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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Pisces – A Gordian Knot of a Water Sign – Guest Post

This guest post is by Jeff Monachelli

 

(February 19 – March 20)

Duality lies at the core of this sensitive, fanciful sign. Firstly, occupying the watery realm of emotions brings immense potential to serve humanity, via a compassionate, fully empathetic stance. It is possible that no other sign “feels” for another sentient being more than a Pisces.  On the other side of the coin, a theme of inconstancy plagues Pisces, This can make it difficult for them to live a solid, grounded reality. Can such a lovely sign be practical? Many Pisceans combine the dreaminess of Neptune with more concrete skills; similar to its opposite sign, Virgo. Famous Pisceans such as: Physicist Albert Einstein, Astronomer Percival Lowell and Composer Quincy Jones all display that magical combination of universal and emotional insight fused with pragmatic acumen.  Pisces has an air of alchemy and enchantment about them.  It flows through their veins…and they can intuit a plethora of knowledge about what is behind the scenes.

The essence of Pisces is non- conformity, escapism and a liking for all things mysterious and perhaps irrational. Its ruler, Neptune was the God of the Sea, holding a trident in an upwards direction. This signifies the Pisces nature wanting to break free from restrictive, mundane matters and strive to enter the world of spiritual matters.  An enigmatic sign, Pisces is forever searching for a watery stream that will bring emotional fulfillment.

Pisces have a strongly emotional and chameleonic aura (not to be confused with the tricky, mental changeability of Gemini). Being soulful and very much a sponge, they absorb the energies of their immediate environment. They often need (and like) alone time to recharge their batteries.

Traditionally, Pisces is known as “weak-willed”. This has some truth in its symbology. The symbol of two fish swimming in opposite directions indicates a flight sort of response, rather than fight. However, more than any other sign in the Zodiac; Pisces will take on the flavor of the signs positioned in their Natal Chart. In regards to Modern Astrology, it should be noted that when you visualize the vast, deep oceanic power of water; all is possible. Pisces have subtle, hidden power inside their very core. Therein lies the potential of the two fish swimming (one upstream, the other downstream); evolve into higher planes, or devolve by evading responsibility and ultimate passivity.

Pisces is a mutable water sign that takes possession of the 12th house of the zodiac circle. In modern astrology, Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune (Poseidon). However, traditionally Pisces is co-ruled by Jupiter (Zeus). Depending on the Birth aspects to a Pisces Sun, being so “tuned in” can cause total illusion or disillusion. There was a song from the 1980’s in which the female singer emoted, “I Know There’s Something Going On”.  The song had a mysterious, nebulous tone to it, and seems to fit with this sign. As a Pisces, there are just things you simply know or sense, to the amazement of others. Within this almost supernatural type of knowledge, lie two very different fishes: one is sweet, unassuming, full of faith for others; compassionate and kind. This is the most typical Pisces most of us think of.  However, the flip side demonstrates a darker side. A disenfranchised, rejected Pisces can easily become unstable, inconstant and feel a strong sense of self-pity. Being the last sign of the Zodiac, it is likely that Pisces can feel and spot every other signs weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Jeff Monachelli is an intuitive, holistic Astrologer from Milford, CT. His focus lies in uncovering a person’s symbology that resides in their Birth (Natal) Chart. His fervor manifests in an ability to see the whole picture as a snapshot, as well as the unique details that lie in a person’s Astrological information. 

JeffM.2012Contact Jeff at [email protected]

 




Uranus Half-Return

by Alison Price 

Planetary returns

All of the planets orbit the Sun. The length of time each one takes to make its journey is dependent on its distance from the centre of the solar system. The further out a planet is the longer the orbit.

Our Earth takes one year to come back to the same place on the zodiac. The infamous Saturn return occurs at the age of twenty-nine. Past Saturn is Uranus the ruler of Aquarius.

Uranus requires eighty-four earth years to make one complete Uranian year. It happens for us as octogenarians and is known as the Uranus return. A Uranus half return occurs when transiting Uranus gets half way round the Sun and a transiting Uranus opposition natal Uranus aspect is formed.

