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"Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars." - Serbian Proverb

I am constantly amazed at the potential a person's chart represents. One of the reasons I study astrology and offer readings is to help people realize their potential in life! A person might substantially benefit by recognizing what energies are currently in the heavens (transits), what energies have been imbued on them at birth (natal chart), and the state and conditions of their life thus far (progressions) in order to determine how to effectively apply their efforts to projects, work and career, home life, relationships, how to budget available resources, and choose how to express themselves spiritually.

I have studied and learned from some of the best astrologers in the business. Readings are as unique as each person who wants their chart read. No report type or cookie cutter readings! Readings are crafted just for you, in a format that provides depth, and is accessible even if you are new to astrology. You are much more than one of the twelve brief descriptions about the Sun signs in a newspaper column! A reading from a competent astrologer can be a valuable asset as you navigate the waters of your life.

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Scorpio ascendant - Sun in Cancer - Moon in Pisces - Triple Water Astrology

about me
Being an astrologer seems an unlikely path for someone born into a traditional Catholic family in the Midwest, during the early 1970s! But I can't imagine wanting to do anything else. The combination of logic, intuition, and symbolism conveyed through myself to another person, through their sacred contract - a natal chart, based on their unique moment in time - is what I love to study and find meaning in. I can type pages and pages about any chart from the knowledge in my head, or have a spirited discussion with anyone about their natal promise.

I began studying astrology in November of 2006. Having the date of inception for beginning studies is very fortunate and shows uncanny connections in the transits. The most outstanding feature is Jupiter conjunct Sun in the last degree of Scorpio. A fortunate planetary pair conjunct my natal Sun-Moon midpoint! Jupiter and Sun in Pluto's sign, looking over my shoulder that day. Jupiter, the great teacher, as a benefactor at the beginning of my studies, and the powerful light of the Sun, the center of the solar system, showing me my path.

Learning about astrology led to reading charts. Reading charts led to projects. Projects led to articles and clients. Suddenly I had a Facebook page with thousands of likes (reached 10,000 likes in November 2015), radio appearances, several published articles, a serious book, and over 1500 minireadings along with dozens of in-depth readings starting to run into the hundreds.

An astrologer has a very serious duty as an intermediary between heaven and earth. But being an astrologer is also a blast! Will you join me in the cosmic ride?

Q and A

As of November 5, 2018, I have reached the first Jupiter return of beginning my astrology studies. What a fantastic adventure studying and learning astrology has been, in addition to offering readings! I definitely look forward to the next twelve years of being an astrologer. If you are the type of person who does a more thorough check of someone before you buy their services, hopefully many of your concerns will be answered below.

Why do you charge? Why do you charge so much?
This topic occasionally confronts most astrologers. I make choices about how to use my time. Unfortunately I am unable to offer free readings. I work a regular office job in addition to keeping up with my astrology studies and crafting paid readings. Doctors, dentists, accountants, restaurant owners, auto mechanics, and all kinds of other people who provide critical goods and services charge for their expertise, experience, knowledge, and time. As my skills have improved, and as I've completed more paid readings in addition to having done a weekly horoscope, Facebook minireadings, written a serious book, and other work designed to become a better astrologer, I am able to charge more for my services because they are more valuable. Why does a computer programmer command a six figure salary just for copying code? Because they know what code to copy and where to put it. While that is oversimplifying what a computer programmer does, it's a clever quip that describes a high degree of specialization and how it gives a serious advantage to someone who has earned it. Anyone can see where the planets are; I am able to make inferences about what they mean to a querent in terms of their past, present, and most importantly, future.

Do you have certification?
I don't need certification. I am autodidactic (self taught). If you insist on a certified astrologer many have certification and can be easily found. I have a Master's degree (Economics major) from The University of Iowa.

What kind of experience do you have?
I started studying astrology in 2006 and have attended UAC 2008, 2012, and 2018. I began charging for readings two or three years after I started studying and have continued to offer paid readings since then. I have appeared as a repeat guest on several radio shows, written published articles occasionally, and I am a member of Cosmic*Intelligence*Agency. My foremost interest is prediction. Two of the most influential astrologers on my style and methodology are Celeste Teal and Martha Lang-Wescott. Among many other solid influences, Carol Rushman is another prominent astrologer I have learned a great deal from. Paid readings have included a significant amount of repeat business and occasional referrals.

My practice of astrology differs from that of most other astrologers in a few ways. For example, I use the eight hypothetical Transneptunians and very occasionally use asteroids and Sabian symbols in readings, as necessary. I am surprised at how few astrologers are familiar with the Transneptunians. They have repeatedly paid dividends in terms of insight and predictive value for me.

Who might benefit from a reading?
Any open minded person can benefit from a reading. I've probably done more readings for Scorpio Suns, people born around 1992, and people born around 1978. However, I've read for high school students (at post prom events), a few septuagenarians, and people of all age ranges in between and all of the Sun signs. A person is more likely to seek an astrologer if they're going through a difficult transit, either unique to their natal chart, or predictable and something everyone experiences (Neptune/Pluto quarter returns or the first Saturn return, for example). A person may be aware of the difficult transit or intuitively decide to seek an astrologer without direct awareness of it.

What can an astrology reading do for me?
In addition to uncovering opportunities based on favorable windows of time in your life (or making you aware of more unfavorable times), a reading gives you an overview of your personality and potential in life based on the position of the planets at your unique moment in time (your birth). More specific readings include a solar return reading (predictions for your year ahead starting on your birthday), synastry readings (comparison between your chart and another person's, assumedly a romantic partner, to give an overview of what major forces and factors characterize the interaction between you), elections, and relocation readings. You can find more details about each reading above. Having a specific goal is helpful; the reading will tell you whether the goal is feasible and when to try to complete it. Some querents opt for a general reading, which is fine.

What else do you do?
I specialize in Western Astrology. My emphasis is on predicting the future. Before I learned astrology I taught myself Socionics. I also know a bit about reading tarot. I do not charge for uncovering a person's Socionics type or reading tarot and neither is included in any astrology reading I do. For those with an interest in the MBTI/Socionics, my type is INTp.

So is anything new these days?
I have been thinking about writing a second book, about the hypothetical Transneptunians. I am not on the fence about writing it, although marketing it would be difficult because not many people use them. Personally I like having eight extra Plutos in the chart to consider (that is the best analogy I can think of, with apologies to Pluto. Or maybe he likes that analogy). A different collaborative book is also possible, albeit with its own challenges to surmount. As I type this I will likely move forward with a new Instagram account, please follow @thebodybuilderastrologer

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