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Feature: The Soothe – 14 Oct 2020

Mercury is in retrograde. So what?

Singapore astrologer May Sim explains what’s going on up there and whether this planetary period is as ominous as we think

Text: May Sim

Don’t buy a laptop during Mercury retrograde. Don’t buy a car during Mercury retrograde.  Don’t buy phones during Mercury retrograde. And while you’re at it, don’t go signing contracts during Mercury retrograde, either.

These are just some of the superstitious warnings that make the rounds on social media when the planet Mercury goes into retrograde motion, around three times every year. Indeed, this major astrological event was being written about in astrology circles as far back as the mid-18th century. The event was noted in British agricultural almanacs of the time, which farmers would read to sync their planting schedules to the patterns of the stars.

Seeing as it’s happening again on 14 October, and lasting unto 4 November 2020, we thought you might like to know just how legit these beliefs are, and what you can do to get through this spiritually significant and powerful period.

What actually is Mercury retrograde?

In a nutshell, as planets orbit the Sun in the solar system, there are specific planet positions that create an illusion that Mercury is moving backwards relative to Earth’s motion. This seemingly backward motion is termed ‘retrograde’. The effect of a retrograde tends to slow things down, sometimes even resulting in situations ‘going in the opposite direction’.

Despite all planets from Mercury all the way to Pluto (which, FYI, is most definitely a planet astrologically) are capable of going retrograde, interestingly it is Mercury retrograde that always seems to get itself in the limelight, bringing the most attention, and generally being a bit of a show-off.

Since the planet Mercury governs matters concerning communication, connections and paperwork, the backwards-and-forwards motion of the planet has some people associating this period as being bad for purchases involving communication and connectivity equipment such as phones and cars. Many people even go as far as to avoid signing important contracts.

While adopting this strategy can be a better-safe-than-sorry tactic, ideal for the nervy and apprehensive among us, there are practical issues to consider: each time Mercury goes into retrograde, it does so for three weeks.

What this means is that if we adhered to this avoidance strategy, given that Mercury goes retrograde at least three times a year, for nine out of 52 weeks we have to steer clear of the likes of technical buys, not to mention blocking important business transactions. If you’re in dire need of a laptop, waiting three weeks to pass in order to buy one is probably not the best situation.

Something that most of us aren’t aware of, is that a retrograde also has ‘shadow’ periods that occur directly before and after the actual retrograde. These essentially extend the effect of Mercury retrograde to about eight weeks rather than three weeks.

Shadow periods cause slow decisions due to a general feeling of uncertainty for up to one month before the retrograde begins. In the case of the current one, the shadow period already kicked in on 23 September 2020. While the official retrograde ends on 4 November 2020, the shadow period will extend its effects until up to 20 November 2020.

How does retrograde affect us personally?

While Mercury retrogrades happen frequently, I believe most — but not all — of these incidents will affect you directly. When applied to your personal astrology chart, the period will influence specific areas of your life, be it a career decision, or a delay in an application to a government body. The planetary shift may even be felt in a difficult conversation you want to have with a specific person in your life.

Since the retrograde motion curtails thinking and decision-making, one major positive result of the period is that when issues occur, we tend to consider more factors and do more research. We may also be more present to potential outcomes of our decisions, and yes, notice more problems.

When the shadow period first hits, your attention is likely to be drawn to an area of life in which a decision needs to be made, or a conversation or connection that must be established. Typically, as the actual retrograde period looms, the decision gets delayed. This is mainly because you want to think through a situation or just let an idea ‘sit’. Once the retrograde passes and Mercury goes direct, chances are you’ll have stronger confidence to proceed with a decision.

Despite its terrible reputation, in my years of practice I have seen very positive uses of Mercury retrograde: difficult business proposals push through; couples work out marital issues; individuals abandon ideas that they didn’t think through properly.

During this month’s Mercury retrograde, I urge you to allow yourself to slow down and be present to where you feel mentally stuck.

It’s likely that your instincts are telling you not to be impulsive, and that there are factors you haven’t fully thought through. My advice would be to explore alternative options. Just talking it through with somebody else will help clarify your mind.

Above all, don’t beat yourself up. Some things are important enough for you to devote time to allow the answer to come to you. And as a happily-married professional astrologer who signed her marriage contract during a Mercury retrograde, I can vouch that it is possible to ignore the stars every now and then without the world crashing down on you.

About the Author

May Sim is a professional astrologer with 16 years’ experience. She is the founder of Selfstrology Academy based in Singapore and a subject matter expert on psychological astrology.

For the original article, see: https://www.thesoothe.co/connect/astrology/mercury-in-retrograde-so-what

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Feature: The Soothe – 1 Oct 2020

‘The planets told me 2020 would be a rubbish year’

Local astrologer May Sim reveals why planetary power isn’t just woo-woo business

Text: Charissa G

Co-star. The Pattern. Sanctuary. They may not have the most creative names, but these astrology apps have received millions of downloads and even more in VC funding in the last few years, so does that mean the stars are finally aligned for astrometry’s reputation?

Back in the 90’s and 00’s, astrometry was reduced to the back pages of women’s magazines where you’d find the (Western) horoscope pages. Here, you’d discover who you were going to ‘snog’ that weekend, and why wearing blue eyeshadow would bring you luck on the basis of your birth month. Today, modern apps like the ones above are trying to counter this rudimentary understanding of astrology by proliferating the knowledge of birth charts that broaden your ‘personality’ to a sun sign, moon sign, and rising sign. But is this causing more harm than good? And can the information be trusted?

