About two weeks ago I had an astrology reading for the first time with Jamie Kahl Miller of Pandora Astrology. As I described in my IGTV post talking about the experience, I found it surprisingly insightful and I enjoyed it so much that I thought I should write a blog post and share more details about it.
Disclaimer: I am not an astrology expert and so some of my descriptions might be technically incorrect – sorry!
The Nitty Gritty
I had my “Initial Natal and Transits Reading” with Jamie on Monday, March 30th, 2020 at 2PM, and I booked the reading about a week or two prior to my appointment at a price of $250. The reading itself was about (90-120) minutes long and includes a keepsake recording of the actual reading, my birth chart, and several other helpful links and documents that go deeper into some of my planetary placements. Based on what was included and my overall experience, I definitely think the reading was worth the price.
Decoding My Birth Chart
Apparently it’s kind of taboo to share your birth chart with people, but I don’t mind so above I’ve included a screenshot of the chart Jamie shared with me in my reading.
I personally find charts really difficult to read, especially when planetary relationships (indicated by the colored lines) are marked on the chart, but I’ll include the most relevant details below in bullets.
- My rising sign (circled in red on the left of the screen) is Aries; this describes how others see me or the way I present myself and how people experience me.
- I have the most planetary activity in Sagittarius, and Jamie has labeled it my “signature sign.” The planets here include the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Athena, and Venus.
- My second most prominent house is my 10th house of Capricorn where my sun sign is along with the north node, Uranus and Neptune.
- I’m still memorizing all the various planetary relationships that exist in astrology, but the assortment of lines represents aspects the planets have with each other. I think of them as dance partners or “coworkers” – these signs work together or against each other, and Jamie explained how those relationships play out in my life and personality.
Most of us already know our sun sign – that’s the reigning zodiac sign we’re usually familiar with. For me, because my birthday is between December 22nd and January 20th, I’m a Capricorn. This is one of the relevant placements in the “big 3” of Astrology, with the other most relevant placements being the rising sign (for me, Aries) and moon sign (mine is Sagittarius).
Capricorns are characterized as being ambitious, hard-working and cold or stoic, but the combination of Capricorn, Sagittarius and Aries paint a more accurate picture of my general personality. With my Aries rising characterized as being direct and independent, and my moon sign also craving independence as well as adventure and knowledge, Jamie explained that I’m probably a very direct, independent, curious, and ambitious, goal-oriented person.
Right away Jamie mentioned that I have a dominant presence of fire and earth in my chart. Without going into it too deeply, she explained that water energy is very feeling, and air energy is very thinking or dreamy; I don’t have very much of this in my chart. Jamie described that fire energy is very active and somewhat impulsive, and that it mimics water; it is feeling but in a more intuitive way that has to do with actions rather than emotions. Earth is more about building, doing, creating and execution. The combination of earth and fire I have means that I act intuitively and build thoughtfully, and that I have a logical approach to things I feel intuitively confident in.
I want to expand on this more as it was one of the “hot topics” of my reading. Jamie explained that due to this prominent combination of earth and fire in my chart, that I’m emitting a very intimidating energy in regards to dating and romance – if you’re a girl reading this, how many times has a man described you as “intimidating” and you laughed it off as bullshit because same. She explained that I’m likely attracting an alpha-male type of guy, and guessed that that’s probably the kind of guy I am attracted to, but that if there is a lack of confidence or conviction on his part, our relationship could turn abusive – yikes!
9th House of Sagittarius
The next area of focus was all the activity I have in Sagittarius. One of the big 3 is here – my moon – and that means that I’m naturally optimistic and independent with a need for freedom and adventure. Venus is also in Sagittarius, and this impacts how I love. Because of this placement, Jamie explained that my most ideal romantic partner should feel like my best friend. She also said I could be self-sabotaging by going for men that are in some way unavailable as this represents a definite source of independence (queue blowing of my mind). This need for independence is a real recurring theme in my chart, partly because I have so much in Sagittarius, but I never thought of myself as such an independence-loving person and this was one of my reading takeaways.
I mentioned this in my IGTV video, but another of the more unexpected takeaways I had from the reading is that we love differently than we marry, and the planets that govern love and marriage are not always in harmony. The “marriage” planetary body is Juno, which is an asteroid, and mine is in Aquarius again echoing my need for independence in relationships and a life “separate or distinct” from my partner in addition to maintaining a household and life together.
Jamie found an indicator in Sagittarius that I would be a writer, or at least inclined to write. I’ve now forgotten her full explanation, but for whatever reason Sagittarian energy usually promotes writing (some famous Sag authors include Jane Austen, Mark Twain and C.S. Lewis). I’m also predisposed to writing since my planet of communication (mercury) and the ruler of my emotions (the moon) are next to each other and in the same house allowing me to translate feelings into words naturally.
10th House of Capricorn
I’ve always wholly identified with my sun sign of Capricorn (diligent, ambitious, big time boring) and seeing all the action in my chart helped to explain why. Jamie explained that my career drives my “life’s purpose” and that to find fulfillment I’ll need to establish a fulfilling career. She touched on a secret worry I had about my career and explained where that comes from. I have Neptune in Cap creating a lack of confidence and a bit of confusion in regard to career matters, but when she explained that I’ll need to convert my creative/writing passions into my career to achieve my feeling of destiny, she was able to make sense of something that I’d never even articulated. This is perhaps my biggest takeaway from the reading.
Most importantly I gained a greater sense of clarity into what kind of career is best for me, and why I’ve struggled with career direction up to this point in my life. I also now feel grounded in my need to have a whole and fulfilling career, whereas before I would try to write off that desire. In terms of love and relationships, Jamie was able to give background to some ways that my romantic pursuits might be playing out, and this gives me less of an anxious feeling around finding “the one” or looking for answers as to why I’m (still) single.
I can’t say it enough how insightful this reading was, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading with Jamie again in the future. I’d encourage anyone who has a mild interest in astrology to get this reading just because, in my experience anyway, it can provide a lot of validation and clarity.
Also sidebar, because of this reading I finally learned how to read those dang birth charts, so if anyone wants to talk more about the subject and look at your own chart together, I’d love to!