Modern Mystic: Natalia Benson
Our exploration into Astrology Month has involved not simply an examination of divination as it pertains to planets and other celestial objects; it has also been a meditation on a cultural practice that continues to be used as a means of creating empathy, empowerment and self-knowledge. This much is true for astrologer, modern mystic and women’s empowerment coach Natalia Benson, whose spirituality is based on “self-accountability and knowing how to have an honest conversation with yourself and with the universe”.
Introduction Chynna Lao
Images Natalia Benson
Arizona-bred and now based in Los Angeles, Natalia Benson fuses esoteric wisdom with practical modern tools in order to teach others how to live a more peaceful, conscious and balanced life. “I definitely do my best to be down-to-earth and relatable,” says Natalia. In doing so, astrology and mysticism feel “open-ended and inviting to anyone fascinated in understanding themselves in a deeper way”.
This deeper connection with one’s self (and indeed with others) lies at the core of her spiritual practice. Natalia says, “astrology is a tool for self-empowerment and compassion. It helps people to look at themselves and others with a broader and maybe even a humorous perspective. It creates order out of chaos and self-understanding if we choose to see it that way.”
Yes, I was about 21 just had moved to LA and was going through a really bad breakup! A girlfriend of mine at the time suggested a particular Astrologer to me in my time of upset and needless to say, it stuck.
Can you recall a moment when astrology was personally useful for you?
There's too many to recount! I always like to say that Astrology is a tool for self-empowerment and compassion. It helps people to look at themselves and others with a broader and maybe even a humorous perspective. It creates order out of chaos and self-understanding if we choose to see it that way. I have really loved Astrology for exploring one of my most challenging nuances, relationships, getting to know my Venus aspects has truly been a saving grace and the cause of a lot of healing for me.
What is something about astrology that is often misunderstood or overlooked?
I always like to say that Astrology isn't just about newspaper horoscopes or compatibility. Natal Chart Astrology, to me, is the crux of Astrology, understanding one's own birth chart gets into the wondrous power that Astrology has to offer.
Which sun sign, other than yours, do you admire?
I do love a Leo, as they often give less f-cks than Aries do.
How do you respond to sceptics of astrology?
That Astrology is a language, and you can either learn the language or not.
How do you think astrology can help us navigate our day-to-day? How can astrology help us live our lives better?
Astrology helps us live more insightful lives, creating order out of seeming chaos showing us there is rhyme & reason in the pain and challenge, as well as beauty and joy of things. I think when we pay attention to Astrology it gives our lives depth, colour & connection to the Cosmos and what is more incredible than that?!