When I was born my mother drew my birth chart by hand.
I still have her calculations, written in pencil with the help of a giant ephemeris.
For many years, astrology felt like a language I only spoke with my family, a way to understand each other and our own paths. When I began studying astrology seriously as an adult, I was determined to offer it as a source of insight and understanding.
In 2010, members of my community in West Philly (mostly activists and artists on the queer spectrum) encouraged me to start teaching astrology. Our lively discussions revealed a deep need for a language of astrology that can include queer identities, reward critical engagement, and offer insight not only for our personal lives but for our efforts to transform the world. In search of a larger astrological community to learn from, I moved to the West Coast in 2013 to apprentice with Emily Trinkaus, who taught me how to work with astrology as a healing tool. I also participated in the first Queer Astrology Conference in San Francisco that year, and the connections I made there continue to enrich and inform my writing and consulting.
The same year, I officially opened shop as Flax and Gold. I’m currently living in Durham, NC and am grateful every day for the opportunity I have to do this work with people all over the world.
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As well as practicing astrology, I'm also an artist and a writer.
My illustrated card deck Portable Fortitude is sold in stores nationwide, and I've got an astrology-themed deck in the works. I'm currently living in Durham, North Carolina but I'm a born nomad and I'm often on the road. Check my blog to see if I'll be in your area soon. I teach teleclasses for the Portland School of Astrology, lead workshops locally, and offer a comprehensive Astrology 101 course online. I also write monthly horoscopes for Autostraddle magazine and Mask Magazine.