ASTROLOGY

Frequently Asked Questions

An astrology chart is a visual representation of the planets, and their various geometric angles to one another, at the time of your birth. 

An astrology reading is an interpretation of the strengths and challenges in the energies of the planets and angles you were born with. These energies are available to you and learning to use them most effectively can result in a life of more ease and understanding.

What shows up to me for each individual is unique. This is not a psychic reading. While some intuitiveness is used, the exchange and discussion allow me to bring these energies more into your understanding and consciousness so that you have better use of them. The goal of all readings are clarity and growth. Each chart has such depth and breadth that it is wise to come with some questions or specific areas most important to you right now.

Date, Place and Time of birth. A chart can be read without the time but it is more limited in the specificity of information. The exactness of time matters and taking the time to check a birth certificate, baby book or ask a parent is well worth double checking.

-An initial birth chart reading is a good place to start and we can focus on a few areas you are most interested in (work, relationships, children etc). This is an overall of your personality and what energies you’re most attuned to.

-Transit and Progressed Chart Readings look at what is happening now and what may be the underlying potentials for these current stressors or changes. Transits discuss how you and your life are interacting with current energies while progressions look at the timing of unfolding layers of your soul’s path. Together they often function as the trigger point for major life changes.


-Relationship Charts, also known as Compatibility Chart reading can be a great way to assess the strengths and struggles of a relationship. It can also be used to discuss the timing of major decisions, as well as, to understand the meaning of a phase you may be in with a partner.

Absolutely not! That’s what I am here for! I act as an interpreter between the sky and you. I have personally experienced the benefits of using astrology for self-reflection and so if it speaks to you, I would encourage you to begin the process of understanding your own chart. I offer astrological counseling services for clients who have this interest (see below). You can also read educational articles on my blog to help get started, but it is absolutely not necessary. We all have our gifts and crafts and I chose this path because I wanted to share my gift with you.

No, I do not claim to be psychic. I believe intuition is something we all possess, much like a sense. I understand the world in energy, the exact manifestation of how that energy is going to show up in your life, I do not know. Generally, you can expect to walk away with a clearer understanding of yourself and how to encourage the available energy most positively in your life.

Astrology party is a fun way to bond with friends, support one another and raise everyone’s vibration together. Enjoy a cup of tea or a cocktail with friends while an astrologer gives each person a personalized reading. Depending on the group and their relationships, readings can be done openly or privately. If you're interested in hosting your own astrology party please contact me for more details. I include a free reading for the host. 

There are several things that can be done. First step is to ask a parent or family member who might remember when you were born. However, if you have no idea of the time or any kind of approximation, then the next step depends on where you were born. If you were born in the US, you can contact your city’s or state’s department of vital records. If you were born in one of the five boroughs of NYC, you can start here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/vr/vrbappl.shtml. Please be sure to request the long form of your birth-certificate, or the form that has your birth time on it. That information does not come automatically anymore.

You can also have your chart rectified. At present, due to my own consulting and teaching schedule, I am no longer accepting rectification work. I am directing clients toward Patrick Watson, https://patrickwatsonastrology.com/, or Catherine Urban, https://www.catherineurban.com/ Rectification of a chart means that an astrologer will send you a questionnaire to fill out and email back to them. They may ask for dates or months with the year when significant events happened in your life. From those dates, the astrologer can work backwards to see if they could have predicted some of these events by “composing” a chart or tables based on the birth time range you’ve given them. The tighter the time frame, the greater the possibility of accurately “rectifying” your birth time.

 

All readings are done over the phone or skype especially for my international clients. Reading a person’s energy can easily be done over anywhere and does not have to be in person.

 

Yes. After we are done I email you a MP3 of your reading so that you can listen to it whenever you need a pick me up!

 

They are 60 minutes of psychic, mystical goodness! My goal is to leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and enlightened. By the end of the reading you will have had several “ah-ha” moments as well as a better understanding of your life path.

 

Absolutely! In fact it’s a great idea for a birthday present or if you know someone that just needs some guidance along their path. Simply go to my contact page, send me an email and I will send you a PayPal invoice for payment. After that you’re done! I will email you a gift certificate which includes all the details for the recipient. You can email it to them or print it and include it in a card.

 

YES! Anything and everything that we talk about is 100% confidential. As a professional I take your privacy and your concerns very seriously. There is no judgment on anything that is said, in fact I learn from all my clients. We are all teachers for one another in this lifetime – learning goes both ways.

Sadly, no. At least not the ones you read in newspapers. They're based solely on sun signs, and as you can imagine, it's highly unlikely that every human on the planet fits into one of only 12 neat pigeon holes. It sells newspapers, and little else.

Not every Aries is having a bad hair day and falling in love with someone wearing blue at lunchtime. While it is possible to generalize personality charcteristics into 12 broad types, it just isn't for daily events (which need an infinitely smaller level of detail to be useful). It's a workable solution, but for entertainment value only. In this respect 'public' horoscopes on news sites have made astrology lose most of its credibility.

With all that said, a personal horoscope (prepared for one individual, from their birth time) on the other hand can be very accurate.

It's 50% science and 50% art. Strip away all the pictures and hocus-pocus, and ultimately it's a big collection of data (the interpretation of which was gradually refined over hundreds of years) being extrapolated into an individuals personality, using the lowest common denominator.

The 50% (art) portion comes from the human who is interpreting that data. Most writers adopt a particular style. Some like a long winded, elegant description of love and flowers, while some prefer just the facts. Similarly, some writers prefer to deliver 'only good news' and won't cover bad or less appealing aspects of a personality or relationship, a method to 'sell more newspapers'

What is astrology?

