Weekend Intensive

A Weekend Intensive Workshop:

Saturday and Sunday:  August 1 & 2, 2015

10:30-5:30 each day at The Women’s Building

Exploring Traditional Techniques

Wade Caves  Nina Gryphon  Ryhan Butler

Member’s Registration $205

General 2-Day Registration $215

One-Day Only Registration $111

Register iin Advance Here


Wade_Caves_300w_USEWADE CAVES  is an astrological consultant and speaker specializing in horary, electional and classical astrological technique. Wade received his certification as a horary practitioner from Deborah Houlding’s School of Traditional Astrology (STA) in 2013, and prior to this he was certified with honors from the Mayo School of Astrology in London. Wade now serves as a tutor and faculty member for the School of Traditional Astrology (STA), and his work has been published in The Mountain Astrologer. Wade is particularly interested in the philosophical and historical development of astrological symbolism. Wade runs his own astrological practice in the San Francisco metro area, maintaining his own website — wadecaves.com.

Contact WADE CAVES  via email at:  wadecaves@gmail.com.


Nina_Gryphon_300w_USENINA GRYPHON  is an astrologer and corporate lawyer living in the wine country of Washington State, with her husband, Robert. Her predictions have appeared in USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, Sina.com, Times of India, and many other major publications, and she has given interviews on radio and CNN. Nina gives workshops and talks all over the U.S. and abroad, empowering astrologers to demand more from their astrological technique.  She received her JD, and MA/BA from Stanford University, and completed John Frawley’s Horary Apprenticeship. She is currently working toward her Master’s Horary Diploma with Deborah Houlding.

Contact  NINA GRYPHON at:  gryphonastrology.com


Ryhan_Butler_300w_USERYHAN BUTLER  has been studying and practicing medieval astrology for over eight years. He specializes in horary and electional astrology, and astrological magic. An active member of the Association for Young Astrologers (AYA), Ryhan has been featured as a speaker for various organizations, including NCGR and ISAR. His practice is currently set up in Richardson, Texas, where he works with local astrology groups and maintains his own website:


Contact  RYHAN BUTLER at:  medievalastrologyguide.com.



Syllabus / Weekend Breakdown:

Saturday, August 1

Speaker Intro / Workshop Open Wade Caves

In this opening talk we will cover the purpose and vision for the Exploring Traditional Techniques event, introduce the speakers, and quickly review the resources available for the weekend workshop. We will also cover introductory points that will be applicable to each presentation throughout the event, such as sign rulership schemes, aspect theory, house meanings and the basics of planetary signification.


Basic Natal Delineation  Nina Gryphon

Learn to systematically analyze a natal horoscope to obtain clear, concrete information about the personality, life events, and strengths/weaknesses. The traditional house-based method of analysis cuts through confusion when “synthesizing” the natal horoscope.  Quickly zoom in on any area of life to gain insight and detail that will surprise even experienced astrologers.  See how the personality and life events intersect in a multi-dimensional picture of the life.




Introduction to Horary Astrology  Wade Caves

Horary astrology is a remarkably decisive technique that allows both astrologer and client to cut to the chase of a seemingly unsolvable dilemma. Through chart delineation, the client’s range of options are assessed and thoroughly explored. In this talk we will study the guiding principles of horary technique, using both historical and modern examples. For topical exploration, we will consider a popular field of questioning — relationship charts.




Elections–We Attack at DawnRyhan Butler

An ancient art, electional astrology allows astrologers to take an active role in their lives by choosing the best time to initiate an activity for the best possible gains or to mitigate potential pitfalls. We’ll discuss the conflicting philosophies behind elections and when and if an astrologer should and shouldn’t elect, general rules to follow when constructing election charts, and specified rules for some particularly common election requests.

Sunday, August 2


Topical Natal DelineationNina Gryphon

Building on the basic natal techniques from Day 1, we will learn how to analyze the horoscope for specific topics: relationships, money, vocation, and more. This lecture seeks to go beyond the basics in each area of life to gain greater depth and richness of insight. Learn to combine the house and planetary methods of analysis for a complete picture of the natal horoscope.




Introduction to Horary Astrology, pt 2Wade Caves

In this session we will continue to build on the principles introduced from Day 1. We explore charts related to pregnancy, property, career and finance, with a mind to what is generalizable across fields of questioning. As we finalize our talk, we will explore the interconnectedness between horary charts and other astrological figures, and examine what that says about horary as a practice and technique in the modern astrologer’s toolkit.




Astrological Magic–Obtaining Gifts from the HeavensRyhan Butler

Astrological magic serves as a direct extension of electional astrology and focuses on collecting astral energies into material forms otherwise known as talismans. While always seen as an outlier to the tradition, many prominent astrologers practiced or published theories on magic. This discussion will cover some of those theories, the influence Hermetic and Neoplatonic thought had on magic, and practical elections and constructions of talismans.


Workshop Close • Wade Caves


We so hope you will be able to join us! 

Workshop starts promptly at 10:30 am  in Audre Lorde Room on 2nd Floor
Location: The Women’s Building  3543 18th St.  SF 94110  @ Valencia

Become a member for only $35 a year!  For details and directions see Membership Information.

 Discounts off fees for:

  • Members
  • Students with a student ID card
  • Senior citizens (age 65+),
  • People experiencing their Uranus Return (born 1930 or earlier) with membership get in for free!

Transit: Plan your trip using the transit Trip Planner!

Take BART to the 16th Street Station. 
MUNI bus lines serving this area:  14, 22, 26, 33, 49 and the J Church. 
By CAR: Check the 
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Parking is available at two city garages, each 3 blocks away.
For rates, contact the
SF Department of Parking & Traffic. 
Mission/Bartlett Garage,
3255 21st Street (between Valencia and Mission).
16th St/Hoff Garage,
16th & Hoff (just above 16th St Bart).
Street parking is available, both metered and non-metered.
Caution: Between the hours of 4pm & 6pm on weekdays, there is a tow-away zone on Eighteenth Street (opposite the Building).

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