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My new book is published!

  • Astrology Forecasting has just been published by Rider/Random House/Penguin – which is a follow-up to Astrology Decoded – or is for anyone who simply wishes to learn more about Astrological Forecasting.

Astrology Forecasting does what it says in the title – this book is about learning how to forecast the future using the techniques of astrology. It teaches you how to put astrological forecasting together for yourself, and shows you how to arrive at the meanings of it all. Four main methods used in everyday Western astrology are explained:

· Transits

· Secondary progressions

· Solar arcs

· Solar return charts

Like its predecessor, my first book Astrology Decoded, the book is written in an easy to follow style. Some new features include the meaning of the progressed lunation phase, and the asteroids, plus interpretations of planetary combinations that are given to help you to work it out for yourself.

Two ‘case study charts’ of real people – called Elaina and Leon – are given. The current or recent past main life stories of these two individuals are illustrated through interpreting their relevant astrology. There are plenty of other astrological examples given – and some are remarkable, and some are funny…but all these examples will grab your interest.

Buy this book and find out how to dive into your own future, or that of close people in your life!

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I am delighted to say that Astrology Decoded has been at the top of Amazon’s wished for astrology books list, and number 8 (or 6, depending on the day you look) on their best sellers astrology books!! Very exciting.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/most-wished-for/books/275577/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_mw

And check out reviews of my book here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/1846043131/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Copy and paste this into your browser if you can’t see the link.

NOTE: If you have logged on to my site in order to generate a birth chart, please go to the Astrology Decoded page, where you will find the link to do this. There have been one or two technical issues with the chart generator recently. If you have difficulties, please email me with your name, date, place and time of birth, and will do what I can to help. There is also information there about how to access your forecasting.

What are astrology and tarot?

‘Astrology is the study of the planets as they orbit through the zodiac signs, as viewed from the Earth, and the observed correlations with earthly events.’ From my new book, Astrology Decoded 

That is the simple explanation, but the meaning of those planetary patterns in a birth chart is what concerns most of us. This is explained in depth in my book. You can gain an immense amount of knowledge about yourself and your purpose for being here from studying astrology, or by having your chart read by an experienced professional astrologer. The meaning of the magical symbolism underlying astrology’s firm basis in mathematical astronomy is one of the most profound open secrets of the universe, and anyone who truly wishes to deepen their understanding of life can learn how to do this. If you would like to know more, please visit our new online Astrology School website The Academy of Astrology – http://www.academyofastrology.co.uk/

And the mysterious world of TAROT cards, what is that about?  It is perhaps best explained as a centuries old system of symbolism, that if you learn how to read, can offer you profound insights into your own life, and into the way things are.

There is much more to astrology or to the tarot than divining your future.

I believe that, based on many years of experience of working with people, you have the power to create your own life, make choices, find courage when it is needed, find your true direction: in other words, you are in control. What I can offer is guidance to open your vision up to new possibilities; help you to deal with change and challenges; support you in becoming more fully who you truly are, in moving towards finding the inner joy that is your birthright. I do this by working with you using the wisdom of the ancient symbols of astrology and tarot, to enhance your ability to transform your life yourself – and to make it last. Click here for information about personal consultations face to face, or by phone or Skype.

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Past talks/workshops

  • The Links between Astrology and Tarot  in May 2017:    

    Day workshop at Cornwall Astrology Group, Landrake, Cornwall

    ‘It was a perfect day with a great subject..well done!’  Val, participant

  • UK Tarot Conference in London on Saturday 10 October 2015 I lectured on the Influence of the Minor card images. See http://tarotconference.co.uk/ for info on this/next year’s Conference.
  • Tarot Beginners Day Workshop: The Magic of Tarot. Saturday 18 July 2015 at Treadwells.
  • Creativity and Change. Evening talk in Croydon. Friday 7 August. At Alternatively Speaking monthly group meetings.

Recently completed international work:

In Melbourne, Australia:   On Saturday 14 March at the Theosophical Bookstore – Magical Thinking and Astrology, and a book signing for Astrology Decoded.

In Melbourne:   On Saturday 21 March at Victorian Astrologers Association (VAA), on the subject of The Power of Chart Imbalances http://www.vicastrology.net/ What is missing in the birth chart is just as important as what is present, because whatever is missing tends to have great power over us.  A fascinating astrological exploration.

Tarot workshop at the Riviera Reiki Centre, in the coastal town Villefranche, next door to Nice in France, in October 2014, evening, in English: The Fool’s Journey. 

