Finding your life purpose and passion can at first be a daunting topic. Can we be sure we have found it?

There’s one way I have found that helps unlock at least one of the ways to your path of greater awareness and understanding of your life purpose.

It’s called Astrology.

And before you stop reading because Astrology is well…mumbo jumbo please take a moment and read a little more.

Astrology is a profound and practical tool for understanding your life. It is, however, written in an ancient and symbolic language. I have been given the gift to understand this language.

And interestingly enough, millennials who see no contradiction between using astrology and believing in science are fuelling a resurgence of the practice.

Personally, I find joy in using my gift of understanding this cosmic tool, to help others find the joyous meaning in their life.

There is perfect order to all things

Simply put, the universe operates in perfect order.

The orange tree always gifts us with oranges and the apple tree always gifts us with apples. They never get confused and try to gift us with bananas.

As part of nature, we also are imbued with a one-of-a-kind gift, a talent, that special something wonderful to share with our world. But unlike the rest of nature, we may also be imprinted with confusion and doubt.

The lucky orange and apple trees only have to deal with the weather, the quality of the soil, getting enough water and the infestation of unfriendly creatures.

But we, as part of the human condition, are often challenged with confusion and doubt, two devastatingly destructive elements.

Confusion befuddles us when we are trying to get in touch with the special gifts that are uniquely ours.

When I ask people, “What do you want to do with your life?” Far too often the answer is, “I don’t know.”

As Eckhart Tolle tells us in his book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life Purpose

“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are.”

A true story about life purpose and passion

Recently I was counseling a middle aged, intelligent man who was successful in his work, but not in his life.

His job provided all the material comforts he needed, but it didn’t feed his soul. He came to me for hope of guidance on how he could find joy in life.

During the session, I explained his birth chart as I normally do. And for the first thirty minutes he sat with his elbows on the table and his hands covering the lower part of his face. He was stoic, offering me no feedback for his cause. At that point I said, “If you could do anything you wanted to do what would that be?”

He removed his hands from his face, his eyes welled with tears and he said, “I don’t have any idea.”

I then took a quick look at his Venus placement on his chart and my intuition kicked in. I asked him if he had ever heard of David McCullough. He sat back in his chair, slumped down and started to cry. After a moment he said, “I want to be David McCullough.”

David McCullough is a Pulitzer Prize Winner for his narrative history writing. And this middle-aged man sitting across from me had a passion for naval history hidden deep in his inner world.

He was confused for a myriad of reasons, most of which had been imprinted by an external world that didn’t encourage his special gift. The gift that would turn out to be his life purpose and passion.

What about your life purpose and passion?

Maybe like my client, you have no clue as to what your special gift might be. Let me share an idea with you. Your special gift fills your heart with love.

But here’s the snag. And a big challenge to you having your special gift revealed in a way that you understand. The snag is that your special gift faces doubt. And make no mistake about it, doubt is a killer. It would be like pouring poison into the roots of an orange or apple tree.

There’d be no way you would ever taste that fruit. If you live in doubt, you do without.

The antidote

So what’s the antidote to doubt?

Faith. Confidence. Positive Expectations. Belief in success. All of which are wonderful concepts until you find yourself wrestling with the demon doubt. You know what you want to do. You know your passion, but your mind blares loudly – but…but…but. And sometimes you just need a little encouragement.

Encouragement to us humans is like the sunshine and rain is to the orange and apple tree.

Chance are high, if anyone ever encouraged that middle-aged lover of naval history to write stories of his favorite ships, he might have been an award-winning author himself.

As it happened, when he left our session, his confusion was gone. He was perfectly clear what his gift was and he was totally encouraged to begin writing. He was going to sow his special seed and look forward to his harvest.

Getting clarity

A good place to start is to look back on your life and find what has brought you joy. Write it down. Write every little thing you can come up with that over the course of your life has felt joyful. Maybe it was about connection with someone, or many someones. Maybe it was something you did that was really successful. Maybe you created something, or helped someone.

Even the smallest things count.

Perhaps you find joy in listening to others. Look at the things that are second nature to you that are joyful.

These are great ways you can become more clear on your purpose and passion in life.

