When I was a baby astrologer I couldn’t wait to get my hands on as many books, websites, vehicles of information as possible. My appetite for all things astrology & occult related was just about insatiable. Many library trips & scolding from my mother for tying up her phone line (I don’t miss dial up) was a small price to pay for the knowledge I sought.
Fast forward about 20 years & many things have changed. Mainly high speed internet, multiple social media platforms, a preponderance of astrology websites & tumblr pages and an unparalleled information search engine named Google. What hasn’t changed very much are the misconceptions & mistakes that people who are new to astrology as a deeper study and practice make. Below is my angsty mild ranty list of things that piss (or mildly annoy) me as an astrologer in the 21st Century.
- It’s astrologer, not astrologist: a pet peeve among many astrologers I know here in the states. There something about astrologist that just doesn’t sit right with us, it’s like nails on a chalkboard, it makes me grind my teeth ever so gently when I’m introduced as such. There may be a reason why it’s astrologer vs astrologist, I haven’t bothered to Google why. Just take my word for it when I say it’s astrologER not astrologIST. K,thanks.
- 12 Signs = 12 Types of People: This was an argument on Bill Nye’s new show, guest starring one of my mentors & teachers Sam Reynolds. This seems to be the skeptics go- to argument about astrology. That somehow we’re breaking down complex personalities into 12 neat keyword boxes. I wish it was that simple but, alas, it’s not. The popularity of Sun Sign horoscopes during the latter half of the 20th century has led people to believe (or forget) that astrologers must take into account 10 major planets,12 houses, 4 major angles, 12 signs, and 5 major aspects when beginning to read and interpret astrology. So now I can’t tell you the “tea” about your entire life solely based on your Sun sign, but with your entire chart & some feedback from you, I can shape a pretty accurate picture. Makes sense?
- Born on the cusp: Nope you were not born on the cusp. When it comes to astrology, you either are or you aren’t. There’s no blending of signs. You’re not a Can-Leo or a Sagittaricorn. When it comes to being born close to the “cusp” it boils down to time. Time of birth determines whether your Sun, Moon and or rising are in one sign or another.(This goes for the other planets as well, but those 3, especially the Moon & Rising are the most time sensitive.) If you don’t know your birth time you can request a long form birth certificate or get your chart rectified based upon major events that have taken place in your life by a professional astrologer.
- All Transits Matter!: No, no they don’t. Imagine if every single planet moving in the sky was a big deal for your chart, you’d be fried & exhausted from all the activity. If Pluto moving through Capricorn or Mercury in Cancer isn’t registering on your radar, maybe it’s just not a significant transit for your chart. That’s okay! Trust me, there will be plenty of transits, progressions, retrogrades, and eclipses that will be. You can relax while you track the heavens, remember that astrology is meant to be a tool. It allows us to see ahead to an extent into the future, get an idea of what to expect and gives clues as to how to prepare.
- Woe is Me, tell me how horrible my chart is: For whatever reason a fair amount of astrology newbies seem to hate/ fear their natal charts. I kinda get it. When I was first studying astrology (and even sometimes now), reading the different interpretations of my natal chart left me feeling like I wanted it to be completely different, that the placements I had were either too boring or challenging. But here’s the thing: over time, with study, I realized that my chart is perfect for me. It reflects my past and shows me glimpses of my potential. Our natal charts are not set in stone, but are in the process of becoming through you. Environment gives us the material to start shaping our worlds via our families, culture, upbringing etc but free will allows you to decide how your chart and life unfolds. Choose empowerment. This is the chart chosen by you to do either great or terrible things in a lifetime. That thought alone is freeing.
- The Chicken Little Syndrome: The idea that all hard transits are going to wreak havoc on our lives or that Mercury Retrograde is sure to kill you this time. The dramatic swoon onto your bed as Venus retrograde has all your ex lovers texting you “Hey big head.” The horror of it all! Stop it. Think of transits, lunations, and eclipses as perfectly timed drills to get you into shape for bigger challenges down the road. You want a life partner that you adore & worships the ground you walk but you can’t communicate your needs in a relationship, well maybe Venus Rx bringing back your old lovers is an opportunity to practice those communication skills. You want to be big shot boss in your field with tons of influence and power? Awesome, here comes Saturn & Pluto to grind you via hard lessons and a dash of crisis to see if you have what it takes to be a boss facing hard decision and crisis on a daily basis. Embrace the constant molding and teaching the planets are supplying you with. They’re here to help, not harm.
- Using Astrology to Drag: Recently “dragging”, “reading” and/or “spilling tea” about the zodiac signs has become a thing. At first it was relatively harmless fun poking fun at the various flaws that all the signs have. There’s light and dark to all things so this isn’t my issue. My problem lies in this form of “astrology” being people’s introduction to the art. “ Gemini’s ain’t sh*t because they’re all two faced!” “Scorpios are always doing dirt, so you can never trust them not to cheat.” “Capricorns are all cold-hearted because all they want is power and money!” And on and on and on. This isn’t astrology, this is cruel caricature & on a bad day someone will read this and take it to heart in a way that may be damaging. Astrology is a VAST study. I don’t say that lightly. There are so many sub-studies whether it’s
Those are just off the top of my head, but trust me when I say there are a lot more. What I’m saying is that astrology is a centuries old tool that can be used in so many ways to assist people in their life journey. I know of several psychotherapists who eventually studied astrology and now use it as a tool to support their clients while in session.
There are medical astrologers who have helped families plan for surgeries or help them figure out how serious a condition may or may not be, based upon their chart. Or how about Mundane Astrologers who help to predict social & political change/upheavals, wars & famines as well as times for peace & innovation?
Dragging may be great for a quick laugh, but repetitive shaming for the sake of clicks & entertainment is wack in my opinion. (Catch all of this Sagittarian judgement, fight me!)
Practicing Astrologers are under ethical demand to do no harm to their clients. We have to be responsible towards them & their well-being. We have to address their concerns while also hopefully providing both honest insight and practical tools to maneuver through difficult situations. It’s not a game.
Bonus: What does this mean if my Venus is in Ophiuchus ?: I literally don’t know anything about your chart unless it’s in front of my face and I’m being paid to interpret it. Why? Cuz reading charts takes time and work. Why? Cuz new books, workshops, conference & certifications cost money. Why? Cuz in the age of Google, Scribd, and Amazon you can literally find just about anything you could dream of concerning astrology in the blink of an eye. It’s AMAZING. Not all of it is great or even accurate (see point above) but the internet is filled with talented Astrologers who give so much wisdom for free, it’s nearly insulting not to at least do a Google search to find them. Curiosity can be a gift, let it guide you something that blows your mind.
P.S. Ophiuchus is not a thing and never will be. Don’t @ me.
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