2018 ASA Board
The 2018 ASA Board is composed of a dynamic group of astrologers and astrology enthusiasts, who have come together to grow the organization through their various talents and perspectives. Read more about the 2018 ASA representatives here:
Shannon Gill-Jones is an certified Evolutionary Astrologer, Jungian Life Coach, founder of “Rhythm Sanctuary”, an ecstatic dance community in Colorado and Texas, facilitator of women’s spiritual retreats and events, and most recently working as the Coordinating Director for Lotus Bend Sanctuary, a spiritual retreat center in Austin, Texas.
She received her degree in Contemplative Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts and Healing from Naropa Buddhist University in Boulder CO, followed by a professional certification as a Jungian Life Coach from the Archetypal Academy, and most recently completed Maurice Fernandez’s professional Evolutionary Astrology Course.
Shannon is also the co-founder of the non-profit organization “The Shift Foundation”, currently serves on the board of the ASA (Astrological Society of Austin) and has a private practice in Austin, Tx where she is passionate about empowering people to find alignment with their Soul’s Contract and becoming an active participant in our current shifting paradigm.
Russ von Ohlhausen is an transpersonal ontological consciousnesses catalyzer, writer, lecturer and research astrologer; his work reflects a lifetime of study of science, religions, myths, metaphysics & most importantly – nature – and what they reveal about consciousness & human behavior. Russ is a co-founder of the Astrological Society of Austin in 2005 & inaugural member (in 2006) & previously its Vice President; he has taught on metaphysics & science at Kepler College, serving as interim directing advisor for Kepler Research Institute, in Seattle, WA., written and taught with Astrology Hub, and NCGR, and lectured at various esoteric organizations such as IONS (Institute for Noetic Science) & INACS. Russ was a member of the Western Delegation and speaker at the 28th IVC Conference in Kolkata, India. He was a speaker UAC’18 in Chicago, OPA i-Astrologer, C*I*A – ASTRAM Denver Conference, and opening at Vedic Astrology Conference in Sedona. Russell has written for various astrological publications and produced class content for various organizations across the world. Along with several other roles in the astrological community:
- Board of Directors for OPA & Conference Faculty
- Editor of OPA Publications & Career Astrologer
- International VP of IVC’ 30 Kolkata, India
- Member ISAR, NCGR, KIA, ROMA, and various other organization.
A student of Buddhist, Jainist, Vedic & Hermetic philosophy, Russell has travelled extensively and researched sacred astronomical sites and temples in Central America, South Asia, Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia. He studied history, science and psychology at Texas A&M University-Commerce; served in the U.S. Navy; was an advisor for NGO Orphans & Youth organizations in Nepal & Tibet. Currently he is creating a nature-oriented ‘sustainable community space and spiritual center’ at Lotus Bend Sanctuary in south Austin, Texas. In 2005, Russ founded a spiritual non-profit organization, which has since evolved into The Shift Foundation, dedicated to the reintegration of ancient ritual reverence with new models of spirituality in a modern world, which currently brings people together and introduces them to a number of cultural ceremonial and healing modalities.
Today, Russell is focused on creating tools and resources to help reintegrate the ancient wisdoms with modern science and reviving the path to holistic spiritual living. He is currently working with transpersonal healing therapies within both the standard scientific and non-standard meta-science realms, using astro-psychology, entheogenic guidance, dance & movement and sound-light healing techniques to explore consciousness, more at ritesofthesun.com. More recently with is life partner Shannon Gill, he has been involved developing a new in “embodied astrology” through the Ecstatic Dance/Cosmic Mass movement in the US.
His ground-breaking work in cosmological mechanics, and astrological & mathematical research, Celestia Mathematica & The Fibonacci Zodiac, is currently being taught by other astrological schools as a foundational theory of the governing structure behind astrological knowledge and cosmological mechanics. He is also the creator of Zodiac Faces: Planetary Physiognomy and The Holy Myth: The Bible as Astrological Treatise, and the ARC-Database Initiative (Astrological Research Collaborative).
