Cynthia Zimmerman, Speaker

Relationship Astrology: MARCH ’19

Cynthia Zimmerman will facilitate a discussion on synastry or relationship astrology. Looking at charts of well-known couples we will be answering questions such as what causes attraction between two people? What creates long-lasting relationships? How do you know your soul mate? How do planets and aspects influence relationships between people?

Cynthia Zimmerman began studying astrology in the early 1970’s beginning with classes from Sylvia DeLong in Casadega, Florida. She practiced astrology only for herself and for friends. However, further studies with David Cochrane in Gainesville, Florida brought an interest in harmonic astrology. Meeting with groups, these principles were applied to individual charts. Robert Hand is also a significant influence through readings. Synastry or Relationship astrology has been a continuing interest as well as study of the influence of planets throughout our lives.

David Leskowitz, Speaker

Astrology of Astrologers: FEB ’19

Asheville Friends of Astrology will meet at 7pm on February 15 in the community room at Earth Fare Westgate. David Leskowitz will be speaking to us about the astrology of astrologers. David will lead a discussion about the charts of prominent astrologers. What makes an astrologer an astrologer? Can we see it in their horoscope? Likewise, can we see the kind of astrologer they become based on their natal placements? Also, does the tradition itself have anything to say about these questions? Is there an “astrology signature” in the birthchart?

We will look at a diverse range of historical and modern figures in our favorite field. To start, let’s delve into the inception chart of the AFOA! The talk will leave lots of room for audience participation and questions.

For the past four years David has made an extensive study of the Centaur planets as they relate to the timing of visionary experiences. David works with the Centaur planets in his astrological counseling and healing practice based in Asheville NC. Website: / facebook: Hominy Creek Horoscopy.

Diotima Mantineia, Speaker

Introduction to Mundane Astrology: JAN ’19

Asheville Friends of Astrology will meet on Friday, January 18 at 7pm in the community room at Earth Fare Westgate. Our speaker will be Diotima Mantineia. Her topic will be an introduction to mundane astrology. While there are certainly differences between natal and mundane astrology (the astrology of world affairs), anyone with a solid grasp of the former will find the latter is easily learned. Diotima will discuss the types of charts that are used for prediction, and expand the basic sign, planet and house rulerships to include the focus of mundane work — government, economics, politics, culture. Then we’ll look at the chart of the United States, as well as recent eclipse and ingress charts, in light of the latest news to illustrate the techniques.

Diotima Mantineia began studying astrology in 1968, taking classes from Zoltan Mason in New York City. For the next 22 years, she practiced astrology only for herself and her friends, continuing her studies while watching an increasingly humanistic, psychologically oriented, modern astrology blossom through the work of leading astrologers such as Noel Tyl, Liz Greene, Rob Hand, Marion March, Stephen Arroyo and Howard Sasportas. In 1986, Diotima began her study of Wicca and started reading Tarot, discovering that she is a gifted intuitive. In 1991, she began practicing both astrology and Tarot professionally. She majored in plant and soil science both in college and grad school, and grows much of her own food and “materia magica” on her land in the mountains of western North Carolina. Diotima’s personal spiritual path is rooted in the Western mystery traditions, the principles of Yoga, and a profound connection with the natural world. Wicca gives structure to her spiritual journey, and she utilizes shamanic practices for healing and to live in harmony with Nature. Over 18 years of studying Chinese martial arts has given her a deep appreciation of Taoist thought which has strongly influenced her magical and personal philosophy. You can find her at

Benjamin Bernstein, Speaker

2019 Astrological Forecast: NOVEMBER ’18

Our next meeting of Asheville Friends of Astrology will be Friday, November 16, at 7 pm in the community room at Earth Fare, Westgate. Noted Asheville astrologer Benjamin Bernstein will give his eagerly awaited annual forecast presentation. Benjamin will discuss 2019’s upcoming transits and what they might mean for us. This is always a well-attended event, so come early for good seating.