More details of current work are on Sue’s Diary page

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What is astrology?

‘Astrology is the study of the planets as they orbit through the zodiac signs, as viewed from the Earth, and the observed correlations with earthly events.’
From my book, Astrology Decoded 

What is tarot? 

‘With no other “book” than the tarot, a person could in a few years acquire universal knowledge.’ From Transcendental Magic by Eliphas Levi

Many people seek understanding through astrology, or through the tarot. One purpose is to gain more insight into yourself or another person, or to enhance your perception of a situation. Another purpose is to find guidance during a difficult period in your life, or with a particular issue, to ask if there is a better period coming, or when and how a problem will be solved.

Have you ever asked yourself questions such as these:

Is your life what you would like it to be?

Do you feel able to do what you really want to do?

Do you feel fulfilled by your important relationships?

If you have an occupation, is it meaningful to you?

Astrology and tarot are both profoundly symbolic systems that can deepen your knowledge of yourself, the purpose of your life, and indeed of life itself.

There is much more to astrology or to the tarot than divining your future.

I believe that, based on many years of experience of working with people, you have the power to create your own life, make choices, find courage when it is needed, find your true direction: in other words, you are in control. What I can offer is guidance to open your vision up to new possibilities; help you to deal with change and challenges; support you in becoming more fully who you truly are, in moving towards finding the inner joy that is your birthright.

I do this by working with you using the wisdom of the ancient symbols of astrology and tarot, to enhance your ability to transform your life yourself – and to make it last.

Click here for information about personal consultations face to face, or by phone or Skype.

If you are interested in learning astrology for yourself, see below, or for London-based courses in tarot see Latest News or the Tarot page.

 

My next  Astrology Course (working with three other established and talented astrologers) is:

Spring 2019  (date to be announced)  of our new online Astrology School: The ACADEMY OF ASTROLOGY 

http://www.academyofastrology.co.uk/     Visit our website for further information.

We start with our new Foundation Course in Spring 2019. I am the lead tutor who will begin the course, and as time goes on, our four astrologers (Rod, Mandi, Marcos and Sue) will be involved in lectures and teaching. We will offer a progression through many different types of astrological learning. This will be an Astrology School with a difference!! Sign up for free videos, a newsletter, and mini lectures!

 

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Here is a listing of some of my talks, classes and courses for Spring/Summer 2020 so far. I have provided a web link where possible, so that you can read more about it. Email me at info@suemerlyn.com for further information, with no obligation.

The most effective way to contact me is to use the above email address.

Most courses are held in various venues in Central London.  See the web links given by each listing for more information.

Upcoming courses and workshops

January 12 2020 Workshop: Introduction to Tarot at Intermediate level:  This short workshop is for those with some tarot knowledge already, rather than complete beginners,who would like to brush up.  Catching up, revision, questions and answers, recapping, one new card spread, build your confidence. At the LSA (see below).

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Throughout the month of March 2020: My next Tarot Intermediate course is on 4 x Sundays, all day, at the LSA (London School of Astrology) opposite Euston Station, London.  

DATES: Sunday March 1st, 8th, 15th March + 29th March 2020. 11.30am – 5pm

http://www.londonschoolofastrology.co.uk/news/tarot.html    To book or enquire, the contact details for the LSA are on the link.

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A series of Tarot workshops

This is a brand new series of half day Tarot workshops, held once a month on a Saturday afternoon at  Treadwells Bookshop – a special magical bookshop at 33 Store St, London WC1E 7BS

(Off Tottenham Court Rd).  www.treadwells-london.com   0207 419 8507  info@treadwells-london.com Starting Saturday 29 February 2020. All are linked, but each workshop can be taken

individually, and is complete in itself.

  • February 29 HEALING cards:

Star, High Priestess,  Empress, Temperance

  • March 28 SPIRITUAL cards:

Hierophant, Hanged Man, Strength, Sun

  • April 25 DARK cards:

Death, Devil, Tower, Moon

  • May 23 NEW BEGINNINGS cards:

Fool, Judgement, Magician, 4 x Aces

  • June 20 DECISIONS & MOVING ON cards:

Lovers, Chariot, Hermit, 4 x sixes

  • July 25 CHANGE & COMPLETION cards

Emperor, Wheel, Justice, World

 

My next Tarot Beginners course in London is not yet confirmed.

