Russ von Ohlhausen is a ‘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 current President of the Astrological Society of Austin. He has taught on metaphysics & science at Kepler College, currently serving as a directing advisor for Kepler Institute for Astrological Research; he written and taught with Astrology Hub, and lectured at various scientifically esoteric organizations such as IONS (Institute for Noetic Science) & INACS. Russ was also a member of the Western Delegation at the 28th IVC Conference in Kolkata, India
A student of Buddhist, Jainist, Vedic & Hermetic philosophy, Russell has travelled extensively and researched sacred astronomical sites & 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 in developing a new program of “embodied astrology” with Rhythm Sanctuary and Illumination expanded form the Ecstatic Dance/Cosmic Mass movements 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, ARC-Database Initiative (Astrological Research Collaborative) and the ASTRAM-Astrologers Alliance.
Russ is a member of NCGR-National Council for Geocosmic Research, ISAR-International Society for Astrological Research, C*I*A-Cosmic Intelligence Agency, OPA-Organization for Professional Astrologers.