“Only in San Francisco!” is the City’s trademark tourist theme, but it could apply equally well to its diverse and vibrant astrological community.
The goal of the San Francisco Astrology Society (SFAS) is to serve as an educational, professional and social networking resource to the Bay Area astrological community.
The San Francisco Astrology Society began in 1992 as an informal gathering of like-minded astrology students meeting in people’s homes in diverse neighborhoods such as the Sunset & Mission District to discuss astrology. Today we meet at The Women’s Building in the Mission District to accommodate the larger community. That spirit of warm conviviality continues in the monthly meetings that usually feature invited local and national astrological experts making dynamic and informative presentations!
The San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS) provides an affordable monthly forum for people interested in astrology to gather and explore this ancient language. We welcome any person, from the mildly curious to the professional astrologer, who wants to delve deeper into the significance of the stars and planets to earthly life.
The SFAS Steering Committee works to bring top level speakers to each meeting, to keep members informed of current happenings in the field of astrology, to publicize its meetings and ongoing member events through this website, and to ensure that everybody feels welcome in this unique community.
Our guest presenters are invited from among the excellent Bay Area astrologers, both from within and beyond our Society. Our meetings provide an arena for the development and dissemination of ideas and techniques in the field of astrology. Thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating group discussions often develop from the lecture material.
Finally, the friendly atmosphere encourages and promotes both social and professional networking and connections among members of the community.
SFAS Steering Committee Members:
Michael Engemann – Membership
Stacyann Forrester discovered astrology as a teenager, when transiting Uranus went over her ascendant. Now she uses it to help clients gain deeper insights into who they are in the context of the life they’re living.
Stacyann has worked in health, communications, and international development for over 10 years. All in the service of making meaningful changes that impact people’s lives. She holds a BS in nutritional sciences from Cornell University and an MS in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Francisco.
When not communing with the stars, you can find Stacyann reading everything Brené Brown, listening to the latest Stars album, walking in nature, and exploring all things integrative health and healing.
Learn more about consultations with Stacyann at: stacyannforrester.com
Rasha’s story started when she was a teenager sleeping on the roof of her parents’ house in Baghdad. There she fell in love with the gorgeous full moon and was fascinated by the endless sky full of stars. Around the age of 20 she got to know Astrology through the famous astrologer Ibrahim Hazbon’s radio program broadcasted in Arabic from Tel Aviv. Astrology is her passion along with singing, Belly dance and yoga. She has recently been unanimously elected our new President of SFAS.
Alan Lin – Technical Director
Rumored to be a badly disguised malevolent entity from a parallel universe. Alan analyzes music for Pandora Internet Radio, plays jazz violin, and claims to have authored the largest body of practical research on the astrological Pallas Athena in existence. Conspiracy buffs theorize that his bland web site, zot.net may actually be a conduit for invasion plans of Earth.
Nora Jean Stone – Publicity & Outreach Director
Nora Jean Stone has been studying Western astrology since the mid 1960s and reading charts for family and friends for over 40 years as an avid amateur. For her second Saturn Return she decided to make astrology a primary focus of her life. Part of that effort was to hang out a virtual shingle as a professional astrologer. The other part of that effort was to become involved with the San Francisco Astrological Society as a volunteer for the Director of Publicity and Web Mistress, utilizing her background in public relations, computers, and social media marketing. Nora served as the Vice President by the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Astrological Society for the last 5 years. Her other volunteer activity is teaching polymer clay art online for free since 1999, hosting a Yahoo Group of over 2,000 subscribers, and providing a gig of free tutorials on her website: norajean.com
Ian Waisler – Vice President
Ian Waisler is a lifelong student of astrology and other mystery schools. In addition to his client work, he served as president of the San Francisco Astrological Society for the last 5 years. Ian organized the first ever Queer Astrology conference at CIIS in 2013. Look for the next one in 2019-2020. He has been a teacher of Integral Yoga (via Swami Satchidananda) since 2002. More recently he’s been team teaching with Reclaiming classes such as Elements of Magic, Rites of Passage, and Queer Pentacle. He enjoys exploring the gaps between received wisdom and embodied experience, and prefers circle-shaped learning spaces over lecturing from the front of the room.
Philip Witkay first discovered that astrology works (shocking!) at his 1st Saturn Return, when a Healer who had already done wonders for him demanded that he get his first reading. Totally skeptical, Philip only went because the astrologer was also a Jungian Psychiatrist. During that reading, the astrologer said, “At this moment, someone very close to you, probably a sibling, must have died”… nailing the exact moment that Philip’s dear older brother had died suddenly 3 years before (info Philip had told no one). Astrology grabbed his attention and earned his respect ever since, catalyzing much healing and growth, and a very different worldview.
Philip is NCGR Certified Level 2, and is working on completing Level 3.