Do you like the idea of helping people understand their personalities, emotions, and current circumstances? If so, you may have a future career as an astrologist.
While astrology has been practiced for thousands of years, interest in astrology has spiked tremendously in the past couple of years, particularly among the millennial population.
But, what steps do you need to take to become an astrologer?
Check out this guide to learn how to become an astrologer.
Learn Everything About Astrology
First things first, it’s important to know that there is no formal body of accreditation for astrologers. While there are certificates and educational programs available, there’s no national requirement for becoming an astrologer.
But, if you want to become a successful astrologer and one who’s taken seriously, you should educate yourself as best as you can. There are basically two educational routes that you can take: 1. Teach yourself about astrology or 2. Take formal classes. Let’s talk about each of these methods.
Studying Astrology on Your Own
Studying astrology on your own can help you save money and allow you to learn at your own pace. Here are some different things you can do to study on your own:
Learn the Vocabulary of Astrology
While you might know your own sun sign and a few of the other horoscopes, there are probably a lot of astrology terms that you’re not familiar with. A good place to start is familiarizing yourself with these terms. Here are some books that can help you get to know the basic astrology terms:
- Astrology for the Soul
- The Secret Language of Birthdays
- The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need
- What We See in the Stars
- The Twelve Houses
- The Power of Birthdays, Stars, and Numbers
- Parker’s Astrology
In addition to these books, there are many online resources on astrology that you can access for free.
Discuss Astrology With Others
As an aspiring astrologist, one of the best things you can do to improve your knowledge of astrology is to discuss the topic with others. You can join Facebook groups, online forums, or local astrology groups, or, you can simply talk with your friends about what you know.
Bringing up astrology to your friends is actually a great place to start, as most people love hearing about themselves. Ask a friend whether they know much about their astrological sign, and if not, you can teach them all about their star, sun, and moon sign.
Additionally, the National Council for Geocosmic Research has local astrology chapters with meetings listed on their website that you can check out.
Study Astrological Charts
If you choose to self-teach, you’ll also need to spend a lot of time studying astrological charts. While many people are under the impression that astrologers just write horoscopes for newspapers and other publications, most astrologers spend a significant amount of time creating astrological charts for their clients and for the general population.
These charts are a way for astrologers to predict moments in time as well as explain the aspects of someone’s personality.
Once you learn the basics of interpreting astrological charts, start practicing on your friends so you can get a feel of what it’s like to work as a real astrologer. Hopefully, your friends can then pass on your information to others so you can grow your practice.
It’s also a good idea to have your own chart read by a professional astrologer, as this will help you learn about the different readings astrologers offer and the different techniques they use.
Get Educated and Certified as an Astrologer
While a lot of famous and well-respected astrologers are self-taught, many astrologers still choose to receive a professional certification. As we mentioned earlier, formal classes can help kickstart your career, and they can provide you with a more structured learning path.
The great thing about astrology schools is that there are plenty to choose from, both online and in-person. Most of these schools take anywhere from 6 months to a year to complete and usually involve part-time study.
Another great thing about attending a certification program is that it allows you to get in touch with others in your field. You’ll have plenty of peers who you can discuss and practice astrology with, and a school will also provide you with plenty of networking opportunities.
Find an Apprenticeship
Once you’ve learned a good amount about astrology and have established yourself as someone who is serious about becoming an astrologer, then it’s time to seek out a professional who you can work under as an apprentice.
An apprenticeship will provide you with valuable experience, and you’ll be able to receive invaluable feedback about your readings. We suggest contacting astrologers in person so they know you’re serious about your career.
Attain Certification With an Astrological Society
As we mentioned earlier, it’s not required to obtain certification to work as an astrologer. However, certification will help you build trust and respect with clients and colleagues.
Typically, in order to become certified, you’ll need to pass an exam.
This exam may ask questions such as “What numbers are compatible in numerology?” And sometimes you’ll need to perform a reading. There are plenty of certification bodies in both the US and abroad. Some of the top ones include:
- American Federation of Astrologers
- The National Council for Geocosmic Research
- The Faculty of Astrological Studies
Open Your Own Practice
Once you’ve done all of this, it’s finally time to open your own practice.
In order to do this, you’ll need to choose a business location, obtain a business license, and then finally, start marketing your business so you can get clients. You’ll also need to invest in the right tools and equipment for building charts so you can deliver the best results to your clients.
We also suggest creating a website so that new clients can easily find you.
How to Become an Astrologer: Are You Ready for Your New Career?
Now that you know how to become an astrologer, it’s time to embark on your journey.
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