Cafe Astrology was conceived by Annie Heese and Adam Banks. Annie and Adam are good friends, brought together by a common interest in Astrology and a love for spending long afternoons musing, dreaming, and exchanging ideas. They share the same Ascendant and Moon signs.
Annie has been a student of Astrology since the age of twelve. Twenty-five years later, she is still actively researching, studying, and using Astrology. She is frequently found with her nose buried in Astrology books, her faithful ephemeris by her side, scribbling in her notebook and on her printouts. Annie has long abandoned her career in Accounting, and has since worked as a freelance writer for various online and print publications, as well as a reviewer of educational products. She is also a jewelry designer, incorporating handmade beads and gemstones into her handcrafted pieces.
Adam is a writer and computer programmer. His strong ability for lateral thinking is one of the reasons why Annie turns to him for amazing brainstorming sessions on a wide range of issues, not the least of which is Astrology. Annie credits Adam for helping her to expand upon her extensive knowledge of Astrology techniques, and apply them in the real world. Some might call him an "old soul" who seems to "just know" things, belying his age in real-world terms.
As a team, Annie and Adam share not only a startling number of Astrology positions in their natal charts, but a common passion for learning and living. Their differences are challenging and stimulating, and, with a little work, very complementary.
About Cafe Astrology
Both the idea of creating this web site and its name were conceived one sunny, breezy afternoon over cups of steaming coffee. The Sun was in Aries, which is generally considered a good time for starting anything new, and also happens to be the sign of both of our Ascendants. Our conversation was casual, yet impassionedexactly the way we envision the site to be.
Our goal is to maintain a site for anyone interested in Astrology, whether that interest is a casual or compelling one.
Our book reviews are independent evaluations. Annie reads, refers to, and peruses of, any Astrology book she can get her hands on, and Cafe Astrology provides the ideal forum for her observations and opinions. With her Virgo Sun's natural need to analyze (some might even say "to nitpick"!), and her Libran Mercury's need to balance and compare, Annie has a natural affinity for reviews and comparisons. There is no shortage of Astrology books availablein fact, the sheer quantity can be overwhelmingand Annie aims to help students of Astrology find the books that are right for them.
You may notice, as you read Annie's reviews, that she aims to be fair and kind, likely due to her Libran Mercury and Pisces Moon, respectively. Annie recognizes that readers have different needs and interests, and has respect for the time and energy that goes into writing and publishing books. Still, her goal is to help the consumer, so you'll get the lowdown—and the bottom line—for the products she evaluates.
Our articles are designed for the casual browser, the beginning student of Astrology, and the experienced Astrologer alike. They are the result of years of study, application, and research.
Our Ask Annie column is set up for those who have burning questions about their lives. Annie's answers are written from an astrological perspective. She aims to help bring enlightenment to some of life's problems, using Astrology techniques as tools for making sense of life.
If you're looking to purchase full Astrology Reports, check out our Astrology Reports page. Prefer to sample free reports instead? Refer to our handy Ultimate Guide to Free Astrology Reports on the Web. Here, you'll find links to sites that offer free short reports about personality, relationships, love, future, daily horoscopes, and destiny.
Newbies are encouraged to obtain their natal chart as soon as they can. We show you the steps you need to take to learn some of your own personal statsthat is, your Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Ascendant signs. There is much more to your chart than these sign positions, but knowing these basics will give you a great start.
About Our Affiliation with Amazon.com: In order to make it easy to find further informationboth for general and purchasing purposesabout the products we discuss, we have set up links to our affiliate, Amazon.com. We have chosen Amazon for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Amazon's wide selection of products and the user-friendliness of its site and services. Readers can further explore the products we review on Amazon's product pages, many of which include user reviews. Our dealings with the company have been nothing short of excellent. Although we earn a small commission for purchases made from links in our site, our reviews are independent and unbiased. The commissions we earn help pay for the costs of running and maintaining CafeAstrology.com.
About Our Affiliation with Powell's Books: As a lover of books, I had the most awesome bookstore experience during a visit to Portland, Oregon, which is home to Powell's Books. The company now has a number of physical stores and warehouses, and Powell's City of Books is truly a landmark—a massive building filled with bookshelves that stock both new and used books alongside each other. Powell's online selection is equally as awesome. This is the site to go when you are looking for Astrology books on a large variety of topics, in new or used condition, and for rare and out-of-print titles. Point your browser to Powell's Books General Astrology Book Store.
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