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

At the Great Barrier Reef


Sue at Lake Waikitipu, South Island, New Zealand

I’m back from a very exciting trip to Australia and New Zealand during 2015, refreshed and raring to get going again. Had some fun experiences, did some astrology talks and some tarot readings over there – but also simply had some time out. Something everybody needs from time to time if you can possibly manage it.


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Workshop at Tarot Festival, London N5

 4 June 2016, 10am-5.30pm

At: Islington Ecology Centre, 191 Drayton Park, London N5 1PH  (Arsenal tube.)

This is a whole day festival of the Tarot with many speakers, esoteric goodie stalls, free talks and workshops.

My talk will be on the Major tarot card The Lightning Struck Tower, entitled Should the Hero free the Prisoner? I am speaking at 2pm.
Further info:


Online Webinar on Intermediate Chart Interpretation  Saturday 11 June 2016      

Day Seminar on the Astrological Sun                               
Central London. Sunday 24 July 2016 

For further info on both the above, see the Faculty of Astrological Studies website: and Sue’s Diary page


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.

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.

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

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Courses and workshops



Tarot Intermediate course ( 8 weeks):

  • Tuesday evenings from 17 May- 5 July 2016
  • At Treadwells, Store St, London WC1
  • For those already familiar with tarot cards who would like to expand and enhance their knowledge
  • More info on Sue’s Diary page and at
  • Bookings taken by Treadwells. The course is currently sold out, with a waiting list.  Email me for details of the next course.

For details about future planned courses or workshops/seminars, see Sue’s Diary

For further info on any of the above courses, with no strings (!!) email me on


There are currently no Planetary Magic courses planned. If you are interested, or would like to go on my mailing list for future info, please email me.


Recent talks/workshops

  • UK Tarot Conference in London on Saturday 10 October 2015 I lectured on the Influence of the Minor card images. See for info on 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 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. I will give new tarot workshops there again in Autumn 2016. Watch this page!

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