“I’ve been interested in astrology and tarot since I was 10 or 11 when a part of me knew that there was more to life than just the physical. At that time, I didn’t have access to the internet, so I first plotted my natal chart with a ruler and compass using one of my dad’s Western Astrology books. I got my rising sign wrong because I didn’t account for time zones,” says Serene.
Indeed, this mix of unbridled curiosity coupled with her extended family’s superstitious ways has opened her path to a new way of mindful living (Serene was formerly in the public service sector) — one that seeks out a more meaningful way of existence while in turn, helping others do the same.
“Mindfulness is an integral part of the practice as it helps to tame the ego and also, to make sure that I don’t bring it into my work with clients. I already knew from the start that I needed to serve others in order to lead a meaningful life, so I had to find a way which I could do so while enjoying it at the same time!” “I never intended to read charts for a living. The path opened for me in an organic way. I have formal training in Chinese metaphysics, so that’s what I lead with.”
“I started out reading for friends and from there, I was approached through word-of-mouth by the friends of said friends. It was more of a progression rather than an intention. I’m definitely not complaining about that.”
While reading one’s emotions or feelings is fundamental and can (and should) be done on the daily, Men’s Folio speaks to Serene on the full breadth of her work.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO FOCUS ON NATAL CHART READINGS?
A natal chart is like a map of sorts of someone’s life, with different paths and possibilities. It is a roadmap to destiny, or to use a less esoteric phrase, personal fulfilment.
Every chart is a map encompassing the universe of one’s past, present and future. At the same time, there’s space around a chart to navigate using choice or free will and that choice lies in how we respond to circumstances beyond our control.
The map shows easily accessible areas as well as obstacles and sometimes offers a glimpse of uncharted territory. Natal charts help us understand the cycles, timings and milestones we go through and certain patterns which tend to repeat themselves over in our lifetimes. Natal charts can also be read in a predictive or deterministic way, but like most modern astrologers, I prefer to focus on potential and opportunities, rather than hand someone their fate on a piece of paper.
WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THIS PRACTICE THAT INTRIGUED YOU?
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