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A Day in the life of a Astrologer

The job of an astrologer is to determine the relationship of behavior, interpersonal relations, and events to the celestial alignment of the stars, sun, moon, and planets. As the alignments in the universe are constantly changing, each new orbital relationship may produce a unique set of outcomes.

The astrologer makes his or her predictions for individual clients or, in the case of a few astrologers, for the population at large. The most popular form of Western astrology is typically referred to as “sun sign astrology;” this is exemplified in newspaper horoscopes. The term also applies to the description of the zodiac at the time of one’s birth. Astrologers believe that the positions and movements of celestial bodies at the time of birth deeply affect the personality and life of an individual.

Astrology in the Western world is based on a variety of premises distinct from those in other cultures. Despite the longstanding role of astrologers, the industry, unfortunately, has its share of skeptics and disbelievers. Many in the scientific community view astrologers as charlatans and their work mere superstition. Others accuse some astrologers of taking advantage of those who are gullible and credulous.

Astrologers assert that there is a strong correlation between their analyses and events on Earth; yet it is inevitable that some will be believers and others not. In spite of the lack of scientific confirmation available for astrological predictions, many have relied on and continue to seek out the insights of astrologers. Some prestigious newspapers, such as The Times of London, publish a daily horoscope; this indicates the degree of mass appeal that the field indeed enjoys.

Paying Your Dues
There’s no rigid and established route that must be followed to become an astrologer. In fact, there is no legally-recognized certification for astrology, although a number of state legislatures are currently being petitioned to change that. Both the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA) and the National Council for Geocosmic Research periodically hold monitored exams on several levels, however.

Those who pass these exams receive a diploma and a title recognized by virtually all astrologers. The AFA also offers a program to help prepare interested candidates. Completing this course can require as few as six months or may take as long as two years. The speed with which a candidate completes it depends on how dedicated he or she is, as well as how quickly he or she grasps the information presented.

Associated Careers
Astrologers can opt to apply their knowledge and expertise to print journalism, in which they may write horoscope columns for newspapers and magazines. They can also take positions as reader advisors who use tarot cards or conduct palm readings to consult with clients. Astrologers may also become teachers of aspiring future astrologers.

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