I like what I do. I like it a lot. It is a huge privilege to sit with people, poring over their birth charts, witnessing their delight at this window on their lives. We talk about how this or that aspect plays out in their lives, exploring the potential of each planet—where and how far each could take them, with this map for directions. They ask me questions, and we puzzle out the answers together: it is a dialogue, a discussion of equals, equally concerned with finding workable threads through the maze. We solve problems and explore mysteries.
It’s this dialogue that matters to me. I couldn’t do it any other way. But other astrologers do.
For some, it is performance, grounded and informed by the charts they are reading, no feedback necessary. For others, it is a synthesis of otherwise isolated traits and ideas, which are unified by this moment of birth, an immutable, individual fingerprint, useful only for reference.
I find each chart a living document, which fills me with excitement at the power of its potential, and I can’t wait to share it with its owner!
Last week I wrote categorically that psychics “read” clients, astrologers consult with them; I’m here today to retract the statement. I was reminded by a colleague that he regards his practice as a high “performing art”, which DOESN’T mean he isn’t an accomplished counselor and healer. But he does a lot of taped MP3s, which by definition limit discussion; and they work just fine for the needs of his clients.
There are MANY styles and sorts of astrology, just as there are many kinds of psychic readings; and I meant no disrespect to any of ‘em. (Except the charlatans, and you know who you are.) The good news is that if you are looking for a reading, there is likely to be several people whose focus and expertise will suit your interests and personality.
There ARE bad apples in this field, tho’ in my experience they don’t last long. Word of mouth is gold for any practitioner of divination; and the profession tends to be self-policing.
Autumn is traditionally a season of introspection; so it’s a perfect time to take stock. Whatever and whoever your preference be, c’mon down!
Everybody has ‘em. Those days of horror and despair, where you debate with yourself about even getting out of bed, let alone TALKING to anyone, even after coffee. Nothing works. There is no more sugar; and the cream has gone off. Your zipper breaks. Even the dog looks askance.
Astrologers have those days, too. The only difference for us is that we generally know WHY we’re having ‘em, and how long the misery will persist: we can look at our transits and SEE the cavalry off in the distance. It doesn’t fix anything, but it makes the bad times bearable. Sometimes just knowing how long we have to persevere helps.
Stars and planets—the elements of our trade—actually do nothing TO us; but over millennia they have proved a useful mirror. Their movements are tracked and well-documented; so we actually CAN predict trends with them. How precise are these prognostications? How accurate is YOUR weather guru? These are forecasts, not visions: they indicate probabilities tailored to YOU. A good astrologer can help you make decisions, based on the odds; but she will never make them for you.
Bad hair days can sometimes be fixed with a mirror.
Ariel Harper Nave
“I believe that there is NOTHING sent us that we cannot handle if we know ourselves well enough and that’s why I do what I do.”