One of the on-going struggles as an evolutionary (or other) astrologer is to overcome the client’s assumption that we can (or even want to) predict the future. Non-astrologers and some astrologers are questioning the ‘validity’ of astrology since the predictions of the U.S. election went horribly awry.
We are working with a symbolic language when we consider the energies of the planets, Sun and Moon and the signs in the zodiac. We are also considering probabilities and statistics.
Life experience, especially in complex societies, with many options for all genders, is filled with a cornucopia of possibilities. The practicality of accuracy in predictive work is unreasonable.
What we can do, as astrologers, is listen, collaborate on action plans, tell the story of the symbolism in a way that evokes further inquiry and meaning in a person’s life. We cannot predict the future even when we appear to do so.
I’m remembering the times when I practiced my craft at various fairs offering 15 minute readings. Often people would come to me and say something like, “An astrologer told me my mother would die in March and it happened.” This is accompanied by a look, that I have imagined as, “Are you as good as that astrologer?” or “What are you going to tell me? Will you rock my world, too?” or “No way am I going to listen to what you have to say, if something like that is to be revealed.”
Education on the value of astrology is an on-going task. Simply defining what this complex language IS is a worthy practice. Just like the study of astrology, it may take me a lifetime or longer to master.
Some astrologers are brilliant teachers. In his February 2017 newsletter, Evolutionary Astrologer, Steven Forrest, educates in “The Perils of Astrological Prediction.” Love the article. Check it out.
Please read my latest post on Mars in Aries to read what this time period may mean for you. Remember these are expressions of a symbolic language, not a predictive nature.Share, please and thank you.