CAA Monthly Lecture: The Fertility Astrology of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, by Nicola Smuts-Allsop, 27 January 2019

Date: Sunday 27 January 2019

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!

It is hard to imagine a world where if you were a woman, no less the Queen of England and you could not produce an heir, you could lose your head, literally.

Harder still, is to imagine a world where the blame for infertility was levelled squarely at the entire female race.  The medical world of the time was emerging from the Dark Ages and reproduction was grossly misunderstood and infused with superstitions and remnants of magic.  What recourse did Catherine have to ensure an issue? Who did she turn to? What remedies did she take?

As a modern astrologer, the frustration of finding accurately timed charts to research is common, but with Henry Vlll and Catherine, we have such charts due to the fact that they were both of royal birth and as such these records are reliable.  We also have written documents in the form of letters and messages that confirm narratives and events that came to pass.  In looking at their fertility through the lens of my modern technique that incorporates medieval astrology in particular, we can see both reliable affirmations of those events.  

Join me in looking at these charts as if they were a couple visiting my practice in 2018.  Let’s also explore whether or not we think Catherine had an astrologer in her court that was advising her….

About the Speaker: Nicola Smuts-Allsop

Nicola Smuts is a consulting astrologer, living in the UK.  She has a diploma from Rod Suskin School of Astrology in South Africa and a medieval diploma from Astrologos in the UK. Nicola has completed a Masters degree in Sacred Myth and Cosmology at the University of Christchurch in Canterbury. She lectures internationally on her fertility work, and her research and methods in this field are pioneering and unique.

Her success in diagnosing fertility issues in charts and finding potentially fertile times to try IVF and other reproductive treatments has been featured in mainstream press (Daily Mail UK, London Times UK, Sunday Times UK)  magazines such as Marie Claire (SA), OVA (UK) Fertility Road (UK) and her work has been featured on national television in South Africa.  Many couples are extremely grateful to her for the valuable, time-saving advice and recommendations she is able to provide, to maximise the potential for conception.  Her practical knowledge of the process of IVF and other reproductive treatments is extensive, and her own personal experience of secondary infertility makes her a compassionate and caring professional.

CAA Monthly Lecture: What do the 2020 Cycles Mean for Us? by Maurice Fernandez, 2nd Dec 2018

Date: Sunday 2nd December 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!

NOTE: this is the last meeting for 2018. Buffet lunch at the Raj – Simonstown Harbour Bay centre with the speaker afterwards (for our individual accounts)


What do the 2020 Cycles Mean for Us?

Maurice will speak about the transits of 2019 leading to the great conjunctions of Saturn and Pluto in January 2020, and then Jupiter and Saturn in December 2020. Maurice will be happy to share his research about these meaningful planetary cycles to better understand how to effectively ride these powerful currents on a collective and personal scale.


About Maurice:

Maurice Fernandez, author of the books Neptune, the 12th House and Pisces (New Edition), and Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness—Volume One, is a leading Evolutionary Astrology counsellor and teacher, currently based in Arizona. Maurice currently serves as the president The Organization of Professional Astrology (OPA) offering pioneering programs for astrologers. He directs a professional diploma program with students from across the world.



CAA Monthly Lecture: The Healing Powers of the Water Element, by Michaela Meiser, 28th Oct 2018

Date: Sunday 28th October 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!


The Healing Powers of the Water Element

Water is our most vital resource and regulative force, as has become visible in our climatic changes – especially in Cape Town the physical reality of lacking water has dominated our lives and raised our awareness of global inter-connectedness.

The cyclic movement of water is unique with its capacity of transformation into the three physical states of ice – liquid – gas (evaporation) and its ability to bind, cleanse and transport. By permeating our planet below, on and above the ground,  Water keeps our planet alive and at an operational state and temperature!

In astrological terms we can relate this to the Water Triade – the fixed, cardinal and mutable signs of Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces and their expressions of the creative, nurturing  and regenerative Powers of the Water Element. We will also look at the relationship of the three Water Houses ( 4th, 8th and 12th ) and their connected fields of experience, keeping in mind that they are always opposite the Earth Signs and Houses, forming the axis of the so-called negative polarities.

Incidentally on this day we have four planets in Scorpio and two in Pisces, including Chiron, known as the “wounded healer” returning for a last time into Pisces before moving on to a new 50 year cycle.

About Michaela Meiser

I was born in Austria on 9 October 1966 and emigrated to South Africa in late 1988 after meeting a South African in my last year of studying for my tourism college degree in Salzburg. My sons were born here in 1990 and 1992 and I started studying astrology with Monica Cromhout in 1999. Soon after I met Marelna du Plessis on one of the CAA talks and embarked on her 2 year course on Polarity Therapy, before moving back to Austria with my sons in late 2002 for their international education. Although still in the travel business full time, my passion for astrology and polarity have remained. Further courses over the years have also taken me into a more psychological and philosophical direction and I am currently studying with the Faculty in London to gain my Diploma.


