What does an Astrologer do?

Cassie L. Damewood

An astrologer traditionally advises his clients on what to expect in their immediate and long-term futures. He commonly bases his predictions on the belief that the positions of celestial bodies at birth and how they relate to one another from that point forward directly affect life’s events. In addition, an astrologer normally holds true that these divine entities influence a person’s personality and the choices they make throughout life. He may work as an independent contractor or as part of a group of spiritual or psychic advisers.

Part of an astrologer's work focuses on the zodiac.
Part of an astrologer's work focuses on the zodiac.

He is normally contacted by people seeking guidance in the areas of romance, finance, employment and family relations. If his advice is considered valid and helpful, he often builds a client base that seeks regular, personal counseling sessions. He may serve these clients in person, via telephone or through an interactive computer program.

Some fortune tellers predict future events based on the zodiac.
Some fortune tellers predict future events based on the zodiac.

An astrologer’s analytical process usually begins by plotting the client’s place of birth using longitude and latitude and giving consideration to the time zone in which the birth occurred. This analytical phase normally includes noting these aspects on a circular chart either on paper or on a computer screen. This tool is commonly referred to as an astrological wheel.

Once the plotting is complete, the astrologer determines the positions of the planets, moons and sun at the client’s time of birth. Utilizing various reference books, he determines these bodies’ relationships to each other and to zodiacal signs. These relationships, often referred to as aspects, are believed by the astrologer to have a direct effect on a person’s life. These effects are typically thought to include guidance on what the future holds as well as provide direction on the best paths to follow and the chances of success in making these choices.

An astrologer’s success normally heavily relies on his communication skills. While the accuracy of his predictions and value of his guidance are important to his clients, his ability to maintain a positive and hopeful demeanor is tantamount to his popularity. People seeking counsel often need emotional and psychological support, and an astrologer frequently provides this in the form of optimistic predictions and prophesies.

Although astrology is generally perceived as a simple superstition or pseudoscience by the bulk of the scientific community because it has never produced any solid or statistical forecasts, there are many online courses that offer certifications in all types of astrology. Classes in astrology are also offered by many private institutes that specialize in psychic or spiritual teaching. Experience and knowledge of the subject and good mathematical skills are typical requirements for a job as an astrologer.

Astrologers may guide people in personal areas, including romance.
Astrologers may guide people in personal areas, including romance.

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@Melonlity -- I'm not going to defend the merits of astrology, but some people believe strongly in it. I don't happen to be one of them, but I'm not going to run down those who are of an astrological bent.

If an astrology horoscope helps someone get through the day, there's nothing wrong with that.


Wow. Astrology and astrologers, huh? The thing about astrology is that most of them (and I'm being generous) simply dish out vague advice that could apply to most people.

For example, if an astrologer says you are bound to meet someone special soon, that is vague enough that it could work for about anybody.

There's no real science to it, see. People ought not pretend there is.

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