with a variety of directions to choose from.

Melanie Joy

Melanie has been studying astrology for 18 years and seeing clients for over 11 years. She’s a certified graduate and teacher through the Canadian Astrological Association for Education (CAAE) and currently sits on the CAAE board. Her approach to astrology is a blend of modern Western techniques, traditional techniques, and a heavy dose of 17th century astrology based on the methods of Jean Baptiste Morin de Villefranche. Melanie holds a Master’s degree in Professional Writing and Communications. Her latest astrological adventure is founding and leading a local astrology group in southern Ontario, Astrology Niagara.

Rose Marcus

Rose Marcus, Evolutionary Astrologer and teacher, is based in Vancouver, Canada. Her first book, Insights into Evolutionary Astrology, a compilation project was published in 2010 by Lewellyn Worldwide. Over the years, Rose has lectured at conferences in the USA & Canada, and has written for numerous publications, including the Mountain Astrologer 2007/08 (Daily forecast column). Since 2010, Rose and colleague Kristin Fontana have discussed the upcoming transits on their monthly radio show (Guiding Stars) on She is currently participating in an once month Evolutionary Astrology talk show (“The EA View”) which is produced on You Tube. In 2018, she launched Soul-Wise School of Evolutionary Astrology with colleagues Laura Nalbandian and Patricia Walsh.

Tamira McGillivray

Tamira is a Professional Astrologer, Teacher & Mentor Currently living in Dartmouth NS. She holds a BA in East West Traditions in Astrological Studies (Kepler College) 2003 – 2007 Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cosmology, University of Wales UK Tamira is NCGR III, AstroCarto*graphy Certified and is the current President of Kepler College (Astrological Arts & Sciences) Tamira is dedicated to facilitating the transmission of Ancient Wisdom to the Modern World through classes, workshops & speaking engagements throughout Canada and the USA. Tamira is trained in Usui Reiki (Master 1996) Karuna Reiki (Master 2009), Registered Yoga Teacher (2010) & Holy Fire Reiki (Master 2019). She works with Sound, Mediation, the Spiritual Arts and Astrology. As a life-long learner, she opens up new perspectives for herself and others through her work.

Rey Dela Merced

Rey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of St. Thomas, Manila, Philippines. In 1990, my family migrated to Canada. I continued studying traditional texts, as well as teach and consult in astrology. I started as a modern astrologer but slowly added traditional astrology techniques after completing Robert Zoller’s Medieval Astrology Diploma Course. Also, I have the distinction of being the first graduate of Chris Brennan’s Hellenistic Astrology course. I hold a QHP (Qualified Horary Practitioner) certificate from Debra Houlding’s School of Traditional Astrology and a diploma on Martin Gansten’s Primary Directions Diploma Course. I have also obtained CAAE’s Level 3.

Nadiya Shah

French Vanity Fair named Nadiya Shah one of the top 12 astrologers on the planet, crowning her a pioneer in video astrology. She is an Internationally Syndicated Astrologer, Author, Media Personality, and is one of the few people in the world to hold an M.A. in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination, from the University of Kent, United Kingdom. Her last 3 books debuted as #1 New Releases in New Age Astrology on Amazon. Her School “Synchronicity University” teaches astrology and tarot worldwide. Nadiya’s wildly popular Youtube channel, nadiyashahdotcom, is one of the most watched Astrology channels in the world. Visit Nadiya's website at

Closing Conference Speaker

William Morris, PhD, RH

William Morris possesses a doctorate in Chinese medicine, and a doctorate in transformative inquiry from CIIS. He has used astrology in his healing practice and teachings with 40,000 patients over a period of 40 years. He is conversant in Cosmobiology, Jyotish, Renaissance, Medieval, and Greek traditions.