Unless an outer planet (Uranus, Neptune or Pluto) are connected to your Sun, Moon  Ascendant or prominent in other ways they can languish quietly tucked up in a house of your chart and you don’t know they are there. Then one day a transiting planetary configuration occurs and you are (in the case of Uranus) awakened.

Uranus transits

To experience a Uranus transit it is a bit like jarring your funny bone when you are suddenly made aware of its presence by the jangle down your arm and it is not funny at all!

The Uranus half return is humorously known as the “Harley Davidson aspect” because it occurs at time in life when guys throw up their lives, buy a hog and drive out towards a new and exciting future.

Key themes for this period are break-ups, break-downs and break-outs. Life in general can be difficult when Uranus opposes its natal place. By the early forties Uranus has travelled half way around your chart and now takes the stance of looking back at its birth position and the you ask yourself “Is that all I’ve done?” and “What happened to the younger me?”

Separation can occur now and it is often regarding your growing dissatisfaction with life. There is a feeling that “It’s now of never” and “I have to do this while I’m still young.” In this way some people may throw up things and not look back. They will revolutionize certain areas of their lives which are suggested by the natal placement of Uranus.

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Here is a story of this aspect at work:

A woman looks out from her porch and gazes on her garden. There is a large tree offering shade and her children play there. She and her husband sometimes sip lemonade sitting in the seat under the cool of the branches.

Life is good.

Then one day a storm breaks and the tree is suddenly struck by lightening. The dead fractured tree has to be broken up and removed from the property and along with it the protection and comfort it had provided for all those years.

Now the woman looks from her porch and is faced with a different landscape. New vistas have opened up. She can see down the valley and just make out the distant hills.

She asks herself “What is that twinkling in the distance? Why it is the old waterfall flowing down to the river below.”

The beauty spot had been there all along but she had forgotten about it. Perhaps she should take a walk there tomorrow and have a look…

The upside

When forecasting you have to always consider the upside of every transit even tough ones from the outers.


 

My Little Darlings

I talk a lot about children’s astrology here on this blog.

Recently I have received several emails asking about my family dynamics and my children so I thought I would share a little about that.

At the same time respecting our Little Darling’s privacy.

My husband and I have four children. They are nearly all grown up and have almost left home.

This means I have more space to peruse my interests.

Time is the one luxury that I never had when the youngest was born and they all needed my attention.

I started studying and practicing astrology long before I had children. In fact my mother was an astrologer and she taught my sister and I lots as kids at the kitchen table.

The best laid plans

I knew the importance of the Sun in a chart and I wanted to select a child to be born with a Sun sign compatible with mine (Leo).

We decided to go for a fire Sun sign and the one that came up first that year was Leo. I fell pregnant and she was due on August 6th that year and bang in the middle of Leo.

But nature has a way of pulling off her joke and our daughter was born an amazing three weeks early when we welcomed in a beautiful little Cancerian Sun baby.

As the first grandchild in the family she was heralded as perfect in every way.

Our daughter’s birth story taught me much about taking life as it comes and accepting that things may not be as we might wish but that nature can make them better.

Accepting the fact that I could not organize a particular sign for my child to be born under led me to let nature take its course.

With the other children’s births, well they came in their own good time.

Astrological influence

So, as a mother and an astrologer to boot did I influence my children and raise them with the insights astrology?

I would like to answer “Yes, I did” but the truth is the kids are so very much their own people living their lives through their charts.

Where I felt I could have an influence is when rules had to be brought in and I became the voice of authority in the parental role.

Each child required a different carrot and still does.

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Fibonacci Aspects

by Alison Price

Aspects of the Fibonacci Sequence

To remind you the Fibonacci sequence is a pattern in numbers where the previous two are added together to result in the next number in the sequence.

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…

One plus two equals three, two plus three equals five, three plus five equals eight and so on.

It can be drawn as a widening spiral. This shape is found in nature in plants and animals and can be clearly seen in the nautilus shell chambers and in the head of a sunflower.

The numbers build on the past sequence to create the future patterns.

It seems to me that this reflects a natal chart as it begins to progress and develop by building on what has gone before. The progressed chart unfolds over time from a base point in time i.e. the natal chart.

Situations that occur in life must have been in the natal promise to start with.

