Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

The Green Man Beltane

Beltene banner 2016

Hear Ye, hear ye! The Green Man Beltane Rite is a-coming!
Saturday April 30th , 2016 1:00 pm gather for 1:30pm ritual.

Once more, our most popular of pagan festival gatherings is upon us!
Come join us and celebrate Beltane with us, not at the store, but at our usual off site Beltane location: a most amazing magical location hidden away in Van Nuys.  Because the ritual is offsite, prepayment at the store to reserve your space is required.  Address and directions given out with pre-payment.

Come join us, rub up against nature and a few frolicking nature lovers as we turn this year’s Wheel.  Come, enjoy Pagan Pole dancing as in Ye Olden Days.
Singe your unspeakables jumping the Beltane Fire!  Beat the ground, dance and make merry with bells on!  Come frolic with the Green Man family for a good old-fashioned Beltane Rite!

As in recent years, in addition to our regular Beltane activities and potluck, our friends Reclaiming L.A. will be leading us in the Spiral Dance.
But wait…there’s MORE!

We are so happy to welcome back a Magical Musical Voyage into the realm of Celtic Faery with the astounding, delightful and delicious…
Sharon Knight!

Sharon Knight and her longtime collaborator Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Festival favorites, they have played main stages at several mythic and pagan festivals across the United States and Europe. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sounds less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.

You can find out more at www.sharonknight.net

You don’t want to miss this!

Remember this is a Feast, so bring a dish and drinks to share for potluck feast.

An additional note, as with many Beltane type rituals, this one is fun-loving and yes, a bit saucy in innuendo! But nothing explicit and as such is family friendly for kids who are used to Pagan type gatherings. Kids of course are invited for free, as long as accompanied by an adult!

Traditional Spiritwork 101 with Ren** Meets Wednesday this Week Only

Thursdays March 31, 2016 – May 5, 2016
*In the 5th week, class will be Wednesday evening the 27th, instead of Thursday the 28th – to make room for our very special guest Sharon Knight who will be presenting her Well of Song workshop while in town for her performance at our annual Beltane Festival.

Class runs 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm PST
in Los Angeles, CA at The Green Man
call 818-985-2010 to reserve your space.

Price of $120 may be paid in two equal installments of $60 at the first and fourth meeting.
Price includes downloadable audio-recordings of class and access to an online discussion forum including Q&A with Ren.
More about Ren Zatopek

The only way to have a friend is to be one. +Ralph w. Emerson

Traditional Spiritwork begins with conversations. The stars are singing. The memories in your blood are whispering. Can you hear them? The spiritworker learns the language of the dead, of trees, of the heart. Through these diverse relationships our worldview evolves and our understanding deepens, just like the expansion we experience if we have the opportunity to visit another country or learn a foreign language.

Sometimes the conversations lead us to other sacred arts: like the rituals, shrine-keeping, prayers, visionary work, and folk-practices of our ancestors. To me, Traditional doesn’t mean going through the same motions as those who came before. Our animist ancestors didn’t have the internet to look up which color candle to use. They found their own Way. They worked with what they had, they talked with what they found, they saw spirit in everything. The Tradition is heretical, it is the way of finding your own way.

I love how many folks have changed their question from, “Ren, can you tell me what my spirit guides are saying?” to “Ren, how do I learn to hear my spirit guides?” Love. But Spirit-Listening is a half-step. Traditional Spiritwork is not simply knowledge of guides, it’s self-knowledge. We, who are also spirits, who are capable not only of perceiving, but of communicating and creating with our invisible friends. As the quote says, the only way to have a friend is to be one.

Many modern seekers that I meet are conflicted. They reach for stronger spiritual contact from their guides, but may become overwhelmed as their sensitivity increases — we can become caught simultaneously drawing in and pushing away spiritual experience. We become caught wanting to see through those animist eyes, while fearing the madness that might come if we really start seeing faces and hearing voices in everything. We become blocked not by inability to perceive spirit, but by our fear that spirit isn’t “real”, such that what we perceive is never good enough. The vision is never strong enough to eradicate our fear. The comfort of confirmation never lasts.

In this class, we will learn that stronger contact is not clearer contact. We will learn a healthier way of relating to our fears. We will develop dexterity in our spiritual senses and yes, meet some of our nearest and dearest friends. We’ll start the journey of learning the language of soul, of spirit, of ancestors, of plants, animals, minerals, of threshold beings like faery, like Death, of Bright Gods and Titans, of innerworlds and otherworlds.

Spiritwork is the serpent constantly hatching from an ever-larger egg. Spiritwork is a tool that can work within any system, religion, belief or box that you enjoy, so long as that box isn’t brittle — in which case, fair warning, spiritwork may crack a few of your favorite eggs.

