Cynthia Thorburn


Cynthia Thorburn is one of South Africa’s leading astrologers and teachers. She has been practising astrology for over twenty years, holds a Diploma (with distinction) with the Mayo School of Astrology and won the Roy Allin Award for the best paper world-wide.

She has attended the London Faculty0s Oxford Summer School and has been published in their prestigious Astrology journal.

Cynthia is a founding member of ASSA and served as Chairperson for four years. She is now a director and honorary life member. She has had numerous articles published in ASSA’s magazine Aspects.


Margaret Mullen

Treasurer and Financial

My first serious introduction to Astrology was via a book by L. Birbeck, who provided shortened ephemerides for the planets. As a mother of four and grandmother to 6 children and one of 5 children, I had a fair number of personalities who were well known to me to gauge the effects of various planetary positions in the charts of individuals and was impressed by the accuracy of the interpretations.

That was around, but probably more than, 15 years ago and I have been hooked ever since. The telephone number of Cynthia – then chairperson of ASSA – was provided in the book. I called Cynthia and arranged to study her course with Carol Cardosa. I have also attended courses with the late Andrew Patterson and Lesley Athol Brown who provided valuable information and techniques in self knowledge and person-centered astrology, and have a diploma in horary Astrology.

The study of Astrology has enabled me to live life with awareness, purpose and humility by understanding and being able to correct aspects of myself that were counter-productive to my best interests.

My day job is in the accounting and auditing field and provides the variety that I need in life.


Laurie Naughtin

Media Contact

Laurie Naughtin is the founder of Sublunar Academy of Astrology where correspondence as well as individual courses are taught.
Laurie has International approval for her teachings; students qualifying will be eligible for the International Traditional Astrologer’s directory.

Laurie is qualified in Medical, Modern, Traditional and Horary astrology.
Specializing in Time rectification and Newborn charts.

She runs talks and presentations for media and public in general.


Marianne Venter

Secretary and Communications

Marianne has had a passionate interest in astrology for many years. She attended Cynthia Thorburn’s School of Astrology. She has not been able to complete her diploma, but intends to do so in the future. She continues to research this fascinating subject. Marianne works part time as a Secretary. She has 5 grandchildren and uses her astrology to study their vastly different personalities.

Marianne has a Leo Sun, a Pisces rising sign and an Aries Moon.


Gail Gardner

Website Liaison, Advertising and E-Mailing

Gail attained her diploma with Distinction through the Thorburn School of Astrology, and continued with further studies in Numerology, Sacred Contract Archetypes, Tarot, Runes, Metaphysics and Lifeline Counseling. She has also qualified as a Horary Astrology Practitioner, through the Jackie Brook School of Traditional Astrology.

Her fascination with Numerology is attributed to Francesqua Fagyas, who taught her a very personalized non “Cookbook” approach, which she has found to work very accurately with the personality profiling of the birth chart.

Gail comes from an Accounting and Draughting background. Her only regret is that she didn’t start studying Psychology twenty-five years ago.

She was ASSA’s Treasurer for five years, and “Acting Chairperson for 2 years. She unfortunately contracted a rare muscular movement disorder, which has impaired her speech. This resulted in her having to resign from the position of “Acting Chairperson.”

Gail has a Pisces Sun, a Sagittarian Moon, and a Gemini Ascendant.


Anthony Gardner

Chairman of the ASSA Committee

Anthony is not a qualified Astrologer, but attributes his sound knowledge of Astrology to the tutoring of his wife Gail.

Anthony runs two businesses and has a sound financial and business background. He has been an active member of a number of Committees.

He is extremely efficient and gets through the agenda at each Committee meeting, in an hour.

When Gail became ill, she asked him to continue her duties on the Committee, so that she was still able to have contact with the ASSA Committee. Her health is now much improved and she is able to fulfill different functions on the Committee.

His efficiency made such an impact on the Committee, that he was voted in unanimously as Chairman, by all the ladies.

Anthony has a Pisces Sun, A Taurean Rising Sign and a Libran Moon.