2023 the year we learn to listen to life
Week 48--in which we ponder the question: Is astrology predictive?
Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer,
I have offered an astrology forecast every year since 2015. So this is the tenth. Although I love astrology, I’m not an astrologer, not even close. And I love numerology, but again, I’m not the numerologist.
So you might wonder why I, a prayer artist, mystic witch, and creator of The Witch Sequence, consider it an honor—necessary food even—to offer an astrology/numerology forecast each year with two women dear to my heart: Emma Kupu Mitchell and Marcia Wade.
If you’ve been in any of my prayer intensives, you know there’s always a story—a strange, often radical, always thrilling story—behind everything I create.
Well, there’s quite a story behind these annual forecasts.
Three stories actually. Hearing these stories might help explain why I track my life on moon calendars, have annual astrological and numerological consultations, include celestial news in all my intensives, and offer a radically different kind of forecast every year. And why, you too, might find mystery, magic, and healing in these forecasts.
The story comes in three parts:
Part 1 April 23, 1997
Part 2 June 13, 2014
Part 3 May, 2017
But before I take you to Part 1, let’s consider the purpose, the meaning, of an astrology reading.
Every astrologer I’ve followed—and I’ve followed a lot—says that astrology is NOT prediction. Astrology, they say, can help you understand how things unfolded, but they always admonish us not to come to a consultation expecting to be told what’s in store. So, calling these forecasts “forecasts” is problematic. And last year, and the year before, I went out of my way to NOT call the forecast, a “forecast.”
But this year, I’m embracing the word full on. But perhaps in a way you have not considered before.
I’ll let my three-part story do the talking.
Let’s go to April of 1997. My marriage had violently imploded. My life was in shambles. I was hiding out in cafes until it was time to pick up my son from school. Surely, it was the nadir of my life. My spiritual teacher encouraged me to have an astrology reading. The astrologer, Barbara Hamilton, and I met on the phone. I cherish my written notes from that consultation. And the handmade chart she created.
I didn’t understand most of what she said, but my ears perked up when she said April 23, 1997 would be the most important day of my life.
Well, April 23 came and went and nothing happened. So I thought, oh well, what do astrologers know. It wasn’t until 2017, when I was preparing to celebrate twenty years of deep soul writing, that I suddenly remembered Barbara’s prediction. I got out my notes and sure enough there it was: the most important day of my life. I wondered. Could it be? I opened the closet in my office which holds 26 years of journals, pulled out the one labeled #1 and opened to the first page.
Clearly written at the top was the date April 23, 1997.
Oh my Goddess! It WAS the most important day of my life. Everything that has happened, everything I have become, was birthed that day as I picked up a pen and stumbled upon how to activate a divine voice within. And for a rather stunning confirmation, that date adds up to a 35. My life path number.
Now, let me invite you to listen in on an astrology reading with George Ward on Friday, June 13, 2014. I gave myself a reading for my 66th birthday coming three days later. I chose that date because Friday the 13 is always my lucky day. George had come highly recommended, but it was my first time meeting him, and he knew nothing about me. George was patient, teaching me the glyphs and helping me find them on a complex natal chart with three layers of information across time. I was feeling pretty lost when he suddenly raised his voice and said, “Do you see Saturn?” I found the glyph and said, yes. “Do you see Jupiter?” Yes.
He paused and said, “In ten years, you will be doing a level of work that today you cannot even imagine.”
Scared the dickens out of me. I had worked so hard to become a writer. I had just completed the manuscript for Soul Vows, my 3rd book, and was getting ready to write two more to complete a set I called Your Soul Wants 5 Things. I thought I knew who I was and what I was doing. But my natal chart apparently knew something more.
Today, I’m just a few months from that ten-year mark. And, George, wherever you are, swimming among the stars, I bow in profound gratitude to your star-wise eyes that saw me as the mystic witch I came here to be, years before I did. And thank you, George, for introducing me to Saturn and Jupiter. I love them both and pay close attention to how they dance across the sky and across my chart.
Last story. I have a depth numerology consultation with Emma Kupu Mitchell every year in the month before my birthday. So in May of 2017, we met on Zoom. For an numerology reading, Emma makes a detailed chart laying out the numeric vibration for every year of your life. For the period from June 2017 to June 2018, she said I was in an “Essence 8 Year.” And, Emma pointed out, it was the only Essence 8 in my entire life.
Emma ended our meeting with, “At the end of this year, you will be a different person.”
This was perhaps the scariest “prediction” of them all. And the sweetest. When my 70 birthday rolled around on June 16, 2018, I was a completely different person. I was a prayer artist. And I had changed everything I teach and write. I had closed my successful radio show to create a podcast about prayer. I had a whole new website. I was writing a new genre of prayer and redefining prayer altogether. I was a totally different person.
So now, with those three stories in your mind, what do you think:
Is astrology predictive?
If it is, I can’t be the only person who has had these “predictive” experiences. But at the same time, all the astrologers in the world can’t be wrong.
So last night, I took this question—is astrology predictive—into my dreamtime. Not intentionally, it was simply stirring inside me. I was awakened in the magic hour of 4am with four pages of notes in answer to the question. Here’s what I learned:
Barbara, George, and Emma did not predict my future. They couldn’t because the future I live is created by each little choice I make.
I could have heard these three “predictions” and ignored them. I could have stopped deep soul writing and focused on finding paying work. I could have kept writing the books I wanted to write. I could have rejected the call to be a prayer artist. I could have. But I didn’t.
Instead, I received these three “predictions” or “forecasts” for what they really were: Seeds.
Seeds of possibility. Not predictions, possibilities.
All I had to do was open my heart. Whisper yes, whether I understood what I was saying yes to or not. And follow where that seed led me.
None of this happened overnight.
- My great treasure of deep soul writing is still a daily practice these 26 years later. It’s still cooking inside me. Yet it’s always fresh and alive and miraculous.
- George’s ten-year forecast is just now coming into fullness as I create 7 prayer intensives to receive 7 original sacramental gifts in The Witch Sequence.
- The third in the sequence is coming in February. And the gift? Why it’s prayer of course! Original Prayer. Prayer unlike anything our patriarchal religions describe or expect.
I am delighted to announce that our 10th annual astrology and numerology forecast is now available for you.
It’s big. Very big. 2024 is so big, that the forecast comes to you in three brilliant conversations with depth numerologist and shamanic elemental astrologer, Emma Kupu Mitchell, and Star Sister and Cos-mythologist Marcia Wade.
And, for the icing on this cosmic cake, Her Sacred Image artist, Cathy Stevens Pratt, looked deeply into a NASA image of the Galactic Center and returned with “Galactic Dragon” a breathtaking artistic invitation to open to all the possibilities 2024 can hold.
Details on the landing page on my site. The forecast will continue to be populated with recordings and bonus gifts for several months. Take your time. It’s a feast.
A feast filled with possibility.
When you register, click on the active link on your PayPal receipt and you’ll arrive at a page with the URL for the forecast and the password. The forecast will be available all year.
To saying yes to possibility,
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