It's no secret — we love our horoscopes
at Refinery29. How else would we know whether Mercury's in retrograde
? Chalk it up to a Capricorn's natural inclinations, but sometimes we crave a little more specificity. In that case, you have to go to an astrologer for a natal chart, which is a diagram of where all the planets were positioned in the sky at the moment of your birth. Needless to say, it's a little more complicated than your average palm reading.
We wanted to meet one of the minds behind this intricate practice and, if possible, see if we could demystify the process. And Angel Eyedealism
— funny, frank, and consistently herself — was the perfect astrologer for the job. Her passion for astrology is only matched by her love for practical, straightforward advice.
has been an astrologer for more than 20 years (and a performance artist for even longer than that), she's worked with everyone from corporate types to 12-year-olds, and it's safe to say she is somewhat of an institution in New York City's psychic- and astrologer-filled East Village. What got her into astrology in the first place? "It was over some silly lover, to be totally honest," she tells me with a smile. "There was no profound reason."
Of course, that humble beginning led her to quite the profound career — it's not uncommon that a meeting with a client will end with them telling her, "You just saved my life," or, "I'm so fucking happy now." Eyedealism likes to joke that this kind of progress is made by simply waving her magic wand and saying, "You are no longer fucked up!" But really, the advice she gives her clients is developed through a rigorous reading of planetary charts.
Eyedealism mainly works as an astrologer, focusing on relocation astrology
(advising and predicting where people should live and travel); she also works with tarot cards, which she considers fun, but less insightful (they're "more of a party favor," she notes). Reading individual birth charts, she explains, gives her a much more specific idea of her client's inner self, which helps her understand how best to help them.
Amid the myriad of types she sees, there is
one standout demographic: "For some reason, I attract a lot of virgins — and they have one question: 'When?
' She stops to laugh. "That’s a lot of pressure for me, like, Okay, let’s find this girl some cock
We spent an evening with Eyedealism to discuss planetary chart-making, the power the planets hold over us, and why, when it comes to the future, keeping your sense of humor is key