The English Astrologer Kim Farnell was born on 6.12.1960 at 10:30 AM in Birmingham.
She earned her diploma at the Astrological Faculty of London in 1990, taking over the class that she had originally attended. She had read Tarot while in college, but apart from that, had no astrological background prior to then. With her diploma, Kim became involved in everything on the British astrological scene, including a consortium for the south-east of England, working for the Urania Trust, running a local group and whatever else was current. She taught evening classes and spent nine years on the Council for the Astrological Association of Great Britain doing everything at one time or another and ending up as Vice Chair.
Kim first moved to London in 1980, where she got her degree in Media Studies with a journalism major. As a teen she had become heavily involved in politics as a member of a variety of political groups, until she found the political area lacking soul. She had also spent time booking and promoting bands. In London, she was swept into the student scene and the mod scene.
Once college was over and the real world beckoned she tried a variety of jobs, including working as a Committee Clerk for the local council.
During a period when she was out of work and bored rigid, Kim went to some local evening classes, 1984, and the astrology class grabbed her attention as it seemed so obvious.
After leaving work to have her daughter in 1990, Kim realized that office work was not for her and she decided to try working for herself. It took a long time to become established, especially with the birth of a son in 1992, but she ended up writing sun sign columns for women's magazines, lecturing, doing some consultancy work and taking on all sorts of odd jobs with a tenuous connection to astrology.
Gradually she did less consulting work and more writing. Kim has had articles published in numerous magazines - astrological, theosophical and mainstream. She still writes sun sign columns and has done radio and TV work on the back of that. She finished an astrology text book which was published in Japanese. She edited the AA Newsletter for five years and has published three issues of a satirical astrology magazine.
Kim caught a history bug a few years ago. Finding it hard to put her hands on what she wanted to know about astrology in the last 150 years or so, she began research. That led to a biography of Sepharial, "The Astral Tramp", published 1998, and the beginning of a collection of biographical essays of nineteenth century astrologers. Her interests widened out to extend beyond the research of astrology, although she is still planted deeply in the nineteenth century. She reads obsessively and writes even more so. To relax, she plays saxophone and flute and ice skates.
Kim writes, "Astrology is my job and a way of life. My personal astrology has been gradually going further and further back in regards to techniques. After a spell in the 17th century I'm starting to go back further. I hate clutter, I despise pomposity, I detest pseudo intellectualism. I am totally 100% unashamed of doing sun sign astrology. It's the best job I've ever had. I'm certainly not a rank beginner but equally no one will ever make me into an astrological superstar. It's more enjoyable staying at the grass roots."
She also wrote books about divination methods - on the Runes, the I Ging, Tarot, Numerology and amulets.
- A Man by Degrees. The Astrologer and Psychic, John Thomas (Charubel)
- Calendar Changes
- What is Electional Astrology?
- An Astrological Princess - Olivia Serres
- Healing Angels - the Astrologers Raphael
- Before the First Saturn Square - Astrology and Young Children
- That Terrible Iconclast - Sepharial
- A Startling Astrological Feat That You Can Do
- Planetary Rulership
- Everyone Talks About the Weather but Nobody Does Anything About it
- A Basic Guide to Astro-Meteorology
- A Brief Biography of Alan Leo (2006)
- Astrology, Sex & Great Lovers
- An Interview with Kim Farnell (Garry Phillipson, Skyscript 2006)
- The Astrology of Sex by Kim Farnell (book Review by Deborah Houlding, 2004)
- The Astral Tramp. A Biography of Sepharial 202 pages. Cpa Press 1998. ISBN 978-1898503880
- Astrology 224 pages. Starfire 2002 978-1844510580; Konecky & Konecky 2005 ISBN 978-1568525044
- Illustrated A-Z of Understanding Star Signs 224 pages. Flame Tree Publishing Co Ltd 2003 ISBN 978-1904041733
- Horoscope: Your Life, Your Character and Your Horoscope 100 pages. Quantum Sales Limited 2005 ISBN 978-1905448029
- Flirting with the Zodiac. A True History of Sun-Sign Astrology 256 pages. The Wessex Astrologer Ltd 2007 ISBN 978-1902405230 Review online (Phillip Graves, 2007)
- Astrology Restored - by William Ramesey 1653 508 pages. Unicorn Astrology 2007 ISBN 978-0955657900 Book Review (Thomas Callanan, Skyscript 2006)
- "Astrologia Restaurata" is available as e-Book on Farnell's homepage
- The Adventures of Rosie Crucial (historical novel). 272 pages. Hirst Publishing 2011 ISBN 190795922X ISBN 978-1907959226
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