In a world often governed by routine and societal expectations, the ancient art of astrology offers a refreshing perspective – a glimpse into the unique potential encoded in every individual’s birth chart. Professional Astrologer Alison Price, a dedicated practitioner and podcaster, takes us on a journey through her lifelong fascination with astrology. From her first encounter with Linda Goodman’s “Sun Signs” to her comprehensive astrology education, Alison shares her profound insights into the transformative power of astrology in personal growth and self-awareness. Join us as we explore her approach to astrology, recommended resources for enthusiasts, and the invaluable lessons she’s gained from years of practice, celebrating the beauty of individuality and the rich tapestry of differences that make each person unique.
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you became interested in astrology?
My Astrology Journey
Of course, and I appreciate your invitation today. During my school days, there was a memorable moment when my science teacher shared a passage about astrology with our class. It was an excerpt from “Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs.” When she reached the section dedicated to Leo (which happens to be my Sun sign), it felt like she was describing me. It was as though she was delving into my personality, capturing my values, and highlighting the things that truly sparked my interest. That weekend, I eagerly obtained a copy of “Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs” book, and I couldn’t put it down.
My Introduction to Astrology
I embarked on my journey into the world of astrology when I was twenty years old. I enrolled in a comprehensive three-year astrology course taught by a dedicated instructor. Eventually, I proudly earned my diploma from The South Africa School of Astrological Studies.
Getting My Feet Wet with Astrology Charts
A few months into my astrology education, I decided to put my learning into practice. I began conducting chart readings right at my dining room table, reserving Saturday afternoons for this purpose. I reached out to family and friends, explaining that I needed to hone my skills. For each person I encountered, I diligently collected their birth data, manually crafted their astrological chart, and then did my best to interpret them, relying on my burgeoning knowledge.
Diving Deep into Astrology
My commitment to astrology didn’t stop at practical readings. I became an avid reader, voraciously consuming every astrology book I could lay my hands on. It wasn’t a one-time or even a two-time read for me; I delved into these books repeatedly, often going through them at least ten times each. I took meticulous notes, summarizing the wealth of astrological wisdom contained within. My efforts resulted in extensive binders filled with my carefully compiled notes. I can honestly say that I dedicated nearly every waking moment to the study of astrology.
How would you describe your approach to astrology and what are some of the specialty areas of astrology that interest you the most?
My Approach to Astrology
Inspiring a Fulfilling Life
My approach to astrology centers around providing my clients and listeners with the inspiration they need to lead their best lives. What truly fascinates me is uncovering the wellspring of creativity and originality within an individual’s birth chart and bringing it to their awareness.
In our fast-paced world, many people find themselves caught up in the relentless cycle of the daily grind. They wake up, head to work, return home, attend to family responsibilities, go to bed, and repeat this routine day after day. It’s all too easy to fall into this rut, living life according to societal expectations and the demands of others.
However, when you engage in an astrology reading, a skilled astrologer possesses the ability to discern and share with you the boundless potential embedded within your unique birth chart. This insight offers a refreshing perspective, a glimpse into the possibilities that exist beyond the confines of mundane routines. It’s a reminder that your life has dimensions and potentials waiting to be explored, far beyond what society prescribes.
In your opinion, what role does astrology play in personal growth and self-awareness?
Astrology plays a monumental role in facilitating personal growth for individuals. By the time someone seeks out an astrology reading, they have often traversed a significant portion of their life’s journey. At this point, they are in search of something different, a unique insight that their birth chart can provide. I firmly believe that aligning with the energies encoded within your astrology chart can lead to a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in life.
Contrary to the societal narrative that prescribes a linear path—attend school, achieve excellent grades, pursue higher education, find a life partner, get married, raise a family, acquire a mortgage, and live this way for four decades until retirement—this formula doesn’t fit everyone. In reality, it doesn’t suit many people at all. The planetary influences and energies within your birth chart may suggest a different path, one that is tailored to your individuality.
The beauty of astrology lies in its ability to unveil these unique pathways, skills, opportunities, and talents that are inherently yours. It reveals not only what you are capable of, but also what brings you joy and purpose in the present and will continue to do so throughout your lifetime. Astrology liberates individuals from the constraints of collective expectations, allowing them to embrace their authentic selves and live a life that resonates with their inner calling.
For those interested in learning more about astrology, what resources or books do you recommend for beginners?
Transitioning from Hobbyist to Student in Astrology
If you’re keen on elevating your status from a hobbyist astrologer to a dedicated student of astrology, I have some valuable resource recommendations tailored to your journey.
