Richard Alwin Fidler is a professional astrologer and teacher. His astrological career began in the early 1990’s, while still in his teens.
During the mid 1990’s Richard joined the Pretoria Lodge of the Theosophical Society, taught astrology there, and became the librarian. This provided a rich and constant exposure to a great variety of metaphysical paradigms, practices and teachers.
He started exploring Vedic Astrology in 1997, gradually integrating Jyotish into his methodology. He now uses Western and Vedic astrological methods side by side in his practice. Through his writing, lectures and workshops he has been instrumental in fostering knowledge and awareness of Jyotish, or Indian astrology, within the Western astrological community.
In 2011 Richard spent several months in India on a personal astrological pilgrimage, to connect with Jyotish at its source after several years of self study. He has since visited India several times as a conference speaker and organizer.
In 2014 Richard was awarded the title of ‘Jyotish Martanda’ on an honorary basis at the University of Calcutta by the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology. He has served on its organizing committee for their periodic international conferences which attract leading astrologers from every part of the world.
In 2015 Richard organized the first Astrology Restored conference in collaboration with Ana Carrapichano which featured the eminent Robert Hand as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.
Richard’s work and ideas has been published in the Mountain Astrologer magazine, the Astrological Journal and several other publications- even Business Insider. Richard served as the chairperson of the Cape Town based Cape Astrology Association from 2014 to 2017, and as the ISAR Global Director for the United Kingdom from 2021 to 2023.