Where Astrologers Work

by Alison Price

 

If you have a regular job in an office or a factory then you know where you work.

If you run a daycare or a farm that’s where you have to work.

Many people have to do their daily work in a particular spot and it can be that you are not working if you are not at your desk.

But the group who are self employed like new age practitioners and astrologers can work anywhere.

The internet has made it possible for people who are independent to work wherever they are if there is a computer and an internet connection.


The Home Office

A good place for astrologers to work is the office in the home. When we lived in Oakville we had a house with a study near the front door. I immediately commandeered it into my “Office” and created a special astrology-only space for my work where clients and students could visit and be secluded and comfortable.

This was the perfect situation as at the time I was teaching classes four nights a week for six weeks after every equinox and solstice. During that period I did mainly teach face-to-face because I had the space.

The room was decorated with astrology themed images and charts and I had a white board for teaching. This room was dedicated to astrology and there were no other things in it like household electricity bills or storage for the kids ice skates that so often creep into the spare room of a house.

The Coffee Shop

The coffee shop is a new space for astrologers to work or at least it has been for me. Now living downtown in the city of Vancouver and meeting clients at lunch time and before work I have found the coffee shop to be an ideal space for research work and face-to-face client work.

But not all coffee shops are created equal. What I am looking for in a working space coffee shop is relative peace (without too much clanging from the kitchen) and high speed internet. I also need a spot with my back to the wall, as it is after all a public space, and you never know who will be there.

Starbucks has some lovely comfy leather chairs and a better clientele because the coffee in Starbucks is twice the price (latte $4.75) of other places. But the downside is there in weak internet. This will not do, so I don’t go there.

Tim Horton’s has better priced coffee ($1.80) and you can stay as long as you like, but again weak to non-existent internet and unfortunately they allow students to rest their heads on the tables and sleep. I find this distracting.

Waves Coffee House is the best choice for me. They have the seriously good high speed internet, the prices are moderate to high (latte is $4.25) and I can find a spot to sit near other people with their laptops open merrily tapping away. I imagine they are writing the next Harry Potter as JK Rowling did in a draughty coffee shop in Scotland. It is a most agreeable atmosphere and the barista Chris caught my name the first time I went in and has remembered it ever since. A nice touch.

Rent a Meeting Room/Venue

For some client work I have to rent a room in the city. This is always the case when we do our annual Summer Astrology Workshops. We book the beautiful boardroom at the public library. This really good spot is clean and bright with reasonable internet. We use this room for workshops of 15 to 20 attendees as there is a screen and a board table and good seating. Although the daily cost is very high ($350) it is worth it.

My other option for when I have a few students in a class when I teach my beginner, intermediate and advanced astrology courses and the Aspiring Astrologer Master Classes is the meeting room. I like the one at Waves. They used to charge $10 for one hour but now it is that everyone who goes in there has to buy a drink (so tea or coffee) and maybe a pastry, and I do have to book this meeting room ahead of time.

It is a popular spot for general Meetups and get togethers. There is a glass door so you are still in the coffee shop but have some privacy. They have a white board so I can draw the charts on the board (image above). This feature is crucial for teaching proper classes. The Waves meeting room seats about ten but the most students I have had is five at one time. I call this one “my office”.

The Park

This is a good place on a warm summer Sunday afternoon. I can write and prepare my client work for appointments in the following week and it clears my head. There is no privacy but you get to see men playing chess, children playing and dogs being walked by their owners.

It is not good for computer work but rather for paper notebook and pen writing and note taking. I like to print my client’s charts and take them outside to the park and spend time perusing their information in the fresh air.

This is really only on a Sunday but in fact I could go every day. Where I live there are three public parks with benches, fountains and play areas that are attractive and pleasant.

The Beach

This is the one I’m aiming for next – working on the beach. I know my Aries friend Tamara does this in Ibiza, Spain.

Doing client prep, consultations and other exciting astrology work at the coast sounds fun. Is it really work if you are sitting on the beach? Maybe you have to be propping up the bar at the beach tavern, then is it work? Perhaps, but probably not, and when I get to this spectacular position of reading astrology charts for people on the beach I’ll let you know.

On a Plane

You don’t need a special office but it is nice to have one and if you do you are lucky indeed. You can practice astrology anywhere. I once read a chart on a plane from Toronto to Vancouver for the guy sitting next to me that I had met ten minutes earlier.

He asked me what I did for a living as many men do. I told him I was in futures. He said he was too but I think he meant something else. He wanted tips on trading on the big boards (that’s the stock exchange).

I kept it simple with “buy” during the waxing moon and “sell” on the waning Moon. When we landed we exchanged business cards and went our separate ways but he did sign up to my email list and has kept in touch over the years.

Your Virtual Office

Your virtual office is where you are and you can do astrology work where you are. Always have your iPad and chart calculation capabilities in your bag. These days I never buy a handbag that won’t fit my iPad. Have your business cards to hand and pass them on to interested folks who ask for them.

This is the world we live in today. You never know where you will do you next astrology reading or for whom or if you’ll be in a bikini.

Maybe I’ll see you on the beach… I look forward to it.


 

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5 Items Every Aspiring Astrologer Needs on Their Desk

by Alison Price

If you are an aspiring astrologer or even a full-blown astrologer for that matter, these five items you need to have in order to read charts effectively.

You may be attracted to a different branch of astrology than the next astrologer, but the basics to need are the same.

I am going to share with you the five essential things every aspiring astrologer requires to read a chart.

These items are distilled from many years of experience in my practice where I have cast and read charts for people.

Although you can have tons more books and goodies that can help with the process, I have trimmed the list down to the five basic necessities that you require to read a chart.

1) An Ephemeris

This is the best book you can have on your desk. An ephemeris contains the planet’s positions, retrogrades, eclipses, lunations and many other interesting facts about what the solar system is actually doing.

Back in the day (before we all had a computer to cast charts) you would need your ephemeris to calculate the chart in the first place.

Now you will reach for your ephemeris to quickly find when Pluto will enter your client’s eighth house for the second time, retrograde in a five-hit transit or to discover if it is going to be an appulse or total eclipse next autumn as you write you horoscopes for the following year.

If you never refer to your ephemeris for charts and forecasting it makes a great spot for your cat to sleep.

2) A Computer with Solar Fire

Where would we be without a professional astrology software program?

Still casting charts by hand I suppose. You do need some way to draw charts quickly and correctly if you read charts for a living.

I use Solar Fire and it is really powerful software and to be honest I don’t use all the features all the time, or even many of the features most of the time, but

I do use the powerful chart processing ability and its calculations for secondary progressions, solar arcs, solar returns, and transits. These are for client work and the chart for right-here right-now to plan my day.

You can get chart calculation apps for your iPhone like Astro Gold and this is wonderful for casting charts on-the-go. I use Astro Gold for pondering the charts of my clients as I always load their birth data into my phone, as well as Solar Fire, before the consultation so I can consider all the ideas I may have about their chart wherever I am in my day.

I can do this because I book clients usually one week ahead because I like to cast their chart and then mull over it for a few days so it can “speak” to me.

If you work differently (and you should follow your path) or work ahead of time as I do then, either way, you need powerful astrology software.

3) The Chart

You need the chart to do the interpretation. Usually, you will print the chart from your computer or draw it by hand.

But just having a plain chart is no good and you have to make notes on it, highlight special planets, draw attention to grand trines or yods and the like. This extra jotting on the chart is best done in color.

Emphasize the ruling planet in yellow wherever it appears on the page even in the aspectarian.

Color the grand trines and mini-grand trines in blue along with the normal blue trines for ease the T-squares in red (red is for squares in general), Thor’s hammers in tangerine (sesquiquadrates are always orange), emerald for yods (quincunxes are green).

You do this in color because after a time when you have looked at hundreds of charts they can easily blend into one in your mind. If you have each chart highlighted in color and the main features, planets, houses and major aspect patterns enhanced it is quicker to scan and immediately get up to speed on that particular chart.

It is a way to streamline your readings and stop you ploughing through all the myriad of details that each chart contains. By adding primary and secondary shades, as a component to clarity, you become more effective and just glancing at the wheel hues can become almost as a mandala when you contemplate many charts.

4) Your Astrology Journal

An astrology journal is every aspiring astrologer’s friend. You will always be learning new interpretations for charts. When you read astrology articles online, blogs or pieces in trade publications there is always something to learn.

It could be a technique or another way to remember planetary placement meanings, if you write them down you don’t have to remember everything.

You may not ever use these tidbits of information but then again you might. Points you find that may not make much sense today may be just what you are looking for in the next chart you read or maybe next year when you tackle another method that is new to you.

Astrologers are always learning and this is what the journal is for.

I use mine when I planning my horoscopes for next year or other writing projects that I may be developing.

5) Herb Tea

As you sit at your desk for a few hours each day working on charts and chatting to people it is nice to have a soothing cup of herb tea at your elbow.

Personally, I enjoy green tea, jasmine tea and now and then a refreshing Earl Grey. If you are not a tea drinker it doesn’t matter but you do need your favorite drink to hand.

Taking a beverage break lets you sit back, ease your shoulders that have become tense leaning in, drawing notes on your charts and making case notes for your charts.

Pausing for a drink gives you a time to breathe and make a moment of stillness in your day.

 

These are the five basics that should be on your desk. There is room for many more reference books (oh the books), but to cast a chart and read it you only need five things.

Start with these items on your desk and develop your aspiring astrology chart reading skills as you immerse yourself in the magical world of astrology.

