This almost needs no introduction—the points speak for themselves. I’ll just say—on behalf of all of the astrologers I know, as well as learn and read from—what we are doing requires a lot of dedication, study and skill involving both right and left brain. The potential effects of a reading for just one individual overshadow all that study and work in terms of results. We—as a collective—are waking up in many ways. The benefits of this are contingent on each one of us doing so. While the awakening may seem profound, the first point below goes a long way to illustrate how we actually could have been much further along by now.
1. We only stand to gain from reacquainting ourselves with this information as legitimate study.
Just as we have distanced ourselves from the natural environment with industry, economics and science, we also mentally separated ourselves from the cosmos as a whole. This subject-object approach to a system we were once more intimately enfolded in, while enhancing our conveniences, made patriarchal methods of control and domination much easier for those opportunists who wished for power. As individuals increasingly separate from nature and the cosmos we alienated ourselves from our own potentials, connection to the greater whole and divine purposes.
The age of Pisces, from which we are just emerging, ran 2160 years. Over this time, we increasingly depended on belief systems to define everything. It started out as tribalism and power dynamics among people. Then, as agricultural and industrial systems made living beyond just survival possible, humans turned away from a natural place in a web of life and energy toward increasingly left-brain Biblical, Quranic, Buddhist, Hindu, Political and personality religions that provided frameworks. Astronomy and Astrology used to be sister sciences—equally legitimate until the 17th century. At this time, the age of reason and beginning of worshiping science provided another framework that people use now to fight against the former ones. While all of these belief systems provide benefits to humans, they somehow bastardized the fundamental link each of us can enjoy to source energy.
Just think of how the term “God” still widely implies an external force (or in sadly archaic cases a white, muscle-bound, bearded man!). This word is thus crippling people’s ability to internalize the concept and own their individual part in the ocean of consciousness, the web of life and the orchestra of energy. The fact remains, we are connected to the Earth and to the wider cosmos and are participating in a sacred dance, together. All of this left-brain slicing and dicing has gone a long way in separating each of us from our individual power and purpose (coming age of Aquarius) and how that manifests when we stop giving power away to individuals who capitalize on the separation we think we have to live with.
2. Astrologers don’t believe in what they do, they study and run a lot of data—observed and catalogued—and read the results of this work with increasingly intuitive capacity over time.
We operate on all cylinders in very analytical ways, in fact. We are typically mentally “over-active” types who have found our outlet. For most of us, this activity was a calling that gripped hard and didn’t let go. We’ve run countless charts and interacted with people in such a way as to hone our intuition and what we gather with the data (swiftly moving back and forth between right and left brain). Over time, patterns start to strike us naturally when we interact with others. When people come to us for a reading, we run their data (a map of the sky the moment they were born above the place they were born) with significant points illuminated. Then we visit with them and tell them what we see. I have yet to meet with a person who is not resonant with at least a few things that I see.
This is especially pronounced in cases where I never met the person before. This is not simple or trivial or fortune-teller information—it is specific, and because I write reports from scratch before each session, I have witnessed several cases of someone saying something during a reading and me turning to the page in the report where I already wrote what they said, sometimes verbatim. You can even see places where the person has transitioned to the opposite sex in this life from the last. Which brings me to the next point.
3. We don’t say things about someone we could say about just anyone.
A skilled reader is not going to talk to someone in a way that is so grossly general that it could apply to anyone. In fact, my initial readings last at least an hour and a half, and I can’t spend that much time talking BS. These conversations begin with a rundown of initial observations of the chart, including behavior patterns, life purpose, how a person processes information, specific emotional and physical modalities/needs and needs a person might be sacrificing to meet social expectations. Such talks have a tendency to go very deep, very fast, when something significant is uncovered. Often all that was intended for discussion cannot be discussed. The person has often had enough for one session after some part of their life has finally emerged for conscious exploration. It’s also the first time someone might have stood up to their inner judge about an aspect of their personality. There are usually a couple points in a reading that really help someone a) see themselves more clearly, as a unique individual free from stifling norms and family expectations and b) resolve and more proactively face a place that life has cornered them at the moment the reading takes place.
4. Sun sign readings in newspapers and magazines have gone a long way to bastardize what we are doing.
While some of these are actually therapeutic and well-done, I find them by-and-large more harmful than good. Yes, you can pit all of the transits against the Sun and assess that. But the reading of a chart involves, at bare minimum, the analysis of 12 planets, in 12 signs, in 12 houses all forming readable relationships with one another. Furthermore the planets are ruled by signs, and the houses are ruled by signs. These signs themselves have temperaments—dark and light expressive aspects (closest analogy being genes, which can flip on and off depending on environmental influences like stress and destructive behavior). This is such a penetrating field of study if one has the time to process a chart from many angles. It is at the soul level and yet goes miles to encompass how a person superficially manifests their destiny. Moreover, it empowers someone to look at themselves in a radically sober way and embrace more precisely what their “gig” is in this particular lifetime. Readings require right brain skill. Intuition and feeling help us navigate through what the person needs most at the time as we look at the significance of information in our hands. We all have cultivated this skill through coursework, continued education, years of reading experience and the continued and regular assessment of our own charts. Amazing authors exist who have written books about aspects, houses, relationships and even just one planet, body or sign. That said, you can’t cookbook what you read in books or studies, either. While it is intelligent to blend all considerations, you must also be perceptive of what the real-life client is suppressing as you do the reading. You must develop a right-brained talent for this work through years of practice.
5. Synergy is not a game of matchmaking for fairytale results.
I will be working on a synergy blog very soon highlighting some of the most repeated short and long-term aspects I have seen when running synergy charts. In the meantime, and as context, I’ll just say that the whole framing of relationships needs to be examined in the context of the waking-up process we are all going through. We lived in a time of belief (age of Pisces) for so long. Now we are entering a time of self-awareness, independence and interdependence as communities of empowered individuals (age of Aquarius). This awakening process is not so smooth and highlights why and how we conduct our relationships as much as anything else. Instead of being institutions that we plug into to as a matter of social expectation and personal stability (financially, emotionally, otherwise), relationships are emerging as a grounds for personal development and growth. As this shift occurs, I speak of aspects in a synergy chart using terms like “potential” or “supporting” or, in some cases, “a long term stress” or even “long-term karmic block.” The length, purpose and individual evolutionary paths of the participants must be considered and weighed in with what is evaluated in the chart. This, again, takes practice and experience to shift into the intuitive and right-brain levels of skill that can make a profound impact on how clients see their lives together and individually.
As a last note, I’ll link to this archived post about the subjectivity of readings. The relationship/rapport between a reader and a client is key, as is the notion that readings are subject to the perspective, intention, openness and capacity of the reader. The reading is also dependent on bits of detail from the client so that the reader can see when some things are operating in shadow. Therefore, a good reading resembles a discussion about the shadow and light of a particular placement. As one teacher I had in New York said to us: You can tell a person the weather, but it’s their choice to carry an umbrella.