A Day with Susan Miller (and Her Devotees)

Over the telephone the week previous to the occasion, I requested Miller to explain the group at a majority of these occasions (which she has been doing since 2010). “I really feel that everybody comes with a query of their thoughts,” she advised me. “And that they’re hoping I’ll tackle it.”

She says public appearances are as enjoyable for her as it’s for the folks attending. “For me, assembly folks is like oxygen,” she stated. “I’m in an excessive amount of.”

Miller is vehement that her occupation not be marred by the fake psychics and numerologists of the world. “I’ve spent my complete life exhibiting folks what astrology can do,” she advised me. “I’m not a fortune-teller. Essentially the most misunderstood high quality about astrology is that there’s predestination concerned—there’s none.”

After Miller’s morning speech, these attendees who had paid an extra $80 (the occasion itself price $99) may be a part of her for lunch within the membership’s eating room. At one desk, a gaggle questioned about her age (which she by no means discloses) whereas others shared tales about themselves and why they’d come.

Lily, an Australian lady who just lately moved to New York from Los Angeles, stated that she favored Miller as a result of “she simplifies every little thing for you. And if you happen to’ve adopted Astrology Zone for some time, it’s form of mind-boggling how correct she will be.” She added, “She loves what she does, which is admittedly vital for me if I’m going to comply with something.”

Nicole, a younger lady who has been following Miller for years advised me, “I like the best way that she explains that astrology isn’t destiny—it exhibits you what’s taking place within the universe and the way that pertains to you and easy methods to make higher selections, and it form of challenges you to reside life to your finest potential.”

Jamie, an creator of a number of books and an avid Astrology Zone reader, leaned over and stated, “This is the reason I like her: I’m a author. I work alone. I’ve no boss. . . . It offers me construction within the chaos.”

Joaquín (considered one of a handful of males current), noting Miller’s charisma, stated, “There’s a bit of little bit of Dr. Ruth in her.”

When Miller made her approach over to our desk, there was a flutter of pleasure. One lady appeared near tears, whereas one other audibly gasped when she turned to see that she had taken her seat.

“Don’t you’re feeling such as you’re at Downton Abbey? I do!” Miller stated, together with her trademark cackle. Making a concerted effort to appeal the group, she requested everybody on the desk to introduce themselves. As she went round, every individual gave their identify, their astrological signal (and infrequently their “rising signal”), and what they did for a dwelling. Miller efficiently enchanted every considered one of them, answering every with care and the occasional joke.

When one lady talked about that her mother and father have been from India, Miller responded, with out lacking a beat, “Oh! 13 % of my readers are in India.” Miller is keen on (and surprisingly good at) throwing out statistics. “Fifty-one % of my readers are outdoors the U.S.,” she advised me over the telephone. “I’ve 43 % male readers. . . . Ninety-one % of my readers have iPhones.”

After lunch, and earlier than a Q&A that went on for one more 4 hours, Joan and her daughter, Amy, sat chatting within the entrance row. They have been there collectively as a present for Joan’s birthday. Amy famous that studying Miller’s month-to-month Astrology Zone horoscopes had develop into one thing of a bonding train for the 2 of them. “It’s form of develop into a ritual for us; like a mother-daughter factor that we do collectively,” she stated.

Joan added, “I’m not usually into astrology and all this, however together with her it’s simply been spooky.”

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