Welcome to Astro blogs from my POV! Hope they give you something special every time! I thought it most appropriate in this first entry to tap right into the energetic root of this healing science.
As a science writer of more than ten years, I’ll say yes, Astrology IS a science. For many of us who have been called to it, it involves a detailed database of information from hundreds of charts that we have studied, as well as straight-up pattern recognition to detect energetic tendencies that emerge in discussions with clients. In short, we learn a language of the sky and become more and more fluent. When we read each chart, we translate a series of conscious and unconscious energetic patterns based on when, exactly you were born (and other times related to it, in the case of solar return, geo-relocation, synastry, progressed and other charts). This is the story we speak about with you, in a very specific language.
Of importance here is that we must present the information that allows for an open assessment of HOW you have worked with the energies because we can’t assume to know that. Two people with identical charts—born in the same hospital at the same time—ARE different because of their free will and personal dharma. Each person had different ancestral and past life issues to distill through the prism of the energetic realities illuminated in the chart.
As you can start to see, astrology reading is just as much an art, involving the right brain and the ability to interpret subtle and less direct cues in the chart AND the client, as it is a linear science.
Here’s an analogy.
As writer, I don’t go into the story knowing what exactly it will be about until I have interviewed people, read the research and spent some quality time allowing the story to emerge from these experiences. Same goes for reading a chart. Add this to the actual moment you sit down with a client and WOW we have a lot of other factors to blend for a reading!
Finding a Good Energetic Match
The point I’m getting at is that the person reading your chart matters as much as the information itself, because a huge part of how effective this information becomes in your life depends on HOW it is delivered and the state of mind and heart of the person delivering it.
Let’s take a parallel example. I have been working with a psychic for a year now. She is incredibly, breathtakingly accurate. And I love the sound of her voice and feel she has my best interest at heart. Sometimes my jaw drops and I get tears in my eyes at what she says because I don’t know how anyone can see that much without being there. And yet, after a year of experiences and directives from her, I found myself dependent on her predictions and doubting myself more and more, because while she cared about me, nobody can care about me more than ME.
As you can imagine with such an accurate crystal ball person at my service, I found my present really tainted by too much future information AND I found myself evolving so that the future evolved as well, and, gradually, I noticed, her accuracy suffered when it came to her future assessments. Her in-the-moment-reading emerged as the most keen after I reflected critically on the whole year.
In the end, I really soul searched to decide that I have to go back in and trust myself; to sacrifice predictions for a deeper commitment to the present tense.
When I read blogs about psychic information, written by those gifted in this realm, I saw that the message that resonated the most was that a psychic will not dwell with you so much in the future, because the future is a hologram that is shifting and based on your own evolution. What a difference even a day can make to the whole agenda!
So why tell me so much about the future? Because it creates a level of codependency. I don’t know if this is conscious, but this is what happened. I know she cares about me. Yet I now keep a distance.
Basically: The readings were--as accurate as they were at times--filtered by an individual. And it threw off my energy a lot and caused loads of self-doubt over the last year as I look back. It stretched me in other ways too, so I’m grateful. But overall, it’s important to remember that this information is quite striking yet filtered. And you need to choose your filter wisely.
It’s good to work with someone who gives you space to navigate and choose about the information yourself.
How to Know Who
First question I would ask you if you wanted more clarity about those helping you on your healing journey is: How do you feel after time with them? Two days later? A week later? Were there seeds planted that you can use and feel more empowered using, or do you feel suddenly that you need to ask more questions? Do you feel a dependency creep in? Do you feel more or less powerful about your life?
To a degree there will be a desire to come back to readers for information. But for the time and money you spend, it’s nice to get a good leg up on your own evolution so that you can really reflect on and work on things and see how they play out in your life without feeling the need to reach out to constantly.
Next question: How “sure” are they, and what makes them so? As a reader and someone who does turn regularly to healing practitioners across a range of modalities considered by many as “esoteric,” I will say that I am growing leery of people who make definite statements. Yes, I don’t like people to frame information so tightly that it prevents my deeper reflection and integration of the information.
As a reader, this is also what I offer: Not only an interpretation of what I see but an actual, first-hand look at it as well with an explanation … it takes a bit of extra work but it helps the client feel empowered and secure in the information more than if I just interpreted in a “because I see and said so” way.
Think About It
This is your life. These kinds of readings, interpretations and healings are experiences that ideally help you take the next step on more centered, more self-assured foot. The last thing you need is a session that causes over-dependence and a deferral of your deeper intuitive power to someone else.
What we—each of us—actually need is help plugging in MORE to our intuition, to our internal navigation system. We need people to help us trust ourselves more and live a life according to decisions that we grow in experience to parse out with increasing skill.
We don’t need crutches, we need stronger legs! And when we decide to spend our time; when we decide to act or resist; when we decide to change something in our lives, we need to know that we, alone, did it and that the information that we gathered was something that opened our eyes vs. made a decision for us.