These strategies will help you set the stage for an effective reading. I work at my family home/office but your situation may be different find which suits you.
1. Check your client’s details.
It has happened before and it will happen again. If you type 1066 instead of 1966 into your software program the Sun will still be in the correct region of the zodiac but the whole chart will be out by nine hundred years! This happened to me in the early days of my client work and it is now something I always double check. There is no point in spending hours working with incorrect information.
2. Cast the consultation chart.
I create a chart for the time of the actual consultation. It provides valuable information on the mood of the day. There are some times when I prefer not to see clients at all which is during the month when the Sun transits my twelfth house. I find my time is better used in rest and recuperation to build up for the next stage when the Sun conjoins my ascendant and the solar cycle begins.
3. Your Sun’s synastry.
Your Sun’s contacts to your client’s chart will show how well you will be received by them as you illuminate their life through your solar position and the connections made. If your Sun contacts their ascendant you have the potential to influence them. If your Sun trines their Venus your client will love what you present. If your Sun is in a hard aspect to their Pluto they may be suspicious of you, what you have to say or even astrology in general.
4. Fido is a no-no.
If you own a dog it should be in another room and not seen or heard. There should not be a whiff of pooch. You don’t want Spot jumping up and licking people as they walk in the door. Having a cat about can be unnerving for some people. You may not be able to project a professional image with Whiskers sleeping on your desk. The only animals which I believe are appropriate in a consulting room are fish in a sparkling tank.
5. Let the fresh air in.
Where I live daily winter temperatures can get down to a brisk -15C but I always open the window to my office before a client arrives because it allows fresh air in and any residue of the previous client such as lingering emotional expressions to leave. You can also burn sage and waft it about. Other astrologers I know have their own ritual cleansing techniques and I urge you to find something that you like.
6. Prepare refreshments.
Common courtesy dictates you offer some form of refreshments. For my clients I will prepare regular tea or coffee and cookies. I also let them know beforehand they can bring a specialty tea bag if they wish. I have the tray ready to go and the water boiled before they arrive. I make the beverages before we sit down. Chilled iced water is placed on a table in the room before they arrive.
7. Record, rewind, replay.
I invite my clients to bring their own recording devices. In the past I found it was too stressful when I realized, after an hour and a half, that I had forgotten to press record and all was lost. I discovered that burning disks and making MP3’s was not my strong suit. I no longer offer taping (yes it used to be called that) as part of my service but I encourage people to bring their own machines, which for me, is the best solution.
8. Turn your phone to silent.
It’s not just your phone that needs to be on silent anymore you have to make your email notifications, pings and alerts go away as well. If you have other people in your home they need to keep it down too. Your ringing phone intrudes into your concentration and breaks your train of thought. By the same token, if your client puts their phone out and when it rings take the calls, that is down to them. It may seem rude but it is their session after all.
9. Meditate or ask for guidance.
Before a consultation I strive to find a calm mental place. Meditation is a good strategy. It is beneficial to be relaxed and focused and being so helps you to do your best work. People like talking about themselves and an astrology consultation is all about them. At the same time you need to be aware of being sucked in to difficult situations and to protect yourself from being psychically drained.
10. Breathe in… breathe out…
If you have ever been in a yoga class you know the power of breath-work. Slow breathing calms your physical body and can lower your blood pressure. The knack is to concentrate on breathing out only, as you will naturally inhale. When working with your clients becomes stressful it shows in their experience of you, your consulting skills and ultimately astrology.
The list goes on. Share the special things you do to prepare yourself for a reading. Write them in the comments section below.
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