Support Local Astrology

 

by Alison Price

A while back there was a bumper sticker that said “Think Global, Act Local.” It was in reference to pollution and what you can do about it.

The idea being that you have to think about the global implications of pollution but you can only really make changes in your local environment.

Perhaps not the best correlation, but the theory is the same.

As an astrologer or an astrology student you can think of how you would like Astrology to be viewed globally (taken seriously, taught in schools, accepted in mainstream or covered by medicare etc.) but you can really make a difference locally.

There are several international astrological associations dealing with research (NCGR, ISAR) public relations (AFAN), education (CAAE) and news (ANS) from the astrologer’s perspective, but that is a discussion for another day.


Supporting local astrology means: 

  • Getting involved with your neighborhood astrology group or chapter if you have one.
  • Creating a space to form a meeting in areas where there are no recognized astrology groups.
  • Reaching out to other astrology practitioners and making contact.
  • Getting to know those who can support your practice by their different skills and interests.
  • Gifting your time to speak or teach at an astro get-together.
  • Attending local astrology conferences and special events.
  • Serving on the board of groups (if there is one).
  • Supporting the year end celebrations or other milestones.
  • Participating.

All the above may sound like a lot of work or be of out of your comfort zone. You may feel inadequate or so new a beginner as to have nothing to offer. But that is not so.

We all benefit from cross pollination of ideas and techniques. Knowing others in the astrological community takes away the isolation that can plague many budding astrologers.

Finding you are not alone and having someone to talk to about your craft is a comfort.

What to offer to your local astrology group

If you live in a city the chances are there is an established astrology group having meetings, lectures, a newsletter and seemingly organized. So what can you offer them?

Get the their start chart. Every astrology group or organization has a “Birth chart” (or an election chart as it may be known) and they will probably have this chart posted on their website. If not the actual chart then at least the chart details with time, date and place.

Look at the group’s start chart and see where your natal Sun falls in their chart by house. For instance, if your Sun is in the group’s:

  • 1st house – Offer to redesign their logo or give them an image overhaul.
  • 2nd house – Offer to be treasurer and ensure they charge enough.
  • 3rd house – Offer to edit the e-newsletter and build community.
  • 4th house – Offer to be their historian or caterer.
  • 5th house – Offer to organize the annual parties and competitions.
  • 6th house – Offer to serve on the board or be secretary.
  • 7th house – Offer your skills as a public relations co-ordinator.
  • 8th house – Offer to research and unearth new life in both speakers and events.
  • 9th house – Offer to teach a class or expand their visions.
  • 10th house – Offer to help promote the organization and stand for president.
  • 11th house – Offer to co-ordinate with other astro groups nearby and fix the website.
  • 12th house – Offer to curate the library of books and recordings’s etc.

Give it a try.


 

What type of Astrologer are you?

by Alison Price

Know thyself

“Astrologer, know thyself.” –  Socrates.

Ancient words but as true today as the day they were penned (or is that quilled?)

As an astrologer you really do need to know your own natal chart well. Why not get a blank piece of paper and try to draw you chart from memory. This shows how well you know the ins and outs of your chart.

Self-knowledge is the key to understanding others. This includes the good, the bad and the ugly, warts and all.

I may not know you personally but I can hazard a guess about you:

  • You are your own person.
  • You are accomplished.
  • You read books.
  • You have lived.
  • You have laughed.
  • Your journey has brought you here.
  • You can do your own thing.
  • You have life experience.
  • You search for more.
  • You choose your own path.

You owe it to yourself to be the type of astrologer that sits well with your planetary indicators. We cannot all be the same type of astrologer.

Some explore their astrology through face-to-face consultations, video forecasts, supporting the astrology community via groups, writing or being the spokesman for astrology in the public eye.

In your astrology life you may want to:

  • Forecast and predict.
  • Write a Sun Sign column.
  • Understand your family better.
  • Host a blog.
  • Research an obscure technique.
  • Be a niche guru.
  • Curate the astrological community.
  • Support others.
  • Teach others.
  • Learn astrology for your own pleasure.
  • Write a book.
  • Get you name in lights.
  • Be rich.
  • Be famous.
  • Be on TV.
  • Live your life in tune with planetary cycles.
  • Understand yourself.
  • Understand others.
  • All of the above.
  • None of the above.

Chart indicators for an astrologer

Your natal chart gives clues as to the type of astrologer you are likely to be. Modern astrologers take Uranus, as the ruler of our craft and the traditional ruler is Mercury.

During transits to sensitive planets and chart points in your natal chart external changes may occur to alter your life path.

Experiencing progressions to sensitive planets and chart points is a time when internal changes are likely to develop to alter your karmic direction.

The above two points (transits and progressions to your natal chart) can suggest times in your life when astrology will begin to loom large. The more forecast triggers happening at once the more likely it will be.

Uranus

As the modern ruler of astrology and astrologers Uranus indicates an astrologer if it is conjoined your ascendant, Sun, Midheaven or Mercury. Or if Uranus is oriental where it suggests your vocation.

There are many instances where Uranus aspects the oriental planet in well-known astrologer’s charts.

All natal aspects to your Uranus will modify the type of astrologer you are likely to become.

Uranus conjunctions are the strongest indicators.

When natal Uranus is stimulated by progressions from the Sun, Mercury, the ascendant or Midheaven an interest in astrology will probably develop.

Aquarius

Aquarius on the first house cusp shows a personal interest in astrology.

On the Midheaven the Water bearer indicates that a business can be made from astrology.

When your progressed or directed ascendant or Midheaven enters Aquarius the focus of your life will shift. This change alone will not confirm astrology, but it will if supported by other indicators.

Mercury

The traditional ruler of astrology and astrologers is Mercury the planet of information gathering and dispersal and of scribing the events of the day.

When your natal Mercury receives aspects from transiting Uranus astrology becomes an interest.

Jupiter

As the philosopher and teacher, Jupiter often conjoins, squares or opposes the Sun or Uranus in astrologer’s natal charts.

It also frequently contacts Mercury, the ascendant or Midheaven.

When natal Jupiter is stimulated by transiting Uranus or progressed Mercury it may spark an interest and you will seek astrological knowledge.

