Hi! I’m Nate.
I help people become who they were meant to be.
St. Catherine of Siena wrote, “become who God intended you to be, and you will set the world on fire.”
My passion is helping people to do just that by using the craft and art of astrology joined to contemplative spirituality to give people insight into the situations they’re facing and the unique gifts that they have to offer this world.
Have you ever felt completely alone or directionless when you’re up against a challenge?
You’re not—not anymore, at least. The word anamchara is of Celtic origin and means “soul-friend,” someone who helps people tell their stories and navigate the unique journeys onto which they’ve been called, and my job is to be your soul-friend.
I use astrology to do that, because it’s a story telling technology that can give you new depth of insight into the situations you’re facing.
Knowing your chart and accessing astrological guidance can give you the upper hand in life decisions, make better business deals, take decisive action, and accomplish goals more easily simply because you have a view of the road ahead of you.
Astrology can help us learn how to be more compassionate and more resilient in the face of all that life has to offer us, and my goal is to be a companion to you on your journey of navigating this one wild life.
I’m unique among astrologers of the modern era in that I am also ordained clergy in a mainstream tradition, and I serve a congregation of the United Church of Christ, whose byline is “God is still speaking,”. My astrological practice informs my practice of ministry, and vice versa.
While this may be a rarity in the 2000s, I’m actually in good company from a historical view—the Venn diagram where “clergy” and “astrologer” overlaps includes such luminaries as St Thomas Aquinas, St Albert the Great, Marsilio Ficino, Roger Bacon, St Hildegard of Bingen, Philip Melanchthon, and others. I’m proud to be part of that confluence of traditions. Indeed, God still is speaking, and I believe one of the media she uses happens to be the sky.
That said, I grew up with a tacit interest in spooky stuff, and I have fond memories of sneaking into the New Age section while at the library as an elementary schooler in order to surreptitiously get as much information on horoscopes or crystals as I could find.
I completed a Master’s of Divinity in 2013 and was ordained as a priest in 2014, during which time I returned to my “spooky” interests in earnest. After a brief dalliance with tarot as a means of self-knowledge and connecting to mythic experience, I rediscovered astrology in short order. I studied and specialized in western astrology for several years, before my spiritual journey took me further eastward.
I began studying Jyotiṣa (Vedic astrology)in a classical lineage in the summer of 2020. Since then, I’ve completed both years of Freedom Cole’s Science of Light courses, and I am authorized to practice as a jyotiṣi in the Śrī Acyutānanda lineage of Vedic Astrology. I serve as a teaching assistant and tutor for the Science of Light year one program, and I am continuing my studies in Pt. Sanjay Rath’s Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course.
While jyotiṣa is rooted in the spiritual traditions of the Indian subcontinent, one does not need to be a Hindu engage the wisdom held in this traditional science (and, as it happens, those spiritual traditions include a lineage of Christianity that traces its roots all the way to the apostle Thomas).
The true jyotiṣi endeavors always to see through the eye of the heart, opened through contemplative encounter with the Holy. My practice of jyotiṣa is founded on a robust contemplative practice consisting of Centering Prayer, lectio divina, and tantrik mantra meditation from both Hindu and Christian reference points.
When you meet with me, I have already prayed with your chart, and for you, and for our reading, and have held your needs in the altar of my heart so that I can offer the wisdom that comes through in the sacred space of our consultation.
The goal of this kind of work is self-knowledge unto peace, justice, and goodness. If you’re not growing in that direction, astrology’s not doing its job, as far as I’m concerned.
Meanwhile, if astrology isn’t your jam, I also offer spiritual direction, which you can think of as a specialized form of coaching for the spiritual life.
I live in Battle Creek, Michigan with my husband and our corgi.