20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of 12th house astrologer Anne Whitaker

 Whilst I am in hiding in my office, catching up on deadlines, I thought it might be fun to republish this interview conducted two years ago between me and that excellent writers’ site ” Stuff Writers Like” : it’s one of the most enjoyable interviews I have done to date. Any comments welcome!
And yes, I know I look like a mad escapee from somewhere,  in this photo, but it’s the only selfie I’ve ever done. …over to you, Editor Gary:
For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with Anne Whitaker, astrologer, writer, teacher and mentor.
Anne Whitaker - hiding in the hills...

Anne Whitaker – hiding in the hills…

Though the uninitiated may be intimidated by, if not downright skeptical of, the apparent mysticism of astrology, Anne’s practical approach makes learning and interpreting the signs of the zodiac more accessible, even to a complete novice. Her qualitative research reveals fascinating and compelling correlations, if not causality, between planetary cycles and psychological, physiological and social change.

Almost from the outset, I became utterly captivated by astrological symbolism. Captivated by its ability to reveal the relationship between that tiny, vital spark of an ordinary human life and those bigger pictures of family, nation, culture,” she writes.

“Realising the profound weave which exists between the symbolic and practical manifestations of every kind of life on Earth, I was awestruck.”

You can connect with Anne on Twitter @annewhitaker and on her website, www.anne-whitaker.com. ( 2017: now an archive, folks – but lots of interesting articles there on a variety of topics. My main site is the one you’re on, ie http://www.astrologyquestionsandanswers.com

Our 20 questions with Anne start now:

1) What is your full name?

Anne Whitaker

2) What is your professional job title?

Writer, Teacher, Mentor, Astrologer

3) Describe your organization.

Writing from the Twelfth House is a one-woman band where I do all the things I love to do—and get paid!

4) Describe your surroundings right now.

three floors up in a handsome Victorian red sandstone tenement, listening to the river flowing below us. Hand clutching teacup. Biscuit.

5) What was your first paid writing gig?

“How I was left on the shelf and found true happiness” for the West Lothian Courier’s Spring Brides feature. “Unromantic” said the editor.

6) What was the last thing you wrote?

“How to travel without going anywhere…if Kant could do it, why not you?” for www.anne-whitaker.com

7) What is the next thing you plan to write?

Immediate present: haven’t a clue, but will by tomorrow. Long term plan: writing my fourth book, on the theme of “Descent and Return…”

8) Finish this sentence: The ideal way to start my day is …

to wake up at 5.00 am, unable to sleep, so that I can get up and have two hours’ peace and quiet, listening to the river and writing …

9) Besides your computer, what is sitting on your desk right now?

A brass Moon calendar carriage clock, a miniature of Rodin’s “Thinker”, two digestive biscuits, mug of tea, box of tissues, heaps of clutter

10) So-called writer’s block is no match for you! What is your antidote?

A crispy bacon sandwich, lashings of butter wrapped in foil, left to cool on my laptop overnight. Not allowed to open until 500 words written

11) Finish this sentence: I hate it when I read …

reductionist scientists banging on about how nothing can possibly exist outwith the remit of our five senses and the material world …

12) What are the most important tools, programs and systems you use for your work?

Up to date and synched laptop, IPad, IPhone. Social media especially Facebook and Twitter. Great backup from expert local web company

13) First book that comes to mind? Go!

Stoner” by novelist John Williams. Wonderfully well written, poignant, elegiac depiction of a quietly heroic life. Reading it just now.

14) What are your favorite smartphone apps and why?

Ibooks to carry reading around and read anything, anywhere. The Night Sky to stretch my imagination. TimePassages to check daily planets

15) What have you always wanted to write?

a book of people’s experiences of the ‘dark night of the soul’ which links with ancient myths of descent and return, affirming myth’s value

16) What is your advice for aspiring professional writers?

Read widely and daily if possible. Write every day. Have a JFDI notice clearly displayed (JUST F—ing DO IT!) Keep a journal. Persevere!!

17) First famous writer who comes to mind? Go!

Terry Pratchett. I love his mad Discworld for light relief reading—favourite character is the orangutan librarian at the Unseen University

18) Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about being a writer is …

that the world of the imagination which I can enter whenever I like is totally uncluttered by the hassles, and limitations, of everyday life

19) Pencil versus pen—who wins and why?

I just LOVE Faber-Castell pencils, the ones with rubbers that really work on the end, are a delight to hold, and are fabulous for writing!

20) Finish this sentence: One word or phrase people will never read in my writing is …

‘…it is undoubtedly true that…’

Zodiac

Zodiac

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800 words copyright Anne Whitaker/’Stuff Writers Like’ 2015/2017

Licensed under Creative Commons – for conditions see Home Page

 

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19 responses to “20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of 12th house astrologer Anne Whitaker

  1. from Anne Whitaker • 2 years ago on ‘Stuff Writers Like’:
    Thanks for the all Shares, folks! Most pleased! Bacon sandwiches all round…
    ***
    from Editor Gary:
    Thank you for sharing your answers, Anne. One of our favorite—or should I say favourite—20 Qs yet. You better write a “Bacon: The Ultimate Motivational Food” book before someone steals your idea!
    ***
    from Anne Whitaker
    Thanks, Gary, pleased to hear that. Being a Leo, I love ANY praise! ( not that I set much store by Sun Sign astrology, of course…) And yes, I have always slavered to write a book about the motivational qualities of bacon. Unfortunately, Book 4 mentioned in the interview, about” Descent and Return – the dark night of the soul “- must come first. Maybe I can work in being saved by a bacon sandwich in the Underworld…

  2. What fun, reading this Anne! Thank you! Hoping you are well. 😊

  3. That was a fun post, and the photo gives us a glimpse of a fun, witty person, someone who lights up a room! Thanks – it put a great smile on my face!

  4. I like the sound of those Faber-Castell pencils, instead of the rubbish cheap biros I always buy. And love the rest of your interview – as left field as I would expect from one of my oldest (I mean, long-standing) friends.

  5. Love it! Truly inspiring and really enjoyed he title of your first written paid work 🙂 xxx

    • Thanks so much, Fernanda! Yes, the title was quite cheeky. I was surprised The Editor took it…but that was a very long time ago, when you could get away with more than you can now! X

  6. 21.2.17:
    Via Facebook:
    Judith Burke:
    Love that Terry Pratchett is one of your favorite authors. ❤ Good luck on your deadlines!

  7. Thanks, Judith! Well, I am halfway through the last one, but it’s a long slow one…

  8. 21.2.17:
    Via Facebook:
    Frances Mckee:
    I think that’s the best selfie I have ever seen . Article not bad either:-))))

  9. Phew, thanks,Frances! I thought I looked pretty bonkers, actually…but Lisa – see above – assures me that is not the case…

  10. 22.2.17:
    Via Facebook:
    Carole Bone:

    Only a Saturn/Pluto person could resist a bacon sandwich for 500 words… 😎 xXx

  11. Ha ha ha …👽👽👽 X

  12. When I got to the last answer — ‘…it is undoubtedly true that…’ — I laughed out loud and woke up the cat. This really was a fun post. And when I was still able to write at length by hand, I liked those Faber-Castelle pencils, too. Now, arthritis keeps me at a keyboard instead of hand-writing, but that’s not the end of the world.

    • ‘I laughed out loud and woke up the cat’has now been filed and will reappear somewhere in my ouevre – with due credit given, of course!
      Most happy to have amused you, Linda – and it is no surprise at all to me that you are a fan of Faber Castell pencils. I don’t hand write much any more either, but stubs of those pencils pop up everywhere from spectacles case to dressing gown…

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