 



How to Set-up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business by Alison Price

How to Set-up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business

A Guide for Aspiring Astrologers

by Alison Price

ISBN 78-0-9920698-1-0


Now available on Kindle


How to Set Up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business is a guide for astrologers who want to start their business and move from amateur to professional status.

A professional astrologer will accept payment for a reading whereas an amateur astrologer does not.

The difference is a little thing called money. Once you get over the fear of failure paralysis and embrace the possibility of creating a career in astrology (and we all can) you move into another phase and then pose the question “Where to now?”

This is where this book comes into play as it shows you how to organize your life, to make room for astrology and to include the creative process.

This book is for people who know how to do astrology.


There are seven main sections:

1. How to know when to go professional – read your chart to find an auspicious time.

2. Getting started – some planning and micro-business basics.

3. How to find clients – that your clients are attracted to your chart.

4. Money – pricing your services, earning and your approach to money.

5.Daily time challenges – managing the day-to-day business and clients

6. Your professional improvement – and how to be aware and improve your astrology practice.

7. Your place in the astrological community – “it takes a village” and how to support others.

There are sections on platform building which is the most important mental shift that the budding astrologer can make and dealing with clients by creating boundaries between yourself and your client.

There is information on setting fees and payment methods and tips on monitoring your own progress. Throughout the book there are several Aspiring Astrologer Activities and these are for your own personal pleasure.


Table of Contents – guide

Introduction

1: How to Know When to Go Pro

Read your own chart to find an auspicious time to start your professional astrology life.

  • The Path to Becoming an Astrologer
  • When to Go Pro
  • Planning a Two Year Window with Mars
  • Your Internal Dialogue
  • Chart Indicators for an Astrologer
  • Your Uranus – What Type of Astrologer You Are

2: Getting Started

Get some business planning and micro-business basic ideas to help you navigate a smooth transition.

  • Your Business Setup Activity Flow Chart
  • You and Your Sun
  • Your Name as Given
  • Your Midheaven – Your Business
  • How to Select Your Business Name
  • Your Tag Line
  • Your Domain Name
  • Your Website
  • Important Features to Create on Your Website
  • Your Email Addresses
  • Your Email Signature
  • Your Design
  • Your Business Card
  • Your Brand
  • Your Platform
  • How to Build Your Platform
  • Your Biography
  • Your Promotional Photo
  • Your Photo Library
  • Your One Page Information Sheet
  • Your Elevator Pitch
  • Your Social Media Presence
  • Your Solar Fire Compliments Text

3: How to Find Clients

Discover how your clients are attracted to your chart and how to build on that information.

  • Own Your Niche
  • Your Products and Services
  • How Your Natal Chart Attracts Clients
  • Finding clients
  • Your Outer Planet Signature
  • How to Take A Booking

4: Money

Learn how to price your readings and services. Explore your earning and wealth potential and your approach to money through your chart.

  • Your 2nd House Issues – Money and Value
  • Your 8th House Issues – Karma, Debt and Tax
  • How to Set Fees
  • How to Handle Requests for Free Readings
  • Offering Discounts
  • When to Quit Your Day Job
  • Your Office Space and Working Hours
  • Your Assets and Liabilities

5: Daily Time Challenges

Work on time management and and how to be aware of how long preparation takes to improve your astrology practice.

  • Your Productive Preparation Time
  • A Day in the Life of an Astrologer
  • 7 Days to a Better Chart Reading
  • 10 Things to Do Before Your Client Arrives
  • 5 Things to do After your Client Leaves
  • 10 Classic Comments Clients Make
  • How to Give an Astrological Referral

6: Your Professional Improvement

Learn how to be aware and improve your astrology practice through your own chart.

  • Your Monthly Progress Checklist
  • Your Annual Astrology Review
  • Peer Review – Is It For You?
  • Be Yourself and Be Your Sun
  • A Successful Astrologer
  • Your Comfort Zone
  • What type of Astrologer are you?
  • Your Creative Writing Time
  • Do You Need Astrological Certification?
  • Astrological certification bodies:
  • How to Become a Certified Astrologer in Canada

7: Your Place in the Astrological Community

Building your astrology practice takes a village and how to support others in the astrological community.

  • How to Create an Astrology Study Group
  • Astrology Software
  • Add 12 Hours and Reverse the Signs
  • How to Have Fun at an Astrology Conference
  • Your Relationship With Other Astrologers
  • Support Local Astrology

Appendix

  • About the author
  • Other books
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Short Form Codes
  • Default Aspect Orbs
  • Recommended Reading and Software

Aspiring Astrologer Business Kick Start Master Class – Vancouver

Aspiring Astrologer Business Kick Start Master Class

If you are an aspiring astrologer and want to set-up a micro business then this is the master class for you.

In this master class we address the challenges experienced through the first year of your practice.

If you are an engaged astrology student, keen and attentive or you are thinking of starting to charge for your readings this master class  is for you.




Masterclass Features

Your booking package

When you book a spot you will receive a booking package the week before the event which includes:

  • A copy of your birth chart.
  • A 12 month graphic ephemeris.
  • A questionnaire designed to bring focus to your business journey, which you will complete beforehand and bring to the masterclass.
  • The address of the venue.
  • Worksheets for in-class exercises so you can follow along every step of the way and map out your astrology business.

 

 


Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Downtown Vancouver

Presented by Professional Astrologer

Alison Price


Master Class Outline

9:30 am – 10:00 am – Doors open – Welcome


10:00 am – 11:15 am – First Session

What type of astrologer you are and what type of astrologer should you be.

How to set up and manage your astrology business.

The importance of your online presence.


11:15 am – 11:30 am – Coffee break


11:30 am – 12:45 pm – Second Session

How to attract clients.

Advertising, marketing and promotion of your astrology business.

How to correctly take a client booking.


12:45 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch break


2:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Third Session

The wealth potential in your chart.

Whether you took a vow of poverty.

How to manage your first paid consultation.


3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Coffee Break


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Fourth Session

How to set fees for your products and services.

What your money says about your values.

How your chart shows the path for your astrology business.


4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Closing Summary


Only a few attendee spots available

To maintain an intimate experience and ensure personal attention the space is limited to only a few spots.

Pricing

To book your full day spot please pay with PayPal.

 

Regular Bird before July 15th – CAD$150

Late Bird after July 15th – CAD$175

 





Venue

To be advised, but it will be in the Downtown Vancouver area.

Skytrain

Close to the Granville station, and City Centre station.

Parking

Paid parking is available nearby.

Coffee and Lunch

Coffee and lunch are not provided.

There are many coffee shops nearby like Honolulu Coffee, Tim Hortons and Starbucks.

Suggested nearby lunch places are Relish Gastro Pub, Johnny Rockets, Rail Town Cafe and others.

If you bring your own lunch the Robson Square park is across the road.

Cancellations

All booking cancellations requiring a refund will attract a $10 administration fee.

No refunds after August 1st, 2019.

Transfers

If for some reason you cannot make it, you may transfer or donate your spot to someone else at no extra charge.


Testimonials and what other people like you say

To check out more about Alison’s classes and talks see our Gracious testimonials.

 

 

The Astrological Elements and Herbs

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Tapestry of aloes in Cape Town

We are all about astrology here on this site and, having said that, astrology does have a broader sense through which it can be appreciated.

I realize that there is a thin connection from the plant world to astrology, but, I’m trying to express how astrology can be used in everyday life and not just as a horoscope column to be read on a Friday night to see how the weekend will go.

Which is really an entry level use of the craft.

Planets and Plants have Similar Origins

Earlier I shared with you my interest in herb gardening in the posts astrology and herbs, gifts for astrologers and the sixth house and herb gardens and this hobby has been with me for many years.

Some of you will appreciate that to accept astrological themes into your life can enhance your experience and understanding of the symbolic nature of the planets.

Four Beds – for Four Elements

Herbs are a diverse group of plants which have much to offer the windowsill grower or the real sized garden plants person.

Gardeners who plant formal herbs gardens typically segregate them into sections in line with their strengths.

Not all herbs are used for the same thing. There are basically four types of herb that you can grow in a herb garden and they usually grow in their own bed.

    • Medicinal – Fire signs
    • Culinary – Earth signs
    • Fragrant – Air signs
    • Indigenous – Water signs

Medicinal Herbs

The medicinal herbs are associated to the fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Medicinal herbs are at the root of all medicines we know today.

Examples of medicinal herbs are: Eyebright – for weepy eyes, mullein – used for bronchitis and the storax tree gum – used for coughs and cold remedies.

Culinary Herbs

UnknownThe culinary herbs are related to the earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Culinary means you can eat them so all the herbs that can be used in cooking and meal preparation are culinary herbs.

Examples of culinary herbs are: Bay leaves in babotie, parsley typically as garnish, rosemary best with roast chicken and mint for mint sauce to accompany lamb.

Fragrant Herbs

Fragrant herbs are under the auspices of the air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Fragrant herbs are use for their smell and are often used in perfume, room cleansers and soaps.

Examples of fragrant herbs are: Jasmine, honeysuckle, lavender and rose all of which are the basis for the perfume industry.

Indigenous Herbs

Indigenous herbs are related to the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Indigenous herbs are those that naturally grow in an area and they can be home grown and they are different for each region.

Examples of indigenous herbs are: for instance, in South Africa the aloe Vera, in central and South America the cactus and in Canada the sugar maple.


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For those of you who asked, the image for this post is a tapestry I crafted with my own fair hands, whilst living in Cape Town, back in the last century. I can’t remember how many hours it took and that somehow I don’t think I could find the time these days.

