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.

 

SOTA 2012 – A Speaker’s Review

Moon from plane window

The Conference

This was my sixth year attending The State of The Art (SOTA) astrology conference and my second time as a speaker.

Many of the attendees return again and again which says a lot about this organization and its dynamic leader Donna.

Once you get bitten by the SOTA bug you start going back much like a magnetic solar return in Scorpio.

The Location

Niagara Falls. World class awesomeness!

If you have seen them then you know what I say is true.

If you have never been for a visit do yourself a favor and get the Falls at the top of your bucket list.

The Vibe

Very friendly and cosy is the first impression and it carries through.

Could we say boutique astrology conference?

Most attendees were excited to be rubbing shoulders with astrology buffs both local and from around the globe.

The Speakers

I can only comment on lectures I attended and of those – Kudos goes to Andrew, Janet, Julie and Demetrius.

Personable, thought-provoking, vibrant and creative.

I call it as I see it.

The Venue

Sheraton-at-the-Falls, Niagara Falls, NY, USA. A neat hotel, and incredibly, they boast an astrologer-on-the-staff. Talk about go where you are welcome.

I want to give a shout out to Rick the hospitality manager commanding the sixth floor at cocktail hour.

He was as debonaire, charming and attentive as before and he actually  remembers your name which is a nice touch.

Mr. Scorpio recommended a mellow Pinot Noir and plans to have a Malbec out breathing for our next visit.

The Contacts

I made some new friends and got back in touch with old friends. Not old, old but those who are simply a comfort to see again.

These are people with whom you can pick up the conversation and carry on from whence you last spoke (who writes this?), even if it was twelve months ago.

Hugs all round XOXOX you know who you are.

The Entertainment

They provided live entertainment every night. A Galaxy of Mediums was an evening with a very different message.

I received a communication later in the night through from Ms. M. Thank you.

Chocolate Nuit well, who knew there was so much trivia about chocolate? And there I was thinking you just ate it.

The banquet with cheesecake-to-die-for… Improv Theatre, featuring Keanu Reeves and friends, bravo, bravo Franco, Nick, Samuel, Suzi and Andrew.

The Backroom Boys and Girls

I can only imagine what it takes to pull off an event like this one.

There must be a million details to be attended to by those we perhaps don’t realize are in the wings allowing us in the front to fly.

The Take Home

Astrology is alive and well and living in the spirit of SOTA or should that be the Spirit Track?

Now I need to go and book for SOTA next year.

Will I see you there?

Thoughts

I write this as I am flying high over the prairies on my way home to Vancouver.

From the cabin window I can clearly see the first quarter Moon.

In my photo the Moon is the bright one and the lower light simply the Moon’s reflection on the wing.

 


How To Have Fun at an Astrology Conference

by Alison Price

Astrology conferences are great fun and can be the highlight of your calendar.

If you are a student you may be considering going to your first event or perhaps you are already an experienced professional and a seasoned attendee or you could be somewhere in between.

Whatever your level of proficiency attending an annual professional event can inspire you and get the juices flowing.

Simply by being present, you open yourself up to appreciate new concepts, modern methods and cutting-edge theories which are constantly being developed.

Perhaps you will hear about a recently discovered planet, be exposed to ancient skills or come across a speaker with whom you seem to resonate and who has the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle which you have been trying to complete.

Hearing lectures from local and international speakers can be just what you need.

By its very nature astrology can be a solitary affair and you owe it to yourself to make the most of all the seminars you attend.

Surviving an astrology conference takes a bit of forward thinking and planning.

Below are some ideas on how to navigate through and make event going a rich and rewarding experience and some thoughts on how to be the perfect guest, make the most of the opportunity and leave fired up until the following year.

 


Book Early

Booking your place early has two benefits.

You will receive the “early bird” discount which is quite a dollar saving and by booking early you get the pleasurable anticipation of planning your conference attending strategy well ahead.

It also lets the organisers know just how to gear up for the crowds. Once you have booked then the next thing to think about  what to pack for an astrology conference .


First Up Best Dressed

If the registration desk opens at 9:00am and the first lecture starts at 10:00am you should be at the conference centre by at least 7:00am.

Personally, I like to get there the night before. Being ahead of time gives you plenty of leeway to find the car park, check into the hotel and inspect your accommodation.

Any hitches in the facilities or your room features can be fixed right away.


Register at the Desk

Take your conference payment receipt and any other supporting documents to the registration desk.

Make sure you receive the full lecture schedule including all the different tracks being offered.

Check to see if there have been any last-minute speaker substitutions which may affect your planning strategy.

This can work your benefit as they may bring an interesting person or topic in at the eleventh hour.


Decide which Talk Matters

When you receive the current lecture schedule double check that the session which you specifically wanted to hear is still on.

