There are numerous other technicalities that the astrologer would go through before he arrives at a mature analysis to make a prediction. But the above are the most basic. You put in a small attempt to understand the above then you’re on your way to having a better conversation with your astrologer. And every good astrologer loves to talk technical with his clients because he would be more motivated to show his astrological reasoning and that he’s doing a good piece of astrological work. Otherwise he would be blamed for just being psychic (or even pretending) and not doing real astrological work.
When you make use of astrologers you need to know that not everything is a prediction. Sometimes it might be an “explanation” sometimes a “description” and yes sometimes a “prediction”. Sometimes it involves dates sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes the astrologer can be very precise because several symbols appear to concur and converge at a specific date (like several separate symbols telling the same story about a specific event). Whereas sometimes it might not be that easy for him to ascertain a specific “moment in time” because of the divergent symbols involved in the “coming event” he should be stating.
If an astrologer has never dealt with you before or if he doesn’t know your context then he would normally begin with an overview of an aspect of your interest. For instance assume you provide the astrologer only your birth date time and place together with your name and sex. Nothing else. And you ask a question like “Tell me about my finances.” Unless he uses horary techniques in which case you should know that this is not an astrologer’s first choice of tools (most astrologers wouldn’t want to use that part of their arsenal flippantly) he would prefer to try to answer your question from your personal birth horoscope. But not knowing your “context” he would start off with an overview. He would then give you an honest analysis of what your birth chart would have to say about your “general financial experience in life”. However if you were to “offer you context” then just ask a brief but specific question. This can be as simple as “I’m thinking of buying a car but I really don’t know. So what does my chart say?”
Try not to “test” the astrologer. Especially if you think you want to prove that astrology doesn’t work. You won’t get to prove or disprove anything by dealing with one humble astrologer. For all you know the one you’re dealing with might not had studied astrology sufficiently himself.
Many astrologers started off with the wrong footing; like many other professionals in many other fields. In their passion for the glamour of being in a certain profession or position, they end up just ‘getting into a job’. They stop their studies, they close themselves to new realizations and developments, and their motivation fizzles off. There are good astrologers, and there are not-so-good astrologers, like in almost every other profession. If you have come across a medical doctor with lousy bedside manners, dispensing less than average medical advice than what you expected from a professional, it doesn’t mean the whole medical profession is populated by the same personality nor that medicine is fraudulent. It is the same with astrology and the astrologer.
What is important is for people to be responsible for their own open-ness and gullibility. Don’t accept or reject anything just because someone else said so. Dare to trust, dare to take risks. In this manner, you are liberated to do what you want and seek advice from anywhere you can. After all, opinions from other professionals are just that; opinions. And you need varied opinions to consider in order for you to make your own mature judgment over things you need to decide.
Try to know more of your personal chart always. As you do this you will get to see a certain “logic” to astrology and will get a feel of how things are being “read”. Make friends with your astrologer friend and keep on asking things about your personal life events and its relationship with your personal chart. This doesn’t mean that you live by astrology by doing this but you would be exploring a model that supposedly deals with your personal “blueprint”. Ask different astrologers about the same issues in your chart and see what others have to say. Do they concur? If not probe and ask why they said things differently. Before long you will find yourself not just knowing better astrology but even knowing more about yourself.
About the author: Dr Agni has been using astrology for 37 years and has taught astrology for free since 1986, every week, till today. He is adviser to the Institute of Astrological Science, Malaysia, with its website at http://astrologyuniversitymalaysia.com