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 http://www.uraniaswell.com