To be placed on my mailing list to be informed of dates for future Beginners Tarot classes,  email me on info@suemerlyn.com

What to expect in a Tarot Beginners  course:

Why does this mysterious set of cards hold such fascination for us? I address this question, and delve deeply into the meanings of each card, exploring numbers, elements, and the symbolism of the Major archetypes. We will do this together through interactive teaching, lectures, discussions, learning card layouts, and  story telling. In addition, I will work to develop your intuition through guided imagery.

 

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Astrology

Saturday 23 November 2019: I am running an online seminar on the ‘Path of Destiny: The Nodes of the Moon’ for the Faculty of Astrological Studies (FAS) – 3-4.30 pm UK time. To book or enquire, email: info@astrology.org.uk  Open to all, all are welcome. You do not have to be a Faculty student,  or at any particular level of study.

 My next Astrology Foundation course, for beginners, is for the Faculty of Astrological Studies. January – July 2020.

This is a Fast Track course, taught in central London over only 6 months, on non-consecutive Saturdays. Same material as the whole year course from October, but faster!!

From Saturday 25 January – 11 July 2020.  For further info, email the Faculty, or me!

I am working with another Faculty tutor, Kim Farley, on alternate Saturdays.

The Fast Track is held over 4 Saturdays and 3 Modules (one Module per term, ending 11 July 2020)

This is tried and tested a one year course, and a professionally taught study of astrology, from complete beginner’s level to being able to comprehensively read a birth chart.

 

My previous recent astrology teaching experience:

Core tutor (with Carole Taylor) on Foundation Year Astrology 2016-17, Fast Track Foundation course 2018 and 2019

These courses all ran in central London for the Faculty of Astrological Studies. I taught at the Faculty of Astrological Studies Summer School in Oxford in late August 2017 (Module 6, Intermediate Astrology) and I have been teaching various astrology Modules at different levels for at least 20 years.

 

  • I give lectures on various astrological subjects at other organisations, on astrology, tarot or both, such as at local astrology groups – usually out of London, exhibitions, events etc. To enquire, please email me.

 

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The four of us, listed below, have formed a new online astrology school of our own with a difference: 

The Academy of Astrology

Our new online Astrology course:  – We are four dedicated and professional astrologers who together are  launching this new School. We are:

Rod Chang, Marcos Patchett, Mandi Lockley, and me, Sue.

Check our website, and sign up for FREE astrology videos and a regular newsletter, plus monthly mini lectures, all aimed at Beginner level.

www.academyofastrology.co.uk

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Tarot Circle

This is an established regular group meeting in its fifteenth year, held in North Central London on a Sunday afternoon once a month for three hours.

Open only to those who are already familiar with tarot cards. An Intermediate course level of understanding is needed to be able to join this group.

In this group we work together on a variety of tarot topics, psychic development, and enhancing your abilities and confidence with the cards. Lots of fun and practise!

If you would like more details about Tarot Circle, please email Sue on info@suemerlyn.com .

New members are always welcome, and there is no commitment.

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Some examples of past talks/workshops

  • The Links between Astrology and Tarot  in May 2017:    

    Day workshop at Cornwall Astrology Group, Landrake, Cornwall

    ‘It was a perfect day with a great subject..well done!’  Val, participant

  • UK Tarot Conference in London on Saturday 10 October I lectured on the Influence of the Minor card images. See http://tarotconference.co.uk/ for info on this/next year’s Conference.
  • Tarot Beginners Day Workshop: The Magic of Tarot. Saturday 18 July 2015 at Treadwells.
  • Creativity and Change. Evening talk in Croydon. Friday 7 August. At Alternatively Speaking monthly group meetings.

Recently completed international work:

In Melbourne, Australia:   On Saturday 14 March at the Theosophical Bookstore – Magical Thinking and Astrology, and a book signing for Astrology Decoded.

In Melbourne:   On Saturday 21 March at Victorian Astrologers Association (VAA), on the subject of The Power of Chart Imbalances http://www.vicastrology.net/ What is missing in the birth chart is just as important as what is present, because whatever is missing tends to have great power over us.  A fascinating astrological exploration.

Tarot workshop at the Riviera Reiki Centre, in the coastal town Villefranche, next door to Nice in France, in October 2014, evening, in English: The Fool’s Journey. 

 

 


 

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Sue has been studying, reading and teaching the tarot for over 30 years.

 

Tarot cards laid out in an astrological pattern, based on the seven visible planets.

