It’s in the stars

Patsy looked to skies from young age in ef­fort to help oth­ers

Life & Style Weekend - - RELAX - BY Letea Ca­van­der

GO­ING straight to the heart of what a per­son needs is the most sat­is­fy­ing part of Patsy Ben­nett’s astrol­ogy prac­tice. “What can of­ten hap­pen in a read­ing, this one par­tic­u­lar as­tro­log­i­cal as­pect called the moon’s north node, can re­ally em­body what Oprah (Win­frey) calls the ‘aha mo­ment’, where we’ll be look­ing at some­one’s as­tro­log­i­cal chart and the per­son says ‘I re­ally un­der­stand what that has all been about now’. And the moon’s north node is al­ways the stand­out part of the read­ing be­cause when we un­der­stand the big­ger pic­ture it can be quite a rev­e­la­tion,” she said.

Ben­nett said she felt re­warded be­cause her as­tro­log­i­cal prac­tice helped peo­ple and gave them com­fort. She said she wanted to be­come an as­trologer for as long as she could re­mem­ber.

Ben­nett’s back­ground in jour­nal­ism in women’s mag­a­zines in the United King­dom and in news­pa­pers in north­ern New South Wales led her to writ­ing astrol­ogy col­umns. She still pro­vides col­umns for the ARM group of news­pa­pers, which also pub­lishes the Week­end mag­a­zine. Ben­nett has also pro­vided astrol­ogy con­sul­ta­tions for more than 20 years.

“I think my first real mem­ory of pick­ing up an astrol­ogy book was at about 12 and it was all re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing,” she said.

“I think (the at­trac­tion to astrol­ogy) at that age was hav­ing a deeper un­der­stand­ing of peo­ple. The first book I picked up was a sun sign book. At 12, you have an idea that not ev­ery­one is the same and it gave me a bit of in­sight into peo­ple’s dif­fer­ences. I guess you might call it even a bit of a psy­cho­log­i­cal in­sight.”

The as­trologer said in Aus­tralia there were a num­ber of groups peo­ple could join to learn more about astrol­ogy. She said peo­ple could also com­plete diploma cour­ses and, in a cou­ple of other coun­tries, astrol­ogy had started to come back into uni­ver­si­ties.

Ben­nett said the di­vide be­tween astrol­ogy and as­tron­omy oc­curred when sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered the sun, and not the Earth, was the cen­tre of the so­lar sys­tem. As­tron­omy be­came the study of the phys­i­cal as­pect of plan­ets and stars, and astrol­ogy be­came the study of the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the ef­fects of ce­les­tial bod­ies on Earth.

“Astrol­ogy and as­tron­omy were one and the same thing un­til about the 17th cen­tury,” Ben­nett said.

“It’s all start­ing to come back again as a se­ri­ous study.”

PHOTO: GREG SAUN­DERS

As­trologer Patsy Ben­nett.

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