CAA Monthly Lecture: Planetary Dignity and the Zodiac Debate, by Richard Fidler, 30 Sept 2018


Date: Sunday 30 September 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!

Planetary Dignity and the Zodiac Debate

In this lecture Richard Fidler will be addressing various aspects of the great ‘Zodiac Debate’, the thorny issue of the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs. Are they both valid? Which one is more accurate? If they’re both valid, how do they differ? There have been great astrologers on both sides of this argument, and it is a question that has become more pressing to consider as Western and Vedic astrology encounter each other more and more frequently.

One lens through which we can explore this issue is planetary dignity according to sign placement, since these astrological rules (for the most part identical in Western and Vedic astrology) are important keys to assessing the strength and likely behaviour of a planet in a natal chart. Richard will compare the Tropical and Sidereal versions of several well known charts with a focus on the role of planetary dignity in creating the chart’s astrological narrative.

About Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is a professional astrologer and teacher. His astrological career began in the early 1990’s, while still in his teens. Friends started to insist on paying for astrological interpretations, and it just never stopped.

During the mid 1990’s Richard joined the Pretoria Lodge of the Theosophical Society, taught astrology there, and became the librarian. This provided a rich and constant exposure to a great variety of metaphysical paradigms, practices and teachers.

Richard started out on his astrological journey with conventional modern western astrology, but then began exploring Jyotish in 1997, gradually integrating Jyotish into his methodology. He now uses Western and Vedic astrological methods side by side in his practice. Through his writing, lectures and workshops he has been instrumental in bringing knowledge and awareness of Jyotish to the South African astrological community, and beyond.

In 2011 Richard spent several months in India on a personal astrological pilgrimage, to connect with Jyotish at its source after years of self study. He has since visited India several times to learn and teach.

Richard can be reached through his website:




CAA Monthly Lecture: Dream Interpretation with Astrology, by Rod Suskin, 26th Aug 2018

Date: Sunday 26th August 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!


Dream Interpretation with Astrology

Dreams have been a fascination of the human mind even longer than astrology, so it is little surprise the ancients developed astrological techniques to identify when dreams were ‘true’ and what they meant. This lecture explores the simple but thorough methods and shows how they can be used to help someone get the message of their dream and do something about it.

About Rod Suskin

Rod is well known as an astrologer and sangoma in Cape Town and has been in practice in both fields for over 30 years.

He has a special interest in traditional medicine both in the African and European contexts, and his interest in medical astrology has led him to study the history of medicine and its relationship with cultural belief systems about health and healing.

His astrology is grounded firmly in the tradition and ancient principles but contextualized in the modern world with the modern practice of astrology. He teaches astrology in a three-year Diploma course at the online Rod Suskin School of Astrology.

Rod is the author of a number of astrological books including Synastry and The Rules of Chart Interpretation, as well as books on spirituality published in South Africa. He also contributes regularly to a variety of publications in South Africa and was commissioned to write about the national astrological chart for the official parliamentary newspaper. Rod had astrology slots on national TV for 9 years and on Cape Talk radio on for 17 years. He currently has his own weekly show “Rod Suskin’s World” on CTV.

He has recently completed an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales where he specialised in the relationship between cosmology and healing practices.

Rod can be reached via his website and at



CAA Monthly Lecture: The Venus Synodic Cycle, by Nick Dagan Best, 29th July 2018

Date: Sunday 29th July 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!


The Venus Synodic Cycle

The Venus synodic cycle is a work of near-perfect symmetry, repeating at a cycle of eight years minus two days. Personal and collective histories can be traced using this one pattern. Join me as I take us through an assortment of Venus related timelines.

About the Speaker

Nick Dagan Best is an astrologer based between Vancouver, Canada and Cape Town, South Africa. He is nicknamed “the human ephemeris,” thanks to his work using planetary synodic cycles to study patterns in political and cultural history. He has written articles for, the ISAR journal, and his own site,, and has also produced several short astrology-related instructional videos for his YouTube channel. He also hosts the I Love Astrology podcast, and is a regular guest on Chris Brennan’s The Astrology Podcast. He has given presentations on astrology across the world, including 2016 and 2018 KIA conference in India, Kolkata.



CAA Monthly Lecture: The Old and the New: Saturn-Uranus, by Nancy Massing, 24th June 2018

Date: Sunday 24th June 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!



In this presentation we will be looking into the archetypes and manifestations of these two opposing principles as they manifest in the mundane world but also their impact on our individual lives. They make for an exciting pair that demands and ensures… sudden and rapid change. We all experience a combination of these two forces by transit (at least every 7 years) and some are born into this combination, thus have the Saturn Uranian principles embedded in their lives.


