I first met Western Astrology in 2007.
I was running my own small business, a second-hand foreign bookshop, in Kyoto, Japan, when a customer from Australia asked me for my birthdate, time and place, saying he’d come back and give me a reading.
One year later, he appeared again.
“You wanna know what’s going on with your life don’t you?”
Oh my God how right he was. I was experiencing the biggest crisis of my life to date [Saturn Return Transit square to my Natal Moon, Transit Chiron square to my Natal Chiron].
I had invested all my money into a business that didn’t make any, and the best friend I started it with had pulled out. I was completely without direction or inspiration. Tired and trapped, I was fast losing confidence in myself and life.
So… we did the reading, and I was blown away.
This bloke from Australia was able to explain why I was feeling so stuck, and, best of all, show me that eventually this lesson would end, and I’d find a way out of the hole I was in, grateful for the challenge.
That was just so huge for me. I was fascinated.
“How the hell could this chart interpret my life so precisely?!”
I got an astrology book in Japanese and my chart, but whenever I tried to study them I got completely overwhelmed. I clearly remember thinking, “I don’t think I can do even this. Maybe I’m just useless. I can’t manage to remember any of this information… not even about myself!”.
Disappointed and disheartened I abandoned the chart to gather dust on my desk.
3 months later, I came home one night and the chart caught my eye.
“Hey wait, I can read it! I don’t know all the sign’s meanings but I get the system!”
Something inside me suddenly opened up. [Transit Jupiter conjunct with Natal Neptune).
I started studying astrology every day, reading all I could in the desire to understand myself, which of course led me to wonder about others.
I started reading friend’s charts informally, always learning more about myself and my own chart as I did so. I loved it!
I wondered if I could do it professionally, but since my own life lessons had been so intense, I was very cautious about embarking on a new career.
The idea came to do 300 readings first, and then decide.
In 2008 I started working casually as a Yoga Translator/Interpreter, where I met beautiful yoga teacher Louisa Sear and the Yoga Arts team. Inspired to a more regular practice of Yoga & meditation, I started learning about my inner world, while exploring some of the most beautiful places in the outer world, as I translated for Yoga Arts on Yoga retreats and trainings in Bali, Sri Lanka, and Byron Bay, Australia.
I often offered free astrology readings to people who were interested, and found I could use the chart as a powerful tool for self inquiry.
Just like Yoga, Astrology starts to reveal who and what we really are, as false beliefs fall away. Using the chart as a blue print for our life, we start to remember why we are here!
The more charts I read, I started to see a pattern. Those people living life in accordance with their chart - following a career or path in keeping with their talents, & acting wisely upon life’s lessons, seemed much more often satisfied and fulfilled.
The more charts I read this became certain and obvious.
After 300 readings I asked myself, “What if I chose to live fully as this chart indicates?”. Is that the secret to happiness and fulfilment?
I decided to use myself as the guinea pig to try and find out.
Starting from my next birthday, in 2009, I began a new venture giving one-to-one astrology readings, to let my Natal Sun shine [Sun scorpio in 7th house]. I also started teaching Astrology courses from my bookshop in the evenings.
Bookshop sales, as well as revenue from the Astrology and English courses that I ran there increased by 5 times! I paid off all my debts!!
I moved from my shared flat (uni student style!) to a beautiful, light-filled apartment on my own in Kyoto. The rent was significantly higher but as I opened to a new level of abundance in my own life I easily made enough money to cover it.
I hired a full-time manager for my shop, and started traveling regularly in Japan to teach astrology courses and give readings.
Soon I was spending half of the year overseas, between Bali, Hawaii & Australia, running astrology retreats, and translating, practising and giving readings on Yoga retreats and trainings.
Two years later, I met my husband Adrian.
We now live in the beautiful coastal town of Lennox Head, in New South Wales, Australia, and have 2 gorgeous boys.
But as Pluto recently entered the Career house in my chart [10th house], the time has come to return to my passion for sharing Astrology.
Astrology is my passion, but also I love Yoga, meditation, surfing, and art. Its all interconnected with my philosophy of astrology.
I would love to share this insight with others.