Astrology is an ancient art of looking to the skies—the stars, the planets, the Sun and Moon—for movements, cycles, and patterns with which to co-create meaning in our lives on earth. Whether the cosmos are viewed as a reflection, a sign, an influence, or a cause of qualities and events in our lives, the basic premise of astrology is that we can learn more about ourselves, our lives, and our potential from looking outside of ourselves and examining our situation within a universe that is much more than human. Astrology is far more complex than "sun sign astrology"—which is a modern simplification and reduction of this ancient tradition. Each one of us is so much more than a single sign; the entire sky is present for your birth and for your life, and astrology is a system of making meaning of many forces and relationships in the sky moment by moment.
I am primarily a self-taught astrologer, supporting my studies over the last several years with online courses with Demetra George, Chani Nicholas, Austin Coppock. I received my Certificate of Completion in Chris Brennan's Hellenistic Astrology course. I have also worked with Kelly Surtees in group mentorship sessions on chart reading skills. I am a member of the Association for Young Astrologers. My approach to astrology is principally horoscopic and grounded in traditional western astrology—which has its roots in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Greco-Roman Hellenistic period—while incorporating insights from modern and psychological astrology. This means that I most often read natal charts (or "nativities"), which are like "snapshots" or diagrams of the placements of planets in the sky and how their qualities are expressed at the precise moment of a person's birth. Interpreting a person's natal chart can help us in understanding that person's life purpose and direction. A founding premise of astrology is that by examining the conditions at the origin of a person's life, we can generate knowledge about how that life with develop. I take inspiration from western medical astrology and Indian Vedic astrology as traditions of thinking astrology in terms of body and chakras, as well as the Queer Astrology movement which considers the practice of astrology through the lenses of queer activism, queer studies, and our own queer lives. I also consider the day to day mundane astrology—examples of which you can find on my blog—as a generative backdrop to the work that I do and a framework for examining collective experiences of society more broadly. I read using Whole Sign Houses—one of the most ancient house systems in western astrology—which might mean that my way of looking at your chart is slightly different from other renderings and readings you may have encountered. I interpret using traditional planetary rulerships of the signs; I sometimes include Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and astroids in readings, but not as rulers of signs.
While the ancients developed the practices of astrology primarily for making predictions and determining the quality of a life, I use astrology as a lens through which to become curious about our lives and come into more critical, compassionate perspectives of self. I consider the information of the birth chart and ongoing planetary transits as invitations for reflection, contemplation, and expanding consciousness in new directions. I believe that you are the expert of your own lived experiences, and I will never use astrology to claim higher authority or insight into your life. Rather, my goal is to bring information from astrology into your view. Together, we will consider how the content of your natal chart or current planetary transits invite you to direct your attention, ask questions, and listen for the wisdom that comes from within.
"The entire sky sang your praises when you were born. The cosmos reflected your purpose the moment you arrived here. The heavens hung a map of your potentials, gifts, and greatest challenges the moment you took your first breath. Don’t boil yourself down to a sign. Or even a list of them. You are a totality, not a fragment."
"Remember the sky you were born under,
know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night ...
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth."
-from "Remember" by Joy Harjo