Who is a Good Astrologer?
What does it take to be a good astrologer and how do you who will be the best astrologer for you?
Of course a professional astrologer needs to know astrology inside and out, but they also need the ability to convey their knowledge to you in a way that is helpful and informative. This will make the difference between having an OK reading, and one that gives you the support and information you seek.
There are many different schools of astrology and many techniques astrologers use to get information that can help you, there is no one way that is better than another, just different schools of thoughts. The school of astrology that the astrologer derives the information is second to the level of expertise and accuracy of insight you receive from your astrology session.
When looking though different astrology websites for a good astrologer there are several key factors to keep in mind.
What is the educational background of the person? Many consulting astrologers will have an educational background that is complimentary to the branch of astrology that they practice. For example a financial astrologer who specializes in predicting the market will have a background in finances or on wall street.
A consulting astrologer that interprets an individuals astrology chart many times will have a background in professional counseling.
An astrologer who specializes in medical astrology would have a background in holistic health, whether herbs or nutrition. Although medical astrology is a bit of a misnomer and is never intended to replace or give medical advice.
Others who specialize in teaching usually come from an academic background and have a degree in history or philosophy, the disciplines from which much of the astrological knowledge and writings are found in the ancient texts.
There is no required licensing to operate as an astrologer although professional astrology groups offer various exams to test knowledge.
Sometimes you will find a listing of famous and top astrologers that the person studied under. There are several schools of astrology that one can specialize in, usually promoted by a well known or top astrologer in that area.
Such schools could be Hellenistic astrology, of which Robert Schmidt with Project Hindsight is a major teacher is translating hidden astrological text from ancient times.
Or Evolutionary astrology, first taught by Jeffrey Green. Jungian Astrology combines the wisdom of Jungian psychology and the archetypes with astrology. This is only to name a few of the many paths “traditional” astrologers can choose from.
In addition there are different schools of thoughts on astrology itself, Vedic astrology, Symetrical astrology, Uranian, Hellenistic astrology, Medical astrology, locational astrology and others.
Consider the factors that are important for you:
1. What is the educational background?
2. What professional groups does the astrologer belong to? NCGR, AFAN, ISAR, OPA are a few of the professional groups.
3. How much experience does the person have?
4. What are the specialties of the astrologer and do they fit my needs?
5. What are the reviews or referrals for that astrologer?
In addition there are questions to ask oneself to clarify what your expectations are to better find a professional for you.
1. What is it I am looking for? Information of what part of life? (General overview? Relationship? Relocation? Electional – the timing of events)
2. How important is it to me for the delivery of the information? In person, phone, email, MP3 audio?
3. What are my gut instincts that I feel when listening or looking at the photo or audio of the potential astrologer?
4. How do I want to use astrology for my life? Information, guidance, understanding of current situation?
Choosing an astrologer is a lot like seeking any other professional; ask for referrals, ask your friends who is a good astrologer, use your own intuition, check out the astrologers experience and education.
If you would like to join an astrology group, below are links to a few of the many organizations devoted to serving astrologers.