How to learn astrology
Our advice to you
There is a great deal of astrology on the internet and if you are new to the subject, this array of web sites, schools, chat groups, charts and consultants can be daunting.
This page offers you some of our astrological experience so you are better informed about what to learn, when to learn and how to learn it, and even to make choices about who you learn from. So if you are really serious about becoming an astrologer, then do yourself a favour and spend five minutes with this web page.
Of course we, at Astro Logos, can help you to focus your learning with different products and help you learn to read charts. However, we recognize that at this stage you probably just want a few simple home-grown truths from some ‘insiders’. So here they are, some of our insights gained over the last 25 years of teaching astrology.
So how to learn good astrology and from whom?
There are many different ways of learning astrology but what you want to ensure is that when you put your precious time into doing so, you are not wasting it by learning rubbish. As with anything, there are some good ways to learn and, to be honest, there are some bad ways.
Let’s look first at some ‘what-not-to-do’ ways.
What-Not-To-Do – Chat Groups on the web
Chat groups on the web can be fun but recognize the people who seem to be the authoritative voice in these groups are probably only known in these groups. If they did really have a voice in professional astrology, then they would not have time to hang out on the groups. They would be busy lecturing at conferences, writing books, teaching students and doing astrological consultations. Indeed the more a person is active on a chat group, the less they will actually be doing of the all-important work of the professional astrologer: studying, teaching, writing and consulting. Be wary of the opinions of the chat-group authority.
What-Not-To-Do… The quick learn, make-money-fast type of astrology school.
You know the sort of school, they are all over the web and promise you lots of work as an astrologer. The truth is that if you are interested in astrology for making easy money then we suggest that you study accounting, law or plumbing but not astrology! It takes years to become a competent astrologer – not weeks or even months – and then it can take more years to build up a good client base. Later, on this page, we will give you tips on how to find a good astrology school, and there are many, but none of them promise you silly things.
Astrology is a vocation not a career choice. You may be able to turn your vocation into a career choice as you become more knowledgeable in the subject but even then it is not work that is going to make you rich. It does have many, many rewards but in a nutshell you should be pursuing astrology because of a love for the subject not because of your material needs.
What-Not-To-Do… Learning from someone who has no astrological credentials
Sometimes it can be tempting to learn from that friend-of-a-friend who is just around the corner. However, the truth is that after two years of lessons and out-of-pocket weekly classes held in someone’s living room, you will probable have a great pile of different techniques and books but still have no idea how to actually “do” astrology: how to read someone’s chart, or what professional astrologers term “delineation”. This fundamental skill is where the professional astrologer picks up a horoscope and begins to talk at great length in a clear and focused manner about what makes that person tick. This is delineation. After all, isn’t that what you really want to learn?
Computers can spit out computer reports – which, if they are written by good astrologers, can be a good learning tool. However, after two years of classes from a poor teacher, all your hard work may amount to less than what a computer report can do in one minute flat!
Learning any skill takes time and bad habits can creep in which can seriously impede your ability to become a good astrologer. Like learning a musical instrument, it is always wise to start in the right place if you want to learn to play more than just a few simple tunes. A poor teacher can actually prevent you from ever learning how to delineate a chart or, in our analogy, to conduct the full orchestra. But we are getting ahead of ourselves and later, on this page, we will expand on the order of learning all the different parts of astrology.
Good ways to learn astrology
Learning from good Astrology Books
A simple approach is to go to your favourite online or real bookshop and look at astrology books that you like. Note the author and the publisher. With authors that you do not know, read a few pages to see if you like or can understand what they are saying. Look also at the “about the author” or look them up on the web, read their CV. What you are looking for is previous publications, teaching qualifications, membership of professional organizations, and so on. When you are happy with this author, note their publisher and see what other astrologers they have published. A good publisher with a stable of authors will not publish an inept astrologer. Publishers have standards and any new author generally has to fight hard to get their book accepted for publication. So a good publisher has already completed a lot of your selection work for you. They have already selected what they think is the best.
Remember, also, if you are on a tight budget, you may well be able to get these books from your local library or second hand. Take the time to find the authors that you like and have already been given good book reviews (you can find these on the web). Most libraries will get them in for you. If the library cannot get the books in for you, you do not need to buy them new. There are many web sites now which sell second hand books for a fraction of the price. Once you have your wish list of books, type “second hand books” into Google and pick book suppliers in your own country to save on postage.
Learning from the House Kit & the Studyshops
Yes, these are Astrologos products and yes you can buy them from this web site. However, we mention them here because they are a unique product created with your needs in mind and to our high standard. They are designed specifically to give you tight, focused, packaged information. You can explore them by clicking here.
We’ve called them Studyshops because they are a cross between going to a full-day workshop (each Studyshop contains between three-to-five hours of audio files) and being able to study at your own pace in your own home with masses of written and visual support material contained in the one package.
You can download a Studyshop – even some free samples – and once you unzip it you play this on your computer. They use your browser (the software you are using now to look at this web page) to show you the pages and listen to the lectures.
