2023 Spring Term Astrology Talks in Brighton

Chairman Julian Venables has great pleasure in announcing the Brighton Astrology Circle 2023 Spring term programme of Wednesday evening talks via Zoom. 

4 January: The Highs and Lows of the Life of the Astrologer, Alchemist, Mathematician & Mystic Dr John Dee (1527-1608)

Anita Chakraburtty
Anita Chakraburtty

A Virtual Talk with Anita Chakraburtty

Did you know 007 was Dr John Dee’s secret insignia, used in his private communications with Queen Elizabeth I? He was the original James Bond! Did you know that he chose the date for Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation? Or that his navigational calculations helped with the discovery of the New World? He was also accused of using ‘enchantments’ against Queen Mary which led to him being confined. As a mystic, Dr John Dee dabbled in the art of using Spirits to divine the future with Edward Kelly. Despite his connection to two Queens and a King, Dr John Dee died in poverty. His rollercoaster life will be the focus of Anita Chakraburtty’s talk which will also include the interpretation of various key Astrology charts.

Anita Chakraburtty completed her 4 year Diploma in Medieval Astrology in 2012 via Astro Mundi, a school run by the Astrologers Joy Usher and Mari Garcia in Adelaide, Australia. Anita is also a full-time Registered Herbalist/Nutritionist with 13+ years clinical experience. She also trained with a Cherokee Chief for 7 years to become a Shamanic Healer. In her previous careers Anita worked as a Research Scientist for Astra Zeneca and as a Risk Manager in Banking in the UK & Sydney.  On moving back to the UK in 2015 after 12 years in Sydney Anita has appeared on Wandsworth Radio and Riverside Radio as well as having given lectures for the Astrological Lodge of London and other UK Astrology groups.


18 January: Enlightenment Through your Rising Sign, and Using Divine Nature to Unify Traditional and Modern Psychological Astrology

Julian Venables
Julian Venables

Virtual Talk with Julian Venables

If you’ve been wondering what the next big thing in Astrology might be, then this talk just possibly opens the box of treasure!

Julian brings a philosophical lecture to the Brighton astrology group, and points out a whole new direction for astrology to go towards in the 21st century, that can be developed by the soon-to-arrive plutonic Aquarian phase that was already started by the Jupiter and Saturn Aquarius conjunction in 2020. There is a simple method and experiment that brings instant enlightenment to astrologers and their clients, that comes about from a simple shift of perception. The astrologer at once becomes divine and begins to observe planetary creation arising from moment to moment. By experimenting with a shift from the heliocentric to the geocentric, then astrologers can perceive a unity of the above and the below, of the within and the without, simultaneously.  This talk will set in motion a revolution in the world of astrology, based around our perception.

In 2003, Robert Zoller wrote “The complete study of astrology, therefore, consists of not merely digging up the writings of the ancients and assiduously studying them, but penetrating their inner meaning and rediscovering their perceptual mode. We must ultimately see the world as the ancients did if we are to understand their metaphysics”.

Julian will present what he believes is the unifying bridge that will bring together the two schools of astrology: the traditional and the modern psychological.

Julian Venables is a Faculty diploma holder and has been chair of the Brighton Astrology group since 2012. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, “Julian Venables astrologer” to watch his videos, or see his website www.Londonastrologer.com for readings and to sign up for his free newsletter. In 2023, he will have his first astrology book published: The Divine Order is revolutionary and groundbreaking, bridging together traditional astrology with modern psychology. This book introduces an amazing rediscovered perception for astrologers to enjoy, bringing opportunity for instant enlightenment whilst illuminating our divine link to the Creation. His other major project in 2023 is to create a complete set of cast pewter talismans, using well-timed electional charts to birth the planetary spirits into the earthly realm.

email: julestheastrologer@gmail.com


1 February: Esoteric Rulership – Who rules that sign?

Michael Bartlett
Michael Bartlett

A Virtual Talk with Michael Bartlett

While traditional astrology teaches us the rulers of the signs as Mars rules Aries and Scorpio, Venus rules Taurus and Libra, Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, etcetera –did you know there is another octave of rulership? In esoteric or soul-centered astrology there are additional views and approaches to the Zodiac. As we become more personal to the impersonal and more impersonal to the personal, a larger perspective and plan can be glimpsed, guided and supported. Weaving the works of Alice Bailey, Madame Blavatsky and Alan Oken, metaphysical astrologer Michael Bartlett will illustrate the more elevated expressions of the planets when in and/or aspecting their esoteric kingdoms. Join us on 1  February 2023 at 7.15pm on Zoom.

