Updated: Mar 9
Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by this Mercury Retrograde. Good news! Professional consulting astrologer Luanne Manlapaz is coming to Open House on March 8, Sunday, to have a chat precisely about what the stars have to do with your day-to-day life.
Fortune teller, future reader, or witch – modern-day astrologers still sometimes fall into one of these labels. It’s no doubt that Luanne Manlapaz, the resident writer of Filstrology.com, has encountered this, and other misconceptions -- but she retorts, “I frankly am passive about it.” The professional consulting astrologer continues, “Astrology has been around for thousands of years. It doesn’t need defense, and it is in no danger of dying out anytime soon.”
Astrology is the study of heavenly bodies and their influence on human life. From as far back as the Babylonian civilization, the movement of planets in the sky has been recorded alongside court documents and poetry. With contemporary resurgence in astrology through apps like Co-Star and Sanctuary, the social-media-consuming population has embraced this ancient practice of reading the stars to gain insight on personality, love, and even milestones in life. While technology has automated the production of the birth chart, memes have simplified the psychology behind its analysis. Today, it has become a common language for people to connect with others over a similar character trait, or acknowledged sign-wide weakness.
“A common misconception is that [astrology] simply divides humanity into 12 categories, or signs, as seen in newspaper sun sign horoscopes,” says Luanne, “That makes it very easy to dismiss." As the Sun-Moon-Rising identification becomes colloquial, people are able to more complexly express their journeys of self-discovery and self-actualization. "A real horoscope is a tapestry of layers upon layers of information," stresses Luanne, "Each birth chart is almost as unique and as specific as a fingerprint.”
The question is, is it real? Or is it just a gimmick? “It’s something that has to be personally experienced, in order for it to feel valid,” replies Luanne, “Otherwise, for skeptics, overselling it will just make it sound like an outdated superstition.”
If anything, these questions that Open House gathered from La Union residents show that astrology is a thriving discussion in surftown. Hopefully they get their answers on Sunday, March 8, when Luanne hosts an Astrology Chat and Q&A at 11 a.m. in Open House.
"I'm an Aries Sun, Pisces Moon and Rising. I always feel like these two are clashing. Do they complement each other or how do I make them work together?
Kay, 29, Tigre y Oliva
Aries Sun, Pisces Moon, Pisces Rising
“Will I meet someone new?”
Tina, 32, Urbiz Garden
Sagittarius Sun, Sagittarius Moon, Scorpio Rising
“I want to learn about how my Libra in Venus affects my life.”
Louie, 25, Tigre y Oliva
Virgo Sun, Virgo Moon, Cancer Rising
“I would ask about my career. I’m on a crossroad right now and I don’t know whether I’m fit for my current career or if I should move to a different one.”
Nikki, 23, Leading Edge International Aviation Academy
Gemini Sun, Cancer Moon, Leo Rising
“Will I excel in the current role that I have and have a chance of being promoted?”
Angel, 31, Makan at Eliseos
Taurus Sun, Virgo Moon, Sagittarius Rising
“Is there such a thing as destiny? Or we just have to make the right choices?”
Carlo, 26, The Great Northwest Travel Stop & Viewing Deck
Leo Sun, Pisces Moon, Sagittarius Rising
According to Luanne, reading birth charts, or a “’snapshot’ of the sky from the exact moment when you were born,” is “like a ‘cosmic weather forecast;’ it tells you the probability of rain, but it’s up to you if you’d like to bring an umbrella, or maybe dance in the rain and get wet, or maybe just stay at home altogether.” While she may be able to answer specific questions, she is basing this “prediction” on the “blueprint of your predispositions in life; your raw potential.”
“Is there really a connection between humans and the Universe?”
Saye, 31, Salad Stoke
Now, that’s a good question – but do you think the answer lies with an astrologer, the stars, or in you?
For more information on Luanne Manlapaz, read her articles on www.Filstrology.com. Book an appointment for a Birth Chart Reading by sending a message to @openhouse.ph on Instagram, or registering here.
Special thanks to Astrology Friends Philippines for making this collaboration possible.