Factors

Many factors contribute to an interest in astrology. If you take your passion for astrology a step further it makes sense to look at the career indicators for “An astrologer” in your chart. This can guide you towards fulfilling the potential shown by your natal placements.

If you live in tune with your natal chart you are more likely to be satisfied with your life and you can more readily be the type of astrologer your chart suggests, than one which you think you should be, by attempting to emulate those around you.

Do you have a strong Uranus or Mercury? What are your astrology indicators?

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Believe in the Chart

by Alison Price

Those of us brave enough to step into the world of helping others carry a special burden.

As counseling astrologers we can sometimes be reticent to tell the story in the chart as it is, as opposed to how we would like it to be.

Life paths and motivations indicated in a chart may not sit well with us and we could easily think scenarios suggested in the nativity are unsuitable to mention to the client.

Thoughts run through our minds and we wonder if people do in fact live like this. This colouration of issues and facts all stems from the internals of our own charts.


The Window

What we choose to come into this world with is suggested by our natal chart and the planets, houses, signs and aspects that make each one of us unique.

Consider correlating your natal chart, and so the one that you are living with, to a stained glass window made from a variety of colours, shapes and textures some little panes transparent, some not perhaps some even rose tinted.

Looking out we still see the world as others do (a tree is still a tree) but our view is filtered by the combinations of planetary complexes from our own charts. It is almost as if we are standing behind a magnificent kaleidoscope and the light is shining in.

Other people will see different shapes, patterns and emphases as they perceive the world via their own vantage point.


The Friend

A while back I sent a preliminary astrological interpretation to my dearest friend. She is not my oldest friend in age, but I have known her for the longest time.

We were at school together. Over the years we had not kept in touch until one day last spring when, thanks to the miracle of the internet and social networking, we caught up with each other again.

There are many things in her life that she has experienced which I know nothing about and there are no doubt innumerable adventures she has taken and people she has met in the missing thirty-five years since we last spoke face to face.

In my initial interpretation of her nativity there were the usual standard clues of astrological information. You know the sort of thing, planets in signs, houses and aspects.  Some features more prominent than others but generally a regular birth chart.

Her chart suggested she had a life spent going down roads of the type that had never opened up for me.

Not having first hand experience I was hesitant to delicately express the situations shown by her natal chart. Deciding to bite the bullet, and as calmly as possible, I began to broach the subjects showing her darker side.

There is much wrangling in astrological circles about who to charge and how much usually depending on your competence and experience. My recent policy is to provide complimentary astrological services for family and friends.

That really means doing free work for family and friends. Who are my friends? Well they are those people who I met before they knew I was an astrologer.

At this stage in my career I thought I had all my family and friend’s charts nailed down, but suddenly here was a new chart for an old friend and in a way it was very exciting indeed because I knew her.

She had expressed an interest in my craft on several occasions in our tentative emails so I thought it was time to take the plunge and send her one of my fabulous interpretations.

With her given time on the hour (which we know is not really correct) and a totally unexpected birth place (one always has to check these things) I constructed a birth chart for her.

My approach for her interpretation was to stick to the bones and use broad strokes by focussing on outlining quadrants, modes and elemental balances. I felt my report was solid astrology without excessive detail.

Some may even say I suffer from TMI (too much information). I clicked ‘send’ and off it went to her living on another continent.


The Remorse

That night I couldn’t sleep. What gave me the right to mention her problems, bring up her internal angst, expose issues with her demons, dragons, life situations and experiences not suitable for dinner party conversations?

I was mortified by what I had said in my report and wished to have it all undone in the blink of an eye.

The next morning her return email was flashing in my inbox. I was sweating. It was one thing to lose contact with someone for thirty-five years and another to lose that same person within six months of getting back in touch.

But there it was positive feedback showing the beauty of astrology.

“Wow, thank you so much this is more than I had hoped for. You are so correct I am amazed. I shall re-read it all again and then get back to you. Thank you” she gushed.

Phew!


The Chart

The chart never lies only we do. I had talked myself into a funk about her reaction and had forgotten that the nativity speaks for itself. We as students of astrology have to listen and bring the story to life for the client by taking the role of interpreter.

This has been a learning experience to me. Clients with tricky areas in their charts often know about them already and have taken them on board.

Although I found myself feeling uncomfortable about many things that my friend’s astrology was saying, to her it was all old news.

Looking at life through my strongly Virgo stained glass window this has been a lesson in being self-critical with a need to openly embrace the possibilities and potentials that others experience as a matter of course.


 

Astrology Software

by Alison Price

I am often asked to recommend astrology software.

Students want to know which to buy, how much to spend, what is needed and where to get it. Or even if they need to purchase specific astrology programs at all when many sites will cast free charts.

For those who do want to know about buying astrology software here is how I do it.


All Hail Solar Fire

Straight off the bat let me say I use Solar Fire and have since 2002.

I always keep abreast with the software and upgrade as soon as new versions are released. I do this because even though two plus two is still four, or the Sun is in the same place in version 1.0 as it is in V9, other features are available in the later releases.

New discovered planets like Eris, Sedna and co. have their positions. This capability may not appeal to all but it does to me.

I became a Mac believer about five years ago. If you are too then you know what I’m talking about but I kept the windows computer for Solar Fire.

My PC died earlier this year taking away my Solar Fire. It is essential that I have full astrology calculation capabilities and I had to request the kind help of a former student to print off a couple of client charts in SF which I needed immediately for clients booked in for consultations during that week.

“Oh, but you can do it all by hand!” I hear you cry, “You don’t need a computer.”

Well, yes, I can calculate what I needed by hand but who has the time? Come on. Really?

Anyway, I was at a decision point and I figured I had three choices:

  • Buy a new Mac astrology program.
  • Buy a new Windows based computer to run Solar Fire.
  • Make a Windows partition on my Mac (needed to run Solar Fire).

I chose to buy another Windows computer and in fact it is the smallest, cheapest nay lightest notebook I could find. I only run Solar Fire on it and it is not connected to the Internet yet. It is purely standalone and dedicated to Solar Fire. Luxury.


Astro Gold

During the interim period (when I had not a PC) I turned to my new favorite software app Astro Gold.

