So, you want to become an astrologer. Whether this is born from a new career choice, a desire for a personal hobby or a need for human connection within a like-minded group, there are a fair few choices when it comes to simple steps that can ease you into the astrological world.
1. Read, Discuss & Study
Surround yourself with astrology!
Delve into star charts, mythological histories of the zodiac, horoscopes, famous astrologers and more. A basic knowledge of astronomy will also help – for example, learning and remembering the order and names of the planets, if you don’t know already.
A brief look at the underlying histories of the Western Zodiac can help inform you of the general sort of characteristics each star sign involves. Even if you don’t understand everything at first, reading horoscopes and predictions from prominent astrologers can help you understand the kinds of topics they talk about.
Secondly, why not post a comment on an astrological piece – or respond to someone else’s. If you don’t fully get something, ask someone why or how it works. There’s not better way to learn and solidify concepts in your mind, than by discussing them with others.
Once you feel you’ve got a solid base, you could even try and discuss some of your new information with a non-astrological friend.
Lastly, we have formal study. Kepler College, The International Academy of Astrology and The Faculty of Astrological Studies are just a few international organisations where you can sign up for accredited astrology courses.
2. Learn the Signs of the Zodiac & Your Birth Chart
These are the two cornerstones of most astrology, so it would be great to put effort into this early. There are many free birth chart examples online that can be found through search engines, but Co-Star Astrology has a nicely animated version if you’re feeling lazy.
Our very own website has a 12-part guide to the Zodiacal signs, which is (totally unbiasedly) worth a read if we say so ourselves. Each part covers all the key astrological and astronomical information of each sign, as well as expanding on the historical associations of the constellation.
3. Use Advanced Astrological Resources Such as an Ephemeris & Transit Charts
An ephemeris is a sort of celestial journal. It records the relative positions of the stars, constellations and planets in the sky throughout the year. Some modern ephemerides also record the positions of artificial satellites such as GPS systems or the International Space Station.
Of course, as man-made objects, these are not particularly relevant to astrology and can be safely ignored if you’re not interested in them. However, learning to read an ephemeris is essential if you’re going to conduct your own original astrological observations.
Transit charts are also a useful resource, which you should learn how to read. They map the periods at which planets cross the ecliptic and move into the Zodiacal plane. Of particular importance for any given individual, is when the planet returns to the same spot in its orbit as it was when you were born.
This is when the planet has the most effects on our human lives.