Famed astrologer Susan Miller gazes into the future, and her own past, in a three-hour interview.and more »
The most famous astrologer in the world is used to being badgered everywhere she goes — by friends and strangers alike.
In fact, Susan Miller is more than resigned to her destiny, except when getting her teeth cleaned. “It’s a little hard when you’re at the dentist with a mouth full of cotton,” she hoots.
The voice coming in on the other end of my phone is fun, flutey, not to mention reminiscent of the same come-sit-next-to-me BFF-ness she telegraphs on her AstrologyZone.com, a website that attracts some 6.5 million visitors per month. Calling up the New Yorker in advance of two separate events in Toronto next month — a rare Canadian appearance — I hadn’t quite known what to expect, but I certainly didn’t expect her to tell my Aries self that I should be wary of “water problems” in my house.
But I live in a highrise! I was quick to exclaim.
“Well then, that’s good,” she replied.
Could it be an allegory? A metaphor? I wanted to query more, but we got sidetracked, Miller having already moved on to something about my “shoulders.” (I need to watch them.) And then an anecdote about late-night host James Corden, who she’s hung with. Then an anecdote about a Chinese woman whom she met that day who reiterated how much all of China loves her and how they call her “Mom Susan” in the Middle Kingdom. And then a drive-by reference to David Beckham and a sideways tale — I think — about the invasion at Normandy Beach. And throwaways like this: “I see all these Sagittariuses breaking up . . . it’s because they travel.”
For a woman who’s an industry unto herself — she’s a bug-in-the-ear to everyone from Pharrell to Gloria Vanderbilt, boasts a following that includes the fashion elite and Wall Street types, comes with her own “app” (of course) and columnizes for scores of magazines like InStyle and Vogue Japan — she takes on skeptics with a fact strewn from the natural world.
“Even the oysters of the sea open their shells according to the rhythm of the moon,” she reminds.
“It’s all math!” she says, adamant to make the point she’s not a psychic, per se, but rather someone who’s about percentages and cycles and planetary positions.
The daughter of a grocer, Miller learned at the knee of her mother, who was also schooled in the zodiac arts. A sickly child — she had a congenital disease in her leg that almost killed her — she went through a phase of home-schooling. Oh, and a lot of daydreaming. Some time later, a brilliant surgeon helped her adapt to a normal life, and Miller went on to study business at NYU, have two daughters and work at one point as a photo agent. (To this day, Miller sees parallels between working in photography and astrology: “I’m still looking at Polaroids, but Polaroids in the sky,” she coos.)
Doing readings for friends and family, and the occasional acquaintance, the Big Break, as it were, came when she accurately read the chart of an exec at Time Warner. One thing led to another and she was soon doing monthly horoscopes for an early incarnation of Time Warner’s website. Boom: the Internet had met the zodiac and Miller, branching out on her own, would soon be its virtuoso.
What’s long struck me about Miller is the extent to which she is not only a Jane Goodall of the zodiac but also one of our culture’s highest-producing writers. Known for her War and Peace-length capsules on each sign and the sheer breadth of her activities, she probably puts out about 50,000 words each month. How does she do it?
“From the 20th on (every month) I become a hermit,” she explains. “I don’t see anyone.”
While I have Miller on the line, I get her insights into the media-hot liaison between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. What say she?
Because Markle is a Leo, the first thing that strikes the zodiac-tracker is that she’s the “only fire in the mix with lots of water and earth (which puts out fire)” in the context of the British royal family. Not only is Harry a Virgo (earth), but Queen Elizabeth is a Taurus (earth), Prince Philip is a Gemini (air), Prince William is a Cancer (water), Kate Middleton is a Capricorn (earth), Camilla Parker Bowles is a Cancer (water) . . . and so on.
And while Miller is adamantly against the idea of nixing one sign for another — she calls it “racial profiling” and thinks that any sign can fall for another bad-on-paper sign — in general, a Virgo-Leo pairing can be tricky. According to AstrologyZone.com, a Virgo and Leo “couldn’t be more different,” and such a “love affair is going to take some time to develop into a long-term success.”
When she looks closer at Markle’s zodiac (complete with time of birth), she is vexed, in particular, about “Saturn conjuncting her Moon . . . she’s very careful about her emotions. There’s a sadness, maybe, about her childhood.”
But who can say? If there’s going to be a royal engagement, she points to August — the 21st, specifically — when a major eclipse is due. She wants everyone to take heed.
“Eclipses are the big instigators of change in the zodiac.”
Meanwhile, what of a certain president of the United States? I couldn’t not ask about him.
“One of the hardest years of his life,” Miller says about Donald Trump, particularly where Saturn sits in his zodiac. In terms of predictions, she tells me that “the end of August, the beginning of September . . . that’s going to be hardest of the hardest of the hardest for him.”
Wrapping up our call — my phone battery dunked at 5 per cent — Miller leaves me with this thought: “No one’s chart is identical to someone else. It’s statistically impossible.”
Susan Miller is coming to Toronto’s Verity Club on June 3. See astrologyzone.com/event/toronto-canada for more information.
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