Astrologer jobs(Also known as Astrological Interpreter, Planetary/Celestial Interpreter)
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. The history of astrology goes back to a time (3rd Millennium BC) when astrology and astronomy were inseparably linked. Employing astrological beliefs or methods to interpret the movements of the planets led to the creation of many cultural beliefs which are still in practice today. Virtually every daily newspaper and almost every weekly magazine dedicates a page to the horoscope, which is an interpretive prediction of forthcoming events based on the position of the sun relative to a person's birth date. Whilst the profession has its believers and doubters, the concepts and interpretive art remain as popular today as ever. Astrology is traditionally linked to esoteric practices such as numerology and palmistry, and is considered by some as a form of “pseudo science”.
SalaryDue to the various possible outlets for remuneration, and the fact that most astrologers work in a freelance capacity, the extent of earnings varies greatly. Some practitioners work on a one-to-one client-based method where customers pay the astrologer for a reading. Normally the astrologer will offer the first session at a low rate (or occasionally free) in order to convince the client to use them on a regular basis. Rates vary, but can range up to £130 per hour for a renowned and well-established astrologer. Others earn their core wage by writing horoscopes for a publication. Again, rates can vary considerably, but a daily slot with a local newspaper can net around £6000 per year, or significantly more for a national newspaper. Magazines that feature horoscopes tend to be weekly publications, but the rate of pay can be decent with a popular colour magazine; you can work on around £90-£100 per horoscope or `article'.
- Timely arrival at meeting point with client, and reading to be delivered within agreed time-scale.
- Meet the client’s expectations in terms of what they may be anticipating from the experience.
- Interpret astrological movement in the correct manner, and explain sufficiently to the client as to how this relates to their personal circumstance.
- Be aware of ethical responsibilities when dealing with people who feel particularly vulnerable.
- Ensure confidentiality and develop trust in relationships with clients.
- Promote astrology as a professional and responsible subject that exists for the benefit of all.
QualificationsThere 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. For those wishing to attend a class and share experiences with others, it is recommended that they contact their local study centre or community college for further information.
- 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.