Michael Bartlett focuses on esoteric astrology and traditional while incorporating the depths of the outer planets. His Core Energetic training, highly intuitive nature, three decades of business experience and over two decades of astrological wisdom give him an extensively resourced toolbox. Michael is the author of Astrological Mavericks: Do you have what it takes to change the world? A book about individuals with planets on their chart’s angles and AstroTheatre: A revolutionary approach to the ancient art of astrology. In addition to being a past interim president of Kepler College and offering webinars, workshops, through them, he also offers experiential intensives, readings, speaking engagements and workshop intensives and does a monthly forecast on his YouTube channel.

coremichael.com    michael@coremichael.com Instagram: astromykl Twitter: @AstroMykl

15 February: Declination – the Forgotten Key to Time, Weather and Markets

Tania Daniels
Tania Daniels

A Virtual Talk with Tania Daniels  

Declination is often considered a tool of modern astrology, but reading carefully through traditional text sources, we can find many hints to its use since antiquity. In the declination cycle, a planet moves from his southernmost position in relation to the equator to its northernmost position where it stands still for a while before it starts descending south, crosses the equator and finally reaches the southernmost position again. These declination periods are not all the same. The Moon reaches her so called lunistices only every 18.6 years, the other planets have different periods.  In this talk we will look at these so often forgotten cycles and how to use them.

Tania Daniels holds a degree in business administration and became interested in Astrology in 1998 after having read an astrological analysis of Leonardo da Vinci’s last Supper. She finished training in psychological astrology in 2002 at the Berlin school of the German Astrology Association (DAV). In 2009 she was introduced to traditional astrology by Deborah Houlding. She holds the STA Horary Diploma (master course), has studied Robert Zoeller’s Medieval Astrology Course and gained her certificate in Hellenistic Astrology in early 2017 from Chris Brennan. Tania is deeply interested in the very foundations of astrology and fascinated by the hidden information in cosmologies and religions from all over the world, religion and Ayurveda, natural health and medical astrology, as well as in the forecasting techniques of ancient astrology. She has published more than 50 articles which have been published in German, Spanish, English, Italian and Turkish on www.astro.com, in the English Astrological Journal, the German Meridian Fachzeitschrift für Astrologie and the Italian Linguaggio Astrale, the ISAR Magazine, the Spanish Stellium magazine, the AFAN magazine, in the publication The Ascendant and in the Infinity Astrological Magazine . She is a tutor for the QHP and an international speaker. Tania is currently finishing her book on Latitude, declination, nodes and apogee: The lost secrets of our ancestors. She lives in Italy and offers horary and natal consultations in person and via zoom.

1 March: You Can Do Magic: A Guide to the Timing and Making of a Talisman

Liz Hathway
Liz Hathway

A Virtual Talk with Liz Hathway 

One of the most fascinating areas of astrology is the ancient art of amulet and talisman making. By strengthening a weak planet, fortifying, embellishing or possibly restraining areas of the chart, it is possible to change the relationship to your horoscope in active and creative ways, without using molten metals! In this talk, I will be revisiting the above lecture first presented at the Astrological Association of Great Britain’s, Magic conference in September 2013.

Liz Hathway, Master of Arts in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (with distinction), DFAstrolS, Qualified Horary Craftswoman (Frawley school) is a Welsh born, Dutch based astrologer, with many years experience in teaching, lecturing and writing about astrology. Taking a ‘can do’ approach to talisman making, Liz made many during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s including an altar cloth painted during the 1999 grand cross eclipse. During her Masters at the University of Wales, Liz explored magic and divination under the tutelage of Liz Greene, Dorian Greenbaum among others.

15 March: Van Gogh

Claudia Bader
Claudia Bader

A Virtual Talk with Claudia Bader

“I am a fanatic! I feel a power in me…a fire that I may not quench but must keep ablaze.” Van Gogh 1881

A client contacts you for an appointment: no one loves him and his career is going nowhere. His name is Vincent Van Gogh.This lecture is a psychoaesthetic deep dive into his life and psychodynamics as expressed through his chart and his artwork; particularly the troubles of excessive Jupiter energy. What do you say? How do you say it? How do you manage the session/s? What heals/helps? Key principles the astrologer can use to best be of service: knowing the chart, reading the room, dosage/timing, empathic resonance.