Nancy Massing is a full-time western astrologer and passionate about her trade. She presents astrological workshops and teaches beginners astrology. Her academic qualifications include Honours degree in Psychology and is currently in the process of applying for a Masters in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. In January 2018 she presented as guest speaker in India, Kolkata at the 28th International Vedic Conference and will be participating again with astrologers from around the globe in 2020.  She is serving the Cape Town astrological community as Chairperson of the Cape Astrology Association.




CAA Monthly Lecture: The Outer Planets- Archetypes of Revolution, by Lionel Snell, 27 May 2018

Date: Sunday 27th May 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!


Three Modern Archetypes – new angels and demons?

For centuries humanity lived with ten great astrological archetypes, and then along came Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. To what extent were these truly new, or just a ‘higher octave’ or a remixing of old themes? If new, what historical changes did they encapsulate? We now seem to be caught in a political pattern shaped by three new “demons” – what can these planets teach us? What is the relevance to SA today? And what might Chiron have to offer? This exploration is based on my 6-week on-line course for Arcanorium Department of Experimental Metaphysics in 2011. It was inspired by a Peter Dirk Uys show.


About Lionel Snell

Lionel is not a professional astrologer, though he has been interested in it since the 1960s. In the 1970s he worked with Ronald C Davison and attended Astrological Association meetings in London, and talks by Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas, John Addey and others. In the 1980s he worked with Charles Harvey. In 2005 he and his wife Lynn moved to SA and Simon’s Town.

He is a freelance technical PR and ghostwriter for IT and communications companies, and is pretty good at making complex ideas digestible. But he gets a lot more fun from writing about topics around magic, the occult and new paradigms. In the 1970s he was the first person to argue that our universe might be a virtual reality, and his most recent book proposes that magical thinking is more a post-scientific evolution than a regression. He is best known for his seminal contribution to the Chaos Magick current, for being among the few to have completed the Abramelin operation, and for a respected YouTube channel under the pen-name Ramsey Dukes. He has aged a bit since the photo he provided: reason enough not to update it.

Ramsey Dukes YouTube channel

Ramsey Dukes Facebook page

CAA Monthly Lecture: Wealth Significators in Astrology, by Theo Naicker, 29th April 2018

Date: Sunday 29th April 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!



Becoming wealthy is different from simply having more money. In this talk I will share with you tested astrological methods which reveal how you can work toward your financial goals by understanding and knowing how to implement what wealth wellbeing indicators work for you.



Theo Naicker was born in Durban, South Africa in 1987. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for several years. Theo is a professional practicing astrologer with an approach encompassing an ever-growing understanding and application of both Western Tropical Astrology and Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). He obtained a Diploma in Medieval Astrology (Robert Zoller) in 2012, and completed a Diploma in Astrological Studies (Rod Suskin) in 2014. He has since furthered his knowledge through further certification, courses, personal research, and client work. He has given talks locally and internationally, including the UK, New Zealand, Poland and the 2016, Breaking Down the Borders Conference. He is currently studying Sanskrit Etymology as part of ongoing intensive studies toward Jyotisha Pundita certification from his teachers in India. Theo also presents regular monthly podcasts with holistic partners Ecstatic Existence in the USA, and feature videos with Circle of Divine Astrology in the UK. His presentation is based on a strong foundation in traditional astrology, combined with modern techniques resulting in a pragmatic approach to astrology for the client.

You can contact Theo at


CAA Monthly Lecture: Introduction to Evolutionary Astrology, by Richelle Steyn, 25th March 2018

Date: Sunday 25th March 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!


Introduction to Evolutionary Astrology

What is Evolutionary Astrology and how does it differ from other astrology traditions/philosophies? The following topics will be discussed:

  • The spiritual meaning of existence
  • Levels of consciousness
  • Past life themes
  • The outer planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
  • Evolutionary Astrology readings -integrating the chart


About Richelle Steyn

I was born in Durban on the east coast of South Africa during an almost exact Pluto-Uranus conjunction on 7th April 1966 (4.21am). My interest in Evolutionary Astrology was sparked in 2013, during the time of the opening Pluto-Uranus square. I started studying with Maurice Fernandez in 2015 (The Complete Course: Comprehensive Diploma Program) and in the final stages of submitting my written work to formally qualify.

I have a post graduate degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Community Psychological Practice both from the University of Johannesburg. After completing the Storyteller in the Community course run by the International School of Storytelling, I created a personal transformation workshop based on the myth Silver Hands, called “Journey into the Underground Forest”. I’m in the process of upgrading this workshop by integrating an Evolutionary Astrology perspective. My love of myth is a life-long interest.

I am available for Evolutionary Astrology consultations –