Astrology is a science and divinatory art, which hails back to about 4000 years ago. There are many branches of astrology including personal, political, financial, vocational and many more. Some of the greatest minds in the worlds have used it as a tool in their lives and work. (See the quotes at the bottom of this article)
I studied for 3 years and qualified 10 years ago with a distinction from the Rod Suskin School of Astrology. I am based in Durban, South Africa and my interest and focus is personal astrology, which all starts with the Birth Chart. I consult face-to-face in Durban and on Skype all over the world.
Each of us come into this world with a unique natal (birth) chart, which is based on the exact time, date, and place of our birth, and is completely specific to us. If you don’t know your birth time, contact me to discuss different ways of finding it out.
Your chart is essentially like a photograph of the heavens at the time you were born and serves as a cosmic map or navigational device for your journey on earth. Astrology offers a completely unique and profound perspective, revealing how the Divine intersects with our lives from birth and throughout our journey
The Birth chart shows how the planets are uniquely arranged against the backdrop of the 12 signs of the zodiac and the 12 areas of human experience. It is encoded with your personality characteristics, life’s patterns, cycles, and soul’s intentions. It also shows the timing of your personal development, transformation, and growth.
An experienced astrologer is able to translate complex astrological symbols into plain English, offering a broader view of your life, your talents, your relationships, challenges and opportunities. Astrology is a tool that, correctly used, can help to illuminate the meaning and purpose of your life, as well as how to navigate your way to your highest potential.
Astrology is an extremely useful tool when used to provide parents with knowledge of the different needs, character traits of their children, adding a level of understanding that helps them to parent effectively.
Charts can also be drawn up for relationships with the important people in your life, from business partners, to romantic partners, friends and opponents to provide a deeper level of understanding and acceptance. These readings can be done with both parties present as a counseling session or with one person, having gotten permission from the other to do it.
An astrology chart is without doubt one of the most useful tools there is to highlight the specific abilities and talents you have come in with and such is extremely helpful in deciding upon a vocation or changing careers later in life. This is a special area of interest for me and was the subject of my thesis.
Important life transitions
Astrology is clearly able to describe the phases we are going through and can really help us understand them, bringing about acceptance and guidance.
Astrology is all about timing and a good astrologer will help you to make plans and take action so that you are in the flow of your chart and in so doing, optimize your potential
The sun sign is an important part of the astrological picture and often describes some dominant qualities or characteristics you might have. However, it is absolutely impossible to interpret your unique and complex horoscope, based on only your sun sign It’s much too general and not nearly specific enough to be of any real use.
Most people in the West are aware of the their Sun sign, because the signs of the Zodiac have been widely publicised. However, as powerful as this luminary is, it does not exist on its own in the heavens. It’s accompanied by the Moon, as well as eight other planets, the Moon’s nodes, the Ascendant, the Midheaven and a host of other heavenly bodies and points.
There are also the relationships or interactions between these chart points, which we call aspects. I liken an astrological chart to a room full of people, with different characteristics, having a conversation. Remove one person and place him or her elsewhere, add someone else and the entire dynamic changes.
We all understand and accept that the sun’s position affects the seasons and that the moon affects the tides. But many are unaware of, or don’t understand why the full moon often adversely affects the mentally unstable (hence the term “lunatic”) or why people bleed more at that time, which has been verified by doctors.
Astrology is based on the Law of Correspondences, which states:
Astrology works because it embraces the ultimate truth that “all is one.” This is now accepted scientifically as a quantum physics fact folks!
When a good astrologer charts out the current planetary movements relative to your natal chart, he or she is empowering you to work with the energies of the universe consciously. If you are in synch with these energies, you will have a better understanding of the challenges in your life and be more aware of things that need changing before a crisis is necessary to wake you up.
That doesn’t mean its all a piece of cake – life is still filled with challenges. But…when we have a deeper understanding, we are able to more easily grasp, process and integrate our difficulties, bringing meaning to our lives. This is what we all seek and is the real value of astrological guidance.
Your birth chart represents a blueprint of your potentials and the areas you need to integrate to become whole. It’s similar to the lines on your hand or your fingerprints, which are unique to you. While having certain predispositions, you are still absolutely free to choose the way you would like to utilise these patterns. No matter what astrology indicates, a person, by his or her own initiative and will power can wring a victory from difficult circumstances, just as by his own laziness, he can let an opportunity slip by. A natural leader may become the head of a business or country or the leader of a gang of crooks.
There are currently many different astrology computer programmes available, which can provide you with planetary positions and interpretations – some producing twenty to forty page reports. As a result, there are now people who are simply using these programmes and consulting and charging as qualified astrologers. It is much like a layman purchasing a medical book and then practicing as a qualified doctor, diagnosing illnesses and recommending treatment. Scary stuff! A little knowledge can be dangerous!.
Although these programmes are very useful and save a lot of time for qualified astrologers in drawing up the charts, there is absolutely no way in which a computer programme can synthesise your unique planetary placements or understand the art of communicating the findings in a mature responsible way.
For example, a programme may tell you that your Sun is in Aries, your Moon in Aquarius and your Ascendant in Capricorn. However it cannot tell you how these planets and points interact with each other and the other 8 planetary bodies. This process is called “synthesis” and is the ART of astrology.
The serious study of astrology is a long, intensive and mentally challenging process, where students are taught, in addition to a deep knowledge of this ancient art, the many aspects of the human psyche, a strict code of conduct, as well as comprehensive counselling skills.
When selecting an astrologer, please ensure that he or she has the necessary qualifications and/or experience to guide you in a responsible way.
Once you have had your birth chart done, you can have an update once or twice a year, where the Astrologer will offer you insights on career development, relationship and family matters, life transitions or spiritual issues—whatever’s up for you. Astrology reveals the best way to use what you’ve got to get what you want, as well as the most appropriate timing to achieve your desired results.
