About Astrology: What to Expect from a Personal Consultation with Me

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The Chart

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 natal chart, or birth 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 natal chart tells me about your personality. As an Evolutionary astrologer, I also see the chart as a map of the Soul’s evolution through lifetimes. The way planetary movements interact with your natal chart through time tell me about your patterns of challenge and opportunity: past, present, and future. Consider your natal chart your personal mandala.

The Method

I use a system of astrology popular with contemporary astrologers called Evolutionary Astrology. This system is based on the premise that your chart is a map of your Soul’s evolution, and illustrates possibilities for your story in this lifetime. 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. Your chart is an evolving story. You have choices about how you will use this many-layered map of self, Soul, and life. In my practice, I incorporate some traditional techniques along with some interpretations from modern psychological and Evolutionary astrology. I will come to your consultation prepared with notes on significant patterns over the course of your life. Together we'll discuss your approach to a given area of life, past experiences, and possibilities for the future. The answers are never as simple as we want them to be, but there is richness in complexity.

The Story

Astrology is a language. It's a kind of poetry, and the act of chart interpretation is an art. Think of a consultation as a story we're weaving together. The story will not be prescriptive: that is, it will not tell you exactly what is going to happen. You make things happen. When we tell this story, we 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 consultation prepared to participate in an in-depth discussion about your life, through which we build a meaningful story about you.

The Accuracy

You should know that a consultation is not a performance by the astrologer. It's a two-way discussion between the astrologer and the client. People often, understandably, 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?

7 Reasons to Book a Birth Chart Reading

I always ask new clients to book The Story of You, my 75-minute natal chart consultation. Why?

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This post is part of a series on astrology readings - different types of readings, who they’re for, and how they help you. Do you have a general question about my consultations (not about your individual chart)? Go ahead and ask! I might answer it in a future post.

  1. If you’ve never had an astrology reading, the birth chart (a.k.a. natal chart) is the best place to start.

    If you’re new to astrology, then you’ll definitely want to start with a natal chart consultation, because you’ll see how you have your own unique chart that tells a story about your personality, interests, gifts, challenges, and possibilities. If you’re already deep into astrology, you might have read descriptions of your placements online and interpreted your own chart with the help of some good books. However, even if you have intermediate to advanced knowledge, a comprehensive natal chart reading from an experienced astrologer will give you a more nuanced portrait than any set of cookbook interpretations. While reading for yourself can help you practice chart reading skills and generate powerful self-reflections, we all have blind spots. The insights from a consultation can surprise you, even when you know your chart well. That’s why astrologers get readings from other astrologers.

    For more on this, see my posts on what a consultation can tell you that your horoscope can’t, and what to expect from an astrology reading.

  2. Even if you have had a natal chart reading in the past, you can learn from another astrologer’s interpretation.

    Books come out in different translations from various translators, and people tend to have favorite translations, because every translator gives the same book a different flavor. It’s the same story, but the way it’s told changes. In the same way, every astrologer has their own voice when interpreting charts. The astrological symbols have basically the same meanings, but there are so many different ways to translate them into language and metaphor for you. In fact, you could go even deeper and get readings from astrologers of different astrological schools. I’m an Evolutionary astrologer. My chart reading philosophy and technique is different from that of a traditional Hellenistic astrologer, a Medieval astrologer, a Vedic astrologer, or a psychological astrologer. Getting more than one natal chart reading doesn’t have to mean repeating the same experience—more likely, it will open up some new areas for self-reflection. For those who think they’re too advanced to start with a natal chart reading, consider how going back to the basics can be an enlightening process. I often go back to basics to invigorate a stale practice, whether it’s astrology, meditation, or writing.

  3. A full, comprehensive natal chart reading from an experienced astrologer may offer more insight than previous readings.

    Sometimes new clients come to me having had a natal chart reading before, but it was a long time ago, or it was a 20-minute reading at an event. In the past, I have offered mini-readings for specific transits, like Venus retrograde, and clients who started with those special offers still need to book a Story of You reading to work with me long-term. Why? Because a mini reading barely scratches the surface of what we can discuss in a full consultation. If you have had readings before, The Story of You will refresh your memory, offer some new insights, and expand on previous consultations. Astrology readings are about you and your life, so 20, 30, 60, and even 75 minutes will never be enough to cover everything! There’s always more we can talk about.