 

 


 

Mindful Astrology

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image3719632When the Sun moves into Gemini spring is underway in the northern hemisphere. I learnt astrology in the southern hemisphere and the astrology text books spoke about the fresh new season, springing forth and all the up-side of the warmer weather. This was because virtually all the books are written with a northern hemisphere slant mainly as the authors themselves live above the equator.

It is only when you have worked with many southern charts that you can see the overwhelming deluge of information that leans the other way.

As an astrologer I also come up against this time/space/place on Earth question during discussions on lunations and eclipses.

The dates that New Moons occur for me out west in Vancouver, Canada are usually one day behind the day for those in New Zealand and Australia.

Several times my super-easterly and super-southerly clients and friends have gently nudged me from the northern and western-centric habit I seem to have adopted of discussing astrology from my perspective only.

But, it is human nature to relate the events of the day from ones own viewpoint.

I’m not saying it is right but just that it is.

Considering this earlier today, I started to think about how we sometimes do make assumptions about people and their astrology signs, and that astrologers themselves have to be mindful of this as the habit can creep into consultations or client work as described above.

Working in the new age industry does imply a need for more awareness of ourselves than in other businesses.

by Alison Price

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Your First Astrology Lesson

The Path

You find astrology on your own path and for everyone the road it is different because you each have your own chart this alone tells us that you will happen upon astrology in your own way.

It is highly unlikely that your career guidance counselor at school suggested you became an astrologer. They will probably have informed you that you should have become a doctor or a lawyer or a civil engineer.

Most people get into astrology by some form of side-stepping or as often is the case you stumble upon it one bright morn.

The time will come when you consider taking a class. when you finally end up at your first astrology lesson. I want to share my early journey on the road to astrological understanding with you.

My First Lesson

My interest in astrology was first piqued in a geography class at school when I was about fifteen. We were doing the solar system and after the module was complete the teacher sat on the front of her desk and read our Sun sign characteristics from Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs which she had in her drawer.

As the teacher read everyone’s Sun sign out loud she finally got to mine. I could not believe how it described me and it all made so much sense. I was blown away. I began to pay attention to my horoscope in the women’s magazines.. I discovered I liked reading about astrology.

The fact that my Sun and ascendant sign is the same would have reinforced the popular horoscope predictions as is the nature of how they are written with each sign on the first house and the forecasts for the signs generated from there. But there it is.

However, one day it was not enough. I wanted more information and I needed my questions answered. Questions like, “When do the signs change?” and “What does the Moon mean?”

These were really simple when I look at them now but back then, and I’m sure it is the same for many of you just starting out, they were huge questions. Questions that deserved an answer.

But there were no answers and I had to find out more. I sought out someone to whom I could ask these tricky questions and who could explain them and other things to me.


My First Teacher

Eventually I found an astrology teacher offering a two-year astrology course which started from scratch. The class was to start the following Tuesday evening at 7 pm. It was exactly what I was looking for.

The place was not near my home but at that time in Africa to find anyone to teach astrology was like finding a diamond in the rough. Beggars could not be choosers and I was a beggar for knowledge.

I got home from work changed my outfit into something less businesslike, scooped up my notepad, pens and the R7 cash (about US$0.70) to pay for the class. Those were the days.

I jumped into my trusty car and drove off into the night. I crossed over the top of Johannesburg along what is known as the concrete highway for obvious reasons. I left home one hour before it was to start to make sure I was on time.

Parking in the driveway I went in. I was excited and anxious at the same time. Grinding over my insecurities. Perhaps I would not like them? Perhaps they would not like me? Maybe I would be lost as the class conversation moved ahead? Maybe I would be floundering today? Imagine if the others knew it all already?

It was crowded and there was standing-room only.

I was twenty years old and the youngest one there. Because seating was limited and my mother had taught me some manners I acquiesced my position to an older lady and I stood at the back with the other “young ones.”

My first teacher’s name was David and told us he was over seventy. He was thin, wiry and wore his long white hair over his shoulders like a merlin.

He began talking and we all put our heads down and started to take notes. He handed out some shiny photostats of a map of the world and other information sheets with complicated looking numbers.

images-2As I was at the back of the room I had the privilege of turning on the hot water urn for the tea halfway through. It was my job to signal him when the water had boiled and made his hot drink which I did with pleasure.

The others crowded around and made their brew and stepped out into the garden to enjoy the break. The sultry evenings were filled with the sounds of crickets and someone had the fly swat to kill the mosquitoes which plagued us in the summer months.

Back again for the second half and more writing. Ok, I was scribbling now. Trying to keep up, hazarding a guess on how to spell some of the new words that would not roll easily off my tongue. I began to wonder if I would be able to decipher my scrawl when I got home.

The classroom was a converted double garage with wall-to-wall bookshelves. Back then the teacher imported the astrology books from America and we could buy them from him. In those days you could not find new age books available to the general public.

There must have been thirty people in that first class. By the next week it had shrunk to about twenty-five people. At class number three I could get a seat at the back and things settled down. Thus the rhythm of my life was set and I had my astrology lesson every Tuesday evening, from seven to nine and let’s not forget the tea break.

After two years of this there were only three of us left, myself and a married couple Marie and Arthur, of whom both I happened to know before I joined the class, serendipitous I call it. I am still in touch with Marie via a mutual friend but sadly her husband left this Earth a few years ago.

In retrospect my first astrology teacher was a fountain of knowledge. My initial tutor set standards in the knowledge that I rely on today. He too had passed but left many trained students behind to spread his life’s work. I hope you find a teacher to inspire you like I did.

 

 

12 Important Benefits You can Get from Your Astrology Reading

by Alison Price

It’s Showtime!

When you have an astrology session/reading/consultation, call it what you will, all you see is the finished product. That is your astrologer discussing your chart and maybe some specific issues you have previously highlighted for attention. This is usually a one hour meeting and then it is finished.

When you meet your astrologer you don’t see what went on behind the scenes and the time and effort which went into the polished reading you are experiencing.

I want to share with you what goes into make up a client reading. If you are my client, you may book your hour consultation with me, or sign up for a class or some mentoring and you will see me in action discussing your chart and referring to your charts, diagrams and colored notes.

I thought I’d discuss with you twelve important benefits that go on out of sight to make your personal reading the best you can get. I always think it is convenient that astrology has twelve signs as they can be used to underline different things, just like those here.


Aries – My personal efforts for you

When you experience a reading with me you are not just getting my attention for one hour, you are benefitting from my years of dedication and passion for astrology.

I strive to present the very best information I can for you and to offer it in a way that you can understand. I am constantly on the look out for, and creating, new initiatives to appreciate astrology and all of these projects that I have up my sleeve will benefit you.

Taurus – A love of astrology

I love astrology, its value as a tool for self-understanding and how at times it unfolds in the most unlikely way.

I believe in getting to grips with the basics of chart interpretation and this comes from the long slog of learning all the building blocks of astrology which are the signs, planets, houses and aspects.

This is foundational information but you need to know it all before you can start a full interpretation for anyone’s chart. To be a good astrologer you have to pay your dues.

Gemini – Years of classroom learning and reading

I have spent many hours in assorted astrology classrooms. In my initial diploma course way back in the 1980’s for over three years and since then at various in between classes and during the past eight years through further study at the Faculty.

To my mind learning is an ongoing process as new things come up all the time and it is important that I, as your astrologer, keep up to date and hone my information to remain relevant.

Cancer – Know where you come from

Part of being an astrologer is knowing what you can and can’t do. You need to know where you are coming from and where you can confidently go with your clients.

This is what I do for you.

I know I only do western astrology, I typically have engaged and creative people in my practice and I prefer to inspire my clients to live their life through their charts.

At the same time I also know what I don’t do such as rectification or mundane work.

Leo – My creative expression of your chart

Much of my work these days focuses on finding the creativity and genius in your chart. Many of my clients want to know what they can expect and how they can work towards finding satisfaction in their lives.

I honestly believe that this shows in your natal chart and I endeavour to tease out all the creative possibilities I see for you so you can give birth to them.

Virgo – Attention to detail

The research work that goes into exploring your natal chart is detail oriented. There is lots of maths, fine tuning with small degrees and minutes that can make a huge difference in the timing of events in your future.

Checking your chart data and facts is essential for a thorough interpretation and this does take time.

The devil is in the details.

Libra – You and me

All consultations involve two people. You and me. We come together to explore your chart and find a balance, or a middle ground, between what you need to know and what you want to know.

Because we don’t have all day to spend looking into every nook and cranny it is important that I think about our personal one-to-one relationship and concerns and that I harmonise the session to suit you.

Scorpio – Your privacy

This means that I am mindful of anything that you wish to keep quiet about and I respect your wishes by being aware that what I may think is not such a big deal but you may be in angst about.

If you so desire I will help you tune in to your deeper issues but I will not force you to face things for which you are not ready.

A reading is not about doing the dirty laundry it is about being where you are at this time in your life and as your astrologer I will acknowledge that.

Sagittarius – Your vision for your future

My philosophy about your reading is much like, “What has gone is gone. it’s all about what you will do from this day onward.” This means that how you move forward in your life is more important than what has passed.

We all have issues or baggage and the day does arrive when it is time to branch out and strike a new path for yourself.

This forward drive will always be the focus of any reading I do for you as I show you the possibilities.

Capricorn – Respect for you

I am not here to tell you what to do or to urge you to live your life as how I see fit. That is not my role. I respect your chart, its message and the planetary combinations that make up the individual you.

You are your chart and I acknowledge this.

I will not try to change you or to dismiss any fears you may have. I will accept you just as you are.

I want you to achieve your full potential as shown by your chart and this is what I will hold up to you. You are in the driver’s seat and decisions you make are your choice.

