Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Deperi-Franz.
Hi Lindsey, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
For the first ten years of my career, I was a corporate consultant but it never felt like the right fit. Everyone around me seemed to be settling down and I was restless. All I wanted to do was break free and spread my wings. So, in 2016 I decided to start a new chapter. From there, the universe took over.
Almost instantly, I found myself on a non-stop roller-coaster thrill ride, full of unexpected turns and twists of fate. My initial intention was to travel, live abroad, and feed my insatiable curiosity. Before long, it became clear that my journey was meant to be a spiritual one as well as I fell deeply into esoteric and spiritual studies.
Through pure serendipity, while travelling in Costa Rica I met my first astrology teacher and, over the course of a 12-month apprenticeship, my mind was turned inside out. I had discovered the most inspiring way of understanding individuality and honoring each person’s life as a sacred soul journey. I learned that astrology is a powerful bridge between psychology, spirituality, and the healing arts – this exquisite practice of compassion, connection, empowerment and personal transformation inspired and called to me deeply.
I was so moved by the power of this feminine science that I decided to dedicate my life to serving others by sharing it as a sacred practice. What a joy! After more than 15 years working mostly in jobs that were ‘smart choices’, I had found a vocation that was fulfilling to me on every level of my being. I believe you’ve found your calling when you find the kind of work that draws on all of your gifts and everything you like about yourself so that you can share your heart with the world. That’s exactly what happened for me over the course of that pivotal year.
Since then, I’ve continued to study astrology, as well as depth-psychology, counselling skills, yoga, meditation, energy healing, and music. As I deepened my study of yoga, I became enchanted by the practice of Bhakti – the yoga of devotion, practiced in the form of music and the chanting of powerful healing mantras. It opened my heart like never before.
I even toured for 2 years as a travelling musician (and part-time astrologer) in the kirtan and world music duo, ‘Graced’, with my (now) husband, Rick Franz. It was a bit of a whim, but also the most magical blessing of my life. When he asked me to come on the road with him, I just sort of looked at him and laughed a wholehearted belly laugh. I had never considered myself to be a musician but I was always passionate about the power of music. I loved to sing and had a few opportunities here and there to learn music over the years.
Singing for me was about the experience of being deeply moved by the music – an experience of connection, where emotions can be shared between hearts. It always felt so pure to me. So, something about it called to me and before I knew it, I had said yes. In part, it was the opportunity to allow music to move through me, through my heart – something I had never experienced before. It was such a beautiful way of connecting with people in communities around the country, and the world. I have to say I also think my soul knew that this free-spirited musician asking me to come along was ‘the one’ (we had only just met!). So yes, I was a singing astrologer for a while. We traveled the US from coast to coast and also played in Bali, and India. It was a great time – I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
I haven’t stopped studying astrology. There’s just so much to learn and so many absolutely amazing teachers out there. I’ve been able to study with some masters too, which has been really amazing.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely wasn’t a smooth road. I really struggled with finding my voice as a teacher – I still do. I had so much fear of being seen and criticized. I really had to step into my vulnerability, and that’s a practice I still need to be intentional about on a daily basis. I also had to learn to trust my judgment no matter what I thought anyone else would say or think. And I had to find the discipline to keep pursuing my goals, even when I wasn’t seeing results in the short term. That was a big one, but I’m a lot better at it than I was a few years ago!
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about All Rise Astrology?
Through one-on-one private sessions and astrological mentorship, I help my clients gain greater control over their lives by understanding themselves on a deeper level. We use astrology to help illuminate what’s happening in the innermost layers of the psyche and bring awareness to unconscious forces so they can better understand their own core needs and motivations.
In private sessions, we talk about what inspires you – your greatest sources of fulfillment and big dreams. Then we explore how you can align more fully with those expressions, or what might be causing you to feel stuck. We may identify and reframe limiting beliefs, enabling you to move through the world in line with your true nature. We also explore your dharma or soul purpose – where you express your greatest joys and talents in a way that meets the world’s needs. This is the truth of who you are.
We’ll explore astrological influences to bring context to current challenges, opportunities and timing. I use evolutionary astrology to share navigational guidance relevant to this particular time in your life. We’ll also explore ways to flow more mindfully with cosmic cycles.
Astrology is the most sophisticated way of describing individual uniqueness in all its subtle, beautiful complexity. There’s a story in the deeper layers of the chart that describes the tension and suffering we’re each working through in this lifetime. When we skillfully shed light on these deeper layers, there’s a sense of relief, a feeling of being seen. Together we create this experience of heart-to-heart connection in a compassionate, supportive container.
I’ve just launched my foundational course, Sacred Soul Level 1, which has been super exciting. It weaves astrology fundamentals together with a practical approach to giving beginner-level readings and feeling into the teachings of astrology by working with your own chart. This truly unique offering brings together the teachings of evolutionary & archetypal astrology, yoga philosophy and practices, and the principles of transformative shadow-work. I also love to teach about the broader energetic themes influencing us today, like the Age of Aquarius and the generational cycles of the outer planets.
My mentorship program has also been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work. I have a nurturing personality and I love to work with clients over an extended period of time. Astrological mentorship involves ongoing support towards your personal development goals. We typically have one private session a month to peel back the layers of your chart and explore timely guidance for navigating your soul journey. I give personalized horoscopes and we correspond between sessions over email or text. I also incorporate yogic teachings, psychoeducation, mindset coaching, journal prompts, meditation, ritual practices, and Bach Flower therapy to create a holistic experience.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Hm, well I have to suggest that you check out my mentorship program! I love offering support for novice astrologers or anyone looking to incorporate astrological teachings into their lives either personally or professionally. I also offer mentorship for anyone looking for career or life direction.
I’ve been able to connect with some really wonderful teachers through Astrology University and ISAR (International Society for Astrological Research). There’s an online networking group (based out of Boulder) called the Daring Fempreneur which I recommend, and a great public speaking networking group organized by Johanna Walker, who operates out of Boulder as well.
I’ve also met wonderful teachers by participating in Yoga Festivals around the country and some have also become mentors for me.
- Introductory Reading (90-minutes) – $235
- Follow-Up Readings for Returning Clients (90-minutes) – $180
- Mini-Readings (30 minutes, pre-recorded audio only) – $108
- Monthly Mentorship – $845/4-months or $225/month
- Sacred Soul Level 1 – Evolutionary Astrology Foundations Online Course (Sept 2022) – $375
- Website: www.allriseastrology.com
- Instagram: @sacredstargazing
- Facebook: @allriseastrology
- Twitter: @sacredstargazin
Jennifer MacNiven, Joyful Images Photography, Rick Franz