If you’re reading this, chances are you’re facing a particular situation or transition in your life and you’re considering whether or not reaching out to an astrologer is going to be a good use of your time and money. I want you to be able to make an informed decision about whether astrology is the right tool.

Let me begin by making it abundantly clear that I am not here to fleece you. My goal in working with you as a client is to give you a means of telling your story that the monoculture’s dominant “ways of knowing,” such as the diktats of materialism or axiomatic religion, have been unable to provide. So let me begin with defining some terms:

What Astrology Does

To put it succinctly, astrology is a technology for divination.

Divination as a “way of knowing” has been a component of human experience since the earliest days of our species. Much can be said about the way that humans have attempted to grapple with the question of the unknown throughout our history. And divination is a technology for telling our stories.

Generally, people don’t approach diviners when everything is going well. I take it as a given that if you are considering reaching out to an astrologer, you are in the midst of a situation for which you need some guidance.

So, when we approach a given matter with the technology of astrology we are approaching the unknown with the materials that we have at hand: the great clock of the cosmos, our reason, our traditions, and the lived experience of our day to day life. In my experience, I have found no other storytelling technology to be as powerful as this art.

And, for what it’s worth, astrology is what we might call “platform agnostic:” it can interface with any cosmology, any religious tradition, and any other spiritual or divinatory practices that resonate with your own experience—including, as is my case, with mainline Christianity.

What can I expect?

An astrological consultation with me is a steady and methodical look at the data points surrounding the moment of your birth, as in natal astrology, or the moment of the question you are pondering, as in horary astrology, with the goal of determining specific strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. A chart has a collection of data points and variables that map onto your peculiar context. I then read these data points according to the grammar of astrology to discern an overall narrative for your life or situation—and it can get extremely specific—which we then flesh out with the materials of your unique situation.

A chart is like a piece of sheet music (and jazz musicians happen to call their sheet music “charts” in their jargon). And no two performances of the same piece of music are the same. The performers change, the venues change, the tempi change, the intonation of the instruments changes, the audience changes… there are as many variables in our unique situations as there are in the chart, but the themes, grammar, and theory of each chart remain the same depending on context.

My job is to help you learn your chart’s story so that you can tell it in your own voice.

What is astrology not for?

For all that astrology can do, for the sake of the current discussion, there are three things you need to know that it cannot do:

First, it cannot give you all the answers. Nothing can—no religion, no science, no divinatory art, can tell you everything you need to know. This is because we are co-creators with the Universe of an unfolding reality. To say that another way, the chaos of life is for the living, not for the freaking-out-about—it is grist for the mill! I should also mention that the mystical traditions of the world know well that the Divine dwells in the cloud of unknowing.

Second, it cannot tell you what you will do. It will tell you what you can do, and it will tell you what your “path of least resistance” is, but it cannot take any actions on your behalf. The planets do not hold your power of attorney. You remain in charge of how you play the piece of music in front of you; you remain in charge of how you tell the story.

Third, it cannot absolve you of the impact of your behavioral choices on yourself and others. You cannot lean on your chart to excuse your bad behavior; to say “I’m a Scorpio Moon” to justify why you may have viciously cut someone out of your life without grace or compassion is to confuse an explanation for an excuse. Part of maturity is knowing the difference between those two and working to build lagging social and emotional skills while leveraging your superpowers to empower your self-concept. This is what we call “integration.”

I’m sold. What now?

Let’s pull up your sheet music and start learning the song that you’ve been given to play with your life. It’s as simple as sending me a message.