PROFESSIONAL ASTROLOGER & EDUCATOR
Hi there! My name is Marilena, and I am honoured to be your guide on your cosmic journey. I’m Italian, and after living most of my adult life in London (UK), I now reside in sunny Spain with my husband and cats. I am a professional astrologer and educator, but my expertise doesn’t end there. I graduated from the University of Trieste, Italy, with a First Class Honours degree. I held leadership roles in the technology industry. I am also a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, a certified Elite Performance Coach, and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants. I have been reading client charts since the 1990s.
I have been fascinated by astrology, the occult, dreams, psychology – you name it! – ALL of my life. You guessed it, I have a busy 12th house, with Mercury, Uranus, Venus, Pluto and North Node in a stellium that touches the Ascendant and continues with three more planets in the first house. I have also enjoyed (!) an almost constant Pluto transit over my large 9-placement stellium. So far, I’ve been on Pluto reprieve for a short time only, between the ages of 18 and 30. You see, I do tend to get rather focussed and like to go deep in my work.
With an astrologer as a family friend, I had always been interested in astrology. However, it was not until I chanced upon a professional astrology magazine, when transiting Pluto conjoined my natal Sun, that I became completely hooked! I started buying books, getting astrological consultations, trying to interpret others’ charts, and so on. When, later on, Pluto transited my IC, shaking the very foundations of everything in my life, I decided it was time to take astrology out of the closet and into the classroom. I became a regular at the Astrological Lodge of London, and from there transitioned to diploma classes with Frank Clifford at the London School of Astrology (LSA) and Deborah Houlding’s School of Traditional Astrology. I have received a wide astrological education, having learnt from many of the biggest names in the field.
Once my formal training was complete, I didn’t want my astrology to be relegated to the closet again, and decided to dive into the community more to build a life-long bond with it. I volunteered for the Astrological Association, where I was welcomed on the Board, and also joined the Astrological Lodge‘s committee. My articles have since been published in specialized journals such as IAM, The Astrology & Medicine Newsletter, The Quarterly, and The Astrological Journal.
While the backbone of my astrological education was in psychological approaches, I’ve always felt the pull of traditional astrology. There is a ‘precision’ about it that appeals to my mind. You can wrap your mind around it, dive into research and study, and get deep into astrological symbolism and technique. Horary in particular has always fascinated me. It’s like solving a crime, with so many clues scattered around that you are challenged to piece together. I have also received training in evolutionary astrology, to go deep into my own soul story and work with my constant companion – Pluto!
Combining all of the above, my specialty these days is active astrology — helping you planning, predicting, creating better opportunities in your life. It is a craft I have honed over decades of learning and working with clients. I infuse each reading with compassion, empathy and pragmatism. And a lot of heart. The goal is always helping you.
Fun facts. I’ve ridden with the Bedouin, slept under the Saharan stars, dived with dozens of whale sharks, watched families of condors rise on the thermals, slid down active volcanoes on my backside, leapt off the highest bungee jump in the world, and cuddled crododiles. Who said that astrologers always have their noses poored over stuffy old books?