Toni at 7

That’s me… on the right,

future astrologer, just turned 7


In 1971, for my 7th birthday, my Papa (maternal grandfather) gave me a study desk and and the latest edition of ‘The International Webster New Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language & Library of Useful Knowledge‘… what a title!!! I especially love the part of the title that states ‘& Library of Useful Knowledge’.

As it turned out, the sections that made up the ‘& Library of Useful Knowledge’ were rather enlightening to me as a young child. Two sections were of particular interest me, ‘Astrology in the Life of Man’ and the section that directly followed, ‘A Modern Guide to Sex Education’.

Reading ‘A Modern Guide to Sex Education‘ (and let me tell you, it was ‘modern’ even on today’s standards) was likely a highly influential factor in achieving the highest mark in a Year 8 Sex Education test when I was just 13. I will share its other influences some other time.

Astrology in the Life of Man‘ however was the section that has had the greatest influence on my life. I was fascinated by it and returned to read it time and time again throughout my childhood and adolescence. That section piqued a lifetime of curiosity for me about people and their behaviour.

About a decade later, heavily pregnant with my second daughter, Destiny… and just 11 days before she was born, I had my first astrological chart drawn up by a woman who told me that astrology was something she could see me doing. She also told me to ‘get my foundation first’. At the time, I didn’t know exactly what that meant however I ended up returning to uni within 2yrs and set off on a 10yr journey of studying psychology, all the while, immersing myself in my own private study of astrology.

It’s a rare day over the past 24yrs that I’ve not consulted my ephemeris to get a feel for the energetic weather. And those who know me well would tell you that words of astrological wisdom are so often a part of our conversations.  So, in acknowledging that I ‘had my foundation’, I decided to expand my astrological proficiency, and after many years of prompting and encouragement I began to read charts professionally.

So, the book that was once almost heavier than me has done it’s job to enlighten me. That book sparked a lifelong interest in people and enabled me to awaken to the evolutionary journey of not only my own life but also to the unfolding paths of everyone I have the honour of working with through our heavenly connections.

And my question, “Who gives a 7yr old a 3.5kg dictionary (yep, I weighed it) and a desk for their birthday?”, is answered… a sacred soul with a heavenly connection. Thank you, Papa, I’m so deeply grateful for your most precious gift of words.

Could there be an old and long forgotten book that holds the precious secrets of you? What if, within its pages, an opportunity awaits you? Would you look?

Astrology in the Life of Man

Toni Armstrong

BA Pysch, PGDIP Psych



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