When do you know you are an Astrologer or have the makings for one? Well there are lots of different ways I suppose. Some will say it is in the chart… and I would have to agree with that. Others will say it is after taking x amount of courses and getting a certificate, and I would agree that is a good way to also define an Astrologer. I believe the real test comes with real life and how we deal with it as an Astrologer.
I had my own demons to face when coming out of the Astrological “closet” and telling the world, here I am…. Me, an Astrologer. I don’t know when others feel that magical moment. I was lucky to have a friend that insisted I was. A fellow Astrologer that changed my life with his discussions of Alan Leo’s 27 degree interpretations. I decided to cut away the rest of my very public light occupation and pursue the calling. I could not be happier about that decision.
Ryoin and I spend lots of hours together on messenger… sometimes running in the background with just a hello, hug, and goodbye… other times debating Astrological theory. I learned Horary this way. I would ask a question about my pathetic love life and he would help me interpret it… and I would try to twist things, and turn charts, and make deals… and he would give me the traditional meanings (and somberness that comes with that) with out any sugar coating. And we would wait… I would obsess and try to find more meanings, he would stick to his guns… and we would wait even longer. It became evident that the traditional meaning held true… sometimes not quite the answer, but always very close or spot on. It never bothered him to deliver the bad news (and he did delight in the occasional I told you so) and I would feel frustrated… not only because it wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but more so because I was misunderstanding my first love, Astrology. The disappointments in my lovelife were eclipsed by my disappointments in my Horary skills.
I had a friend tell me that their boyfriend demanded to know if Astrology would be given up for him if he asked. My friend said “yes” then told me, with a grin, it was the first lie in their relationship.
The real test is to come. When a friend asks for help…. Astrological help. And you know what they want you to say, but you do not see it in the chart. What then? An Astrologer will point out the truth as they see it…. and that is hard, cause a friend supports their friend no matter how crack potted the situation is and then offers a hand to clean up the mess later and help them back on their feet. I fear I lost a special friend this very way, but I passed the test, I am an Astrologer.