How to Offend an Astrologer


I am told that I offend professional astrologers everywhere when I use terms like astrology buff or astrology hobbyist. However, I use those words about myself, not about the pros.

Astrology is indeed a hobby of mine. I love looking at personalities, patterns, human dynamics, influences on culture. Astrology is one of those ways. I’m told that I’m actually much better at it than I think I am, but to me again it’s just for fun and self-enlightenment. I’m more of a believer in astrology and its patterns and what they say about personalities than I am about of Myers-Briggs or any of the umpteen different personality quizzes out there.

I have not studied astrology formally. Everything I know is through examining my own life and the lives of those around me and seeing what is going on in their charts at the time. I don’t charge hundreds of dollars for my readings. I don’t use special software to provide computer generated reports or reports that I can edit into my own. I don’t sell my astrology information or hobby as part of my business, because again, it’s just a hobby.

I do readings occasionally, sometimes very extensive readings for close friends and sometimes for people I work with who are going through a hard time and need some direction about their future or why certain problems keep cropping up as a pattern in their lives.

Around the year 2000,  I was asked in a formal spiritual training program to put in print what I wanted my esoteric skills to become in 15 years. At the time, what I wanted was almost like a dream. I wrote down things like



being skillful enough that I can actually read tarot cards instead of just look at the pretty pictures and tremble at the one for death

being able to read an astrological chart both for myself and others

having useful visions during meditation, prophetic dreams of things that I could do something about rather than be helpless

That list I made, those intentions I set in public intention, were lost long ago, but it still surprises me to this day, how many of them…all of them…have come to pass.

No, I’m not a professional astrologer who reads for pay, or really who reads for any stranger at all so please don’t ask as I just don’t have the time.

But I can read a chart. My own and others. And I improve everyday as I continue to explore this hobby, often exploring it here with you and sharing what I learn.

Key Takeaway: The way to offend an astrologer is to call them “astrology buff” or “astrology hobbyist”. But if you’re really just a hobbyist, you can improve your skills by exploring.