May Sim, Asia’s premier astrologer and owner of Selfstrology Academy in Singapore, discusses how astrology has had “very bad PR for a few hundred years” and why the millennial and Gen-Z generations seem inclined towards what some have dubbed a ‘psuedoscience’.

May Sim is Singapore’s premier astrologer

Seeking an explanation

“Having grown up in Singapore with a strict education system, we’ve seen generations of ‘cookie cutter’ success — if you got an A, you were good, and anything else meant that you were subpar.

People are drawn to astrology because it’s a way of understanding the actual person. It’s a system that respects individuals, energy of the universe. You’re not defined by where you studied and what type of family you come from. Many start to realise that what they’re doing with their lives does not vibrate with who they are on the inside. When someone downloads an app like Co-star or The Pattern, it’s like a desperation to find this incongruence that they feel. They’re trying to seek an explanation.

As an astrologer, I’ve seen professionals for the last 16 years. I used to be a business manager and dabbled in astrometry as a personal interest, and eventually was fascinated enough by the field that I decided to pursue it full-time.

Many of my clientele, both male and female, are between 28–29 years old which suggests a ‘coming of age’ life stage, and coincides with the Saturn Return. There are certain life stages that can attract people at any specific time, like the ‘career switch age’ of early to mid-30’s or the so-called ‘mid-life crisis age’ of 40–45. It’s very common to have outwardly successful people — lawyers, doctors, accountants — whose CVs look great. But inside there’s a lost child. They work for big companies and have a slew of accolades, but they feel stuck when they don’t feel they can present an alternative view.   

Astrometry allows people to find some level of relief: to give them a ‘sign’ that the decision they want to make is okay. But I find it’s the nature of astrology itself, which tends to draw people when they have problems. So, there’s some logic to it and it’s not entirely astrological.

Astrology for confidence

Most people who object to astrology know nothing about it. For a long time, a large part of society was about conformity, but now we’re in a funny spot where we seem to have been given a new level of freedom. People are looking for answers from other sources.

Take one of my clients who was a doctor in a hospital focused on research. She couldn’t shake the feeling that her work could have more meaning. She wanted to go to a less privileged country and do humanitarian work, but everyone told her she was crazy. Astrology gave her the confirmation that she was a humanitarian inside. This the confidence boost she needed, because the rest of the world was telling her not to be her authentic self.

Seeing an astrologer is like seeing a doctor — but if there’s nothing wrong, can you still go? Consider it a check-up, but don’t expect a ground-breaking discovery.

It’s similar to psychology. You can hop online and you can do a personality profile test, but other than satisfying a curiosity, it’s not really useful. You need your therapist to dig deep and impart tools for understanding yourself and managing behaviour.

Predictive work is what we do

Traditionally, astrologers have always been associated with prediction. To an extent, a lot have tried to distance themselves from it, because the general consensus is that if other astrologers see you as prominently utilising predictive techniques, your credibility dips immediately, since it perpetuates the bad PR we get as fortune-tellers. For me, predictive work is part of what we do.

Popular astrologers have had a lot of courage to draw attention to themselves. Many famous ones have built their career on generic ‘horoscopes’ *, but I think that leads you into many problems; you can’t divide the human population into 12 different star signs and say that ‘November will be romantic’. That makes no sense to me.

For more ‘serious’ astrologers, there are reasons we don’t often make our predictions widely known. Chiefly because we can’t prevent situations from happening. Just like with Covid-19, I personally knew from reading the planets about 4–5 years ago that 2020 was going to be a rubbish year. Yet, up to December 2019 when I was publicly saying next year wouldn’t be great, I got hate mail.

The thing is, as an astrologer, do I necessarily know exactly what’s going to happen? I did not predict a pandemic. The chart doesn’t have a planet that says ‘Covid-19’ so I couldn’t know exactly what was coming. I did know, however, that the industries were going to fail. During a live event, I specifically named a few industries such as the mining, fuel, aviation and construction industries that were going to suffer. Even as I explained this to the audience, they were saying, ‘How can it be? This is a multi-billion-dollar industry.’

And yet, here we are in a rubbish year. Did I make it all up? That’s for you to decide.”

* The word ‘horoscope’ has actually been misused by popular media for decades. A horoscope is actually the entire round ‘wheel’ that astrologers read, and all the symbols and planets within it, what is commonly known as a ‘chart’.

For the original article, see: https://www.thesoothe.co/connect/astrology/the-planets-predicted-a-rubbish-year

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Feature: The Asian Entrepreneur – 31 Aug 2020

May Empowers People to Create & Embrace the Life They Are Meant to Live

 

What’s your story?
I knew I wanted to make astrology my career so I searched the world for mentors and good educational institutions. I ended up enrolling in and being the first Asian to graduate from the International Academy of Astrology in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2014, I began Selfstrology Academy, a western astrology consultancy and academy — one of very few in Asia. The existence of Selfstrology means others in the region will have the education and guidance I didn’t have.

