The Art and Craft of Consultations Day Seminar

29th November 2014 Saturday

A joint venture of the Lodge and the London School of Astrology.

With Sue Tompkins and Frank Clifford

Sue_TompkinsThe Top 10 Dos and Dont’s in the Consulting Room (with Sue) Part 1: There is more to being an astrologer than interpreting a horoscope. Sue will share her top tips for successful astrological conversations, including the all-important art of active listening: what it is, why it’s important and what can get in the way. Part 2: Why Saturn can be the good and bad guy in therapeutic relationships, and why attitude is key to all we do.

frankCliffordPreparing for Natal and Forecasting Work (with Frank) Take part in this interactive afternoon session, as Frank works with you to gain confidence in preparing for natal and forecasting work with clients. Along the way, you’ll be long the way, you’ll be offered practical and useful advice, led through preparatory work, given advice on pinpointing key natal and forecasting themes, and shown how to put it all together before the client arrives.

Entry £35-£45. Bookings taken at the Lodge on Monday nights in term time, or at the LSA. LSA/Flare Books Office: 020 8402 7772


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Open Evening – Free Admission

Astrolodge8th September 2014 — 7pm

Ever wondered what we do at the Lodge? Come to our Open Evening and find out. Open Evening is geared towards new and recent members, and provides an opportunity to meet like-minded astrologers and find out more about the lodge. The evening begins with a welcome address from the President, Kim Farnell, who will tell you about what’s coming up for the lodge and answer any questions you might have. But instead of simply telling you what we do, we’d like to show you. So we’ll start off with a brief chart discussion for everyone to join in – that includes absolute beginners. Then it’s up to you. You can have a short reading from one of our astrologers. Or if you fancy something different, how about a tarot reading, palm reading or having your fortune told with traditional methods? Lodge members will be available to discuss astrology and Lodge activities. Or you can get to know some of the other people attending. We’ll stop for a short refreshment break at 8 pm and then reconvene for further readings and a final short chart discussion. Entry is free for those who simply want to attend and chat to like-minded people. A small charge will be made for readings. We look forward to meeting you!

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1066 versus 1776 – Ken Bowser

Kenneth_Bowser15 September 2014 — 7pm

Era to era comparisons are best viewed in a sidereal format which preserves aspects eroded, and eventually erased by precession. This talk will show the astrological symbolism the Anglo-American relationship—what historians and politicians often call “the special relationship.”
Kenneth Bowser, author of An Introduction to Western Sidereal Astrology, has studied both astrology and ancient history for over forty years. Known for his careful scholarship in the field of ancient astrology, Ken lectures at astrological conferences in the US and Europe and regularly teaches classes on a variety of astrological subjects. His articles have appeared in American Astrology magazine, The Mountain Astrologer, The Siderealist, The Traditional Astrologer, Continuum, Realta, and The NCGR Newsletter. He can be reached at

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Sexuality in the Chart – Jaki Windmill

Jaki_Windmill24th November 2014 – 7 PM

What fires your libido? A look at how the components of the birth chart contribute to the expression and experience of sexuality.

Astrologer, Shamanic Practitioner, Musician and Writer .
Originally from St.Ives in Cornwall but living in Brighton, Jaki Windmill has also worked in Mexico and California. She received the Diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies in 1998 (Margaret Hone award that year).

Jaki writes, teaches, runs astrological and shamanic workshops and does private consultations on phone and Skype. She has spoken about astrology on BBC Radio, including doing ‘on the spot’ consultations live on air. She has lectured frequently on both Sex and Creativity in the chart. She offers Astro/Drama and Astro/Shamanic workshops also (recently particularly on the Moon and Ascendant).  She writes astrological articles and has contributed to astrological teaching manuals (in particular the Astrological Great Cycles for the astrology She has taught Mundane Astrology for the Faculty of Astrology and lectured at the Summer School at Jesus College Oxford on Creativity and the Moon. She works with the Wheel of Astrologers at Glastonbury and other festivals every year (workshops, lectures and readings since 1994).

Jaki is interested in hidden chart potential – particularly Creativity and Sexuality. She often combines shamanic and astrological principles in consultation.  She offers Shamanic journeying and soul retrieval.

She has long experience teaching drama and has worked as a professional actress. She is a working musician, mainly with rock bands. She has written a children’s book, Fairy and Foul of St Ives (and has almost completed another in the same genre). She was a contributor to The Secondary School Assembly Files from 2000 to 2013 (Optimus Publishing).