Claudia Bader, NCGR-PAA Level IV Counseling Astrologer, licensed psychoanalyst and creative arts therapist, has pioneered the interface of psychoanalysis, astrology, alchemy, art, and mandalas since 1973, teaching at universities and conferences. She served on the boards of AFAN, the Association of Astrology and Psychology, and was head of the Institute for Expressive Analysis and “out” as an astrologer. Published in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion and different astrology journals, her PhD explores the relationship of astrologers to astrology through the lens of transitional phenomena and the transformational object. Co-author of the bestselling Love Planets, in private practice in NYC, she also takes people to their soul homes with past life and spiritual regression.


***Spring Term Special*** 

Saturday 25 March: In person Astrology Day – SkyPortal – The Big Transits of 2023

Announcing our face-to-face meeting of 2023 at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove, on Saturday 25th March, 10am – 4pm.

Brighton Astrology Circle would like to invite you to join us on 25 March 2023 for our in person workshop “SkyPortal – The Big Transits of 2023”


Part One: 10am – 12.30 am (with a coffee break)

Pluto in Aquarius: from Breakdown to Breakthrough with Phoebe Wyss

Part Two: 1.30pm – 4.00pm (with a tea break)

Saturn Enters Pisces – When the Structure Begins to Shift and Change with Julian Venables

For more details and how to book please click here 

5 April: The Part of Fortune and its Uses

A Virtual Talk with Israel Ajose

Israel Ajose
Israel Ajose

The parts of the chart often referred to as lots or Arabic parts date back from antiquity, and the usage and understanding of the lots has nearly been virtually lost in western astrological practice. The part of fortune aka lot was and still is one of the most important and pivotal parts of a natal chart. Which is often not used or disregarded. In this lecture will will be looking and exploring how these vital tools give us much more depth and information about our lives, by integrating these tools we get to have a much better way of interpreting the chart, and also strengthening our predictive techniques.

Israel Ajose D.Psych.Astrol is a dedicated student and teacher of astrology, tarot, and a consultant. He studied and completed full honours in psychological astrology at the centre of psychological astrology in London with Liz Greene. By combining traditional, mediaeval, and psychological and Vedic techniques and methods, he is now a full-time practitioner & teacher of astrology, tarot, philosophical and esoteric teachings. He is currently the President of the Astrological Lodge of London. Much of his studies and practices also include cosmology, mythology, occult sciences, Kabbalah, shamanism, and divination.


19 April: The Hermetic Journey Through The Zodiac

A Virtual Talk with Smiljana Gavrancic   

Smiljana Gavrancic
Smiljana Gavrancic

There are 36 decans within the Zodiac (as well as 72 pentades).72 is number of Angel ,and it speaks about the primar relationship between the Sun and Venus (Pentagram) Smiljana is going to explain you how there are 3 cycles within the whole Zodiac (each includes  4 signs, i.e. 12 decans, 24 pentades). From 0 Aries-0 Leo we have the cycle which is speaking on our Present Life. From 0 Leo-0 Sagittarius we have the cycle which is speaking on our Past Life. From 0 Saggtarius -0 Aries we have the cycle which is speaking on our Future Life. Within every cycle we have several important spots (of exaltation and fall of planets), but also Smiljana developed her own degrees system within mundane astrological work in last 12th years which she is going to present you.Every country is linked with some specific degree. We will choose few decans (within each cycle) and demonstrate how it works in real life. Join Smiljana’s lecture and unlock the hermetic zodiac.

Smiljana Gavrančić was born in Serbia. She is Professional ISAR CAP Astrologer since March 2011. She finished her astrological studies at The Institute for Astrological Research and Education Johannes Kepler (Belgrade, Serbia). Before astrology, Smiljana studied International Law (the University of Belgrade, Serbia). Her articles were published at the Mountain Astrology blog, in the Astrological Journal, ISAR Journal, NCGR Geocosmic Journal, Infinity Astrological Magazine, at Astrodienst (astro.com). She gives her talks at astrological conferences: AA Conference 2016, 2022, The Astrological Lodge of London 2016, 2021, 2022, CINASTRO online conference 2015