NORWAC is held in Seattle every year and has been for over thirty years. It is a highly popular astrology conference and boasts world-class astrologers presenting cutting-edge astrological thought alongside contemporary and ancient techniques.
If you are serious about astrology do not miss this amazing opportunity to broadened and deepen your astrological knowledge.
You can rub shoulders with top international astrologers and socialize with the fun and friendly people who are your tribe.
I am so excited to have been invited to present a lecture and 2018 will be my first time. I am honored for the privilege to share my insights and creative work with the engaged NORWAC community.
The special topic that I can’t wait to share will be “Your Money Planets – Astrology for your financial life.”
“Discover a positive approach to your financial life. This lecture shows how to work with the planets for your monetary benefit. Take a deeper look into natal astrology and discover which planets have something to say about your economic well-being. Get tips on income, earning, investing, spending, what to buy, what to sell, where to earn and how to save based on your chart. Be satisfied with what you have as your values shift through the evolution of your chart.”
I know you will enjoy it so come along and support me on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 10:15 am.
If you can get out to the west coast and you are an aspiring astrologer then this is the time to visit Seattle.
Astrology Readings at NORWAC
As with all my astrology conferences I shall be offering consultations during the event and there will be several spots if you wish to book beforehand.
You have three options for astrology consultations during the NORWAC weekend:
If you know beforehand you want a reading you can contact me on the form below. This is the best way as there are only some many clients that I can see over the weekend.
If you decide at the last moment you want a reading you can let me know as well.
If you attend my lecture at Norwac and decide you love my style because I resonate with you, please approach me and we can set up a time for your personal reading.
I believe that all women are creative. Each and every one of us has something to offer and it can be big or small.
I find that if you bring your talents forward and make time for interesting things it establishes a balance in your life between what has to be done and what you like doing. It is the action of creating that makes the process satisfying.
We all have responsibilities such as having to work for someone else, commuting, launching our kids into the world and maintaining a social life and meaningful personal relationship.
Daily you may face a to-do list and if you don’t do them who will? If you tap into your creativity it can mitigate many of the mundane details of life.
As Women Evolve
Many of the women I see in my astrology practice are in the forty- or fifty-something age group.
They have already brought up their children and made a home for their family. At this point in their lives they want something more. They ask me, “Is this all there is?” or words in the same vein.
After the efforts they have put out for years that are now not needed, they have a good look at their life. The kids have gone their partner now may, or may not, measure up and an uneasy feeling of dissatisfaction has crept in.
Other women relish their newfound freedom and seek ways to make the most of the next phase of life. Either way women want a new direction, purpose and meaning for their life.
This is where an astrology consultation can help. Astrology is the study of the influence that the stars and planets have on life on Earth. Thousands of years of analysis have shown that particular traits are inherent in each zodiac sign.
A professional astrologer can cast your unique birth chart and provide you with a life map for your journey.
Your natal chart is original and contains many combinations of planetary energies all flowing at the same time in different directions. It is the skill of the astrologer to sort through the themes shown in your chart and present a clear picture for you.
I look at all the planets including your Sun and Moon signs and find the message in your chart. It is different for each one of you. Some will call it your soul purpose, others your life path.
Whichever words you choose to use your birth chart shows all the potentials, urges and opportunities that you have and that need to be satisfied in this lifetime.
We cannot all be rocket scientists, and indeed it would be a very different world if we were, but every woman owes it to herself to be what they truly want and not have to bow to what society, or your mother-in-law, or anyone else, thinks you should be.
Reading for Mari
I had a client recently a woman we will call Mari. She came to me in mid-life for a reading. I think initially she was simply curious as she had never consulted an astrologer before. We exchanged pleasantries. I offered her tea and we settled down in a comfortable environment for her reading.
She started off by saying, “What can you see?” and I began discussing her chart and spoke of how I interpreted her chart and who I saw her as through reading her chart and the eyes of astrology.
I had never met her before and soon I was chatting about her motivations and how her nativity was suggesting a certain path. She stopped me then, and said, “I wanted to do that when I was a girl, but I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it.”
I asked her, “Do you still want to do it?”
She thought for a moment and said, “Well I did once but that was a long time ago, I’m a different person now, I have responsibilities.”
I shall break from the story here and tell you that this response is common. That what we wanted to do as children or young people has been shelved in favour of a life that is an existence but pays the rent.
Yes, I know providing a roof is important but to my mind having your dream come alive again is a most desirable state of affairs.
Astrology can help you focus on what is truly important in your life and, to be honest, it could simply be continuing down your present path. But for many women it is a way to re-ignite ideas or passions that have been left to wither on the vine.
Let Your Ideas Breathe
Going back to Mari’s situation. I urged her to consider changing what she was doing, not all at once as transformation can be daunting, but that she let the thoughts of following her long lost passion mull in her head for a while and give her ideas space to breathe.
Two months later I met with Mari again and we discussed how things were going for her. She told me she had signed up for a class to refresh her desired activity and would be starting in the New Year.
She also informed me that she has changed her attitude towards herself and her view of what she wanted her life to be.
Although this was still a work in progress the small changes she had made had improved her overall perspective and brightened her outlook.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Guide for Aspiring Astrologers
by Alison Price
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
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
Important Features to Create on Your Website
Your Email Addresses
Your Email Signature
Your Business Card
How to Build Your Platform
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
Your Outer Planet Signature
How to Take A Booking
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
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.