What a personal consultation can tell you that your horoscope can’t

 Horoscope : Slice of Pie :: Personal Consultation : Whole Pie

This is the first post in a series I’ll be doing on my astrology practice and personal consultations. Do you have a general question about those topics (not about your individual chart)? Go ahead and ask! I might answer it in a future post.

You read your horoscope every week. You may even study the horoscopes for both your sun sign and your rising sign. On Sundays, you read last week’s horoscope again and reflect on how closely the themes matched your actual life. Crazy, right?

Astrology is uncanny like that. Every person with Sagittarius rising has an individual personality and life situation, and at the same time every Sagittarius rising is having a kind of “rebirth” moment right now, after some important endings.

Then again, maybe the horoscope you read this week doesn’t resonate with you. Maybe you’re a Sagittarius rising, and your horoscope looks rosy, but you feel like everything is still extremely hard—because what you don’t know is that you have natal Saturn in Capricorn, so you’re doing your Saturn return. Maybe you have the sun in Sagittarius, but Sagittarius horoscopes never seem to fit you—because what you don’t know is that you have Taurus rising and you would be better off reading horoscopes for Taurus.

What am I talking about? I’m talking about all of the other things that make up your personal natal chart. A horoscope only deals with one sign at a time – which means that even if your horoscope feels like it’s spot on, you’re still missing out on the thousands of variables involved in a personal astrological consultation.

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Horoscopes have value. They predict the general astrological weather for the week ahead. They can inspire you, guide you, and give you some insight to focus on throughout the week. But personal consultations have more value than weekly horoscopes. Because a personal consultation is a customized horoscope that is all about you and your specific chart.

Here’s another way to think about it: a horoscope is like a slice of pie. Yummy.

But a personal consultation is a whole pie that you get to take home with you. Yummier.

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So what can a personal consultation tell you that a horoscope can’t?

1. A personal consultation gives you a much more complete, complex portrait of your personality and life.

When I do personal consultations, I am reading your natal chart, based on your date, time, and place of birth.

Here’s what that looks like. Everyone has one of these, including you. Everyone’s chart is different (yes, even twins have slight differences between their charts).

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What is this thing? It’s a map of the sky at the time of actress Jennifer Lawrence’s birth, otherwise known as her natal chart. JLaw was born in August, when the sun was in Leo. But that sun sign is only one sliver of her natal chart’s pie. —————————->

She also has Sagittarius rising (with Black Moon Lilith on the ascendant), Moon in Gemini, and Mercury on the Midheaven, at the very top of her chart. I mean, just look at all the rest of the stuff in her chart up there, aside from the sun. It’s full of stuff and things.

If JLaw came in for a personal consultation, I wouldn’t use too much astrological jargon like “midheaven.” But based on this chart, we would talk about her natural enthusiasm, her role as a feminist and subversive woman, her unquenchable curiosity, the earthiness that keeps her grounded, and her secret, buried mother wound.

That’s just a small sample of what we could talk about based on this chart. You have your own personal, natal chart. Within your personal pie, you have a lifetime of stories about you. Not just stories about what it means that you’re a Leo or a Pisces. Not just cookbook interpretations that you could read online like “Moon square Mercury equals X.” Stories about you, as a whole individual, and the rich, complex flavors of your life.

2. A personal consultation uses astrological techniques to look at your specific history and provide context for both the future and the present.

Before a natal chart consultation with a new client (what I call The Story of You), I use an astrological technique called solar arcs to look at the years that have led that client to my door. Certain time periods stand out, and sometimes those time periods have to do with a cycle that is coming around again.

In preparation for a consultation with one middle-aged client, I noticed that the themes arising for her at the time of the session were similar to patterns that had occurred when she was about sixteen years old. “What’s coming up for you feels a lot like what was happening when you were sixteen,” I told her. She said, “Yes! I feel that. It’s very similar. In fact, this situation at work now makes me feel a lot like I did when I was sixteen and moved to a new country.”

The most significant moments in your life are written in the patterns of the chart.

For example, I can see from JLaw’s solar arcs that starting in 2006, and especially in 2009, when solar arc Pluto met her ascendant, she was undergoing a tremendous transformation that impacted her entire life. Her Wikipedia bio shows that she began acting with a minor role in the TV movie Company Town in 2006, and had quite a few roles before she had her breakthrough with Winter’s Bone, which premiered in January 2010 (meaning she probably filmed it in 2009).

This would be a useful piece of information to reference later when we talk about the upcoming year, in which Jupiter is transiting the same part of her chart. Pluto and Jupiter are two different planets interacting with her chart in different ways and at different times, but in the same place – indicating change, power, possible wealth, and a fair amount of attention for JLaw.