What excites you most about your industry?
Being classified as an “unusual” industry, we have a lot of room to achieve success by exploring themes outside the boundaries of other similar industries such as MBTI, DISC profiling, traditional, Chinese, and Indian astrology, psychology, counselling, and coaching. Our courses are never about learning astrology, but about personal transformation. It goes way beyond just extracting information about people, it’s about empowerment and creating a life of meaning and purpose.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and raised in Singapore. I believe my Asian background allows me to bring a new perspective to western astrology that’s unique from those of my peers in the west. Given that the nature of Psychological Astrology produces an astrology chart assessed on its own merits rather than on conventional biases, such as education level, nationality, or age, I like to think I am an ambassador for genuine global individualism: respecting people for who they are, without bias.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Kuala Lumpur. There are many cultural similarities between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, but Malaysians have resilience and hunger that few Singaporeans can boast.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Stop trying to get there. The day you arrive, it goes downhill thereafter.” As a young entrepreneur desperate for success, I was highly self-critical about not being “there.” The realisation that the process of “each step leads to the next” was ground-breaking for me when I realised that our achievements are only truly assessed at the end of our lives, and we do best by simply planning for the next step rather than for what is only a superficial and temporary definition of “success.”

Who inspires you?
Lee Kuan Yew. He is already known for his immense resilience, dedication and foresight that he has contributed to Singapore, but what impressed me most about him was that he always had a wry smile and often acknowledged that he could never rest on his laurels. I think it requires a massive character to maintain humility when you have achieved so much.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I have learned that true entrepreneurship is about solving the world’s problems. It takes a big heart and decades of effort to get anywhere close to tackling many underlying issues in the human world. The potential outcome has to be big enough to justify a lifelong dedication to a cause.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have learnt kindness sooner. I was always very results focussed, so I have been guilty of bull-dozing people in my quest to get things done quickly. I think it will be a lifelong learning lesson for me, but I do wish I had learnt to appreciate people sooner.

How do you unwind?
I really like mobile games, especially those adapted from board games. It allows me to switch off from being in a constant “on” mode, and, as in my work, I am always learning from the endless strategies in each game. I also really like chatting with my husband. I think a good conversation with a spouse is severely underrated in society.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I really liked Bohol, Philippines when I was there more than 10 years ago. As a city-born Singaporean, I really appreciated their small-town hospitality and genuine eagerness to show me the best of what their homeland had to offer. It’s a pity that Southeast Asian charm is sometimes ruined by tourism and commercialism.

Everyone in business should read this book:
“Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card. It might be unusual to recommend a work of fiction, but I think this book explores out-of-the-box thinking, as well as deeper themes of the consequences of leadership decisions, in ways that non-fiction cannot accomplish.

Shameless plug for your business:
Astrology is no longer mindless horoscopes and ridiculous “sun sign compatibility.” Reaching far beyond conventional profiling techniques to uncover crucial information about behaviour, mindset and life purpose, our programmes are never about astrology but about living your life to fulfil a meaningful purpose. Our students and clients include judges, C-level executives, engineers, architects, and participants from many other professions who have called our programmes “transformative,” “insightful,” and even “life-changing.”

How can people connect with you?
For insightful astrological analysis on economies, psychology and behaviour, check out my Youtube channel and our Psychological Astrology programmes can be accessed at www.selfstrology.com.

To hear how entrepreneurs around the world overcome their challenges, search your favourite podcast platform for ‘CallumConnects’ to hear a 5-minute daily breakdown.

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built, and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder and CEO of MBH Corporation PLC. He is the author of three best-selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’, ‘Agglomerate’, and ‘Entrepreneurial Investing’.

Connect with Callum on Twitter and LinkedIn
Download free copies of his books at www.callumlaing.com

For the original article, see: https://www.asianentrepreneur.org/may-sim-founder-of-selfstrology-academy/

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Feature: Crowdfunders Magazine – Mar 2017

Women’s Day Special: Meet May Sim, Founder Of Selfstrology

 

She may be petite, but Miss May Sim has big dreams and ambitions beyond the horizon. The founder of Selfstrology is the first Asian to graduate from the International Academy of Astrology (IAA) and might be the only western practicing astrologer in Singapore. May is a lady of sincerity; just as how she would like to tell people that Astrology is all about guiding one’s true personality in the right direction.

As much as Astrology might seem like a niche area of professionalism in Singapore, May felt that the biggest challenge is not in pursuing her Astrology degree, but rather in people’s perception and misunderstanding of this ancient art.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello, I’m May. I’m a professional astrologer and I’ve practiced Astrology for about 14 years now. Last year, we’ve set up our own astrology academy at Bussorah Street, which is somewhere in the Bugis area.

 

You started practicing Astrology way before you took it up as a full-time profession. Astrology is an ‘ancient art’. What sparked you to be so intrigued by Astrology and taking it up seriously?

Well as you’ve mentioned that Astrology is very ancient, I think it easily has about 5 to 6000 years’ worth of history. And I figure if humans have bothered to study that long, through our history, then there has to be some merit in it. I think I was personally very intrigued by how the birth charts unerringly tell us so much about a person’s personality, and also where the inclinations lie.

 

How can Astrology improve lives?

Often, when most people think of Astrology, they think of it as fortune telling, and that’s how, quite frankly, it has been used traditionally. I think in modern context you find that modern western astrologers are more interested in psychological counseling, we’re interested to see how some of these behavioral patterns either can help us or they can get in our way. So it’s a great way to identify repeated patterns in our lives and also how to use these energies constructively.

 

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You’re the first Asian to graduate from the IAA (International Academy of Astrology) What are some of the challenges you’ve faced thus far whilst pursuing this career?

