Astrologer Kelly Surtees joins the podcast in this episode to discuss some recommendations for learning astrology and eventually becoming an astrologer.
The conversation is based in part on a post I did on my blog several years ago titled 10 recommendations for understanding astrology. (Update 8/18/2018: watch also my video on five short beginner astrology recommendations.) I wanted to revisit the subject in order to dig a little deeper into some of the suggestions and add a few new ones.
Kelly and I take you from the very first steps you need to take in order to begin your studies in astrology, assuming you know nothing or very little about it, all the way to the intermediate and advanced phases of learning about the subject, during the course of the show.
The end result is a 3-5 year framework for how to become an astrologer, and by the end of the program, we’ll have gotten the listener to the stage where they should be able to transition into professional astrology practice.
I’ve included an outline of some of the subjects covered in the program below, but please visit the original blog post linked at the top of the page for a full article with all of the links.
Studying Astrology: Episode Outline
Kelly’s three key astrological learning suggestions are as follows:
- Make contact with other people who are interested in astrology. Meetups, local astrology groups, and online astrology groups are all options.
- Educate yourself and get official training. Choose a person you can meet in person or an online course that interests you.
Tips for learning astrology in particular:
- www.astro.com can provide you with a copy of your birth chart.
- If at all possible, double-check your birth time.
- Learn the symbols for the zodiac signs, planets, aspects, and more.
- Kelly provides a free handout with the icons for the planets and zodiac signs.
- She also has some more astrological handouts for beginners here.
- Make use of free online resources. Blogs, blogs, podcasts, YouTube, Reddit, and other social media platforms
- Dictionary of Astrology
- Reddit’s Astrology section
- For astrology videos, go to Chris’ YouTube account.
- Get yourself a few astrology books. Here are some decent books for beginners:
- April Elliott Kent’s The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology
- Derek and Julia Parker’s Astrology is a book on astrology.
- Helena Avelar and Luis Ribeiro’s On the Heavenly Spheres
- Richard Tarnas’ Cosmos and Psyche
- Stephen Arroyo’s Chart Interpretation Handbook
- Principles of Practical Natal Astrology, by Kevin Burk, is his most recent book.
- The Mountain Astrologer magazine is available for subscription.
- On their website, they also feature a fantastic beginner’s series.
- Learn to read an ephemeris if you don’t already have one.
- The free online ephemeris from Astrodienst.
- Learn how to use an ephemeris in our guide.
- With Astro.com’s unique daily horoscope, you can start tracking your transits.
- Begin by charting the Moon’s path through your houses or making aspects to planets in your birth chart.
- Examine the horoscopes of your friends, family, and celebrities.
- AstroDatabank has birth information for a number of celebrities.
- Use online forums to connect with other astrologers.
- Skyscript, Astrodienst, Facebook, and other similar services are available.
- Meet up with astrologers in your area. Meetup.com, the NCGR, and a Google search are all good places to start.
- Start your own meetup if there isn’t one already.
- Take an astrological course, either online or in person.
- Kepler College, The International Academy of Astrology, The Faculty of Astrological Studies, The American College of Vedic Astrology, or classes taught by Chris or Kelly are all good places to start.
- Kelly delivers A Beginner’s Online Astrology Course: Practical Astrology.
- Chris teaches ancient astrology through his online course.
- Become a member of an astrological organization.
- AAGB, ACVA, AYA, FAA (in Australia), NCGR, ISAR, AFA, AFAN, OPA, AAGB, ACVA, AYA, FAA (in Australia), and so on.
- Attend a conference on astrology.
- Next week, NORWAC will be in Seattle.
- Obtain certification (?)
- Certification’s benefits and drawbacks.
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Is it possible to become a self-taught astrologer?
Some people are fascinated by the sky’s many stars and wonder if there is any other life out there. They want to learn everything there is to know about the stars, galaxies, constellations, and planets. This indicates that they are fascinated by astrology. You can also learn more about celebrities by watching TV shows or downloading smartphone apps. But perhaps you’re more concerned with what the stars signify to you. Some people make daily horoscopes based on the positions of the stars and planets. Perhaps you’re curious about what the star charts mean for your personality. In this situation, you’re interested in learning more about astrology, which is the study of celestial bodies’ movements and relative locations as they relate to human affairs and the natural world.
There is a clear path you can take to begin your career in astronomy. This is not a simple task for an astrologer. As a result, it is classified as a pseudoscience and is not taught at any university or college. Most astrologists are self-taught, which is fortunate because the internet allows you to teach yourself how to create horoscopes for each zodiac sign.
Figure out your own birth chart
You can fill out all of the information concerning your birth on this page. After that, you’ll receive a star map of your birthday. You can use it to research your own horoscopes as well as other astrological information about your unique birth chart.
There are a lot of indications on this chart, so it’s best if you learn how to read them first. After you’ve learned about it, it’s time to learn about the many star signs, horoscopes, and personality attributes. You will need to do a lot of reading to become a skilled astrologer. We propose that you visit this page to learn about the greatest astrology literature available. You’ll need the materials to produce your own horoscopes once you’ve identified the suitable literature. Ephemerides, charts of the positions of naturally occurring celestial objects as well as manmade satellites in the sky at a specific moment or periods, are a very useful tool.
