Learning to Unlock Astrology for Yourself
“The teacher will appear when the student is ready.”
If I’m your teacher, then this is how you’ll know you’re ready.
First, more questions about astrology and its workings swirl in your mind than you have answers. I won’t necessarily have all the answers. But I roll hard with questions. I always have.
I had lots of questions when I started studying astrology in 1990, and I still have loads of questions. They’re different from the ones I started asking when I was seeking to disprove astrology. Yet, I haven’t exactly proven astrology either. I just know it works, like how I can write these words and you understand me. That’s not just because we speak the same language. That’s also because you’re reading this now at some special moment in time. That same specialness is still what characterizes the power of astrology for me, too.
Second, you’ll know you’re ready for me as your astrology teacher if you’re also ready to own your answers to the questions you or I ask. I don’t want my answers to be your answers. I can only tell you what my questions and answers are. But what you’ll learn from me are why your answers are the best answers…for you. For instance, I don’t believe in using Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto as rulers of Zodiac signs. So, nope, I don’t believe Neptune is the ruler of Pisces nor Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio. I don’t care how many books, only written in the last 100 years of astrology’s millennia-old history, tell you that. I can tell you in detail why I believe as I do. But I don’t expect my answers to be yours. I gave up trying to convert people to my beliefs when I left the Christian ministry in 1987. Now, I only ask people to be accountable for their questions and answers.
Finally, I believe all teachers are placeholders for yourself. It’s as Khalil Gibran says in The Prophet, “No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.“ I also live by the wisdom of what poet Rainier Maria Rilke says: “I would like to beg you…to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.”
As a living, beautiful language, astrology needs more people speaking the truths of their infinitely variable experiences to keep it articulate, fresh sand rich. So, the teacher is always the student, and the student is already the teacher.
Yet, I know how exasperating it can be not to know whether you can trust something you read bleary-eyed on some random website because your questions won’t let you sleep. Or how to sift through mounting questions and thoughts to know what’s worth pursuing or not. Or how to string together even what you know about reading a birth chart or planetary transits. It can be even physically painful at times.
I’d like to ease that pain by teaching you to use questions and some of my answers as a starting point for a quest that will never end. If you choose me as your teacher, I’m holding a place until you’re ready to assume that space for yourself.
If you’re ready for that kind of experience, then I’m your teacher.
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think. – Socrates
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