How Much Astrology Prep Time do You Need to Do for Your Client?

by Alison Price

I was at an astrology event earlier this week which was attended by those who are aspiring astrologers, those who are getting better at astrology and some who are really good at astrology.

You can see what your skills and abilities are astrology wise and where you are on the five levels of astrologers to decide which camp you are in.

Anyway, it was general chit chat at the pre dinner (as is the way with these events) and someone asked me “How you much time do you do in your chart preparation before the consultation or do you just wing it?”


Never just wing it

So straight off the bat I replied “No, I never wing it, you simply can’t.”

The danger of winging it or just reading a chart on the fly with no thought for the intricacies of the dynamic elements in the chart are huge.

If you wing it:

  • You get it wrong
  • You diminish your credibility
  • You get it wrong
  • You damage your reputation and that of astrology in general
  • You get it wrong
  • They want it for free (That’s another story)

Did I say you get it wrong?

Weak astrologers just wing it.

If you are serious about your craft and believe you provide your clients with your best work through your experience, techniques and knowledge.

You owe it to yourself and your clients to give your best. Heck, you have to give more than your best you have to give them everything you have got. It’s that simple.

If you cannot dig deep for your clients then don’t bother setting up as an astrologer.


How much time to spend on each chart

I am often asked by those learning astrology “How much do we really have to do for a client?”

This comes down to, how long should you spend analyzing a natal chart or a forecast before the consultation?

A month, a week, a day or an hour?

There is no exact answer because it depends on your level of astrological expertise and the depth required for the client.

Some time has to be spent in prep work for each and every session.

If a consultation is booked for one hour, how many hours does an astrologer spend in preparation work before the appointment?


Starting out

When I first began as a professional astrologer (that is one who takes money for astrology services), I needed at least a week to plough (I mean work) through the chart.

I would explore all the permutations of the astrology and cover everything I could think of.

Every time I discovered a new technique I would slavishly add it into the list things I did.

There was no end…

These days I probably spend twice as much time in prep as the session is in reality. So, if I have a client booked for a one-hour session I will likely spend two hours analyzing the chart or charts.

If it is their second or third consultation (where we are working through and exploring several themes in their lives) I try to keep it the same. Two hours prep for a one-hour consultation. This is my plan.

It can, and does, overrun but you have to draw the line somewhere.

If I have a client booked in for a sequence of say three sessions over the course of a few weeks I will spend six or more hours preparing their interpretations. It does not matter if it is the first or the third in a sequence of consultations.


More, more, more

Of course, I can easily do more preparation work.

Some charts need more, but if I am to see one or two clients a day that is what I do.

Other astrologers may have different methods.


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.

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?


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