Vale Ed Tamplin – Australian astrologer

It is with much sadness that I write about the passing of a close friend and a great astrologer, Ed Tamplin. Just over an hour ago his partner, Sherrynne Dalby, also an excellent astrologer, informed me of his passing.

Together Ed and Sherrynne ran the Sirius School of Astrology, at which many accomplished astrologers first encountered the foundation principles of astrology and later became successful practitioners in their own right.

Ed and Sherrynne were also very involved in the Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA) at different levels of the organisation on various occasions. Ed spoke at many FAA conferences and presented his research at other state affiliated branches, as well as the local Sydney Astrological Research Society (SARS). His earlier life experience as a ‘radio jock’ prepared him well for public presentations.

Ed Tamplin’s presentations were always meticulous, well organised and researched. Ed was an astute observer of politics, both at home and abroad, and his capacity for research and his memory for detail set him apart from many of his colleagues. He was not afraid to pick up the phone and speak directly to political leaders in Australia and ask for their birth details.

Ed Tamplin’s web site: is a treasure trove of astrological information and is still available for viewing.

Ed is particularly known for his “Eye in the Sky” regular column in the national quarterly publication of the FAA Journal. For 7-8 years while I was still editor, Ed was a regular contributor, never missing an edition over all those years. Neither has he missed an edition since Judy Best took over as editor. Ed’s speciality was mundane (political) astrology.  His capacity to be objective in his astrological assessments, without political bias, provides an exemplary example which some contemporary astrologers could follow.

Ed and Sherrynne spent time with us at our home on the Bellarine Peninsula and I enjoyed their company over the occasional glass of wine and a stroll on the surf beach at Ocean Grove. I knew him as someone with a good sense of humour and an excellent conversationalist. While he commanded respect he would understate his accomplishments and conduct himself with humility. He was sensitive to the needs of others and would go out of his way to first seek to understand the needs and opinions of others before offering an opinion himself.

Ed Tamplin’s horoscope reflects many of the characteristics which defined him in real life. These include the Taurus ascendant, showing a steady, determined and un-rushed approach. He was born on a full Moon and a SunMars conjunction in Cancer,  showing his sensitivity, compassion, as well as his courage. There is of course much to say about his horoscope but this is not the moment. At his passing his natal Moon was receiving an exact solar transit by square, and Saturn, the planet of closure, was conjunct his natal Moon.

There is so much to add to this brief dedication, which I may do over time. The news of Ed’s passing is still fresh and being assimilated.

To a great man: Ed Tamplin.


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