Welcome! Today’s guest is Kelly Surtees, a consulting astrologer, teacher, writer, and editor. She works with clients and students around the world, sharing her infectious passion for astrology. With 14+ years in private practice, Kelly is warm, experienced, and insightful. She loves exploring astrology’s history and loves escaping into the ocean.
Kelly’s specialty areas include career, life direction, health, fertility, love, health, and happiness. Kelly meets clients and lectures throughout the US, Canada, and Australia, though she makes Canada her current home. Connect with Kelly here.
I have so been looking forward to this episode, as astrology is a topic that has always fascinated me. I love learning how our birthchart can be a supportive tool in understanding ourselves at a deep level. I hope you find this conversation as interesting as I do!
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What you’ll hear in this episode:
Kelly made a conscious choice in her early 20’s to NOT have children.
She grew up as the oldest of six kids, never really wanted her own, and always felt like her siblings were, in a way, her “kids.”
Kelly was fortunate to have two aunts who were terrific childless role models and made it seem NOT weird or unusual.
Kelly later married a man with two children from a previous relationship, so she does fulfil the step-mothering role.
Kelly asserts that childless women have an important role to play in society today.
Within any population around the world, there is a consistent 10% of women who don’t have children; this number is higher in some places, like the US, where it is as high as 50%!
In the astrological community, TIMING is a major issue and has to be perfectly aligned for a child to result.
One of Kelly’s specialities is working with women who want to conceive, using charts to predict fertility potential and other contributing factors
Two main astrological factors that impact fertility are the moon and the fifth house.
In astrology, the moon is an important factor for health and vitality; the determinant is what the moon phase was when you were born.
Kelly explains the significance of the 5th house and 11th house and how the moon represents your unconscious self and private feelings.
Start with knowing your moon sign!
Kelly discusses the nuances of the stepmother role, knowing your partner has had the childbirth experience with another woman – a special experience that cannot be replicated.
It’s unfair and inaccurate to call those without children “selfish.”
From a young age, Kelly realised that being a parent and raising a family is extremely hard work.
Kelly expresses her creativity through her astrology work and writing blogs, articles, and e-books.
For Kelly, the major benefits of NOT having children are that she can delight in other people’s children, freedom with time and money, and overall flexibility.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. For more about Kelly and her work, go here. For more episodes, please subscribe at Itunes. If you enjoyed this episode I would be so grateful if you left a rating or testimonial so this can be shared with more women. Thank you!
Wow! I loved this episode. Ok, I totally have loved them all! Kelly gave such a different perspective. I never really got clucky and I’ve battled endometriosis for over 20 years. I found my natal chart this morning which I’d had done years ago. Very interesting indeed. Moon in 1st quarter Aquarius would have maybe indicated fertility but Saturn in 5th house was the kicker. One website I looked up (freespiritedmind.com) said this: “As the fifth house is responsible for one’s children, Saturn’s presence tends to obstruct having one. The native can have low fertility or be totally unable to have children, but this is not necessary to be the rule. The native himself might not want children, and Saturn can create a conscious choice of not procreating. Saturn can bring a child in the native’s old years, and usually the relationship with such a child is problematic due to the generational difference. People with such a placement might want to reconsider their stance towards having children, as an adversely aspected Saturn might bring misfortunes with their offspring.” How about that!
It’s such a fascinating topic Kirsten isn’t it! Would definitely be worth having a personal session I think to delve deeper.So interesting! xx