I’m Corina Dross, and I grew up speaking astrology.
When I was born, my mother drew my birth chart by hand. For a long time, astrology just seemed like our private family language. For me, astrology is a mode of inquiry and discovery. Where some may use it to reduce and flatten people, I use it to explore our complexities and inner contradictions.
At the request of witchy-curious friends in my queer community, I began teaching astrology from my living room in 2010. For my first astrology classes I used a lot of handmade visual aids—paper solar systems that one student could stand inside while others held the moving planets, the houses of the birth chart taped on the floor with objects inside them representing their themes. It was experimental and fun, but I eventually found myself wanting a deeper astrological education and in 2013 I completed an apprenticeship with astrologer Emily Trinkaus.
Over the years I’ve continued to teach for local astrology associations and online. I taught at the Portland School of Astrology for a decade, I’ve presented on Eris for the Queer Astrology Conference, and I recently talked with New School students about the art of horoscope writing. In 2021 I mentored my first cohort of emerging astrologers, and I continue to offer Astrology 101 for astrology beginners. You can explore some of the classes I’ve offered here, though sadly many were hosted at the Portland School of Astrology and I can no longer access those files!
In my life outside of astrology I make art with my sister as Abacus Corvus. I’ve also had my writing published in Hold journal, in the anthology Self As Other: Reflections on Self Care, the Microcosm Zine Yearbook #9, and in the upcoming Gay Genius volume from Fantagraphics. Poet Aliki Barnstone wrote a book inspired by my Portable Fortitude deck.
I’m truly grateful that I get to do what I love for a living. Two things that make me happiest are when I see someone with a tattoo of my artwork and when a client tells me how useful our time together was for them.
Still have questions? You can contact me here.
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