Welcome to AstroRaven.com, home of Tony Howard's astrology practice in Portland, OR.
I had my first astrology reading at 16 and have been hooked ever since. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in history and film. After college I embarked on successful careers in magazine publishing and somatic healing. But my interest in astrology continued to draw my attention and eventually I began working full-time in the field.
I completed the Steven Forrest Astrologer Apprentice program in 2009. Steven’s teaching comprises the foundation of my work, and my clients consistently experience it profoundly. Mercury is the strongest planet in my chart, and I love continuing to learn, do research and teach. I'm grateful to the many astrologers who have influenced my thinking including Richard Tarnas, Caroline Casey, Demetra George, and Rob Hand, to name a few. I'm blessed to have found such a rich and endlessly fascinating field in which I’m always inspired.
- In 2009 I built FindAnAstrologer.com, the first interactive searchable astrologer database. I have filmed and produced several video interviews with prominent astrologers, which I share on my Youtube channel. My articles and interviews have been published in The Mountain Astrologer magazine.
- In October of 2011 I launched Raven Dreams Press and published Mark Jones’ first astrology book.
- In 2012 I launched AstrologyUniversity.com, which provides online astrology webinars, classes and recordings.
- In 2012 I contributed a chapter to the astrology anthology Astrology: The New Generation. My chapter is titled "Pluto in Libra and Scorpio: Generations Transforming Relationship."
- In 2015 my article "Kristin Hersh A Journey through Music, Mania, and Metamorphosis" was published in The Mountain Astrologer magazine.
I would like to thank all of my mentors, past, present, and future, for lighting the way forward and would like to express humble gratitude that I am able to live a life doing what I love.
About My Astrological Approach
My main astrological influeces are evolutionary and archetypal. You can read more about them below. I love doing astrological research and use the charts of well-known people, friends and clients to expand my understanding of chart dynamics and timing. Astrology is a profound tool for examining unfolding events, transitions, life themes and world events. I approach sessions with clients as more of a coach or counselor than a "reader" and think of our work as a co-creative process in which we seek inspiration, creative solutions and fresh insight using the chart as a guide.
I don't limit myself with technique dogma and for that reason don't align myself with a singular approach. I use techniques that I've been able to apply and test myself, whether they come from ancient texts or modern masters.
What is Archetypal Astrology?
Astrology is a vast subject with a colorful history and many styles, techniques and disciplines. The term Archetypal Astrology is being used today by many modern astrologers. In my approach, the term carries the seed teaching that astrology in itself cannot unlock the code to some secret rulebook you can then use to navigate your life with 100% success. Instead, astrology offers us a way to engage with life in a way that reanimates ideas and values that were lost long ago, when we started using our minds a lot more and our hearts a lot less. The more we followed that path towards control of the natural world, the closer we got to apathy and existential angst.
Astrology is a remedy for such ailments - because it shows us that our world does indeed include grace, magic, and artful order. Archetypal Astrology allows us to perceive this order, and thus heal our disconnection from the source. I agree with Richard Tarnas when he says that "astrology is archetypally predictive, not concretely predictive." Astrology allows us to predict the weather patterns of life, but not to know concretely what will happen.
What's more, we can use intention and awareness to consciously engage with the present and future, expressing energy and taking actions in ways that align with the major planetary energies at play in our lives on any given day. This shifts our experience to one of co-creation in the dynamic process of creating our future rather than passively waiting to see what will happen to us.
What is Evolutionary Astrology?
The term Evolutionary Astrology can refer to a specific style of practice taught by certain teachers. But here's what the term means to me.
Evolutionary Astrology holds the premise that we have all incarnated with a past, and that as we face the effects of actions we initiated before we were born, we can exercise free will to make changes, to grow, and to evolve. This is a welcome modern perspective because astrology's history is filled with deterministic astrologers whose predictions are delivered with a certainty that can feel like a final verdict delivered by judge and jury. Thankfully we do have free will, and no astrologer can tell us what will definitely happen in our future. We can always grow and change, and work with our "fate" to create new situations, new possibilities and new opportunities.