I saw a contribution the other day on astrology newsgroup from someone who didn’t want to call himself an astrologer, because he saw a lack of tolerance of diversity in astrology. Instead, he looked for a different word that he should call himself, because he wanted to “disassociate himself from the astrological community” as he was disgusted by this lack of this tolerance.
Indeed there is quite a lot of diversity and different opinions in astrology, which is not always respected by many astrologers, who think that only their way is the right way. This shows that being an astrologer is like any other profession – there will always be differences in opinions and some people will try to persuade others that only their opinion is the right one. There will also be mistakes in interpretations of horoscopes because astrologers can make mistakes like any other people. Being an astrologer doesn’t make anyone a super-human, like everywhere, you will find astrologers with different levels of experience and astrologers with different opinions.
I think that any astrologer fits into one of the following groups:
- conventional (traditional) astrologers with very strict opinions and usually limited tolerance towards any deviation from their “truth”. Usually, this group of astrologers can be characterized by a very scientific approach to astrology and always trying to find a single correct answer. When they find what has proved to work for them, they think they have found what works for everyone.
- modern astrologers who on the other hand know and teach that there is no single recipe for universal truth. They recognize uniqueness of people and their needs. They are very often attracted by other New Age techniques as well, such as Tarot, Reiki, Feng-shui, working with energy, and other disciplines which are usually not that scientific and more rely on working with your intuition than facts.
Neither of them are bad astrologers though. I don’t believe in coincidence and think that every event in life has its purpose. There are people who are more likely to contact an astrologer that would fall into the first group, but there are people who are more likely to contact astrologers from the other group. If you decide to go to an astrologer for an advice, you will pick exactly the astrologer that you deserve and that will provide you with the information that you need to know and what is best for your personal development. You will choose an astrologer who is best for you. There is no such thing as a bad advice, you will get information that you are supposed to hear. Even if you look at the whole situation much later and think that it was a bad advice, if you observe it a bit closer, you will be able to see that you learned something from it all. What if you should just learn to be more independent, your lesson learned might have been to never go to the astrologer with that problem again because you are supposed to be more decisive yourself.
By the way, it also works the other way around, astrologers get clients that they are supposed to get and deserve and they always learn from their clients (whether they accept it or not).
I think that it is quite important that both groups of astrologers exist as some people are better suited to talk to astrologers from the first group, some for astrologers in the second group. Some people will need a more scientific approach, some will need more esoteric approach. If you think that you belong to one of the groups above just be proud of it – you complement the other group. But because you complement the other group, you should always demonstrate tolerance to the other, because whether you like it or not, both groups are needed. Imagine if one group of astrologers didn’t exist – it would result in complete lost of trust in astrology for the people who need the approach of the other group.
There is no need to look for the alternative word to replace “astrologer” or to become disassociated from the astrological community. There are many astrologers out there who believe in only “one true astrology”, but that doesn’t mean that every astrologer is the same. In fact, why not to try to be proud to call yourself an astrologer and work on showing everybody that you are different from others by demonstrating tolerance towards other opinions?
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