Studyshops allow you to self-study and gain access to some of the world’s recognized and acclaimed top professional astrologers for only a small outlay. We are proud of them and thousands have been sold to astrologers all over the world from the mountains of China to the urban depths of New York City.
So when you feel you are ready to roll your sleeves up and start working with some of the world’s best astrological teachers, you can view our full catalogue here.
Our Online Schools
Once you feel that you are getting the basics under your belt you might want to explore our online schools – these are designed to engage you with one lecture a week but lots of help with support material and forums. They usually run for four weeks.
Steps to learning… the order of subjects
One of the problems students have is not knowing the order in which to learn things. If you picked up a musical instrument, would you try and play a complicated piece straight away? No, you wouldn’t – but it is amazing the number of people who think they can learn astrology by working with whole charts straight away – planets, houses, signs and so on. It’s the fast track to going absolutely nowhere.
Students in their frustration keep adding more and more points to their charts in the hope that something will give them the blinding flash of understanding. It wont, it doesn’t. What does occur is that you move into a thicker and thicker fog of confusion.
The simple truth is – and we have found this out by working with thousands of students and teaching astrology for many years – the slower approach is better then the fast approach. A methodical approach making sure each step is understood actually allows a student to begin to read a chart faster, yes by taking a slow methodical approach you can actually get the blinding flash of understand as the chart begins to “talk” to you. Slower to start with but quicker in the end. It really is like the Tortoise and the Hare. Be slow and get there first.
So what is this slow approach? Here is the pathway we worked out for students which we have fine-tuned and altered over the course of thirty years to enable students to get the best results. This is the pathway that will get you delineating charts like a professional:
Step 1: The Zodiac
Many beginners think they know the zodiac but they don’t. The Zodiac forms the basis of astrology and everything else – the houses, the planets and chart delineation – is placed into it. So it needs to be engaged with and understood in your daily life.
With this most important but often neglected area of astrology in mind, we have taken our special tutorial classes on this subject and put it into our very first Tutorial Series Studyshop – The Zodiac: Urban Tribes. This is designed to quickly and easily give you a good, in-depth understanding of twelve signs. It does this by linking the twelve signs to what you already know about your world, your friends and your life. Take one day of your precious time and work with this Studyshop and by the end of that day you will have a good understanding of the zodiac. More importantly you will have begun your journey of learning from your environment, empirically and not just theoretically, seeing living astrology in your everyday life and learning from it. The Studyshop of The Zodiac is available now.
Step 2: The Angles and The Houses
This Studyshop places the twelve signs of the zodiac into your own chart and allows you to personalize what you have just learnt about the zodiac signs. Thus the signs on the cusps of the angles of the chart, or Cross of Matter, give you an understanding of how you are seen by others and what you expect from a partner, as well as your concept of house and home and your status in the world, what you seek from work or a profession. The signs on the other eight houses allow you to understand how and why you use different approaches to different areas of your life. This Studyshop is now available but even if you do not want any of our Studyshops, this is still the next topic that you need to learn.
Step 3: The Planets and The Luminaries
These are placed into the zodiac inside houses. That is why you first need to learn how to read the information without planets before you rush ahead and add this next component to your astrology. The planets and the luminaries teach you about your pathway in life, what you need emotionally to feel safe, how you think, how you network and relate to other people, what motivates you, how you learn, how you take responsibility, how you define yourself as different from other people, where you need to have clear boundaries and integrity in your life and how you undergo change. Avoid rushing into the planets. When we teach students in a classroom they study astrology for SIX MONTHS before they get to play with a planet. Remember – slow is better than fast! You can get this information from the Planetary Kits we advertise on our website.
Step 4: Aspecting, Simple Aspect Planetary Patterns and Grand Aspect Patterns
The next step is to tie the planets and luminaries in your chart together and you do this by what is known as aspecting. Aspecting is the way the planets and luminaries ‘talk’ to each other and modify each other, so that the simple meanings of the planets that you have just learned become more meaningful to you personally.
Step 5: Delineation
Now you can start looking at the patterns of your whole chart, understanding the three-to-five major themes on which your chart rests. Finally you will be able to read the narratives written into your chart and to be better able to understand who you are and why you act in the way that you do. We strongly suggest that you work though the above topics first before you encounter the information contained in the two Studyshops we have available on natal chart delineaton, both by Darrelyn Gunzburg: ‘Delineation, Unfolding the Story within your Chart’ and ‘An Advanced Guide to Chart Reading: Finding Your Personal Stories’. Indeed these Studushops the only educational item that we know of available anywhere that actually addresses this all- important astrological skill.
However, if you have been working with astrology for awhile but are totally stuck on how to read a whole chart, how to do what the professionals do, then these Studyshops on Delineation will open that door for you.
Step 6: Predictive Astrology
One of the best kept secrets, or maybe it is one of the points that most astrologers never learn, is that you can only predict the future once you know what the chart inherently contains. You can only be alerted to the long and short cycles, the seasons of your life, once you know how to delineate a chart.