Fibonacci aspects

  • Conjunction (1)
  • Opposition (2)
  • Trine (3)
  • Quintile (5)
  • Semi-square (8)
  • Baker’s dozen (13)

Missing Ptolemaic aspects

In this sequence of numbers we see that the square (4) and the sextile (6) do not appear. Nor will the semi-sextile (12) aspect.

So what?

Well, astrology is a system of patterns and symbols.

We happily take chart divisions from one to twelve and for the simple reason that every number is represented.

We are also ok to extract the hard aspects in the eighth harmonic (1, 2, 4, 8) and call them manifesting aspects.

Surely if the Fibonacci sequence occurs in nature and so is part of the Earth experience should we not consider this group of aspects in a particular way?

Quintile

Perhaps because the quintile aspect is found in the Fibonacci list that is our first clue. Quintiles are closely associated with your creativity and genius.

13th Harmonic a Baker’s Dozen

What about the thirteenth harmonic?

Keywords transformation and values. This is not an aspect that is widely used in general astrology but can it be somehow associated with the meanings of the others in our sequence, maybe following the quintile theme?

I’m not sure, but using the Fibonacci aspects in a particular way as a group is a theory that has been buzzing in my thoughts for a while now. I wanted to put these ideas out there for consideration.


 

Your Year End Astrology Review

By Alison Price

As the year ends it is a natural time to have a retrospective and evaluate your progress.

Undoubtedly your life will have altered over the past twelve months.

Experience tells us how to create our future in a conscious way. You can learn from the past and you may choose your future. Free will anyone?


Looking Back

It is natural to have had some good times and a few hard days in the past 365 days. If you accept what is done has gone then the only way from here is towards the future.

What you do from today on are the only things you can affect.

During this year:

  • Which transit do you feel stimulated the most response in you? Which natal planet was involved?
  • Which progression opened you up to deeper insights? Which natal planet was involved?
  • Which house in your natal chart was invigorated the most by astrological factors?
  • We’re there any interesting astrological tips or tricks that you learned?
  • Is there a section of astrology have you decided to drop because it doesn’t speak to you?

Looking Forward

As an astrologer you may have forecasted for yourself for the next twelve months. These predictions will likely include transits, secondary progressions and other techniques.

Next year:

  • Which is the most important self-prediction you can make for next year?
  • What new astrological technique will you be exploring?
  • Do you have a plan to buy a speciality book?
  • Will you begin a research project this year? What is the title of this project?

Make sure you stand facing in the right direction when opportunity knocks next year. Don’t get caught napping.


 

Add 12 Hours and Reverse the Signs

by Alison Price

Astrologers can and do make misteaks I mean mistakes.

As with all things practice does make perfect. An astrologer that has been practicing for more than two years should not make many errors

Hopefully there will be less and less but when learning astrology it’s amazing what errors can creep in.

I’m gonna share with you a classic mistake that I was guilty of way back in the early days of my career.

Understand the Instruction

I was living in the southern hemisphere when I began to learn astrology. In a country where astrology books were few and far between.

I had Parker’s the Compleat Astrologer. I began casting charts by hand with log tables, ephemerides and a Table of Houses.

All was well until I came to the instruction “add 12 hours and reverse the signs.”

I duly added 12 hours. That was simple. At this point you get the Ascendant, Midheaven and the house cusps from the Table of Houses.

…and reverse the signs…

This is where I made the mistakes. I flipped the zodiac so when Aries rose it was followed by Pisces then Aquarius etc.

You get the picture. I did reverse the signs by making them go backwards which is what reverse means. But clearly it should have said “…and take the opposite sign…”

Astrology software

Only those of you who began learning astrology before the eighties will appreciate how hard it was (or how easy it was) to make errors when doing manual calculations to draw astrology charts from scratch.

Just because you have the computer programs now don’t think you won’t make errors. The software is only as good as the person at the keyboard.


 

The Sixth House and Herb Gardens

by Alison Price
Herb Garden #1

Uranus conjunct Neptune

During the Great Conjunction of 1991/93. Uranus conjoined Neptune for the first time in 170 years this time in Capricorn.

The astrology group I was a member of at that time in Cape Town had a particular meeting to celebrate the conjunction where we got into huddles depending on which house this conjunction occurred in our charts.


