There are many different schools of astrology and many ways astrologers can 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 profiles of astrologers or different astrologers websites 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.
Astrologers who specialize 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.
Astrologers 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 qualify future astrologers. However if an astrologer list associations with the professional astrology organization it does not necessarily qualify them as having passed the organizations exams.
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.
A check list when looking for astrologers
- What is the educational background? How credible is the astrologer?
2. What professional groups does the astrologer belong to? NCGR, AFAN, AFA, ISAR, OPA are a few of the professional groups.
- How much experience does the astrologer have, is it a full time profession or part time employment?
- What are the specialties of the astrologer and do they fit my needs?
- 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 astrologers who are the best fit for me.
- What is it I am looking for? Information of what part of life? (General overview? Relationship? Relocation? Electional – timing of events)
- How important is it to me for the delivery of the information? In person, phone, email, MP3 audio?
- What are my gut instincts that I feel when listening or looking at the photo or audio of the potential astrologer?
- 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, use your own intuition, check out the astrologers experience and education.
Astrology is a tool to help you know when the planetary cycles are around you and how to make the best use of those energies. It is not to be substituted for legal, medical, financial or other professional advice.
What does it take to be an astrologer and how do you know which astrologers are real and how can you find the best astrologer for you? When you are looking for a good astrology reading having an astrologer that you can relate to is important. Of course your 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.