Aquarius – Becoming friends

I would like to think that with all (or most) of my students and clients we have a rapport at the end. That when the period for us to come together such as after a class has finished or a reading is done that we can be friends and that we are at ease with each other in a social setting.

Now this does not happen every time but I’ve got to tell you, it happens most of the time.

It is as though my chart attracts those that I can help through my own planetary placing and that connection sustains us through into a future friendship as well.

Pisces – Offering you a place for reflection

As your personal astrology session draws to a close it is important for you to have time for reflection on what has been said in the reading.

I always let you know that you can email me if something comes up in the following few days or if you need time to compose a question upon which some light needs to be shone.

I leave you with time to pause and reflect on your consultation with me which is a very important part of the process and rounds it all off well.

Conclusion

These are some of the ways that I prepare for your personal astrology session.

Clearly it is not just sixty minutes out of my life, although it may be one hour out of yours. The background preparation for me is both intense and reflective.

The experience and skill of your astrologer will show through in the reading they can provide and the lasting value that is perceived by the most important part of this process, you.


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How Astrology Joins the Dots

Cosmos is a Greek word meaning “well ordered” or organized. People like to find organization in confusion or to put it another way to discover cosmos in chaos. 

As kids we all did the simple art project of joining the dots which starts as a page covered with dots and each one has a number.

We then drew a single line from the dot numbered one, to two, then three and so on until all the dots are joined and voila a picture is formed.

If you made a mistake and connected the dots in the wrong sequence then the image is not clear and could be interpreted as something else.

The constellations

As darkness fell the early astrologers looked at the stars. They drew imaginary pictures in the sky by connecting the stars to form images of fish, lions, scorpions and other animals.

These star combinations were the birth of the constellations and the names we use today.  A constellation is simply a group of stars that someone saw as a bull (Taurus) or an archer (Sagittarius).

Clearly these images are open to interpretation, as with the dot pictures, and for astrologers the stars are the dots.

How you can join the dots today

A modern astrologer does not usually go outside when they want to interpret your chart. They join the dots or stars in another way, through the clues in your horoscope.

The hidden message in your chart shown in your planets, signs, houses and aspects will be unveiled to you by the skill of your astrologer.

One astrologer will read your chart differently to the next but the thread and the message in your chart will be the same.

Just like the constellations, there will be a picture and a story of for example, a crab (Cancer) or a ram (Aries) although the main story will be the same when they interpret the same chart.

Inspiration in Art

I was inspired to write this post from the original art from ChampagneBlue a gifted and talented artist in Toronto.

In this piece there are random “dots” of different sizes and colours (that seem to me to be the planets bursting with energy) and they can be joined by your mind’s eye in many way.

Each one of us will imagine a different picture from the available circles.

As above so below

The macrocosm (the stars) is replicated in the microcosm (your chart).

We don’t literally join the dots but it is a good analogy for the process of taking a picture of planets and signs and interpreting an image of the person whose chart it is through the understanding of the “dot” on the page.

Join the planets (I mean dots) with aspect lines

Astrology goes further and joins two planets with line if they are in a recognized angular correspondence to each other.

The aspect lines are colored differently whether easy (blue) or difficult (red) planetary energies are coming together.

Every chart will be visually different because of the shapes created by the aspect lines such as assorted triangles, squares, kites or bucket shapes.

An astrological mandala for meditation

I use the practice of meditation with all the charts I do for friends and clients.

Once I have drawn the chart is and all the dots are joined with lines, I pause… and use the circle of the chart with the lines as a focal point for meditation like a mandala. I like to call this an astrological mandala.

This ritual allows me to focus on the image the chart has formed by the dots and colored lines and shapes before I begin to interpret in detail.

I will often leave one day between drawing up the chart and meditating on it, to the actual detailed unpacking of its message.

I find this lets me ponder the dots, the image, the chart and my client in a broader frame (as above) before offering my in-depth interpretations (so below).

This may work for you, why not give it a try?

 


 

Your Comfort Zone

CamelI am going to guess that as one of my readers you probably check out your horoscope now and then. You may even consult with a couple of astrologers each year. You may dabble in astrology. You might sometimes think about taking it further to learn a bit more.

The majority of people dabble in astrology.

To take the next step and sign up for a class can seem too much. Because if you begin you may have to go on even if it takes you outside your comfort zone.

Your comfort zone

A comfort zone exists in life when you can function and run your life on auto pilot. Your days are predictable and most activities are a repeat of what has gone before. There is nothing new and certain habits have formed.

Knowing your routine is easy.

Your personal comfort zone may already be stretched by life’s commitments like your work expectations, children demands, partner’s needs, friends activities and even your keep fit regime.

The final straw

If you add one more thing it may become too much and you understand this. It is like the straw that broke the camel’s back. One straw will not break a camel’s back but if there are already ten thousand straws as the poor beast’s burden then the final straw does in fact bring enough pressure to ruin it all.

You don’t want to be in that situation. The way to avoid burnout is to look at the daily activities and responsibilities you currently have and reassess them.

Your sixth house

How you spend your day is indicated by the sixth house in your chart. It is the natural house of the sign of Virgo which is ruled by Mercury. This house shows your daily activities, rituals and habits. It also suggests where you serve others, your general health, wellbeing and work.

Any planets in your sixth house will indicate the type of approach you have to managing your day. The sign on the cusp of the house and it’s ruler will suggest how you utilize these energies. All transits and progressions through your sixth house or aspecting tenants will hint at behavioral changes which can be developed in line with the nature of planets making the contact, transit or progression.

Saturn is the time-keeper of the zodiac

In astrology time is under the dominion of the planet Saturn. He is the time-keeper of the zodiac and the condition of your natal Saturn by sign, house and aspect will indicate how well you can manage your time and if you will bother to make time for what you want to achieve (here we are talking about reading, taking a course etc.).

If you want to make time for new endeavors there are two ways to find more time.

  • Add hours to your day
  • Cut out things

Add hours to your day

If you want to keep all the activities you are currently doing in your day and find more time the best way is to get up half an hour earlier.

Cut out things

You may be frittering away time through little things like watching too much TV. Here the best way is to turn the box on one hour later in the evening and use that precious hour for other fun things like astrology.

The irony here is that when you do find something which you start to be passionate about you will find the time usually in the ways outlined above. If you want to learn new things you make the time and readjust your life to suit.

When the time is right 

When you are ready to learn some astrology you can contact me at [email protected] and we will explore your astrology learning needs.

You will know when the time is right.

I will be here.

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Be Yourself and Be Your Sun

I have taught many students over the years and a percentage of them have gone on to become busy astrologers in their own right.

But some learners still can’t get going by themselves. They linger in no man’s land between hobbyist astrologer and taking their calling seriously.

Students often say to me, “I’ll never be as good as you” which in itself opens many questions.

To my mind you should measure yourself against you, and not me, or anyone else.

In fact, as soon as you make the connection that it is your fate, your journey will become clearer.

Start creating your own path in your astrological life. Don’t aspire to emulate other astrologers. You have one thing different to offer which is your unique perspective. This originality is shown by the planets, signs, houses and aspects in your natal chart.

You know your chart is different to everyone else’s even to other astrologers’s charts.

This means you have your own path to walk on your astrological journey. You have your personal destiny to fulfill. This clearly goes as far as how you use and interpret astrology and what it says to you.

Your heroes are your Sun

When I started to learn Astrology the great astrologers of the day were almost as Gods and Goddesses to me. I knew nothing and the more I learned the more I realized I still knew nothing in comparison to them.

I kept going and one day something special happened. I started to form an inkling of what my message was going to be and how I wanted to put astrology out there with my individual stamp on it.

The initial ideas were not clear. They were a bit fuzzy and tended to hang about on the edges of my mind as though waiting to be invited in. Eventually I could not ignore them any more and I consciously gave them my attention.

New fashions in astrology start with one person’s ideas that become followed by many.

You could be that one person who has an idea, theory or technique which becomes all the rage in Astrological circles. But first you have to live your life in line with the energies in your chart and as stated this also means doing your own thing in your astrology.


You Can Learn A Little Astrology

Or you can learn a lot

You may simply be interested in astrology, or you may have a few questions and want to know more.

Perhaps you think, “What is it all about?” and even, “Maybe I can do this too.”

Yes, yes, yes!

The good news is yes, you can learn astrology, anyone can. You can learn a little or you can learn a lot. It depends on how far you want to go down the rabbit hole.

People are exploring astrology every day.

You don’t have to learn it all or know everything about the subject to appreciate that astrology can, and will, enrich your life.

Even beginners who read their first astrology book gain valuable knowledge about themselves and those near and dear.

Many people are what I like to call dabblers in astrology. They know their own and those of their immediate family and loved ones Sun signs. For some that is all they want to know.

This could be you.

You may have already had a professional astrological consultation or reading and you are aware of other practitioners in your area whom you are planning to visit soon.

The tipping point

But, if you spend a little more time and pick up another book, take a class or attend a public meeting you can improve your basic understanding of astrology in leaps and bounds or dare I say astronomically.

It is at this point that something remarkable happens, the astrology bug gets you and you have to have more.

It can even become a dependance as you voraciously read every astrology book, article or tweet you can get your hands on to feed the need for satisfaction that comes through understanding.

Heed your inner voice

Obviously astrology is not for everyone. How could it be? We are all different individuals and at various stages of our personal evolution.

But, if it is calling you even as a faint whisper in the back of your mind, I urge you to heed your inner voice and consider developing that little spark into something wonderful.


 

A Successful Astrologer

by Alison Price

Getting your act together as a professional astrologer takes time and effort.

If you are a dabbler and have no interest is going pro that is fine.