Astrology is the study of the relationship between the placement of planets at the time of an individuals birth, and that individual. The most common tool used in this process is..

The natal chart (also called birth chart)

This is a written representation of the planets at the exact time and location of a persons birth, literally putting that person at the center of the solar system. Each birth chart is therefore as unique as a fingerprint (though those of twins born together are very similar). There are many types and styles of natal chart, however the general principal is consistent.

How does astrology work?

There are two main schools of thought as to how or why astrology works (it's really the same question).

The scientific school of thought on Astrology

Here the planets are controlled by the exact same forces which control humans, and astrology is no more than a means to watch the universes movements, of which an individual is affected. In other words, the individual is a microcosm and the solar system is a macrocosm.

If this view is followed then astrology is nothing more than the reading of a slightly complex clock, which controls both the planets and people. We're using the planets as a way to view that clock.

As we learn more about various fields such as physics it's becoming apparent that this phenomenon isn't nearly as far fetched as it first sounds. Areas such as mathematics (fractals), computer science (recursive functions), genetics (dna) each have examples where the same 'seed' can produce results on vastly different levels and scales, and in this respect the same 'cosmic DNA' could conceivably create either a person, or a solar system, in the same way that a single cell can contain the entire blueprint for a person.

Those of a computer science background may notice the similarity between this concept and that of computer generated random numbers - which aren't random at all if the seed is known. Following this analogy the universe allocates the seed based on the location and time of birth. This is an eerily similar process to that which might be used if you sat down to code the universe and populate it.. this is one big MMO.

The metaphysical school of thought on Astrology

The second school of thought is that the planets themselves hold power over an individual, and their presence creates that individuals personality (and if you want to take it a step further, that personality leads to life choices which determine their destiny).

When you consider that back in ancient times they didn't have the internet, libraries or mass storage, if you discovered something important, the best way to ensure it could be passed on to future generations was to create an easily remembered 'human story' around it. This could certainly explain the presence of gods in this picture to those who find that side of things too far fetched.

There's no reason that a person cannot believe in both astrology and religion at the same time. God can certainly have created the complex cosmic mechanism of both humans and planets, and astrology does not involve any form of pagan or spiritual ceremonies which some religions might find offensive.

Here the planets are controlled by the exact same forces which control humans, and astrology is no more than a means to watch the universes movements, of which an individual is affected. In other words, the individual is a microcosm and the solar system is a macrocosm.

If this view is followed then astrology is nothing more than the reading of a slightly complex clock, which controls both the planets and people. We're using the planets as a way to view that clock.

As we learn more about various fields such as physics it's becoming apparent that this phenomenon isn't nearly as far fetched as it first sounds. Areas such as mathematics (fractals), computer science (recursive functions), genetics (dna) each have examples where the same 'seed' can produce results on vastly different levels and scales, and in this respect the same 'cosmic DNA' could conceivably create either a person, or a solar system, in the same way that a single cell can contain the entire blueprint for a person.

Those of a computer science background may notice the similarity between this concept and that of computer generated random numbers - which aren't random at all if the seed is known. Following this analogy the universe allocates the seed based on the location and time of birth. This is an eerily similar process to that which might be used if you sat down to code the universe and populate it.. this is one big MMO.

he second school of thought is that the planets themselves hold power over an individual, and their presence creates that individuals personality (and if you want to take it a step further, that personality leads to life choices which determine their destiny).

When you consider that back in ancient times they didn't have the internet, libraries or mass storage, if you discovered something important, the best way to ensure it could be passed on to future generations was to create an easily remembered 'human story' around it. This could certainly explain the presence of gods in this picture to those who find that side of things too far fetched.

Sadly, no. At least not the ones you read in newspapers. They're based solely on sun signs, and as you can imagine, it's highly unlikely that every human on the planet fits into one of only 12 neat pigeon holes. It sells newspapers, and little else.

Not every Aries is having a bad hair day and falling in love with someone wearing blue at lunchtime. While it is possible to generalize personality charcteristics into 12 broad types, it just isn't for daily events (which need an infinitely smaller level of detail to be useful). It's a workable solution, but for entertainment value only. In this respect 'public' horoscopes on news sites have made astrology lose most of its credibility.

With all that said, a personal horoscope (prepared for one individual, from their birth time) on the other hand can be very accurate.

Astrology is the art of interpreting planet placement at the time of an individuals birth, focused on humans, personalities, life events, relationships etc.

Astronomy is the study of celestial bodies from a purely scientific standpoint - concerned with orbits, sizes, distances, star masses etc.

Astrologers can learn a lot from astronomers, whereas little in astrology will be of much usefulness to an astronomer. For a long time (prior to the medieval period +/-) they were lumped together and treated as the same subject.

Yes they were. They filled in several 'gaps', and generally improved the accuracy of astrology. Interestingly, overall the newly discovered planets made everything make even more sense.

The practical answer is because it's much easier to determine (unless you have a very uneventful and well documented sex life...)

The metaphysical answer - because you don't have a fully formed 'person' until the moment of birth (when the cord is cut)

The scientific answer - the result would be the same (the cosmic 'clock' would read the same 'time') only offset by 9 months. In other words if it's 2pm in New York (conception) then we know it's 9pm in London (birth) and from either position can calculate that it's midnight in Moscow (the astrological result)

This is a question which assumes that gravity is the mechanism by which a planet affects astrology and birth. If gravity were responsible, then yes that midwife probably has ten times more gravitational pull (which is highly sensitive to vast distances) than Saturn does. Fortunately, gravity isnt a factor, so it's quite safe to use a plump midwife. "ah, i see you have Mrs. Holbrook in your fourth house..."

 

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