You are not alone
As previously stated, the internet is an excellent resource for learning more about daily horoscopes and star charts. You’ll have to read a lot more this time. The Mountain Astrologers website, the Astrology Dictionary, and, of course, the Astrology Subreddit are the most valuable sites we can offer.
You’re well on your way to becoming an astrologer with this. As previously said, the majority of astrologers are self-taught, yet this does not preclude them from sharing their knowledge. As a result, you should contact different astrologers. Astrodienst and SkyScript are the finest places to go for this. It’s usually a good idea to join an astrological organization in your nation. They host a variety of events where you may learn more about horoscopes or simply socialize with other astrologers.
Is it difficult to learn astrology?
The cosmic weather seemed promising on the morning of the International Society for Astrological Research’s Certification of Astrological Proficiency (ISAR CAP) exam, which was held at a Marriott in Chicago on a warm May morning. The moon was in Sagittarius, the most learned of the zodiac signs, and Mercury, the communication planet, had just entered Gemini, the most quick-witted.
Yes. Multiple tough exams are available in 2018 to assess one’s skill to read the stars.
And, while it may seem unusual to apply very technical standards to an abstract spiritual exercise, it has been done before. Astrology has been around in some form since at least ancient Babylonian times, and for a long time, it was seen to be a totally logical way of understanding the world. Astrology was assigned to the domain of the mystical and ludicrous until the 19th century, when rationalism became fashionable.
Today, it’s largely associated with women’s magazines and Instagram memes, and it’s seen as a harmless fantasy at best and a harmful pseudoscience at worst. However, for an increasing number of students and specialists, the practice is quite serious, despite the fact that it is undeniably unscientific.
Is it possible to learn astrology online?
I’ve developed an online astrology course based on the classic and most popular lunar zodiacs, complete with examples from both ancient and modern astrological traditions. You can study at your own pace and learn everything you want in my course. It’s a free online astrology course that teaches you everything you need to know about the Moon, Sun, Ascendant, Moon Sign, Planets, and Zodiac signs. There are numerous advantages to learning astrology online. To help you get started right away, I’ve included a free four-hour foundations course in this course.
Where can I learn about astrology?
The Top 5 Online Astrology Certification or Certificate Programs
- The Holistic Astrology School is a school dedicated to the study of astrology as a
- Astrology Mastery Course at Luminous Multiversity.
- The Alchemical Astrology Certification Program of Alanna K.
- Master Your Birth Chart in Beginner’s Astrology.
- Astrology by Nightlight
How long does it take to become proficient in astrology?
Astrology is a branch of science. It’s similar to a doctor’s treatment for diagnosing a problem or condition.
Any astrologer can read astrology, the Vedic system, and make forecasts, but real-life difficulties are unique, and are not talked about in books.
So, from my perspective, it’s all about how much knowledge you have from books, as well as how many charts you’ve gone through to try to figure out the exact mapping of life events. By analyzing charts and providing precise solutions to clients with correct explanations.
It could take months or perhaps a year, but it won’t be as simple as six months or a few weeks. It’s like being in the middle of a sea. Don’t pass judgment based on the appearance of the waves.
A great astrologer is a lifelong learner, and the more charts you see, the more you understand it.
What are the earnings of astrologers?
Astrologers’ Salary Scales Astrologers’ wages in the United States range from $16,640 to $74,880, with a median of $28,300. Astrologers in the center earn between $24,536 and $28,295, while the top 83 percent earn $74,880.
Is there an astrology degree?
We are all universe creatures: every atom in our bodies has traveled through three stars, and we are literally made of stardust.
Humans have hypothesized about their physical, emotional, and psychological ties with the sky, stars, and planets for thousands of years, and the results may be seen in everything from spirituality and the holy to creativity and the arts, politics, and architecture.
The MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology is the world’s only academic degree that examines our relationship with the universe.
The curriculum relies on a variety of Humanities areas in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the subject. We examine the present through anthropology and look back at the past through history. We also use archaeology, sociology, philosophy, and religious studies.
In today’s society, the terms astronomy and astrology have different connotations:
- Astronomy is the study of the physical cosmos as a science.
- Astrology is the science of linking celestial bodies to human lives and events.
Modern western philosophy is characterized by a division between astronomy and astrology.
Cultural astronomy is the study of how beliefs about the stars are applied to many parts of human civilization.
It includes archaeoastronomy, a new discipline that studies astronomical alignments, orientation, and symbolism in ancient and modern construction. In most societies, astrology exists in some form.
The MA examines the historical and contemporary relationship between astrological, astronomical, and cosmological beliefs and practices, as well as society, politics, religion, and the arts.
We look at a variety of issues that span time and culture. If you study with us, you will look at the following topics:
- Astronomy, astrology, and cosmology’s cultural ramifications and expressions
- Collect information on what people think about stars right now.
- Discover the origins of astrology.
- Examine how religion makes use of the sky, stars, and planets.
- Examine various viewpoints on the relationship between the soul, mind, and psychology, as well as the cosmos.
- Investigate the history of magic and divination.
- Keep a record of your own sky observations in a diary.
- Examine how the sky and stars are depicted in literature, art, and movies.
- At archaeological sites, learn how to measure and analyze celestial alignments.
After successfully completing a 15,000-word dissertation based on a supervised research topic, you will be granted the MA.
Students who do not desire to complete the entire MA program may enroll in one or two modules as Occasional Students, three modules for a Postgraduate Certificate, or six modules for a Postgraduate Diploma.