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