Port Melbourne astrologer Julie McBeth has combined her two loves – the financial world and astrology – to create an unusual career path.
Most people are fascinated when they find out I’m an astrologer. I started off my career as a business journalist with Business Review Weekly and the Australian Financial Review after graduating with a commerce degree. During my cadetship, one of my fellow journalists gave me my first astrology reading and I couldn’t believe how accurate it was. I soon blended my interests and began studying financial astrology. Twenty years down the track, I am still fascinated by how the movements of the planets can help you understand the natural cycles we live in every day. I can then use this to predict the future and help others gain a better understanding of their lives.
I use astrology to help people. When people are going through a difficult time, you can see the end of that time for them in the ending of the cycles and I can see when things are likely to change. I like being able to guide them and let them know when a shift will be likely to happen for them. For example, I was at an astrology conference in January 2008 and we saw Pluto move into Capricorn. We knew from the stars to expect that something was going to happen to the financial market and that there would be a breakdown in structure – and that’s when the market crashed. Later in the year, we also saw the US banking system collapse.
In 2008, I decided to take my love of astrology to television. I produced my first television series for Channel 31, Cosmic Imprint. I also made regular guest appearances on David & Kim and The Circle. Now, I’ve been cast as lead presenter of new Channel 31 program Stars and the City. We chat about all things magical and mystical and have some amazing guests, like Dave O’Neil and Des Dowling, who receive astrology readings.
I’ve lived in Port Melbourne for more than 10 years. It’s great to live by the water as it helps you relax after a long day working hard. I moved there to be close to the beach. It’s also close to the city, and has lovely cafes and shops. My place looks out to the pier and I see the Spirit of Tasmania coming in every day – I love the calm.
When I first moved here, I was a financial public relations manager for the National Australia Bank. But after a while, I realised I had to decide what I really wanted to do with my life – so I decided to combine my journalism, public relations and astrology skills to create fun and interesting television.