We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Onojafe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what do you attribute your success to?
I love this question! I don’t think there is only one secret to success, there are many…but one of the things that has had the BIGGEST impact on the success of my business is that I know my gifts and who I am and I let it SHOW.
I’ve built my Cosmic Coaching business as a personal brand that people can know, like and trust. My people love to learn Astrology & Human Design from me and work with me because they know I’m 100% real and my story, from self-loathing to self-love, is my service. They feel the trueness of my heart, they refer me to their friends, and come back to work with me again and again.
Being seen often feels scary to us, it feels like a risk. But people have to SEE you in order to know if they want to buy from you or not. Service-based businesses especially benefit massively from having their founder and their story front and center.
As a Cosmic Coach using Astrology and Human Design to guide my clients to self-love and personal growth, I know a lot of people have a fear that they are not good enough. Not good enough to start and grow a business, to be loved deeply in a relationship, to really shine in their life. But the secret to magnetism and attracting the right partner, the right clients, the right opportunities…is being radically yourself.
Astrology and Human design help people in a very accelerated way to learn more about themselves and understand, accept and love who they really are! Maybe you’re a Manifesting Generator who is here to be unconventional and pivot often. Maybe your midheaven is in Aries and you’re here to blaze trails and be a maverick. Maybe your North Node in Pisces shows that your unique creativity is a gift for you as a leader!
In my business, once I realised that people are coming to learn from me and hire me as their coach because of ME, not just the information I share…everything changed. I was able to leave my corporate job and now I run my growing business full time. Over the past few years I have discovered my unique gifts and strengths and what makes me, ME…and I let it show.
Remember that in your business, people are magnetised by YOU. They want to know about you, what drives you, what lights you up, what your story is. They may come for the information you share, but they stay for the VIBE you create by being you.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is called Cosmic Queen. It is a brand for the woman who leads herself and her community with boldness, compassion and personal power. She’s a trail-blazer, a CEO, a creative, a priestess. She embraces her gifts and power because she knows they are not accidental.
Her unique signature is found in the stars and she uses it to write her own story. She seeks to understand herself at a deeper level so she can create the life she desires and fully embody the Cosmic Queen she was born to be.
I offer private coaching, readings and certification courses for coaches and individuals who want to learn the systems of Astrology and Human Design. I also offer personal development courses and masterminds for entrepreneurs excited to grow their businesses in a unique way using personal magnetism, authenticity and cosmic insight.
This business is a DREAM come true for me! I have always desired to be my own boss and to make a positive impact in the world. It’s not enough for me to make lots of money and climb the corporate ladder as I did in my previous career as a tech management consultant at one of the Big 4…I want my work to matter. I want abundance of joy, passion, courage, fulfillment AND money. And I’ve discovered, on this incredible journey, that I can have it.
AND I want everyone else to have it too! My story has been extraordinary, taking me all over the world and through different careers (personal shopping, the foreign service, tech consulting and PR to name a few) in my pursuit of something more. But the part of my story that means the most to me has been my journey from self-loathing to self-love.
I was always a precocious kid. I loved to be in charge, organising fashion shows and music video shoots with my brothers and friends…but then the pressures to fit in and be liked at school got to me. I just couldn’t measure up as a very tall and curvy mixed race girl in an all-white community. For a long long time I believed I was all wrong, made wrong, and that I didn’t deserve and wouldn’t find the acceptance I craved. This led to eating disorders and unhealthy behaviours and friendships. But that was never going to be the end of my story…I knew deep down, I was meant for more.
In college, I continued my unhealthy eating and self-talk but I also began to travel. And in my travels I finally felt free! That’s my Sagittarius midheaven at work (wink). After graduating, I moved to London and felt like it was a fresh start for me and who I wanted to be. I started taking better care of myself but that negative inner voice was still very loud. My people-pleasing and insecurity led me to a very difficult relationship with a man who had his own inner battles to fight. Through dealing with his substance abuse and eventually gathering the courage to leave, I finally recognised I needed to find out why I was so unhappy on the inside when work-wise everything seemed rosy on the outside.
I discovered the Moon cycles and Astrology and learned more about myself in my study of the stars than I had ever known in the decades before. Suddenly I could see clearly where my life and actions were out of alignment with my soul. So I made big changes. I started a wellness events business which led to life coaching, met incredible people on a similar journey, stopped the frequent drinking, went vegan, and created my vision for the future. But all the outside changes were nothing compared to the inside change. I now have such a loving relationship with myself! I took risks that paid off in my business, I opened myself to real love and met my partner and had my son. I have no regret or shame about my story and when I share it I connect to incredible people around the world who become friends, community members and clients.
My story has been an extraordinary one and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings. I’ve worked with so many fantastic clients already who are changing their lives at a rapid and inspiring pace! My vision for Cosmic Queen is big and my work is elevating personal development as I combine incredible value from both the coaching and Astrology industries. I’ve created something I call Cosmic Coaching that is making waves. I’ll always keep reaching for the stars.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ok so first my dear friend, we would have to take in the beautiful sunrise from The Shard in London, the highest point and most incredible view! And then we’d have an incredible vegan breakfast over at Mildreds or Balance restaurants by the river and enjoy the London skyline.
Then, the museums in London are the best in the world! (except for Paris) So we’d take in the gorgeous Rubens and Da Vincis at the National Gallery or the Pre-Raphaelite masters at the Tate Britain and then finish with lunch at the V&A taking in the gemstones collection, the sculpture cast courts and the super delicious sandwiches in the courtyard. Can you tell I’m a foodie and art-lover yet?
We digest as we stroll through Hyde Park and feed the ducks then we make our way back to Oxford street for some last minute crystal shopping at a few soho spots before a gong and crystal bowls healing sound bath and dinner at the Mandrake Hotel (where I’m currently the resident astrologer!). We talk about the stars and our dreams for the future until the wee hours of the night and then bid goodnight to the moon on our way home.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank my dear friend Hayley Ard for bringing the cosmic into my life at a time when I really needed it. She opened my mind to this magical world that has supported me in transforming my relationship with myself. I can always kiki with her about life and the stars and I’m forever grateful for her friendship. Love you to the Moon and back my Libra sister!
Photos taken by: Weddings by Nicola & Glen