  4. A natal chart reading lays the groundwork for a long-term relationship with your astrologer.

    This is the main reason why I ask new clients to start with The Story of You consultation. My practice is built on strong long-term relationships with clients who return for multiple consultations and sometimes for coaching. In order to build these relationships, we start with a foundational chart reading that covers who you are, what’s happened in the past, and some of the recurring patterns in your life. There are distinct advantages to working with an astrologer who gets to know you well over the course of multiple consultations. Over time, clients get comfortable talking about some of the more vulnerable aspects of life in confidential sessions, which opens those conversations up for relevant personal insights. I also get better at making predictions about possibilities in your life when I know you well and understand your patterns. For example, interpretations of the same fifth house transit will differ for one client who does not want children and another client who has three children. A fifth house transit interpretation will be even more on point if I know about a long-term client’s specific struggle with her youngest child. In that case, we can discuss astrology in a way that is most relevant to the client’s life. We might be on our 10th consultation, but it all started with The Story of You, and every reading after that returns to the same natal chart that we discussed in our first session together.

    For more on this, see my post on why you can (and should!) get multiple chart readings.

  5. I adapt my natal chart readings to fit clients’ needs.

    Sometimes people ask me if they can skip the Story of You consultation and go straight to a transit reading because they’ve had readings from other astrologers, or because they already know their natal charts. I think one impulse to “skip the line” comes from the notion that a natal chart reading is for beginners. However, my natal chart reading is not only for beginners. I am happy to adapt it for intermediate and advanced students of astrology. I can adjust the terminology that I use, include additional space objects that you care about, or address a specific question. Just let me know where you are and what you’re looking for, and we’ll go from there.

  6. Knowledge of the future is only as useful as self-knowledge.

    Sometimes people ask me if they can skip the Story of You consultation and go straight to a transit reading because at this moment they’re anxious to get answers to some questions about the future. I get it! All of this inner work that I have committed to on my path can make me feel impatient sometimes, because I just want someone to predict what’s coming. And yet, every major prediction I receive seems to come with a choice I need to make based on my intuitive knowledge of who I am and what I want. Ugh, free will, amiright? I think the impulse to skip the natal chart reading comes partly from the idea that a natal reading only tells clients about their personalities, saying nothing about the future—like there’s a distinct split between who you are and the choices you’ll make, when these things are interrelated. Actually, The Story of You covers past, present, and a little bit of the future. My view on astrology is that it’s about a lot more than your personality (whatever that collection of interests, preferences, and tendencies really is anyway). What the Story of You consultation does is invite some insights about your strengths, challenges, patterns, past experiences, and possibilities. From there, we have a better foundation for the discussion of your current and future choices. Your natal chart is a touchstone for all of these other discussions.

  7. The Story of You consultation includes time to answer some questions about the future.

    100% of the clients who book me for any type of session have questions about the future. The Story of You consultation is 75 minutes long so that we have time to discuss your natal chart and some of the transits that are coming up for you. You don’t have to skip the natal chart reading to get some information about what’s coming! You can have both.

Ready for your birth chart reading?

Why would you book more than one astrology reading?

 
 

I sent a survey out to my newsletter subscribers last year to do some market research. When it came to personal consultations, someone asked:

“I’ve already had a chart reading from an astrologer. Why would I have my chart done more than once?”

This is a fair question from someone who is relatively new to astrology. Once you’ve already had a natal chart reading, you may think, That’s it. I’ve had that experience, and now I know what my chart says about me. Checking it off the bucket list!

Here’s what you should know: your chart is always interacting with the rest of the sky. These interactions between celestial bodies in real time and sensitive points in your natal chart are commonly referred to in astrology as transits. But transits aren’t even the only signifiers of change that we can look at. Different elements of your natal chart come to the forefront at different points in your life. There are a number of techniques that astrologers can use to explore what’s happening in your life in the present and future that might give you a better understanding of the current moment. So while you may be fine with having one astrologer’s interpretation of your natal chart for the rest of your life (are you though?), you can get multiple chart readings over the years and receive different information every time.

Let’s do a quick example of how the transits can give you different readings over time.