This is a powerful astrology app that runs on iPhone and iPad (and I believe other devices).

It is written by the Solar Fire people and is incredibly powerful. I recently used it at a Holistic Fair in my neighborhood where I gave mini astro-readings in aid of autistic children.

The image on this page shows Astro Gold at the fair.

The joke in my home is that if the house caught fire and the family and pets escaped, what would I grab next? Well it would be the iPad with Astro Gold. I can see myself casting the chart whilst sitting under a blanket watching the firemen do their thing.

It’s a personal choice

In the end buying astrology software is a personal choice. I don’t have experience with other products so I can’t comment but this is how I do it.

Are you a fan of Solar Fire or Astro Gold? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Where to get astrology software:

Astrolabe – distributors of Solar Fire in North America.

Esoteric Technologies – developers of Solar Fire.

The Apple store.


How to Give an Astrological Referral

In one of the Dirty Harry movies Clint Eastwood famously said, “An expert knows when it’s time to call in the experts.”

This is exactly what client referral is all about. Astrologers cannot be all things to all people.

There will be those you can’t help for one reason or another. Sometimes you need to refer your clients to other experts.


What is an astrological referral?

An astrological referral is where you (the astrologer) suggest your client consults with someone else who may be an astrologer or another person in a related new age field. You should know the other expert to whom you are referring and ideally you will have had a working relationship with them in the past.


Astrologers refer clients for several reasons:

Physical distance:

The prospective client is on the phone and wants a face-to-face consultation but lives miles away. A good astrologer will know the names of those working nearby and will be able to refer to them.

Not in their field of expertise

Perhaps the client wants a chart rectified and you do not offer that service. Not every astrologer does everything. Personally I don’t work on health issues or illness, but I do specialize in conception work and children’s astrology. Other astrologers concentrate on health and wellness or various related fields.

The astrologer feels uncomfortable

On occasion the energies emanating from a client may not sit well with you. It may be a gut reaction but you know you cannot connect with this person.

No time

You are fully booked for months ahead and then are off to a conference for a week after which you are going on vacation for six weeks (well, we can hope).


Who can refer?

All astrologers can, and at times should, refer their clients to other astrologers or related practitioners.


Who can you refer to? (Get the grammar police)

If you are a new astrologer you may not yet know who is good and you likely are not confident in referring. Ask your teacher or mentor to provide some recommendations. If still at a loss your local astrology group will have a list of names of neighborhood experts to offer.

For example:

  • Other astrologers in the proximity
  • Specialist astrologers (e.g. Rectification and decumbiture)
  • Numerologists
  • Hypnotherapists
  • Psychics and mediums
  • Others

How to Give an Astrological Referral

Once you have decided to whom you are going to refer your client, what do you do? Do not give the name of your referred expert to your client. Yet.

Step 1:

You contact the expert and ask if they will accept this client. They too may be going away or be otherwise engaged. If this person cannot see your client you then contact the next one on your referral list and in this manner you find someone who will help. Briefly explain the situation and let them know you will get your client to call directly and make an appointment.

Step 2:

You provide your client with the email address and phone number of the chosen one and your client can personally make the arrangements to consult with your choice.


Note

In my experience if you simply give your client the expert’s number they may call and discover that person will not see them either. Sometimes clients can be in a fragile state and see this lack of acceptance as a form of rejection. This unfortunate situation is avoided if you confer with the one you are referring to first and make sure your client will be well received.


Do you?

Do you refer your clients? Do you have another way of doing this? Do you wish to be considered an expert in a particular astrological field? Write you thoughts in the comments section below. I bet the buzz on everyone’s mind is “Why would I send business away when it is so hard won?” That is a question for another day.


 

Astrological Peer Review – Is It For You?

Astrology by its very nature is often practiced in isolation. You can go for months without meeting another astrologer face-to-face.

As an astrologer you may have read the recommended books and taken a course or two but why not get some direct feedback on the work you are presenting to clients?

This is particularly important in your first “public” consultations. It is one thing to forecast for family and friends and another to take the big step and consult for strangers.

I believe that as astrology is not regulated (like realtors) support has to come from inside our community.

That means you and me.


What is peer review?

Peer review is when you ask another astrologer to look over your work and provide useful feedback.

It is no good someone saying “Oh, yes I would have interpreted it like that.” What you need are specifics.

Areas for consideration can include:

  • Manual chart calculations
  • Natal chart interpretations
  • Forecasting and predictions

Peer review is where you go to bounce interpretations, new theories or fresh techniques which you may have developed off a more experienced person.


Your Peers

Your peers are those in the astrological community whom you feel are at the same level of development as yourself.

You may also consider reaching out to more advanced astrologers and teachers. However, this may become a protégé / mentor relationship.

There is a good case to create study groups of like-minded people which can work very well.


Scared of self-exposure? Ask yourself:

  • Are you an astrologer with over ten years experience and think you don’t need help?
  • Do you believe it may somehow reduce your credibility within in the astrological community to seek peer review?
  • Are you scared of self-exposure?

These are all valid feelings.


The benefits of peer review

Each one of us approaches chart interpretation through the lens of our own chart. I often describe this as looking through our unique stained glass window where the nuances of our own nativity will play an important role.

To hear that your reviewer would have come to the same conclusions and interpreted the chart same way as you do is not what you need.

You will benefit from listening to another’s viewpoint. It lets you see your interpretations from different perspectives.

Clearly you will not agree with everything your reviewer may say and you can still go with your guts. It is all about keeping an open mind.


Who you gonna call?

Not all astrologers offer peer review. To find someone suitable consider the options below.

  • If you have or have had an astrology teacher he or she will be your first line of approach.
  • Old teachers can refer you to others who specialize in reviewing student’s work.
  • The big astrology organizations may be a resource as they have contact lists of astrology practitioners.

How To Get The Best From Your Astrologer

by Alison Price

Perhaps you have been considering taking the next step and are toying with the idea about trying a professional astrology reading or as they say having your chart done.

If it is your first time consulting an astrologer you probably don’t know exactly what to expect from an interpretation You do not know what he or she can actually do for you.