When you find clarity

Maybe you’ve discovered what makes your heart sing, your feet dance and your passions soar, then you are one of the lucky ones. And all you need now is the necessary dose of encouragement.

Well “wait just a minute” you might say. “Where do I get this encouragement – I haven’t received it yet and I can’t buy it in the supermarket.”

True enough it’s not on the shelves but you can find it in more hearts for free. And you can experience it by giving it away.

We all need encouragement, so begin to encourage others. Remember just like the orange tree and the apple tree we are part of nature and the law of life is that we reap what we sow, we harvest what we seed. So the more you give encouragement away, the more you will be filled with it and the more encouragement you will receive.

To reiterate, your universe is in perfect order.

Remember, there is a seed of a special gift within your soul. Discover it and honor it. Then cultivate it with self-encouragement by encouraging others. What you so you shall reap. That’s the law of the universe.

The bottom line is that within your special gift and in its harvest lies the fulfillment of your life.


Brian Hill is an Author and renowned Humanistic Astrologer and Teacher. Brian works with a list of international clients as well as being a Radio and TV personality. You can connect with Brian at


  1. Yes i would love a reading – i feel i am one of those people who is struggling to know what to do with my life – even though i am now in my 40’s!!

    • Sara, if Brian selects you, it will make all the difference, I know. Check out his site, you can find it at the bottom of the post. 🙂

  2. i absolutely love this post and I’ve been to Brian’s site, he is brilliant! i did not know astrologers have this type of insight. being hindu, yearly, our family pandit aka the family preist, will build an astrological chart for us. don’t ask me if it ever makes sense to me. lol. could just be the way he explains it! but i have never known him to say V, this is what you’re about and this is how you can change your life. I’m looking forward to getting to know Brian. and YES. lol.

    • Hey Vanita, good luck, isn’t Brian fabulous? 🙂

    • Hello Happy One – love the name. Good luck – have you checked out his site yet? 🙂

      • Dear Elle,

        I checked out Brian’s site, and I would be most grateful for a reading from him. He sounds like he’s led an interesting and eventful life that’s led him to this path. I hope he can help me discover my path as well as how I’m meant to help others and do my part in this world.

        Happy One

        • Hello Happy One – sorry for the delay in responding, but internet service is pretty spotty out here on the high seas! Rest assured you are on the list, and he’ll be randomly choosing the lucky winner very soon. 🙂 He would be a great guide to support you in discovering your path.

          • No worries! I have full faith that whomever is the one Brian chooses will be the one who needs it the most. I have an inkling of what I’d like to do, but I don’t know how I’m meant to help others through it.

  3. Yes, I’d love a reading. It seems the universe would be telling me it’s time to shed doubt … this is the 3rd message today to mention it … and I’ve only been on line for 30 minutes. Getting down to the business of my purpose would be a great gift for 2013 (and at 55, it would be about time). I know I am an encourager as was my mom. I often feel I give it and give it but seldom receive it … or maybe I don’t see it for what it really is.

    • Wow Debi, interesting that not only have you had three messages in one day, but you’re aware enough to notice. Pat on the back kiddo. Not everyone can see! And it sounds about time that you got a bit of encouragement for yourself! Good luck. 🙂

  4. absolutely want a reading! have been interested in birth charts but never officially had one done!
    it’s sad how many people don’t know what they want to do or what their passion is. it’s not an easy thing to figure out.. but it’s not that HARD either.. it’s just sad that so many people are that out of tune with their intuition… deep down, they DO know.

    • Janet, Brian is so in tune with his intuition and with yours when he has you in his sphere – it’ll really encourage you to follow your passion – and help you find it. 🙂

  5. Vicki Joy

    I would be grateful to receive a reading.

    Thank you!

    • Hey Tess, got a brief moment of internet service, not forgetting a brief moment of time and just wanted to say thanks for all your kind words and support over the past year and I’m imagining a most brilliant 2013 for you too. 🙂

  6. Very interesting interview! Thanks for introducing Brian, Elle! Great to meet you, Brian! Love and happy New Year! Vidya

    • Thanks Vidya, Brian is truly a delight and has wonderful insights that shine a light a little more brightly on the talents we have. 🙂

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