We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Chambers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
The end goal is to host or co-host a show that is a cross between Weekend Update and a local news weather segment, only forecasting/referencing astrology. Maybe it’s called the Daily Astrocast? I’d love to share real astrology woven with humor, popular events and live interviews that give us a reference point for our connection with the Cosmos. We can really see how 2020 has demonstrated how the “difficult” transits astrologers talked about came into play (although I think only 1 or 2 predicted anything close to a pandemic) and how interesting to have a forum, where some of the big and local hitters could come together for a lively discussion of what Pluto in Capricorn and a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction might kick up; it’s not too late! I’d just love to see astrology further gain its right to co-exist along other current event analysis and engaging entertainment in the mainstream.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I always had this idea that we should bring our childhood passions – before all the conditioning and “shoulds” – into our career. Even so, I’d never conceived astrology could be a profession – at least a real one. It was just a hobby; something I talked about or referenced or used for my own private understanding. Had it not been for some key people and opportunities that opened up, it’s not something I probably would have pursued. Yet, it comes very naturally to me. I’ve always been a one-on-one person, enjoyed listening and counseling and loved anything inexplicable! That is all to say, it’s just part of who I am and has been very unforced in that way. I’ve also always been fascinated by “insight” and open to all the different ways we receive information about ourselves and others. While I’d really like to bring more comedy into it, it does allow for some of my natural, childhood gifts to be utilized. I think there’s a certain trustworthiness in that. It wasn’t as if my dad was pressuring me to be an astrologer! The least easy part is the business aspect. I still find it awkward to set prices. I think a lot healers/artists have had some trepidation around setting a value on something which, for one reason or another, think we should be giving away. And honestly, I kind of wish I could as a business model! Perhaps because astrology doesn’t follow the standard channels of accreditation, it still doesn’t feel real sometimes. Also, the benefit is subjective. I’m not giving you a flu shot. We’re taking a somewhat magical leap into believing that everything is truly connected and I’m interpreting a celestial map of planetary bodies to tell you what I think about your life on earth. It’s weird … but nonetheless applicable! My biggest challenge is getting through daily inertia, setting bigger goals, showing up … making it real day in day out and keeping it fun. I always have to tell people “I’m not a psychic.” At the end of day this work is about helping people become more aware of themselves and loved ones; that includes karma and shadow and some stuff that not everyone wants to hear about. I’m interested in people having a more compassionate understanding of their process and patterns, and getting on board with their gifts and their North Node symbolism. I don’t have quick answers, if that isn’t obvious already!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I may be a little excessively low-key. My idea of a great weekend in the city is one that takes place during the week, when there’s a little more space in the out of doors. I love exploring quiet trails with my feral cattle dog (sorry ’bout it!). I’d probably drag my guest to explore Franklin Canyon or roads to Griffith Park, stopping at the Frogtown La Colombe for iced lattes and Blue Heron sightings by the LA River. I’m a big fan of Mozza and Groundlings sketch comedy shows which happen to be about a 10-minute walk apart on Melrose, so why not pair those for this hypothetical post-vaccine evening. If we were really energetic, we’d do some thrifting from Virgil to Atwater Village. After the show hopefully we’d meet some documentary filmmakers who’d invite us to their quirky Hollywood Hills terrace for vino and thoughtful discussions of the madness witnessed onstage. The end!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh my … yes! Some important people along the path that I thank for having gotten me this far are my dear friend Dabney Lawless, who I bunked up with at one of my early astrological retreats in Northern California, and who has since been my best friend, supporter and believed in my astro abilities. I actually used to “ghost write” horoscopes for her as she was much better at securing what felt like huge contracts with big name publications; it was one of the things that kept me from being homeless in New York! My teacher and personal Gandalf – evolutionary astrologer, author and mentor Steven Forrest – who has been a constant stream of wisdom, distilling the fascinating components of astrology into such clear, resonant and impactful language. And for encouraging friends that attend my events, get readings, spread the word and just have my back in general like Lisa Ystrom, Lara Silva, Tempany Donovan, Erin Marsz, Bobbie Breckenridge, Hayley Connors, Sarah Schneider, Icia Delgado, and all my Instagram buds! Finally, to my mom, who may be even more into astrology than myself and constantly keeps me on my toes with her daily attention to every transit, eclipse, lunation, angle and degree known to man. It drives me a little bonkers but I guess the apple doesn’t far fall from the tree.