Interview, Marina E Partridge

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* Interview #79, with Darkstar astrologer Marina E Partridge!

* Note from Jess: Marina is the fabulous UK astrologer at Darkstar Astrology. I am a big fan of her website, readings and blog posts — so I decided to send her a quick Q&A on career and life vision!

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Hi Marina! Describe yourself in 5 words:

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Hermit, Studious, Outside-the-box, Fascinated, Paradoxical.

How did you get into studying astrology?

I have been fascinated by astrology all my life but only became a full time Astrologer in 2009. Before that I was an illustrator. I loved surrealism and reading symbols and always had a set of tarot cards on my kitchen table. In 2009 the triple conduction of Jupiter, Neptune & Chiron (The astrologer) on my natal Mars/Lilith conjunction turned me into an Astrologer full time. My approach is very eclectic, just like the Illustration I used to do, which was digital collage. I found astrology was a way of blending of the old and the new.

I am a huge fan of your very unique (and precise) Dark Moon Reading—I can only imagine the research involved for your future book on the Lilith archetype and Eris! Was there something about the asteroids that you were initially drawn towards?

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“Black Moon Lilith” | Darkstar

That they show us how we are part of such great cycles. Our souls are infinite. Just when you think there is a limit, it is broken and we are into another dimension. The discovery of Eris has allowed archetypes that are relevant to our modern life to be added to the pantheon of gods. The TNO’s are a symptom of our expanding consciousness. The exiled, divine female has been yearned for, for such a long time. Eris is the missing archetype Persephone. In our charts we had no female outer planet until 2005. Transpersonal energy is enlightening and alchemic. The fact that the transpersonal has been in the hands of the male Gods until now is simply a reflection of humanity in the last 3000 or so years. Then Pluto was demoted and Ceres promoted. The rebalancing has started and in turn that has called for an planetary body to describe that process working in our everyday lives, hence Lilith.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

My technique for reading charts uses the tropical zodiac divided into decans. The fixed stars within those decans determine how the archetype of the zodiac sign is filtered out through the persona while the aspect patterns in one’s birth chart represent the geometry of the soul. I like to blend the ancient with the ultra – modern, like Chiron, the bridge between Saturn and Uranus. My stellium in Aquarius is futuristic like Uranus, but its ancient ruler is Saturn. I have Chiron opposite Uranus exact and it squares my AC by a degree.  The name of the site Darkstar itself an oxymoron. It describes my approach to astrology and life in general.

Share a few of your favorite quotes (10-100 words):

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
~ Carl Jung
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” ~ Isaac Newton
“Those who appear the most sanctified are the worst.” ~ Elizabeth I 

How would you describe the essential purpose of astrology?

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Know thyself, Accept yourself, love yourself. Astrology gives you all the tools you need to be the sovereign of your own life.

Please share your #1 tip for aspiring students of astrology:

Stand on the shoulders of giants. Then test out the techniques out for yourself.

Please share your #1 tip for aspiring astrologers:

Same as the above. Empirical research is essential. Don’t be afraid to break the rules. You must have a clear reason why you have done so however, and be able to prove your alternative system works through rigorous testing and examples.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

www.darkstarastrology.com
https://www.facebook.com/DarkstarAstrology

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Much thanks to the insightful and elegant/sassy Marina E Partridge for taking the time to share her thoughts and advice.

Be sure to check out her full bio and audio readings on Darkstar Astrology!

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Interview, James Braha

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* Interview #73, with Hindu/Vedic and Modern Western Astrologer, James Braha!

* Note from Jess: James Braha is one of the most respected astrologers in America and is the recipient of the Jyotish Kovida award from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences. I greatly enjoyed a number of his astrology books — so I decided to send a quick Q&A on career and life vision!

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Hi James! Describe yourself in 5 words:

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Four planets in Tropical Libra.

How did you get into studying astrology?

In 1978, I went for my first astrology reading and was astonished by her accuracy. One of the things she said was that I would have a “retesting of my marriage” in a certain month. When that month arrived, my marriage exploded like a volcano. I then went to Isabel Hickey, a very famous older Boston astrologer, who said my wife would be unhappy with whoever she was with and that I should get her out of my house. Isabel said my wife would return to me in 3 months – all of which happened exactly on schedule. I was so stunned by how someone could my life and my future that I began buying and studying astrology books.

The full story can be found in my autobiographical text ASTRO-LOGOS, REVELATIONS OF A HINDU ASTROLOGER. It is about my early days of learning astrology, and going to India to learn the Hindu system. A rather fun read.

You have written a bunch of informative, insightful, in-depth books on astrology—what a wealth of knowledge! Was there one particular book that was more difficult to complete than the others?

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Actually, no. They all required about the same intensity. But having been an uninterested student in school (other than Drama – I was an actor), I had to learn how to write on my own after the need arose. The first book (ANCIENT HINDU ASTROLOGY FOR THE MODERN WESTERN ASTROLOGER) felt like a gift from god, in that I was able to write clearly and effectively. My second book, ASTRO-LOGOS, is where I began to realize I had some innate writing talent.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

These days I’m mainly doing horoscope readings for seekers. I took a break from astrology for 4 or 5 years and focused on investments with gold and silver stocks. Also, was teaching non duality (Hindu philosophy of Advaita). Now I am doing 4 or 5 Hindu astrology readings a week and enjoying it. Giving the most thorough and detailed readings I can, trying to help people live their lives in the healthiest, most successful way possible.

Share a few of your favorite quotes (10-100 words):

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but I do know that the only ones among you who will be happy are those who have sought and found a way to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Although all dualities come from the one, do not be attached even to this one.” ~ Seng T’san – Hsin Hsin Ming

“After the final no, there comes a yes. And on that yes, the future of the world depends.” ~ Wallace Stevens

“Let a man live so that at the closing of each day he may say I have not wasted this day.” ~ The Zohar

How would you describe the essential purpose of astrology?

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It is a blueprint of a person’s life. It’s not absolute, but it reveals the essential nature, abilities, flaws, challenges and so on. It’s the most wonderful and helpful tool I’ve ever come across to help a person realize the highest potential and point out areas of difficulty.

Please share your #1 tip for aspiring students of astrology:

Only use what works, throw out what doesn’t. Don’t accept anything a book or astrology teacher says without verifying its accuracy. Ignore whatever so called authority say if it doesn’t prove effective in your practice.

Please share your #1 tip for aspiring astrologers:

Once you work professionally, don’t work 50 weeks each year. Leave enough leisure time for yourself — astrology is a very intense and demanding profession. It can be draining without if you’re not careful.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

www.jamesbraha.com

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Much thanks to the gracious and very cool James Braha for taking the time to share his thoughts and insightful advice!

Check out his full bio on his website, along with his catalog of books on Amazon.com

* UPDATE (Aug 2013): 17,000 live viewers tuned into this interview with Mr. Braha!

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