The stars picked my husband
I used astrology to choose my husband
W hen I was 13, I used to buy
Zodiac Weekly without fail. I loved that magazine and pored over the articles for hours.
I collected every single issue and I put them in special folders. I’ve even still got the magazines and the folders somewhere. Zodiac Weekly was brilliant, it taught me the basics of astrology and gave me an overview of sun signs, rising signs, planets and the houses.
As the years passed, my fascination with astrology grew stronger – and in 2006, I decided to expand my knowledge by going on a on a week-long astrology course at astrologer Joanna Watters’ house in Lefkada, Greece.
I had a great time, learning all about the stars in the mornings and spending my afternoons on the beach! As part of the course, Joanna did my birth chart. Your birth chart shows the position of all the planets and stars at your time of your birth, and how this influences your personality, making you what you are.
My chart showed that my sun is in Virgo and my rising sign is Sagittarius. It also revealed that my Moon, Mars and a number of other planets are all in Libra.
‘You’re a Virgo, so you’re methodical, a workaholic, a real stickler for detail and like to control what’s going on,’ Joanna told me. It was so true – I really am a control freak and typical Virgo! But all the Libra in my chart meant I could be indecisive, too.
In May 2008, I went on a night out with a friend and met a bloke called Darren in a club. A friend of a friend, Darren was good-looking with a cheeky grin and seemed like a nice guy. He spent all night trying to chat me up! He was a Taurean – a good match for a Virgo like me - but I’d been single for two years and wasn't looking for romance.
Darren was persistent, though. He persuaded me to give him his number, then rang me up and made me laugh with his jokes and silly voices. I agreed to go on a date with him. Then another, and another… Gradually, romance began to blossom. But although my heart was falling for Darren, my head was saying no. I’d been engaged in my twenties and it hadn’t worked out. I didn’t want to go through that heartbreak again. Could I really trust Darren?
I decided to take a leap of faith and we moved in together in October 2008 – but I could still feel myself holding back emotionally. Darren was lovely – but were we truly compatible? The indecisive Libra in me just wasn’t sure!
It wasn’t fair to keep Darren hanging on, so I decided to take action. In January 2009, I asked Joanna to draw me up a
Darren was a Taurean - a good match for my Virgo
compatibility chart. I gave Joanna our dates, times and places of birth. A few days later, she emailed me a chart reading. ‘Oh my word!’ I muttered as I read through it. I hadn’t told Joanna anything about Darren but she’d described his personality perfectly. Joanna saw that Darren had lots of women around him - but, as a partner, he’s only interested in one person. ‘That’s so true,’ I gasped. Darren had always had loads of female friends – something I’d been wary about, a factor in my reluctance to commit. Now I realised that I didn’t need to be jealous. The astrologer said that our meeting was written in the stars and that we would have bumped into one another sooner or later. Spookily, I found out a few weeks after meeting Darren, now 39, that I had been chatting to his sister Sarah at the gym for six months. She’d never even mentioned her brother. Joanna spotted that Darren really understands me, and highlighted that both of us have the rising sign of Sagittarius. Our rising signs are within a degree of one another, which shows we're twin souls - the perfect combination for a lasting relationship.
Joanna finished by saying that Darren was kind and that he would be consistent with his love. She said: ‘He will make a great partner and be perfect daddy material.’ That made me smile! The reading convinced me that what I already knew was true. Darren was definitely ‘The One’. Darren proposed on 17 January 2009 - two weeks after I was sent the chart. He’d seen a really horrible accident and it had shaken him up, made him realise that life’s short and you’ve got to make the most of every minute of it with those you love. As he knelt before me, holding out the sparkling engagement ring with a hopeful smile on his face, I took a deep breath – but I already knew my answer. ‘Yes,’ I gasped happily.
Armed with our wonderfully compatible astrology charts, I didn’t have a single doubt about our shared future. We married in 2014 and now have two gorgeous children, Alfie, seven, and three-year old Eden.
I didn't tell Darren about the chart at the time, didn't want to freak him out - but he knows now and thinks it's interesting. In fact, he's read the report and he was surprised by Joanna’s accuracy regarding his personality.
Thanks to astrology, I have a wonderful husband and we’re looking forward a lifetime of happiness together. It’s written in the stars, after all! For a reading with Joanna Watters or details of her astrology courses in Greece, visit joannawatters.com
Greek trip: Enlightening
Great kids: Proud mum
Perfect day: White wedding
Astrologer: Joanna Watters