You may be nervous and wary of what could be revealed in the session. Remember that ghastly episode in the eighth grade? Being apprehensive of new experiences is a completely natural reaction. Your friends may have had a reading before and can no doubt tell long tales about their experiences.

But what about what the astrologer expects from you? If you want to get the most from your first meeting with your astrologer here are a few points to consider.


Be honest about your birth time

Your astrologer requests your time of birth so they can set up a personalized chart which is unique to you based on the time you have given. Birth times of 5 p.m. are highly suspect because it was more likely to have been 4:55 p.m. or 5:02 p.m. in reality.

An ideal birth time is the one that is captured when the newborn takes in their first breath. The infant thus inhales the potentials of the universe at that precise moment. It is important for those expecting or planning to have children in the future to get the birth time, at least to the minute if not to the second.

One day that child may seek out an astrologer and knowing their correct birth time will be important for them. If you don’t do anything else for your child get the birth time.

You can sometimes glean your birth time from your mother and some birth certificates have it or reference a baby book. If you do not know for sure please don’t guess either. You may think that any time is better than none, or that you have to have a birth time for your astrologer to do your chart are both incorrect.

In fact your Mother may not remember what time you were born. You may think “But why can’t you remember Mom? I was being born and aren’t I the most precious thing in your life? You were there so why weren’t you paying attention?”

The reality is there is so much going on during a child’s birth that if the time is not noted and written down then it really is up to memory. Being in a labor ward with strange nurses that you have just met attending to very intimate details of your person is an extremely stressful time.

Your astrologer would rather hear “My mother thinks I was born in the afternoon sometime after lunch but before supper.” With this information he or she can accommodate the wide time given and adjust his or her interpretations to suit.

When you provide a birth time of “Sometime after lunch” your astrologer will compensate for the lack of a precise time and construct your chart accordingly. This practice benefits you and your astrologer.

You will receive a better reading and your astrologer can give you a better interpretation. This may seem like the same thing but it isn’t. Your reading becomes pertinent and you are likely to perceive your astrologer as being competent, caring and insightful.


Get to the point

The face-to-face relationship between client and astrologer usually starts with a one hour session.

This may go over to the one and a half hour mark and even in some cases to two hours at a stretch. But usually one hour is all the information that you, as a client, can appreciate and absorb during the first appointment.

Your astrologer will ask you if there is anything particular they need to focus on with the initial reading and this is your opportunity to get the most out of your meeting.

If you really want to zoom in on your love life, say so, when you book the appointment. Otherwise you may be distracted and not listening to all the upcoming pressing career issues that your astrologer is explaining because they know what is coming up for you through the transits and other forecasting techniques.

You may be concerned with your romantic issues and you won’t care about boring stuff like work. Do not wait until you are leaving the office to ask “Should I leave my boyfriend?”

If you have an immediate concern it makes sense to mention it first, ideally when you make the booking. You may think your astrologer will know already but not all of us are mind readers.


Make an appointment

This is really common courtesy. Phone up and make an appointment to see your astrologer. No one appreciates being ambushed on a Saturday afternoon with your pressing problems. By having a future meeting time your astrologer can carefully prepare your personalized charts and diagrams.

They can thoughtfully contemplate all the current planetary conditions and the possible impact on your life. They can prepare themselves perhaps with meditation or breathing techniques which will result in presenting a confident and meaningful consultation.


Consider your astrologer’s gift to you

For your astrologer, giving of themselves during a consultation is very often psychically draining, particularly if there are difficult issues to be addressed in the session. One painful area that comes to mind is bereavement. Death of a loved one can provoke both sadness and relief rolled into one.

Grieving is not an easy period in anyone’s life. For your astrologer to help you navigate these dark days, weeks or months they have to give the gift of themselves psychically to you.


The serial client

Are you a serial client? One who goes from one practitioner to the next seeking the answers that seem so elusive?

There is no problem in hearing a second opinion and certainly you need to find an astrologer with whom you resonate. That being said, please resist running down your last astrologer in the first sentence out of your mouth to your present astrologer.

He or she will immediately become wary of you and can only guess at your upcoming comments about them in your future consultant’s office.


Refer your astrologer

Some clients prefer not to have it known that they are consulting with an astrologer. The reasoning here takes many forms.

Astrologers understand that discretion is the better part of valour. We realise that some things are best left unsaid and if you wish to be discreet then you have come to the right place.

There is not an astrologer that I know who will openly discuss their client’s charts, data or issues in general conversation amongst other astrologers.

If you can honestly speak highly of your astrologer then you will be more comfortable referring your friends and family to them. By confidently singing their praises (which is what most practitioners want) it is good for business and good for astrology.

For those of you who love your astrologer it’s time to step-up and recommend them. Tell your friends about the confidence you have. Explain how helpful working together with your astrologer has been for you.

You don’t need to get into details and the nitty-gritty of your life. Tell interested people you know to mention your name when they call for an appointment, trust me, your astrologer will appreciate your referrals.


Still can’t get on?

In the unlikely event that you are disappointed with the service from your astrologer you need to tell him or her directly.

There is no need to be rude or cruel but just simply explain where you think he or she went wrong and give them an opportunity to relook at their work and, if acceptable to you, for the astrologer to present it again.

By bringing your concerns to the attention of your astrologer you provide him or her an opportunity to re-evaluate their work. Not to do so does not help anyone.

If you really feel you cannot continue your relationship then it is best to part ways.


Conclusion

We are all living through our own charts. Getting along in life takes effort. If you have discovered an astrologer that is in tune with you and your life rhythms then keep them close. You are one of the lucky people who will have your life enriched by astrology.

The fact that you are reading this article shows you have hope and believe in the future of astrology.

Becoming a relevant client takes effort on your part but the payback is the huge benefit that astrology has to offer you and your life.


 

A Day in the Life of an Astrologer

by Alison Price

They used to say “If you want something doing give it to a busy woman.”

I suppose now it would be a busy person. But it seems that the more you do the more you can do.

The less you do the less you want to do.


How to find the time

After years of tweaking I have settled on a loose timetable that suits my family. I say loose because that is what it is, flexible and evolving.

My work week

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

My full workday follows much the same pattern all week from Monday to Thursday. Friday and the weekend are different.