Benjamin hosts This Week in Astrology, Top 10 Astrology Podcast Award winner. He was a Best Astrologer Winner three years running in Western North Carolina’s premier reader survey. He’s a professionally certified astrologer, and has done over 7000 Astrology, Shamanic Healing and Life Coaching sessions with a global clientele.
Benjamin posts video astrology forecasts on his popular YouTube channel. (His 2018 video forecast has received over 80,000 views.) He has lectured or taught at five national Astrology conferences and retreats, and wrote the Shamanic Astrology chapter in the book Transpersonal Astrology: Explorations at the Frontier. Benjamin’s website is

Johnny Barnett, Speaker

Chakras, Mythology and Astrological Symbolism: OCTOBER ’18

Asheville Friends of Astrology will meet on Friday, October 19 at 7pm in the community room at Earth Fare Westgate. Johnny Barnett will speak on Chakras, Mythology and Astrological Symbolism. Johnny will lead us on an empowering and mind-opening journey through our energetic or “Spiritual” anatomy — symbolized by the 7 Chakras — which guides us towards a life of meaning, purpose, love and fulfillment. Astrologers will be re-introduced to the Hermetic correspondence of Planets to Chakras- allowing them to expand their astrological vocabulary and practice. Astrologers and non-astrologers alike will be treated to a generous helping of esoteric knowledge and a sprinkle of contemporary culture to help bring our astrological role-models — the ancient characters of Greek Mythology — into the present day. Add in a strong dose of insight from modern authors including Eckhart Tolle and Don Miguel Ruiz and you will find your heart and mind opened to the Spiritual Reality that lies just beneath the surface of our modern world — ready to be re-discovered, celebrated and consciously embodied by each and every one of us!

Johnny has been a practicing Astrologer for over 26 years. His unique astrological perspective is based upon the relationship between the 7 planets of classical astrology and the 7 Chakras–thus Chakraology – an embracing of the Hermetic wisdom “as without, so within”.  He draws upon his complementary studies in symbolism, mythology, Jungian psychology, physics and the works of contemporary and recent thinkers such as Eckhart Tolle and Joseph Campbell, as well as his experiences as a father, husband, entrepreneur, community activist and musician to inform his work. Johnny currently travels the US teaching Chakraology classes and doing private astrological readings. See more on his website,


Community Q&A: SEPT ’18

Asheville Friends of Astrology’s next meeting will be on September 21, 2018 at 7pm in the community room at Earth Fare Westgate. This will be a moderated question and answer session, with members posing and answering questions about astrology.

Members can submit questions ahead of the meeting and those questions will be sent out to the membership prior to the meeting. Attendees could also ask questions during the meeting. Questions could be general in nature (in other words, about issues in astrology, the interpretation of certain astrological configurations, the meaning of certain astrological symbols, etc.). Questions could potentially also be about your individual chart. For any such questions, be prepared to provide details of your chart–transits and progressions would be helpful. We will not have projection equipment at this meeting so being clear about the relevant factors in your chart would be important.

Once a question is posed, meeting attendees will discuss and give answers to that question. Ronnie Watkins will moderate the meeting–introducing the questions and keeping the flow of the discussion going in an orderly manner. Please send any questions you would like discussed to Ronnie at

LIZ GUNN, Member

Liz Gunn

Liz Gunn

Liz Gunn’s website, An Uncommon Wisdom, features information about her astrological practice. She is an intuitive astrologer with more than 30 years experience.


– Publications – Liz posts occasional blogs on her website under the tab, Chiron’s Key.

– Consultations – Liz’s approach is to shift perceptions in order to see the gift in life’s challenges. She offers individual, relationship and mother/adult daughter readings, as well as Chiron mentoring and Chiron return charts (ages 49-52). She also specializes in using the astrological blueprint with respect to mature women, lesbian relationships, the post-graduate to early 30s years, and life skills mentoring.

– Lectures and Professional Activities – Liz is available for public talks on astrology and consultations in small group gatherings.