For the past five years I have kept a practice of writing over 300 astrological daily horoscopes per year and then fundraising at the end of the year to support my work for the year ahead. Each year all of you, my readers and viewers, have stepped up and helped to support the ongoing creation of my columns.
This year, I am hoping to raise the support of 300+ backers and $15,000 to support my horoscopes in 2019, which is a goal of $50 per day, which translates to about $10 per hour on the year. Everything beyond this will help to support a variety of secondary goals.
Why read or watch my daily horoscopes?
Because for thousands of years astrologers have been helping people chart the daily fluctuations of the material world. Because for thousands of years astrology has been a source of spiritual guidance in the midst of life's ups and downs. Because astrology is a symbolic and imaginative language that reminds us that we are more than our bodies, and that we live in a meaningful cosmos. Because we are each spirit/souls, connected to the same divine mystery. Because astrology is fun and endlessly interesting! Because astrology is an alternative to the same old news cycles we see when we turn on the TV. Because astrology helps you relate to yourself in terms of timeless images and symbols, myths and metaphors. Because astrology is downright magical in terms of what it can predict and describe. Because astrology helps you work through the recurring patterns by helping you to understand them and to gain some healthy distance from them!
Each of my daily horoscopes comes straight from the inspired space of my daily spiritual practices...
I rise before the Sun every day of the year, and I begin my day with over two hours of mantra meditation. I then follow that with the reading of sacred scriptures from around the world and then I practice yoga asana before taking my dog for a walk. Finally, after all of my practices are complete, and I have centered myself, I prepare whatever I am going to write or whatever video content I am going to produce for the day. I generally scan several popular news and media outlets to see how the planets are showing up in the headlines, and I frequently consult the I Ching for additional insight into the daily transits.
Then I make my horoscope for the day, or I plan out a video talk. I write. Or I film. Then I share on multiple social media platforms.
All of this, including my spiritual practices, takes an average of 4 to 5 hours per day.
Then, questions come pouring in every day from viewers and readers. I respond to everyone as soon as I can.
I do this year round, and then for the last forty days of the year, I go into an even more focused period of prayer each day, asking for the guidance to be a better astrologer in the year-ahead. During this time, I ask for all of you who benefit from my work, in any way, to pitch in and support me.
I don't share this to brag about anything. I share it because I want those who support me with their hard earned money to know that I'm serious about what I do, and that I'm coming from a place of devotion and service. I want you to know that I work hard and pour my heart into what I do.
Whatever your own beliefs or practices might be, I can promise you that if you support my work, I will continue to keep these daily practices, and I will continue to be a trusted and friendly source of astrological insight for your year ahead. I will continue to share this knowledge and inspiration from my heart, so that others may find some glimmers of hope, faith, and goodness, coming straight from the stars!
Thank you for supporting my work!!
This Year's Stretch Goals:
To earn as much as I can beyond $15,000 so that we can do the following...
* Purchase new computer and audio/video technology and some professional training for my YouTube channel
* Support the donation-based tuition programs and readings that I provide (more than 50% of my students receive need-based tuition and I take over 150 donation-based readings per year)
* Support our Yoga Studio's donation-based programs and scholarships for low-income students
* Continue developing our Community Herbal Medicine Garden
* Hire a part-time assistant during busy seasons at the Yoga Studio
* Support my travel to professional astrology conferences, which do not pay well enough to cover the costs related to traveling
* Pay off a $5,000 air conditioning unit that we had to install at our Yoga Studio last year due to excessive heat conditions during the summer
* Afford to take a little more time off to begin writing a new book about Astrology
Risks and challenges
The risk is that I do not earn enough to support something that I intend to continue doing, regardless of whether I am paid or not. This has been the same risk every year since I started doing it. I have to trust that my readers find this service valuable enough to continue supporting each year!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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