Modern Mystic: Nadine Jane Astrology
What is the self and where is it located? Are we fluid and ever-changing or is there an intrinsic us, an impermeable individual, or is the self merely a story that we tell ourselves? For neurologist Oliver Sacks, the self is located within each of us as a narrative or “life-story” that we ourselves construct. While biologically we remain fundamentally the same – an evolving configuration of blood, bones, cells and atoms – “historically, as narratives,” he intones, “we are each of us unique.”
In Astrology Month, we explore one such narrative, a mechanism of selfhood that prominent astrologist Nadine Jane of the eponymous Nadine Jane Astrology believes can help “unlock our ultimate potential and purpose.” “Self-reflection is the key to self-actualization,” she says. “If you know what your strengths are you can maximize them. If you know your weaknesses you can be aware of your blind spots. This allows you to come into any situation, personal or professional, and know exactly what you can offer the room and what you will need from them in return.”
Introduction Chynna Lao
Images Nadine Jane Astrology
I have a deep love for Scorpios because they are so misunderstood. They are truly loyal, authentic, and sincere. However, people tend to focus on the fact that they can be spiteful, vindictive and manipulative. Every sign has their dark and their light, and I think it's important to give people the full picture of each sign.
Can you recall a moment when astrology was personally useful for you?
I always knew that I was an Aquarius, but I had met so many other Aquarians who were nothing like me. Why was I shy when conversations revolved around me? Why was I so rebellious as a teenager? Why was I such a romantic? Reading my birth chart for the first time affirmed everything I had always known and allowed me to accept all of these different contradictory parts of myself.
Which sun sign, other than yours, do you admire?
All of my closest friends are Tauruses. I admire their ability to stick to their guns and remain reliable through life's ups and downs. As an Aquarius, I can be a bit all over the place, but they have taught me how to stay grounded.
How can understanding our natal chart be valuable in our interpersonal relationships?
Self-reflection is the key to self-actualization. If you know what your strengths are you can maximize them. If you know your weaknesses you can be aware of your blind spots. This allows you to come into any situation, personal or professional, and know exactly what you can offer the room and what you will need from them in return. Your birth chart is your one-of-a-kind astrological thumbprint. It is the blueprint of who you are and how you function. It is the key that helps us unlock our ultimate potential and purpose.
How do you respond to sceptics of astrology?
My parents are both chemistry professors, so I am very aware of how some people perceive Astrology. And I embrace it, I think a fair amount of scepticism is healthy in regards to anything. All I know for sure is how healing it has been for me to study astrology and understand the ins-and-outs of my chart. If I can share that experience with even one person, it is worth the stigma.
How can astrology help us live our lives better?
Astrology has taught me how connected we all are. For example—if Mercury is in Retrograde and my train is delayed and I am late for a meeting, it reminds me that everyone else on the train's morning is a little delayed too. Astrology is a reminder that we are all part of the same wild experience of life, and we are not alone.