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On another planet
By Riette Rust
Petra du Preez doesn’t conform to most people’s
idea of an astrologer. She is not clad in weird and colourful
garb. Nor does she glance into a crystal ball when she divulges
planetary influences on your life. Two things do strike you,
though: her eyes of the bluest blue – they seem to be
As soon as she sat down, I just knew that she was born under
the sign of Scorpio. It takes one to recognise one.
Petra du Preez is renowned as the author of books such as
Astro Office star.signs@work,
a Horoscope series and magazine horoscopes. Her ASTRO
diary 2007 is fresh from the press.
This cheerful pink diary has room for your daily planning
and shows your moon sign and calendar, enabling you to plan
your day even better. It also contains info on your star sign,
for example: a Libran could consider music or the law as a
career and a Leo looks good in orange or gold. It also gives
the sign of your ideal mate.
“There’s a huge difference between the horoscope
in a magazine/newspaper and your birth chart astrology,”
says Petra. Horoscopes are like watching the weather on CNN.
You get a basic idea of weather patterns in South Africa,
or in the case of the horoscopes: what is in store for people
born under your star sign. Birth chart astrology, however,
tells you about the weather in your specific suburb, i.e.
what the planetary influences on your life are. She promises
to read my birth chart as well in a little while…
Petra has always wanted to know what makes people tick,
especially since she read Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs
at the age of 16. But she first obtained a B.Comm degree from
the University of Stellenbosch, after which she taught accounting.
She continued reading extensively on astrology. Years later
she happened to be in the right place at the right time, she
says. “At the counter of a café, the astrologer
Dominique Faccetti asked me if I was a Scorpio!”
Faccetti started training Petra in astrology, after which
she completed a correspondence course through the London Astrological
Faculty. And now, after years of analysing clients’
birth charts, she is studying for a diploma in medieval astrology.
She was a founding member of the Cape Astrology Association
and is a regular speaker at the international astrology conference,
Argo that is held annually in September. This year she spoke
about the relationship patterns of celebrity babies. Little
Surie, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes for example,
has a special and rare bond with her parents. Venus and Uranus
are placed in close proximity in the birth charts of all three
of them. “This means that Surie will need a lot of freedom
in her personal life, just like her parents,” says Petra.
Clients consult her for confirmation in major decisions,
she says. “I advise them about cycles in their lives.”
She advises them, for example, to spend less money during
a certain period, to invest money, to acquire a pet or start
Clients often seek answers about their relationships. She
refers those with serious crises to a psychologist, however.
What are the so-called fire and water signs? There are twelve
basic star signs (such as Virgo and Sagittarius) that represent
the energy patterns of the cosmos, she explains. They are
subdivided into signs representing the elements, such as fire,
earth, water and air. This means that people born under these
signs show similarities and that a relationship with somebody
of the same element should have a better chance at succeeding.
Water signs (Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces) for example, tend
to be emotional and sensitive while fire signs (Aries, Leo
and Sagittarius) are usually fiery extroverts bursting with
energy, Petra says.
And how does she know that Scorpios can be identified by
their piercing eyes? She’s one herself, after all. “Astrology
is a huge source of knowledge. It has been gathered and recorded
since before the birth of Christ.”
Petra laughingly shrugs off sceptics, like the customs official
who, when reading ‘astrologer’ on her form, remarked
in wonder: “Oh, does that mean these things are for
Petra says she doesn’t know if there are horoscope-writers
who suck things out of their thumbs. She’s not one of
About some people perceiving her job as unchristian, she
has the following to say: “I consider astrology as being
outside of religion.”
People are often immediately fascinated when they learn
that she’s an astrologer, simply because they confuse
her job with that of an astronomer. “‘An astronomer
studies the physical planetary system, while I observe the
effect of the planets on humankind,” she explains.
When Petra isn’t busy with the planets, she loves
to travel. She’s on her way to Italy next year. So am
I! She is passionate about food and wine. So am I. She adores
her two cats. As I do mine. Our husbands share a birthday.
She and I have birthdays within a week of each other!
Petra notes down the date, time and place of my birth and
analyses my birth chart which is full of indecipherable, weird
squiggles and symbols.
“I am SO excited for you. Next year is a huge career
year for you…” she says, eyes ablaze. Later she
notices in my planets that I have thespian leanings. I did
study drama. “Psychology was a choice?” she wants
to know. Yip! “And you have extraordinary determination.”
Yip. “You’re also psychic.” I did know that
she was a Scorpio, after all. And I often know that things
are going to happen before they do….
This astrologer may not look into a crystal ball, but an invisible
one might be lurking somewhere…