An astrological chart is a map of the sky at a precise moment in time. A chart looks like the wheel of the zodiac, divided into twelve houses with twelve signs and the positions of the celestial bodies. Your birth chart, or natal chart, is a map of the sky at the moment of your birth. The belief behind astrological interpretation is that you are a manifestation of the moment of your birth, so your birth chart tells me about your personality. The way current planetary movements interact with your birth chart tell me about your current challenges and opportunities. Consider your birth chart your personal mandala.
When I read a chart, I start with where I'm intuitively drawn. A shape made by aspects. A prominent planet or sign. I interpret the chart based on the same archetypes that have been used by astrologers for thousands of years. I use a system of astrology popular with contemporary astrologers called Evolutionary Astrology. This system is based on the premise that your chart illustrates different possibilities for your story in this lifetime. Evolutionary astrologers eschew Medieval, deterministic prophecies of fate in favor of the philosophy of free will. This means that I will not tell you that you will or will not get married, when you will meet The One, pinpoint the moment when your professional dreams will come true, or note exactly when someone will die. I will show you the possibilities and discuss your approach to a given area of life. The answers are never as simple as we want them to be, but there is richness in complexity.
Astrology is a language. It's a kind of poetry, and the act of chart interpretation is an art. Think of a reading as a story I'm telling you. The story will not be prescriptive: that is, it will not tell you exactly what is going to happen. You make things happen. When I tell this story, I focus on your possibilities. I want you to have the opportunity to explore your best self. I want you to celebrate what is working for you and how you could use your strengths to achieve your goals. I will not shy away from important warnings, because everyone has the potential to take the low road or the high road. But I work with my clients on the premise that they can take the high road, so the story is mostly about who you are when you do that. Astrology mythologizes all of us, placing us in a context of possibility and greater meaning. Come to your reading expecting that my interpretation of your chart will tell you a meaningful story about yourself.
People often come to astrology with curiosity about whether or not it "works." I started my practice by taking note of the transits to my own chart, and I found the timing astoundingly accurate. The timing and interpretations I present to my clients are as accurate as I can make them. You, like me, can be your own subject in this personal, spiritual experiment. However, I don't think there's much value in approaching astrology with the mentality that it can be proven or disproven. I believe that astrology is only one lens through which we can access the unseen, and there are many other paths. The question is, are you open to experiencing the mystery?