One of my favourite Sunday activities is checking out my horoscope for the upcoming week and gaining some celestial insight on what lies ahead. So in today’s blog post, I want to share some of my go-to astrologers.
I think astrology is often written off as silly, irrelevant tidbits of advice that are placed at the back of magazines, and while this is definitely one expression of it, it’s also a really cool and fun way to learn more about yourself and your life.
I also think it can be improperly used as an excuse, rather than a tool. Justifying stubbornness because your a Taurus or control-issues because your a Leo is not the point of astrology. I have a perfectly titled book called Choice Centered Astrology, which summarizes how I think astrology should be used: It can show you what your tendencies, weaknesses, strengths, and life purposes are, and armed with this information, you can make more informed choices about how you live your life.
A few years ago, in the midst of an Early-Life Crisis, I went to see Wynne Jordan, an amazing Halifax-based astrologer. Before you go for an astrological reading, you tell the reader your date, time, and location of your birth. From there, they draw out your Birth Chart (i.e. the exact positions of the planets, stars, etc in the sky at the moment you were born). This map is then analyzed and discussed in the reading.
Wynne explained that a common misconception about astrology is that the position of the planets controls our personalities, behaviours, etc. Actually, the sky just reflects what is happening on Earth- it’s about correspondence, not cause and effect. So you are not who you are because the planets made you that way, you are who you are and the sky reflects this.
Another thing- there’s so much more to astrology than the personal level. Just as the sky reflects who we are, it also reflects the zeitgeist, the spiritual, economic, political, emotional, and intellectual climate of the planet.
So my reading with Wynne was my first real foray into astrology. I actually left the reading feeling pretty confused- so much of what Wynne had told me about myself seemed so far off from who I felt I was. Luckily, she sent me an mp3 recording of our conversation. I put it away for awhile and forgot about it, but I listened to it months later, after a lot of changes had occurred in my life and a lot of soul searching had been done. I was amazed at how much more I could relate to it. Wynne had seen and explained parts of me that I hadn’t been able to see yet. Not that you have to take astrological information as Law, but just be aware that it may tell you things that you have not realized or accepted yet, so give them a second thought before writing them off.
Alright, so here’s who I’m following these days:
Nadiya Shah. She does awesome monthly horoscopes on youtube. Last February, she mentioned in the Libra (that’s me!) horoscope that an opportunity may come up to include a friend in a personal hobby. She said it could be a really positive experience, and although we sometimes have the tendency to want to keep our passions to ourselves, letting our friend in would have long term benefits. During that month, a friend did come to me asking about something I’m really interested in. Had I not consulted my monthly reading, I may have not given it much thought. Instead (thanks to Nadiya!), I saw this as my opportunity, and filled her in on all I knew. Now, this is a passion we both share, and I think it has allowed us to further strengthen our friendship.
Michele Knight. I love Michele! You can find her monthly and weekly readings on youtube. As well, she does a ton of other videos about astrological and spiritual topics.
The Astro Twins. Ophira and Tali give astrology a glamourous and urban feel in their daily, weekly, and monthly reports, which you can find on their website. One thing I really like about them is that they tell you what is coming up and then provide you with links to books, websites, and mentors- resources for dealing with/getting the most out of the predicted situations.
They also have an awesome free Compatibility Guide that you can download (see the blue box on the right hand side of their homepage). It shows how your sign interacts with other signs and can help to shed light on your dynamics with others.
If you’re interested in learning more about yourself and your sign, they also have an upcoming online class.
So these are three of the many many amazing astrologers out there. I like to listen to them at the beginning of the week and month and take a few quick notes on what to watch for and be aware of. The cool thing about astrology is that it can be as casual or in depth as you want it to be. You can take a quick peek at your weekly horoscope, or you can dive in to the complicated science of the sky.
If you have any resources you love, please let me know