TL;DR? Skip to the end for a summary.

Here’s AOC’s natal chart, based on birth information from astro.com.

This is what the sky looked like at the moment she was born. This little map is never going to change, though different parts of her chart will be activated at different times in her life, and her expression of these chart placements will also evolve as she ages.

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She’s a Libra with Sagittarius rising and moon in Aries. She approaches the world with exuberance, a zest for learning, and a whole lot of passion for participating in her community. That independent Aries moon is conjunct asteroid Pallas Athena, goddess of just war and strategy, in conversation with her diplomatic Mercury in Libra. I would say she’s a creative strategist and a fierce opponent, and though it may be a challenge sometimes, she can balance that warrior queen side with a big dose of her all-important political charm. There’s a lot more to talk about in this chart, but that would be the start of a natal chart interpretation from me.

Now let’s say she had a consultation in March of 2018.

This is how the sky at that time was playing off of her natal chart.

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The most important transit to note for 2018 would have been her Saturn Return. She was right in the middle of this major rite of passage while she was campaigning for her seat in Congress, and of course we know she was the youngest woman ever to be elected, at 29. Her Saturn Return was all about investing in what she valued, including herself. She may have struggled with some self-doubt while she was running, but she did the hard work to maintain her confidence and win anyway, and we also know that her grassroots campaign reflected her values. That’s a brief example of what AOC’s consultation might have centered on in March 2018, because that’s how the planets were affecting her natal chart at the time.

What would we talk about if she booked another consultation now?

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She’s still doing her Saturn return for the next couple of years, but she’s past the hardest part now. Now, Jupiter is in her first house, amping her image and offering her opportunities, as well as a fair amount of luck. But two major events just shook up her chart: Chiron moved into her fifth house to meet her moon in Aries, and Uranus just entered her sixth house. That Chiron transit is going to be painful at first. She might encounter events that remind her of more painful parts of her childhood and/or feel the sting of battles she’s currently fighting. What she feels and how she heals will affect how she communicates publicly. This Chiron transit that plays out in her chart over the next two years will be a significant piece of her role in changing public values. I think she could play a big part in the collective healing of toxic masculinity. Meanwhile, transiting Uranus makes a trine to her natal Uranus, bringing her unusual values into her daily life. As the sixth is the house of service and she is now a public servant, she’s in an innovative period. Work will be busy, no doubt, but exciting, too, and she’s working in service of some collective Uranus-in-Taurus values: revolutionizing our attitudes to the earth, money, and resources.

None of that was happening last March! Of course, all of my consultations extend into the future (at least a year, sometimes more, depending on the length of the situation in question.) So in my 2018 consultations with clients, I made sure to briefly talk about Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Taurus, because those are big 7-8 year transits. But when we only have 60-75 minutes to dive deep into your life, I target the major events of the moment. There’s always more to talk about, so there’s always a reason to book another consultation! The only constant in life is change.

And even more reasons to book more than one reading...

There are different types of consultations for different situations. You might just want to pop back in for a mini reading to ask a few questions, or you might decide to book a solar return reading on your birthday to get another layer of information about your preoccupations, gifts, and challenges in the year ahead.

Not only can you get value out of consulting with me more than once, but getting consultations from different astrologers can give you different perspectives on your birth chart and the transits in question. Books come out in different translations from various translators, and people tend to have favorite translations, because every translator gives the same book a different flavor. It’s the same story, but the way it’s told changes. In the same way, every astrologer has their own voice when interpreting charts. The astrological symbols have basically the same meanings, but there are so many different ways to translate them into language and metaphor for you.

In fact, you could go even deeper and get readings from astrologers of different astrological schools. I’m an Evolutionary astrologer. My chart reading philosophy and technique is different from that of a traditional Hellenistic astrologer, a Medieval astrologer, a Vedic astrologer, or a psychological astrologer.

You never have to stop getting consultations! If you like astrology, there’s always more to learn.

So again, why would you book more than one astrology reading?

  • To get some perspective on what’s happening in your life (approximately every six months to one year), because different parts of your chart are activated at different times.

  • To get different types of readings for specific purposes.

  • To hear more than one astrologer’s interpretation of your natal chart.

  • To experience an astrological consultation from an astrologer of another school.

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