 

I learnt to understand the magical symbols on tarot cards from a wise teacher of the Hermetic Arts many years ago. The cards you can see here in the photo belong to the Classical Tarot, which was my very first pack of tarot cards. A tarot pack consists of 78 cards, of which 22 are the Major cards, which represent universal archetypes or drives in life.

The other 56 cards are the Minor cards – based on the four suits of playing cards plus one extra per suit –  which ‘fill in’ the important details in a reading. If you are familiar with more modern packs such as the Rider-Waite, you will be aware that all the cards in that pack and its derivatives have illustrations. You will notice that these classical cards do not have illustrated Minor cards, but are simply shown as six Pentacles, eight Cups and so on. That was how I learnt to understand numbers, and the four elements represented by the four suits.

 

Sue as a tarot reader

I approach readings for people with a view to doing my best to translate the language of the tarot into a comprehensible message. I shuffle the cards with you in mind, and hand them to you to shuffle, or cut as you choose, putting your energy into the cards, so this reading is clearly for you.  I then take them back, and lay them out in a pattern of choice. I believe that tarot cards mysteriously mirror what we have in our subconscious minds and in the circumstances that surround us at any given period. The cards do not tell us what we should do, but give indications of what needs to be addressed, and possibly changed, in order to move towards the best possible outcome.

I do not give advice, as advice given to you by anyone else, even by the tarot reader, is not useful. Instead I interpret the wisdom contained in the combination of tarot images. I will tell you what I see, and I try always to do this with compassion. I believe also that tarot cards are never negative, but come from a position of light. True, there are images that seem disturbing, such as the Death card (which means transformation) or the Tower (breakdown of circumstances or breakthrough, awakening).  Life is not always rosy and wonderful, but sometimes we humans go through difficult patches – but there is always a way through. This is what the tarot can do, it can show you another perspective on your situation, whatever that is. Many people who have a reading gain new insight into their next step.

 

A student makes us all laugh

Teaching the tarot

I love to communicate with others through my teaching practise. I took a Masters degree some years ago at university in order to enhance my knowledge of history of magical symbolism.  I have an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, which explored not only the background and the current approaches to astrology, but also led me deep into researching related esoteric subjects, especially the mystery of tarot imagery and its evolution. My dissertation – for which I received a Distinction – was on the subject of comparing the rapid evolution of tarot and astrology during the nineteenth century leading into the twentieth, when both subjects were woven ever more intrinsically together in the ancient Western Mystery Tradition.

In addition, I have studied and meditated to develop my intuition through psychic studies, and have created a way of teaching that involves using guided imagery journeys to deepen my students’ own personal connection with tarot cards. I blend these experiences with giving my classes a thorough understand of the meaning of each card.

  Further details will be posted soon on Treadwells’ website, and on this website, on course content, plus dates.

I will be running my next Tarot Foundation course at London School of Astrology (LSA) 

from 22 September – 13 October 2018 (4 x consecutive full day Saturdays) See Sue’s Diary page. 

http://www.londonschoolofastrology.co.uk/news/tarot.html 

To book or enquire, LSA contact details are on this link. 

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I spoke on the Influence of  the Minor Card Images at the UK Tarot Conference, held on 8 and 9 October 2015 in London. http://tarotconference.co.uk/ Enquiries or bookings for the Conference 2017 should be made through the website or by phone with Conference organiser Kim Arnold and her team.

To book a tarot consultation in person or by Skype, see Consultations.

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Astrology

‘That which is above is like to that which is below and that which is below is like to that which is above’    Hermes Trismegistus

What is Astrology?

Astrology is an ancient symbolical system which explores the correlations between the planetary cycles and the star patterns in the sky, and the inner consciousness and lives of human beings on earth. The study of the sky has evolved over thousands of years of careful observation, and the astrologers of long ago found a meaningful relationship between the planetary movements and larger historical events.

The emphasis today is on the individual person, although there are many uses to which astrology can be put. The profound meaning found in the birthchart of each unique individual is seen by astrologers as a reflection of the cosmic patterns that formed at their moment of birth.

This is an example of a birthchart – the patterns on your own chart may look different.

Your Birthchart

The chart for your moment of birth can be accurately calculated and drawn up, and is your unique personal birthchart, or horoscope. A birthchart can still be calculated for you even if you are unsure of your time of birth. Your chart shows the key themes of your intrinsic character, your past and potential experiences, and can help to give you a new perspective on your life.