6th house

For me this was the 6th house and I joined with the other astrologers in the clutch who had the Uranus Neptune conjunction in their 6th houses as well.

This is not the most exciting house in a chart because it is about health, daily rituals, service and work.

They began discussing their work and how busy they were but it did not resonate with all the group members. Someone said they had started gardening.

Well that was the catalyst for an animated discussion as we all had taken up gardening recently. Then we got onto herbs.


First herb garden

I was able to tell them about the new herb garden I had recently designed and had constructed down a narrow strip of land behind our house and how herbs had suddenly had more meaning for me.

That year I had been growing and cooking with fresh herbs and making interesting meals for my family which was something I had never done before. It was glorious.

Small plants are shown in your 6th house.


Second herb garden

Herb Garden #2

We later moved to another house right on the Tropic of Capricorn (that is another story) and again the garden needed care.

My husband and his guys laid out a beautiful 10m x 10m square herb garden with appropriate circles and a birdbath in the middle.

At the time of construction, we made sure that money, yes hard cash, was buried below the concrete of the water feature. This was to provide for the garden. A nice touch.

I often wonder what those gardens look like today having had twenty-five and fifteen years to establish themselves.


 

How to Interpret a Retrograde Sun

by Alison Price

Everything you wanted to know about a retrograde Sun but were too afraid to ask

There really are only two responses to the title of this piece. Ok, maybe more than two, but the essence of each will be the same as they are just variations on a theme.

The first response is “I have to learn about this new feature in astrology” and the second reaction is “What’s she banging on about now?”


Part 1: If you don’t know about retrograde Suns

Read this part if you have a retrograde Sun in your chart, if it is in a member of your family’s nativity, it has cropped up in a friend’s horoscope or if you wish to learn how to interpret one.

  • Decide if it is a daytime or nighttime birth
  • Check for converse progressions
  • Realize that astrology has many confusing details
  • Calculate the chart with Regiomontanus house cusps
  • Book in for the class “Astronomy for Astrologers”
  • Make sure to discuss this interesting phenomena at you next astrology meeting

Part 2: If you do know all about retrograde Suns

Read this part if you know about retrograde Suns or if you have come across them before. Here are some thoughts on how to proceed.

  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
  • Choose your mentors wisely
  • Always be on the lookout for a sense of humor
  • Know that not all those reading this have your powers
  • Get behind the “All practitioners must get certified” regime
  • Go outside, stand in the Sun and smile

Remember everyone sees the world through the lens of their own chart. What one person sees is often different to how you view things.

Who is correct?

Sometimes it is not easy to tell.

Let astrology inspire you.

 


 

“It’s Not What You Have, It’s What You Have To Give.”

Its not what you have meme-page-001 (1)I started with my slogan of “It’s not what you have, it’s what you have to give” because it is what I truly believe.

Astrological advice (or more properly advice for astrologers) is pretty thin on the ground.

If you are a person who wants to create a business and make a living from astrology there is not much to go on information wise.

You can read more on the advantages of astrology and how to set-up your prosperous astrology business.

What I give

I felt I could give something back to the astrological community for all the help, support, tips and advice I have personally received over the years from my teachers, peers, students and friends.

When I started out with Starzology I wanted to share my experiences in setting up an astrology business.

I felt if I could help only one other person then it would have all been worth it.

I realize this area (moving from student to professional astrologer and advice on how to set up and run an astrology business) is a super-slim vertical niche market.

This means there are only so many people that Starzology will interest as opposed to the general astrological prediction sites which are ubiquitous.

What you give

I now find that many, many of you dear readers are showing your appreciation for the information on these pages.

Thank you

This is simply a big thank you to all those visitors, readers, fanboys and fangirls and friends who have supported me recently and the Starzology blog.

Alison


 

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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.

 

10 Things to Do When Mars is in Capricorn

Mars the planet of energy and drive in Capricorn.

The Red Planet’s energies mesh well in the sign of the Sea-goat as the principles of drive (Mars) and ambition (Capricorn) combine in a supportive manner. We also note that Mars is exalted here.

If you have a Capricorn Sun or ascendant you’ll get a burst of energy as Mars rolls in.

There will be a time when Mars joins forces with Pluto and two of the bad boys of the zodiac gang up. More on the Mars Pluto conjunction later.

