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How To Choose A Professional Astrologer

Most astrologers consider themselves professionals, and conduct themselves as such. If you’re ready to go see an astrologer, but are unsure about how to proceed, you can use the same guidelines that you would for selecting any consultant. First step: Get a referral from someone whose judgement you trust. Failing that, call your local astrological organization, or local affiliate of a larger group for a listing of practitioners with sound credentials.

Some accrediting bodies do exist for professional astrologers, but not in Canada. In the U.S., the American Federation of Astrologers and the National Council for Geocosmic Research offer professional accreditation. Do ask hard questions about rates and the astrologer’s approach to make certain they are in line with your expectations. You are within your rights to ask what your recourse is should you not be satisfied with the consultation. Keep your expectations within reasonable bounds. No professional can solve all your problems in the course of a one-hour consultation. But you should, at the very least, gain some fresh insight and perhaps learn something new about yourself.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

Want to have your chart read? Your astrologer needs three pieces of vital information: your birthdate, place and time. And yes, the time should be as precise as possible. The horoscope is a map of the sky for the exact time and place where you were born. The entire chart is oriented around knowing the precise degree of the zodiac that was coming up over the horizon when you came into being. This point is known as the rising sign. The more precise your birth time, the more accurate a reading you will receive.

Birth records are the most reliable sources. Mothers were often too stressed during labour to recall the birth time with any accuracy. If the birthtime is unknown or imprecise, astrologers use a method known as rectification to calculate a rising sign that is the most likely sign and degree for you.

© 1999 Susan Kelly. This material is copyrighted and reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder. All rights are reserved, including electronic storage and transmission.

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