My Odd Job: Being an astrologer is so much more than reading a horoscope

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My Odd Job: Being an astrologer is so much more than reading a horoscope



I was reluctant to train as an astrologer. I had never met one or even contemplated that it might be a career.
But I’d always been into it – I remember noting everyone’s birthday in primary school – and became obsessed in 2008 when my sister’s friend told me about my rising sign, an astrological principal linked to the time of day we are born.
Eventually, I put my hesitations and preconceptions to one side and enrolled at The London School of Astrology. I completed their three year apprenticeship programme, as well as some online courses, and I continue to study with three other schools in London. Who knew there were so many?

I was initially reluctant to train as an astrologer (Photo: Susannah Ireland)My weeks are a peppered with events, writing and speaking, and I spend at least one day a week doing readings. People come to see me at home or we talk on Skype. I prepare the charts in advance and spend an hour or so going through them to get a better idea of what is going on for a client.
This means I can help translate their experiences – an astrology reading with me (and most astrologers) is a two way dialogue.
Mostly, I do birth chart readings, which involves interpreting the placements of all the planets in the sky at the moment you were born. By examining the relative positions of the planets, astrologers use it to deduce things about your life and personality.

Birth chart readings  involve interpreting the placements of all the planets in the sky at the moment you were born (Photo credit: Susannah Ireland)It is not a psychic reading. I talk about layers of personality, the person you aspire to be professionally, the sort of person who makes you feel emotionally secure and the way you communicate.
For instance, if you have a love of travel and adventure but also loathe change, life can feel very frustrating – you end up having wanderlust then feeling homesick when you’re abroad. The magic lies in articulating the breadth of your life, interests and goals then giving air to all of them.
During a reading I will not tell you anything you did not already know, but we will dust off the shelves and add definition and clarity to what you already know to be true.

Relationships dominate our lives and people are eager to understand what is going on (Photo: Susannah Ireland)I can also make suggestions as to how to best use nature. Just like every plant has an optimal amount of light, water and nutrients to thrive, so do humans. If you know what your perfect conditions are then you can work towards them.
I also host a lot of relationship astrology workshops. In the UK at least we are not all fans of speaking about ourselves but our relationships dominate our lives and people are eager to understand what is going on. I’ll explore compatibility of emotional ‘Moon signs’ or how our ‘Venus sign’ describes what we love.
Whilst there is an element of intuition involved, most of us are ‘know’ what someone is like by their behaviour – it’s not witch-y insight, it’s basic people skills.

We may all be unique but we all want the same things (Photo: Susannah Ireland)People from all walks of life come to see me, though it’s mainly women. Absolutely everyone is interested in love and work – we may all be unique but we all want the same things, and I find that commonality so heartwarming.
People often tell me that they don’t know what they ‘should’ be doing and want some clarity in that area, or to know if they are with the right person.
Some clients really stand out. One had leadership ‘written’ all over her chart and I could not stop talking about it. Within a few weeks she set up her own business and is doing really well.

When a client tells me ‘I remember who I am now’ it’s brilliant to hear (Photo: Susannah Ireland)
Another client had a chart that indicated she would be a brilliant communicator, perhaps a writer or journalist. As we discussed this she told me she had won a paid internship at a big newspaper immediately after graduating but was offered a job elsewhere and took it. Life evolved and she almost forgot about the personal satisfaction that went with using those skills.
And any heartfelt feedback from a client who tells me ‘I remember who I am now’ is always brilliant to hear.
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I am nonplussed when people tell me that astrology isn’t real. They think this because they have read horoscopes and (understandably) think that’s all there is to it. Horoscopes are a useful but very diluted expression of astrology.
I used to want to explain how it actually worked but there are only so many times you can say the same thing before you go mad. These days I just change the subject.

I want to tell as many people as possible how brilliant astrology is (Photo: Susannah Ireland)I am currently studying medical astrology, which uses planetary placements and their geometrical relationship to understand the root of certain ailments and accidents. As holistic medicine becomes more widely accepted I think medical astrology and all natural medical solutions will become more respected too.
I want to tell as many people as possible how brilliant astrology is in a way that is down to earth, useful, relatable and where possible, amusing. Laughter always has and always will be the best medicine.
For more information and to book a reading with Fran, visit francescaoddie.com or follow the links on Instagram @francescaoddieastrology
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