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Twelve years of engagement with astrology has made May Sim into a firm advocate of astrology as a tool for self-examination and change. She is currently pursuing a 3.5 year – astrology degree programme with the International Academy of Astrology (IAA) and will be their first Asian graduate in 2015.

May began giving professional consultations four years ago, and eventually started Selfstrology in 2013, expanding into teaching astrology classes and running themed astrology workshops. Her clients come from all walks of life, from curiosity seekers to those looking to plan their goals, to others seeking perspective for the problems they’re facing, to those who want to forward their spiritual goals.

May’s past work experiences included leading a work-at-height safety training and operations centre, as well as dealing with commercial and industrial real estate. Her nine years of work experience in very practical industries has imbued her with a grounded perspective that has melded very well with the insight gathered from astrology to be able to guide others in a structured and effective way.



Here’s what our clients wanted most from
Astrologer May Sim in 2014

1) Birth / Natal Chart Consultations

The classic mainstay. Most first-timers begin with the Birth Chart Consultation for a glimpse of where astrology can take you. If you’ve never had your chart read before, you will be amazed what planetary placements can reveal about strengths and weaknesses and how they manifest in your life. Most people know your Sun Sign, ‘I’m a Gemini!’ or ‘I’m a Sagittarius!’ but that’s only just the SUN.

A western astrology chart is cast for the exact time of birth (to the minute) and the map coordinates of your birth city, hence every chart is unique, and definitely totally different from the charts of the other people who happen to be born within the same 30-day period as you, even if you BOTH are Geminis.

2. Relationship Consultation

What’s unique about May’s relationship readings is that both parties are required to be present. If you’re coming alone, no worries, the Natal Chart Consultation will suffice – it already reveals much of what your romantic and social life is like on its own.

For couples, May reads both persons individually, then put your charts together to look at inter-relations between you two. The Relationship Consultation also includes the Composite Chart, which is the chart of your relationship.

3. Yearly Overview / Solar Return

Repeat clients don’t need the whole shebang. Typically you already know what you want to do, and you seek confirmation or perhaps a second opinion. The Solar Return features the focus for the next 12 months, and as part of the review May also pulls up the transits and progressions affecting you for the next 2 years.

4. Astro*Cartography

You big globetrotters, you. Singapore is truly unique in that its inhabitants are residents of the world – many of us have spent significant time overseas, or we actually are from a different country and we want to explore moving on from Singapore.

The Astr0*Cartography technique reveals which parts of the world are most advantageous for what you want to achieve. Want to pursue a fashion career? –  Go to Chicago if your Venus culminates there. Want to have a safe home? – Don’t move to Sao Paolo as your Pluto rises there.

5. Date Selection / Electional

Just as birth times determine so much of our makeup and our lives, we want to give good ‘birth times’ to the important events in our lives – your marriage, your new home, the launch of your company and/or your new product. May selects a date and time appropriate for your chosen activity, then cross-checks it with your natal chart to adjust for the best factors to help you achieve your desired outcome.

No electional can guarantee an outcome – after all success is based on individual effort, BUT having the right factors go your way will help you get there quicker and easier.




The Astrology of Society’s Expectations and Being Judged

I’ve studied astrology for a long time, and even after years of being in touch with the material, every now and then a piece of dry astrology fact clicks into place, and I gain a bit of life wisdom just from understanding HOW and WHY this fragment of astrology WORKS.

One of such incidents I remember well, was this:

Fact: Saturn takes approximately 28.5 years to complete an orbit around the Sun

That means absolutely nothing at first glance, but a bit of math tells you that relative to where Saturn is at your birth:

– When you were 7 years old Saturn moved to the first quarter point of the circle

– At 14-15 years old it was opposite your natal Saturn

– At 21 years old it’s placed at the third quarter position

– At 28.5 years old it returns to its original position

– Subsequently the pattern repeats itself at approximate 28.5-year intervals


In almost every culture, at age 7 you transit from being a kid to becoming a ‘big’ kid – you started going to a proper school, and suddenly homework just got serious, and god forbid… you were expected to pass tests. Welcome to your first taste of parental, teacher and society’s expectations.

Life StagesAt 14-15 all your classmates seemed to have their style, or their ‘thing’. You felt left out, unattractive, and embarrassed to be seen in any social situation because you felt that the adults were watching and judging you, and you were conscious of looking ‘cool’ in front of the other kids. Perhaps you started noticing the opposite sex, and realizing that their opinion of you was so, so important.

When you finally made the transition to adulthood (people turn ‘adult’ at 21 in Singapore, where I come from, although astrologers beg to differ on this point – see next paragraph) at approximately age 20-23, you’re conscious of not being dependant on your parents anymore – it’s time to make your own living, embark on some kind of career or path. You wonder how you’ll measure up to your peers. Maybe you took on a college degree or career that your parents chose for you (either consciously or subconsiously).

By age 28-30, most of us would have sort of settled into some kind of career, and while you feel that you still have a long way to go, there’s a sense that you completed a milestone that began with your entry into school at age 7. This time of life is known to astrologers as the Saturn Return because Saturn returns to where it was when you were born, and this is where astrologers consider the true transition to adulthood, for here you take responsibility for the choices you made at the three earlier Saturn milestone points. Where you stand at the Saturn Return sets the stage for the next Saturn cycle.


What Saturn Means

From just the analysis of Saturn’s orbit above, you don’t need to know astrology to understand that Saturn represents measuring up, structure, parents and their expectations, teachers and their expectations, bosses and their expectations, long-term plans, tradition and conventionality, responsibilities etc.

On the other side of the coin, Saturn makes you wait for the outcome, makes you WORK for the outcome, gets you stressed up and worried about not ‘making it’, and reminds you every now and then ‘others’ are constantly watching the ‘grade’ you’re getting on the tests that come your way every here and now, just like the way it was when you were 7.

How Saturn in Your Chart Can Manifest as Problems

  • You become defensive and sensitive to criticism, either real or imagined
  • You fear not ‘making it’, so you overwork, overdo, overstress
  • Because standards are high, you constantly don’t meet your own expectations, and over time your confidence wanes, creating a vicious cycle
  • You crave achievement in this area so much, and try so hard with so little results (in your opinion) that you become intensely envious of those who seem to surpass your abilities with so little effort
  • The required effort is so overwhelming that you give up altogether and reject an entire part of you

Some Examples

I’m not a believer in providing all possible placements for planets, since every birthchart is well and truly unique, and simplifying placements inevitably sounds like I’ve grouped the world’s population into 12 categories. Nonetheless, here are examples to illustrate two house placements of Saturn:

Saturn in the 2nd house (money, possessions, values) could indicate someone who works really hard for money, mainly out of an intense insecurity of not having money, rather than a need for status and power. This person could be very reliable on money matters, for they are likely to take such responsibilities seriously, and would probably have a sound, long-term financial plan in place, though if taken to extremes this person could be a stingy money-pincher. Because of their aversion to risk (because speculation is like, sooo irresponsible), ironically the accumulation of wealth may take a long, long time.

Saturn in the 3rd (communication, thinking, siblings, neighbours) indicates mathematical and scientific ability, due to the structured mental disciplines required for such fields of study. There could be talent in handicraft that takes time and skill to perfect. However this person may be found doubting almost all information coming his way, leading to missed opportunities, and might be very sensitive if his intelligence is ever called into question (real or imagined). In some cases, negative thinking and problems with siblings and neighbours is indicated.