19 episodes

Stars and Stars with Isa is the podcast where we look to the stars above with the stars below. Each week our host and astrologer, Isa Nakazawa, sits with the most talented artists and thinkers of our time to read them their birth chart and discuss their life’s purpose and why they love, create, and walk the world the way they do.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

Stars and Stars with Isa is the podcast where we look to the stars above with the stars below. Each week our host and astrologer, Isa Nakazawa, sits with the most talented artists and thinkers of our time to read them their birth chart and discuss their life’s purpose and why they love, create, and walk the world the way they do.

    Benjamin Earl Turner: Scorpio Sun, Scorpio Moon, Pisces Rising

    Benjamin Earl Turner: Scorpio Sun, Scorpio Moon, Pisces Rising

    Benjamin Earl Turner is a recording artist, actor, writer, educator and multi-hyphenate on shows like Blindspotting, Rap Sh!t and Snowfall. Ben captivates in any medium he chooses as an insatiably curious soul, guided by an exquisite ethics of love. Isa Nakazawa sits down with Ben to discuss how as a Scorpio Sun, Scorpio Moon, and Pisces Rising, he is always seeking ways to subvert stereotypes – whether it’s in his art or his relationships. Isa and Ben reflect on the different forms of water his chart holds and what it means to heal through “maintaining the ugly.”

    • 31 min
    Jessica Dore: Aries Sun, Aquarius Moon, Aquarius Rising

    Jessica Dore: Aries Sun, Aquarius Moon, Aquarius Rising

    Jessica Dore's skepticism of fate is the culmination of her roles as a writer, tarot reader, and licensed social worker blending the secular with the spiritual. In her book Tarot for Change, featured in The New York Times, The Cut, and Vogue, she radically converts tarot from prophecy into a foundation for growth and movement. Host Isa Nakazawa sits down with Jessica to explore how the constant evolution of herself and her life’s work is informed and complicated by the fixed signs dominating her chart as an Aries Sun, Aquarius Moon, and Aquarius Rising, and how these paradoxes are a fundamental part of both tarot and astrology.

    • 34 min
    Gaby Moreno: Sagittarius Sun, Virgo Moon, Virgo Rising

    Gaby Moreno: Sagittarius Sun, Virgo Moon, Virgo Rising

    Gaby Moreno is a Grammy-award-winning Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist whose bilingual lyrics take listeners on vivid journeys. She was awarded the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album in 2023 for X Mi (Vol. 1). Her decades-spanning career is defined by a tenderness for her home of Guatemala, as told through folklore in her songwriting. Her ninth studio LP, Dusk, released earlier this year, is a testament to her evolution and transition, from light to dark and dawn to dusk. The desire for change and exploration found in Gaby’s Sagittarius sun is rounded by its placement in the Fourth House, associated with family and tradition — manifesting in both her attachment to memory and her constant refinement of archiving the ache and triumph of her ancestors through her music. Gaby joins host Isa Nakazawa to discuss how the presence of each element in her chart conjures balance.

    • 33 min
    Bayo Akomolafe: Virgo Sun, Aquarius Moon, Pisces Rising

    Bayo Akomolafe: Virgo Sun, Aquarius Moon, Pisces Rising

    Dr. Bayo Akomolafe is a widely celebrated international speaker, teacher, author, and self-described "recovering psychologist.” As a Virgo Sun, Aquarius Moon and Pisces Rising his chart is full of beautiful contradictions—dealing in the details and seeing the big picture, searching for meaning and knowing there is no singular answer, and often existing most comfortably in the liminal. Bayo joins Isa to talk about how grief has traveled alongside him since the death of his father when he was a teenager. This traveling led him away from the Christianity that his Yoruba parents raised him in, and toward other frameworks to think about healing and grief. Bayo’s Pisces rising poetics refuse neat binaries of good/bad light/dark and instead speak in the tongue of the trickster, winking at modernity’s logic and surfacing conversations about neurodivergence, identity and faith.

    • 35 min
    Roxane Gay: Libra Sun, Libra Moon, Libra Rising

    Roxane Gay: Libra Sun, Libra Moon, Libra Rising

    Roxane Gay’s writing explores sexuality, race, feminism, and body image, often through her own personal experiences. From reality TV to that prestige series, to politics, Roxane’s cultural commentary crystallizes so poignantly what these pieces of culture tell us about ourselves and our society. Isa Nakazawa sits down with the New York Times bestselling author and editor to discuss her Libra stellium and how her cosmic blueprint informs the way she embraces the messiness and inherent contradictions of humanity, while she strives to be accountable, committed and transparent in her work and her life.

    • 36 min
    Yesika Salgado: Cancer Sun, Taurus Moon, Sagittarius Rising

    Yesika Salgado: Cancer Sun, Taurus Moon, Sagittarius Rising

    Poet and writer Yesika Salgado is a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist and the recipient of the 2020 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. Informed by her Salvadoran roots and her love for Los Angeles, Yesika explores yearning: a longing for lovers, home, big dreams. She is the author of the best-sellers Corazón, Tesoro, and Hermosa, and her works have been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, Teen Vogue, HBO and many more. Isa Nakazawa sits down with Yesika as they discuss how her Cancer stellium shows up in her radical honesty, a rare mix of self-compassion and realness towards the many versions of herself she has shed and transformed.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Dawn Grace ,

Great podcast!

Thank you for making these podcasts! Now that I’ve discovered them, I’m bingeing. I love the way you approach the natal chart—I’m learning so much!

barefootlotuss ,

Love Isa’s articulation of her topic

Isa is gifted at speaking to the archetypes of the zodiac. I have my pen in hand when I listen to this podcast!!! Taking notes!! She’s insightful and articulate. So glad this podcast is here for me to learn from. One issue I’m having is her blend of ancient and modern astrology. As an ancient/traditional astrologer, I don’t always appreciate the free form way her context blends the two.

pbnnnn ,

Such a joy to listen to

I look forward to listening to Isa and her guests every week 🥲 She is a uniquely talented interviewer who makes astrology feel accessible through these warm, funny, and compassionate conversations with her incredible guests.

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