Frequently Asked Questions
I'm uncomfortable giving my birth information or financial information.
I can understand why in this day and age. I do not share your information with anyone.
Can you describe in more down-to-earth terms what it's like to get a reading?
A reading is basically just like a long conversation that you'd have with someone who knows you well enough to help you find answers you are seeking, whether it'd be your therapist, your best friend, or your mother. It's different only in that I have probably never met you before, and 'know' some things about you according to what I see in your chart, not from personal experience. The truths I share about you will be for you to evaluate and place in the reality of your life experiences.
Why does astrology work? Why would a big rock in space have anything to do with who I am?
There is no definitive answer to this question, only opinion. You can believe that the planets are literally affecting you here on earth, like the moon affects the tides. You can believe that it's more symbolic-"as above, so below." Whatever you believe is up to you. Astrology is not a religion - it's a language and a system of symbols and it works. Why is a personal answer.
I'm not comfortable with the idea that I am not in charge of my behavior.
Good for you! Neither am I. Astrology is often still seen as a way to put people into categories and telling them what fate will befall them. Evolutionary Astrology is one of many paradigms that acknowledges the desire for self-actualization and intelligent choice that we are all capable of and always have been. I am not as interested in describing you as I am in reminding you about the work you've come to do, the things you've come to learn, and basically just the way that you can find happiness on a unique level, not from an astrological cafeteria.
What if I don't know my birth time or I'm unsure of it's accuracy?
Of course, always check your birth certificate for the most accurate source of your birth time - but many birth certificates don't list the birth time! This is less common today than it was 50 years ago but it can still be a problem. If you've simply lost your birth certificate, Vitalchek.com is a good place to order a copy of it. If you have your certificate and there is no time, I can still do some good work without it, or you can look into Chart Rectification. Email me for details about this process.
Why doesn't my sign fit me?
The basic answer is most likely to be that you're not just one sign! See my astrology abc's section for a more in depth answer. There is the possibility that your birth data is inaccurate, but it's usually just that a shallow one sign definition is not enough to sum up a human being!
What if a baby is born premature? Were they supposed to be born under a different sign?
No. Your astrological chart is calculated based on when you took your first breath, not when the doctors say it's time for you to come out.
What does it mean to be "on the cusp"? Can I actually be two signs?
Not really. It seems to be quite popular to say that one is born on the cusp and therefore are two signs. Many people find this a satisfactory explanation to why they may not identify with their sun sign. However, within the specific system of astrology one is using, the dividing line between the signs is pretty succinct. To be truly a cusp, the actual middle of the sun would have to be right on the dividing sign line. Just because the sun is close to the end of a sign or the beginning of a sign does not make you both signs.