Special offer to all CAA Members

Special offer to all CAA members and inviting all Cape astrology lovers who are not already members to join the Cape Astrology Association and receive a 10% discount on the IVC’s 28th International Astrological Conference 31st Jan – 4th Feb 2018 to be hosted in Kalkata, India. The event and line-up of participating speakers are extraordinary and can be viewed on http://ivcconference.com/ For further details contact Nancy Massing or Richard Alwin Fidler

CAA Monthly Lecture: Fertility Astrology, by Nicola Smuts- Allsop, 30th July 2017

Date: Sunday 30th July 2017

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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

ps. bring warm socks for winter cold

Fertility Astrology

Jumping straight into an in-depth delineation of a fertility chart, with a demonstration of the use of triplicity phase rulership of the phases of life, and the Almuten of pregnancy. Bring your own charts and a pen as Nicola will present experientially. Nicola’s example chart appears in her forthcoming book (publication November).


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: The Art of Drawing Horoscope Charts, by Dianne Garven, 25th June 2017, Shamballah

Date: Sunday 25th June 2017
Time: 10:30am for 11:00am
Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)
Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!

The Art of Drawing Horoscope Charts

by Dianne Garven

Ever wondered how the newspaper and magazine horoscope charts are drawn? This coming Sunday Dianne will show us the means of drawing weekly, monthly and annual Sun sign (horoscope) charts.

About the Speaker:

Dianne Garven is an experienced practitioner of ‘traditional astrology’ and is most happy when making a positive difference in her client’s lives.  She has had a lifelong fascination and relationship with astrology and the philosophy behind it. She has been practicing professionally since 2002.

“From Plato, we learn that it is our responsibility to know ourselves, astrology is a very powerful tool in helping us achieve this and live to our full potential. Astrology is a way of life for me and a very profound spiritual wisdom and practice. It not only gives clarity but also acceptance of who we are and surrender to the process of our purpose and with that comes peace.”

Dianne hosts Astrology workshops, tutors Diploma students, and teaches an Astrology foundation course.

You can reach her on:

Email: digarven@mweb.co.za

Website:  http://www.digarvenastrology.co.za


CAA 3-Months’ Speakers Line-Up

CAA Monthly Lecture: The Astrology of Love, by Margarita Celeste, 28 May 2017, Shamballah

Date:  Sunday, 28 May 2017
10:30am for 11:00am
Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)
Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!


The Astrology of Love: Using this Art to become Free & Conscious in our Relationships

A few months ago, Margarita sat down at an astrologers’ gathering, to lead a discussion on Relationship Astrology (Synastry). Upon sharing her life stories and astrological observations, she came to a realisation – that her spiritual path had been primarily led by the partners she had chosen throughout her life, and her experience in different relationships seemed to be vast and varied to the people around her – and that these stories had a purpose, which was to help others understand their own relationships better.

Having always dabbled in Relationship Astrology as a passion and always knowing she wished to specialise here, she has decided to finally put together a talk based on her experience in her own life as well as with clients, along with the observations she has made during her time as a writer on the Astrology of Relationships.

This talk is aimed at those with some knowledge of their own charts, will be humorous, insightful, and hopefully, serve as a guiding light for this most tricky part of life and by and large, a huge reason why people come for astrological readings.

Margarita Celeste, Dip. Traditional Astrology

Margarita Celeste is a practicing Traditional Astrologer, who graduated from the celebrated astrologer, Rod Suskin’s School of Astrology, with a distinction after 3 years of formal study. She has always had a passion for the planets and the stars, with Linda Goodman as her Gateway Drug into the magical world of astrology when she was a teenager. Having first studied Vedic (Eastern) Astrology, she decided to make her discipline in Traditional Hellenistic Astrology originating from the ancient Greek world. She has taken her art worldwide on her travels, holding classes and workshops, consultations and talks in various conscious communities, and after some time felt called to bring the workshops to Cape Town, to the flourishing spiritual community.


The CAA Committee


Dear CAA members and community,

It is my pleasure to announce that Nancy Massing is the new Chairperson of the Cape Astrology Association. Nancy has been a pillar of the CAA during my term as Chairperson, since November 2014 and helped to ensure that we stayed on track. Thank you Nancy, I know the CAA is in good hands going forward!

Furthermore, we are delighted to share with you that the legendary Human Ephemeris, Nick Dagan Best, has joined the CAA committee as our Librarian. Nick is hatching some exciting plans to get folks more engaged with our precious (and growing!) collection of astrology books. Watch this space.

Many thanks also to Cheryl Hill for keeping it tidy at the Treasury. Due to Cheryl’s diligence in managing the CAA funds, we are liquid and our records are crystal clear and up to date.

The stability that has been achieved in the past 2 years has been thanks in great measure to finding a perfect home for the CAA and its library at the Shamballah Holistic Centre near Cape Point. Thank you, Ana Carrapichano for sharing this magical venue with us.

Thanks to our many members, visitors and speakers for your support; you are the reason the CAA exists.

Here’s to the bright future of astrology in Cape Town!

