Anyone remember looking up your sun sign in a magazine or newspaper astrology column? Those days are long gone. Now astrological information is all over social media and the web, and it tells you so much more. You can have a lot of fun with it. You can get insight into
yourself and your pals. You can pick up helpful navigational tips for riding the energies. And you can also come across misguided, garbled, or outright wrong statements masquerading as guidance.
Here are some hacks for choosing astro-sources and using them wisely.
Baseline: Pay attention to what resonates and what does not. Do you feel empowered? Optimistic? Forewarned? Fairly confident that you can handle what’s coming? Worth checking out. Do you feel manipulated? Or alarmed? Do you find yourself arguing with the information?
Probably not a good match. And if you follow someone for a while and the information never seems to pan out, that’s not worth your time.
Look for astrologers whose style you like. (Chill? Practical? Heavy on technical jargon? Educational?) Many, many professional astrologers offer free forecasts and talks on social media, YouTube, and their own websites. Try a few, and switch it up now and again. Follow a few general forecasts. These come in several lengths: daily, weekly, new moon and full moon, monthly, and yearly. These give you a general framework. Consulting the current astrology is like checking the weather report. A general forecast gives the mood and energies that are affecting everyone, no matter when they were born. Just as knowing the probability of snow tells you to bundle up, a general forecast prepares you for what lies ahead so that you can take appropriate action. A good forecast points out times of flow, emotional storminess, low-energy stretches that encourage couch potatoes and comfort, and flurries of misunderstandings, delays, and confusion.
Look for sun sign forecasts, too, if you like them. These are generally monthly in scope, though other time frames do exist (for example, what Saturn in Pisces means for each sign). Online fashion and lifestyle publications host some, and they’re also available from a number of astrologers.
For fun, shorts and memes can be entertaining, and often there’s something instructive in the stereotypes. Instagram and TikTok abound with people acting out the signs in various scenarios (“water signs on a date”) or barking a list of traits. Sun sign memes are all over social media too, depicting the signs as everything from dogs to food to Ghibli Studio characters. Mood boards illustrate an astrological season or aspect with a collection of memes and video clips. Approach them as snack food, though, and not something on which to base actions or decisions.
Watch for poseurs. Appearances may be deceiving; looking cosmic does not necessarily equate to competence or wisdom. Neither does having a gazillion followers. Compare the content quality to other astrologers with a longer track record or associations with professional schools or organizations. And always check in with your own reaction. Again: do you feel empowered? Optimistic? Prepared? Or worried? Depressed? Dreading?
Consume enough and you may well want to learn more – how to read a chart, for example, or what eclipses might be bringing, or political astrology. Primers and videos are all over the web, and use discretion as always. Pay attention to the source. If it’s an astrologer whose
work you’ve been following and respecting, check it out. If you come across something from someone unknown to you, notice your first impressions. What’s the look and feel? What’s your reaction to the the person’s voice (written or spoken)? Do you feel comfortable?
Energized? Excited? Lulled to sleep? Repelled? The answers are clues.
The sky’s the limit!
Author: Kathy Biehl https://bestamericanpsychics.com/listing/kathy-biehl