STARGAZER Podcast Episode 07, Pt. 1 of 2 // The Evolution of Astrology with Frederick Woodruff

Welcome back to another episode of STARGAZER.

My guest today is astrologer Frederick Woodruff.

Frederick is one of my favorite astrologers. I always look forward to his writing and have read both of his books. As a person, he has two of my favorite qualities. First, he thinks for himself, even when it means defying trends. And second, he maintains a good sense of humor even during the darkest times.

It is no secret that an astrological renaissance has exploded in the last decade, inviting anyone and everyone to add to a global conversation. And while this is liberating and exciting in many ways, the quantity of astrological information has not increased the quality of knowledge. And this is why I was so excited when Frederick agreed to come on the show.

Consider this. I’ve only been a professional astrologer for 5 years. And Frederick has been an astrologer for 40 years. Anyone who is interested in the art of astrology will benefit greatly from hearing someone with so much wisdom and experience in the field.

As a gateway to mythic intelligence and the cyclical nature of time, astrology opens you up to paradigm-shifting and mind-expanding experiences. But finding quality writing can be challenging. If it is not delivered through saccharin and redundant jargon, then much astrology drags way too far into fatalism.

Frederick’s work does neither of these things. Like a true astrologer should be, he is not disassociating from or denying the world. He remains a keen observer, with eyes wide open to the way things are. But he uses his symbolic awareness and his cutting edge wit to offer useful cultural critique and some much needed humor.

In this episode, Frederick sits down with my husband Andrei and I to have a congenial and free flowing conversation.

If you would like to check out Frederick Woodruff’s work, please visit his website

The astrologer in his natural habitat.

I highly recommend his books. If you want a thought-provoking and insightful collection of astrological essays, check out Skywriter: Notes on Modern Astrology which is available for digital download. I’ve read this book many times over the years.

And I also recommend his book Secrets of a Telephone Psychic, which totally pulled me out a melancholic episode last winter. It is a pop-art memoir that details his awkward experience as a telephone psychic back in the late ‘90s. It’s so fun to read, like a page-turning gossip column interwoven with gleaming threads of humor and wisdom. Secrets of a Telephone Psychic lures you in with the promise of a freak show but ends up feeding a much more primal appetite for the mysteries.

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