3. A personal consultation uses astrological techniques to identify important themes for your life right now and pinpoint important upcoming dates.

Your personal natal chart isn’t a static portrait of you. You’re always changing, and in a way so is your chart, as the ever-changing sky interacts with important points and planets from the day of your birth.

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When I look at the current transits to JLaw’s chart (above), I see that Jupiter is in her first house, helping her to expand her life, take risks, and remove obstacles. But I can also see that this is not an altogether rosy time for her, because Ruler of the Underworld Pluto is transiting Stern Saturn (retrograde) in her second house, bringing her down to her personal underworld to take a cold, hard look at her feelings of worthiness. She’s also doing her first Saturn Return, which means she’ll be tested for the first time as a true adult. Is she living her truest values? Is she building an inner sense of worthiness, or does she look outside of herself for her feelings of self-worth (to money, body image, or other people’s opinions)? Speaking of money, how is she handling it?

Given those transits, and the 2018 - 2020 Cancer-Capricorn eclipse cycle that will emphasize these even more, I would talk with this client about values, worth, body image, money stories, and the axis of security and freedom. I would ask her to tell me what comes up for her around these themes, and then we could talk about how it might play out this time. If she wanted me to, I could provide some suggestions for how best to work with this particular Saturn Return. I could also provide her with the specific dates when transiting Saturn will meet her natal Saturn: March 31st and May 29th, 2019. She could mark these dates in a calendar for future reference and pay attention to what happens at those times.

She wouldn’t get any of that just from reading her horoscope. A personal chart consultation includes customized predictions. And her chart shows me a lot more that we could talk about, too, given enough time.

I’ll get into more about each type of consultation in some future posts. For now, that sums up some of the most important things a consultation can do for you that a horoscope can’t.

Let’s recap.

Horoscopes:

  • Based on your sun sign or rising sign only

  • Predict the general astro-weather

  • Inspire and guide you

  • Give you some insight to focus on throughout the week

  • A slice of the pie

Personal Consultations:

  • Customized horoscope based on your full natal chart

  • A more complete, complex portrait of your personality and life

  • Uses astrological techniques to look at your specific history and provide context

  • Identifies important themes in your life right now

  • Pinpoints important upcoming dates for your specific chart

  • The whole pie


So are you ready to go beyond horoscopes and get a consultation based on your whole natal chart? Book a Story of You Reading here!

Announcing Rebel Coaching

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I’m now expanding my astrological consultation services into coaching!

In the past 2 1/2 years as a professional consulting astrologer, I’ve loved meeting with people one-on-one, having deep discussions about their lives. I’ve loved seeing people change and grow. And I’ve found that I want to do more work with people than the astrological consultation format usually allows for. Typically, a client might have a chart reading or follow-up consultation once every few months at most. I didn’t have a useful format that would allow people to work with me more often. So I’ve decided to get my professional coaching certification and expand my services to life coaching.

Through Rebel Coaching, I will be able to guide clients as they travel the roads of their transits, helping people to transition from not-knowing to clarity and deep self-knowledge. If you’re in the midst of a long-term transit, like a Saturn Return or a Pluto square, I can coach you through that process of transformation. If you don’t know what I mean by “Saturn Return” or “Pluto square,” but you do know that you feel stuck on your path, coaching might be for you, too.

You might choose to partner with me as a coach if:

  • You used to feel passionate and inspired in your activism, art, or work, but lately you’re feeling burned out.

  • You’re at a crossroads, making an important life decision, and you’re not sure which way to go.

  • You’re stuck in fear. You think you know what you want, but the “what ifs” keep you from acting on it.

  • You want a more fulfilling personal life, relationship, social scene, or spiritual life, but you don’t know how to create this for yourself.

  • It just feels like something is missing, and you’re not sure what that ‘something’ is.

My other services aren’t going anywhere. You can still work with me for one astrology reading at a time, just like we have been! Coaching is an expansion of my services for clients who want to do more intensive work through the lens of astrology.

Curious? Learn more about my coaching services and request a free discovery call.

I’m excited to share this new offering with you!

Venus Retrograde 2018

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Venus of Aries, photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen

Venus will station retrograde at 10.50 Scorpio on October 5, 2018

Venus will station direct at 25.15 Libra on November 16, 2018

Venus stations retrograde every 18 months, prompting a review of our values and relationships. This particular retrograde, in Scorpio and Libra, will have us reviewing:

  • Partnership: marriage, romance, sex, friendship, business, enemies

  • Love, sex, other forms of intimacy (secrets and shared bank accounts)

  • Equality

  • Money

  • Beauty, art, creativity

To learn more about the upcoming Venus retrograde, check out the free webinar!

Until October 5th, I’m offering Venus retrograde mini-readings on Skype.

Come find out what this Venus Rx means for you.