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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.