When it comes to choosing your first astrology book, I highly recommend “The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook” by Sue Tompkins. It stands as a solid foundation in astrology and is a recent publication, ensuring you receive up-to-date knowledge.
In addition to this, acquiring an ephemeris is essential for any serious astrology enthusiast. For your initial ephemeris, I suggest “The American Ephemeris for 1950 to 2050 at Midnight” by Neil F. Michelson and Rique Pottenger, identifiable by its distinctive purple cover. An ephemeris is an indispensable reference if you are committed to delving deeper into astrology.
As a dedicated astrology tutor, I’ve compiled the comprehensive teachings from my private classes into a valuable resource known as “The Aspiring Astrologer: 52 Self-Paced Astrology Lessons.” This book encapsulates all the class notes that I provide to my private students as they embark on a journey through my in-depth astrology courses. These lessons have been thoughtfully gathered into a single, accessible volume, making it an essential guide for those eager to immerse themselves in the intricacies of astrology.
Exploring Astrology Education Options
If the idea of pursuing formal astrology classes piques your interest, I have a couple of recommendations to consider.
For those seeking a comprehensive and internationally recognized astrology education, I recommend the Faculty of Astrological Studies in England. They offer top-tier astrological training that culminates in a diploma acknowledged worldwide. Be prepared, though, as this is a rigorous program that may span several years before completion.
Private Astrology Classes
If you’re not looking for a full diploma program and prefer the flexibility of one or two astrology classes, private instruction could be a great fit. You are welcome to reach out to me for more information. To explore the available options, please visit Starzology.com.
Whether you opt for a formal diploma program or choose to take a few private classes, your journey into the fascinating realm of astrology promises to be an enlightening and enriching experience.
Astrology Software Solutions
When it comes to astrology software, I have a couple of recommendations to cater to your needs and level of expertise.
Astro Gold for iPhone and iPad
If you are looking for user-friendly astrology software that’s accessible on your iPhone or iPad, I recommend Astro Gold. This app excels at casting accurate astrology charts and offers the flexibility to customize the default settings. It’s an excellent choice, particularly for those starting their astrological journey.
Solar Fire for PC: Advanced Astrological Software
For those who have advanced in their astrological studies and seek a comprehensive tool, I suggest Solar Fire. This software, designed for PC users, is considered the ultimate astrological resource. It provides a wide range of advanced features and functionalities that cater to the needs of professional astrologers.
If you are just starting or have advanced in your astrological endeavors, these software options offer the tools you need to delve into the intriguing world of astrology with precision and ease.
Exploring Astrology Through Podcasts
Podcasts Are Where You Are
Engaging with astrology through podcasts offers a dynamic way to immerse yourself in current astrological perspectives. The beauty of podcasts lies in their flexibility—you can absorb astrological insights while doing the dishes, walking your dog, or driving your car.
Starzology Astrology Podcast
Earlier this year, I launched the Starzology Astrology podcast, driven by the desire to provide you with contemporary astrological discussions. In these episodes, we delve into intriguing transits and upcoming astrological phenomena. We explore modern theories in astrology, dissect the birth charts of notable figures, and even conduct interviews with astrologers who employ astrology, not only as their primary profession, but also as a valuable tool in their day-to-day work.
I extend a warm invitation to you to tune in to the Starzology Astrology podcast, accessible on Apple and Spotify. To discover more about our latest episodes and insightful content, visit Starzology.com/podcast. It’s a wonderful way to stay connected with the ever-evolving world of astrology at your convenience.
Finally, what are some of the most important lessons or insights you’ve gained from your years of practicing astrology, and how have they enriched your life personally and professionally?
The Profound Value of Astrology
For me, the most significant reward of delving into the realm of astrology has been the gift of awareness and insight. These insights, first and foremost, shed light on my own astrological chart and subsequently, those of my family members. They have allowed me to recognize that everyone possesses a unique set of talents and motivations. It’s a testament to the fact that we are not all cut from the same cloth, and therein lies our beauty.
I firmly believe in the importance of celebrating individuality, allowing each person to be their authentic self, and empowering them to live their best possible life—a path that’s distinct for every individual.
Astrology serves not only as a personal journey, but also as a valuable tool for anyone looking to understand an individual’s nature better. By gaining insights into the intricacies of the human condition, as illuminated through astrology charts, we unlock a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of differences that make each person unique.
Learning astrology isn’t just an end in itself; it’s a means to better connect with the people around us. This knowledge is applicable in both private and personal aspects of life. With a more profound understanding of the psychological facets revealed in individuals’ astrology charts, we can truly embrace and celebrate these distinctions.