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Why Open-Mindedness Is a Terrible Approach to Finding a Career Direction

Why Open-Mindedness Is a Terrible Approach to Finding a Career Direction

Lots of people are currently in the midst of deciding what kind of career direction that you want to go into. You might relate to this especially if you are thinking of setting up a business, or if you intend to go freelance.

This is May, I’m an astrologer with 16 years of experience seeing clients in consultations. Most of what I do is literally speaking with hundreds if not thousands of people about their careers. And in this article, what I am about to share are some insights to a phrase which come up very commonly during client consultations when people are thinking about their career direction. And this phrase is;

“I’m open minded”

When my clients share this during consultations, immediately it flags up several issues and it is probably one of the worst approaches that we can take when you are trying to select a career direction. To start things off, these are 3 things you’ll want to take note of;

#1: It tends to generate too many options

Most people turn to their friends and peers when trying to find a direction, saying that they are “open minded”, open to any suggestions. And friends being friends, typically with the keenness to help, can provide many suggestions. Faster than you know it, it is quite easy for you to very quickly accumulate a few hundred options of paths or options that you could take.

And then now you probably face an opposite problem, which is that you confuse yourself and then you end up coming back potentially to an astrologer saying; “Well, I don’t know which path to take, there are just too many options”.

#2: Outsourcing the responsibility

The second issue with the behaviour and mentality of being “open minded”, is that it puts the responsibility on other people to help you generate ideas.

This can potentially suggest that you might be too lazy or too tired to come up with your own ideas. Often motivated by the need to gather as many suggestions from others as possible and then to select the best option from those suggestions. This might not seem very much like a problem, but I’ll like to share an analogy to help illustrate the point.

Imagine that you are a consumer and that getting your needs served and catered to, is probably of the most important criteria that a business should provide or meet. And if the business owner started the business out of just purely based on the suggestions of other people and much less of understanding what the consumer needs and requires, you’ll find that meeting and providing what the consumer expects out of the product or service, may not be the top priority of the business. Hence for this reason, starting a business based on suggestions from your friends is probably not the best way or to lay a good foundation for the business.

#3: Means of avoiding the commitment

Lastly in my opinion, this may be one of the most difficult issue among the 3 to deal with. When you seek suggestions, the percentage chance of you implementing and following through to set up a business based on the suggestion is extremely low.

Why this is so is because, there isn’t a penalty of NOT implementing and carrying out the idea. It stems from the mindset of ONLY doing the idea which you consider it to be a good idea. This then form a norm for not following through and the lack of accountability, which results in you not executing what might have been actually a good idea. Consider that there might have been many ideas which might have been very good ideas but because of the lack of accountability ended up becoming just “good ideas”.

Power of committing to one

So if for those of you who are looking for a direction to go, whether you are setting up a freelance venture or a business, consider that you can only be successful if you commit to one idea, one business and preferably should be something that you select powerfully by yourself. The motivation should be preferably driven by a desire to improve the lives of the people that you are going to serve. With a strong personal reason or purpose, this fuels the commitment to follow through on making that business successful.

And for those of you who are perhaps still confused, or still have a lot of options, possibly one of the best things that you could do for yourself is to decide today that you no longer want to be open minded. Select the business for yourself with the intention of making a commitment instead of wanting to explore multiple options and suggestions. I’ll like to end this off with a simple scenario;

If you are shopping for a shoe, and you find something that fits, its time to commit and bring it to the cashier and pay for it. Immediately, you are the proud owner of a new pair of shoes. Otherwise, being open-minded and wanting to explore other options, you will find yourself going from shopping mall to shopping mall and still not getting a pair of shoes – not getting a satisfactory result or a desired outcome.

With that, I thank you very much for getting to the end of this article and I hoped that I have provided you some insights to helping you define a career direction that fulfils your true purpose. I wish you all the best in the journey of self-discovery and transformation.

May

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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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Photo Credits: Selfstrology

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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Is There Such A Thing As A Dream Job?

So is there such a thing as a dream job? In my 16 years of experience as a professional consulting astrologer, I get asked about dream jobs in consultations all the time. What usually comes up when we talk about dream jobs is that, people conjure up images of fast sports cars, travelling to multiple countries, having lots of time off AND making bucket loads of money at the same time! Now, doesn’t that sound like what you have in mind too?

However, you see… there is fundamentally a BIG problem here…

The problem lies with the word ‘DREAM’.

When it’s a dream, it’s not real! It is probably something somewhere out there which the possibility of it happening is frankly close to impossible. And you’ll find for most people, they’re thinking; “Oh, you know, that was a great dream – that was a great idea. But you know, it’s not happening today, it’s not happening tomorrow, it’s not happening next year – maybe not in this lifetime”

And this is the big kicker that people get easily discouraged or disappointed, thinking that it is overly ambitious and they know that it’s relatively impossible to get there immediately.  It’s kind of sad if you think about it makes people feel resigned to the current situation and not do anything about it.

There’s a way around this.

Recently I had attended a course conducted by my coach, Melvin Soh (Yes, we all need a coach in our lives to achieve what’s beyond ourselves), he introduced a concept called the “PREFERRED” job. Before you jump in to say that it’s just a different wordplay, but this actually shifts psychologically the way you would view the job.

When we start talking in the realm of the “PREFERRED” job, you start to realised that the conditions are much more realistic and attainable, such as; shorter working hours, modifications to current job scopes, doing work which is more aligned with what you wanted to do, etc. Suddenly, these factors are a lot more do-able and actionable.

Even if it feels like you’re just talking baby steps to make changes to your work environment, you’re actually shifting closer to attaining your preferred job which would give you the right kind of satisfaction you want.

If you found that a simple tip like this would put you closer to achieve the career satisfaction you seek, consider that in the Career Transformation Weekend Programme, we get participants to consider similar concepts like these and apply to the activities. Through the programme, participants start to design a new career which leaves them aligned with their purpose, work with people they like, while getting paid well for what they do. For more information about the programme, click here

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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: 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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