Astrology Decoded: a step by step guide to learning astrology by Sue Merlyn Farebrother

I am excited to tell you that I will be flying from London to Australia and New Zealand during March and April 2015. I shall give some astrology talks there – see details below on this page, but I am also taking some time out.

This means that I will not be undertaking any chart or tarot consultations during March or April, so after the end of February my next booking availability will be in May 2015. By all means email me for a May or June appointment if you would like to.

I am delighted (and amazed) to say that Astrology Decoded is 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.

And check out reviews of my book here:

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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.

Astrology, Tarot and Planetary Magic courses - for the latest news, see below.


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 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 the 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.

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 extraordinary 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.

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Courses and workshops

 My next talks will be on:

Friday 13 February 8pm at Bedford Astrology Club on the subject of Equinoxes and Solstices. For further info, email the Club Secretary,

Monday 23 February at 8.30pm at the Astrological Lodge of London on the subject of  Putting the chart together

Every astrologer has their own method for synthesising the complex information in a chart. Sue will consider ways to find the themes and make a chart into a coherent whole.


In Melbourne, Australia:  

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

On Saturday 21 March at Victorian Astrologers Association (VAA), on the subject of The Power of Chart Imbalances

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. Nearly all birth charts have imbalances in one way or another - which is reflected in the fact that most of us are talented in – or challenged by – certain qualities in our personalities or abilities.  I will be looking at the effects on the individual of sign or element imbalances, unaspected planets etc. A fascinating astrological exploration. Bring your charts or those of your family!


Recently completed:

Tarot workshop at the Riviera Reiki Centre, in the coastal town Villefranche, next door to Nice in France, on:

Tuesday 14 October 2014, evening, in English: The Fool’s Journey.


Introduction to the Tarot – Day workshop on 30 November

At Treadwells Bookstore, Store St, London WC1. All bookings taken at Treadwells.   Email:  Phone: 0207 419 8507


If you are new to tarot, and want to learn in a structured way, the course below is for you:

My next Tarot Beginners 10 week course will begin on  Monday 9 November at the LSA in central London. Info on their website, and on Sue’s Diary page.

Please email me on if you would like more information about the content of this course, or check out the link on Sue’s Diary.


1) 8 week Beginners Astrology course in London. My next course is currently running, from  Wednesday January 14 2015 at 7pm. Includes your birth chart and all course handouts.   Email me if you want to be informed of the next Astrology Beginners course.

I will never email you about anything other than this unless you give me permission to let you know about other things I am doing.

Planetary Magic course:  For details see Sue’s Diary page.


One of my past talks:

 Talk on Astrology Decoded

I gave a talk about the book, including an author signing, on 

Thursday 20 March 2014

At Watkins Books, Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ

Here’s the link to the talk: