James Ainsworth Biography
James Ainsworth is an astrologer with more than 40 years of experience casting, studying and interpreting birth charts. James first began studying astrology when he was in high school at age 15. In the late 70s, as an undergraduate student at Cornell University, James supplemented his regular academic courses with spiritual studies in Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zen and Western traditions like Kabala and Theosophy. After graduating with a bachelor degree in social work, James worked on the Washington, D.C. Congressional staff of U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr. of Michigan before eventually becoming a newspaper reporter and a journalist. James has written articles about well-known media personalities, including the late ABC news anchor Peter Jennings, former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale, filmmakers Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Bamboozled), Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, The Ladies Man), Essence Magazine former editor-in-chief Susan Taylor, comedian Michael Winslow (Police Academy, Space Balls), actor David Allen Grier (Boomerang, A Soldier’s Story, In Living Color) and great musicians like Carlos Santana, Jimmy Cliff, Mary J. Blige, the Neville Brothers, Hugh Masekela, Black Uhuru, De la Soul, Digable Planets, Roy Hargrove, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ice Cube, Ice T, Shabba Ranks, Femi Kuti, Joan Armatrading, Cyndi Lauper, Marie Daulne and Zap Mama, Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz, Johnny Clegg, the Refugee All-Stars, Denise Williams and others.
James lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for 8 years, from the historic elections in 1994 until 2002, where he worked as a freelance journalist and copywriter, as well as a grant writer and grant writing consultant. James has written television scripts for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and eTV, as well as television and radio advertising copy, graphic design and publicity work for variety of government agencies and private businesses. James also wrote a series of grants for community arts centers that were funded for R3.6 million by the Department of Arts and Culture, a national solar energy marketing program for Department of Minerals, and several grants for non-profit organizations. You can learn more about James and his writing on his media copywriting web site, www.islandofspicemedia.com and his blog, www.islandofspice.wordpress.com.
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I have faced many difficult and challenging karmic experiences, and that has taught me a great deal about human nature and how we face karma as individuals and collectively, as a society as a whole. These are extraordinary times, and astrology can give us insight into how we awaken to transformative processes and evolutionary impulses. This time period has been prophesized in the ancient Aztec and Mayan calendars, as well as the Hopis and other First Nations indigenous cultures. As we move into the new “Age of Aquarius,” our global civilization will evolve into a more humane, intelligent, compassionate and innovative society, although as individuals many of us will be challenged to go through our own transformations and inner realizations. The influence of media and digital information technologies will make national and global cultures more racially, ethnically and gender inclusive, and more balanced between the Feminine/Right Brain and the Masculine/Left Brain. This individual and collective paradigm shift is part of the great challenge of our times.
On a personal level, an astrological birth chart is an unparalleled tool for exploring our human potentials and the connection between personal life experiences and the Soul or Higher Self. It is a great medium for navigating the Soul’s journey through time and the cultural, social and psychological changes we are facing in the Aquarian Age.
- James Ainsworth