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Olga Stenina Adognravi
“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems... But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them...”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
My relationship with the stars and planets began when I was about five years old, and my mother decided that I was old enough to appreciate de Saint-Exupéry. I hated the book with a sad and “boring” story, but I suddenly realized that the stars and planets are not just little lights in the sky. Since then, I always read anything and everything about planets and stars, especially about Mars (of course I did not know then that Mars was a very special planet in my birth chart – my chart ruler in exaltation and out of bounds). I grew up in the communist USSR, where we did not have access to metaphysical books. However, Linda Goodman did make it to Moscow, and I discovered her “Sign Signs” and “Love Signs” as a teenager, and I started following astrology column in a popular women’s magazine. As I worked on my education, career, and family throughout the years, astrology remained my daily guide and advisor, even though I had no idea how the predictions were generated by astrologers. It was so in line with my growing knowledge about the Universe that I was accumulating from just living and also from my work as a biomedical researcher. Everything around me, and especially astrology, indicated and confirmed that the Universe is not random, and we are a part of a larger plan.
I did not have a chance to study astrology for a very long time, preoccupied with my work and family, but the serendipity took me to IAA as soon as I fulfilled my family obligations in full and was ready to spend more time on my own interests. Once I walked into the Cleveland IAA Center, I never looked back. I was so ready for astrology, and astrology was ready for me. The journey has been exciting and full of meaning and discoveries.
As I start teaching the first class of the professional module at IAA, I am thankful and excited to be able to bring astrology to other seekers, who just made a decision to get to know it better. Study of astrology is a one-way road that never ends.
Olga Stenina Adognravi
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