5:00 – 7:00 – Writing time.

7:00 – 8:00 – Family breakfast.

8:00 – 10:00 – Client or class prep for that day.

10:00 – 12:00 – Client consultations.

12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch.

12:30 – 1:00 – Walk outside in the fresh air.

1:00 – 2:00 – Emails and catch-up.

2:00 – 4:00 – Client consultations.

4:00 – 7:00 – Family time and dinner.

7:00 – 9:00 – Evening classes.

If I don’t have clients or classes in a particular day then the prep and consultation time goes to writing.

I teach assorted astrology classes for four days a week. Each course is over six weeks at a time. Courses are usually in the fall, winter and spring. Sometimes I offer classes in between as well if there are overflow students on the wait list. This is also the time when I do one-to-one mentorship or speciality classes like student exam prep.

Writing means working on my client written astrology reports, book manuscripts, articles, eBooks, preparing lecture notes, blog post prep and other writing. This is creative time and not answering emails or queries which is done later in the day.


Friday

On Friday mornings I work until noon just like the other days. Then I have a standing lunch date with the love of my life and take the rest of the day off and spend time with him.

The weekend starts here.

Saturday

Sometimes I have afternoon classes or lectures but not every week.

Saturday is the day for workshops and more group activities. I also like to browse the book shops and spend some time in the great outdoors.

Sunday

I like a slow Sunday morning.

I pick up some magazines or read the astrology trade periodicals and have coffee and brunch. Maybe I’ll take a nap in the afternoon.

I read somewhere that Oprah stays in her PJs all Sunday. I think she has something there.

When our children were younger we had a “No other people’s kids in the house on Sunday” rule.

This meant all sleepovers when other people’s kids came to stay in our home had to be from Friday to Saturday so we could have Sunday in peace.

Sunday is like the twelfth house in a chart and a time to reflect, replenish and recharge.


 

10 Classic Comments Astrology Clients Make

by Alison Price

Astrology is a fascinating subject which draws in individuals from many walks of life. As a professional you meet numerous varied and interesting people.

Perceptions that clients have of an astrologer’s abilities are clearly shown in the wide range of remarks that are heard in a consulting room.

These comments simply highlight the point of view held by the average person. Take a look through the list below and see if anything rings true for you.


1 “If I hadn’t already paid I would have cancelled.”

This is a classic comment. The client is wary and apprehensive. Had he or she not made the payment they would have not have arrived at the appointment.

The solution may be to take a deposit at the booking. The hard truth here is, if you do not accept remuneration upfront, you will probably experience many no-shows.

2 “I have brought a friend to sit in on the reading.”

This happens with brand new clients. If he or she has not already met you they could have a vision that a consultation includes the slaughter of a chicken and writing in blood.

They are apprehensive of what is to come. It may seem crazy that anyone would think this. It is your job to ensure you present a professional countenance at all times.

3 “I thought you may say I am a bad person.”

This stems from the view that astrologers are in some way able to criticize or judge their customer’s character, actions or lifestyle choices.

We all feel we could be better in many ways and your client thinks that you can see his or her flaws and will comment about them. Everyone is acutely aware of his or her shortcomings. Perhaps you need to emanate an impression of kindness and understanding.

Being an astrologer places you in a strong position over others or so it seems to them.

4 “I was wary about what you could tell me.”

They are not sure of the reach and depth that an astrology consultation can take. It is natural to be unsure of being exposed in some way. It is the astrologer’s job to make their client comfortable.

Reaching out to people can take many forms. Discuss the obvious chart indicators before delving into the darker realms of their chart.

5 “I was worried you would not like me.”

Often the client thinks you will make personal comments about their life or way of living.

He or she may have old ideas brought forward over the past two thousand years when astrology has been brought from the dark ages into the twenty-first century.

6 “I thought you were going to tell me I am going to die.”

There is a common misconception that the general public thinks the natal chart automatically says when someone will die.

Your customers generally do not want to know this type of information. Even if you believe you can predict death it is not advisable to discuss your thoughts on the matter.

Probably the best way to quash their fears is to state at the booking that you will not be considering their demise.

7 “You have the power today which concerns me.”

Many people fear giving up their personal power or control and this can show up in a client’s resistance to a reading. It is only natural and comes under the title of “letting others in.” Astrology is tantalizing to many.

The thought of someone seeing into their very being is very self-centered and which is what we offer in readings. One hour to discuss the individual and only them is intoxicating for some but daunting to others.

8 “I don’t believe in astrology.”

A section of people do not believe in astrology but at the same time they are curious.

This is an opportunity for an astrologer to explore the chart in a way, which the client is comfortable. Focusing on the main message of the squares in a chart will give the client something to immediately relate.

The best outcome for this person is that they leave the consulting room with a positive image of the modern astrologer.

9 “I am anxious about this.”

Many people are indeed anxious about laying their soul bare to the intense scrutiny of an astrologer. Your very presence can make some individuals twitchy.

We are in a counseling profession. Your customers need to feel safe. This can be achieved by allowing them to work through their issues in a supportive environment.

10 “Will you tell my wife?”

There is only one correct answer here. “No, you won’t tell his wife.”

Whatever comes out during an appointment, the good, the bad and the ugly, remember that discretion is everything. You have to be confidential with your customer’s disclosures.

No doubt you will hear things you wished you had not but that goes with the territory. Astrologers who do not hold their client consultations private will soon have a reputation as such.


Conclusion

It is up to you as an astrologer to be prepared for your client’s general apprehensions and worries about astrology.

Much of these misconceptions can be allayed by the professionalism that you bring to your work. The public needs to discover that modern astrology is both relevant and useful.

First prize is for your clients to go forward speaking your praises and those of our profession.

Make sure you not only have excellent interpretation skills so you can correctly delineate a chart but also ensure you bring your human side and add to astrology’s reputation in a positive way.


 

5 Things to do After your Client Leaves

by Alison Price

1. Cleanse the space.

I don’t mean sweep the floor what I do mean is open a window, burn some incense or light a fragranced candle.

Clean the whiteboard and wipe the slate.

Past clients leave emotional residue and it is important to purge the atmosphere and yourself from any negative emotional buildup.