Interpreting a birth chart consists basically of getting to know the four ‘building blocks’: the planets, the zodiac signs, the houses and angles, and the aspects. Very briefly, these are:

The planets represent basic drives, or archetypes, in the essential make-up of every human being. (e.g. your sense of identity, your need for emotional security, your type of thinking, your way of loving, etc).

The zodiac signs describe the ways in which these drives are expressed.

The houses and angles indicate in which areas of a person’s life these essential drives will be experienced.

The aspects are the relationships between the planets, and show ways in which the planets’ meanings will be enhanced by contact with other planets.

In-depth descriptions and explanations of these ‘building blocks’, and much more besides are in the pages of Astrology Decoded.

The patterns in the cosmos continue to change throughout a lifetime, and are known as ‘transits’ to the natal chart. These together with other astrological forecasting techniques such as ‘progressions’ (when one day of actual planetary movement symbolically equals a year of your life), are used to explore the underlying meanings of, and purpose of, events, challenges and opportunities in your life, usually for the year ahead. Forecasting with astrology will be the subject of a future book of mine.

Using astrology in this way will enhance your self-knowledge. Understanding your experiences astrologically can help to channel your creative responses, and support you in dealing with your challenges.

To book a consultation or for further info and prices click here.

 

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Sue Merlyn Farebrother

About me and my background
I have been practising as a professional astrologer, as a tarot consultant, and as a teacher for over twenty five years. My teaching of astrology and tarot is at both beginners (Foundation) and at advanced level, and I have taught both privately,  for astrological schools,  and at local authority colleges. In more recent years I have also been lecturing to groups on specific areas of my subjects, or giving introductory talks on one or both subjects. Go to Sue’s Diary for more info on my recent or forthcoming engagements.

I qualified as a professional astrologer and a holder of the prestigious DF AstrolS with the Faculty of Astrological Studies, UK, in 1992. (DF AstrolS stands for Diploma of the Faculty of Astrological Studies.) Before that, in the mid-1980s, I trained as a psychotherapist with the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust, and also undertook a spiritual training in the tarot in the early 80s.

I am committed to my own continuing professional development, and gained an M.A. in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University in 2007. My Masters thesis – which was awarded a Distinction – was on the links between astrology and tarot, as I believe both can be used in conjunction with each other to enhance your life and cast light on your deeper needs and potential.

I have also recently undertaken a professional training as a life coach, with a school in Devon called Wise Goose, and expect to complete the training by early summer 2016. I am already working on offering a new and unique service to people, combining tarot and/or astrology with life coaching, which would enable and empower people in their lives. More to come..

My first book, ‘Astrology Decoded: a step by step guide to learning astrology’ is published  by Rider Books UK and is out now. You can order the book now on Amazon.

My approach

I see you as a whole person, not as a problem needing to be solved. My approach is to look at your whole life, as the way you respond to any situation affects every part of your experience – the way you feel and the way you think. You may have issues to deal with (who does not?), and we will work together with these.

But I will also encourage your strengths, your creativity, your personal growth and spirituality. In my view and my experience, there is always another way to work with ANY situation you have in your life. My aim is to engage you more actively in exploring your personal birthchart and/or the tarot cards which reflect your situation. This is a fresh approach to the participation I invite during consultation. Above all, you will gain self-understanding, and a sense of your own power to open your life to creativity, joy and freedom.

 

 

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Astrology Decoded: A step-by-step guide to learning astrology

Have you ever wondered what astrology is about, or whether there is more to astrology than the popular sun-sign columns in the media? Are you fascinated by the idea of being able to interpret your own or other people’s personal horoscopes? If so, this is the book for you.

Accessible, entertaining and informative, Astrology Decoded explains, step by step, how to use astrology and how to progress from the very beginning stages to being able to interpret a birth chart. In this guide, I am offering a unique course that will take you through the colourful ingredients that make up an astrological chart, from the meaning of the planets and the 12 zodiac signs to subtle astrological combinations and aspects, and the ways in which these express themselves through a person’s character.

Whether you are a beginner or have some knowledge of this fascinating subject, Astrology Decoded will deepen your understanding, and show you how to use astrology to enhance your life and the lives of others. Discover how the heavenly bodies really do influence us all and, in the process, learn more about yourself and those you care about…

In order to get the most out of the book, your own birth chart is the best teacher. After all, you are the person who knows yourself best! Study charts of others are also given to expand your understanding.

Generate Your Chart

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I am starting to write the next astrology book to follow on from Astrology Decoded. Watch this space over the next few weeks for ongoing info on this..
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