We have a Studyshop on this by Bernadette Brady, the author of ‘Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and The Lark’ (Samuel Weiser 1998). In this Studyshop – ‘Predictive Astrology’ – you will learn about fate and freewill, how to construct Time Maps and how to read them for yourself and for clients. If you do not wish to engage in the Studyshop you can always buy the book (from your local bookshop or from Amazon) and slowly work your way through each chapter.
Remember: only once you have a good understanding of natal chart delineation and predictive astrology should you even think about going on to learn other astrological techniques. Piling new techniques onto your plate without first understanding these basic astrological tools does not clarify anything and is only guaranteed to cause you confusion and despair.
Astro Logos can teach you advanced predictive work as well as advanced delineation skills once you have the basics under your belt; so, too, can other good teachers of astrology. What is most important is that by the time you can delineate a chart and do predictive work, then you will also have the skills to move onto to other more specialised techniques. At Astro Logos, apart from advanced delineation and predictive skills, we also have study kits on the following:
- Relationships: The Astrology of Partnerships
- How to read the charts of Children and Families
- The Astrology of Time and Space
- Weft and Weave: Astrological Techniques
If you want to learn formally to gain astrological qualifications, how do you choose a good astrology school?
There are many different astrology schools and many of them are extremely good and many of them are, let’s face it, not so good. They may be well-intentioned but they teach their student sub-standard information and, furthermore, they teach it poorly. So how do you find a good school if you are looking for one?
Here is our suggested check-list which if you follow when selecting a school, means you will not be wasting your time and money.
1. Are the teachers qualified?
Do they have qualifications which are recognized nationally or even better, internationally? How long have they had those qualifications?
So does Astro Logos fit these parameters?
Yes. We’re not the only teachers who do but these are the standards we have prescribed and we use them to set the benchmarks of everything we undertake in our professional life. Both of us at Astro Logos hold FAA Diplomas – Bernadette Brady since 1987 and Darrelyn Gunzburg since 1988. Bernadette Brady holds an MA in Cultural Astrology and Astronomy from Bath Spa University (UK) and a PhD from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in the role of fate within contemporary astrology. Darrelyn Gunzburg holds a BA (Hons) from the Open University (UK) and a PhD from the University of Bristol in the role of astrology in connection with medieval art in a fresco scheme in Padua, Italy.
2. How long have those teachers been teaching successfully?
You do not want to be someone’s ‘guinea pig’. Look for a school with a track record.
Astro Logos was formed in 1990 in Adelaide, Australia, and taught students over the course for 12 years, through face-to-face classes and through Open Learning. In 2002 the school relocated to the UK and operated as a graduate school only until July 2014, teaching all its classes online through Open Learning to those students who already had a basic knowledge of astrology. Now Astro Logos offers one-off online seminars and online schools but only for those who wish to encounter an astrological technique for the first time or to polish their already solid astrologcial knowledge.
3. Has the school put a consistent number of students through a recognized examination system?
This will quickly tell you if the school’s teaching methods actually work.
Since the formation of Astro Logos in 1990, we have successfully put over a thousand students first through the FAA examination system; then, 1998-2009 through the A.G.E. Int. examination system; finally offering students the Astro Logos Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Astrology 2010-2014. Many of our graduates have gone on to teach astrology students. Two have set up a successful international astrological software company.
4. Do those teachers continue to upgrade their knowledge?
A most important question as it will quickly tell you if the teachers are presenting their work beyond their own school. Needing to present to one’s peer group of the professional global astrological community means that teachers keep polishing their own astrology.
We lecture regularly at international conferences and have published dozens of articles over the years in recognized astrological journals such as the ‘AA Journal’, ‘Culture and Cosmos’ and ‘The Mountain Astrologer’, to name a few.
The two principals and tutors of Astro Logos have written four ground-breaking books published with recognized astrological publishers: ‘Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and The Lark’ (Samuel Weiser, 1998) and ‘Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars’ (Samuel Weiser, 1999) written by Bernadette Brady, and ‘Life After Grief: An Astrological Guide to Dealing with Loss’ (Wessex Astrologer, 2004) and ‘AstroGraphology’, written by Darrelyn Gunzburg. Bernadette Brady has co-authored two major astrological software programs: JigSaw and Starlight. Both have co-authored ‘Restoring the Heavens to Astrology: Visual Astrology Chronicles 2005-2006’ (Astro Logos Publishing 2010).
These are all serious points to consider when selecting your astrology teacher, for they will be your guide and mentor for several years and you need to establish a respectful relationship where you can be taught and they can teach.
What Courses does Astro Logos Offer?
Remember, a true teacher has the gift of generosity of knowledge, wisdom and spirit.
We hope this page has helped you in your desire to learn astrology. It is a wonderful subject and learning it should be a thing of joy for you not, as so many find, a pathway of confusion. So in summary: good books, Studyshops, a slow methodical approach, and finding a good teacher or school is at the heart of becoming a professional astrologer.
Welcome to the journey! You are not alone and it is a pathway that astrologers have all been walking for at least three thousand years. If you have any questions then please feel free to contact us