If you want to seek astrological advice, one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is “how to choose an astrologer?”
There are many kinds of astrologers practicing today – from people who’ve read a book or two to those who’ve spent 40 years or more studying ancient techniques. Some astrologers are excellent listeners and communicators, and some are better with working with charts.
So, how do you choose the right astrologer for you?
Training & Experience
Start your search by finding someone reputable. Many practicing astrologers have websites, and you can read about their background and training. There are a number of professional astrology associations, schools and certificate programs that set basic standards and ethics for the practice of astrology. When you’re doing your research, look for some combination of these things in an astrologer’s biography.
In the United States, established online schools of astrology with solid educational programs include Kepler College, the International Academy of Astrology, the Avalon School of Astrology, and the Midwest School of Astrology.
There is no required, or commonly accepted, professional certification for astrologers. However, several organizations in the United States have their own certification programs. These include the American Federation of Astrologers, the National Council for Geocosmic Research Professional Astrologers Alliance, the International Society for Astrological Research and the Organization for Professional Astrology.
Many astrologers, however, are self-taught. There are myriad books on astrology and astrological conferences that provide learning opportunities. Often astrologers provide useful information about their backgrounds on their websites. Review it to see if it resonates with you.
If you have questions on a specific area of your life, you may want to find an astrologer who specializes in that area. For example, there are astrologers who are also psychologists, financial planners or business coaches.
Some astrologers also have academic degrees or experience in other areas of study. They have pursued astrology as a passion or as a tool for self-development, but can use their other professional experience to enrich their sessions.
Astrologers should also be able to give you referrals if they don’t specialize in what you’re looking for. For example, I don’t give investment advice. However, I know astrologers who do, and will refer people to them.
Most astrologers have a phone practice, so you can consult with an astrologer anywhere in the world. But if meeting face-to-face with someone is important to you, you’ll want to limit your search to someone who lives close by.
Last but not least, seek out an astrologer with whom you would feel comfortable talking. Each person is unique, including astrologers, and we have our own points of view too. Finding someone you resonate with will make the experience more productive for you.
The best astrology sessions are those in which you are in a dialog with your astrologer to find the optimal solutions for you. While an astrologer can help interpret what is happening in the sky, ultimately, it is you who must make a decision about what to do with the information.
You may also want to email or call an astrologer and talk with them for a few minutes before booking a session with them. You’re allowed!
Summing it up
Remember, the choice is yours. Astrology is a legitimate art that has been practiced for thousands of years, but that doesn’t mean all practitioners are equally legitimate, or can meet your specific needs. So, above all, use your common sense.