An astrologer, writer and student of all things esoteric, I studied at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London, as well as the University of Kent, where I graduated from the Cosmology & Divination MA programme with first class honours and a whole new perspective on the philsophical underpinnings of the western esoteric tradition and astrology’s role in it. I also spent a year learning horary astrology with the late Vernon Wells, who proved to be an excellent mentor.
Perhaps as a result of my background in journalism, I have a particular interest in interpreting socio-economic trends and current affairs through the lens of astrology, and use my Astro-Insights Blog to comment on various world events and prominent people from time to time.
In addition to my astrology practice, I also work as an astrology columnist and editor. Over the years, I’ve contributed monthly horoscopes and eclipse predictions to a range of online and print publications, including the London Project and the Energies in Action practitioner directory. In 2013, I revised and updated Harold Wigglesworth’s 1973 classic for the Urania Trust, resulting in the publication of ‘The New Astrology of Towns & Cities.‘ in 2014.
More recently, I wrote an introduction to geomancy, and designed some oracle cards to go with it. My interest was piqued when I began to research this mysterious ancient tradition, which bears many strong ties, both thematically and structurally, with astrology – particularly horary strology. You can find out more on the page dedicated to what some occultists called ‘terrestrial astrology’. or the ‘science of the sand’.
Unfortunately, my latest book, the Cosmology of Astrology, originally due to be published by Eddison Books in 2020, became a victim of COVID-19 and its devastating effect on the publishing industry, which led the closure of one of the UK’s most well-loved and respected MBS publishers. After a protracted legal process, I am trying to find a new publisher for it and will keep you updated on future availability as things develop. If you are an illustrated non-fiction publisher interested in helping it get across the finish line, then please do get in touch.
MY APPROACH TO ASTROLOGY
I consider myself to be an intuitive astrologer whose aim is to help ground my clients in the rhythms of their own personal cosmic cycles, identify key planetary patterns in their lives and ultimately, empower people to follow the directive of the Oracle of Delphi to ‘Know Thyself’.
I believe everybody has innate intuitive gifts and that my job is to help awaken people to their own in-built GPS system so that they don’t have to rely on me – or any other reader for that matter – to make the decisions that feel right for them. I don’t believe in creating a co-dependent relationship with my clients, but instead strive to foster greater self-awareness and empower my clients so that they can lead their best lives and grow into healthier, happier, and more authentic versions of themselves.
My job is to point out key themes, repeating patterns, as well as the best times to do X or Y – not ‘tell your fortune’. As such my readings are practically-oriented and intuitively-led, rather than predictions-based.
One of my specialities is to catalyse change, especially if people feel disempowered or trapped in repetitive cycles. As a ‘Uranian Vessel’, I excel at identifying where people are stuck, not standing in their truth, feel like an outsider, or are not accepting of their own unique quirks and gifts, and then help them to get back on track again. As we all know, though, change is not always easy or comfortable, so if you are not really ready or committed to taking control of your destiny, then I am probably not the astrologer for you! Uranus can be a bit of a disrupter and I seem to have a ‘jump start’ effect on many people’s growth, often through no fault or action of my own! In this sense, I am a great believer in the power of Human Design and the way that some individuals just happen to ‘switch on’ certain energetic channels or centres in others, depending on their ‘design’.
Astrology gives you the tools and insights to identify what themes or cycles are currently active in your life at any given moment, but it is then up to you what you do with that information.
I also do not believe in a fixed fate. Philosophically, I agree with many of the ancient philosophers, who made subtle distinctions between Fate, Fortune and Destiny. Although I do believe that as transmigratory souls, we choose certain life lessons, relationships or situations to experience before we incarnate: one’s ‘Fate’ if you like – I also believe that every human being has free will, and thus, the ability to choose a different timeline or move onto a higher path or Destiny.
Fortune, to me, is similar to the medieval goddess Fortuna or Wheel of Fortune in the Tarot, and represents external social forces, events, people we encounter and opportunities that may cross our path, both good or bad, to which we have the ability to respond to, capitalise on, or learn lessons from.
Much like the movie, ‘Sliding Doors’, one choice or decision can dramatically alter the outcome of any potential ‘forecast’ or reading. In the words of a former teacher, Geoffrey Cornelius: “Destiny is negotiable!” Furthermore, I also believe that while struggle is an inevitable part of the process of learning and growth, suffering is optional.
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