2018 Summer Term Astrology Talks in Brighton

Chairman Julian Venables has great pleasure in announcing our Summer term 2018 programme of evening talks in Brighton.

Please arrive at the Cornerstone Community Centre Hove from 7.30pm onwards for a 7.45pm start and  9.15pm finish. See map>

April 4th: Rare Event-Mars Retrograde in 2018 – Aquarius and Capricorn

A Talk by Pam Carruthers

Pam Carruthers
Pam Carruthers

Mars only goes retrograde every 2 years, 2 months so it can catch us unawares.  Retrograding in Aquarius is rare – it only happened twice in the last century – in 1924 and 1971. As a result there are very few people born with Mars retrograde in Aquarius. Pam will look at the charts of three examples – Lauren Bacall (famous movie star whose affair with Humphrey Bogart started when she was just 19), David Walliams (comedian and best-selling author of children’s books) and Martin Freeman (Sherlock and the hobbit in Lord of the Rings).

In 2018 this retrograde period lasts for approx. 2 months, and it will have an important effect on all zodiac signs, especially Aquarius Sun sign and Aries and Scorpio who are ruled by Mars. Mars is the god of war, so can cause trouble when retrograde. New plans may backfire or we can lose our drive to succeed. We can become tetchy and lose our temper if we aren’t aware of the implications of this period.

What needs to come into conscious awareness? Be prepared and find out the key dates when anger issues can boil over.

To prepare for this talk, look back to 1971 to recall what was happening in your life. Mars was in Aquarius from 4th May 1971 until 7 November 1971. One significant event was John Lennon releasing the album Imagine in the US. The track Imagine became Lennon’s signature song and was written as a plea for world peace.

Pam Carruthers is a qualified professional Vedic and Western astrologer. She works from a spiritual perspective and is a student of A Course in Miracles. An experienced Spiritual Life Coach and Trainer leading workshops since 2000, Pam helps clients discover the hidden patterns that are holding them back in their lives. A consultation with her is a life enhancing and healing experience. Pam specialises in exploring the nodal axis in the birth chart and its connection to a past life where your soul level gifts were blocked.

She facilitates an online course entitled The Planets Within. It’s for beginners and those who wish to deepen their knowledge. The next course starts on April 16th and there are just 2 spaces available. Based in Hove, Pam has an international clientele working 1-1 or online. Subscribe for her free webinars on astrology. Contact her via her website www.healingstars.com


April 18th: Past Life Clues In the Birth Chart

A Talk by Phoebe Wyss

Phoebe Wyss
Phoebe Wyss

As every astrologer knows, the birth chart accurately mirrors the personality of its owner. But where did it come from? Are we somehow imprinted at birth with the patterns the planets make at that moment? Or was our birth triggered at that place and time because we were carrying a patterning in our psyches that resonated with the planetary patterns then present in the sky? Back in the 1980’s, after experiencing a past life regression session as a client, which dramatically revealed to her the meaning of her moon nodes, Phoebe decided to train as a past life regression therapist, and combine this technique with astrology in her work. She started a twenty-year research project into the correspondences between what her clients experienced during their regressions and the patterns shown in their natal charts.

In this talk Phoebe will discuss her findings, and share with you some examples of correlations between the past-life regression protocols and birth charts of some of the clients during these sessions.

Phoebe Wyss is a Hove astrologer with 36 years’ experience of giving consultations, courses and workshops, and is an experienced public speaker. She’s published an astrology board game, two books on the astrological archetypes and her latest book on archetypal astrology and the new scientific paradigm, Inside the Cosmic Mind, was published in 2014. Phoebe is also a qualified past-life regression therapist, and over the last 30 years has combined past life regression work with astrology in her practice. See www.astrophoebe.com


May 2nd: Like Clockwork: Timing in Horary Astrology

A Talk by Wade Caves

Wade Caves
Wade Caves

Horary textbooks cover a lot of theoretical ground, but few really draw out the mechanics involved in assessing cycles to create a solid timeline of events. What techniques are consistently recorded? Are they all equally reliable? Is there a more straightforward approach that can be taken when timing horary figures? This presentation analyses modern and historical horary charts to demonstrate an organic approach to timing that underlines the ongoing cycles speaking to us in horary consultations. It will be suitable for all, irrespective of experience in using horary astrology.

Wade Caves is an astrological consultant, speaker and educator specializing in horary, electional and classical astrological techniques. He is the editor and annotator of the 300th anniversary edition of William Lilly’s History of His Life & Times (Rubedo Press, 2015). Wade received his certification as a horary practitioner from Deborah Houlding’s School of Traditional Astrology (STA) in 2013, and now serves as a faculty member. He is available for consultations at https://wadecaves.com.


