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Meet Susan Levitt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Levitt.

Susan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I read my first astrology book at age 11. I found it so interesting that I studied and researched the history of astrology. All over the world and throughout time, we humans looked up and observed planets, constellations, comets, eclipses, and lunar cycles. The Aztec astrologers knew that Cortez was arriving in 1519, the year One Reed in their astrological system. I loved the astrology of ancient Egypt and classical China and how their magnificent architecture was aligned with equinoxes and solstices.

At age 17, I had a tarot card reading. I found tarot as interesting as astrology. So I studied tarot, and it became my hobby. At my Saturn return, age 28, I moved from Chicago to Berkeley, California. In Berkeley, so many people asked me to read their tarot cards and do their birth charts that I started doing readings as a business. It was a Fire Tiger year, a time of extremes, so I knew that my tarot and astrology business would either really work — or really not work — with no middle ground. Fortunately, it really worked.

Prior to starting my business, my last “day job” was with an architectural firm. I was hired because I had a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’d probably still be an architect or designer today if my tarot and astrology business didn’t take off. I like how astrology inspires people to have an understanding of self and others, determine what goals to pursue, and learn acceptance to find peace. And I love how tarot is ideal for decision making, providing clarity, and seeing the big picture.

My customers began asking me to teach them how to read tarot cards. I typed up some information and handed it out at classes I held in my living room and at independent bookstores. Those notes became my book INTRODUCTION TO TAROT which is now published in English, Russian, and Chinese. This book is included in THE COMPLETE TAROT KIT that comes with two sets of tarot cards. None of this was planned. I did not have a goal to move to California to become a writer, tarot reader, and astrologer. Being a Pisces born in Sheep year, I naturally comply to people’s wishes and do what they ask. Usually, women lose power when they do this. But in my case, it gave me a new career.

A similar thing happened with my books TAOIST ASTROLOGY, TAOIST FENG SHUI, and TEEN FENG SHUI. When I did relationship charts, the Chinese astrology charts showed compatibility more clearly than the Western charts. So I typed up some Chinese astrology notes, added insights about Chinese medicine, and gave the information to my astrology customers. These notes became three books that are published in seven languages!

Before I attended the Art Institute of Chicago, I had a degree in Asian Studies. Because of my background in Asian studies and Chinese medicine, people asked me to do feng shui for their homes and businesses. I’ve done feng shui for many tech companies in Silicon Valley and do their astrology forecasts for business decisions such as when to IPO. My clients are from all over the world and are very interesting and accomplished people.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
What was very smooth is that my business grew immediately just from word of mouth. I didn’t have to hire publicity or marketing people. And I’m naturally very intuitive so my readings are accurate. For me, doing readings is entertaining and interesting. It brings together all my best qualities.

My biggest struggle was in maintaining personal and professional boundaries, to not always be a people pleaser. I sometimes have clients who are anxious about the situation we are discussing, and it can be challenging when I tell them something they clearly do not want to hear. Because I have many years’ experience, I know how to deal with these situations, and surprisingly, it is so often these clients who come back for repeat readings and refer their friends!

I had to learn how to run a business, schedule clients, and maintain accurate financial records. Technology does not flow naturally for me so I have struggled with some with it. Fortunately, I have learned how to add content to my web site and distribute my new Moon and full Moon updates. I’m currently working on figuring out how to create video for Instagram and my YouTube channel.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a tarot card reader, astrologer, and feng shui consultant. For tarot, I ask that my clients prepare three questions for the tarot cards, plan one hour, and I make a recording. This is tarot, so we can get quite specific. For astrology, I ask my clients for their birth date, place, and time to cast their charts. I do birth charts, six month or one-year forecasts, and relationship compatibility charts. I also use astrology to determine the best date for an event such as surgery, a wedding, or to launch a business. For feng shui, I go to client’s homes or places of business. We walk through their environment together while I explain my feng shui recommendations. And before my clients buy a home or business, I ask them to email me the real estate listing photos so I can look through them to assist in whether to make a bid or not to make a bid.

My book TAOIST ASTROLOGY was the first Chinese Four Pillars book in English. I’m known for doing both Western astrology and Chinese Four Pillars astrology together in one reading. I’m proud that I was able to make a contribution to Chinese medicine with my books on Chinese astrology and feng shui. And I’m proud that my tarot book INTRODUCTION TO TAROT and THE COMPLETE TAROT KIT taught thousands of people how to read tarot cards. What sets me apart from others is my books, education, and in-depth scholarly approach to esoteric subjects.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan to improve my tech skills and do more with video. But I am not making any big changes. I feel that I am experiencing success and am just going to let life unfold.

For me, success is that I am doing what I enjoy and am able to help people. That is the most rewarding to have a life where I can make a contribution. That is a gift. My criteria is to be kind and honest and to offer realistic solutions. And I am not judgmental of my clients. I accept where they are right now, then offer creative options for growth.

People have asked me what are markers of business success. Markers were when each book was published, and then all the foreign rights sales. Other career markers were when I won “Best Astrologer” from SF Weekly, was interviewed about Chinese astrology on CNN, lectured about astrology at Stanford, and when INTRODUCTION TO TAROT won an award for Iconic Book. But every day, to wake up healthy and look forward to doing what I enjoy, that is my biggest marker.

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Personal photo of Susan Levitt by Kingmond Young.

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