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 –

CAA Monthly Lecture: Student to Professional Astrologer – Bridging the Gap, by Anya Kotzuba, 25th February 2018

Date: Sunday 25th February 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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


Student to Professional Astrologer – Bridging the Gap

The void between student to professional astrologer can feel very wide as most courses only give one the theory and not a lot of practical opportunities to deal with “real life” people.  Astrology is such a complex subject that no matter whether you are a self taught astrologer or you have done an extensive astrology course, one still has that teething/shaky/misty period where you may feel quite out of your depth with handling sensitive information.

I will take you on my journey and hope to get a few other astrologers on board to share theirs.  There are many directions one can go with Astrology and we can explore the different routes and ways to use it from predictive, research, coaching etc.

I would like to keep the talk interactive so please email me some of your questions and we can use this opportunity to unpack some of the obstacles and fears that may be getting in the way.

About Anya Kotzuba

I am a qualified astrologer and predominantly work from a coaching angle. I have been fascinated by astrology from an early age and went for my first reading with Rod Suskin at the age of 19. Soon after that I started his part time astrology course. At that point astrology was more an interest than a vocation for me. The point at which I knew I needed to take astrology to the next level was in my 30`s when I became a mother and saw the benefits of understanding my children’s individual needs through their birth charts. Just before my Jupiter return I then restudied Rod`s 3 year diploma course. I now run various workshops, write a daily horoscope for Women24 and do individual readings. I am also an illustrator/artist, so I try to combine my artistic side into astro illustrations, icons and paintings”. or you can whatsapp me on 0726735144

CAA Monthly Lecture: Predictive look at 2018, by Ema Kurent, 21st January 2018

Date: Sunday 21st January 2018

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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


Join international astrologer Ema Kurent for a predictive look at 2018.

About the speaker

Ema Kurent (DFAstrolS, QHP, CMA, ISAR CAP) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been a professional astrologer since 1989. She is busy consulting, teaching, writing and researching. She specializes in traditional and predictive astrology. She is the head of the Slovenian Astrological Academy Stella (an ISAR affiliated school) and author of bestselling books Sonce in Luna (The Sun and the Moon — 144 zodiacal combinations), Lunin vodnik (Moon Guide, a yearly publication), Horarna astrologija (Horary Astrology) and of nine teaching manuals (in Slovenian). Her articles have appeared in journals worldwide. She writes regular astrological columns in the Slovenian press, has had several TV and radio presentations on astrology and has spoken and held workshops at numerous international conferences – in Slovenia, Serbia, England, Poland, USA, South Africa and India.

Ema will also be hosting two workshops whilst in Cape Town on the 19th and 20th January 2018. Visit

Her websites are and, and email address is


CAA Monthly Lecture: Astrology and Polarity Therapy , by Michaela Meiser, 26th November 2017

Date: Sunday 26th November 2017

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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



The correlation of the signs and the human body in energetic terms

“The Power of Three”

In this talk we focus on the twelve astrological signs, how they are made up energetically and how they find expression in the human body.

Besides looking at the 4 element triads, we also relate the 3 astrological modalities of cardinal, fixed and mutable to the 3 different types of energy principles of positive (rajas), negative (tamas) and neutral (sattva) as known in Ayurveda and Polarity Therapy.

We also take a close look at how the human energy field is formed and how our electromagnetic field is composed of 3 different types of energy currents as described in the Polarity Therapy of Dr Randolph Stone.


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 before meeting Marelna du Plessis on one of the CAA talks and embarking on her 2 year course on Polarity Therapy before moving back to Austria with my sons in late 2002 so they could get an education overseas. Although still in the travel business full time, my passion for astrology and polarity have remained and 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.

My life is split between Austria and Cape Town and both my sons have decided to move back to this lovely city after finishing their education, so travelling up and down these “poles” is so natural to me that the name of Astro-Polarity has come up as a business name. My website is still new and “growing“, and I have started with regular monthly blogs. I am available for consultations in both German and English in person or via Skype or what’s app and do translations and workshops.

Mobile: + 43 (0) 6767436355