Harper’s BAZAAR Interview Jennifer Angel
- How did you first become interested in astrology?
An element of metaphysical awareness and spiritual sensitivity seems to run in my family; my mother used to dream of events, like Patricia Arquette in the TV show, “Medium.” These things were not as openly accepted back then, of course, and I think I was the only person Mum ever confided in. In my teens, my own psychic abilities started to surface; I used to think of things and then they would happen, but at the time, with no one to talk to about such things, that power triggered a lot of inner fears and I closed myself off from it. Then in my late teens I participated in what was called a closed meditation circle, when even the concept of meditation was still rather foreign and misunderstood, at least in the culture I was living in, and there began my journey and fascination with the world beyond, including astrology.
Astrology is a field of such complexity, with an amazingly rich history and I found myself drawn further and further into it. I am constantly amazed by the scope, depth and potential for insight and knowledge available through astrology. The more you understand it, the more amazed you are by the genius of Creation, by the holistic nature of the universe. One of my favorite quotes is, “Awe is the beginning of wisdom,” and a relatively in depth understanding of astrology certainly inspires awe and, I think, does lead to wisdom, because you begin to perceive the universal psyche and marvel at its reflection in human experience.
- How did you make it into a career?
The one over-arching theme in all the work I’ve done in my life is the desire to facilitate people’s growth. Whether it was in the beauty industry, assisting people to improve their outer appearance and self-confidence, relationship counseling, intuitive consulting, or in the metaphysical realm as an astrologer, all have afforded me the privilege to help people evolve and live better lives. Astrology is a tool that introduces you to another dimension of yourself and those you relate to, which promotes both self-knowledge and understanding of others.
I have always been drawn to publishing, and wrote articles on beauty, Q&A advice columns and relationship guidance, so metaphysical topics and astrology was a natural progression, particularly as the potential for educating, encouraging and inspiring people is so broad with astrology.
I love being able to reach a vast number of people from all walks of life and cultures. In today’s world, with technology, it is possible to touch the lives of many people on a global basis. I’ve done many things: television, radio, and I’m an author and columnist. As a true Capricorn, I am ambitious and have a strong desire to make a difference in the world through my wor
- How do you think people can best utilize astrology in their daily lives?
A basic grasp of your Sun sign and following high quality Sun sign columns certainly provides some insight into your character and the influences to take into account when negotiating your day-to-day life. To best utilize all that astrology can provide would entail a greater understanding of your entire birth chart, including interpretation and guidance by a reputable astrologer. Any tool becomes more useful with knowledge, and astrology is a tool for understanding oneself and the influences, potentials and challenges that are specifically relevant to one’s own karmic path.
- What do you think is the most powerful thing about astrology?
Knowledge is power; knowledge and understanding of astrological influences gives you increased awareness with which to deliberately create your life. It gives you the power of responsibility to consciously strive for the potential inherent in any given chart, moment or relationship. Everything on the physical plane has a positive and negative, a light side and its shadow. A good use of astrology helps you make the most of your natural abilities and avoid the pitfalls. Any situation can be turned around, and any opportunity can be wasted; the greater your awareness, the more you are the artist of your experience. It is also extremely powerful to understand the spirit of the age in which you live; to understand the big picture in terms of current events and history. Astrology absolutely provides profound insight into the themes, conflicts and direction of cultural development.
- What’s one thing people may not be doing that they should when it comes to using the stars in their lives?
Astrology can introduce you to a deeper understanding of your true essence. Daily horoscopes based on your Sun sign highlight the general overview for that day, or period, for each sign and how that sign will react, how to prepare for or consider changes relevant to that period.
Your personal horoscope reveals infinitely more. There are many different layers to a birth chart, which provide an in-depth look into your life through outlining the planets and aspects when you were born. It affords significant insights into your personality and life on all areas; home, relationships, education, career, finance, what motivates you, your creativity, the challenges you face and how to overcome them. It is your own personal blue print of life, and a guide to how you can best navigate your life’s journey.
- What’s your favorite sign?
As a Capricorn with Sagittarius rising and a Cancer Moon, I relate closely to all these signs, but I’d say the sign that intrigues me most, is Aquarius. I appreciate and respect Aquarius for many reasons and feel they are the most misunderstood sign of the zodiac. They are intelligent, often to the point of genius, humanitarian, independent, innovative, and just a little (or a lot) quirky. Aquarius is an air sign, and they are generally conjuring up some future-forward creative idea to pioneer – they are in their head a lot of the time, masterminding their next move.
Textbook astrology paints a picture of them as aloof, even standoffish, and if their close friends or associates are a tad insecure they can take it personally, when really it is nothing to do with anyone else, it is just Mr. or Ms. Aquarius doing their own thing. A needy person is definitely not for the Aquarian. They are the least judgmental sign, and quick to offer a hand to those less fortunate. When it comes to style, they are unique; different and original – they may not follow the trend of the moment, but they will always look creatively put together! What’s interesting is – I’m a Capricorn, so Aquarius is the following sign in the progression of the zodiac; it represents what Capricorn will become – the next step, in other words. So I’m intrigued by and attracted to the next evolutionary phase.
- Why do you think those who love fashion are also so interested in astrology?
Astrology, like fashion, is an expression of who you are. Whether it’s casual, business, social, or a touch of glamour with a personalized, creative spin, people who love fashion are interested in exploring and expressing who they are. Fashion helps you express your essence and identity outwardly, through your personal appearance and overall image. Astrology is who you are on the inside, how you relate to the world, your character and spiritual self. One’s fashion sense arises out of the qualities of your astrological make-up; your Sun sign and, most definitely, through your rising sign – the sign that was coming up over the Eastern horizon at your birth. That’s a basic element of your birth chart. The rising sign affects one’s style, persona and other aspects of appearance.
Interest in fashion arises from a basic appetite for life’s experiences – the potential joy of being a spiritual soul living in a physical body! When you have a healthy appetite for life, when you want to feel great about yourself and expand your life to its most fulfilling dimension, it’s natural to be curious about the mystery behind it all. And of course, smart women (and men!) want all the information and inspiration they can get. Fashion enriches the experience!