Introduction to Astrology, part X. Step-by-step guide to learning

jhlkfgkfjhIf you kept up with this serie, which was purposely geared towards beginners, you should by now have an idea of the basics of Astrology, its core mechanisms and how it works (or at least I hope my job was decent enough to get these notions across!).  But getting an actual grasp on Astrology can be a long process, one that requires patience, and that can often be frustrating and with few initial success.
Make no mistake, I still think I have a long way to go with Astrology myself, but nevertheless it took me years of study to be able to do what I do today – running my own blog, and answering people’s questions. If Astrology is what you’re passionate about, and if you feel driven towards learning, then this final article of the serie is for you. I have drawn from my personal experience and compiled a list of tips and tricks that I hope will help you out and set you to a good start.

1. Don’t expect to become proficient overnight. You’re approaching a Science that’s like thousands of years old, at best it will take you a while before all of the notions that make up the whole of Astrology start to gel. And even when they do, it still will take you a while to have something to say on your own. Take your time, and take it easy.

2. Start by studying your Birth Chart. You’re supposed to be the person you know best in this world, so your Chart is the best place to start in order to figure out how patterns, symbols and energies intertwine and operate within an individual. And once you have this figured out, it will be easier to apply it to others, too.

3. This might seem an unnecessary statement, but read textbook stuff. I’m not talking about one single book written for beginners – I’m talking 3, 4, 5, 6 of them until everything starts to come together in your mind. Don’t be eager to jump to demanding subjects like understanding a Yod or what Asteroids do. Give yourself time to let those notions sink in.

4. Join an online community and start discussing Astrology with other users. This helped me immensely. I’m still a member of the Astrology boards I joined a while back, and the constant exchange of information between me and the other regulars on the forum increased my learning speed to an insane rate. And I still learn something new everyday, to this day. You have no idea of how useful joining a community can be until you try.

5. Pore over people’s Charts. Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for their Birth Data. At some point you need to start building your very own “sample” of Charts and draw comparisons between them. It will help you broadening your scope, so to speak.

6. Start tracking your transits. The easiest way would be to purchase a basic one-year report and keep track of the peak date for every transit, taking note of the way each aspect manifests in your daily reality. You’ll wind up with a journal of your first-hand experience of transits and how they play out in real Life.

7. Not everybody can afford this, but if possible, sign up for Astrology classes. If it is not possible for you to afford an Astrology course, workshops and meetings will do.

8. Google is your friend. Not everything you read on the web is reliable, but googling aspects or meanings and going through all the results will help you putting things in perspective and get a general idea of what the aspect you stumbled upon is all about.

9. Having some kind of knowledge of Mythology and Spiritual systems is also essential in my opinion. Astrology draws from an age-old symbolism shared amongst mankind since the dawn of time. Backing up your Astrology skills with an understanding of the religious and metaphysical experience of man will only enrich your experience and make it all the more effective.

10. Finally, and with enough awareness of your own inner energy signature, you will, and should, be able to carve your own Path. You will know you’ll have reached your goal when you will be able to come up with something original on your own – something that is no longer textbook, but originates from inside of you. Find a formula that works for you, and stick to it. Play by your strengths. Let your job as an Astrologer (whether you’re a pro or an amateur) speak of who you are.

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