my early childhood, it was my custom, being an independent Aries, to
walk to and from school alone. One afternoon at the ripe old age of
7, I had a conversation with the voices in my mind that will always
be indelibly ingrained in my memory. As they pointed my mind to the
sky and beyond, the voices told me that there was a system outside of
ourselves which we cannot necessarily see with our own eyes, but one
that can be measured. This system helps us understand who we are as
human beings and can be used as a tool to guide people throughout their
lives. The voices explained to me that I would study this system and
would make this my profession. At age 7, who was I to question? I thought
this was an interesting idea and went about my day.
It wasn't until
several years after I first stumbled into astrology that I recalled
this conversation. The more I thought about it, I realized
that I knew back then what I was going to do with my life, I just didn't
have a framework in which to place the concept. But lo and behold, what
the voices told me fits astrology to a T. Astrology is a
system that correlates the planetary motions (something we cant
altogether see but can measure through science) to human events. It
is a tool that I and numerous astrologers around the globe use to help
our clients make sense of their lives.
I now rewind to
my freshman year in college at the University of Georgia in Athens.
I decided to major in psychology, because all I knew was that somehow
I wanted to work with people and psychology made the most sense. One
evening as I was walking home, this time to my dormitory, a casual acquaintance
happened to mention the psychology department at what was then called
West Georgia College. I had met this acquaintance through some Gestalt
encounter groups I had attended, something that was not
so far fetched back in those days. So I figured this fellow had a similar
mindset as my own and I proceeded to look into this school. Their humanistic
psychology department just seemed to resonate with me in ways I couldn't
quite put my finger on I just felt like I would be more at home
there than in Athens. I transferred to West Georgia to begin the winter
quarter of my sophomore year.
Within a couple
of weeks, I learned about and attended a voluntary meeting for psychology
majors. As fate would have it, I stumbled into a guy who was in my world
literature class during my senior year of high school in Atlanta. I
bumped into him a few weeks later while grocery shopping and he invited
me over for dinner with his friends and roommates.
At this dinner,
I met a psychology graduate student who was going to be teaching a class
on astrology through the Continuing Education Department. My high school
friend and a roommate were going to take the class and asked me if I
would like to join them. I said yes. My rationale at the time was not
so much that I had a conscious interest in astrology far from
it. I never gave the horoscope signs in the newspapers even a passing
glance. And for some reason my English class in high school missed mythology.
I always wondered why I didn't get introduced to it, although others
who studied it seemed to describe it as torture.
The moment I started
studying astrology, it felt familiar and refreshing. It helped me understand
myself and those around me, including my family, and it seemed to dovetail
with psychology in a most interesting fashion. The feeling I had when
I first started learning astrology was as though I was opening up a
book I had read long ago. I felt like I was dusting off the cobwebs
and relearning it. It came naturally to me. Even the math came naturally,
which I found astounding. Having to calculate charts by hand back then,
I was suddenly grateful for all those extra math problems my teachers
used to heap on me to keep me from sheer boredom.
As I look back,
so much of my life was preparing me in uncanny ways to explore this
Im sure you
all have your own interesting story of how you, too, stumbled
into this fascinating field. And if youre like me you probably
dont believe in accidents. Accidents dont just happen.
They happen just.