Astrologer and yoga instructor Sravaniya, 25, has lived in Hong Kong for seven years. Her astrological insights are based on the teachings of her spiritual master, the late A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, an Indian monk who translated ancient texts from his country into English. Originally from St Louis, Missouri, Sravaniya lives in Discovery Bay. Her clientele are mostly expatriates and overseas Chinese. What's on your mind? I already knew there's life on Mars. I've just been listening to a tape-recording of my spiritual master in which he translates a 5,000-year-old text. He pointed out that sometimes you'll see a little plant growing out of the top of a stone monument. No one planted it, so why is it there? Living entities are everywhere, they are simply waiting for bodies. He also said: 'How can they say there is no life on the moon planet?' Seriously, I was listening to that just this morning. It seems science is now telling us what we knew all along. What does this news mean to you? Given what I've just said, it reaffirms my duty to respect my own life and hold all life, wherever it is, as sacred. If I can't help anybody, at least I've got to stop hurting others. Why did you get involved in astrology? I wanted to find out more about myself and my relationships with other people so I started off going to have astrological readings. I didn't learn anything useful and they discouraged me. I decided that if you want a job done it's best to do it yourself and I started studying my own charts. As I found out more about myself, I found I could reveal things to other people about themselves. What did you learn about yourself? I found out what's good about me and what's not. My life's lessons have been pin-pointed by astrology. Some of the not-so-good things that were running me, if you like, were subconscious. I wanted to understand them, bring them out and utilise them in a more positive and creative way. What can you tell about other people? Everyone is different. Some are detached, some people want security and others want to experiment. The important thing is to know yourself. Aren't astrologers just men and women whose stargazings appear in newspapers? What you see in newspapers is largely nothing to do with what astrology is all about. Your sun sign is not the main factor of a person's character; people tend to be more like their rising signs than their sun signs. I don't use astrology as a predictive fortune-telling tool but as a help for psychological growth.