know your Self
My name is Shawna McGrath. I'm a consulting astrologer based in San Diego, California. I specialize in working with highly sensitive people (HSPs) and empaths to connect with their authentic nature and purpose in life. I especially love working with people to identify meaningful work, career, or vocational paths.
I also work with people regularly for emotional empath support to help sensitive souls find the best ways to protect, cleanse, and balance their energy as well as cultivate boundaries with heart, and healthy relationships.
Why Empath Astrology?
The term "empath" is defined as "one who experiences the emotions of others" (Merriam Webster Dictionary).
I call my practice "Empath Astrology" because the focus of my work is attuning to people at a deep level through their astrology.
According to psychiatrist Judith Orloff in The Empath's Survival Guide, an empath is a person who senses, intuits, or feels other people's feelings - often as if they were their own. These people have a very special gift! But we are not made aware of this gift and it often feels like a burden. Highly sensitive or empathic people often find themselves out of balance or lacking meaning when they don't have an awareness of or a way to channel their gift.
Astrology is a system of correlating the Moon, Sun, and planets as we see them from Earth with synchronistic life events. These correlations are then assigned a meaning, omen, or prediction. Ideally, this process reduces your suffering, enhances your happiness, and increases overall well-being because you have an encounter with your Self. Your true nature!
It sounds simple. But life complicated. Navigating work, love, family, and health - all while staying true to your authentic nature requires different responses depending on the time and circumstance. Astrology reflects this complexity. There are planets, signs, aspects, houses, and so much more to consider. All these parts bring a distinct symbol to the interpretation. They work together to reveal a unique experience for every moment.
The Art of Astrology
You can think of Astrology as a language and an art. There are many styles of Astrology: Hellenistic, Modern, Evolutionary, Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and many more. Within each style, there are a variety of techniques. Even further, each individual Astrologer incorporates their personal life experience and belief system into interpretations. Astrologers often come to similar conclusions in looking at a transit or chart, but no two interpretations are exactly alike.
Astrology is incredibly useful as a synchronistic language because it provides deeper meaning, clarity, and direction in life. This is especially so for empaths because their gifts can be confusing, unsupported, or even unacknowledged by a culture that values extroversion, production, and action over feeling, intuition, and healing.
All my offerings, from consultations to blog posts to my YouTube videos are intended to help you know the beauty, wonder, and magic of your Self through the language of Astrology.
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"A life truly lived constantly burns away veils of illusion, burns away what is not longer relevant, gradually reveals our essence, until, at last, we are strong enough to stand in our naked truth."