What to do now:

The knack to using astrology is to work with the planetary energies and not against them. Let’s have a look at the best way to work this placement.

    • Take steps to get your career on track.
    • Be assertive not aggressive.
    • Attend company sports events.
    • Participate in the office Year-end festivities.
    • Become the Go-To guy or gal.
    • Compete at work.
    • Address issues with your father.
    • Kick limiting strategies.
    • Master headaches.
    • Own your own life path (not your parents).

Surviving Mars in Capricorn and coming out strong is within everyone’s grasp. Make your move.

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More for you

There is much, much more that astrology can offer you.

For a deeper picture of your personal astrology why not get an On-the-Spot mini reading from me or even a full one hour consultation?

Email me at [email protected] and we can talk.

by Alison Price

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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.


 

Halloween in the sign of Scorpio the scorpion

October 31st

October 31 is Halloween and also known as All Hallows’ Eve.

Halloween is traditionally the night the dead rise from their graves until the dawn of All Saints Day when they are once more put to rest.

Hence skeletons and ghosts are the theme.

November 1st

All Saints Day follows Halloween on November 1st each year.

Samhain begins at sunset on October 31 each year.

It is an old Celtic festival which came from the northern hemisphere and celebrates the completion of taking in the harvest and crops.

It indicates the darker days of the year and winter will soon be upon us. Samhain is traditionally celebrated with the burning of village bonfires.

The Astrology of Halloween

Astrologically the sign Scorpio is associated with the end of things, death and the dead.

The animal that symbolizes Scorpio is the scorpion. Not all scorpions are poisonous but many are deadly.

It seems the smaller the species the more venomous the sting. Several scorpions simply paralyze their prey and eat them live.

Every Halloween the Sun is at 7/8 degrees Scorpio.

Trick or treat

Now this is a practice that sticks in my craw.

I love that the kids dress up and have super inventive costumes. This stimulates creativity and their imagination.

I love the streets and gardens decorated with tombstones, spiders and pumpkins. Soma have smoke and eerie music to set the tone for the evening.

Having lived in Africa where hunger is pretty much the norm for many people, the practice of buying candy to give to the kids at the door so they can have a sackful at the end of the night is strangely disturbing.

I would be happier if the kids gathered food for those in need instead.

Maybe I’m still not fully assimilated into life in North America. They do say that resistance is futile.autumn-2905_960_720-2

 


 

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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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.


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.


 

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.


 

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.

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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?


Schumacher – Celebrate the good days

Formula one racing is an expensive sport.

It is all about the skill of the driver coupled with the engineers and technicians behind each team. Everything can be lost or won on the commitment of the sponsors, management and skill behind the wheel.

Winning a race means it is a good day. Michael Schumacher, who was world champion seven times during 1994-2004, had a saying “Celebrate the good days. There are many more not-so-good days.” He knew there were times where winning was out of the question for a variety of reasons and this made the wins that more sweet.

Schumacher natal.pdf-page-001Do you celebrate the good days and take every positive event which happens and cherish it or do you accept a great thing but with the caveat “I was good today but next time I won’t be” thus diminishing the positive energy?

Maybe you are quick to reject a compliment not believing it could be true or that the giver is somehow sucking up to you or has an agenda.

If we can accept gifts in the spirit in which they are given then astrologically the elements of the signs take sides. Air and fire easily present compliments conversely water and earth are wary of receiving praise. Fire and air are naturally positive and believe the good times have come whereas water and earth feel there maybe a catch showing their negative side.

This elemental affinity is not strictly related to your Sun sign. Most charts have some planets, ascendant or the MC in the active signs or Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. You can use your chart to be optimistic and happier by aligning with the positive planets and points and to expect good things to happen to you in the nature of the planets or point.

It has to do with expectation. If you expect to succeed you will. If you expect to fail you will. If you expect to be happy you will. It sounds simplistic.

Can happiness be cultivated? I believe it can. It is a habit to see everything in a negative light. We all have tough times but it is how you react to hard days that says a lot about who you are.

I believe we can change. What is in the past has gone and is seen in the rear view mirror. Having a bright outlook is all about how are you going to live your life from today onwards and if you are going to celebrate the good days.

Own your chart, don’t let your chart own you.

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