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5 Reasons Why Most Hobbyist Astrologers Will Never Practice

By June 17, 2013September 20th, 2021Astrology for Students

Why do people who love astrology—maybe they’re even obsessed with it—continue doing it as a hobby, rather than taking their passion to the professional level?  Here are some reasons:

Reason #1:  Sincere astrologers are deeply spiritual people who often hate marketing on principle.  They see marketing as sleazy, slick and manipulative, and they want no part of it.  Because of their strong spiritual bent, they are reluctant to accept money at all for what they do, even though what they do is powerfully helpful and mysterious to non-astrologers.  They hope to develop a practice through word-of-mouth only, but that’s hard to do without marketing at all and it can take many years to build a clientele.

Reason #2:  The lack of prominent, accessible degree programs and certification programs leaves most student astrologers confused about how to get on a career track with astrology.  It’s easier (and more conventional) to just go to college like everyone else and get a degree anyone can understand.  These programs do exist, but the general public has no idea that they do.  You have to have a special interest in astrology to find them at all.

Reason #3:  Astrologers who identify with the history of Western astrology (perhaps by remembering past lives spent as astrologers) carry the burden of a perpetual low-level fear of attack.  They are attacked by skeptics all the time, sometimes from people very close to them.  This can trigger past-life memories of being burned, drowned or otherwise murdered for “knowing too much.”  This fear, left unidentified and un-dealt-with, has stopped many an excellent student astrologer from taking their studies further and perhaps making a brilliant contribution to the world.

Reason #4:  The astrologers who insist on pursuing astrology despite the above obstacles are deeply stubborn people who may have rejected the values of the majority society for so long that they simply don’t know how to act normal and are resistant to learning.  They may secretly love being weird.  They may have become so accustomed to not being accepted that they have gone full-tilt in the opposite direction, and are flying their freak flag—hard.

Reason #5:  Being a professional astrologer requires being an entrepreneur and building a practice-based business, two things that are hard enough even if 1) you have a degree or certificate in something socially validated, 2) your degree or certificate program taught you how to build a practice, 3) you are naturally self-confident and promote what you do easily and 4) you know how to stay organized, keep your financial books and you are a good communicator.  Because to be an astrological entrepreneur means your boss is you.  No one is going to crack the whip over your head.  At the end of the day, the one to create the structures you live by, and then occupy them, is you.  You have to be able to make promises to yourself and keep them.  You have to have integrity with yourself.  You have to motivate yourself.

If this is you, and you’re sick to death of it and ready to make a serious move towards practicing astrology professionally, I have options for you.  Because the world needs more serious, dedicated astrologers.

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Jamie has been practicing astrology in the Bay Area since 1992 and teaching since 1997. She is currently certified at NCGR Level 3. She specializes in feminine archetypes and a positive, empowering approach. Jamie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to improve the quality of their lives and expand each person’s choices.

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