Richard Fidler

CAA Monthly Lecture: The Yogas of Jyotish, by Richard Fidler, 30 Apr 2017, Shamballah

Date: Sunday 30 April 2017
Time: 10:30am for 11:00am
Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)
Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!

One of the most intriguing and valuable features of Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, is it’s vast canon of Yogas and associated aphorisms. The word ‘yoga’ essentially means to ‘join’ or ‘unite’, and in this astrological context refers to a combination or ‘union of factors’ with specific implications. The Yogas of Jyotish are the fruit of centuries of observation, codified into a rich body of lore regarding the effects of several hundreds of possible permutations of the heavens.

Some are simple, and yet useful, and their purported meaning would be unsurprising and even familiar to a western astrologer, due to all the DNA shared by Western and Vedic astrology. Others are a lot more complex, and may involve linking or synthesizing factors in the chart that a superficial analysis would easily overlook.

Even if you are a student of Western astrology with no inclination to study Jyotish, learning a little about the Yogas of Jyotish will give you food for thought you can take back to your Western astrological study and practice, since Western and Vedic astrology are ultimately the same horoscopic language.

Richard Fidler is a professional astrologer and teacher. His astrological career began in the early 1990’s, while still in his teens. 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 of Jyotish to the South African astrological community, and beyond.

Richard spent several months in India in 2011 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, frequently at the invitation of the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology in Calcutta.

Richard is currently the chairperson of the Cape Astrology Association.

Richard can be reached through his website: http://www.richardfidler.com/

CAA Monthly Lecture: Astro Mythology, by Nancy Massing, 2 April 2017, Shamballah

Date: Sunday 2 April 2017
Time: 10:30am for 11:00am
Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)
Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!

Astrology is a blend of celestial mathematics and the more abstract symbolic language of myth. The planets in western astrology have been named after the gods of ancient Greece and Rome, and the stories and allegories of ancient mythology help unlock the meaning of the astrological script. The pastimes, misadventures and shenanigans of the gods provide us with a mirror in which we can find our own challenges and possibilities revealed.

Join Nancy Massing as she walks us through the rich world of astro-mythology, and demonstrates how to invoke mythic concepts and motifs as a tool in chart interpretation.


Nancy Massing has a graduate Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, graduate Counseling and Coaching Diploma and a three year Diploma in Astrological Studies from the Rod Suskin School of  Astrology. She specialises in natal (birth chart) readings and predictions of cycles short and longer term, using  traditional astrological principles. You can contact her from her website www.nancymassing.com

CAA Monthly Lecture: The Moon, Mother and Me, by Ingrid Hoffman- 26 Feb 2017, Shamballah

At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window ―Rumi

Date: Sunday 26 February 2017
Time: 10:30am for 11:00am
Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)
Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!

The Moon in our birth chart describes the ways we receive or reject life’s nourishment. Within her ripe belly, she holds eons of our human stories, our imaginative longings. She’s an ancient time keeper. Symbol of the Feminine in many cultures and a fecund archetype
in this time of social and political sea-change. If you’re a soulful Selenophile, a lover of the Moonthis presentation is for you. We’ll dedicate this morning to all the faces of the Moon as she reflects our human ambiguity and vulnerability and explore one important aspect of the Astrological Moonour earliest bond with Mother.

If you would be willing to add your own horoscope to the cauldron of collaborative feminine energy, Ingrid invites you to please email your name and birth data: ingrid@trueheartwork.com
Ingrid Hoffman is a counselling Astrologer and Imago Practitioner based Camps Bay. She presents workshops in Cape Town, UK and Ireland, each one stiches a vibrant tapestry that weaves a rich heritage of myth and folk lore, western psychology, and the sacred Feminine into our experience of evolutionary astrology.

CAA Monthly Lecture: Astrology and the Soul, by Rod Suskin, 29 Jan 2017, Shamballah

Krishna and Arjuna

Date: Sunday 29 January 2017
Time: 10:30am for 11:00am
Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)
Fee: Members free, non-members R50, all welcome!

Astrology and the Soul

In ancient times one of the ways astrology was understood in some cultures was as a map which revealed the soul, or as the Vedic astrologers saw it, a map of karma. In astrology’s chequered relationship with the church, and with the oppression from both religion and science in the West, astrology lost any context in which to model and explain the deeper urges of karma and towards higher consciousness.

Astrologers and the seekers who come to it have never lost the need to learn about the soul and to grow spiritually, and the vague New Age mysticism of the 20th century has done more to obscure astrology’s spiritual tools than to reveal them.

In this presentation, Rod will explore astrology’s traditional models of the soul. He will introduce some of the tools that were traditionally used to understand the challenges of karma, and show how they can be used, along with the tools of modern astrology,  to offer clients an authentic understanding of deeper issues and real, practical spiritual counsel.


About Rod Suskin

rodsuskinimageRod Suskin 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 www.rodsuskin.com and at rod@rodsuskin.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

Nancy Massing:
0826006207  nance@netactive.co.za
Richard Fidler: 0829345212   astrofit@yahoo.com