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

 


 

10 Classic Comments Astrology Clients Make

by Alison Price

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 “I don’t believe in astrology.”

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

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

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

9 “I am anxious about this.”

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

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

10 “Will you tell my wife?”

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

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

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


Conclusion

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

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

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

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


 

5 Things to do After your Client Leaves

by Alison Price

1. Cleanse the space.

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

Clean the whiteboard and wipe the slate.

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

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

2. File charts away

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

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

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

3. Close out comments.

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

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

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

4.  Follow up reminders.

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

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

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

5. Reinforce your weaknesses.

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

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

Learn from each and every reading.

Don’t become complacent.

Stretch yourself.

It is amazing what you can do.


 

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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.

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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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Is Your Creative Writing Time a Write-off?

by Alison Price

Writing

Writing is a creative exercise expressed through your Mercurial energies.

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

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

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


Angles as Time Markers

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

The four are known as the chart angles.

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

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

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

Mercury rules writing

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

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

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

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

Writing and Mercury go hand-in-hand

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

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

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