Actually, pursuing my degree at International Academy of Astrology was the easy part. It’s true that I was the first Asian, but being Singaporean, because we speak English well, it’s not difficult for us to connect with the westerners. Generally speaking, the study part was easy. I think the setting up business part is a little bit different. Astrology is just like any other business, and the challenges I faced, I think, are very similar to what other entrepreneurs faced. So it’s really about defining your target audience, figuring out how to get to them, and also most importantly, how to deliver value to the customers. So I think some of the difficulties that I might have faced specifically with Astrology is that, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about Astrology, many people think it’s religious, or that it’s purely fortune telling, which I can tell you none of my students or my clients will tell you that this is the case. I think the penetration that we can get into a person’s psyche; why do some people decide to become entrepreneurs like me, and why do some people never become entrepreneurs, why some people want to be parents and some people should never be parents. So, it’s actually very deep rooted into a person’s personality.

 

Any piece of advice to budding female entrepreneurs?

I don’t think the situation is very much more different for women. Especially in Singapore, where I don’t think there’s any prejudice against female entrepreneurs, I think the opportunities given to us are exactly the same as for male entrepreneurs. The kind of foundation work that we need to do for our business is exactly the same as with the men. I would say for most women, don’t let gender be an issue when it comes to starting a business. If you believe strongly in what you want to do, just do it. I don’t think anyone cares if you’re a woman or a man.

 

Can you share with us what your first consultation was like?

There’s actually quite a story that comes with it. Because I’ve actually been studying Astrology for many many years, and I never dared to see a client. Because I wasn’t convinced that I was good enough at doing this. So it was actually a friend who had covered a bit of the cost for me for an overseas trip (so basically I owed him money) He didn’t want his money back, and in fact, he said, “I want you to be seeing clients, and I want you to be collecting money from them. That money that you owed me? Never mind, forget about it, take it as if I’ve just paid for your first three clients. So, essentially he sent three of his friends to me, people who he thought needed such a consultation. I saw them, and in my mind, it’s very important because I think there is a barrier between doing something for free, and actually charging for it. And that’s when you make the transition into professional work. So, that was how I saw my first three clients. As you can expect, well, in the first place I didn’t see clients because I wasn’t confident yet. So, you get a lot of second guessing yourself, trying to see if some of your techniques work, whether your interpretations are on track. But, I think it was a very valuable experience. Definitely, I didn’t deliver to those customers what I do for my clients today. But, they are a very big part of my business – because had it not been for these 3 people who gave me a chance, when I wasn’t quite on a professional level, I wouldn’t be where I was today.

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Any inspirational quote to live by?

I think most people should just make a clear decision about what you want to do with your life, and be very very good at it.

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Selfstrology Moving Forward:

I think some of the organizations that we’d really like to work with, Number one, dating agencies. We’ve actually done very well with dating agencies. Especially when we have access to a group of people who are motivated to improve themselves because they are preparing for the next stage of their life, which is to commit to a partner. And the same thing also applies to companies who are doing corporate training, or individuals who are looking to develop themselves for the next level of professional development. I would say, some of the groups that we are interested in are people dealing with families, even families who may be dealing with conflict or certain difficulties, or just family members who are looking to connect better with each other. Of course, our academy is always open to people who loved to learn Astrology, you don’t need any special psychic abilities, you don’t have to be the “chosen one” to learn this. It’s a language, and anyone can learn this.

 

For more information, visit www.selfstrology.com

May Sim Bio Portfolio

 

For the original article, see: https://magazine.coassets.com/2017/03/08/womens-day-special-meet-may-sim-founder-of-selfstrology/

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Feature: Zula.sg – Sep 2019

May Sim: Astrologer In Singapore Explains Why Millennials Are So Obsessed With Astrology

 

Credit: Zula.sg

 

For most of my life, astrology was a fun read, consulted only when I needed to “Click Here To Find Out If Your Star Sign Is Compatible With Your Crush!”

But in the past year, I joined the increasing ranks of millennials who have taken to astrology faster than the PSI rose over the weekend. I found my attraction to reading horoscopes puzzling because I’m that person who needs receipts for everything.

Though there is no evidence that astrology influences your personality, the new age practice does have its own reasoning.

For the uninitiated, you have to factor where the sun, moon and planets are positioned at the moment of your birth to generate your unique chart. Astrologers then interpret the interactions between the celestial orbs to determine how they influence your life.

To get a better understanding of astrology and the growing millennial interest in it, I decided to pay astrologer May Sim a visit.

Selfstrology Academy office

Saturn Return and why your late twenties is a #struggle

One of the first things May says to me is, “You are not an adult yet.”

 

The International Academy of Astrology graduate explains it’s because I’ve not completed my Saturn Return.

Astrologers believe your first Saturn Return is your astrological coming of age. The planet takes 29.5 years to return to its original position at the time of your birth. With its return, Saturn allegedly brings a period of transition and (often painful) changes, which causes you to examine if your life, career and relationships are going as you wished they would.

For the 34-year-old, the period leading to her Saturn Return saw her quitting her high-paying height safety consultancy management job. In turn, May decided to pursue her interest in teaching and doing astrology consultations.

Unbeknown to her then, she set up Selfstrology Academy—her career transformation astrology firm—on the exact day of her Saturn Return.

