Identity is a strange thing. I've never quite related to mine, nor, it seems, has my identity been definable to those around me (as evidenced in my birth chart below).
One of my few memories from childhood was someone asking me, "what are you?" As a kid I couldn't have the perspective to understand what the question really meant to ask: "Where are you from? What is your nationality? What is your ethnicity? Why do you look like that?" I didn't know we were different. And he didn't know we were the same.
I didn't then and still don't have a good answer to that question. Perhaps this quandary of identity helped to lay the foundation for what has been a life-long seeking quest. Of course, no one person is ever any one thing (as symbolized in our individual astrological charts). But the truth is, at least for me, the fun is in the seeking.
There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting;
It’s luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wanting
So much as just finding the gold
I am a certified professional astrologer, trained in ancient Hellenistic methods, but with a Jungian archetypal and psycho-spiritual bent. I'm a contemplative in the classical sense, with an artist's eye, ear, heart, soul. I'm inclined to relate deeply to everything and everyone in every sphere of my experience.
I'm an advocate for mental health support and addiction recovery through self-knowledge, service, and mindfulness practices. Integrity, honesty, and kindness are my guiding lights.
I am a first generation American from my paternal refugee side, having all the privilege of white-ness with none of the glory. I am always forward, never straight, but rarely askew. I am 50% alien, 80% chameleon, and 100% supra-terranean. I am earnestly sincere and fiercely irreverent. I'm an easy and shameless crier. But don't mess with me – I'm tough as nails.
I am a wanderer: I have sailed seas, trekked mountain ranges, and pedaled a bicycle solo across Canada. I've lived as the only westerner in a small village in rural China, yet I felt more a foreigner living in Lower Manhattan. Crete, Greece is one of my places of personal magic.
*Verse selection from, The Spell of the Yukon by Robert Service
I'm prone to diving head-first into unusual and uncomfortable territory. My drugs of choice are; more, farther, deeper. I am a tinker'er, creator, maker, and manifester. I delight in taking things apart to build them anew. That includes matters of matter, spirit, sense, and thought.
I write lyric poems and prose, as well as astrological commentary. I create photographic art prints. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts in ceramics and art history, and I worked as a studio potter for several years.
In a former life as a singer songwriter, I toured internationally performing my music around the world. That chapter came to an abrupt end when my mid-life transits – Pluto-square and Neptun-square, respectively – eviscerated the path before me, grabbed me by my scruff, and flung me into deep black waters. It takes a dark night to see the stars. And so it was by grasping at the wandering lights above me, following my own planetary map, connecting those twinkling dots in the heavenly spheres, that I navigated my way to the here and now. And now, to you.
Perhaps a similar story brought you here today. Welcome.
As the Astrologer
I work with clients of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, gender identities, abilities and challenges. Each cycle of life that we live – each stage, each transition – can benefit from an astrological approach to its investigation. I have consulted with clients on the birth charts of newborns, teenagers, mid-lifers, those well into their 3rd Act of life, and everything in between. More will always be revealed to those who seek.
I have a professional certification in natal astrology from Kepler College, and am a member in good standing of the American Federation of Astrologers, the International Society of Astrological Research, the National Council for Geocosmic Research, and the Organization for Professional Astrology. I subscribe to the ethical practices of those organizations. The foundation of my astrological training is in traditional ancient astrological techniques (Hellenistic astrology) using the Tropical Zodiac. I also incorporate modern perspectives into my client consultations, including psychological, humanistic, evolutionary, and spiritual approaches.
My particular framing of the natal horoscope, or birth chart, is that of a map of one's cosmic DNA, that with nuanced understanding can enable the individual to know themself more fully and deeply, and as a result, enact full intentional agency throughout every aspect of life.
My personal spiritual beliefs include concepts like the soul, however, my clients need not have any particular spiritual belief, or any at all, for that matter. Astrology is not in and of itself a spiritual system. Much can be deciphered from the natal chart about an individual without such a framework.
I strive to bring to my client work compassion, sensitivity, and support alongside the confidence I’ve gained through more than a decade of dedicated work in a variety of therapeutic settings as well as drug and alcohol recovery. While I am not a mental health professional, I have substantial experience in mental health issues.I am particularly enthusiastic about serving marginalized communities including persons of all colors, all gender identities, all abilities and/or differences.
I commit to the principal do no harm in all of my practices. Confidentiality is always respected. If you as my client feel inspired to leave a review of our consultation on the Waxing AstroLogic Facebook page, I'd be very grateful for your testimonial there; in which case you thereby grant permission to use your name for that purpose.
Please note, I am merely an interpreter of this ancient system. I am not a fortune teller, nor am I a professional in the fields of business, finance, economics, romance and relationships, or physical/mental health. Every interpretation I offer about your birth chart is entirely my opinion. (If you ask seven different astrologers, you'll get seven different interpretations.) Divinatory arts and sciences can be a powerful adjunct to your established resources, they are not a substitute for them.