Jeannie joined ASA in early 2007, and later served 3 years (2012-2014) as Vice President. She said when she went to her first meeting, “The intelligence in the room was palpable! Felt like I had found my tribe.” She has attended workshops with Bernadette Brady in Santa Fe, NM; attended three consecutive STAR retreats in Brenham starring Rob Hand, Lee Lehman, and Demetra George. Attended 2012 UAC in New Orleans, attending UAC 2018 in Chicago. “Mark Jones’ private reading led me to reclaim a lost fragment of my soul.” Favorite online teacher: Austin Coppock. Favorite podcasters: Chris Brennan, Adam Somme’s, Gary Caton. Also a big fan of Gordon White, “Rune Soup” and his books, “Star.ships” and “Chaos Protocols.”
Currently taking Gemini Brett’s course “Sacred astronomy for astrologers” (more than astrology.com). Member of Austin Astronomical Society, attend Astronomy-on-Tap at The North Door On the list of Top Ten Events of my life: the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse personally witnessed in Missouri.
ASA Leadership Team
The 2018 ASA Leadership Team is made up of astrology advocates and those in Austin who are truly dedicated to supporting our field within the larger community.
A professional Evolutionary Astrologer in training, Courtney Nyhuis has been studying under Maurice Fernandez for three years to become a certified Evolutionary Astrologer. Courtney serves as a board member in her second year for the Astrological Society of Austin, Texas. She also is a member of the Organization of Professional Astrologers (OPA) since 2015.
Courtney writes a monthly Astrology article for the N2 publication, Rob Roy Living, utilizing her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Courtney recently obtained her Real Estate License and is now working as a Realtor® in Austin, Texas for eXp Realty LLC. She is starting a team “Moonrise Realty Group” with the focus of integrating Astrology into Real Estate.
Courtney lived in Perth, Australia for sixteen years where she ran her own public speaking business and worked as a Business Manager with Automotive Holdings Group. She completed a Certificate Training in Transpersonal Energies: Healing and Leadership with Jesse Greene. Through her energy training and energy work in Australia, Courtney raised her level of consciousness and gained a deeper understanding of life purpose.
Following a lifetime passion for Astrology, Courtney is following her impulse to integrate her skills from her life experiences. With a natural gift of communication and connecting with people from around the world, Courtney believes in a divine connection from the Sun, Moon and the planets to the land and to everyone. She feels a calling to introduce Astrological wisdom and guidance into her work and to share her knowledge with others.
Margarette began studying astrology at age 16 in Houston, TX with Astrologer Lillian Eitel. She has studied and used the works of with Robert Blaschke, Doris Chase Doane, Isabel Hickey, and Ed Steinbrecher, Alan Leo, Llewellyn George, Dane Rudhyar, Linda Hill, Francis Sakoian and Louis Acker, John Anthony West, Rob Hand, Steven Forest, Deborah Houlding and many others.
Margarette has attended National Astrology Conferences. Education: BA in Psychology, English minor from University of Houston, 1970. MPA in Public Administration, Personnel Administration concentration from South West Texas State University (now Texas State University), 1977.
Audra Faith Soler moved from a border town in south Texas to Austin nineteen years ago after receiving her bachelor’s of Arts in Speech Communications. As a single parent in 1998 she held a lucrative and successful sales position in technology sales at Dell Computers. Passionate about giving back to her community she decided in 2004 to teach in the Austin area public schools as a Bilingual elementary teacher and did so for over eleven years. She gained insights as an educator on how the mind learns. She learned many techniques in facilitating a dual language classroom teaching two languages. However her yearning to give back to women through empowerment led her to leave teaching and begin a startup company in gut health and gained social media promotion sales. She started her gut health business in 2014 promoting for Plexus a network marketing company and has had huge success using Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Through her success she grew her business to over 387 subscribers and still receives residuals today. Her direction changed In 2016 when she had a few Tarot card readings that led her to a Numerologist. This is when she began her studies both in Numerology, Astrology and the Tarot. Today she is an Intuitive Consultant who uses Western Astrology, Numerology, Tarot and over 48 years of life experiences in her work with clients. She has been on the metaphysical path since 1974 when her late Grandmother took her to see healers known as “Curanderas” in Mexico. Through her dual language, social media and strong promoting skills she will be able to assist the Astrological Society of Austin promote awareness and announcements in hopes to grow more memberships.