What a birth chart looks like

Why astrology can be like therapy

Since she started reading charts at 18, May has seen more than 2,000 people. Now, her clients range from those in their early 20s to late 60s. There is an even male-female divide. Their jobs range from a special needs education teacher to CEOs in the finance sectors.

“If you want to know if it’s accurate, we never have complaints,” May says.

A consultation involves May analysing her clients’ chart to “see what’s causing, and be aware of, their problems.” Subsequently, she introduces new thought patterns to shift their perspectives.

In some sense, May likens the job of an astrology consultant to a therapist’s; she helps clients make peace with their decisions but does not advise them.

“One of my clients, a young lady, asked me if [she] should marry her boyfriend [who had been cheating on her]. From the chart, I could tell she has a thing of equating a relationship to monetary benefits.”

Upon further probing, the client revealed a willingness to turn a blind eye to her boyfriend’s philandering because his family was giving her a monthly clothing stipend of $1,500. The client was also promised an apartment in Shanghai if they were to marry.

 

The client’s chart suggested she had learnt these values from her parents. True enough, the client disclosed that her father had been caught cheating years ago. Her grandparents had moved her parents into a landed property and gave her mother a mahjong allowance to keep mum about the affair.

“I was able to show her that she was not happy with how her parents conducted the marriage. Now, she has a choice: [does she] want to sell [herself] into a marriage or demand for a committed relationship?”

 

Role of astrology in everyday life

I ask May what she thinks is astrology’s role in everyday life, as well as her thoughts on the renewed interest in astrology amongst millennials.

She stresses astrology is merely a framework to understanding life. Astrology should only be consulted when you run into problems and need clarity to improve a situation.

“What I like about modern astrology is that it gives free will back to a person. We don’t care about things like fate and destiny anymore because we believe if we can make our [own] decisions, the world is your oyster.”

“If you are born in the generation where there are a lot of outer planets in Aquarius, Aquarius is a sign that naturally relates to new age interest, something that is unconventional.”

“Young people are looking for a way to understand the world, because they have realised that conventional wisdom doesn’t work for them anymore. The alternatives are what they are looking for, and astrology gives [them] that.”

For the next two hours, May and I continue to discuss astrology’s role in religion, love and work. Leaving her office, I come to an understanding that it doesn’t matter if astrology is ‘real’ or has scientific backing; what matters is that it’s meaningful to the people who use it.

May featured in a previous newspaper interview

Astrology As Language To Understand Life

Through astrology, May gives her clients the language to express and organise the human experience. With terms like “Mercury in retrograde” and “your moon is in the fifth house,’” they can make sense of life’s randomness and formulate a plan to achieve what they want.

The proliferation of Instagram horoscope meme accounts and new astrology apps like Co-Star has done the same. With astrology presented in an easy-to-digest, structured and relatable way, it has become more accessible than ever.

I understand now that astrology can be a tool for self-introspection and is a medium for the social media generation to engage and understand the world they live in.

In our heart of hearts, we are all storytellers. We look for narratives to explain our lives, share our hopes and dreams, and form communities.

The people who go to May or subscribe to astrology are neither stupid nor take astrology as 100% fact.

Like the sailors of old, I believe they’re trying to pluck meaning from the stars to more easily navigate the sea of life.

For the original article, see: https://zula.sg/astrologer-singapore/

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Survival Guide For Your Saturn Return

Survival Guide For Your Saturn Return

 

What is a “Saturn Return”?

If you’re hearing this for the first time, it is basically an astrological term for when Saturn makes an entire orbit around the Sun and ‘returns’ to the same position at your time of birth. Because the orbit of Saturn takes about 29.5 years, most people experience a “Saturn Return” around the ages of 29, 58 & 87 in their lives. Because the orbit of Saturn is irregular, it might occur in the 1-2 years before or after those ages mentioned.

So what’s the BIG deal?

The words associated with Saturn are boring or dull, such as; Duty, Responsibility, Long-term plans, Effort, Commitments etc.  It will be a period in which you question the efforts and commitments made over the last 10 years of adulthood and reflect on whether or not this is the direction you would like to proceed on into the next phase of your life. It is not uncommon to experience the need for sudden career changes and needing to pursue the things that truly matter.

BUT before you run off like a headless chicken, freaking out about leaving your jobs and making drastic life changes, consider the following pointers to help you Survive Your Saturn Return:

#1 Give some serious thoughts and considerations into the next phase in life

It is sort of like organising your wardrobe, but more towards applying it to your life goals. “Well this cartoon t-shirt worked for me previously in my teens, but not anymore!”– It’s about knowing what to throw out and consider keeping what is now important in your life, which you would like to work towards to in the long-term (10-20 years). Do allow yourself to dream of what you would deem as successful, a challenge you take on so there will be no regrets. It could come in the form of; positions in your career, financial goals, marriage, starting a family, pursuing a life-purpose, etc. Have these goals to be a bit of a stretch but ultimately realistic and achievable.

#2 Implement a structure / framework to achieving those life goals

Once you are clear of actually what you want to do and what your life goals are, set up a structure or a system to help you achieve those goals. One of the ways, is sharing about these goals with someone you trust, and ask them to hold you accountable for achieving these goals. Breaking goals down into smaller goals and setting milestones with a realistic timeframe could help a lot too by allowing you to keep a close track of your progress, and make any necessary adjustments.

