A few years ago Chris Brennan wrote a of what is actually involved in becoming an astrologer which is well worth visiting . Back in the old days when we had to learn logarithms and buy mountains of ephemerides and atlases in order to cast a chart it was much more difficult to become an astrologer. Nowadays all you need is a computer, but the craft is still a complex one that deserves comprehensive study and respect before hanging out one’s shingle.
Follow the link to the details, but here is a synopsis:
1. Study your own birth chart. (Or better yet, have a professional reading from an astrologer you trust.)
2. Make use of free resources (especially, Chris says, ).
3. Get lots of books and read voraciously. I completely agree! I have a different book list from Chris’s though. These are the books that I find essential for the beginning astrologer:
- Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs – there is no better sun sign book anywhere. Learning about the twelve signs is critical for understanding the way planets interact.
- Linda Goodman’s Love Signs – you may laugh, but once again Goodman does a masterful job at pointing out the way signs relate to one another and once you understand this you have a better sense of what it means when your Moon in Leo is square your Venus in Scorpio. Just read Goodman’s Leo-Scorpio relationship stories and it will all become clear.
- Sakoian/Acker’s The Astrologer’s Handbook – simply the best “cookbook” resource out there to get you started.
- April Elliot Kent’s Essential Guide to Practical Astrology is a great overall resource.
- Steven Forrest’s The Inner Sky is another great resource for understanding the signs.
- Rob Hand’s Planets in Transit […]