May 16th: Your Zodiac Soul: Twelve Gateways to Wholeness. The Journey From Libra to Pisces

A Talk by John Wadsworth

John Wadsworth
John Wadsworth

In this talk John Wadsworth will be continuing his presentation of the zodiac as a wheel of initiation, transformation and healing, concentrating on the last six signs of the wheel. John’s new book, Your Zodiac Soul, has just been published by Orion Spring in March 2018.

Rather than focusing on the zodiac signs as being indicative of twelve personality types, John will present the zodiac as a complete, alchemical emblem of the soul, offering twelve transformational gateways in the ever-turning wheel of life. This idea lay at the heart of the mystery school traditions of ancient Greece and Rome.  Treating the zodiac in the manner of a medicine wheel that we all possess complete and whole within the psyche, John will take us on an journey to restore the power and integrity of its twelve archetypal images and demonstrate how we can engage with the wheel practically and alchemically in our everyday lives.

John Wadsworth became a professional astrologer in 1993, following a profound experience of communion with the night sky, which opened his mind to the poetry of the cosmos and radically altered his worldview. He has been teaching astrology since 2000, running the Kairos School of Astrology in Glastonbury.

He is known as an innovator in the field, engaging with astrology primarily as an experiential practice capable of facilitating profound healing and transformation, and is the founder of “The Alchemical Journey”, a contemporary zodiac mystery school, based in Glastonbury. This work forms the basis of his book, “Your Zodiac Soul”, published in March 2018.  John holds an MA in Cultural Astronomy & Astrology from Bath Spa University. He also teaches night-sky astronomy and runs a mobile planetarium for schools.


June 6th: Astrology and Tarot

A Talk by Jessica Adams

Jessica Adams
Jessica Adams

The most popular Tarot card deck of all time, Pamela Colman-Smith and Arthur Waite’s beautiful Smith-Waite pack, was born from astrology. Created by two members of the Golden Dawn, where astrology was on the curriculum, the majority of cards hold astrological clues. Bring a deck along tonight if you have one, or use supplied cards, to see how synchronicity works with your birth chart and the turn of a friendly card!

Jessica Adams is the author of Essential Astrology for Women (HarperCollins) and her new book The Secret Language of the Stars will be published by Penguin in 2019. Her website is www.jessicaadams.com and she writes horoscopes for Cosmopolitan in Australia and Vogue in Japan.


June 20th: Uranus in Taurus, 2018-2026

A Talk by Julian Venables

Julian Venables
Julian Venables

The planet of awakening has now moved into Taurus the sign of the placid Bull, where it stay for the next 7 years.

Julian will look at historical transits of Uranus in Taurus as well as predict what will happen during its visit this time around. Come along if you’d like to know what will happen in your chart as well as have an understanding of what might happen in the world.

Julian Venables is a Hove astrologer with a Faculty Diploma. He writes daily horoscopes on www.uinterview.com and has just published his first novel ‘The Astrologer’s Apprentice’. His website is www.julianvenables.co.uk


July 4th: Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting

A Talk by Roy Gillett

Roy Gillett
Roy Gillett

As the Capricorn outer-planet stellium builds, to be reinforced by Uranus’ ingress into Taurus, the range of failings in our current world system will grow more and more. Roy will take stock of examples to date, then put all this in its epic hundreds, even thousands-of- years context.

Roy Gillett B.Ed (Hons Ldn), a student of Tibetan Buddhism and President of The Astrological Association, has been a full-time astrologer and consultant since 1976. He has been an astrology software adviser since 1988, is an astro-finance researcher and an international conference speaker.  Roy has published mundane forecasts from 1978, writing The Astrological Journal’s “Working with the Planets” column since 2002. His books include Astrology and Compassion the Convenient Truth; Economy, Ecology and Kindness and The Secret Language of Astrology. Published in 2017 his Reversing the Race to Global Destruction uses astrology to question and correct contemporary economic, educational and political assumed ‘truths’ and visualise a happier world.


July 18th: An Astrologer’s View of Botticelli’s Venus Paintings

A Talk by Phoebe Wyss

Phoebe Wyss
Phoebe Wyss

In this original interpretation of Botticelli’s three famous Venus paintings Phoebe will explain their symbolism in the context of the Hermetic philosophy taught by Botticelli’s teacher, the philosopher and astrologer Marsilio Ficino. And she’ll make a case for the origin of the paintings lying in the family’s intention to tame a wild young heir of the Medici clan, and make him amenable to marriage. His name was Lorenzo Pierfrancesco de Medici, and we’ll consult his birth chart to get to know him better and decide whether the  plan worked or not.

Phoebe Wyss is a Hove astrologer with 36 years experience in giving consultations, courses and workshops and is an experienced public speaker. She’s published an astrology board game, two books on the astrological archetypes and her latest book on archetypal astrology and the new paradigm was published in 2014. See www.astrophoebe.com