It was this epiphany that led Angel on a decades-long career. Before that, she went by the name Angela Repellent, and was part of the vibrant ’80s counterculture in New York as a singer, artist, and poet. She still paints and performs today—and even plays the theremin. (Watch the video above to see exactly WTF that sounds like).
Angel is an Aquarius, which means she’s “wacky and likes to push the envelope.” That goes right down to her costumes—which involve corsets, tulle skirts, platform heels or boots, tights, and boas. She tops off her look with a variety of custom-made wigs, including a Marie Antoinette-inspired coiffure studded with fake flowers and a suspended mini birdcage. She even plans her outfits based on the signs. (For example: The sun was in Aquarius when I interviewed her, so she dressed in varying shades of blue.)
Before a reading, she likes to meditate and light incense to set the mood. Then she offers her client a cup of tea to help them relax before diving into their chart. “Primarily they want to know about their love life,” she says of her clients. A lot of people want a relationship chart—where Angel looks at the chart of both her client and their partner and see how they fit together.
“Total strangers come into my crib and I kind of blow up their world,” she says. She’s told people to break up with their partners, or unearthed truths about their relationship with their mother. She also says she can tell someone’s sexuality just by looking at their chart—even if they aren’t out. “It’s not my personal opinion,” she says. “It’s just based on what I see astrologically, and this is based on mathematics.”
That said, she strives to be respectful of her clients’ feelings. “You need to be sensitive and realize that this is a flesh and blood human being in front of you,” she says. She couches a lot of her advice in foul-mouthed humor, and her over-the-top persona helps take the sting out of potentially painful insights. One of her trademarks: Waving a magic wand over a person and saying, “You are no longer f*cked up!”
As for skeptics? “I eat ’em for breakfast,” Angel says. “I don’t feel the need to prove myself to anyone. Occasionally I’ll have a combative client, and I’ll just say, ‘Why the f*ck are you here?'”
Angel is convinced that the world would be a better place if everyone appreciated and understood astrology. “I suppose instead of thinking about some tiny little problem you have, you think of the vastness of the universe,” she says. “Astrology gives you the big picture.”