Local Characters – Anne Whitaker, Astrologer
Update September, 2012
Anne Whitaker took a long sabbatical at the end of 2001, during
which time she wrote two books, one published in the USA and the other
on the Web. She has also kept a blog Writing from the Twelfth House
since 2008. For further details check out www.anne-whitaker.com
Anne is happy to have resumed her astrology consultations and teaching in
May 2012, albeit on a limited basis now. If you are interested in
contacting her for an in-depth Birth Chart reading or for astrology
tuition on a one-to-one or small group basis – please do so via her website.
“Teach me your mood, o patient stars who climb each night the ancient sky.
Leaving no space, no shade, no scars, no trace of age, no fear to die.” R.W. Emerson.
Anne Whitaker is passionate on the topic of astrology – ‘quality’ astrology that is. From the leafy and tranquil streets of Dowanhill she has been building quite a following of astrology students. She has also recently launched the West of Scotland Astrological Association – ‘Aquarius Rising’, which will aim to serve the astrological tradition in this area. She is very well qualified to work in the field being the only Scottish graduate from the Centre for Psychological Astrology in London – such was her commitment to gaining knowledge and qualifications on the subject that she travelled up and down between London and Glasgow to pursue her studies.
Having spoken to Anne on the telpehone I had immediately picked up on her enthusiasm for her chosen field but also gained the impression of a practical and intelligent academic and business woman. I received extensive and clear information from her in her lovely lilting Western Isles accent. (Although Anne has made her home in Glasgow since 1977 she was born and bred in Lewis.) She arranged to send me some information about her work and after reading her very organised promotional materials and impressive ‘cv’ I became even more intriqued. Clearly Anne was all set to dispel any pre-conceived notions I held
of a mystical eccentric turning up on my doorstep.
A few weeks back Jim and I spent a very interesting evening with Anne – her background and the story of how she became involved in Astrology are intriguing. She describes her Island childhood as a place where the “sea, skyscapes and stars were a constant inspiration” which Anne believes created the basis for her attraction to astrology. But not before she had gained a number of qualifications from various Scottish Universities and spent time working in Adult Education, Social Work and Counselling. Before she embarked on the aforementioned careers she also managed a stint with the British Merchant Navy – and has her Honourble Discharge papers to prove it!
Anne’s also a keen writer and has contributed to various newspapers and journals including The Glasgow Herald. Her specialist essays have appeared in many publications and she writes for a number of astrological Web sites including http:www.starIQ.com – a leading USA astgrology web site. She’s also drawing on her work in astrology with the intention of publishing research studies and a collection of her published essays on the topic.
A very bright woman Anne is also full of humour and positively exudes energy – she recounts with great relish the path which led her to take up astrology with such intensity and commitment:
“In the 1970’s, life was ready to take a very strange turn for me. An odd little irishman met by chance in a launderette in the English city of Bath read my horoscope. He informed me, to my shock and disbelief since I fancied myself as a marxist intellectual at the time, that astrology was likely to become my future profession”
Anne describes this encounter, which influenced her decision to take up astrology in her column on our Web site.Not the Astrology Column
Anne started to seriously study astrology in 1981 – two years later, after obtaining her certificate from the Faculty of Astrological Studies, she launched into professional practice. Following her graduation in 1998 she worked as a visiting tutor at the Centre of Psychological Astrology in London , directed by Dr Liz Greene . Nowadays Anne’s skills are much in demand in Glasgow.
The Aquarius Rising Group is groing from strength to stregth with a format pretty in keeping with the erudite West End environment. They have their next meeting at Rokpa House on Tuesday, 27th November with the topic ‘The Saturn Pluto Opposition’. Looking at the astrology in relation to “the current very difficult world situation”. This event will be presented by Anne and Pam Blair and will include an examination of:
“how the energy patterns revealed by Astrology can help people to understand better what is going on at a collective and individual level”
Sounds very interesting and rather different from the more simplistic approaches to astrology.
This section: People: Local Glasgow West End Characters
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- Payback Claire MacLeary
- Avril Paton: Artist – Pat’s Guide to Local Characters in Glasgow’s West End
- Dr Gerard Carruthers, Director Robert Burns Centre, University of Glasgow
- Celebrity Sightings – Glasgow West End
- Janey Godley, Comedienne – West End Characters
- Harry Kelly, Writer and Expert on Scottish Ceramics
- Local Characters: Basia Palka – Poet
- Gordon R. Urquhart, Historian and Conservationist
- Sheila Reid – Partick’s Playwright
- Local Characters – Anne Whitaker, Astrologer
- Local Characters: Lesley Riddoch: Broadcaster and Journalist
- West End Characters: Colin Beattie: Glasgow West End Entrepreneur
- Willie Miller Urban Designer: Glasgow West End Characters
- Allan Tall, musician/actor
- The Glasgow Cabbie – Glasgow’s Hidden Gem by Jane Sweeney
- Paul Rutherford, Personal Trainer/Lifestyle Coach – feature by Theresa Talbot
- Ranald MacColl – designer, writer, artist etc
- Anita Manning – Auctioneer – Pat’s Guide to Glasgow Characters
- Bob McDevitt, Aye Write! Programmer and Photographer