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SS: How did you get your start in astrology?
Donia Khalifa: I was never particularly interested in astrology until I came across a book that said something so strikingly true to my Libra mother that it caught my attention. Being a cusp sign where some magazines listed me as Scorpio, and some Sagittarius, it was hard to have much faith in the truth behind astrology. But by the time I came across this book, I already knew that cusps should always read up on both their signs for it offers a more accurate description. After reading about the two signs I was born under, I realized that the book had so much of me figured out! It dawned on me that there really was something massive hiding within the esoteric world of astrology! I started thirsting for more. That was where the passion began!
SS: How does your career influence your personal style? How does your sign influence your style?
DK: Astrological influences can definitely impact a person’s style in numerous ways. For instance, each sign is tied to a region of the body, and this connection can lead people to accentuate these particular body parts more often. Your zodiac chart can impact your style choices in terms of how flashy or conservative you are inclined to be, what colors or patterns you tend to favor, and how playful or professional you decide to present yourself. Astrology offers insight into people’s personalities, so it is no wonder that it can also offer insight into something as tied to your personality as style.
It’s funny, as a cusp sign I find that I tend to like two styles of clothing that totally conflict with each other. My Sagittarius side is super casual and comfy. On the other hand, my Scorpio side can’t resist a killer dress and heels! I definitely credit my Scorpio half for my tendency to wear black. My Sagittarius half has me rocking sneakers when I’m keeping things low key. Being a sign that is spiritually older (my rising sign even more so) I am drawn towards all things vintage. I especially love anything Victorian-inspired. Finally, as an astrologer, I can’t help but be totally obsessed with anything involving stars!
SS: What are some beauty products you rely on?
1. Lavender Orange Soap
2. Essential Oil Therapy – headache, sleep, passion, focus
3. Tea Tree Shampoo
4. Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul
5. Marc Jacobs fragrances
6. EOS Lip balm, especially in Watermelon Wonderland!
7. Lipstick in Blackberry
8. Rosehip Oil
SS: How does your sign affect your personal philosophy on life and career choices?
DK: My Scorpio side contributes to the curious investigator in me. This Mars-ruled water sign influences my interest in the human condition, and my belief in the importance of being aware of one’s shadow side. It gives me my empathetic abilities, as well as some very strong instincts. I believe that my Scorpio traits largely drew me to astrology. Scorpio gives me the great passion I have for the signs of the zodiac. However, as Sagittarius is a sign tied to knowledge and expansion, I would imagine that Jupiter’s fiery influence is a part of what led me to this archetypal art form as well. My Sagittarius side fueled my vigorous studies in astrology, as well as my relationship to the collective unconsciousness.
We all have our own unique passions, traits, and beliefs, which greatly influence our perspectives and our paths.Anyone who desires to gain insight into his or her own lives, goals, fears, relationships, or any number of aspects, can benefit from learning about their birth chart. As a lover of Jungian psychology I am quite intrigued by dreams, the collective unconscious and all things symbolic. Such archetypal themes can be challenging to define in the moment, but symbols and archetypes surface in life quite often if you really pay attention. Astrology provides an additional lens through which we can better understand our world!
SS: What are some of your favorite books for astrology?
DK: Stars, Cycles and Psyche: Psychosocial Aspects of Astrology by Alice O’Howell
Jungian Synchronicity in Astrological Sings and Ages by Alice O’Howell
The Origin of the Zodiac by Rupert Gleadow
Birth-Times: A Scientific Investigation of the Secrets of Astrology by Michel Gauquelin
SS: What is the craziest astrology-related story you have to tell?
DK: That is tricky because I find astrology to have a larger presence in life’s more subtle moments.
There are tons of small synchronicities that blow my mind every time! But nothing too crazy!
One example of an uncanny synchronicity would be a personal account. As a young adolescent I had a passionate love for a certain Australian rock band due to their charmingly wonderful lead singer. I was wholeheartedly devoted to the singer of this band for many years, until one day I fell in love with someone as captivating as he was. I felt it the moment I first saw him. When I got to the point where I just had to ask this new gentleman’s birthday I discovered he was born on the same day as my Aussie love who I swooned over for years! There are 365 days in the year! My mind was totally blown. Years later, we are still happy together.