CAA Monthly Lecture: Astrology, Scientism and Magical Thinking, by Lionel Snell, 25th August 2019

Date: 25th August 2019

Time: 10:30 for 11am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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

Scientistic criticism of astrology argues that that astrology has no value because it is not a science, while others argue that not being scientific gives it greater value.

 Sceptics like to believe that the advance of science news and education steadily erodes interest and belief in astrology. Statistics do not support this: in America, scepticism about astrology reached its peak in 2004 and has been falling ever since. Can we link this trend – and the broader decline in the sceptics’ movement – to any mundane astrological factors? Such as Pluto entering Capricorn in 2008, or the earlier conjunction of Neptune and Uranus in that sign? Or could it be a side effect of some more profound change?

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

http://www.abouttheauthor.co.uk/lionel-snell/

https://www.amazon.com/Ramsey-Dukes/e/B001JP7UKI

CAA Monthly Lecture: A Time to Die: Death Charts as Cosmic Obituaries, by Richard Fidler, 28 July 2019

Artwork: Death, by Alex Gray

Date: Sunday 28 July 2019

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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

Death Charts as Cosmic Obituaries

As astrologers we agree that the moment of birth reveals the character and destiny of that which is born, be it a person, a nation, an organization, or even an idea. For the most part we study the lives of people, and the moment of birth is the root from which all our investigations proceed.

But what of the moment of death? Could it be that this moment, too, is pregnant with meaning regarding that which has died and the life that has been lived? Could it be that we have neglected to study this important and inevitable end-moment of every incarnation precisely because it is so shrouded in mystery?

It is true that death has indeed been the subject of astrological scrutiny and speculation over the centuries, but this has almost invariably been limited to an attempt to gauge approximate longevity, and somewhat controversially, also to predict the precise date of demise. But what if the moment of death reveals what a life has actually achieved? Could it be that the death chart is indeed a kind of Cosmic Obituary?

Richard Fidler will share some of the fruits of his recent investigation into this fascinating question.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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 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 is currently the deputy chairperson of the Cape Astrology Association.

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

CAA Montly Lecture: The Macrocosmic & Microcosmic Matrix of Astrology, by Samten de Wet, 30 June 2019

Date: Sunday 30 June 2019

Time: 10:30am for 11am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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

The Microcosm-Macrocosm Analogy is a well-known reoccurring motif in mythological, philosophical & theological literature over thousands of years. We will trace its path from Ancient Egypt to Tibet via astrology and related esoteric sciences.

About the Speaker: Samten de Wet is an intrepid and seasoned researcher of history, art and esotericism. In the course of his extensive travels he has  met and collaborated with many great teachers of religion, spirituality and mysticism.

His understanding of and interest in astrology has been fostered by his fascination with hermeticism, alchemy and mythology. Samten’s erudition in the realms of history and culture enables him to provide valuable context to astrology’s historical development and vissisitudes.

You can find out more about his work and publications through his website: http://luxlapis.co.za/

This is bound to be a fascinating lecture. Don’t miss it!

Queries: Elna: 072 120 0666

CAA Monthly Lecture: An Enhanced Perspective on the Tropical Zodiac, by Theo Naicker, 26th May 2019

Date: Sunday 26th May 2019

Time: 10:30am for 11am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Note: We will have a sociable lunch after the talk. Please join us and bring a shared lunch with you. Also, bring warm socks as winter is here…

An Enhanced Perspective on the Tropical Zodiac

Western traditional astrology has developed tools and techniques which use the Tropical Zodiac to great effect and practical relevance. In this talk, Theo will demonstrate via numerous chart examples a new perspective which enhances any astrologer’s toolset when using the Tropical Zodiac. 

About the Speaker

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 practising 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 info@spicastrology.com

A taster of our April and May CAA meetings…

directions to Shamballah
https://www.google.co.za/maps/dir/Sea+Point,+Cape+Town,+8005/shamballah+cape+point/@-34.0980251,17.977971,10z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcc6723b909eb97:0xdb4d686542982908!2m2!1d18.3875487!2d-33.9169494!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcc1596f29c852f:0x1c36b203a6d746cb!2m2!1d18.4075552!2d-34.212242

CAA Monthly Lecture: Black Moon Lilith, by Michaela Meiser, 24th March 2019

Date: Sunday 24th March 2019

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Black Moon Lilith – The Unseen Factor

Much of Lilith’s power lies in the dark. Like a blind spot that needs to be mirrored to be seen.

Mirrored through events and others, Lilith serves as an initiator and mostly as a scapegoat.  Often confused with the darker powers of Scorpio and Capricorn, black moon Lilith shares certain qualities with them. Feared from the beginning for her unyielding strength and demand of equality.

She plays a largely unknown and often misinterpreted role from the very beginning of mankind….

She was the first wife of Adam, according to the scripts, she even gave birth to him! In that sense, Lilith is the Great Mother, both giver and taker of life and the most encompassing female power there is.

So much power can only be feared and therefore demonized.  The story goes that a fight broke out between Adam and Lilith as she Was not prepared to “lie underneath” Adam – meaning in essence, she refused to be anything less than equal! It was not superiority she demanded. No. Simply one thing – total and uncompromising equality of the genders!

As the story continues Lilith opted to leave paradise rather than to be made inferior and did not falter when threatened. The challenge with Lilith is that if you are not able to hold her power, her power will have a hold over you! And there is always a price to pay!

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.

https://www.astro-polarity.at/en/blog/

michaela@pptv.at

CAA Monthly Lecture: The Lunar Nodes, by Richelle Steyn, 24th Feb 2019

Date: Sunday 24th February 2019

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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

Who is this Soul? | The Lunar Nodes

The Lunar Nodes are a simple yet powerful way to create a story of our client’s past life themes to get a sense of the soul imprints and emotional dynamics playing a role in our client’s life. What are the Lunar Nodes and what do they have to do with Soul? We’ll explore this question together with the symbolism and development dynamic of the Nodes. We’ll look at charts of public figures with and without the Lunar Nodes to emphasise their relevance.

About the Speaker

Richelle is a certified Evolutionary Astrologer living and practising Astrology in Fish Hoek, South Africa. She studied with Maurice Fernandez and completed his Professional Course (Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness). Richelle is a member of the Organisation for Professional Astrologers (OPA).

Website www.richellesteyn.co.za

YouTube Channel (launching soon) https://www.youtube.com/roshbon

Coming up!

Workshop on the Lunar Nodes in Kalk Bay on the 3rd March 2019 midday to 3.45pm

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.

www.mauricefernandez.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mauriceastrology/

 

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.

https://www.astro-polarity.at/en/blog/

michaela@pptv.at