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A Good Astrologer

Here are some things I came up with a couple of years ago for another forum. Some of these thoughts are adapted from the Code of Ethics from ISAR, the International Society for Astrological Research – a group to which I belong and whose code of ethics I subscribe to. This list is by no means complete, but it is a good starting place.

A Good Astrologer:

- Strives never to bring harm to a client.
- Respects privacy and confidentiality and never divulges his or her private clients identity or personal information.
- Practices only according to his or her own capabilities and refers clients to other professionals (specialist astrologers, doctors, therapists, lawyers, etc) when needed.
- Maintains a professional relationship with his or her clients and students - establishing clear boundaries between work and personal life.
- Insists on accurate data.
- Informs their client of exactly what they can expect and explains and agrees upon fees prior to a consultation.
- Does a synthesis of an entire chart and doesn’t focus on one placement.
- Works with the client and his or her natal chart – and doesn’t make pronouncements on what a configuration MUST mean.
- Doesn’t frighten nor create false hope in a client and lets the client know that each astrological factor can mean a variety of different things.
- Examines different techniques, but doesn’t immediately embrace them without research.
- Doesn’t plagiarize (use other astrologers’ work and presents it as his or her own).
- Doesn’t cut-and-paste from other astrologers’ work or quote from other astrologers’ work without attribution.
- Is happy to answer specific questions about theory, technique, and application in a public forum.
- Does not seek to interpret a non-public person’s individual chart in a public forum.
- Knows how to calculate a chart by hand, even if they use a computer programs – because otherwise how would he or she know if they input the data incorrectly and are using an erroneous chart?
- Constantly strives to learn more about astrology.
- Actively participates in or supports astrology organizations.
- If he or she lacks certification, works toward certification and/or embracing a code of ethics.
- Owns registered copies of commercial astrology software programs, not “cracked” ones or uses freeware programs. Paying for programs keeps developers (usually other astrologers) working on new and improved programs.
- Doesn’t mind constructive criticism when they err.
- Defends astrology when it is attacked.
- Is a good representative for the astrology community, embodying true professional behavior.

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Re: A Good Astrologer

Thanks very much for posting this Frank. I hope most members will see and read this. Maybe you should post it again in few month time, as a reminder
Great! Excellent stuff.
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Re: A Good Astrologer

- Does not seek to interpret a non-public person’s individual chart in a public forum.



Could you elaborate, please. Does this mean on this forum , a good astrologer does not help interpret charts ?
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Re: A Good Astrologer

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- Does not seek to interpret a non-public person’s individual chart in a public forum.



Could you elaborate, please. Does this mean on this forum , a good astrologer does not help interpret charts ?
One shouldn't delineate a private person's chart in any public forum without the permission of the person. Someone asking for someone to look at his or her own chart is obviously giving permission to do so.

If it is not the chart of person who is asking for help (a third party), I would decline to do so on ethical grounds.
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Can you please expand on this one too, Frank?...........Are you saying we must combine the skill/knowledge of the astrologer with the experiences of the client in order to correctly interpret natal charts?
I think the complete sentence explains it rather well:

"Works with the client and his or her natal chart – and doesn’t make pronouncements on what a configuration MUST mean."
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Re: A Good Astrologer

perhaps you should repost in by Rahu--

http://www.astrologyweekly.com/forum...ad.php?t=17450
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perhaps you should repost in by Rahu--

http://www.astrologyweekly.com/forum...ad.php?t=17450

I thought about it - but these are "DOs" not "DON'Ts"...;-)
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I thought about it - but these are "DOs" not "DON'Ts"...;-)

I still feel it should be in natal forum instead of being hidden away in Chat...
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