#3 Find small successes and celebrate achievements along the way

Importantly, it is also realising that these goals are long-term in nature, which they will not be easily achieved with an overnight success. – Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve not achieve what you wanted especially within a short span of time. Learn to give credit to yourself and celebrate the things in which you have started to progress in or achieve over the next couple of years.

Another great way for you to find guidance and directions in your life is  picking up Astrology. Through understanding Astrology and your own Natal chart, you will discover insights to who you are truly as a person, your core personality, identity and life purpose. Many of Selfstrology Academy’s students join the class at the point of their Saturn Returns and are realising for themselves what they truly want to achieve and contribute to others in their lives. Some of them have found the courage to leave disempowering relationships and careers, in pursuit for greater, more meaningful professions and fulfilling relationships. For more information about the course, visit: https://selfstrology.com/academy/bac/.

We hope that this article has helped you to gain more clarity and the direction for the next phase in life. If you’ve found this article useful do share it with someone else experiencing this stage in life as well. Do leave your comments or questions you might have, in the comments section below and we will address them.

 

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Feature: The Finder – Aug 2016

Insider’s Guide: SG’s ‘Sun’ Babies

Credit: TheFinder Magazine

Interested in Western Astrology? Read on to find out how giving birth in Singapore can affect your little one’s chart. By May Sim

You probably know that your astrological horoscope is based on your birth date. It’s how to know which of the 12 “signs” you are – be it Libra, Capricorn or Pisces. But did you know that your personal zodiac forecast also depends on your exact birth time and place, with its specific geographical coordinates?

A trained astrologer like myself can “chart” the placement of the Sun, Moon and planets around the Earth, based on you birth date, birth time and place. Then, we determine your so-called Sun signs (as above) and can profile your character and assess events that may happen in your life.

Check out the sample charts, at right. The Midheaven – the line in red – shows the highest point that the Sun reaches in the sky at the tie of birth. It typically represents the person’s career, reputation and what they’re known for. However, the other function of the Midheaven is. together with the hoirzon (the bold black horizontal line), to dicide the circular chart into four quadrants.

The Sun doesn’t get very high in the sky in cities at upper latitudes like, say, Stockholm or Chicago, so babies born in these cicites get slightly skewed birth charts – with the Midheaven at an angle, and unequal quadrants or houses (i.e., the 12 signs).

Take Silver Screen movie star Great Garbo, who was born in Stockholm September 18, 1905 at 7:30p.m. She had huge 6th and 12th houses that contained the Sun (conscious self-identity) and Moon (emotional security), respectively. When the 6th and 12th houses are emphasized, you find quieter, more introverted personalities. And Garbo, for all her fame, was known as a recluse who didn’t even attend Oscar awards when she was nominated.

But what if your child (or anyone, for that matter) is born in Singapore? The Lion City is almost exactly on the equator itself, and the Sun is pretty much directly overhead at noon year-round. This means we get Midheavens that are almost exactly vertical, typically dividing the circular chart into four equal quadrants . This suggests that no area of life take on additional importance by virtue of the birth location, though its still possible for a specific house to take on importance if many planets are in it.

In addition to the division of houses, the other obvious difference between cities like Stockholm and Singapore is that on can experience the four seasons – during which lifestyle and activities can vary tremendously – while the other gets an eternal summer. In places at higher latititudes, winters in particular can restrict movements and activities months at a time. Hence, it’s not surprising that some sectors of life are emphasised (such as home or family life), while others are accordingly suppressed (think social or community activity). 

And what if your family or child moves away from Singapore? I’d suggest you have an astrologer draw up a relocation birth chart. This new chart assumes that the person is born at the exact same moment in time, but in a different location and time zone.

In my own sample Singapore-to-Stockholm relocation chart, the planet suggest that home and family life might be intense. So I’d want to pack in plenty of physical activity so that any excess emotional energy is channeled out physically rather than directed at my family members.

About the Astrologer

Founder of Selfstrology.com May Sim is the first Asian Chinese person to graduate from the International Academy of Astrology with a Diploma in Modern Astrology. Get in touch with May at hello@selfstrology.com for a consultation; mention the code “Finder_SingaporeBabies” for a special discount.

 

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The Fault In Your Stars – By Brenan Yeo

The Fault In Your Stars

You are real problem in your relationships.

By Brenan Yeo

 

Stumbling through the internet, one often finds relationship advice in abundance, which offer catharsis for, perhaps, heartbroken and jaded millennials.

Skeptics often scoff at the generalised “readings”, noting that the words could apply to anyone — and particularly those of horoscopes.

Believers of astrology are sometimes mocked for subscribing to these generalisations. “Oh, we didn’t match because our signs are different.” “He’s too much of a Capricorn for me.” “She’s a Scorpio… I don’t think we would work out”.

I cannot deny that at my weaker points in life, horoscopes did seem to make an absurd amount of sense. I sometimes ponder if there is an actual reason, to my Capricorn need for “structure and order,” according to what the internet tells me.

My curious search for the truth behind astrology led me to the heart of Arab Street. Tucked away in the lines of shophouses, stands Selfstrology, an astrology school.

May Sim, founder of Selfstrology, greeted me through the large window overlooking the entrance. Her petite figure seemed almost equal to the table she was seated at, but her air of authority was unmistakable. Walking out, she flashed a full-toothed grin, and greeted me. “Shall we begin?”

