Astrology expert Kiki T. looks to the stars for sex predictions.
Tue Sep 15 2009
Who she is: For those hoping to gain insight into a potential mate’s bedside manner, there’s astrologer Kiki T. The New York City native studies the influence of the stars and planets on human relationships and relays her expertise in a multitude of columns (thefrisky.com) as well as one-on-one readings that evaluate love—not to mention romp—compatibility. “Everybody always asks if I make this stuff up, but no,” says T., who uses an ephemeris (a book containing tables on the positions of celestial bodies by degrees and sign) to make predictions. “I can look back in time, and I can look forward to see what is happening. If you know there is freaky planetary action, you then know how to adjust your day. You have free will to do whatever you want, but sometimes there are just luckier periods for specific things, and with astrology, you learn when those moments are.”
Her start: Two years after graduating from NYU with a creative-writing degree, T. found herself tending bar at the now-defunct Spoon. There her interest in customers’ charts caught the attention of a regular patron, also an intern for Russell Simmons’s magazine, Oneworld. “She suggested I create a horoscope column for them since I was always asking people’s birthdays and I was a writer,” recalls T. “[Oneworld] didn’t eventually do it, but I wound up pitching the idea to other people.” That led to work in publications such as the Angelika Film Bill.
A match made in heaven: Not long after her start, T. merged her astrological knowledge with a focus on knocking boots to tailor an article proposal to Playgirl. The editor-in-chief brought T. on-board as their new zodiac specialist, where she coined the libidinal column “Astral Vibrations” and her new title, astrosexologist. “Scorpios rule sex, and I’m a double Scorpio [both T.’s sun and moon are in that sign] so my interest in sex is just innate,” she explains.
The dangers of the job: “I’ve had a lot of persistent people contact me, but one person was writing stuff he wanted to do to me and sent pictures of himself—gross,” she says. “He even said I could call him Simon Le Bon [T.’s teenage crush]. I put a block on his e-mail address, but he creates new ones and still writes.”
Her advice: Step one for getting started in the biz, T. jokes, is to purchase her book, The Celestial Sexpot’s Handbook. Kidding aside, she does believe books (like The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk) and the Internet are great resources to get familiar with the topic. But in T.’s line of work, instinct is everything. “There’s a degree of intuition that you’re going to have to use to piece it all together. If you have it, you have it; if you don’t, you don’t.” She also recommends practicing doing readings for friends. “It’s like putting a little tag on all the people you know and then seeing what happens, seeing the cause and effect of different things in their charts.” As for bringing home the bacon, T. reveals that a professional astrologist has the ability to set her own rates. In T.’s experience as a customer, she’s paid as little as $10 and has shelled out as much as $250 for a personal reading.
Get more Kiki T. at fortunekiki.com.
Who to screw
Kiki T. breaks down the pros and cons of hooking up with each astrological sign.
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