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About Astrologers and the Practice of Astrology

Astrology as a Profession

Who is an Astrologer?

ASTROLOGER: In modern times, one who practices a form or forms of ASTROLOGY. In earlier times, an observer of the stars. – Fred Gettings, Dictionary of Astrology

An astrologer would typically be defined as someone who predicts the future by positions of the planets, the sun and the moon. A professional who studies and practices the art of astrology. Observers of the stars.

What do Astrologers do?

Astrologers practice more than one form of astrology. Typically their work involves drawing up a horoscope based on the persons date, place and time of birth and interpreting the position of planets and their placement, in order to predict the future of that person, to determine the auspiciousness of a business undertaking, etc.

Early Astrologers:

The early astrologers are believed to have originated in Mesopotamia, in the 2nd millennium. They practiced a system of omen astrology where they foretold the arrival of omens, like floods, famines, plague, wars etc. Some of the famous noted astrologers were:

  • A. Frank Glahan
  • Alan Leo
  • Abu Mashar
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Carl Jung
  • David Frawley
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Gautama Siddha
  • Gayatri Devi
  • Hippocrates
  • Isaac Newton
  • Johannes Kepler
  • Linda Goodman
  • Ptolomey
  • Shakuntala Devi

More about Famous Astrologers and List of Well-known Astrologers

Choosing an Astrologer:

So how do you choose the right person to tell you what the future holds in store for you? Astrologers have diverse backgrounds, abilities and training. Here are some guidelines to choosing the right one:

  • Remember, astrologers come in various forms just like any other worker like a doctor or an architect. Choose an astrologer with the same care that you would take in choosing any other professional.
  • First of all, astrology is not an exact science, so whatever an astrologer tells you is almost always dependent on what kind of a person he/ she is. So beware of the fakes and the pretenders.
  • If you are going to an astrologist for the first time, do a bit of research, talk to friends and relatives.
  • Make a set of the astrologers that you think you want to go to. Speak to them first over the phone, try to find out if he sounds genuine or not. Don’t go to the first one that you find.
  • You might want to consider a person with experience as well as the age of the person. Often the reputation can also be considered as a parameter.
  • Try and get to know him better. Ask him about his educational qualifications, his training, background etc. Many astrologers are self taught and there is nothing wrong with that.

Read more about How To Choose An Astrologer

A person does not need a degree or formalized training program to become an astrologer. This makes it important for you to choose an astrologer who is competent, honest, and professional. It would be wise to talk to the astrologer you are considering to get a “feel” for their compatibility with you. Most astrologers are happy to spend five minutes with you to help you make your decision. But please be considerate of their valuable time. You can also check out their literature to see if it works for you.

Although a formal certification does not guarantee that the astrologer is good, it does show that they put in the effort to get the certificate to begin with. There are several credible organizations including the International Society of Astrological Research (ISAR) who offers C.A.P. = Certified Astrological Professional certificate and the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) who offers several levels of certification. A good source for information is a magazine called “The Mountain Astrologer.”

Each astrologer has her or his perspective on life. This puts a bias to their consultation. You must take responsibility for discerning the importance you place on the information provided. For every “bad” astrological placement, there is a talent to help you attain a higher level of life understanding. Astrology can help you to understand yourself and the changes you are going through. However, you must take responsibility for using that information for the Highest Good.

Points you need to observe during an astrological visit:

Astrologer’s Personality

That is the astrologer’s constant problem: he is looking at people through his own eyes and tends to project his own psychology on everybody. Jung said very rightly that no one could lead another through the process of individuation unless he had already been through that process himself. – Gregory Szanto, astrologer

It may not be irrelevant that many (if not most) astrologers use astrology as a creative art – a sort of self-expression – with the client at the receiving end. As [W.J.] Kennick says

“The symbols in the horoscope are … sufficiently complex that the astrologer frequently reads his own personality and prejudices into the chart. Should this happen, the session will be good therapy for the astrologer but of dubious value to the client.” – Geoffrey Dean

When you practice astrology, you shouldn’t carry the joy of discovery too far where other people are concerned. That means a lot of professions are chosen and a lot of activities are undertaken as a means of compensating one’s own deficiencies, as it were. … This is also possible for astrologers, for people who practice astrology. This means, in other words, that a lack of one’s own personal experiences is compensated by an involvement in other people’s destinies in the belief that one holds the key to them; by stirring up the destinies of others, as it were, which is a pretty irresponsible thing to do, since then you’re using others to compensate for your own inability to make your own experiences. What this means, primarily, is that if you practice astrology, you should only give your opinion when you’re asked for it, never on your own. – Wolfgang Döbereiner, astrologer

Common, too, are the ‘runs’ of clients of a particular sign who turn up to see the astrologer when a certain movement is occurring in the astrologer’s own horoscope… – Liz Greene, astrologer

When an astrologer tends to be involved with a similar type of client or counseling problem over and over again, it represents some unresolved aspect of the astrologer’s psyche. – Bernard Rosenblum, astrologer

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