This practice clears your working space and helps you prepare psychologically for the next person.

2. File charts away

Seems obvious but it starts slowly with a few files on the corner of you desk and before you know it has grown into a quivering heap of papers.

Even if you only have two clients a week keep their chart notes and files neat and in a filing cabinet.

You will need to refer to them later if your customer contacts you or there is a question about the reading where more clarity is needed and the following year.

3. Close out comments.

I like to send a thank you note or email. It may be old fashioned but it is a way of having closure on the session.

Some clients will come back within a day or two with queries and questions and if I can remember the chart I will dash off an email spelling out the explanation.

Other clients will contact me two months after the reading with questions but by this time, if I have to look at the chart again, then there will be a perusal fee.

4.  Follow up reminders.

If you diarize their birth date you can issue consultation reminders the month before their birthday.

Most astrologers’ offer a discount for all those with the same Sun sign as the transiting Sun. By this method all Virgo’s will receive a discount on astrology services during late August and early September every year.

Having follow-up consultations near their Solar Return charts helps so you don’t have to cast two.

5. Reinforce your weaknesses.

How did it go? Did you encounter a difficult part? Do you need to read up on a particular area of interpretation? Do you want to engage in a peer review with another astrologer?

Are you exhausted, drained, elated or a combination of all three? Complete your consultation review form.

Learn from each and every reading.

Don’t become complacent.

Stretch yourself.

It is amazing what you can do.


 

Further reading:


10 Things to Do Before Your Client Arrives

Ten things you can do today to make your astrological consultations easier before your next client arrives.

These strategies will help you set the stage for an effective reading. I work at my family home/office but your situation may be different find which suits you.

1. Check your client’s details.

It has happened before and it will happen again. If you type 1066 instead of 1966 into your software program the Sun will still be in the correct region of the zodiac but the whole chart will be out by nine hundred years! This happened to me in the early days of my client work and it is now something I always double check. There is no point in spending hours working with incorrect information.

2. Cast the consultation chart.

I create a chart for the time of the actual consultation. It provides valuable information on the mood of the day. There are some times when I prefer not to see clients at all which is during the month when the Sun transits my twelfth house. I find my time is better used in rest and recuperation to build up for the next stage when the Sun conjoins my ascendant and the solar cycle begins.

3. Your Sun’s synastry.

Your Sun’s contacts to your client’s chart will show how well you will be received by them as you illuminate their life through your solar position and the connections made. If your Sun contacts their ascendant you have the potential to influence them. If your Sun trines their Venus your client will love what you present. If your Sun is in a hard aspect to their Pluto they may be suspicious of you, what you have to say or even astrology in general.

4. Fido is a no-no.

If you own a dog it should be in another room and not seen or heard. There should not be a whiff of pooch. You don’t want Spot jumping up and licking people as they walk in the door. Having a cat about can be unnerving for some people. You may not be able to project a professional image with Whiskers sleeping on your desk. The only animals which I believe are appropriate in a consulting room are fish in a sparkling tank.

5. Let the fresh air in.

Where I live daily winter temperatures can get down to a brisk -15C but I always open the window to my office before a client arrives because it allows fresh air in and any residue of the previous client such as lingering emotional expressions to leave. You can also burn sage and waft it about. Other astrologers I know have their own ritual cleansing techniques and I urge you to find something that you like.

6. Prepare refreshments.

Common courtesy dictates you offer some form of refreshments. For my clients I will prepare regular tea or coffee and cookies. I also let them know beforehand they can bring a specialty tea bag if they wish. I have the tray ready to go and the water boiled before they arrive. I make the beverages before we sit down. Chilled iced water is placed on a table in the room before they arrive.

7. Record, rewind, replay.

I invite my clients to bring their own recording devices. In the past I found it was too stressful when I realized, after an hour and a half, that I had forgotten to press record and all was lost. I discovered that burning disks and making MP3’s was not my strong suit. I no longer offer taping (yes it used to be called that) as part of my service but I encourage people to bring their own machines, which for me, is the best solution.

8. Turn your phone to silent.

It’s not just your phone that needs to be on silent anymore you have to make your email notifications, pings and alerts go away as well. If you have other people in your home they need to keep it down too. Your ringing phone intrudes into your concentration and breaks your train of thought. By the same token, if your client puts their phone out and when it rings take the calls, that is down to them. It may seem rude but it is their session after all.

9. Meditate or ask for guidance.

Before a consultation I strive to find a calm mental place. Meditation is a good strategy. It is beneficial to be relaxed and focused and being so helps you to do your best work. People like talking about themselves and an astrology consultation is all about them. At the same time you need to be aware of being sucked in to difficult situations and to protect yourself from being psychically drained.

10. Breathe in… breathe out…

If you have ever been in a yoga class you know the power of breath-work. Slow breathing calms your physical body and can lower your blood pressure. The knack is to concentrate on breathing out only, as you will naturally inhale. When working with your clients becomes stressful it shows in their experience of you, your consulting skills and ultimately astrology.

The list goes on. Share the special things you do to prepare yourself for a reading. Write them in the comments section below.

Related posts:

1 How to become an astrologer.

2 Name your astrology business.

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Comments from Professional Astrologers Group on LinkedIn.

Sandy Anastasi

Sandy Anastasi • Great advice, Alison! I would add some simple common sense things like, make sure your office or work space is clear and clean. Make sure you are dressed in the manner of the impression you wish to make. Appearances ARE important! If you have a waiting room and a receptionist, well great. But if you don’t, then you need to be your own receptionist which means arriving early. I have not always had the luxury of my own office, separated from the rest of my home. In those days when I read clients at my kitchen table I was careful to clear the room both before and after the session, and I kept doors to the rest of the house closed. I also find that it is a wonderful advantage to give your client a written overview of what you do ahead of time, or to at least make it clear to them at the time they set their appointment. Not every astrologer reads a chart the same way. Some focus more on personality, some more on future, or compatibility, vocation, or spiritual focus; some use Tarot in concert with Astrology. Some are psychic astrologers and some are very technical. It really helps when you see a new client if they know what you do, and what they may expect from you.

