I am a self-taught astrologer, most of the material I have studied being in the tradition of psychological astrology. Early on I read books by Clare Martin and others, and attended a small monthly astrology gathering organised by Zoe Hind, all of which I am very grateful for. I am also currently studying towards a certification in Evolutionary Astrology through the school of Deva Green.
I have B.A. degrees in Classics and Fine Art, and spent part of my studies living in Italy. I also have Reiki level 2, which I practise on friends and family, and continue to enjoy my language studies. As well as my private practice, I also give readings for Sanctuary, an app which provides live astrology, Tarot and psychic services.
My spiritual journey has brought me to various forms of Buddhist and Christian meditation, the message of nonduality, and increasingly the teachings of the Western mystery tradition. I am forever learning, and I find it important to continue going for astrology and Tarot readings myself to gain outside perspective on my life. I would love to share with you anything that has helped me, if it means making your journey more peaceful.
I love patterns. Whenever I have studied a language, analysed a text, drawn someone's portrait, or pulled up their chart, the driving enthusiasm has been to discern the underlying structure, and extract forms and shapes that I perceive. Astrology is the only language I know that allows me to marry my love of the analytical with the intuitive. When I prepare a chart, I make a ritual of it, starting with the fundaments, e.g. elements and modes, and working up to ever greater detail.
As part of this process glyphs, angles and degrees slowly become animated and turn into a dynamic, complex psychological portrait, with all the tensions, contradictions and talents inherent in any human being. It is important to state that while there is a lot I can see from a chart, there is also a lot I cannot. If we were to look at a chart with no time or date we would have no idea when the person lived, which gender they were, and what their socio-economic circumstances were.
This is something that really excites me about astrology: we are working with a core blend of energies, stripped of the trappings of the outside world. While these trappings are to be celebrated and enjoyed, this language allows us to head straight to the vibrational heart of the matter. This does mean, however, that my sessions will not simply be a case of my telling you who you are; rather I shall likely ask questions that help me pinpoint how exactly the chart has played out in your journey thus far.
My experience working with my own chart, and gradually trusting in astrology, has been that leaning towards where my chart suggests I place my energies has been repaid manifold. It is often societal conditioning that prohibits us from following our soul's desire, and over the years astrology has affirmed to me what I deeply knew, but perhaps hadn't allowed myself consciously to explore.
My favourite aspect of astrology is timing. The Greeks had a word kairos which meant "the right moment." If you are going through a challenging time, it can be very reassuring to find out what the likely lesson being learned is, and also to be given a timeframe for that lesson.
Conversely, it is great to know when windows of opportunity are opening up, so that you can exploit them to the full! One thing astrology is certainly not is prediction. Planetary energies give you an invitation towards a certain direction, but it is always up to you how you take that on. I always put you firmly at the centre of your own destiny.
Tarot is something that took me a while to warm to. I loved the fact that there was a science behind astrology, and found it hard to accept that the pulling of cards could tell me anything of value. But time and time again I would come out of Tarot readings bewildered by their accuracy, and with a sense of having experienced magic first-hand.
I now honour this as an another, more intuitive tool I can use, and especially if you are visually-minded this can be a wonderful way to explore a theme from a more abstract, archetypal stance.
I started, as many do, with a Rider Waite deck, but have been increasingly drawn to the Marseilles Tarot and have recently started studying the work of Jodorowsky on this deck. I have various decks in my collection, and use my intuition as to which one to use for each session.
Natal chart, 1hr 15 mins $130
A great place to start. Discover the primary themes of your chart, including your inborn talents and strengths. We shall also look at the major transits affecting you now.
Year ahead (ideally around your birthday), 1hr $110
Perfect if you have already had a natal chart reading and would like to find out where the planetary weather is guiding you over the coming year. A combination of solar return and transits.
Themed Astrology reading / Tarot, 35mins $75
Choose one topic to focus on: love, career, or life path, and we will focus on the in-built potentials of your chart, as well as major transits.
"My sessions with JB have always helped me on multiple levels. I love the guidance and clarity he provides but I also love how healing the sessions are. There is something very therapeutic in these interactions. His energy is very gentle, loving and non-judgemental. It's a moment where I know I will feel safe and energised."
"My Tarot and Astrology sessions with JB are always a wonderful and enlightening experience. He is so incredibly intuitive and insightful, and so sensitive to the subtleties and nuances. He is a profound well of wisdom and knowledge. JB creates a beautifully safe and sacred container for his work, and I trust him implicitly with the deepest and most profound questions and wonderings I encounter on my Journey."
"JB is very caring and intuitive, and his readings are clear and to the point. He is a very honest professional and he gives me an unbiased view of on what the right way forward is for me. He was accurate in telling me how the planets are affect my past, present and future. It was easy to understand and really made sense. Outstanding as always."
"My reading with JB was nothing short of magical! The way he read the cards felt so aligned and resonated deeply. At the time, the reading gave me great insight into what to be aware of in the coming year, and listening to the recording now my mind is blown by how accurate it was! I can't wait for my next reading with him."
Readings are carried out over Skype. You will be provided with a digital copy of your birth chart, as well as an audio recording of our session.
N.B. all recordings are deleted once sent to you. For astrology readings please provide date, exact time and place of birth.