Australian Women Online (AWO) is proud to announce that one of Australia’s most respected and well known astrologers, Joanne Madeline Moore (pictured), is joining the team. Starting Monday, 14 December 2009 you will be able to read Joanne’s weekly insights right here at the website of AWO.
Joanne has been a professional astrologer for over 20 years, writing stars for newspapers across the country as well as New Zealand, Malaysia and Japan. She has regularly featured on radio and in major publications, such as Marie Claire and CLEO where she was the resident astrologer for seven years. Joanne has also been well loved as Australian Women’s Weekly’s Gardening by the Moon columnist since 2001.
Joanne Madeline Moore is also the author of the book Love and Sex Signs: Venus, Mars and Astrology published by Simon & Schuster.
Joanne’s interest in astrology was born when, at the age of twelve, a friend gave her a copy of the international best-seller Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs, and while it was not something that her family was readily into, she knew it really resonated with her.
From the age of 14 Joanne pursued one of her other many talents, acting. She had a successful career spanning eight years, where she graced our screens in much loved classics such as Cop Shop and The Sullivans. More recently Joanne featured as Big Brother’s on-air consultant.
Following the completion of her BA (Journalism) and Diploma in Teaching, Joanne undertook formal study in astrology. She describes her training as like learning another language, using complex calculations to hand craft charts for those seeking to maximise and harness the many and varied potentials lying within.
In this sense Joanne takes a practical and pragmatic approach to her task as an astrologer and regards the work that she does a tool to help get in flow with the people and the world around us. Joanne says her role is similar to that of a weather forecaster and free will is the key. In that way, each individual maintains the responsibility for charting the course of their own life, while the role of the astrologer is to give some insight as to the direction of the prevailing winds.
Joanne also sees astrology as a valuable tool in fostering tolerance, and understanding that different people see things from completely different angles. So, while she believes that it is important not to stereotype and box people, she sees that the dividing up of personality types into the twelve signs provides an accessible way to foster an appreciation of difference. Perhaps this is why Joanne has always found that even the sceptics are still interested in what she does, saying 80 per cent of people look at their horoscope, even if they don’t believe in them.
Joanne and her family live along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, where they have cultivated two acres into their own slice of paradise. Joanne says when they first arrived it was essentially a cow paddock, whereas now there are over 1 000 plants and a thriving permiculture garden which supplies not only food for the house but food for the soul.
Joanne attributes the success of her garden to lunar planting which she considers to be a fantastic organisational tool and a wonderful way to foster mindfulness on a daily basis. She says gardening is like meditation, it gets you into a rhythm and keeps you in touch with the natural cycles of the earth as you can’t let yourself get in the way of what needs to be done. So if it’s the right time to plant, than that’s what has to be done. It teaches patience.
In the new year Joanne will be available for personalised readings for AWO readers and she looks forward to becoming a regular visitor to our social network AWO Connect, where she will have her own blog.
Commencing on Monday, 14 December 2009 you can read Moore Weekly Stars on the Australian Women Online website.