The Astrologer As Both Scientist & Servant

Astrology, strictly speaking, is a science. It is an incomprehensibly vast and powerful scientific tool. So, a well-trained astrologer is in some sense a scientist who wields that limitless tool.

But, despite the sense of power that this tool bestows on its wielder (the astrologer), when we use astrology to give someone an astrological reading, we must remember that we are performing a service. The trick for the astrologer, then, is to transform during the reading from a scientist to a servant. In my view, this mandate is often overlooked, or at least not fully understood, by modern-day astrologers.

If the astrologer is solely identifying with the role of “scientist” during the reading, then s/he is likely to do a disservice to the client, no matter how good the astrologer is at the science. The reason for this is that, for the science of astrology to serve as a genuinely useful tool, it must be put to use for the proper beneficiary. An astrologer who plays only the role of scientist during a reading is much more likely to use the science for self-serving purposes than an astrologer who plays the role of servant.

Many astrologers unconsciously seek to be the beneficiaries of their own readings; they seek recognition or validation; they seek a feeling of empowerment, or of power over others; they seek a sense of dignity or status; they may even simply seek financial gain. In all these cases, however, it is the astrologer and not the client who stands to be the beneficiary of the reading (even if this is entirely unknown to both).

This is why the astrologer must identify with the role of servant when giving readings to others. Adopting the role of servant is a way of designating the client as the reading’s beneficiary.

Aside from shifting the reading’s focus to the proper beneficiary, donning the “servant” cap will enable the astrologer to improve the reading in at least two additional ways:

  • It will free the reading of the obstacles and confusion that arise whenever clients subtly sense their astrologers’ personal baggage or inappropriate agendas during the reading.
  • It will unlock more of the astrologer’s own intuition and wisdom, because being in a service-minded state generally brings out the best in all of us. Being in a state of service elevates us to a higher-minded place, which enables us to perform closer to our highest potential. The service-minded astrologer simply performs better as an astrologer.

So, how do you know if the astrologer has successfully played the role of the servant? Well, how did the reading feel? If the client is left with a bad feeling from the reading, then this is a good indication that the astrologer was not coming from a place of service. If astrology is a powerful scientific tool, and this tool is used to your benefit, then you should feel a grounded sense of enhancement, empowerment or upliftment as a result. The unfoldment of your life is always for you, so this should always be what the use of astrology serves to spotlight (since, after all, astrology is the science of how your life unfolds). In short, if the reading feels bad, then something went wrong. But this only means that the reading is not yet finished. Our lives are as majestic and awe-inspiringly orchestrated as the most elegant of symphonies! Your astrology should at least give you some sense of this truth.

In my next post, I will cover the most common mistakes we astrologers make (the most common reasons why readings go wrong), and I will elaborate more fully on the reasons why astrological readings can feel empowering and uplifting under any circumstance. So, stay tuned…!

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