 

WRITTEN IN THE CHARTS
May boasts a formidable list of qualifications: 15 years of practice in the field and a hard-earned bachelor’s equivalent in studies from the International Academy of Astrology. The student-turned-instructor at her alma mater is currently working on a book on psychological astrology.

The biggest question I had was how horoscopes work. Lunar and stellar energies certainly could not derive and profile my personality. May, however, told me otherwise.

“You see, when anyone is born, the stars are at a specific angle and alignment, depending on where you are born on Earth. That’s why I asked for your specific birth time, as well as the location. This lets me digitally generate a chart to see what are the exact angles are of the stars I need to see. The positioning of these is the information I have about you.”

“Personality profiling is about identifying your behavioural patterns. So once we know what you want and how you’re like, we can see how to get there.”

I was still skeptical, but the key to understanding lies within an open mind. I decided to probe a little deeper.

She pulled out my birth chart, which was dominated by a circle, split into twelve sections. It was decorated with handwriting, obvious that she had prepared it herself, and painstakingly so. Unfolding the document, she pointed to one intricate symbol.

“This is Venus, which we otherwise recognise as a symbol for love.”

Her hand traced the circular shape, stopping at the sign immediately below it.

“And this is Pluto, the god of the Underworld. Their close proximity tells me that, unfortunately, your relationships are filled with chaos.”

Okay, my relationships have been all but peaceful. I’ve weathered emotional abuse, conflicting interests and plenty of tears, but still — it could be a coincidence.

The consultation lasted for an hour, growing more intensive with every flick of her pen. Any incorrect readings would have fed the skeptic in me. I was reading into every word she said, waiting for an error.

But there were none.

With pinpoint accuracy, the signs told her everything about me, from my latent scars of a poor childhood to my ideal career choices. All the things I knew about myself intimately, she laid out on the table, bare. I felt naked — stripped, even.
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I could have been anyone, of a hundred different permutations of backgrounds and cultural differences. And yet, here I was, with a complete stranger who seemed to know everything about me, from a flimsy piece of paper to boot.

Despite my deep-seated discomfort, May’s cheery demeanour persisted.

“The charts don’t lie. But I’m not here to make you uncomfortable. I’m here to help you piece together what all of these things mean, and give you advice on how to best move forward,” she said.

That is exactly what she did for me. She pieced together my broken love life and identified this curious pattern I never would have noticed alone, especially not through convenient listicles I read through tears at night.

“Most people start their relationships like this: finding someone, sustaining the needs of the relationship and then fulfilling themselves through it. The question here is, how do you find someone if you don’t even know what fulfills you?”

She paused to give me a mental breather.

“So we work backwards instead — find out what fulfills you in a relationship before finding someone who meets those requirements.”

That felt like a wonderful piece of advice for someone constantly heartbroken. I was filled with shock and awe.

“It’s all in the charts. You can’t get this kind of detailed and personal reading from any crappy newsletter online. If you want to get a proper reading done, go to a qualified astrologist. You wouldn’t trust a friend who spent a few days reading medicinal articles and then starts calling himself a doctor, would you? Same thing.”

Astrology is a complex field of study. I could not summarise the years of experience necessary to understand how these charts work, much as I could not do the same for medicine.

Is it accurate? Spine-chillingly so.

Is it for everyone? It could be. Traditional Chinese medicine is not for everyone, but some people do swear by it.

How does this help with relationships? It is a guide, after all, a reference for us to remind yourself what we want and need. Whether you believe in astrology or not, May gave me quality
advice as a person, and it is, and will be, something I remember for a lifetime.

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How To Obtain Your Birth Chart

How To Obtain Your Birth Chart


What is Astrology?

We get asked this question a lot! And especially as with the Asian context, Western Astrology usually gets confused with Bazi, Fengshui & Vedic Astrology – which are all fundamentally different from one another. So is Western Astrology just based on the 12 Zodiac signs?
Usually, when people associate the 12 Zodiac signs or magazine horoscopes, they might just be referring to the Sun Sign. However, Astrology goes beyond that and is the study of how cosmic bodies (planets including the Sun, asteroids and other calculated points etc) affect and influence lives.


This is where it begins

Before we sound like space cadets, Astrologers are actually looking at some specific indicators which are based on precise calculations for the exact time of birth of a person or significant events. Given a specific time or an exact moment, Astrologers will be able to generate and map a chart of the planetary positions which may look like this:

Astrology chart mapped for Brad Pitt’s exact time of birth

So to have your own chart generated, click the button below:

Or visit: https://selfstrology.com/chart-generator/

You will be prompted to input the following details such as:

  • Birth Date
  • Birth Time (Exact To The Minute)
  • Birth City

Upon generating a chart, a simple auto-generated report is provided as well. Although it does give you a quick interpretation of the Planets in Signs, but it does not really give you a very accurate description of how it plays out in your life. The Basic Astrology Course, offered by Selfstrology Academy would be able to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to interpret all the symbols within the chart.

Otherwise, to have a more detailed interpretation but you find it tedious to understand what all the symbols and indications are? It is recommended to see a professional Astrologer who will be able to breakdown the chart to give you a proper analysis of your personality profile. If you are seeking a consultation, click on the this link to find our more about our consultation services.

Attend events where we cover other interesting topics on Astrology, check out the other upcoming events.