Make sure you know where each room is situated for the talks you wish to attend.

Large venues can be confusing places and you want to end up in the right workshop.

Fuel Up

Try to eat something before the first lecture. Otherwise, someone can end up sitting down next to you who has to listen to you munching away through a carrot muffin, rustling paper bags and leaving a trail of crumbs behind you.

We’ve all sat next to someone who stomach won’t stop growling so let’s hope it’s not yours.


What’s your Name Again?

There is a certain resistance to the wearing of name tags at conferences. It is not to help you, you know who you are, it is so other people can learn your name.

When you are introduced to many people at once it becomes difficult to remember all their names.

With you name clearly visible it makes you more approachable and other people can confidently address you and you in turn can address them.


Peeling the Onion

Hotels and conference rooms are notorious of for being either too hot or too cold.

I have seen some attendees wearing the hotel’s bed coverlet to combat the efficient air conditioning.

The solution to this hot topic and keep your cool is layers that can be peeled off or put back on when necessary.

Women can work their pashminas to great effect here.


Meet Like-minded People

More than anything professional get-togethers afford you the chance to meet people, practitioners, students and researchers in your field.

Be happy to make new acquaintances. If you want to engage with others don’t always sit with your cronies.

There will be a percentage of first-time attendees to whom you can reach out and introduce yourself.

Remember how you felt the first year?


Have your Info at Hand

Be prepared to have your contact information at your fingertips. If you meet somebody fun and interesting you don’t want to have to write your phone number or e-mail address on the back of an envelope.

It does not give a good impression and lacks professionalism.

Business cards are a must at these events.


The Art of Writing

You will need a paper notebook and pen.

Most conferences have a “no taping” policy.

You cannot use your digital recorder at a lecture where they provide the topics for purchase afterwards.

At some hotels, the use of laptop computers is also not allowed during lectures.


See you Later

Conferences and training seminars are held in larger centers to facilitate attendees travel.

These cities have much to offer the visitor.

Tempting as it may be to rush off and see the sights you need to focus on the workshop content.

To get the best out of an astrology conference you can try to attend as many lectures and talks as possible.

Tag on a couple of days at the end of the conference to enjoy the features of your host city.


Your Eleventh House

In astrology like-minded people, friends and associates are shown by your eleventh house.

Before you go to the conference look at the current transits to your natal eleventh house and its ruler.

They will suggest the type of experience you will experience within the group dynamic. It also shows you what to emphasize at that particular conference.


You are Not Alone

Attending any astrology get-together virtually ensures that you will be listening to astro chatter morning, noon and night and consuming horoscopes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It is a great opportunity to soak it up and let’s face it how often in your day-to-day life do you have the chance for a serious astrological conversation with those around you?


Support the Trade Room

The crystal healers, tarot card readers and booksellers are all selected carefully by the organizers to provide a varied mix and round out your total new age experience.

The trade room is an important part of any conference and you would do well to consider availing yourself of their many products and services.


Speakers are People Too

Lecturers are encouraged to meet and mingle at the varied opportunities for social gatherings over the course of the event.

After enjoying a lively talk you maybe tempted to rush and gush at the speaker.

Most teachers are only too pleased to answer your questions but don’t like being ambushed.

All the lecturer’s contact details are thoughtfully printed in your info pack, be cool.


If You Please

Just because you are not at home and are in the company of people you’ve never met before does not make bad manners acceptable.

Be gracious.

If you enjoyed the event you can say thank you to the organizers or send a note.

On the other hand, if you experienced some issues, the best way of communicating your concerns is via a feedback sheet which is usually available from the registration desk. Remember to be specific.


Share the Love

When you attend a conference you become like an employee.

You are whom the event was aimed at in the first place.

Seminars and conferences can only exist with the support of astrologers and other interested people.

If you wish to keep these valuable resources available it is vital to attend, show your support and spread the word.


Get you Astro-mojo Back

Whether it is your first or fifteenth conference, showing up and taking part for some or the whole event is a great experience.

Not everyone can be there for the whole time but taking in even one day could be all you need.

It is a good feeling to have some new techniques to take into your practice, fresh ideas for areas of research and your latest friend’s contact details.

You want to leave feeling inspired to pursue astrology further.


Pay it Forward

It makes sense to support annual astrology get-togethers too.

By your presenc, these events can continue to grow and evolve. Enabling the organizers to offer State-Of-The-Art practices, theories, and techniques with which to broaden your skills.

Astrology is diverse and has many avenues to be pursued.

Discover your niche interest and rekindle your passion by attending astrological conferences.

If you have attended astrology conferences in the past think back to how organised you were. I bet you can improve your conference experience for the next time.


 

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