In episode 125 of Podcast Astrologers, Cassandra Tyndall and Tony Howard discuss at the show to discuss some tips that clients can consider when trying to select an astrologer to get astrological advice from.
As the discussion progresses, we will particularly focus on a few strategies for finding an astrologer who is right for you when receiving advice.
For more information on Cassandra, please visit CassandraTyndall.com
You can find out about Tony at AstroRaven.com
Below is an extensive series of show notes covering most of the points we touched on in the discussion, followed by links to download or stream the recording of this episode of the podcast at the bottom of the page.
Here is most of our outline for this episode:
Consultation with an astrologer
- The main job of most astrologers is to see customers.
- They act as advisors, and you can pay for their time to use their astrological knowledge in ways that are useful to your needs.
- Times vary, but in general a consultation can take an hour or more.
- Prices vary based on how remarkable the astrologer is, how long they have been practicing, what they specialize in, what area they live in, etc.
Possible problems when choosing an astrologer
- If you don’t know a lot about astrology it can be difficult to know who to consult with.
- There are many different options available.
- If you don’t know what’s available, it can be difficult to identify the astrologer who is best for your needs.
- There’s also a lack of standardization in the field, which makes it like the wild west at times.
- Also, be careful as there can be some pitfalls.
- You might expect or accept certain things, but the astrologer you consult with me doesn’t really offer those things.
- In some rare cases, you might find someone who isn’t really using astrology.
- Could be a psychic / intuitive tarot card reader or maybe even someone who puts on some kind of front or pretends to have expertise.
- This is rare, but a way to be aware of it.
What kind of astrologer are you looking for?
- The first thing to note is that there are different types AND traditions of astrology.
- Different types of astrology are different uses of the subject for different endeavors and human affairs.
- Different traditions of astrology are often specific types of astrology that originate from specific geographical epochs and time periods, and they often have unique technical and philosophical approaches.
- It is difficult to know which tradition you belong to when you are new to the subject, but it is definitely good to be aware of the different types and uses of astrology so that you know what is on offer.
- Some different types or uses of astrology:
- Natal astrology
- Relationship Astrology
- Predictive astrology / prediction
- Elective Astrology
- Horary Astrology questions
- Medical astrology
- Financial astrology
- Different traditions of astrology
- Modern western astrology
- Traditional astrology
- Psychological astrology
- Vedic astrology
- Chinese astrology
- Are you looking for something local or is long-distance calling okay?
- Although it can be done locally, you have more long distance calling options.
- However, there may be some good astrologers in your area. So make sure you do a search to see what is available.
- It is important to determine early on what to expect from the consultation.
- What is your main concern or motivation for a consultation?
- Is there a specific outcome or outcome that you are looking for?
- Do you have something in particular that you want to address?
- Or are you just curious what the astrologer can tell you?
- Make sure that you clearly communicate this to the astrologer at the beginning so that there are no misunderstandings and he can determine if he can help you with your wishes.
- Determine how high your astrological understanding or background is in astrology and what level of astrological jargon or terms you may or may not understand.
- If you have a background in astrology, you may be fine with jargon.
- If you don’t have a lot of background knowledge, you may need less background knowledge.
- Some jargon is likely to be inevitable, but it can be moderated.
How do you know if an astrologer is legitimate?
- As in any field, one has to be aware that there is sometimes fraud.
- In a fringe area like astrology, this could be a bit of a bigger problem as there isn’t really much standardization.
- Still, there are a few things you can consider or consider to help narrow things down.
- How does the person present himself?
- Do you identify as an astrologer? Or do they call themselves something else?
- For example, do they primarily identify as clairvoyants or palm readers?
- Controversial but occasionally referred to as an astrologer can be a sign that the person is either new to the field or doesn’t know much about it.
- There are important exceptions to this rule, but most of the time it seems to apply.
- Do you say how long you studied or practiced the subject directly or indirectly?
- Do they list any credentials or educational programs they have undertaken?
- Certifications like NCGR, ISAR, AFA etc.
- Educational programs are schools like Kepler College, International Academy of Astrology, Faculty of Astrological Studies, etc.
- Are you a member of an astrological organization? Organizations include NCGR, ISAR, AFA, AA, FAA, etc.
- Many astrologers are self-taught, so certificates or school affiliations are not always required, nor do they guarantee that the astrologer is doing a good job, but there is a useful additional thing to consider (the same goes for pretty much all of these points).
- Recommendations or comments from other astrologers.
- Do they have testimonials or reviews?
- This one is a bit dubious as testimonials are usually created by the astrologer.
- Sometimes when you find really bad reviews it can be a red flag.
- Have you published articles in notable astrological publications?
- Have you lectured at conferences?
- Do you work or volunteer for local or national astrology organizations?
- Do they show a degree of effort and professionalism in the way they present themselves?
- Are you making extravagant claims about your skills?
- Do they charge way too much than other astrologers?
How do you determine if an astrologer is right for you?
- Determine if they offer the kind of advice you are looking for.
- Do a series of searches and make a list of opportunities based on the various criteria you are looking for.
- Put them in order to narrow the list down based on your priorities.
- Determine if they have a philosophy / religious belief similar or accessible to you.
- If you are really into New Age, you might want an astrologer who is also interested in similar things.
- If you are a Christian you might want to be a Christian astrologer.
- If you are mundane, you may not necessarily be living with a spiritual astrologer, or vice versa.
- Read their articles, blogs, videos, podcasts, twitter or whatever and see if the way they talk about astrology speaks to you.
- Try to determine if you have a good relationship with the astrologer.
- This can be difficult as sometimes you don’t know exactly until the consultation takes place, although sometimes you can get some meaning through your first few communications and inquiries.
- Find out how they conduct their consultations:
- Are they live or recorded?
- Most are live, but some have recorded or written consultations.
- Also depends on the type.
- Natal astrology consultations are usually live, while elective and horary consultations are sometimes written.
- If it is a remote consultation, is it carried out over the phone or through a computer program such as Skype?
- Just audio or video?
- Will they provide you with a recording afterwards?
- Are they live or recorded?
Astrology students receive consultations
- It is good for astrology students to seek research advice.
- See different approaches in action.
- Explore different schools of astrology.
- Learn the tricks of the trade.
- It’s worth noting that there are wildcard factors that things can throw off.
- Even good advice or an astrologer can go wrong from time to time.
- Sometimes the astrologer has a bad day.
- Sometimes the customer has a bad day.
- Sometimes the two have personalities who clash for some reason.
- Misunderstandings can lead to unfulfilled expectations.
- Technological snafus occur from time to time.
- Consultation records are occasionally lost.
- You can volunteer to take a backup record if you can.
- Make sure you give the astrologer the correct birth dates, ideally from your birth certificate.
- If your time of birth is a guess or corrected or unknown, make sure to mention it.
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