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Feature: Mediacorp’s iWeekly Magazine – 19 Jul 2018

Fun with Destiny

Curious about the future? Eager to overcome difficulties in life? Just with the birth date, you can learn a person’s character and destiny, gain wisdom, improve yourself and your life using Astrology and Numerology. two Metaphysics Gurus from our home country are here to explicate the mysteries.

 

Written By: Wong Mei Wen,  Photos By: Ealbert Ho
Translated By: Lovine Tay

 

19 July 2018

 

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About Astrology:
Using a person’s birth location, time, planets and constellations’ positions to analyse his/her character, behaviour and destiny.

About May Sim:
Astrologer, age 33, holds a Diploma in Astrology, founded Selfstrology Academy 5 years ago, conducts Astrology courses and provides Astrological consultations.
(photo at left bottom) Selfstrology Academy classroom

Q: How did you find out about Astrology?
A: My mother used to sell magazines in the past, when we helped her out at the stall, we would browse through the magazines and happened to chance upon a free Astrology website, where I generated my birth chart for the very first time. I didn’t understand the details at that time but I was enticed by it, so I began to self-learn Astrology for 8 years, while also helping my friends to read their charts. Then a friend told me there are Astrology classes in the US, and asked me if I was interested to take up a formal course? So I went online and found the International Academy of Astrology (I.A.A.), it offered a 3.5 years Diploma course in Astrology. Without a second thought, I enrolled myself into the course. It was an online course and there were assignments to be submitted every week, and it was a requirement to pass every module in order to graduate. I am currently the only Asian to have graduated from the academy, and I had joined the faculty as a lecturer 2 years ago, teaching students all over the world online.
Upon graduation, I founded Selfstrology Academy. Initially, I provided the consultation services only, then my friends started to expressed an interest in learning Astrology and asked if I would offer a course, I never stopped teaching since then. Now I have more classes than consultations, by end of this year I would have more than 100 students.

Q: In the common understanding of Astrology, is it similar to a zodiac analysis?
A: Most people know their Sun sign and that’s all they know about Astrology, but this type of “Popular Astrology” doesn’t explain much, there is around 6 billion people in the world who share the same Sun sign as you, it’s impossible that they have the same character and same attitude towards life as you.
In fact, everyone has 10 Planets in their birth chart, including the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, etc. By using Astrology, we are looking at the location of the 10 Planets in the 12 Houses. Each house represents a different area in life, like children, career, money so on and so forth. From the location of a planet, we can understand a person’s perception and attitude towards that area of life.

(Picture left) Natal chart, indicates the location of different planets in different houses
(Picture right) Which planet falls in which house? Find them in the Ephemeris according to your birth date and time

 

Q: The “Psychology Astrology” that you use, is this a type of Astrology unique to your academy?
A: I am not the only Astrologer in the world who uses Psychological Astrology. Astrology has always been linked to predictions, and during the first few years of providing consultations, I realised that predictions can only let my clients know what will happen in a couple months’ time, but it doesn’t solve the root cause of the problem, thus, not helping my clients by very much. By using Psychological Astrology, it’s a way to discover repeat patterns in people’s way of thinking and behaviours, and often they are linked to past experiences; only by understanding this, we then can help our clients address situations.

Q: Do you have any successful consultation examples?
A: I once saw a beautiful lady in consultation who was in her thirties, she never had a boyfriend and whenever a person of the opposite gender tries to have physical contact, she would avoid him. By interpreting her birth chart, it indicated that there were themes of “big and tall male” and “manipulation”, also it was associated with something sexual too. So I asked her directly and she told me that in the past there was a male neighbour who molested her when she was 4 or 5 years old. That incident  traumatised her, and this had resulted in her having problems working with a male authorities figures too.
Not every girl who was molested will change their view towards men, but this lady’s chart tells me that she’s not very confident and her way of thinking towards men and will be affected by this. After she understood impact of the traumatic past, she successfully went on to find a boyfriend, and even invited me to her wedding 2 years ago.

Q: How frequent do your clients come for a consultation session?
A: During a consultation session, I will provide a detailed analysis of the client’s birth chart, together with a 1.5 to 2 years forecast on major events. Some clients choose to return every year for a consultation session for the purposed of life planning.

Q: Can Astrology be used to pursue good fortune and avoid bad luck?
A: Western Astrology and Eastern Astrology are different, the former does not have the mentality of “bi” (to avoid), it emphasizes more on solving the root cause of problems, whereas the latter emphasizes on fate. For example, if your marriage isn’t going smoothly, Eastern Astrologers might suggest that the “feng shui” in your house is not desirable and you need to change the position of something, whereas Western Astrologers will try to understand the root causes of the problems in the marriage.

 

For a 2-Hrs Consultation, the fee is $480; a 1 Hr Topical-based Consultation on Career, Family, Money, Relationships or Self-Development is $250; if you’re interested for more information or about the Astrology courses, check them out at: www.selfstrology.com.

 

Trial Consultation:

“You don’t appear ‘Aries’”, my friends once told me. Only after I got my birth chart analysed, then I realised I have the way of thinking and behaviour of 2 other zodiac signs. Other than our natural character, what’s interesting is – every time that the planets in the universe moves, it affects and changes our attitudes too. For example, you might have enjoyed travelling in the past, but now you might not be so interested in it anymore, or your hobbies change over time etc. What and when are the energy fluctuations happening in near future? And what are their effects on you? A Consultation will allow you to be better prepared. When you are more conscious about yourself, you’ll be able to make better judgments and decisions.

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