I personally do not predict the specific outcomes of situations—as I believe that, as the old saying goes, “The stars impel, they do not compel.” Rather, I view astrology as a tool that helps you understand the timing mechanisms operating in your life, so that you can make the most informed decisions possible, and utilize the possibilities of the time period to the utmost. I analyze when things might shift, and in what way. We identify your challenges, and how best to face them; ascertain negative patterns that may be blocking your way, and discover how you might shift them; we pinpoint where opportunities are opening and how you can capitalize on them. I work mainly to help you understand the present and the full dimensionality of your situation. I can indeed tell you about issues and experiences that are likely to arise in future, for you to address – but this isn’t the main issue. The main issue is now, and your current options, and what you can do about it all.
I evaluate planetary placements during this calendar year, last year, and next year in order to understand what you’ve been through, where you are now, and where you’re heading. The context is helpful in building a more complete understanding ofwhy you are where you are now, so that you can make informed choices to move yourself forward.
By moving with the tides of life rather than against them, we make the most of every situation.
How my readings work
Your adventure starts with a 90 minute Birth Chart consultation, in person if you live in Durban, South Africa, or over Skype if you’re anywhere else in the world. The initial reading is designed to help you to understand and accept yourself at a deeper level. The first part of the session focuses on your character traits, talents, tendencies, challenges and opportunities. In the second part of the session, we focus on the current trends and events in your life. You will receive insight on the timing, meaning and context of whatever comes up for you in terms of your career, relationship and family, life transitions, or spiritual issues.
The first consultation can remain as a stand alone, with a follow up once or twice a year to check in with what the planets are doing.
Alternatively, important issues, challenges or intentions found in initial birth chart astrology session can be taken further into a deeper discussion, where we further explore where you want to go and the changes you can make in order to get to where you want to go.
Following the initial one or two sessions, you can then choose whether you would like to do further Navigational coaching with me.
If you have an astrological session with me – live, by Skype or Whatsapp or by phone – you will have a 90 minute session, during which you may ask any questions and raise any issues you may have. Whether you consult with me in person or over Skype, I record the session and give you a the recording, for you to refer to when necessary.
“Michelle through astrology is able to most successfully analyze or map out what needs to be acknowledged in our lives. She has the gift of advising compassionately what we need on a soul level and yet what will work in a practical framework. AG
I absolutely loved going through my children’s charts with you. It gave me so much insight into their little beings and I feel so much better equipped as a parent. I couldn’t wait to go through it all with my husband and we were both amazed at how the charts completely confirm what we have observed and experienced so far. Thank you again for your incredible gift of insight. LH
Thank you so much for the gentle and receptive space you held for me, and for your guidance and keen eye. It has opened up many things for me, and I feel satisfied with my decision to follow through on this. Frances
Thank you so much for all your kindness and invaluable expertise. You helped me to find some clarity You are amazingly gifted KB
Thanks for your time today Michelle. Loved every minute. Finally things are making sense for me and my life’s longings are being confirmed LR
Just wanted to thank you for the astrology reading…it confirmed all the main themes and predispositions in my life thus far. The clarity and confirmation was wonderful and you are truly a gifted astrologer. PM
Many thanks for the session with you this morning – it really helped me understanding why I am feeling the way I am at the moment. So I can just embrace it and accept it and understand that it’s the way it’s supposed to be. TM
Just a quick note to thank you, sincerely for your very open, honest and heart-felt approach to the reading. I felt a strong connection to you, and the message – and look forward to exploring it going forward. PV
Thank you for all you guidance, support and never failing love. You are an amazing woman, an inspiration to me and bring me such comfort and peace. I love you with all my heart. I am going out there to shine the brightest light possible. NG
Thank you for an amazing encounter. I’m bowled over by your work – and by you. Thank you for caring and sharing. BE (Life coach)
Thank you for sharing that insight with me – it’s really profound! I’m SO glad that I came today, cannot tell you how powerful it was…and look forward to reflecting and journalling further. LW (Life coach)
I just wanted to tell you how much I appeciated seeing you. I really feel quite connected to myself and my purpose now and it’s a wonderful feeling, I don’t have a fear of the unknown anymore, just a belief that things are as they should be and can only be improved upon. I still can’t believe how accurate you were!! It was just so spot on what is happening in my life right now and what I need to work on, – uncanny the timing!! JR
I wanted to thank you for the reading you prepared for me for my 24th birthday. It was a particularly special gift to receive and it had a profound effect on me. I hadn’t given much credit to astrology before, but the accuracy at which you describe me was incredible. MH
“I have studied the matter, you sir, have not”. (When Halley criticized Newton for his interest in astrology)
-Sir Issac Newton to Edmund Halley
”Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things, and I am greatly indebted to it. Geophysical evidence reveals the power of the stars and the planets in relation to the terrestrial. In turn, astrology reinforces this power to some extent. This is why astrology is like a life-giving elixir to mankind.”
– Albert Einstein
”A physician without a knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician … There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy.” – Hippocrates Fifth Century B.C.
”Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity”. – C.G. Jung
“ The cosmos is a vast living body, of which we are still parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great nerve-center from which we quiver forever. Who knows the power that Saturn has over us, or Venus? But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time.” – D. H. Lawrence, Apocalypse
”Courteous Reader, Astrology is one of the most ancient Sciences, held in high esteem of old, by the Wise and the Great. Formerly, no Prince would make War or Peace, nor any General fight in Battle, in short, no important affair was undertaken without first consulting an Astrologer.”– Benjamin Franklin
“It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.” – Ronald Regan
”Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.” – Emerson
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars …Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” Jesus Christ – Luke 21:25