Astrologer’s Ethics and Obligations

February 13, 2011

The profession of astrology has evolved significantly over time. In ancient civilizations like India, Egypt, and Greece, astrologers held esteemed positions, often serving as advisors to kings and rulers. They were respected figures, sometimes fulfilling roles as teachers, philosophers, or spiritual leaders. Access to astrologers was limited to the elite, with ordinary people having little opportunity for personal consultations due to the scarcity of accurate birth information.

In contrast, the past couple of centuries have seen astrology face skepticism from the scientific community, challenging its core belief in planetary influences on individuals. This has led to a shift in perception, with astrologers often being ridiculed rather than respected. The profession has been viewed as less prestigious, and many consider it a secondary career option.

Despite these challenges, astrology has made significant contributions, particularly in fields like psychology and psychotherapy. Astrologers have provided valuable insights into personality traits and behavioral patterns, enriching therapeutic practices. Additionally, the internet has facilitated global collaboration among astrologers, accelerating the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of ideas.

As scientific curiosity grows and more research-minded individuals explore astrology with open minds, there is potential for the field to earn the respect it deserves. Continued study and analysis may lead to a deeper understanding of astrology’s role in the modern world.

In my view, astrologers today carry a significant responsibility to uphold the ethical standards necessary to maintain the respect and significance of astrology as a profession.

Foremost among these responsibilities is confidentiality. Personal consultations should always be conducted on a one-on-one basis, unless the client specifically requests involvement of a third party. Maintaining confidentiality not only puts the client at ease but also allows astrologers to provide more effective guidance by accurately comparing the client’s experiences with their natal chart. Mutual trust between astrologer and client is essential for professional ethics, making confidentiality a fundamental obligation.

Another key responsibility is to emphasize the positives while remaining truthful in interpreting all aspects of the natal chart. I firmly believe that predictions derived from analyzing the natal chart are not set in stone. There is always potential to turn things around positively. Astrologers should focus on areas of the client’s chart where positive outcomes are likely, recognizing the unique qualities of each chart and offering guidance accordingly.

Like any profession, astrologers must listen to their clients and address their immediate needs openly without compromising the quality of their predictions.

A good astrologer remains open-minded in their pursuit of understanding their client’s chart. They refrain from making assumptions and allowing personal biases to influence their analysis. Instead, they adhere strictly to the principles of astrology, relying on careful observation and detailed chart analysis. They avoid becoming overwhelmed by astrology, ensuring that they remain its master rather than its servant.

In my opinion, astrologers should refrain from making fatalistic predictions. Predicting negative outcomes, such as death, serves no constructive purpose and may adversely affect the client’s state of mind. Astrology should be used to enhance the client’s life by suggesting positive life choices and goals.

Astrologers should be aware of the limitations of astrological predictions, as they are based on various factors such as planetary positions, aspects, and house placements. No astrologer can predict events with absolute certainty; predictions only indicate probabilities or likelihoods.

Astrologers should charge a fee for their consultations based on mutual agreement. Proper compensation not only reminds astrologers of their professional obligations but also ensures impartiality in their dealings with clients, allowing them to offer open-minded and beneficial guidance.

In ancient times, astrology was regarded as a divine knowledge, and I believe there is some truth to this. While astrologers must earn a living, they should avoid misusing astrology for personal gain or acquiring power over their clients. The primary focus of astrology should always be to enhance the client’s life without becoming enslaved to astrological principles.