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.
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.
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?
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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