I think this is one of the best methods of
finding a reliable and trustworthy person to share your
concerns with. If you have never asked your friends/family
if they know of any contacts now may be the time to do so!
Keep in mind that if you are feeling a little anxious about
other people knowing that you are thinking about seeing
an astrologer, that many people do consult professionals
in the alternative field for advice or guidance at various
points in their life; so your friends and family may have
information that can help you narrow down your search.
Another option open to you is to contact your
local astrological association - they usually have a list
of experienced, qualified and ethical astrologers that are
available in your area.
When making your enquiries some questions
you may consider asking your potential astrologer include:
What type of astrology do they specialise in, ie - spiritual,
psychological, past life, etc?
Do they explain the information in a non-technical way
that you are able to understand?
Do they charge by the hour or do they have a set fee?
What can you expect when you arrive, is there anything
you need to bring along, ie a blank audio tape?
How long have they been working in the field?
What type of payment is accepted?
Are they able to provide references?
Do they hold any formal qualification (if not where
did they learn about astrology) or keep up to date with
new astrological techniques?
Perhaps you may even be able to briefly meet them to
get a feel for your potential relationship?
Are they members of a professional astrological association?
Other issues you may want to consider and watch out for
- astrologers that:
Use heavily technical language that you cannot understand
(what's the point in going if you don't what they are
Tell you they can pick winning lotto numbers.
Don't listen to you.
Will go into preparing a third person's chart without
that person's permission (unless the third person is a
minor and the parent/guardian is consenting to this).
Talks about other clients in a derogatory fashion or
discusses others' personal issues;
Makes decisions for you or tells you what to do.
Most importantly, I think it's important that you feel
comfortable with your astrologer and that you feel understood
(and you can understand them)!
Once you have found your personal astrologer it is important
to remember that most of us can't read minds! The more comfortable
and trusting of your astrologer you are, the more you will
get out of the actual consultation.
Keep in mind that the astrologer's job is to interpret
the astrological symbols to you in a way that has meaning
for you. If you can also keep in mind that a symbol has
a multitude of different meanings, while a sign basically
has only one, you can begin to understand the importance
of being able to communicate clearly with one another to
build rapport and to gain meaning from the symbols represented
in your birth chart. So if your astrologer seems to be going
off track, let them know so they can explore other interpretations
that do have meaning for you.
In my experience I have found that when people come to
see me they have a matter they would like to discuss but
they are embarrassed to talk whatever is troubling them.
Keep in mind that astrologers see a wide variety of "situations"
and people on a regular basis, are bound by confidentiality
guidelines and are generally non-judgmental.
My experience as an astrologer has taught me that there
is no such thing as "normal" and that everyday people can
sometimes find themselves in the most awkward and unusual
situations! So rest at ease - a problem shared is a problem
Rose Glavas (QA) is an astrologer/writer living in Killmore, Australia, member of the Federation of Australian Astrologers. She maintains a website, Astrology in Plain English (or Astrology Realm), updated regularly with articles, forecasts, newsletters targeted to general public, to people with little astrological knowledge. The astrology articles collection on her website constitutes a good introduction in astrology.
She is also available for astrology classes, workshops, personalised consultations. Contact Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.