But, if you are considering stepping up your astrological business or, tuning what you have built so far into something great, here are some ideas on what you need to get in place to become a successful astrologer.

Note: I refer to her but clearly it can refer to him as well.

A successful astrologer

  • A successful astrologer works on charts regularly. She looks at new charts, interprets and forecasts every week. She does not let a month slip past without analyzing a chart. She has charts lined up for interpretation.
  • A successful astrologer has many income streams sourced from a broad output base including; client consultations, lectures, teaching, podcasts, writing horoscopes etc. She does not depend on client consultations alone for her livelihood.
  • A successful astrologer knows how to be easy going. She is keen to work and collaborate with other astrologers in her community.
  • A successful astrologer knows how to press herself to appeal to different clients. She is not a one trick pony.
  • A successful astrologer markets herself well, truthfully and consistently. She is always tending her platform and knows what works for her.
  • A successful astrologer is easily found by Google and makes sure her website, Facebook or Twitter accounts have current and relevant content. Her site does not have stale, six months old and out-of-date material.
  • A successful astrologer prices her services in the correct range, that is, she charges in the sweet spot at the intersection of her ability and experience.
  • A successful astrologer has a network of contacts that help her promote her business, she interfaces effectively and regularly with them.
  • A successful astrologer has a focus for her work and knows her speciality inside out. She is not a Jack (or Jill) of all trades and master of none.
  • A successful astrologer develops presentations, courses and workshops that pay her well for her time and expertise. She has lecture outlines ready when invited to speak at a conference and gets her information to the organizers promptly. She is considered one of the “easy astrologers” to work with and she is not a prima-donna.
  • A successful astrologer knows when it is time to call in the experts. She has a list of related specialists to whom she can and does refer her clients if necessary.
  • A successful astrologer knows her message, remains in her truth and stays on track within her niche. She doesn’t try to be all things to all people.

A Chat With Alison Price

This is a transcript of Alison Price being interviewed.

Alison Price, moved to Vancouver in September 2012, and attended the Guild the first time, just in time for our AGM in October. Long story short, she was elected president for the group. Alison and I chatted both on the phone and via email about who she is and what she loves about being a professional astrologer. To begin with, Alison is a double Leo with a Scorpio Moon, and like every Leo knew her Sun sign early.

Her favourite topic in astrology is children’s charts; parents come to her to find out what educational route would suit their child the best. Along the way another major group of clients were women seeking advice about conception and fertility. As a rule, Alison, stated she was their last resort after having exhausted the main stream medical advice. That part of her practice began to grow exponentially about a decade ago, so she decided that she needed to find the tools to help her clients.

During our conversation it became apparent, that the reason she continues to work as an astrologer is because she firmly believes astrology can help her clients lead the life they were mean to have opposed to the one others around them expect them to lead.


Anne: How did astrology become your career?

Alison: My interest in astrology was piqued when I was at school in a dry and dusty geography class we were working on the solar system and the teacher alluded to the influences the planets have on each of us and through a reading she did of the sun signs from an astrology book she had.

I felt I was exaIMG_0562ctly as my sun sign had depicted and I began reading more on the subject. I took my first astrology class at the age of twenty and that was it, I was hooked on astrology, and have not looked back. I began reading for friends and family and then had to slake my thirst for understanding by challenging myself to interpret for other, strangers and people referred to me by those who knew me.

My first astrology teacher always said “Don’t give it away, take compensation for every reading, even if it is a cup of coffee. If you don’t value your work no one else will either.” that is how I started professionally and it grew from there.

 Anne: Why do you keep at it?

Alison: For me astrology is an all encompassing subject that permeates my life. I love the patterns formed in the chart by the aspects and the complexities that form which are different for each person.

I believe I can help people see their potentials and find the path in their lives that their chart is showing. If you are true to you natal chart potential you are living a fuller and more satisfying life.

Most of my clients are forty plus women who have reached a crossroads either because the kids have left home or their partner has moved on for whatever reason. Women at this stage are after asking themselves “Is that it? Is there nothing more to my life?” and it is at this point that they find me.

We explore what they really should be doing instead of spending all their days working for someone else, cooking and cleaning and just being “Mum” to young people who clearly can stand on their own feet. Women at this stage of their lives are at a turning point and it is important that they stand facing the right way so as to get the most from their lives. It is my job to show them options and possibilities displayed in their chart.

Anne: What’s most rewarding about being an astrologer?

Alison: I believe the best thing about being an astrologer occurs when clients and students get it. When they begin too see other possibilities (as shown by their chart) that they may not have considered about their lives.

This often results in them finding a creative path in their life that transcends the day-to-day grind on which many folk are trapped. Astrology offers possibilities for exploration of talents and interests in each natal chart that if the person takes these roads it will result in him or her having a satisfied life, because they are living their life in line with their birth chart.

Anne: What fascinates you the most?

Alison: I like the visual image that the chart presents with all the aspect lines and the weighting of the chart by planet position in the quadrants. I always use full color charts and I spend quite a bit of time simply meditating on the client’s natal chart image. I find the circle or wheel of the chart is almost like a mandala for contemplation.

Anne: What do you find are the challenges to doing astrology full-time/for a living?

Alison: By far and away time management is the most challenging thing about doing astrology full time. Each client requires intensive chart preparation work and time for a thorough understanding of the message in the chart. I also need to pause for reflection before I consult with my clients.

At the same time I like to keep up with current astrological thinking and I try to read all the trade periodicals and eNewsletters each issue. I also buy at least one new astrology book every month.

Anne: How has learning about your chart changed/improved your life?

Alison: I would like to say that it has given me a better understanding of humanity and of the varied people out there. To some extent it has been a humbling experience.

I grew up in a family dominated by Pisces parents and siblings. I think they were overwhelmed by my outgoing nature and found me difficult to understand. Leo is not necessarily bossy but they simply want to inspire others, and if that means suggesting ways that friends or family can improve their attitudes and life path then Leo will tell them. It can come over as dictatorial but that is not the true drive for Leo as they do not want to lead but to organize others.

My chart sports a Leo ascendant, Mercury, Uranus and Sun. So what you see is what you get. I also have three planets in Scorpio and this influence in my chart expresses itself in my life by allowing me to understand my clients and their deeper and darker motivations.

 Anne: What do you find is the most challenging aspect in your chart?

Alison: I had to give this some thought, but I think it is the Sun conjoined Uranus less than one degree but not partile. This conjunction in my first house gives others the impression I am unpredictable and don’t fit in (as an astrologer this is par for the course) but is also is reflected in my immigrant status that I have had most of my life.

Probably the most challenging part of my chart is the perception others have of Leo’s in general, and that the solar ruled are immediately pigeonholed into the drama queen slot and a “Let them eat cake” attitude in the vein of Marie Antoinette. There was an article in TMA last year titled “The Offstage Leo” which thoroughly explores the Lion’s sign and promotes a better understanding by the other signs.

Anne: Why did you choose conception charts as your presentation for the Guild?

Alison: My interest in conception astrology grew slowly over the years. Twenty years ago you never heard of these requests and even ten years ago they were few and far between. Over the past decade I have been approached by many clients who were struggling to fall pregnant. This was often the first pregnancy and sometimes they wanted to have a second child.

It was a side of my business that grew from a need (women wanting to conceive) that need filling (conception astrology reports). I began to help a few women here and there but then it blossomed to become a good quarter of my practice.

Because you don’t need to meet the client face-to-face it is a great product to have as an online service. Now the majority of my conception clients do not reside in Canada but are spread through the world. Bear in mind that conception astrology is a very private thing indeed. Many of my female clients do not let their husbands know of the consultation either.

Anne: Children’s charts…

Alison: I do a lot of work with children’s astrology. The parent starts out as my client for a general astrology consultation and then moves onto their child’s charts. It often starts at the birth of a new born and grows with the child.

My particular interest group is in the elementary school age group which is astrologically after the transiting Saturn opening square but before the opposition. This group of children are also before their first Jupiter return. Children in this special range are usually in grades one to eight. They are learning fine and gross motor skills and especially the three R’s reading, writing and arithmetic. It is a time when basic learning skills are gained. Almost as if they are learning how to learn, for later.

Difficulties usually appear if the teacher calls the parents in because their child is struggling in class. Astrologically it is often found to be a progressed Mercury stationing retrograde thus creating a year or two of lack of academic progress.

For a child’s consultation I consider the whole chart of course, but more often than not Mercury (the planet of learning and early school) is debilitated in some way. Providing the parents with a heads up about possible difficult school years for their child is a valuable benefit of children’s astrology. Being forewarned is forearmed. Taking action to help their child with perhaps remedial classes of engaging a math tutor after school can help the youngster.

It is important that children in this age group move forward with their learning in elementary school and do not slip through the cracks.

Anne: What type of astrology do you do and why?

Alison: Having explored different types of astrology Vedic, Chinese, Sidereal and Uranian etc. I have settled western tropical astrology. I use both traditional and modern rulers for the signs such as Mars and Pluto for Scorpio as I believe the signs with two rulers (Scorpio, Aquarius and Pisces) work on two levels.

Regarding a Dispositor Tree I always use traditional rulers so Mars rules Scorpio. This came in to play when Pluto transited Scorpio from 1984 to 1995 and it became apparent that during that ten year period only Pluto could ever become the Final Dispositor of any person born during that generation. My children were born at this time so I was closely watching charts for newborns then.

To my mind this was not true (that Pluto could be the only Final Dispositor) and I went back to traditional rulers during that period and discovered that it works much better than using modern rulers when constructing a Dispositor Tree.

