People turn to astrology for different reasons – curiosity, boredom, crisis, loss, looking for meaning, sense of belonging, etc.
The tricky bit is how to proceed to astrological study. The chosen approach could make the journey fulfilling or the student could stumble and give up.
So, my suggestions based on my personal experience are:
1. DO COMMIT!
Studying astrology is hard work. It requires time and effort.
You need to learn the basics – the language, the methods, the techniques.
You need some knowledge of mathematics and physics, the ability to analyse and synthesise and to think critically and independently.
No pain, no gain. So embrace Saturn (Mercury and Jupiter also) in your natal chart and go for it.
2. DO FIND A QUALITY ASTROLOGY SCHOOL!
In my experience this DO is crucial.
Your astrology teacher can make or break you or waste your time and money.
Having a prime astrology teacher or school is 50% of the battle for quality education.
The good news is that you can choose from many online or in-person options. The bad news is that you need to thoroughly research your options. Some points to remember during your searching:
a) being a professional astrologer does not guarantee a teacher of high standard.
b) do not waste time and money on paid seminars and webinars. They are usually a source of income for the astrologers.
c) however, do attend the promotional (especially online) seminars and webinars. They are free of charge and give you a chance not only to learn something on an interesting topic but to assess (to some extent) the quality of teaching.
3. DO JOIN THE ASTROLOGICAL COMMUNITY!
That is the best part of studying astrology.
The astrological community is global and vibrant. You can connect with local or international astrological groups on all social media platforms.
If you want to go further (you do not need to) you can attend Summer schools, astrological conferences or astrological retreats.
The experience is memorable and you learn as much from your astrological peers as from your teachers.
4. DO STAY CURIOUS!
One of the paradoxes of studying astrology is that you do not conform completely to the chosen schools of thought.
Explore the other genres of astrology, different styles, different points of view.
That will keep you engaged for the rest of your life.
5. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DAY JOB!