How I Came to Do What I Do
Astrology? Tarot? Energy Healing? Previously they didn’t even register on my radar, but all that changed at the time of my Saturn return (around age 28/29 for everyone).
Back then I was employed as a book editor, and while driving to work one day, a car in the opposite lane swerved randomly into mine. I was thrown into a massive 360. As my car righted itself, it flew up the entrance to a petrol station and I braked just in time to avoid slamming into a petrol pump.
Health Crisis & Eventual ‘Aha’!
Prior to this I’d begun suffering extreme lower back pain, but now I had whiplash too, followed by a virus that saw me bedridden for weeks, with constant vertigo dizziness. During that time when I was ‘sent to refuel’ by life rather than keep driving the same route, a friend gave me a deck of tarot cards. I had never paid attention to tarot before. Another friend rang and read snippets from a serious astrology book she’d just discovered. It explored the deep psychological, symbolic & mythic approach to astrology. Something within me did a 360 and I began to explore life in the opposite lane! I still loved being a book editor but now had a second passion.
A few years later I started shifting professions, and now, after 17 years of working as a professional astrologer, energy healer and tarot reader, I am as inspired as ever about the complexity of individual journeys and the unique threads of each person’s story.
From Enid Blyton to Eyes Open
To me, the personal is political, with self-awareness, healing and the ‘know thyself’ power of astrology tied in with world healing. Human rights, minority rights, animal rights, and loving and looking after the planet have always been part of my inner drive.
At a primary school fete when I was about nine (the age the astrological Nodal opposition happens), I stumbled upon a volume of radical human rights poetry accidentally in among the kids’ second-hand books. Not quite the Enid Blytons I was used to! I was spun out by the human rights abuses I read about. The soul side of life threw me into greater awareness; a childhood version of feeling as if a car had swerved into me from the opposite lane.
Loving the Inner Exile
Since then, awareness of the disenfranchised has been a strong life theme; from anti-nuclear weapons rallies in my university years to campaigning for women’s rights, gay rights, nature preservation, etc. Now as an astrologer I write about the disenfranchised parts of the self and the soul, as these often hold blocked creative life force; broken, imprisoned or wandering homeless, symptomised yet always holding the gifts that eventually flow from acknowledgement and dialogue, whether direct or indirect.
Experience & Qualifications
My studies over the past 30 years include a BA Hons in literature and classics, a Cert IV in teaching, an editing & publishing Grad Dip, a 4-year astrology diploma, a comprehensive tarot certificate, plus numerous forms of meditation, healing, energy awareness and psychic insight. I continue ongoing study in these areas. I’m a member of the Association of Professional Astrologers, the Federation of Australian Astrologers and the Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association.
Forecasts and Writing
I’ve been writing forecasts since 2001 for various publications and the Radiant Living forecasts since 2005, trying to understand and share about the often indescribably complex astrology of these times, with a focus on personal growth and relationships. Over the years, I’ve also published a number of astrology articles, have guest lectured on various occasions and made some media appearances. In recent times, I’ve been posting weekly updates on Facebook.
Each Life Helps Make the World
The way astrological cycles weave in and out to provoke and stimulate the growth of each person’s individual life keeps me in awe, not to mention inspired to continue the challenge of attempting to speak the archetypal combinations in each chart. I hope something in your astrology opens your combination lock into being more fully and vitally you, more integrally on track, more in your life’s flow, and by definition a natural unfolding part of the world’s solution.