Some people simply have no idea what it means to be an astrologer.
I get asked all the time if I read palms, or cards, or minds.
Other people assume I must mean that I'm an ASTRONOMER.
And though the two fields of study were linked for many millenia, I couldn't tell you the difference between an asteroid and a meteor if my life depended on it...
(A famous astronomer happens to live on my street, and we finally met at a neighbor's party the other night. I told him what I do, and he actually said to me - I'm NOT making this up! - "Die, mortal enemy, die!"
He was joking, of course - at least, I hope he was.)
Though we do get surrounded at dinner parties by curious guests wanting to "talk shop," not everyone is so enthusiastic about astrology.
In olden times, being an astrologer was considered a VERY big deal.
Astrologers were thought to be actual "messengers of the gods" and were only employed by royalty and heads of state.
In India, astrologers were believed to be "the mouthpiece of God" and a person's chart was God's "inexplicable wish" for them.
But advising rulers and sitting atop such a lofty spiritual pedestal has its downside...
History is full of tales of astrologers losing their heads for getting involved in world affairs.
One such amazing tale involves Queen Elizabeth I.
Before she was queen, her half-sister, Queen Mary Tudor (also known as "Bloody Mary" for killing so many Protestants) employed an astrologer.
His name was John Dee, and he was on hand to advise Her Highness about all matters of the day.
England was in the throes of religious turmoil, as Henry VIII had kicked out the Catholic church and established the Church of England just over a decade before.
Elizabeth was seen as a symbol of this "new faith" as Henry had acted so that he could divorce his wife (which was forbidden in the Catholic church) and marry Elizabeth's mother, Anne Boleyn.
But "Bloody Mary" was Catholic. And when she took the throne, there were several Protestant rebellions and uprisings in Elizabeth's name.
So what did the violent queen do to her own sister?
Lock her in the dreaded Tower of London, of course!
The very place where Elizabeth's own mother had been beheaded by her father for trumped up charges of incest and who knows what...
(And you thought your family had drama.)
To Elizabeth, being sent to the Tower meant certain death.
She was quite sure she'd never leave its walls.
Her despair was so great that she did what EVERYONE does when they're that anxious.
She called an astrologer!
That's right - she had John Dee, her evil sister's own astrologer, cast her horoscope.
And what did he see?
He predicted the unthinkable...
He told the young, terrified princess that not only would she NOT die, she would become queen.
How could this possibly be?
He informed Elizabeth there would be a death all right - but not hers. He saw the death of Queen Mary...
There was just one little problem.
Queen Mary got wind of the story, and had John Dee imprisoned for sorcery, claiming he was in fact TRYING to kill her!
Remember, this was not a woman known for her forgiving heart.
And these were not times known for their humane prisons... or sanitary conditions...
Who knows the miseries John Dee endured?
Somehow he managed to be released and even pardoned after two years of imprisonment.
You'd think he'd stay out of royal affairs forever.
Heck - you'd think he'd never look at another horoscope again.
But imagine Princess Elizabeth's amazement when, just five years after his counsel and two years after his legal troubles ended, John Dee's words came to pass - Queen Mary died, and Elizabeth took the throne.
Elizabeth was so impressed that she had Dee select an auspicious date for her coronation (which must have been a doozy, as her reign was long, prosperous, and mostly peaceful).
She sought his wisdom at critical times throughout her forty years as queen, and was a friend to him for the rest of his life.
(Lucky for John Dee, in the case of Elizabeth the stars revealed glad tidings, and her good fortune led to his own.)
There is a part of Queen Elizabeth's story, I don't have to tell you, that was not so happy...
Although she had TONS of suitors, the man she loved most was MARRIED to someone else.
And even when his wife died a curiously untimely death, they did not end up together.
So although she commanded an army, had immense wealth, and enjoyed the admiration and respect of the entire world, Elizabeth remained single and childless her entire life.
(Clearly she could have used a little love coaching. I would have told her that married men virtually NEVER leave their wives - not even for queens...)
But through it all, there was another man by her side – one with a window to the heavens that helped light her way. The lucky girl!
As for me, I'm going to go look up the difference between asteroids and meteors, and count my lucky stars that I live in modern times...
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