Nearly everyone reads their horoscope from time to time. But those of us who have an even deeper interest in astrology are drawn to seek out more in depth information. Having an astrologer look at, and explain, your birth chart can often help you better understand yourself and the choices you have made will make in the future.
But with so many astrologers out there, how do you choose the right one for you?
Yes, experience is important, but...
If you had the opportunity to bring ten experienced astrologers together to examine your chart, there would be no mistake that, for the most part, they would interpret the chart exactly the same way. What makes them all different is the way in which they communicate what they are seeing.
Finding an astrologer whose "voice"--whose style of communicating--is one that resonates with you is the most important thing when choosing an astrologer.
Think about what kind of style would most appeal to you. Do you want an astrologer who speaks in very technical astrological terms or one that is able to translate things into very basic, simple descriptions and doesn't bombard you with jargon? Do you prefer an astrologer who takes a very serious and cerebral approach, or one that sees astrology from a more creative and mystical perspective?
Some astrologers combine chart interpretation with counseling. You are encouraged to bring up an ongoing issue you are having in your life so the astrologer can pinpoint it in your chart and help you see you have the capability to change things. This can be beneficial when you have been dealing with a problem for a long time and you need a fresh outlook.
Other astrologers do no counseling whatsoever and prefer to only describe your astrological characteristics. This is beneficial during the times in your life when you're doing self-examination and want to get an even more detailed understanding of who you are.
Beforehand, know what your needs are and what you want out of an astrology reading. This will help you to better find an astrologer that can accommodate you.
While seeking out an astrologer who has decades of experience has its benefits, if you don't feel you are on the same wavelength as him/her, you will get very little out of the experience.
How do you find the best astrologer for you?
Many astrologers have Web sites on which they offer free weekly or monthly horoscopes, free articles and astrology tutorials. In the past couple of years, astrologers have begun to offer podcasts, Web radio shows and downloadable audio. Pay attention to those astrologers who have gone the extra mile to, not just give of their talents freely, but those who share their passion for astrology. Spend a few weeks reading (or listening) to their words. This is how you can best get a sense of whether their style is one that will be of use to you.
Don't fall into the trap of believing if someone is a well-known astrologer, has been published or has made TV or radio appearances they are better than others. The key is to choose an astrologer who you feel a connection with.
After getting a sense of an astrologer based on their Web presence, request a brief phone conversation with them. Be mindful of the vibe you are picking up and how this person leaves you feeling. Like any other kind of service you seek out to help make your life better, the person you are working with should do their best to ensure you feel empowered after the session. Ask the astrologer to explain their technique and take note if what they are saying feels like it could be of value to you.
Finding, and working with, the right astrologer for you can truly be a life-altering experience. It's worth taking the time to seek one out.