Chairman Julian Venables has great pleasure in announcing the Brighton Astrology Circle 2021 Summer term programme of Wednesday evening talks via Zoom.
Please note: we have a new starting time – 7:15 PM
21 April: The Venus/Sun Cycle
A Virtual Talk with Angela Cornish
Venus whether evening star, Vesper, or morning star, Lucifer, shines brightly like a diamond in our sky. As the Sun’s consort, she dances provocatively around him; never too far in front (occidental) or too far behind (oriental). But does, as the ancients believed, the Sun/Venus cycle contribute to our understanding of relationship issues in horary charts?
Angela Cornish has practised and taught astrology in classes, talks and workshops for many years. Her special interests are horary and forecasting techniques. She holds a Diploma of the Mayo School of Astrology and the STA Diploma of Traditional Horary Astrology. She is currently Secretary to the Astrological Association of Great Britain and Secretary of the Association of Professional Astrologers International. She was honoured with the Charles Harvey award for Exceptional Services to Astrology in 2018.
5 May: Local Space & Cycles or Circles, Centers and Circulation
A Virtual Talk with Michael Erlewine
Michael shows us how Local Space is no subtle plane, but a personal landscape in bold and clear strokes and tailor-made to fit the psyche of each individual. He will then present a key introduction to the empowerment of space; to the use and meaning of astrological coordinate systems and centres.
Michael Erlewine has had several careers. As a musician, he was active in the Michigan folk scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1961 he hitchhiked with Bob Dylan, and had travelled to Greenwich Village, Venice, California, and San Francisco. He and his brother Dan founded a blues band called The Prime Movers. When the drummer left, they replaced him with Iggy Pop (James Osterberg), then 18 years old, giving him the nickname “Iggy”. Michael Erlewine and his band, the Prime Movers, were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2015.
In 1977 Erlewine founded Matrix Software. He was the first person to program astrology on microcomputers and make astrological programs available to the astrological community. He began to study astrology in the early ’60’s. From 1972, he and his wife Margaret operated the Heart Center School, turning out thousands of students. He was a member of the Board of Directors of ARC, a Director of ACT, and a member of the AFA Research team. He was elected to the AFAN Steering Committee in 1994 and to the ISAR Board in 1995. Erlewine was the recipient of the Regulus Award for Professional Image, recognizing astrology at work in business and the public. He has published more than forty books on astrology and related topics.
19 May: Discovering the Personal Daimon in Your Birth Chart
A Virtual Talk with Cat Neligan
Have you ever felt yourself being pulled towards something? A calling to paint, write, dance, sing, travel, teach…? Whatever you’ve felt, and whether you’ve followed that call or not, that is the work of your personal daimon. The daimon goes by many names and guises. For some, it’s their Holy Guardian Angel. For others, it’s their calling. Others see it as trickster, or worse, a demon. In this talk, we explore the cultural variations on the daimon, the origins of it and why it’s been so sought after (intellectually, spiritually or otherwise) for thousands of years. We’ll focus on the use of astrology to understand the personal daimon, identify your own daimonic experiences and explore how it shows up for you, using your birth chart.
Cat Neligan‘s fascination with astrology began as an extension of her interest in personality typology. She soon found out the study of the stars had much, much more to offer, and she has been learning as much as she can ever since. Cat now incorporates astrology into her work coaching creative introverts, helping artists, writers, musicians and all kinds of creatives to better understand themselves, identify their calling, and share their work with the world.
You can find out more about her services at http://thecreativeintrovert.com/
2 June: Interacting with the Four Elements; the Mythic Forces of the Greek Philosophers
A Virtual Talk with Julian Venables
At this current juncture of human evolution, we must remember the importance of elemental thinking when comprehending and responding to ecological problems. If we use the four element consciousness and language, we can engage directly with the world to evoke many kinds of wonder – sensuous, poetic, cognitive, scientific, reverential. The four elements contain the loftiest and most imaginative thinking, whilst providing us with a relevant and renewed vision of the environment, and the possibilities of the world we would wish to create.
Julian Venables has started writing a new and original format of media horoscopes which he calls ‘The Weekly Almanac’, it is available to view every week on his website https://www.londonastrologer.com/blog-post/ where you can also sign up for a free newsletter. Julian is currently researching and writing his first astrology book, which doesn’t promise enlightenment through astrology, but guarantees a new perspective and the opportunity for eternal happiness through knowing your planets! He is a local astrologer with the Faculty Diploma (D.F.Astrol.S). He offers client consultations, teaches and lectures in astrology. Julian has written a novel about William Lilly.
16 June: Firdaria, What They Are and How to Use Them
A Virtual Talk with Sharon Knight
Sharon will be speaking on the Persian predictive technique of Firdaria: Firdaria associates different periods of life with different planets defining a theme for each period enabling you to predict far ahead into the future. It is a simple method and easy to follow.
Sharon Knight has worked as a professional astrologer for nearly 30 years. Initially studying with the Faculty, passing the Intermediate Diploma before qualifying as a QHP with Olivia Barclay. She gained her MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology in 2004. She’s a Fellow of the Association of Professional Astrologers International and Chair of the same. Sharon is currently a tutor & convenor of the QHP, as well as teaching her own APAI accredited course on traditional natal astrology. Sharon won the Astrologer of the Year title in 2016 with her lecture on Sect & Triplicity. She has spoken at the AA Conferences, The Lodge, taught traditional methods at schools in Taiwan, Turkey and to groups in South Africa & around the UK. She’s written columns for various women’s magazines, newspapers and astrological journals, and for the past 12 years has had a regular slot on local radio.
