Cape Astrology Association

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: