Advanced Astrology for Beginners- Webinar Course 5-19 May 2019

The reason I’ve called this course ‘Advanced Astrology for Beginners’ is because the aim and purpose of this series of lessons is to lead the astrological novice as quickly as possible to astrology that really works!

‘Advanced astrology’ here doesn’t mean ‘ extra difficult’, it means something closer to ‘solid and utterly reliable astrology’.

The emphasis will be on the Geometry of astrology known as Aspects.

If you master Aspects, you’ve mastered a principle that has many vital applications.

– Applied to natal chart interpretation Aspects reveal distinct and important personal characteristics and life patterns.

– Applied to the comparison of two charts (Synastry or ‘compatibility astrology’) Aspects reveal a great deal about the quantity and quality of the ‘channels’ of communication that exist between individuals.

– Applied to Transits (the current positions of the planets, or their position at any given time) Aspects help us read the current general or global weather and (most excitingly) the Aspects formed between the Transiting and Natal chart positions give us an invaluable key to individual life cycles.

Learning to work with Transits is the crowning achievement of successfully assimilating the information presented in this course. And it is a great achievement indeed! When you’re proficient in these basic applications of Astrological Geometry, all the rest of astrology’s facets (some of which are far less solid and completely reliable than Aspects) will be easy to add in time to your astrological tool-kit.

Spend some time applying all the wondrous ways astrological Aspects are used, and you will come to know for certain and see with your own eyes that our lives unfurl, just like flowers, in the most glorious symmetrical patterns, synchronized to a grand cosmic song conducted by our Maestro, the Sun, with his band, the Solar System.


5 May
– Basic astronomical facts relating to the Planets and the Solar System.
– The structure of the Zodiac and it’s convenience in terms of measuring Geometric Angles
– Reading the Ephemeris (tables of planetary motion, the grand clock which is the solar system); approximate but adequate chart calculation using the Ephemeris.
– Options for generating precise and accurate astrological charts.

12 May
– Planetary ‘archetypes’; attributes and Symbolism associated with the Planets; the Planets and our human, drives, faculties and functions.
– Aspects and Sign Groupings;
– Calculating and interpreting Aspects in a Natal Chart

19 May
– Using the ephemeris to observe Transits and Planetary Cycles
– Calculating Aspects between Transiting and Natal (birth) positions
– How to decode the symbolic meaning of the ‘cosmic algebra’ you’re producing with Aspects.
– Aspects between the birth charts of two (or more) individuals representing their ‘points of meeting’- and how these are cyclically triggered by Transits.

You can do all this!


– Three consecutive Sunday sessions starting 5 May 2019 at 15:00 GMT/UT (17:00 South African time).

– Each lesson will be approximately 2 to 2.5 hours in duration.

– Each participant will be given a link to essential resources, such as planetary tables, video content on all these topics from similar courses, a PDF textbook written by Richard Fidler which contains descriptions of all the core elements of the astrological alphabet, including interpretations for Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses, and most importantly here, Planets in Aspect. I will in fact request of participants to spend some time reading the first 30 pages or so of the textbook in preparation for the course.

– Participants will receive recordings of these lessons.

– US$36 via PayPal paid into
– ZAR400 from a South African Bank account

Bookings and queries: Richard Fidler

First Steps into Jyotish Webinar Course 4-25 May 2019

FIRST STEPS INTO JYOTISH: an Introduction to Vedic Astrology

If you’ve studied some Western astrology and you’re curious about Jyotish, but not quite sure where to start, this course could be for you.

Western and Vedic astrology are dialects of the very same language. They are literally twins separated at birth. For this reason they are very directly comparable. Where they do differ they often have a lot to teach each other. Even if you don’t decide to adopt the methods of Jyotish, understanding them can expand and deepen your understanding of astrology in general. It is also a fact that Western and Vedic astrology are coming closer together. There is a growing exchange and discourse between exponents of both approaches which, I believe, will eventually result in the development of a more complete and refined form of astrology in the future. More and more astrologers are recognizing the value of becoming ‘bilingual’. This short but intensive course can help you take your First Steps into Jyotish.

– Four consecutive weekly lessons commencing Saturday 4 May 2019 at 15:00 GMT/UT
– Each lesson will be between 1.5 and 2 hours in duration.
– Each participant will receive a PDF course manual as well as recordings of the online lessons
– Course fee: US$ 60
– PayPal payments can be made here:


LESSON 1 (4 May 2019)
– Calculating and drawing a Jyotish horoscope: converting a Tropical Western chart to the Sidereal Jyotish format
– Free software suggestions and demonstration
– The attributes of the ‘Navagrahas’ or nine Planets used in Jyotish; Planetary Dignity
– The ‘Bhavas’ or Houses and their most important groupings

LESSON 2 (11 May 2019)
– Basic rules of chart interpretation: Planets as occupants, lords and significators of Houses
– Jyotish approach to Aspects of the Planets
– The Yogas of Jyotish: Special Planetary Combinations
– The status of various planets for the 12 Ascendants (Lagnas)
– Chandra and Surya Lagnas: the Moon and Sun as Ascendants

LESSON 3 (18 May 2019)
– Introduction to the Nakshatras or Lunar Mansions of Jyotish
– The use of Nakshatras in Natal Chart interpretation, Elections and traditional Synastry
– Calculating Vimshottari Dasha from the Moon’s Nakshatra position

LESSON 4 (25 May 2019)
– Application of Dashas, Transits and other Timing Techniques of Jyotish
– Sade Sati
– Remedial Measures

For enrolment or queries contact Richard Fidler at