Q+A Interview with Christeen Skinner
Christeen Skinner is on the faculty of The Many Faces of Astrology Conference, where she will be presenting a pre-conference seminar entitled A Beginner's Guide to Financial Astrology and a lecture entitled A Basket of Currencies. This Q+A Interview with Christeen is part of a series that we will be featuring with other conference faculty members.
Q: How did you get introduced to astrology?
A: My father pointed out the planets in the night sky and said enigmatically "that some people thought their movements affected life on earth." I couldn’t wait to find out more.
Q: How did you start your practice? And do you have any advice for the student who wants to begin to practice?
A: I began by looking at the charts of mothers of my stepson’s friends and those of my husband’s colleagues. Many of their questions focused on their financial well-being and, in order to be of assistance, I determined that I needed to learn more about business and finance generally.
Q: Do you have any advice on how to study astrology?
A: It seems to me that there are two different kinds of student: those who respond to a Saturnine approach and those whose Uranian temperament is such that they need to do it alone. The former work well and respond well to the many excellent teaching bodies across the world. The latter do better through attending conferences and developing their own study pattern. I come from this latter group and sat examinations as an external student.
Q: What do you feel is the role of astrologer to the contemporary client?
A: I can’t speak for others but find myself often in the role of sounding post and mentor.
Q: What are some books that influenced you in your study and practice of astrology? Can you tell us a little about how they were influential?
A: I like this question. In the UK we have a program called Desert Island discs were people select eight records to take with them to their personal desert island. I often wonder which eight books I would choose to take. Heading the list would no doubt be Neil Michelson’s Planetary Phenomena and Raphael’s Ephemeris. I would also take Dennis Elwell’s Cosmic Loom; Charles Harvey and Mike Harding’s Working with Astrology; Mundane Astrology by Charles Harvey, Michael Baigent and Nick Campion; and The Star Mirror by Mark Vidler. I would also need a copy of Nick Campion’s Book of World Horoscopes and, a recent and wonderful find, The Fated Sky by Benson Bobrick.
Q: How do you see the remaining years of Pluto in Capricorn?
A: The short answer is that I feel "there may be troubles ahead." Many of the problems that first surfaced as Pluto entered Capricorn have yet to be resolved and are escalating. I believe 2017 - 2021 will demand that all of us dig deep into resources at every level.
ABOUT CHRISTEEN SKINNER
Christeen is Director of Cityscopes London, a future-casting service for companies and individuals. She is a Trustee of the Urania Trust, was Chair of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, and taught for the Faculty of Astrological Studies for a half-nodal cycle. She is author of The Financial Universe, the book published in 2004, in which she forecast the banking crisis. Her new book on financial astrology will be published in 2016.
CHRISTINE AT THE MANY FACES OF ASTROLOGY CONFERENCE
On Thursday, February 16, Christeen will be presenting a pre-conference seminar entitled A Beginner's Guide to Financial Astrology. In describing the seminar, she notes :
"Intrigued? Want to know if it works? Would a little knowledge add to your trading or investing skills? Should you invest on the New Moon and sell at the Full? Or the other way around? That’s just five questions. You will have many more. This seminar explores the world of financial astrology – which is not a Black Hole but a place where you can really test correlation between planet positions and activity in the markets."
On Friday, February 17, Christeen will be giving a lecture entitled A Basket of Currencies. In describing the lectures, she notes:
"The end of this decade offers a curious planetary line up with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn for the first time since the 13th Century. Jupiter and Saturn move on to form a conjunction at 0 Aquarius - an important degree in a key chart for Bitcoin. This talk considers how various currencies might fare in the coming years."