In episode 185 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan take questions from listeners about various astrological topics, ranging from practicing astrology professionally to conceptual issues involving the houses and the zodiac.
We start out the episode by catching up on what has been going on for the three of us and in the astrological community since our last chat together in mid-November, and then we move on to taking some questions.
Most of the questions were submitted to us by astrologers on Twitter, where a pretty active and vibrant community surrounding astrology has developed lately.
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Below you will find an outline with the questions we dealt with in this episode, followed by links to download the audio or video versions of this episode.
News and Notable Events
We start out with a 45-minute warm-up chat, since it has been a month since the three of us last talked, and we had a lot to catch up on.
- Austin’s successful trip to Australia.
- Kelly is doing a workshop in Seattle in January.
- Chris launched his 2019 astrology calendar posters.
- The podcast feed now lists all episodes rather than just the latest 50.
- Recent deaths in the community:
- Robert Schmidt (December 22, 1950 – December 6, 2018)
- Donna Van Toen (March 5, 1949 – December 8, 2018)
Questions Answered in This Episode
Here are the questions we touched on in this episode, starting with the username of each person who asked one from Twitter. The original thread on Twitter has all of the questions, including a bunch of great ones we didn’t get to.
“I’ve always wanted to know how other astrologers approach consultations where the client is deliberately unwilling to participate in a dialogue exchange. What, then, is your method of approach? Working in metaphysical shops, this was often the case.”
Business question: do you all make most of your income directly from consultations or is it through teaching & other passive sources?
“How did each of you discover *your way* of doing readings? How’d you come down to figuring out your method / system of prioritizing what to look at when presented with a client’s chart? How long did it take to solidify your method?”
- (Sidenote from Chris: Shakirah Tabourn just released the NFLUX astrology magazine, and it is awesome! Would highly recommend checking it out.)
Is it rude to ask what house system an astrologer uses when inquiring about a session?
I’m curious when you get a first time client natal reading, what do start with when talking to the client?
In a reading, to what extent do each of you explain the techniques? Do you just deliver the information to the client, or do you reference the placements and configurations that you’re getting the information from? And if you do explain, how much time do you spend explaining?
Proper use of the Draconic chart if any of y’all use it, and how to properly integrate it into the expression of self up against the natal chart. What purpose does it serve besides the knee jerk magic of it being a rendering of ‘soul’ purpose. 😬✨
I’d love to hear the three of you compare and contrast your views and application of the lunar nodes.
When clients ask you if they should leave their partner… obviously we cannot make that choice for them. What are some of the ways you’ve helped people navigate this situation?
Where do the three of you disagree the most?
Is there any merit/value to 12-Letter astrology?
Can one of you run us down on your preps? How much time does it actually take you now compared to when you were first starting. Can be for a natal reading and/or an annual update. TY!
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