This creates the quandary of the recent mutual reception between Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. I see it as the two planets (Saturn and Pluto) both being disposed by Mars, Saturn in Scorpio by rulership and Pluto in Capricorn by exaltation. I have written more on this subject here: https://www.starzology.com/uranus-square-pluto-both-disposed-by-mars/

I call myself a psychological astrologer as that is how I see the benefit I offer to my clients and students. I love Placidus house cusps and I keep tight orbs and I never allow planets on house cusps to creep into the next house.

Anne:Why do you like Placidus?

Alison: I use Placidus houses firstly because I learned this system initially and secondly because it fits my own chart better. Placidus places Jupiter in my fifth house and I see that as exploration of both children’s and conception astrology and both are fifth house areas of life. If Jupiter was in my fourth house it would incline to a large home and family and this is not the case in my life.

On a research note, I have invested much of my time and effort studying The Oriental Planet and I have a book manuscript in the pipeline which may see the light of day later this year. With oriental planet research I have looked at all the planets and I am now even exploring Eris for those of you who are Aries or Taurus Sun signs.

Anne: Your oriental planet is Mercury from the classical perspective and Uranus from a contemporary one, so which one do you identify with? Why is the planet significant?  What would you state about your oriental planet?

Alison: My oriental planet is Uranus. The oriental planet is a significator of two things; your vocational inclination and how you are announced.

Your vocation is defined as what you would do if you did not have to work. This is different than your job (6th house) and your career (10th house). Particularity in the vocation area my original research has shown that your oriental planet makes a Ptolemaic aspect to other planets that indicate you vocation. This shows up as, for instance, all famous composers have Neptune (music) in aspect to their oriental planet and all full-time and well known astrologers having Uranus (astrology) aspecting their oriental planet. This is over and above the average for aspects in general.

How you are announced is shown by your oriental planet as it is the harbinger of the Sun. It rises before the Sun on your birthday and announces the main act, you. For example, with Uranus oriental people say “she’s an astrologer, she’s an immigrant and she is different” because Uranus announces me. It is what people say about you before you enter a room.

Conversely the occidental planet, the planet that sets after the Sun on your birthday, shows what people say about you after you have left a room. It is your lasting impression so perhaps that is something to think about.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to work on this chat, and let’s hope you will put your research topic on our speaker schedule in the next year or two.


What your Outer Planet Signature says about Your Clients

 

by Alison Price

Not all business methods work for all businesses. Not all astrology business’ work the same for everyone either. What gels with for one practitioner will not necessarily pan out for another. Why? Because the two astrologers have different natal charts to each other.

To find satisfying work you have to be aligned with the energy potentials shown in your own chart. One way of tapping into this is by looking at your outer planet signature.


Your outer planet signature

We checked out your outer planet signature earlier this month. If you missed this piece you can find out how to find your strong outer planet here.

You have a number which represents the prominence of the outer planet in your chart.

So what? Well now you can see the difference in how each of the outer planets operate. Your strong outer planet will work for you over and above the two weaker outer planets in the following manner.

if the outer planet is not strong in the natal chart because say, the Moon dominates the chart, then the outer planetary energy will continue to operate the background of your life.

Mercury

The ideas is to engage your Mercury and get your conscious brain on side to bring the potentials of your prominent outer planet to bear on attracting the type of clients you want (and need) as shown by your natal chart.

We can’t all offer the same thing but if you work with the astrology rather than against it you will be more satisfied in your craft.


A Pluto signature: Your clients magnetically appear

If you have a strong Pluto you can attract clients who: 

  • Find you by your cryptic messages in adverts
  • Magnetically appear
  • May hover in the shadows
  • May be afraid to approach you
  • May be lurkers before becoming clients
  • Come out of the woodwork and find you

How to promote your astrology business with a strong Pluto:

  • Offer in-depth psychological readings
  • Offer sexual problem explorations
  • Promote the mystery of your craft
  • Offer private readings
  • Allow your clients anonymity
  • Stress your privacy policy
  • Offer deep insights
  • Explore past-life regressions
  • Offer bereavement astrology

A Neptune signature: Your clients intuitively appear

If you have a strong Neptune outer planet energy you can attract clients who:

  • Appreciate your arty adverts
  • Pray for help
  • Arrive by osmosis
  • Find astrology hypnotic
  • Believe in astrology
  • Are spiritually minded

How to promote your astrology business with a strong Neptune:

  • Say you understand
  • Use your intuition
  • Offer a sympathetic ear
  • Say that you relate to them
  • Mention your belief in their problems
  • Intimate that you are a psychic or a medium (if you are)
  • Use a crystal ball as a prop
  • Say you can help clients find their vision

A Uranus signature: Clients suddenly appear

If you have a strong Uranus outer planet signature in your birth chart you can attract clients who:

  • Like astrology itself
  • Want to learn astrology
  • Are modern and up-to-date
  • Contact you at a group meeting
  • Use social networking
  • Like to be unusual
  • Think they can change the world
  • Are young up and coming professionals

How to promote your astrology business if you have a strong Uranus outer planet signature:

  • Promote astrology for the 21st century
  • Be new age
  • Use a computer and techie props
  • Stress astrology is for young people
  • Promote astrology for the masses
  • Read futures
  • Break down borders
  • Support Astrologers without borders
  • Promote your astrology group

Many roads lead to Rome. These techniques can help you find the clients you can and want to help and work with.


 

Your Outer Planet Signature

Chart copy 2Outer planet customers

The outer planets are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. They can work on a subconscious level and determine who we attract.

It is useful to know which of the outer planets is prominent for consciously seeking out the very customers we are naturally attracting.

It is a matter of engaging your Mercury to work your dominant outer planet by bringing it into your day-to-day thoughts. The outer planet energies are expressed in their own specific way.

How to determine which outer planet dominates your chart

Chart signatures are usually assessed by looking at all the planets in the chart. This time we will only look at the outers to get a insights into how you work on a more subconscious level. You want to find out what is happening when you are not looking and paying attention.

Your prominent outer planet will function almost as the background noise or default mode of your personal attraction. You can discover which outer planet is strong in your natal chart by measuring which of them is more energized and engaged in your natal chart by using the handy dandy table which I created for you below.

Answer the following questions and add up your score at the end.

outer planet table-page-001

Usually either Uranus, Neptune or Pluto will step forward when you do a quick arithmetic calculation for each planet as in the table above.

Example chart Bill Gates

If you run Bill Gates’ chart through these questions this is the result it returned:

Uranus = 10, Neptune = 25 and Pluto = 5.

Clearly Neptune is far and away the highest energized of the three outer planets in Bill Gates’ chart.

At this point the word charity springs to mind.

We will look at interpretations for these outer planets in next week’s post.

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How Your Natal Chart Attracts Clients

By Alison Price

Astrology students who think of starting their practice often ask me “Where do clients come from?”

This really is a query any independent business owner will pose. It is the whole point of doing what you do and selling your services, but to whom and where are they?

Where do you find your first client or indeed the second and third?


Maybe you need some advertising

There are several traditional ways to advertise and attract astrology clients such as:

  • An advert in your local newspaper.
  • Placing a promotional piece in new age trade magazines.
  • Putting up flyers in esoteric bookshops.
  • Mentioning your services at your local astrology group.
  • Word of mouth.

By far and away the best form of advertising for an astrologer is word of mouth. This is so for three reasons:

Personal reference is best, personal reference is best and personal reference is best.


Personal reference is best

The person who refers you is a past client and has been to see you already.

  • They have the inside track on exactly what goes on at a reading.
  • They refer you because they like you, what you have to say and your style.
  • They want their friend or family member to like you and your reading as well.
  • Clients who come to you via a personal reference are pre-sold on astrology.

The take home from this is that you have to look after your first client. They are the portal to new business. They can become repeat business easily. This is critical.

You need to treat every client as you do your first client to grow your business.


Your chart attracts your clients

If we accept that you are your chart and the placements and connections in your nativity show who you are and the potentials you have to become in this lifetime, then it follows that you will attract the clients you need.

Say you enter a room with ten people lined up, immediately you are attracted to one or two, you are not attracted to one or two and the remaining six people well they could go either way.

This instinctive attract/repel comes from your chart.

I believe you are attracted to the other person’s natal chart energies and how they integrate or fit in with yours.

They say “You choose pick your friends and not your relatives” and the friends you do select suit you and your chart. Like a jigsaw puzzle, you add a piece each time you make a friend. They have to fit. With you and your chart.

Your clients want to fit with you and indeed they are happy when they do.


You are your chart

As you go through life you project your ascendant outwards followed by the rest of your chart in varying degrees. Naturally others respond to it. Synastry.

There is no point in looking towards other astrologers and trying to emulate their business success (at least not in a detailed way) as their chart is intrinsically different yours.

There are many books on business and that is a subject in itself. Here I am trying to show you how to use your very is talents as show by your unique birth chart which is the astrologers edge. I urge you to try it.


 

Your Astrology Business – Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitch is a way businesses can quickly provide information about their products and services all in the time it takes to ride an elevator.

For those of you not in North America it would probably be called a lift pitch but that somehow doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Not everyone understands the difference between newspaper Sun Sign column astrology and the deep interpretive astrology you provide. You have to explain your philosophy, outlook, orientation and that you love what you do.

Most prospective clients want to partner with engaged people so make sure you get the right tone in your message. You are not writing dry legal copy (yawn) so use vibrant, dare I say juicy, words that appeal to others on an emotional level.

Say everything you need in the time limit of under one minute. An elevator pitch usually works out to between 75 to 150 words.


