The astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “We are all made of starstuff.”
This quote relates to how the universe formed, and that the heavier elements were birthed through the life and death of stars. I’m not saying I fully understand the actual scientific process, but I like the idea.
Starz in Art
I use stars in many of my patterns. But not all stars are created equal. The number of points in a star is critical to the meaning and ultimately the vibration of the star.
My favourite star is the five pointed star which has a point at 72 degree increments. When a circle of 360 degrees is divided by five the result is 72 degrees.
I named my business Starzology to tap into this energy. Every time you say a name, like Starzology, you confer the meaning of the word to the entity or person.
This is why you should call your honey, well, “honey” or “babe” rather than “pumpkin” or “cockroach” when you say, “It’s a pet name, she knows what I mean,” as this nickname practice weakens the person through conference, and you want to avoid that.
The Creativity of Five
Five is a powerful number used in astrology for three reasons (you’d think I could come up with five reasons ha ha).
The fifth zodiac sign is Leo the Lion which is the most creative sign.
The fifth house is all about restoration, procreation and creation. The act of giving birth to your creative projects is sourced in the fifth house of your birth chart.
The quintile aspect is the 72 degree aspect of creativity and genius. It indicates where the genius is in your life. Check which planets are in a quintile aspect to each other to understand how this energy is flowing in your life.
Confer your Brand
If you have an actual word like “star” in you business artistic name, use it to promote your art.
If your name is Emerald City Art, use green and crystals to promote your art.
Look at the site RedBubble is red. The logo letters “RB” are round and fat just like a bubble.
The principle of conference works when you sleep.
Conferring your name, or your art business name, you will let the universe know you are in business.
If you have a regular job in an office or a factory then you know where you work.
If you run a daycare or a farm that’s where you have to work.
Many people have to do their daily work in a particular spot and it can be that you are not working if you are not at your desk.
But the group who are self employed like new age practitioners and astrologers can work anywhere.
The internet has made it possible for people who are independent to work wherever they are if there is a computer and an internet connection.
The Home Office
A good place for astrologers to work is the office in the home.
When we lived in Oakville we had a house with a study near the front door. I immediately commandeered it into my “Office” and created a special astrology-only space for my work where clients and students could visit and be secluded and comfortable.
This was the perfect situation as at the time I was teaching classes four nights a week for six weeks after every equinox and solstice. During that period I did mainly teach face-to-face because I had the space.
The room was decorated with astrology themed images and charts and I had a white board for teaching. This room was dedicated to astrology and there were no other things in it like household electricity bills or storage for the kids ice skates that so often creep into the spare room of a house.
The Coffee Shop
The coffee shop is a new space for astrologers to work or at least it has been for me. Now living downtown in the city of Vancouver and meeting clients at lunch time and before work I have found the coffee shop to be an ideal space for research work and face-to-face client work.
But not all coffee shops are created equal. What I am looking for in a working space coffee shop is relative peace (without too much clanging from the kitchen) and high speed internet. I also need a spot with my back to the wall, as it is after all a public space, and you never know who will be there.
Starbucks has some lovely comfy leather chairs and a better clientele because the coffee in Starbucks is twice the price (latte $4.75) of other places. But the downside is there in weak internet. This will not do, so I don’t go there.
Tim Horton’s has better priced coffee ($1.80) and you can stay as long as you like, but again weak to non-existent internet and unfortunately they allow students to rest their heads on the tables and sleep. I find this distracting.
Waves Coffee House is the best choice for me. They have the seriously good high speed internet, the prices are moderate to high (latte is $4.25) and I can find a spot to sit near other people with their laptops open merrily tapping away.
I imagine they are writing the next Harry Potter as JK Rowling did in a draughty coffee shop in Scotland. It is a most agreeable atmosphere and the barista Chris caught my name the first time I went in and has remembered it ever since. A nice touch.
Rent a Meeting Room/Venue
For some client work I have to rent a room in the city. This is always the case when we do our annual Summer Astrology Workshops. We book the beautiful boardroom at the public library. This really good spot is clean and bright with reasonable internet. We use this room for workshops of 15 to 20 attendees as there is a screen and a board table and good seating. Although the daily cost is very high ($350) it is worth it.
My other option for when I have a few students in a class when I teach my beginner, intermediate and advanced astrology courses and the Aspiring Astrologer Master Classes is the meeting room. I like the one at Waves. They used to charge $10 for one hour but now it is that everyone who goes in there has to buy a drink (so tea or coffee) and maybe a pastry, and I do have to book this meeting room ahead of time.
It is a popular spot for general Meetups and get togethers. There is a glass door so you are still in the coffee shop but have some privacy. They have a white board so I can draw the charts on the board (image above).
This feature is crucial for teaching proper classes. The Waves meeting room seats about ten but the most students I have had is five at one time. I call this one “my office”.
This is a good place on a warm summer Sunday afternoon. I can write and prepare my client work for appointments in the following week and it clears my head. There is no privacy but you get to see men playing chess, children playing and dogs being walked by their owners.
It is not good for computer work but rather for paper notebook and pen writing and note taking. I like to print my client’s charts and take them outside to the park and spend time perusing their information in the fresh air.
This is really only on a Sunday but in fact I could go every day. Where I live there are three public parks with benches, fountains and play areas that are attractive and pleasant.
