Alia Wesala, LMSW
My name is Alia. I am a proud social worker and astrologer, and enjoy the challenge of integrating these two identities. I have been a student of astrology since approximately 2002 and have been practicing astrology professionally since 2013, specializing in psychological and humanistic approaches to natal astrology and synastry (chart comparison).
I am involved in the astrological community in a way that engages my social work background: through organizational leadership. I am a former president and membership director of the Association for Young Astrologers, an astrology organization dedicated to promoting the continuity of astrological tradition and practice across the generations. I am a current board member and communications director for the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR), a global organization focused on connecting astrologers and sharing astrological knowledge across languages and cultures.
In addition to moonlighting as a professional astrologer, I work full time as a social worker in higher education offering continuing education and professional training programs. Social work values and social justice principles inform my inclusive and person-centered approach to astrology.
My Approach to Practice
I believe strongly in the social work value of client self-determination; that in a consultation, astrologer and client are co-creators of astrological understanding. Together, we will aspire to derive meaningful observations from the planets' orientation in space and time, honoring our earthly experience as a container for our inspired unfolding.
I believe in helping others to live within the rules and structures of life while still feeling free, and believe that freedom is born out of the permission we give ourselves to be continually-evolving human beings.
I believe in honest dialogue about our perceived limitations and the hard work it takes to grow beyond the stories we tell ourselves about our past, present, and future experiences. In a consultation, we locate each individual narrative within a cycle and ask the cycle to reveal its own story. Then we are faced with the choice to continue within the cycle as we have before, or rewrite the narrative.
I believe that astrological understanding serves my healing by constantly correcting the cultural conditioning I've internalized which tries to tell me that parts of myself are bad. Astrology has taught me to see the realized and potential expressions of my goodness, as well as to look into the dark corners of myself and honor and integrate what I find there.
Commitment to Socially-Just Astrology
I strive to practice what I consider to be "socially-just" astrology. Like many other culturally-derived systems of meaning, I believe astrology's "rules" and assumptions should be subject to ongoing reevaluation as our cultures evolve.
No matter what you believe, how you look, who you love, where you're from, or what happened to you, astrology can be a lens to tell your story. Even though a chart can be a great symbol of our common human experience, each person's chart must be understood within their personalized lived context and unique combination of identities. I consider it an incredible privilege to journey with you into your chart and to learn from you during our time together.