Components of your astrological elevator pitch

  • State all the important information about the benefits to your client of your astrology business.
  • The wording has to be understandable by anyone (especially non astrologers) you meet for the first time.
  • You have to say it all during the time it takes to ride an elevator.
  • Once you have the words on the page you can practice saying them in front of a mirror.

Clarity is everything at this stage

Condensing what may be a complicated process (doing astrological charts and readings) into a clear message which is understandable to a regular person is the aim. Don’t use astrologese. Keep it simple.

Where to use your astrological elevator pitch

It’s like what we used to say of having a good patter which means getting your business message across quickly and clearly. Your carefully crafted elevator pitch can be used immediately in the following areas in your business

When speaking:

  • When you meet people.
  • When you meet other astrologers.
  • At a cocktail party.
  • When pitching yourself on the phone.
  • When introducing yourself at a presentation.

In print:

  • In your Gravatar biographical info.
  • In your promotional brochures.
  • In any about me spot (Facebook and Pinterest etc.)
  • In any workshop flyers.
  • On your website bio page.
  • In the foreword of your book.
  • As part of your email signature.

Your natal Jupiter

The planet of promotion is Jupiter. Look at your natal Jupiter’s condition by sign, dispositor, house and tight Ptolemaic aspects to search for ideas on how to promote yourself in this way.


My example elevator pitch

“I am a professional astrologer who mentors a selection of engaged astrology students each year. I have fun helping you create a successful astrology business and showing you how to solve the two main issues facing astrologers; how to move from student to professional astrologer status and how to develop, establish and manage a small business. I love doing children’s work and helping you with your career/business coaching. It all comes from my heart and with a sense of humor. I invite you to contact me at [email protected].”

This one is only 90 words but can be expanded to suit the situation. Note it is the essence of what I do. No more, no less.
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Your Astrology Business – Domain Names

Your domain name 

help_key_F1A domain name is the name of your internet site. Well known examples are www.apple.com, www.bbc.com or www.richardbranson.com.

When we talk about personal astrology sites you usually have something like  www.yourname.com where yourname is the name of your astrology business.

As you begin to build your astrology practice the choice of your domain name is critical. You will be living with this name for a long time so try to get it right at the outset. Changes in your domain name once established are not recommended.

What to have in your domain name

  • The word “astrology” in the name because this helps Google find you as an astrologer.
  • Something you can easily spell over the phone. (Think Cruise and Cruz).
  • A name with meaning for you.
  • The theme of your business like whether it is psychological, soul purpose, esoteric or evolutionary.
  • Sometimes you have to create a new word as we did with Starzology.

What not to have as your domain name

  • Avoid using your initials as in PJ’s Astrology and KY’s Astrology. Think about it.
  • Don’t choose a name similar to someone else’s name like www.googleastrology.com or www.darksunastrology.com (there is a wonderful astrology site called www.darkstarastrology.com.) If you do this it adds confusion for your readers and the other guy will be miffed.

Domain name extensions 

Watch out for taking www.fredsastrology.com if there is already a www.fredsastrology.ca. Other extensions are .com, .net and .org to look out for and several more with the list growing all the time.

If you can, get the .com extension as that is the norm and it sets you up for a strong future presence.

Clarity and purpose in domain names

I have the two astrology sites www.starzology.com (the one you are reading) and www.astrologyvancouver.com. Both have a specific purpose and each is related to astrology but in different ways.

Starzology is my main astrology site where I broadcast how I see astrology, my thoughts on running an astrology business and a selection of aspects about astrology that interest me.

For example:

  • Living an authentic life in line with your natal chart
  • Your astrology business
  • The oriental planet
  • Dispositor Trees
  • Children’s astrology
  • Vocational astrology
  • Finding the creativity in your chart.

Starzology is a niche astrology site and not really a mainstream astrology site because the focus is not on “horoscopes” for the general public.

Years ago my team and I brainstormed the domain name Starzology which we created when we lived in Oakville near Toronto. I was able to port (transfer) it seamlessly to Vancouver when our family moved across the country. I won’t be able to do that with my other site Astrology Vancouver, as clearly that site has a different thrust.

Astrology Vancouver is more of a community astrology site specifically for my city of Vancouver, BC, Canada. I run a local Meetup group in the city centre near the downtown core.

This site is aimed at the working person in the city who has limited time (usually during lunch hour) to engage in their interest of astrology. Related events like psychic faires are also showcased on Astrology Vancouver. Go Canucks!

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Your Astrology Business – Progress Checklist

Is your astrology business getting any better or can’t you tell?

blank_pencil_and_padAs you start out as an independent practicing astrologer it makes sense to monitor your progress. It is hard to see any improvements if there is nothing to measure you efforts against.

A good idea is to track your progress. One way to do this is with a quick monthly checklist.

You don’t want to get to December and not know where you started. When looking backs last year can easily blend into the one before.

Use the progress checklist and tweak the questions now and then to reflect areas you’re focussing on as your interests change over the years.

Do it each month and file away for later. At the end of the year as you reflect you will probably see some improvements in general business and income and even the mood you were in.

Your Monthly Astrology progress Checklist-page-001

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Mars in Pisces

Mars in Pisces 

Mars as the ruler of Aries and Scorpio is not particularity at home in Pisces.

Mars in Pisces will slow the pace for a few weeks. You will have some breathing space but if taken to extremes the days can drift by with you lolling about in your pj’s watching old movies.

So what to do now?

This placement inclines towards creative expression like a step session, Zumba or Dance, Dance Revolution. Go with the flow of the music or shuffle round the house in your slippers but let it drive itself.

Energy needs an outlet and the Mars powerhouse within us all has to come out somehow even when Mars in the soft sign ruled by Neptune.

Submarine volcanoesMars astrology Reading Card

Another analogy of Mars in Pisces are the undersea volcanoes. These mainly lie between the tectonic plates, for example in the atlantic ocean, where the Earth’s crust is opening up as the continents of America and Africa drift apart.

The gap allows magma to ooze or gush (depending on the place) and the red hot volcanic flow (Mars) is immediately cooled and hardened by the cold sea (Pisces). This product can sometimes be referred to as volcanic glass and Neptune rules mirrors and glass.

Heat is released and warms the deep ocean creating a haven for obscure fish and marine creatures to live. These animals do not exist anywhere else on Earth.

Flash mobs

It seems the flash mob phenomena was born during a Mars transit of Pisces. This is where a large group of people get together and dance in synch to blaring music. These events appear spontaneous (but clearly are well rehearsed behind the scenes) and are usually held in a public place.

If you’ve ever seen this dance in action it gives the impression of a shoal of fish swimming through the ocean, changing direction sharply and in unison trying to evade predators.

Mars goes back to square one

When Mars enters its own sign of Aries at the start of the zodiac it will be back to full steam ahead.

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7 Days to a Better Chart Reading

by Alison Price

You can improve your astrological interpretations in one week. Simply follow this seven day plan to get your readings back on track.

By taking these few steps you will be ready to present the best consultation you can muster on Saturday.

That’s six sleeps!

First you will interpret the natal chart and then selected forecast work.

At the end you won’t have considered every single little detail, but you will have looked at the important components of the natal chart and forecast indicators.

 


Sunday: Book and Print your client’s charts

Book

Book a client for next Saturday. It can be a family member, a friend or new person. But it must be a chart for someone you have not done before. Make it a one hour session.

Choose a consultation time when the transiting ascendant is in the same polarity as your Sun. If your Sun is in the passive polarity make the consultation time when a passive sign rising and the same for active signs.

Print

Having their chart details, print out the natal chart, transits and progressions.

Cast and print the consultation chart (the chart of the time and place where the consultation will happen).

Use a bi-wheel with the natal chart in the centre and secondary progressions on the outside. By hand write in the current positions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto outside the bi-wheel.

Don’t start the written interpretations yet.

Color in the major natal aspect patterns. T-Squares in red, grand trines in blue, yods in green and Thor’s Hammers in orange.

Highlight the chart ruler and any sign or house emphasis in yellow.


Monday: The Balances and Strengths

Today you start writing your notes.

As you write, list all the short form codes in the margins and explore the full interpretation meanings in the body of the page.

Find the balances in the chart.

  • Active and passive.
  • Elements and mode strength.
  • Strong signs and houses.
  • Major aspect patterns.

Know the strong parts of your client’s chart. These will be things they are aware of already and hearing them makes you look good and seem capable.

Pull out the other chart highlights


Tuesday: The Ascendant and Chart Ruler

Explore the Ascendant complex

  • Look at the sign on the ascendant.
  • Consider the aspects to the ascendant.
  • Note any planets rising or placed in the first house.

Explore the Ascendant ruler complex

That means the planet that rules the sign on the ascendant (use traditional rulers).

  • Look at the chart ruler’s sign.
  • Consider the chart ruler’s house.
  • Note the chart ruler’s aspects.

Write out your keywords and fully understand each and every detail.

If there is an aspect you are not sure of, for instance Mars conjunct the Ascendant, research it thoroughly by reading the aspect in your cook books and on-line. Get to know that particular aspect so you will always be able to interpret it when you see it again.


Wednesday: The Luminaries

Explore the Sun complex

  • Look at the Sun’s sign.
  • Consider the Sun’s house.
  • The aspects to the Sun.

Explore the Moon complex

  • Look at the Moon’s sign.
  • Consider Moon’s house.
  • The aspects to the Moon

Note the Lunar phase. Make sure you know what it means.

Consider the nodal axis by sign and house. Look out for planets squaring the nodal axis.


Thursday: The Forecast for Money and Career

Midheaven

  • Note the Midheaven sign.
  • MC aspects.
  • Planets in the tenth house.

Explore the 10th house ruler

  • The planet that rules the sign on the tenth house cusp.
  • Note it’s sign.
  • It’s house.
  • It’s aspects.