Jane Ritson

Jane Ritson • I love the way you set things out clearly, concisely and and in separate paras.

Alison Price

Alison Price • @Sandy – Yes, a written overview is a good idea beforehand as we all approach astrology through our own charts.
@Jane – Glad you like it, at times like this I say “Thank heavens for Virgo planets!”

Sandy Anastasi

Sandy Anastasi • So, so true Alison – I think I have learned more about myself over the years by doing other people’s charts than my own! Good point! 🙂
On another note – I particularly liked your recommendation to review the chart for accuracy. I have made many of those errors myself, wondering why the chart I was reading didn’t fit the person in front of me until I realized I’d put in the wrong birth time, or made some other foolish error. You just can’t be too careful.

rao chitturu

rao chitturu • Very good hints are given for beginners in astrology profession- All are good – May I know the idea of choosing a “fish ‘ in item 4 i.e., “…..in a consulting room are fish in a sparkling tank.” I wish to add that I have give some hints – subject wise in my article – Predicitve astrology-General Hints.

Alison Price

Alison Price • @Rao – Thanks for your comments. It is not really about choosing to have a fish (unless Pisces is strong I suppose), but it is in not choosing to let a dog or a cat be around at the consultation.

Michael Zizis

Michael Zizis • Hi Alison and Absolutely everyone:

These observations are very adroit! You reveal our responsibility for inclusivity, regardless of a client’s chart issues.

I think the drudgery {did I mention I hate housework?} of a clean uncluttered home or one room – with a clean bathroom makes a great impression, unless its phone work.
I would make this step 11.

Also, I have a large aquarium within sight of the seating arrangements – that folks love watching, unless they are from Toronto, in which case they say, “Must be a lot of work?!”

: – )

As we all know, a balance of being cordial yet a little firm, is superior to feeling superior to a client. Do astrologers have egos?

All the places in our psyches not taken up by knowledge, will be taken up by ego.

As a possible # 12, I space client bookings widely apart so that the present client gets the attention they require.

Excellent discussion!

Pt. Ashok Dixit

Pt. Ashok Dixit • very excellent professional suggestions, by you. Thanks
I have already used to this methods but the process is different, according to INDIAN RITUALS.

Alison Price

Alison Price • Michael,
I like the two points you make in steps 11 and 12. Although we all want to be busy, we really can’t pack clients in to the detriment of our psychic well being. This is sometimes an issue for new pros. As with most things timing is everything. Good comments. Thanks.

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The 5 Levels of Astrologer

by Alison Price

Once you start to take an interest in astrology it is just the start of your journey.

Your personal astrological development can take years.

You may remain at one level for decades (when life gets in the way) and then pick it up later on. The process of becoming an astrologer includes particular milestones.

I am not saying aspiring to master astrologer is everyone’s goal but the process of becoming is clear.

Each level is a step up from the one below.

Below I have shared my thoughts on the different criteria for each stage of the astrologer’s evolution. Consider where you are.

Download your handy guide now.


The Five Levels of Astrologer

Hobbyist Astrologer

    • You read your horoscope every week
    • You know your own and your family member’s Sun signs
    • You can discuss astrology at a dinner party
    • You know enough to be dangerous (ha ha)

Student Astrologer(All of the above plus)

    • You have attended an astrology lecture
    • You subscribe to The Mountain Astrologer
    • You have taken at least one astrology lesson
    • You are considering attending a conference
    • You own Astro Gold

Amateur Astrologer – (All of the above plus)

    • You can read the glyphs in a chart
    • You know the signs, planets, houses and aspects
    • You own ten astrology books including a Table of Houses
    • You have at least one planet specific book
    • You have taken a formal astrology education course
    • You can interpret charts for family and friends
    • You can debate houses systems
    • You know at least four forecasting techniques
    • You are invited to speak locally

Professional Astrologer – (All of the above plus)

    • You can construct a chart from scratch (without a computer)
    • You can calculate forecasts from scratch (without a computer)
    • You have an extensive astrology library with duplicate editions
    • You subscribe to all the trade periodicals
    • You are a member of the international astrology associations
    • You accept payments for your work
    • Your income surpasses $12000USD per year from astrology
    • You are invited to speak internationally
    • You have appeared on TV or radio
    • You write a column/blog
    • You own your astrology website
    • You have published an astrology book

Master Astrologer – (All of the above plus)

    • You have been a professional (accepts payments) for at least ten years
    • You are considered a guru in the astrological community
    • You have written more than one book
    • Your income exceeds $60000 USD/year from astrology
    • Your name is known by the general public
    • You are the Keynote speaker
    • You are a recipient of astrology awards acknowledging your contribution
    • You may have forsaken daily consultations for focussed research
    • You are the Astrorati of the day

 

 


 

Where do you fit in?

What will you do next to support your astrology journey?


Name your astrology business

Ideas for running your astrology business. This piece is about finding a business name that means something. Businesses are entities all to themselves and astrology sees them as such.

Every time someone says your name it confers a blessing on you. The more the name is repeated the stronger it becomes. This is how names work. You can ask the numerologists, they are happy to recommend (for instance) a change from Margaret to Peggy.

The powerful essence in names can be seen when parents choose a name for their children. Much thought goes into selecting a name in line with their family traditions,  faith or culture. Parents do not pick a girl’s name for a boy and vice versa. They choose a name that they want their child to grow up to be, to develop into or that which they aspire for their offspring.

Make sure you labor under the umbrella of a well thought out business name. Maybe you don’t quite see yourself as a business. More like little old you as just another student, or lifetime student astrologer, trying to make sense of it all and help others along the way. Perhaps you believe you will never be good enough. But, if you see even a glimmer more for yourself then I urge you to plan for your future and get a great name.

Select a name

When you start out in business you need a name. The corporate experts recommend not naming any business from your own initials like PJ’s Astrology or KY’s Astrology. Rather look to that which inspires you and reveals who you really are.

Finding a new name for your astrology business may take several days or even a few weeks. Begin with a list of options that appeal to you and work the words together to find a short list of three possible business names.

Say the front runner names out loud and ask yourself:

    • Do the names roll off your tongue?
    • Can you say them on the phone?
    • Does the person at the other end immediately know how to spell them?
    • Are they hard to write?
    • Are they similar to someone else’s name?