26 June: Crackdown: The Saturn-Uranus Square – NOW CANCELLED
Announcing our first face-to-face meeting of 2021 at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove, on 26th June, 10am – 4pm.
7 July: Lunar Nodes and Case Studies
A Virtual Talk with Christeen Skinner
In this talk we examine your natal Moon and the rhythms and pulses it sets up with regard to your financial affairs. Along the way we will look at how the lunar node can be used to identify key years. This talk includes case histories and how astrology has helped clients improve their wealth and well-being.
Christeen Skinner D.F.Astrol. S, F.R.S.A is a Director of Cityscopes London Ltd providing future-casting services to investors and traders across the world. She is author of several books, including Navigating the Financial Universe (published 2019) in which she forecast the current pandemic. In 2020, Christeen began collaboration with the developers of a new trading platform using astro-cycles. She is a Trustee of the Urania Trust and a Director of the Alexandria I-base project.
21 July: Karmic Echoes – Heredities in Family Charts
A Virtual Talk with Jean MacLean
If we look at three generations of birth charts within a family, we will see synchronic astrological links. The same and repeating four to five Zodiac signs, playing out between the Sun, Moon, Ascendant and Mid-heaven. Strong links between first and third generations e.g. grandparents and grandchildren seem especially emphasised. It appears these connections weave as karmic threads through the generations. It raises the question of do unresolved areas of parents birth charts pass to their children, grandchildren. Are we simply patterns of energy seeking to resolve ourselves ? Do we enter our lives through our Ascendant into a soul group, that will enable us to expand our consciousness, until we no longer need to return here in a physical form ? Or are we so attached within our personal family ancestry, that the process of entering and departing this Earth plane, is about continuing evolving and teaching our family members?
Jean Maclean B.A. is a qualified teacher and an experienced, practising astrologer of over 40 years. Having taught in state and further education all her working life, she brings learned skills in communicating ideas and information. Her Aries Sun is in her 3rd House and Jupiter in Sagittarius in her 11th House. She facilitates the South Downs Astrology Circle that meets monthly at her home in Eastbourne. With Covid, astrology topics are now discussed in weekly Zoom sessions with other East Sussex astrologers. She has a regular flow of clients and also gives astrology lessons to students.
“ My astrology journey began in childhood, growing up in Somerset. My father took me outside on starry nights showing me the star groups and constellations. The wonder of the those skies was magic, and by the age of twenty one, I was studying and researching astrology “
Courses, workshops and study with The White Eagle Lodge, Liz Greene, Jonathan Cainer and other astrologers, were important learning. In the eighties, she facilitated the weekly meet-ups of astrologers in the Medway Towns. She created and organised two landmark spiritual festivals in Whitstable, Lightwaves 2011 and Lightwaves 2012. Jean completed an introductory course in Astronomy at Herstmonceux Observatories, adding depth to her astrology insights. She is at present researching ancestry and astrological patterns.
4 August: The Astrological Neptune – the Ancient Cult of Water
A Virtual Talk with Cate Reidy
Astrologically, Neptune is traditionally associated with the element of water, the sign of Pisces and also the 12th house. However, in studying a horoscope, we consider its watery presence in any one of the houses and signs, and weigh up its influence on various planets, angles, nodes and other sensitive degrees within the birth-chart. In doing so, we discover how Neptune has a full range of metaphorical presentations, from that of a wellspring, a fast moving current, and even a flood. And, during those times of personal transition when previous structures in our lives are plunged into deep waters, the experience of just ‘holding one’s head above water’ is a common one. Afterwards, such structures end up dissolved, cleansed or washed away, by which time, a sensitivity to new insights – frequently communicated in our dreams – have been ushered in, along with a tidal change and possibilities of new beginnings. During this talk, Cate will consider the ancient ‘Cult of Water’ – a spiritual tradition rich in symbolism, still relevant for today – and how we might understand Neptune’s presence within the horoscope from both psychological and spiritual perspectives.
Cate Reidy is a psycho-spiritual astrologer with a special interest in transpersonal transitions including awakenings. Having originally trained in traditional, psychological, and transpersonal approaches, her long-held interest in this branch of Astrology, stems from many years experience of working in mental health, homelessness projects and addiction treatment settings, as well as in private practice. And further, from many years exploring archetypal patterning communicated in dreams; inherited patterns in family histories, and pre-rebirth narratives. Cate’s approach reflects sensitivity to spiritual/mental/emotional challenges occurring during those times when the ‘emerging self’ awakens. She has a deep respect for the creative resources underpinning each individual’s patterning and their inbuilt capacity to regulate their own well-being. In addition to her astrological work, she is a Jungian Sand Play practitioner, a director at Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN), and a Folklorist – a member of the Folklore Society. She is currently undergoing sensitivity training at the College of Psychic Studies in London – a work in progress and a privilege. For more information, visit: www.catereidy.uk
18 August: Mystical Saturn: A Planet for All Ages
A Virtual Talk with Acyuta- bhava Das (Adam Elenbaas)
When the planet Neptune was seen for the very first time through a telescope, it was conjunct Saturn. In this talk, we shall explore the symbolism of Saturn across the ages, while also exploring the possibility that the ancient Saturn is just as mystical and other- worldly as any of the modern, outer planets – including Neptune!
Acyuta-bhava Das (Adam Elenbaas) is a professional astrologer, author, and yoga instructor/studio owner from the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Adam holds an M.A. and MFA in Creative Writing. His first book, a Publisher’s Weekly top book of the year, called Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest was published by Tarcher/Penguin in 2010. Adam was one of the founding writers of RealitySandwich.com, and when he isn’t writing, teaching, or seeing clients, Adam is usually immersed in his practice of Bhakti yoga. You can find his work at www.nightlightastrology.com