2012 July 30
From The Daily Dan: The East End's Top Astrologers!
(NEW YORK) She has designed “spiritual couture jackets” and astrology jewelry for the likes of Oprah, Elizabeth Taylor, and Patti LaBelle. He “reads” for Agyness Deyn, Georgina Chapman, DvF, and Shirley MacLaine. Together, husband and wife duo Amy Zerner (artist and astro whiz) and Monte Farber (author, astrologer, and psychic extraordinaire) hold the key to the Hamptons’ best-kept secrets. BY MARIA DENARDO
Where did you two meet?
MF: At a rooftop party in 1973 celebrating the first feminist porno movie. My band had been hired to play. Amy was studying astrology, and I was studying Amy, so I learned astrology.
AZ: Monte can talk to spirits.
MF: Part of being a psychic is being brave and saying what comes to you. It’s only really hard when you’re walking down the street and sense a criminal.
Do you sense many criminals in the Hamptons?
MF: Ha! We live in Springs—“The Springs” to the newly arrived. Amy graduated from East Hampton High School. She moved into the house in 1967. I moved in with her and her dear mother, the master pen and ink artist Jessie Spicer Zerner, in 1975.
What were you up to before your days as an author and intuitive counselor?
MF: I was a musician and a bodyguard for Michael J. Fox on the movie The Secret of My Success.
AZ: Monte would read for everyone in between takes.
MF: There’s a famous quote from J.P. Morgan that goes, ‘Millionaires don’t use astrology. Billionaires use astrology.’
What’s it like living under the same roof as a psychic?
AZ: There are no secrets! Plus, I can ask him what I’m going to buy at T.J. Maxx.
What’s the most-asked question in your readings?
MF: I mainly work with corporations. During a merger, I get asked a lot about which employees to keep.
AZ: In personal readings, we talk a lot about love and money. New Yorkers also want to know about real estate. During Fashion’s Night Out, we did over 200 readings at Bergdorf Goodman. At one point, I was doing Tarot for a Russian woman who said, ‘My husband is dead. Where’s the money?’ I just told her to talk to Monte.
Who was your first major fashion client, Amy?
AZ: I’ve sold my jackets at Bergdorf for about 12 years. I got into Neiman Marcus when their couture buyer called a number of years ago explaining that they had a difficult customer going to Cannes who needed something to wear. Turns out it was Elizabeth Taylor.
MF: She’d buy yearly. One year, Bergdorf commissioned Amy to make a healing blanket for Liz’s 75th birthday—that was when The National Enquirer was always saying she was about to die. The next time we saw her, she was diving with sharks. We’d like to think the healing blanket helped to give her a couple extra years.
What goes into a healing blanket?
AZ: I tune in intuitively. I approach a project, pulling pieces, ribbons, and colors together, and slowly, a landscape starts to form. I’m an Aries, so I work very fast. There are always ribbons attached to my socks and threads hanging from my hair.
MF: Amy’s mother was an artist, and her grandfather was a painter. Amy got into this type of art because painting wasn’t enough for her. She wanted something that reflected the multilayered aspect of life. She started by making bedspreads for the musical Chicago, under the set designer Tony Walton.
AZ: I always loved making clothes. I came from the hippie generation—we always beaded and tie-dyed things. But now it’s called ‘couture.’ The collages can get complicated, which is why I like working on the jewelry too.
What sparked the jewelry line?
AZ: I started to design little tarot charms and goddesses that related to some of our books. Then my buyer at Bergdorf moved to the Fifth Floor and encouraged me to do a cool astrology line. I didn’t want something cheesy, so I put a lot of time into the design and quality. What you put into life, you get back. Agyness Deyn, who Monte reads for, was shot in Vogue wearing one of my astrology necklaces!
What’s in your future?
AZ: I’m working on handbags, and Monte just finished his newest book, Quantum Affirmations!
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