I was asked to do an interview for a middle school class project. It was kind of fun to be someone's class project.
Please describe what you think about Astrology and how it is said to effects the lives of people.
Astrology is the original science. It is the study of correspondences between the astronomical/celestial and the earth/terrestrial. The influence of the celestial bodies upon the earth is clear in all aspects of our natural world, seasons, tides, day and night, etc. Astrology takes this study of cycles and seasons to the next level and focuses primarily on human life. There are some form of astrology in cultures all over the world. The original study is always based on setting the calendar for the community. Knowing when it is time to do certain physical tasks, as well as ceremonial and celebratory timing. In modern astrology, the focus tends to be on psychological, spiritual, and behavioral understanding. It is employed by many counselors to get insight into their clients innate characteristics. Astrology is also immensely helpful in planting crops and raising livestock and healing the physical body.
I think of the birth chart as a cheat sheet to self-acceptance and self-mastery. It shows you your innate gifts and challenges. Like a blueprint of your life as it corresponds to the world around you. I find it to be an incredibly helpful tool in navigating the currents of change. The more you study the movement of the celestial the more you understand that there is a pattern to it. That all things change constantly.
I have been a day keeper for many years now, keeping track of where we are at in the river of time. Through the direct experience, I can say absolutely that astrology has a huge impact on the world around us and within us. I am not someone who "believes" in astrology. There are many things said in the name of astrology that are half baked and coming from a cultural narrative that is questionable. I personally always question and use my discernment to determine the truth within the teachings.
Tell me a story about the time you believe astrology really made an impact on your life.
The great American eclipse of 2017 was pretty funny. I knew that this would be a particularly potent moment personally and collectively. Because I teach this stuff, I had scheduled to have a ceremony during the eclipse. Over 100 people said they were coming which really didn't fit in the space we work out of. Just to be clear, I am a highly sensitive person so this kind of moments I feel on a very physical level. I really just wanted to curl up under a blanket and hide.
I learned to not try to hold space for other people when I know the energy is going to be so potent.
How do you feel about people saying astrology isn’t true or real?
I feel that they are making judgments from a place of ignorance. I know many astrologers who came to the study by attempting to disprove it. Then become astrologers because they couldn't and need to know how it works. Some people feel astrology is evil because of religious beliefs. I feel that is very unfortunate. Astrology is such a powerful tool based in observations of the natural world. To call it evil or pseudoscience is just a way of limiting peoples minds.
How important do you think it is for children to learn about Astrology?
I think it can help anyone at any age come to self acceptance. My kids have always loved me reading their charts. They picked up lots of things.
I think that if a child is drawn to the study they should be allowed to explore and learn. I know it is not for everyone.
Astrology helps me as a parent a lot. Mostly in working with some of my children's natural tendency's that I don't make sense to me because they are so different from me.
For example, my daughter, a Leo, would get really upset when she was little when she was getting dressed because her socks wouldn't be perfect. As an Aquarian I really can't relate to this level of drama. Personally I spend very little time thinking about what I am wearing. Because I understand astrologically that appearance is an important part of her personality I could have a lot more patience and compassion.
What made you want to work in the field of Astrology?
I studied astrology for many years because I found it fascinating. I eventually started going to a class every Tuesday night for a couple of years with my teacher Paul Reeder. I would do readings all the time for my friends and family. It actually never occurred to me as a career choice. It kind of just happened. People kept asking me to read for them and eventually started paying me. Once I started teaching my astrology class it became a bigger part of what I do. Even though I get paid to do readings all the time now I always feel like the money I make through astrology is extra special.
Josephine Thomason is an artist, healer, teacher.