CAA is going virtual

Hello Everyone,

Hope to hear that you are well in these extraordinary times.

We are all making adjustments on personal and collective levels. Similarly, CAA has made the decision to go virtual in order to facilitate our monthly gatherings. Our meetings will be online as from Sunday, 24th May 2020. We will be using Zoom as the meeting platform. Keep your eyes and ears open for further details.

We look forward to seeing you at this epic occasion!

CAA Team

CAA monthly lecture: Can adolescent behaviour be influenced by the lunar phase? by Alex Trenoweth, Sunday 23rd February 2020

Date: Sunday, 23rd February 2020

Time: 10:30 for 11am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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

We are excited to be celebrating astrologer and educationalist Alex Trenoweth’s work in a three-part series of videos, over the months February, March and April. After her video presentation, we will be discussing and exploring the topics as a group. We thank Alex for her gracious sharing of her knowledge and expertise.

Sunday the 23rd February, we will be screening Alex’s 2018 IVC presentation on the effects of the lunar modes on the behaviour of adolescence. This is an important understanding for parents and educationalists alike. Have you tracked the phases of the Moon in relation to your own life…?

Ilona Thorndike’s Moon Calendars will be available for purchase on the day. We look forward to seeing you there!

About Dr. Alex Trenoweth

Alex, MA (CAA), DFAstrolIS, CIA Agent 144 is an astrological researcher and professional schoolteacher in London UK. In 2015, she was awarded “International Astrologer of the Year” by the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology (KIA) for her ground-breaking and innovative research on Astrology and Education based on her book “Growing Pains” (The Wessex Astrologer). Since then she has spoken at astrology conferences around the world and has contributed to major magazines and publications such as The Career Astrologer (OPA), The ISAR Journal, The Journal of research for AFA (Grant Trust) and Kindred Spirit.

From 2016, Alex has worked tirelessly in her role as Secretary-General and Vice Principle of KIA to bring Western and Vedic Astrologers together for the institute of Vedic Culture Conference in Kolkata India which aimed to promote better understanding, scholarship and, most importantly, friendship between astrologers of different cultures. In 2018, KIA awarded her an honourary PhD for her research on “Adolescent Behaviour and Lunar Phase” as well as an award for Outstanding Service to Astrology.

Her website:




2020: The Year Ahead

Date: Sunday, 26th January 2020

Time: 10:30 for 11am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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

Greetings everyone,

At this first meeting of 2020, we will unpack the astrological signatures of the year. Elna McKenzie and Nancy Massing will facilitate a group discussion about our year ahead. Join us, share your thoughts and learn about the astrology and manifestations of 2020.

Ilona Thordike’s 2020 Moon Calendars will be available for purchase (R90).

We look forward to seeing you there!

CAA Monthly Lecture: Exploring the ‘Imum Coeli’, by Michaela Meiser, 24 Nov 2019

Date: Sunday 24th November 2019

Time: 10:30am for 11am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: R50 for non-members (all welcome!)

Exploring the “Imum Coeli”

In this talk we focus on the IC of the horoscope, literally translated from Latin as the “lowest point”, also known as Nadir.

Generally interpreted as home, origin, house of the father and indicating the cusp of the 4th house in most house systems, we will also look at the meaning of this point falling into different houses when working with equal or whole house systems.

Join me on a journey to uncover this inner navel point, forming our deepest personal and most intimate connection to the universe. Finding your personal well point and innermost connection to source, enables us to access our own inner resources. Thus, we can draw on our inner strength and find our place of personal retreat and nourishment, hidden from view, just like the roots of a tree. (opposite the MC, the public, most visible point)

This is our personal, intimate point of re-connecting to source, helping us to find our way home.

About the Speaker

Michaela Meiser

Michaela is an Austrian born astrologer trained in Polarity therapy and offers consultations, talks, workshops and retreats in both Austria and Kommetjie, Cape Town.
With a heavily loaded IC/MC Axis she travels between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, periodically interchanging home and work in both countries. Her South African base is also available for holidays, workshops and retreats.

More Info and contact details on and

CAA’s 30th Anniversary Meeting! With Rod Suskin. 1989: The Beginning of Modern Times. 27th October 2019

Date: 27th October 2019

Time: 10:30am for 11am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

Fee: R50 for non-members (all welcome!)

Note: after the talk, we will have lunch together at Shamaballah. Please bring a vegan meal to share – and join us!

1989: The Begining of Modern Times

Many people today date our uncertain modern world as beginning with the terrible events of September 11, 2001. But in fact, it is the astrology of November 1989 that gave birth to the world we know. At that time, thousands of people came to Cape Town from all over the world to celebrate an astrological conjunction, convinced it meant that everything was about to change.

Within a month, both South African apartheid and Soviet communism were dead.

And in the midst of these dramatic changes, the CAA was born.

Rod found himself an unintended central figure in both the celebration of the Grand Conjunction and the founding of this wonderful association.

Join him for our 30th anniversary lecture as he not only shares the amazing behind the scenes stories of how those great events finally came together, but reveals the astrology behind it all.

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 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: Secondary Progressions: An Interactive, Participative and Learning Meeting. Facilitated by Nancy Massing, 29th September 2019

Date: Sunday 29th September 2019

Time: 10:30 am for 11:00 am

Venue: Shamballah, near Cape Point (directions)

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

Secondary Progressions are essential components of the astrologer’s predictive toolkit. They are among the most important and reliable means of analysing life cycles and signify the timing of major life developments. In this session, Nancy will firstly summarise some of the key concepts of Secondary Progressions and thereafter facilitate a participatory and interactive group discussion. We will be looking at some celebrities’ charts for our discussion. You are also welcome to bring your own charts for analysis and group discussion.

About Nancy Massing

Nancy is the Chairperson of the Cape Astrology Association. She is a professional astrologer, with a global client base. She teaches Beginners Classes and predictive tools to new astrologers. Her practice is run between Cape Town and the Netherlands. She participated with renowned international astrologers as a guest speaker at the IVC Conference in Kolkata in 2018. She is furthering her learning and career by doing an MSc in Transpersonal Psychology through Alef Trust and Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.




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

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.


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:

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:

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