More on Context

I wrote a blog entry on why context matters. (Context is Everything)

Most of the cookbook interpretations you’re likely to read online, in books, etc. assume that the client is an adult somewhere in their 20’s to 50’s. That’s a good “golden mean” to aim at for age when you need to write a  general-purpose interpretation.

The problem is, not every client is in their 20’s to 50’s. Some are younger. Many are older. These clients deserve a consultation that focuses on their special needs.

Consider a young child. Her parents want a consultation. She’s 5. The context is simply wrong to talk about sexual matters. Yes, there is the occasional child who ends up later marrying someone from their childhood who is eighteen years their senior.

Consider a senior. Someone in their 80’s. Discussions of career should assume less prominence.

Women face an ever-changing, ever more demanding world. While there is overlap between the concerns of men and women, there are also important differences. Our consultations – to be really effective – need to address those differences in a positive, constructive way.

When we adopt a one interpretation “fits all” approach, we force the individual to fit the horoscope. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. Our role as humanistic astrologers is to fit the horoscope to the individual.

Why Is Time Of Birth So Important?

Most people, even if they have no interest in astrology, know their Sun sign. All you need for that is an accurate date of birth.

You can determine the astrological sign for any of the planets with just an accurate date of birth, too.

The Moon moves too fast to use date of birth alone. Why? Because in the span of a single day, it can easily cross from one sign into another. We need an accurate time of birth to determine its sign.

Two other important astrological symbols move even faster. The Ascendant (the Rising Sign) and the Midheaven. They zoom across all twelve signs of the zodiac in a single day. That means they change one degree on the zodiac for every four minutes of time. Without an accurate Ascendant and Midheaven, an astrologer cannot accurately determine the signs on the cusps for the twelve astrological houses.

The Moon is incredibly important in forecasting. So are the “angles” of the chart, especially the Ascendant and Midheaven. That means any forecast depends on an accurate birth time.

Continue reading “Why Is Time Of Birth So Important?”

Context Is Everything

Some clients confuse astrologers and psychics. They assume, once they give us their birth details, we’ll know everything there is to know about them as individuals.

Astrology doesn’t work that way. It’s not a crystal ball.

I can tell you, with near certainty, you have one or more “astrological twins” in the world. Somewhere there are people with birth charts so similar to yours, it makes no practical difference at all. Their lives, also with near certainty, will be very different from yours. The contexts in which your life and theirs unfold will be different.

Another way to think about this, is multiple births. Twins, triplets, etc. They’ll share the same horoscope, except for a degree or two difference on the angles. Do they lead identical lives? No. The contexts of their lives differ.

Horoscopes represent contingent possibilities. Most of the features in our horoscopes become manifest at some point in our lives, as features of our personality, events in our lives, etc. Some, however, do not.

Continue reading “Context Is Everything”

Readings vs. Consultations

An astrological reading is a performance. The astrologer does all (or very nearly all) the talking. They proceed from one measurement to the next, telling the client what it means. They’ll throw around lots of jargon, too. Uranus in the 10th house means this. Sun opposed Pluto means that.

Astrological reports you can buy here or elsewhere on the Internet are computer-generated readings.

A consultation is very different. It’s a discussion. The astrologer doesn’t dominate the conversation. We talk together about your life, based on your horoscope. There’s no jargon. (Not unless the client has some knowledge of astrology and introduces it.)

We tend to think every horoscope is unique. This isn’t so. Many people can share nearly-identical horoscopes and these individuals can lead very different lives.

It takes discussion to put your life and your horoscope in context. To give you that, we can’t just perform. We need to ask questions.

If you want to be treated as a unique individual, you want a consultation, not a reading.