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An astrologist is somebody who studies the position of the planetary bodies within our universe in order to make predictions on future outcomes or interpret the meaning of past events.
- Prepares and analyzes horoscope to advise clients regarding future trends and events: Prepares horoscope by computing position of planets, their relationship to each other and to zodiacal signs, based on factors, such as time and place subject was born.
- Analyzes horoscope chart to advise client, such as person or company, regarding conditions which lie ahead, course of action to follow, and probability of success or failure of that action.
Key skills for astrologist:
- A good understanding of planetary movement and its relevance to a given date is crucial, and forms the core of learning to be an astrologer.
- Good general grasp of the principles of astronomy are also helpful, and will provide a good basis for growing the foundation of knowledge.
- Compassionate attitude towards customers, who may be sensitive, vulnerable or concerned about what the future may bring. Discretion is also very important.
- Ability to translate lunar interpretation into involving and relevant rhetoric, in a way that the customer can understand.
- Ability to communicate clearly and with confidence in a one-on-one situation.
Average salary (2013):
Due to the various possible outlets for remuneration, and the fact that most astrologers work in a freelance capacity, the extent of earnings varies greatly.
United Kingdom: Rates vary, but can range up to £130 per hour for a renowned and well-established astrologer
United States of America: $100 to $200 per consultation via email, $150 to $250 for consultation via phone. For online chats or in-person consultation up to $500.
Australia: AU$3,95 per minute
Qualifications and training required:
Many people enjoy astronomy and astrology as unpaid amateurs, and once the passion has developed, some consider taking the next step of performing readings for their friends and family.
There are no formal academic barriers to entry, although clients may be wary of practising astrologers who do not have some form of formalised paperwork. Those wishing to extend their learning beyond a self-study environment can choose either correspondence courses (learning by mail) or internet-based courses. It is not normally necessary to attend a college on a frequent basis, although some community colleges now offer astrology as part of their short course prospectus.
Experience gained during professional one-to-one readings will give the astrologer the confidence to begin pitching to magazines and newspapers, but this can be a difficult nut to crack on the basis that most publications already have a horoscope section, such is the popularity of astrology. Writing a daily column for a big national newspaper is seen as the best paid area of astrology.