I’m your host, Jeanna Kadlec (she/her).

I’m a writer, astrologer, and teacher. My work bridges the literary and the spiritual, the magical and the mundane. I work with writers and artists who know that creative living and the business of making a creative living don't have to cancel each other out.

I'm a writer, by vocation and by practice. My memoir in essays Heretic: A Memoir (HarperCollins) is available everywhere books are sold. I’ve written about culture and faith and more for publications across the internet, from my Disney column at Longreads to ELLE to Autostraddle to LitHub. I also spent too long in an English Literature PhD program back in the day and am technically ABD — all but dissertation — which very much informs my work here.

I’m an astrologer, by training and by outlook. (You can read more about my professional background and who I’ve studied with here.) When I started learning about astrology, it was like remembering a language I already spoke. The signs were fun, sure. But it was the nature of the planets and the remarkable consistency of events that occurred throughout history under specific transits that really drew me in.

It was immediately apparent to me that observing the rhythms of the planets was an invitation out of capitalist hustle culture and back into a more relational way of observing not only nature’s cycles, but also our own.

That astrology offered one method for healing what the pressures of capitalism had broken in our creative practices — or never allowed to flourish to begin with.

at my book launch for HERETIC at Books Are Magic, in the pink cowgirl boots obvs

As a working writer so often caught up in productivity mode, astrology brought me into more mindfulness. It helped me begin to create, and set expectations for myself as an artist, in a more sustainable way.

I started Astrology for Writers in January 2019 to share how I myself utilized astrology in my writing life — because, to me, creativity and spirituality are so often one and the same.

If you’re a creative who knows there's more to your process than capitalist standards of production, then this newsletter is for you.

So let’s talk about the astrology for writers newsletter.

There are two issues that go out every single month to everyone without fail:

  • New Moon newsletter

  • Full Moon newsletter

Paid subscribers also receive:

  • The Week-Ahead, which goes out every Sunday

    • this is a detailed breakdown of the week’s astrological events with advice on what writing/creative activities are best (or are to be avoided)

  • Access to a private, very active Discord server where you can connect in real time with other writers (including many working authors) who love astrology and are themselves include to witchiness (what is Discord? discussed here!)

  • Exclusive First Dibs on my Booking Calendar when I open for astrological readings — I usually book out within 24 hours, so this is big!

  • Extra newsletters for major transits, such as Mercury Retrograde (3x/year), as well as other major planetary ingresses, such as Pluto in Aquarius

Everyone also receives:

  • Author Interviews; at this point, there is a deep, years-long archive of interviews on creativity and spirituality with authors such as Melissa Febos, R.O. Kwon, Leah Johnson, and also on publishing, such as with my editor Jenny Xu.

  • Announcements on new books, classes, and offerings! You all are always the very first to hear.

The newsletter is $7/month or $69 US for the entire year of astrological insights, info-packed guides, author interviews, writing prompt horoscopes, a private Discord community, and more.

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Other ways to get in touch with me: my regular degular website. I’m on Instagram and TikTok regularly; much less regularly on Twitter (RIP) and Bluesky. My email is jeannakadlecauthor@gmail.com.

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practical magic for writers & artists who know that creative living and the business of *making* a creative living don't cancel each other out.


literary witch. author of HERETIC: A MEMOIR (HarperCollins). wrote most of the astrology apps on your phone. Midwesterner in NYC.