Evolutionary Astrologer Christiane Meunier plans to read the chart of the U.S. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m., in a program hosted by the Center for Contemporary Mysticism. More information at www.contemporarymysticism.org. (Photo by Barbara Sherf)

by Barbara Sherf

With political upheaval and uncertainty about where our country is heading, an evolutionary astrologer plans to read the chart of the U.S. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m., in a program hosted by the Center for Contemporary Mysticism.

“Evolutionary Astrology is different from other astrological traditions. It is the astrology of free will and personal choices,” said Christiane Meunier, who is also an artist, photographer and quilter. “An Evolutionary Astrology reading is never ‘predictive’ in a rigid or fatalistic sense, but it views your chart as a map. It shows who you are at your core and reveals when and how you will be given opportunities to grow. Your chart is neither good nor bad but offers multiple ways of getting where you want to go, of living in harmony with your higher purpose.”

Meunier was born in the Burgundy region of France. She immigrated to the US at age 19 and, at 35, founded Chitra Publications, a company that published quilting magazines, which she ran for 18 years. Christiane’s spiritual training includes study with Helen Palmer, Bill Plotkin and Jean Houston’s legendary Mystery School. Also, as spiritual discipline, she has walked over 1,800 miles on the ancient pilgrim path, El Camino de Santiago. For the past three years, Christiane has studied as an apprentice with Steven Forrest, astrologer, author and a founder of The School of Evolutionary Astrology.

“To give people a feel for the way I approach doing a reading, I usually use the chart of somebody that everyone knows, somebody famous. Since as Americans we are all asking the question that often bring people to want a reading, ‘What is going on?’ I thought I would focus on the chart of the U.S. I will do a very short version of what I would do if ‘America’ came to see me with that question.

“I’ll cover what makes Her feel good about herself, what She needs to honor about herself in order to stay sane and what are the big questions the universe is asking Her right now. The way She answer those questions will determine her future. I use July 4,1776, at 5:10 p.m. in Philadelphia. The time of the birth of our nation was pinpointed by Benjamin Franklin.”

Menuier, a resident of Manayunk, said astrology can help people understand how and why trends are happening in our lives. “Astrology is a symbolic language. It deals with the big picture. It makes it possible to articulate what is going on in a way that fosters compassion and understanding and makes it possible to move beyond blame toward creating a future we all can embrace. Just to give you a hint: the soul of America is not up for grabs. It is ready for an evolutionary leap.”

Meunier is also passionate about working as a life coach guiding and supporting people to make changes based on what they learned about themselves and their path during the reading. She is offering readings to members and friends of the Center.

To learn more or to schedule a reading, you can visit her website at www.christianeMeunier.com or get more information on the Center for Contemporary Mysticism at www.contemporarymysticism.org. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue. No RSVP is required; however, a $10 donation is welcomed.

Flourtown writer and publicist Barbara Sherf tells the stories of individuals and business owners through www.CommunicationsPro.com.