This is the one I’m aiming for next – working on the beach. I know my Aries friend Tamara does this in Ibiza, Spain.
Doing client prep, consultations and other exciting astrology work at the coast sounds fun.
Is it really work if you are sitting on the beach?
Maybe you have to be propping up the bar at the beach tavern, then is it work?
Perhaps, but probably not, and when I get to this spectacular position of reading astrology charts for people on the beach I’ll let you know.
On a Plane
You don’t need a special office, but it is nice to have one and if you do you are lucky indeed.
You can practice astrology anywhere. I once read a chart on a plane from Toronto to Vancouver for the guy sitting next to me that I had met ten minutes earlier.
He asked me what I did for a living as many men do. I told him I was in futures. He said he was too but I think he meant something else. He wanted tips on trading on the big boards (that’s the stock exchange).
I kept it simple with “buy” during the waxing Moon and “sell” on the waning Moon. When we landed we exchanged business cards and went our separate ways but he did sign up to my email list and has kept in touch over the years.
Your Virtual Office
Your virtual office is where you are and you can do astrology work where you are.
Always have your iPad and chart calculation capabilities in your bag. These days I never buy a handbag that won’t fit my iPad. Have your business cards to hand and pass them on to interested folks who ask for them.
This is the world we live in today. You never know where you will do you next astrology reading or for whom or if you’ll be in a bikini.
Maybe I’ll see you on the beach… I look forward to it.
How to Set-up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business
A Guide for Aspiring Astrologers
by Alison Price
Now available on Kindle
How to Set Up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business is a guide for astrologers who want to start their business and move from amateur to professional status.
A professional astrologer will accept payment for a reading whereas an amateur astrologer does not.
The difference is a little thing called money. Once you get over the fear of failure paralysis and embrace the possibility of creating a career in astrology (and we all can) you move into another phase and then pose the question “Where to now?”
This is where this book comes into play as it shows you how to organize your life, to make room for astrology and to include the creative process.
This book is for people who know how to do astrology.
There are seven main sections:
1. How to know when to go professional – read your chart to find an auspicious time.
2. Getting started – some planning and micro-business basics.
3. How to find clients – that your clients are attracted to your chart.
4. Money – pricing your services, earning and your approach to money.
5.Daily time challenges – managing the day-to-day business and clients
6. Your professional improvement – and how to be aware and improve your astrology practice.
7. Your place in the astrological community – “it takes a village” and how to support others.
There are sections on platform building which is the most important mental shift that the budding astrologer can make and dealing with clients by creating boundaries between yourself and your client.
There is information on setting fees and payment methods and tips on monitoring your own progress. Throughout the book there are several Aspiring Astrologer Activities and these are for your own personal pleasure.
Table of Contents – guide
1: How to Know When to Go Pro
Read your own chart to find an auspicious time to start your professional astrology life.
The Path to Becoming an Astrologer
When to Go Pro
Planning a Two Year Window with Mars
Your Internal Dialogue
Chart Indicators for an Astrologer
Your Uranus – What Type of Astrologer You Are
2: Getting Started
Get some business planning and micro-business basic ideas to help you navigate a smooth transition.
Your Business Setup Activity Flow Chart
You and Your Sun
Your Name as Given
Your Midheaven – Your Business
How to Select Your Business Name
Your Tag Line
Your Domain Name
Important Features to Create on Your Website
Your Email Addresses
Your Email Signature
Your Business Card
How to Build Your Platform
Your Promotional Photo
Your Photo Library
Your One Page Information Sheet
Your Elevator Pitch
Your Social Media Presence
Your Solar Fire Compliments Text
3: How to Find Clients
Discover how your clients are attracted to your chart and how to build on that information.
Own Your Niche
Your Products and Services
How Your Natal Chart Attracts Clients
Your Outer Planet Signature
How to Take A Booking
Learn how to price your readings and services. Explore your earning and wealth potential and your approach to money through your chart.
Your 2nd House Issues – Money and Value
Your 8th House Issues – Karma, Debt and Tax
How to Set Fees
How to Handle Requests for Free Readings
When to Quit Your Day Job
Your Office Space and Working Hours
Your Assets and Liabilities
5: Daily Time Challenges
Work on time management and and how to be aware of how long preparation takes to improve your astrology practice.
Your Productive Preparation Time
A Day in the Life of an Astrologer
7 Days to a Better Chart Reading
10 Things to Do Before Your Client Arrives
5 Things to do After your Client Leaves
10 Classic Comments Clients Make
How to Give an Astrological Referral
6: Your Professional Improvement
Learn how to be aware and improve your astrology practice through your own chart.
Your Monthly Progress Checklist
Your Annual Astrology Review
Peer Review – Is It For You?
Be Yourself and Be Your Sun
A Successful Astrologer
Your Comfort Zone
What type of Astrologer are you?
Your Creative Writing Time
Do You Need Astrological Certification?
Astrological certification bodies:
How to Become a Certified Astrologer in Canada
7: Your Place in the Astrological Community
Building your astrology practice takes a village and how to support others in the astrological community.
How to Create an Astrology Study Group
Add 12 Hours and Reverse the Signs
How to Have Fun at an Astrology Conference
Your Relationship With Other Astrologers
Support Local Astrology
About the author
Glossary of Terms
Short Form Codes
Default Aspect Orbs
Recommended Reading and Software