Let’s not have Amazon Astrology either. Write them backwards. This can expose unexpected results. Be aware.

And the winner is…

Write your three finalists on a piece of paper. Then sleep on it. Yes, that’s right, tuck the paper under you pillow. The next morning pay attention to what immediately springs to your mind. Follow you instincts. It’s your business.

How do you see your name and your business name? Share you thoughts below.

For expert astrological advice on selecting a business name to suit your natal chart read A business name that means something.

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eBook: Introduction to Astrology – A beginner’s course workbook includes questions and answers – By Alison Price

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Introduction to Astrology comes at a time when the cardinal square unfolds betweenUranus the ruler of astrology and Pluto the planet which brings things into our consciousness. Make the most of this planetary phenomena and open your mind and heart to the ancient craft of astrology.

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Included are details for setting up your own Starzology discussion group with your friends to find supportive and interesting peers for your studies.

If you want a better grasp of the basics of astrology then Introduction to Astrology beginner’s course workbook with questions and answers is for you. Learning astrology is a personal journey, start yours now by taking the first step.

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Writers who read this book will gain:

  • A grasp of signs, planets, houses and aspects
  • A broad view of the parts of the chart
  • Practice working through the questions and answers
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  • A solid knowledge base for interpretations
  • Skills to grow their astrology understanding
  • Tips on how to work with their first client
  • Resources for further investigation
  • Confidence in chart delineation

“But what does it mean?” is the question most often asked by those wanting to learn how to read a chart. If you have ever said those words then Introduction to Astrology is for you.

Embrace your astrology interpretations with these practice questions and answers and know you are on the right track. Having the answers lets you check that you are correct.

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Have you been fascinated by astrology and found it sometimes resonates with you? Do you want to learn a bit more? This eBook course workbook has been tailor made for students of astrology.

Written by Alison Price a passionate professional astrologer, international lecturer and teacher. Introduction to Astrology helps you build on astrology knowledge and you can work at your own pace. Chapters include the signs, the planets, the houses, chart division, the aspects and synthesis.

Included are details for setting up your own Starzology discussion group with your friends to find supportive and interesting peers for your studies.

If you want a better grasp of the basics of astrology then Introduction to Astrology beginner’s course workbook with questions and answers is for you. Learning astrology is a personal journey, start yours now by taking the first step.

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The Modes in Astrology

 

by Alison Price

The Naming of the Modes goes In and Out of Fashion

Back in the seventies, they were referred to as the quadruplicities or qualities and yet nowadays simply as the modes.

Our modern classification is based on ancient ideas for categorization.

It all begins with the sign’s natural relationship with the angles (Ascendant, IC, Descendant and MC) and the seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter).

Even today the seasons officially begin when the Sun enters the four cardinal signs.

Astrology has its roots in the northern hemisphere and references to spring and autumn are northern-centric terminology. South of the equator spring and autumn are reversed as are summer and winter.

Cardinal Signs

The cardinal signs were originally divided into subsets of tropical and equinoctal containing two signs each.

Tropical Signs

Cancer and Capricorn are the signs which begin directly after the solstices.

Where the Sun seemingly turns back towards the equator at the latitude limits of the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

These herald the start of summer and winter.

Equinoctal Signs

The two equinoctal signs are Aries and Libra. For these are the signs that begin at the two equinoxes.

When the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north or south. It is also the point of the solar nodes.

The sign Aries starts at the vernal equinox and Libra begins at the autumnal equinox (where day and night are in balance).

Fixed Signs

The fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius follow after the tropical and equinoctial signs.

These are the signs during the mid-season period of the year.

Here the weather is milder, stable, agreeable and less prone to extremes of heat or cold.

Bicorporeal Signs

Bicorporeal is the old name for mutable signs. Bi means two and corporeal means of the body.

These signs are depicted by symbols of two animals they are known as the dual signs.

Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are the bicorporeal signs.

The symbol for Gemini is the pair of twins.

For Virgo, it is the image of the maiden (who may be pregnant? Hmm, I’ll have to think about this).

The representation for Sagittarius is the centaur shown with the body of a horse and the head and torso of a man.

The last sign Pisces is the two fish tethered and swimming in opposite directions.

If you are a Mercurial type you may find it interesting to know these older terms but in contemporary astrology, they are probably relegated to the tricky words found in an astrology crossword puzzle.


 

Is Your Creative Writing Time a Write-off?

by Alison Price

Writing

Writing is a creative exercise expressed through your Mercurial energies.

The actual process of putting pen to paper can easily become derailed by outside distractions.

You are better of doing any creative writing at the time of day that is supported by your own natal mercury placement.

Take steps to ensure your creative writing time aligns with your natal chart.


Angles as Time Markers

In a chart the division of the wheel by the ascendant and descendant and the Midheaven and the IC as axes are also sensitive points. This division of the chart created the four quadrants.

The four are known as the chart angles.

If the Sun is near an angle it indicate the time of day.

  • The Sun on the ascendant is dawn,
  • TheSun on the Midheaven is midday,
  • The Sun on descendant is sunset and
  • The Sun on the IC in the middle of the night.

Planets placed near an angle are best stimulated during the time of day indicated by the particular angle.

Mercury rules writing

When Mercury is in the first quadrant (1st, 2nd or 3rd house) in your natal chart you can best express its energies in the early morning before dawn

If your Mercury in the second quadrant (4th, 5th or 6th houses) writing in the evening is best for you.

When Mercury is placed in the third quadrant (7th, 8th or 9th houses) it suggests your writing will flow best in the afternoon and before dusk.

Mercury in the fourth quadrant (10th, 11th or 12th houses) inclines you to pen your missives in the morning and finish them before lunch.

Writing and Mercury go hand-in-hand

What about other Mercury functions? The timing is the same, in-line with your Mercury placement time frame you can benefit by performing other Mercury related activities such as:

Preparing emails, making phone calls, writing your blog, answering questions, signing papers, bartering deals, closing deals, booking appointments, making an initial approach, discussing important issues, having a date or speaking your mind.

There are many facets to Mercury and you can improve your communications all round by doing them at the right time.