Hello Starling, welcome to the quiet center of the forest where a spring sings from the crook of moss-covered rocks, and the stars watch their children through deep time.
My name is Amaya Rourke and I'm greeting you from the northwest of the Republic of Ireland. Like you, I contain multitudes--and I hope to harness them to their greatest purpose in service to the greater cosmic ecosystem we are all in a perpetual process of co-creating. Amongst the skills I've been gifted with to share with the world, I am
- a traditional astrologer who specializes in fixed stars (you can learn about my influences below)
- a tarot reader and image diviner
- a ritualist
- a necromantic folkwitch in appprenticeship to a local bog, hedgeworks, and forest and their myriad of more-than-human inhabitants both seen and unseen
- a devotional artist in congress with spirits through watercolours, charcoal, and photography
- an occult gardener on the viridarium path in tandem with magical astrological timing
- a folk herbalist with a particular affinity for the poison path as medicine
- an occasional teacher when the land or stars sing me to be their conduit (I've done quite a lot of free teaching on podcasts, which you can check out here)
- a reverent researcher constantly falling more deeply in love
- a compulsive writer who tries to share the quiet rumblings of deep enchantment present in every passing moment
My work is guided by my animistic land-based spiritual and magical practice, helping me to return to and reveal the wild and creative terrestrial origins of astrology and mythopoetics--which I share in my classes and writings.
I aspire to guide my clients in cultivating a deeply nourishing and co-creative relationship with the quiet rumbling of deep enchantment and living art of the more-than-human world--starting with the invisible yet thriving internal ecosystem of the self that is worthy of a lifetime exploration and embrace. The better your relationship with your magical self, the more you are able to have a deeply enchanted life in relationship with the more-than-human world around you--both seen and unseen.
My hope is to help you rewild and reroot within your particular cradled place in the cosmic ecosystem. You belong, you are vital, you are beloved, you are never alone. Home is where your feet touch the pulsing heartbeat of the soil--if you retune yourself to sense it and dance to the beat.
My dream is for you to reawaken to the call of co-creativity that comes from seeing your life as living art, and the mundane as incredibly magical at all given moments.
To quote Wendell Berry:
"We pray not for heaven and earth, but to be quiet in heart, and clear in eye. What we need is here."
I am fascinated by the relationship we have with the natural world and the hypnotic night sky. Star gazing is a form of praxis and poetry, and each of us are part of the mythopoetic dance.
Ancient astrology called to me, because we live in a complex world. Our charts represent more than our personality and internal experience--they represent the space we occupy and the quality of experience we can expect, the people in our lives, the upcoming events and themes for our journey, and so much more.
Each chart not only outlines our strengths and advantages, but also our challenges. Astrology should be practical, easy to understand, and actionable--otherwise its just naval gazing that overinflates our egos or leaves us anxious and unavailable to participate in the present.
Life is a giant cosmic cauldron of soup, and we are but one ingredient that experiences the profound chemical reactions of circumstance, conditioning, social systems, other people in our lives, and timing. Our choices are limited to the constrictions of those things.
There is such a thing as divine timing and destined purpose within this realm, for each individual. My job is to help you identify and tap into those possibilities, so you can make the most of every moment. I'm here to be a witness and testify to your beautiful, messy life, while helping you make the most out of whatever you have at hand.
As your astrologer I believe it's my job to help you see what the road ahead looks like, and empower you to make the best available choices in a given moment.
When we work together, it's my sincere hope that we can help you tap into the timing of the universe that is unique to YOU and your chart, and ride the waves of fortune, as well as weather the storms, with as much grace as possible.
I also work with you to remediate chart imbalances--the repeated habits, behaviors, and cycles that trip us up and keep us locked into a holding pattern.
Rather than beating yourself up about self-sabotage, we will work together to mundanely and magically balance the scales in your precious natal chart, learn how to utilize your pre-existing strengths and abilities, and help you reach your greatest peace-of-mind, self acceptance, and potential.
Together we'll find your place in the world and chart the route to fulfil your destiny as professed by the stars.
As a teacher, I am not here to give you everything, that robs you of the experience you need to go through, which is both a wonderful teacher in itself and also the only way it becomes embodied knowledge.
Thank you for being one of my companions on this wild and weedy journey through life--it is my privilege to witness the brilliance of your being.
I have studied and practice Hellenistic, Medieval, Renaissance, and Egyptian and Babylonian Fixed Star astrology (grouped as Ancient Astrology), esotericism, ancestral veneration and healing, mythopoetics, and land practices for several years.
My learning has included self-paced classes from Samuel F. Reynolds, Daniel Foor of Ancestral Medicine, Demetra George, Dr. Bernadette Brady, Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, Chris Brennan, Christopher Warnock, and Robert Hand.
Over a few years I was mentored and received counseling from the knowledgable and soulful Samuel F. Reynolds.
I am indebted to the written work of the late Diana Rosenberg, as well as the living work of writers/bards Martin Shaw, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sharon Blackie, Timothy Morton, Lucy Pearce, Suzanne Simard, Donna Harroway, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Manchan Magan, Jemma Wadham, Eduardo Kohn, Sara Maitland, Barry Lopez, Anthony Murphy, Elizabeth Mowry, Lora O'Brien, Daragh Smyth, Bayo Akomolafe, Sorita D'este, Morgan Daimler, Julia Cameron, Robert MacFarlane, Tyson Yunkaporta, Joseph Sansonese, Andri Snær Magnason, Brene Brown, David Abrams, Josh Schrei, and many others.
My work would not be what it is without the too-many-to-mention peers whom I am so very blessed and lucky to have relationships with. A non-exhaustive list includes my dear friends Maeg Keene, Diana Rose Harper, Pallas Augustine, Sasha Ravitch, Kirah Tabourn, Christa Lei Sonido, Bear Ryver, Gabe Rosas, Jason Lay, and Jake Green--to name and honor a very few.
I'm blessed to be in perpetual apprenticeship and service to the many lands and their spirits that I have visited, explored, and inhabited. At this time in particular I have been called by a bog, pasturelands, hedgeways, forests, and a glacial pass in my local space. You will often see them in photographs when they permit me to record their presence.
This is merely a fraction of the many influences, teachers, and helpers who have brought me down the path I now walk, and I am forever grateful to have been an apprentice in a time so rich in shared wisdom and experience.