Astrology with a Business Twist

When Mercury retrogrades people panic. We try as much as we can to stay ahead of the tide that brings in miscommunication, mishaps with electronics and accidents galore.


But according to business astrologer, Ashleigh D. Johnson, we have little to worry about when it comes to the infamous retrograde period.

“We can’t stop our lives during retrograde periods. Instead, it’s a time to be proactive, to get our minds right, and to double check our work.”

Johnson focuses on helping corporations and entrepreneurs get a broader view of their professional lives through personalized astrological charts, so she knows a thing or two about Mercury retrogrades.

Johnson has been enamored with astrology since she was a child who used to read horoscope clips in newspapers. A few years ago, she started going to an astrologer where she received her first natal chart reading and was hooked. It wasn’t until after she took a course that focused on using astrology as a communication tool that she began doing personal charts, though. Unlike horoscopes, which she believes are too general, the chart is a way to see deeper into a person or their business.

“Astrology is one of the few times we get to talk about ourselves. It’s a tool that has been used for thousands of years,” Johnson says. “The chart is a customized blueprint of energies that gives a picture of what was happening in the sky at the time of your birth.”

When seeking to get your personal chart done you would use your birth date, birth time and birth place. With business astrology, Johnson uses the date a company is incorporated, or when their first sale occurred, to help business owners or entrepreneurs gain clarity about their future endeavors. She used this technique to do an unofficial chart reading for Chipotle and its Founder, Steve Ells and the findings were astounding.

It was remarkable to find out that a business has an astrological sign just as people do. A quote by J.P. Morgan that said, “Millionaires don’t have astrologers, billionaires do,” led her into this particular faction of astrology.

“I like to make money, so I want to help other people make money as well, but most of my work centers around helping people get out of their own way,” she says. “I see self-sabotage as the biggest issue in success.”

While it typically takes most astrologers decades to grow their businesses, Johnson has done so in just under two years. She was recently named Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s monthly business astrologer. After coming across her name in a few tweets, an editor reached out to her through direct message and a relationship was born.

But when asked how she feels about the sudden windfall of interest, Johnson humbly replies, “I never considered making this into a business, though.”

Potential clients can sign up on her site for one-on-one sessions that take place over the phone or Skype. She also offers a weekly wisdom email that serves as a cheat sheet for what’s happening momentarily.

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