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Lodge Ritual

ALL_Logo24th November 2014 – 8:30 PM

Lodge Ritual

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Nietzsche: The Man Who Changed The World – Mike Harding

ALL_Logo1st December 2014 – 7 PM

Nietzsche  passionately believed in both fate and free will, detested Christianity but greatly admired Jesus; doubted the existence of  objective Truth but insisted  that his argument against it was true; was committed to the importance of individual experience while  claiming that the ‘self’ was an illusion; attacked  ‘scientism’ but drew extensively on the work of Darwin; had little regard for astrology but used its imagery in one of his most intimate letters.  He is known as a philosopher, but consistently described himself as a psychologist.

As well as changing the course of western philosophy  his key ideas influenced the work of  Freud, Jung, Adler, May, Maslow, Lacan  and Laing.  This presentation will explore the relevance  of these ideas  when it comes to reading  the birth chart, and unravelling  the various beliefs  and assumptions that are implicit in all our interpretations of human life.

For the astrologer, these assumptions are partly craft-orientated:  do we favour the Tradition, Vedic, harmonics,  etc, and what convinces us of their veracity?  Whatever our preferred approach, we are also caught up in a world where  social values have  altered radically  within the last 30 years, and often challenge many of the astrological conventions that existed when we first began our studies.  As  Nietzsche specifically predicted this social upheaval, and in many ways is responsible for it, a look at his chart could be a good place to start.

Nietzsche was born at 10:00 am on October 15th 1844 (LMT -00:48:32) at Rocken in Germany. (12 E 08, 51 N15) giving an Ascendant  of  29 SC 14 and a MC of  23 VI 27.


Mike Harding  is an existential psychotherapist and consultant astrologer.  He is a senior lecturer  and clinical supervisor  at the School of Psychotherapy & Psychology at Regent’s University. Over the years he has chaired the Astrological Association, the Association of Professional Astrologers and the Society for Existential Analysis.
He is the author of Hymns to the Ancient Gods,  co-author with Charles Harvey of Working With Astrology as well as many articles on both the technical and philosophical aspects of astrology.  He has also published papers on  the  philosophy of language,  with particular reference to  the works of  Freud,  Heidegger, Joyce,  Lacan, and Wittgenstein.  He can be contacted at

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Lodge whole chart discussion

ALL_Logo1st December 2014 – 8:30 PM

Lodge whole chart discussion  

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The deeper symbolism of Christmas: Astrology and History – Andy Thomas & Helen Sewell


8th December 2014 – 7 PM

In a fascinating presentation, mysteries researcher Andy Thomas and psychological astrologer Helen Sewell uncover the intriguing deeper background to the festive season. From the ancient celebration of light in the winter darkness, to astrological themes, mystic connections and the marking of the birth of messiahs, mid-December has long been a time for rejoicing and is full of wider symbolism, as Andy and Helen reveal.

During the presentation, Andy shows how the traditional Christmas stories echo many ancient myths and still contain powerful truths, while Helen investigates the astrology of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Pisces that many people think may have been the ‘Christmas star’ which awed the Magi. She also explores the charts for Jesus’s traditionally chosen birth date and proposed real birth details, along with charts for other seasonally-related events.

Christmas has had a turbulent history: it was banned in Puritan times, and splintered into many guises before the Victorians rehabilitated the festival. Andy and Helen show how, for all the modern commercialisation, we can still find meaning in Christmas today and keep the flame of light in the winter darkness alive.


Andy_ThomasAndy Thomas is best known as a leading researcher into unexplained mysteries and is the author of the acclaimed The Truth Agenda, which explores paranormal phenomena and global cover-ups. But he is also author of several books on history and local folklore (including the Lewes Bonfire Night festivities), and explores a deeper kind of history in his book Conspiracies. His many other books include definitive guides to the crop circle phenomenon. Andy extensively writes and lectures in Britain and around the world, and he has made numerous radio and TV appearances. UK spots have included BBC 1’s The One Show, Channel 4’s Richard and Judy, BBC 2’s Esther, ITV’s GMTV, and Sky 1’s Pineapple Dance Studios.  Andy’s website:

Helen_SewellHelen Sewell D.Psych.Astrol studied with the Centre for Psychological Astrology under the renowned Liz Greene Ph.D, and is also a professional relationship counsellor. She gives personal consultations, as well as writing for astrological journals and websites. Helen’s presentation for the Alternative View conference in London was broadcast many times on Sky channel 200 (Edge Media TV) and she has also contributed to books such as Geoff Stray’s Beyond 2012 and Andy’s The Truth Agenda. Helen’s website:

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Lodge Christmas party

ALL_Logo8th December 2014 – 8:45 PM

Please bring vegetarian food to share, or pay an extra pound for entrance tonight.

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Classic lecture series

ALL_LogoJanuary – March

Ever wished you’d been alive to hear Alan Leo speak? Or Charles Carter? Here’s your chance. Over the last 100 years, the Lodge has hosted hundreds of talks. For the first term of our centenary year, classic talks from the past will be delivered every Monday night.

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