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About Me

Magus Bear

I am a professional astrologer. What this means is that I work with clients to take advantage of the perspectives suggested by applicable alignments in the sky related to the pattern they were born with and any time period they might choose to investigate. A professional since 1986, I am an international speaker about the subject of astrology.

I am also queer, a devout Roman Catholic, which for other Catholics, astrologers and queers isn’t always so easy to understand. How can you be such a controversial mix? There’s something to offend almost everyone in all the circles I travel. I mean really: how many Queer Catholic Astrologers do you know?

Queer

I was always interested in odd subjects, astrology among them. I was an outsider growing up. I didn’t really learn how to fit in until I was in Grade 11. I was always interested in both boys and girls. I can’t identify as gay because my relationships with women have been far too important to me both erotically and emotionally. Currently, I am in an relationship of 18 years duration with a man and my understanding of women leads me to believe few would be content to be on the side of the partnership that so fundamentally shapes my life. I just have to be careful not to fall in love…

Astrologer

I started learning about astrology as a child: my mother was into the “new consciousness” of the 70s, so had many occult books lying about: there was the I Ching, Tarot, Runes and Yoga. Curious Gemini that I am, I read everything, but it was astrology that stuck. So I started with the horoscopes of classmates an being a precocious chap, was soon talking to adults about theirs. My parents would even wheel me out at their parties to read their guests’ horoscopes. It remained an interest in my teens but in my early 20s, astrology really called out to me and I began reading voraciously about the subject.

Naturally, I wanted to apply the knowledge I was gaining and check it against people’s horoscopes. The more I saw, the more folks there seemed to be who wanted their horoscopes read. Finally somebody paid me! It was a revelation: here’s a way to help pay for the astrology books I kept buying.

I soon hooked up with a local professional who became my teacher. I even apprenticed under her for a year through an Ontario government program! I will be forever grateful for that profound education.

Over the years, I continued to educate myself about the discipline and conduct my own research, which I was happy to share with independent astrology groups and at astrology conferences in Canada and the United States, while expanding my own practice.

I have seen repeatedly for myself and in the lives of my clients astrology’s healing power for self-understanding, authentic living and actionable insight.

Becoming Catholic

As improbably as it may seem to some, my journey in astrology led me to Catholicism.

In 2007, I was asked to give the keynote address at an astrology conference. To say what I wanted to say required that I research deeper into the intellectual tradition of the West than I ever had before. The truth is that you don’t have to go back all that far for it to lead to theologians in the Catholic tradition.

While reading and reviewing this material about theology and the life of the Church, I had a profound religious experience that changed my life: in a flash, I knew I was called to be Catholic. I had met a priest at a party once, so I sought his counsel, and tearfully told him the whole story, including the fact that I was an astrologer.

Surprisingly, he wanted to know what was happening in my horoscope and I told him that there were indications of a new spiritual direction for me.

“Catholicism is a path,” he said. “See where it takes you.”

He knew another priest who perhaps might be interested in being my spiritual director and he and I have worked together ever since. It was only a few months later that I was baptized and confirmed and I have been a regular congregant since serving at times in my parish’s music ministry. I also helped found a Catholic L.G.B.T. ministry, the first of its kind in Canada.

The Church’s most fundamental problem with astrology is the fear the configuration in a horoscope could be interpreted in a way that removes human freedom of choice. But a horoscope is a merely a snapshot of the heavens at a particular time from the perspective of a place on earth. It does not show culture, class, race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, and many other things. No horoscope even announces it belongs to a human being! Astrology properly understood affirms Church teaching that folks have the freewill to choose whether to be saved or damned.

What I have found for myself, my students and my clients, is that astrology’s power to increase one’s awareness and understanding can enhance personal freedom by suggesting more creative and life-affirming choices. What’s more, astrology’s insights have proven themselves to me to be a strategic advantage for understanding how to pursue one’s life goals.

Being able to help folks with astrology gives me great joy and I am grateful that my pursuit of it led me to my life of faith. I have been eleven years devout even for my seemingly unorthodox views. Missing Mass isn’t a sin for me – it’s a missed opportunity like a spiritual vitamin I didn’t get. Praying to Jesus in my heart becomes more and more my focus. It is place of gratitude and a refuge when conditions are stormy.

But astrology has it’s own fun side too!

Horoscopes you find just about everywhere are based on the placement of the Sun in the twelve signs of the tropical zodiac. Because the time period for each sign is roughly the same year to year (they vary slightly because of the earth’s rotation around the Sun is not an even number of days), the “Sun Signs” are easy to calculate, which in part is why they are so popular.

Writing horoscopes requires the Astrologer to choose which celestial factors to pay attention to, and on the basis of this selection, analyze, synthesize and interpret what the motions of the heavenly bodies suggest for the 12 Sun Signs. The resulting general interpretations should not necessarily be taken literally. 

Horoscopes are controversial, even (perhaps from the outside surprisingly) among astrologers.

Religion and Science may not agree on much, but both condemn astrology, albeit for different reasons:

  • One science fiction author imagined a future where all the publications of the world (finally) collectively agreed to stop publishing horoscope columns.
  • Even moderate seeming Pope Francis has found occasion to attack them: “When we do not cling to the Word of the Lord, but consult horoscopes and fortune tellers, we begin to sink.”, the Pontiff said.

I like to think what I am doing here is very different: The horoscopes on this site will explore the day-to-day possibilities aligned to configurations for: 

  • Deepening the understanding of core desires 
  • Empowering greater self development and self-expression
  • Enhancing leadership capabilities
  • Relating better to self and others
  • Developing greater consciousness by increased reflection on lived experience
  • Making creative choices from the current qualities of time that astrology describes.

These are all functions that at least in part involve Sun symbolism for the heart of our solar system symbolizes to the astrologer the client’s inner hero’s quest for greater self-knowledge, triumph over adversity, true lasting prosperity, everlasting love, and of course, living happily ever after.

The Sun psychologically is the drive to become a creative conscious individual who authentically relates healthily with others, and is a leading light within their respective domains.   

Regular readers of the horoscopes on this site should find that at the very least, you’ll find a fresh perspective to consider in conjunction with what you already know. And maybe by the ordinary magic that everything is on some level connected, you’ll find useful advice, or a something worth thinking about, that is as inspiring as it is timely.

As I do during my personal readings with clients, what I find helps folks most are tips to navigate their individual circumstances towards the fulfillment of their dearest desires rather than predicting dates for the arrival of the perfect job, partner, or lottery winning.

After years in the field, I can say with confidence that what’s most important about all forms of astrology, as was the case with the Oracle’s prophecies in the Matrix, is what it enables the client to see in the session and do about it afterwards. When it’s empowering, it’s gratifying that I’ve hit the mark.

This site’s horoscopes will be posted according to celestial phenomena and emailed to subscribers shortly thereafter. Remember, they are not serious astrology and are for fun and entertainment purposes only. 😉

Keep looking up!

♥MB