Transits

  • Transiting Planets in the 2nd (money).
  • Transiting Planets in the 6th (job).
  • Transiting Planets in the 10th (career).

Progressions

  • Consider the 2nd house progressed ruler.
  • Look at the 6th house progressed ruler’s condition.
  • Explore the 10th house progressed ruler’s condition.

Friday: The Forecast for Love and Romance

Explore the 5th house (where love begins)

  • Note the 5th house cusp.
  • Explore the 5th house ruler by sign, house and aspects.
  • List any natal 5th house planets.

Explore the 7th house (partners and spouse)

  • Look at the 7th house cusp.
  • Consider the 7th house ruler.
  • Note any natal 7th house planets.

Transits

  • Consider any transiting planets in the 5th.
  • Interpret any transiting planets in the 7th.

Progressions

  • Check the progressed 5th house ruler’s condition.
  • Look at the progressed 7th house ruler’s condition.

Saturday: The Consultation

Prepare yourself to give. A consultation takes something from you as an astrologer. You need to be prepared to give your understanding, advice, energy, time and sympathy to your client.

Make sure the consultation room is cool and well ventilated.

Read 10 things to do before your client arrives.

One hour before, re-read your notes.

Five minutes before, breathe in… breathe out…

Enjoy.

 

Competitors or Collaborators? – Your Relationship With Other Astrologers

by Alison Price

In the relatively small world of astrology we come up against each other now and then. Sometimes sweetly at conferences and social events and on occasion during heated public debates.

Astrological practitioners are likely to know each other (in fact they should) and they probably are doing the same type of work. Consultations and services, reading charts and giving insights or teaching and lecturing.

If other astrologers are chasing the same client base as you, does that make them your competition or can you do the clever thing and turn them into your collaborators?


Competitors

If you see other astrologers as your competition what can you do? How about reduce your fees to less than theirs, offer freebies or complementary readings or some other attempt to lure their clients away – I think not.

We are not selling used cars. There is no place for grasping in the New Age community. You create your own karma by the actions you take in thought, word and deed.


Collaborators

Collaborators work together for the common good. In this case the common good is building a solid reputation for astrology within the general public.

Bringing synergy into play. Becoming a collaborator is a matter of repositioning yourself to work with people similar to yourself rather than compete with them.

You have your clients and they have theirs. You attract your clients and they attract theirs simply by the layout found within your and their natal charts.

I believe that people are drawn to a particular astrologer because of the synergy between them.

For instance, recently I have had a seemingly endless flow of clients and students all born when the Sun was at three degrees of a particular cardinal sign. They were not born in the same year but near enough the same day.

Why? Because their Sun’s make a perfect sextile to my ascendant. (Probably transiting Uranus gave a push too.)


Collaboration with other astrologers

Surely it follows that if you are going to collaborate with your peers that you get in with those who have different charts to yours?

For example, if you are a strong Aries then team up with a Virgo or a Pisces. Mix up the elements.

It will stretch you too. In this way you both (you and your collaborator) can attract a variety of clients or lecture students. It also provides the public (or your attendees) with a diverse approach to similar astrology topics.


 

Simon Fraser’s Birth Chart

by Alison Price

Vancouver

Well I’ve been in my new city for six weeks now and I have joined the local astrology group. The Fraser Valley Astrological Guild and I have been voted in a their new president. How exciting!

“Where is this place?” you ask me, well, the Fraser River is the reason Vancouver is where it is.

Fraser River

The Fraser Valley is a huge area spanning out on both sides of the river as it flows down from it’s source high in the Rocky Mountains. At the mouth, the Fraser River fans into a typical river delta flowing into the Georgia Straight and ultimately the Pacific Ocean on British Columbia’s west coast of Canada.

Simon Fraser (1776-1862) (the guy the river is named after) was one of the first men to reach Canada’s west coast and he established a settlement back in the 1800’s.

Fraser was born on May 20, 1776, in Hoosick, NY, USA. There is no birth time so I have cast his chart for noon.

As the Moon travels about thirteen degrees each day erecting a chart for noon places the Moon only six and a half degrees out thus I know the Moon was in Cancer but I dismiss the lunar aspects.

The first thing to note is the grand trine between the Sun in Gemini, Neptune in Virgo and Pluto which was in Capricorn (as it is now). Pluto has almost completed a full orbit of the Sun since his birth.

Of course many people born in the 1770’s would have a grand trine in their charts because Neptune is trine Pluto so every planet will likely form a grand trine during those years.

Fraser has Mercury in its own sign of Gemini disposing three other planets in the mutable air sign. He was first and foremost a fur trader and Mercury rules trade of all kinds (I’m not sure which planet would rule fur or pelts). Mars is oriental and indicates he was at home as a pioneer.

The Outers weren’t there

Astrologers often remove the outer planets in a chart for someone born before Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were discovered. These three planets were not in the conscious of people in those days.

It really is up to each astrologer to decide on this. Personally I use them all because even though Fraser did not know of the outers they were still part of the Solar system exerting their influence on his psyche.

When the outer planets are in contact with inner planets it brings the energies of the sometimes elusive planets into our conscious. In Fraser’s chart he has the Sun conjoined Uranus. This suggests he was an unusual man by any stretch.

Neptune (the visionary) is trine both the Sun and Mars indicating he was a man’s man probably energetic and at ease with knives and weapons. Rivers are ruled by Neptune. This hints that he dreamed of conquering his own personal challenges.

History is not my strong suit (yet), but I try to get to know a little of the background and stories of the places I live in. Maybe over the next few months I can dig a little deeper into the history of the Fraser Valley and the Astrological Guild that bears its name.


 

How Much Astrology Prep Time do You Need to Do for Your Client?

by Alison Price

I was at an astrology event earlier this week which was attended by those who are aspiring astrologers, those who are getting better at astrology and some who are really good at astrology.

You can see what your skills and abilities are astrology wise and where you are on the five levels of astrologers to decide which camp you are in.

Anyway, it was general chit chat at the pre dinner (as is the way with these events) and someone asked me “How you much time do you do in your chart preparation before the consultation or do you just wing it?”


Never just wing it

So straight off the bat I replied “No, I never wing it, you simply can’t.”

The danger of winging it or just reading a chart on the fly with no thought for the intricacies of the dynamic elements in the chart are huge.

If you wing it:

  • You get it wrong
  • You diminish your credibility
  • You get it wrong
  • You damage your reputation and that of astrology in general
  • You get it wrong
  • They want it for free (That’s another story)

Did I say you get it wrong?

Weak astrologers just wing it.

If you are serious about your craft and believe you provide your clients with your best work through your experience, techniques and knowledge.

You owe it to yourself and your clients to give your best. Heck, you have to give more than your best you have to give them everything you have got. It’s that simple.

If you cannot dig deep for your clients then don’t bother setting up as an astrologer.


How much time to spend on each chart

I am often asked by those learning astrology “How much do we really have to do for a client?”

This comes down to, how long should you spend analyzing a natal chart or a forecast before the consultation?

A month, a week, a day or an hour?

There is no exact answer because it depends on your level of astrological expertise and the depth required for the client.

Some time has to be spent in prep work for each and every session.

If a consultation is booked for one hour, how many hours does an astrologer spend in preparation work before the appointment?


Starting out

When I first began as a professional astrologer (that is one who takes money for astrology services), I needed at least a week to plough (I mean work) through the chart.

I would explore all the permutations of the astrology and cover everything I could think of.

Every time I discovered a new technique I would slavishly add it into the list things I did.

There was no end…

These days I probably spend twice as much time in prep as the session is in reality. So, if I have a client booked for a one-hour session I will likely spend two hours analyzing the chart or charts.

If it is their second or third consultation (where we are working through and exploring several themes in their lives) I try to keep it the same. Two hours prep for a one-hour consultation. This is my plan.

It can, and does, overrun but you have to draw the line somewhere.

If I have a client booked in for a sequence of say three sessions over the course of a few weeks I will spend six or more hours preparing their interpretations. It does not matter if it is the first or the third in a sequence of consultations.


More, more, more

Of course, I can easily do more preparation work.

Some charts need more, but if I am to see one or two clients a day that is what I do.

Other astrologers may have different methods.


Mars can Kickstart Your Projects

Mars

Mars is the planet of beginnings, pioneering action, expended effort and it shows where you are happy to burn energy.

Mars rules the sign Aries the Ram, which it the first sign of the tropical zodiac, and is the traditional ruler of Scorpio the Scorpion.

As the first of the planets further from the Sun than the Earth, Mars takes about two years to make one complete pass through the zodiac. Because of this orbital period Mars can be used to kickstart events and courses of action in your life.

Mars return

This two year period is known as a Mars return. When Mars returns to the natal position in your birth chart it will be your Mars return and you will have one every two years.

Having two years to do something may seem a long stretch but if you consider planning to complete a course at college or organizing a wedding it can offer a convenient time span.

The trick is to begin what you want to do when Mars transits the planet in your chart that rules the activity you want to start.

  • Mars conjunct your natal Venus or 7th house ruler can be pleasant for initiating wedding arrangements.
  • As Mars approaches Jupiter, or your 9th house ruler, it suggests you could be open to studying.
  • The red planet crossing your Midheaven indicates a period to take your career on another tack.

Close encounters of the third kind

If you are lucky (?) to receive a Martian three contact transit to a natal planet, it shows the time is ripe to expend the effort required to get that particular project started.

At the first direct transit you may initially be enamored by the idea and inspired. During the retrograde pass doubt can set in about the validity of the venture. Finally on the last contact your plans should be steaming along and well under way.