Fuzzy Illuminated Shika Fawn

Image Credit: Ren Zatopek + Shika Fawn + Nara, Japan

Traditional Spiritwork 101 with Ren

Thursdays March 31, 2016 – May 5, 2016
*In the 5th week, class will be Wednesday evening the 27th, instead of Thursday the 28th – to make room for our very special guest Sharon Knight who will be presenting her Well of Song workshop while in town for her performance at our annual Beltane Festival.

Class runs 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm PST
in Los Angeles, CA at The Green Man
call 818-985-2010 to reserve your space.

Price of $120 may be paid in two equal installments of $60 at the first and fourth meeting.
Price includes downloadable audio-recordings of class and access to an online discussion forum including Q&A with Ren.
More about Ren Zatopek

+What is Traditional Spiritwork?

Traditional Spiritwork begins with conversations.  The stars are singing.  The memories in your blood are whispering.  Can you hear them?  The spiritworker learns the language of the dead, of trees, of the heart.  Through these diverse relationships our worldview evolves and our understanding deepens, just like the expansion we experience if we have the opportunity to visit another country or learn a foreign language.

Sometimes the conversations lead us to other sacred arts: like the rituals, shrine-keeping, prayers, visionary work, and folk-practices of our ancestors.  We will discuss these arts, but to me, Traditional doesn’t mean going through the same motions as those who came before.  Our animist ancestors didn’t look up which color candle to use on the internet.  They found their own Way.  They worked with what they had, they talked with what they found, they saw spirit in everything.  The Tradition is heretical, it is the way of finding your own way.

 

+Why practice Traditional Spiritwork?

There was a time when people mostly asked me: “Ren, can you tell me what my spirit guides are saying? Can you see them?”  Now, it seems every week I hear: “Ren, how do I learn to hear my spirit guides?  How can I see them more clearly?”

Any shift towards personal responsibility and adventure is great!  But remember that spiritual Sight is the vehicle for your travel, not the journey itself.  Traditional Spiritwork is not just about perceiving spirits, it’s about communicating, collaborating, and creating a meaningful life with them.  If it isn’t meaningful, the spirits, too, might get bored and wonder: “Why Humanwork?”

The only way to have a friend is to be one. +Ralph w. Emerson

Practice Traditional Spiritwork to cultivate a life of Freedom and Family.  Imagine a kind of love that pushes you forward instead of holding you back.  Spiritwork is the serpent constantly hatching from ever-larger eggs.  Spiritwork is a tool that can work within any system, religion, belief, or box that you enjoy, even atheism, so long as that box isn’t brittle — in which case, fair warning, spiritwork may crack a few of your favorite eggs.

 

+Traditionally, isn’t Spiritwork learned from the Spirits out alone in the forest or something? Why take a class?

Yes, spiritwork is learned from the spirits and it is as individual as a fingerprint.  (I’m a spirit though, and so are you!)  However, the states of being which allow spiritwork to take root are not easy for everyone to access.  Animism and the animist world-view is no longer the dominant paradigm in our society.

We become caught wanting to see through those animist eyes, while fearing the madness that might come if we really start seeing faces and hearing voices in everything.  We become blocked, not by inability to perceive spirit, but by our fear that spirit isn’t “real”, such that what we perceive is never good enough.  The vision is never strong enough to eradicate our fear.  The comfort of confirmation never lasts.

In this class, we will learn that Comfort is not the goal of Spiritwork.  Neither is suffering.  We will learn that stronger contact is not clearer contact.  We will learn a healthier way of relating to our fears.  We will develop dexterity in our spiritual senses.  We will embrace Growth and Adventure, and yes, meet some of our nearest and dearest friends: Souls, Spirits, Ancestors, Plants, Animals, Minerals, Faery, Gods, Titans, Innerworlds, Otherworlds, and more.

++Subscribers to my mailing list will get a sneak-preview full course outline in the middle of March. Sign-up here:
http://eepurl.com/bLFa6f

++Persons who take this series will receive a coupon code and early access to this course when it launches through my online classroom later this year. There will be both free and paid courses coming, but enrolling in the classroom is free, so sign-up now so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities to beta test, get early adopter coupons, or other sneak-previews. Go here and push the blue button to “Enroll Now.”
http://ren-zatopek-spiritwork.teachable.com/

 

Fuzzy Illuminated Shika Fawn

Image Credit: Ren Zatopek + Shika Fawn + Nara, Japan

Parking at The Green Man: Important Information!

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There is no parking on Lankershim on our block and the block to the south due to DWP work on nearby streets.  Side streets are still available, and there is customer parking at the former Honda dealership at 5626 Tujunga (a block east of/behind us, next to Denny’s).  There is another entrance to this lot on Martha Street, with plenty of spaces.  See picture below of Martha Street entrance.

Please give yourself a few extra minutes to get to class or appointments!

They will be locking both parking lots at 11 pm but we will have a key to the one on Martha Street. Therefore, if you think you will be at the store past 11:00, use the Martha Street entrance.

Martha parking gate

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