This week’s story is Anna Maria Ribeiro’s, a fascinating woman who is director of the Urantiam School of Occult Sciences. She started her career as an astrologist in 1980 and still draws her maps by hand, though she is definitely one the most connected elderly ladies I know with her two Facebook pages (link). Author of 26 books, she wrote about her story exclusively to The Sun Jar. Take a look!
“I was born in a museum. It was not by chance, since my mother worked and lived there. However, this is not such a common occurrence. And as things tend to end as they started, my life has always been unusual and someday it’ll end in an unusual fashion as well incomum.com”
As a child I used to devour books and wrote short stories, which I read to groups of interested classmates during school recess. I majored in journalism and became a civil servant as such. However, that was not exactly what I wanted do. But what did I want? Good question.
Actually, I wanted to listen to people.
And how would I do that? I aimed at the stars, the astral plane. I wasn’t even sure what that was at the time, but I could feel it.
That’s when I had one of the milder types of hepatitis, and couldn’t walk around, go out at night. At that point I had already gotten married, had two kids and gotten divorced. A friend had brought me an astrology book, which up until that point I considered to be hogwash. It wasn’t. I was fascinated and thought: I’m only going to do what fascinates me and will only be around things that fascinate me”.
I went for it. And I’m still going. It wasn’t the type of astrology that you find in mainstream media; it was the Great Mother of Occult Sciences. I should explain: occult sciences are so called because they are symbolic and only those who are initiated can understand them. Today, to me mandarin is an occult science, because all others are bright clear.
Astrology has brought me an incredible expansion of consciousness and has taken me even farther beyond. The invisible is a thousand times more important than what’s visible. The connection to something bigger and beyond is the only I’m interested in, because it leads everywhere. As you know, in the 21st century being disconnected is like being out on a loop. Ok. I’m constantly connected: to Something Greater, which shows me how to deal with the Something smaller, you see?
That’s how I started working with Astrology full time, all year round, in all its possible forms: consultations, classes, writing books and texts, including correlated and unrelated knowledge.
And naturally other topics were included as well: Memory/Past Life Regression, Mythology, Tarot, Numerology, Kabbalah, Family Constellation and more recently, dream interpretation! I will never ever stop learning, and that’s why I’m still young, even though I’m actually Jurassic.
When I turned 70, I wanted to start something new and very important to me. I bought a plot in Teresópolis and built a glass house of my own design, which I passed on to the architect. I was very hands-on during construction, from the first shovel to the last nail and interior design.
I’ve had URANTIAM, my school in Ipanema, Rio, for years, where I teach up-to-date professional courses, in addition to distance learning courses, for knowledge must go wherever it’s needed. I’ve been incredibly happy with making the invisible visible since 1980, when many of you hadn’t even been born yet.
And it all began because I wanted to listen to others.
People love to talk to those who listen. That’s what gets you hooked, actually. If you want to talk, I’ll listen, without judgment and without analyzing it because my goal is simply to “build bridges”. That’s why one of my nicknames is “Bridgefex”.
To finish things up: if you think it was easy, you’re wrong. At first the whole family used to say: “How can someone so smart work with that kind of thing? Why don’t you become a doctor, lawyer or something like that?”. Well, it’s because I only work with things which fascinate me and the rest will follow. And here’s something else, too: if you want to counsel others, give advice, build bridges, understand the problems of life, you have to gain Strength. Without Strength nobody who’s interesting will open up to you. So, what is the secret to acquiring the Strength?
Having had incredibly difficult life experiences, and having learned to survive.
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