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Stars speak
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 01, 2013
First Published: 14:32 IST(1/1/2013)
Last Updated: 14:36 IST(1/1/2013)

The lowdown


If future events fascinate you and you want to find out what’s destined for tomorrow, or if you believe that every planet has an effect on every individual on earth, then you have everything it takes to be an astrologer. An astrologer looks at your horoscope and makes your birth chart. He/she helps an individual understand all about him by reading his natal chart and advises people on issues related to personal growth, relationships, finances, career, health, business, wedding and countless other activities. A positive attitude towards astrology is a pre-requisite for any aspiring astrologer. Knowledge of psychology and good mathematical skills are essential in this field. Also, presence of mind and an analytical approach always helps. Those who intend to become astrologers should be aware of their surroundings, be clued-up on current affairs and the changing socio-economic values of different sections of society. Knowledge of mythology and Sanskrit helps in understanding the scriptures and in analysing critical cases and issues. The greatest challenge in this profession is communicating bad news to the client. It is here that your communication skills come to the fore. The truth needs to be told but not at the cost of hurting the client

Clockwork
9am: Reach office
10am: Write predictions
11am: Attend office meetings
1pm: Complete writing predictions for the next two days
2pm - 5pm: Study charts and work on calculations
6pm: Leave for home
8pm - 9.30pm: Consult clients and offer advice at home/over phone

The payoff
An astrologer can earn anything  from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1 lakh per month but all depends on his place of work and networking skills. He can be employed as an astrology content provider, a resident astrologer with a five-star hotel or run his consultancy

Skills/TRAITS
* An astrologer has the required skills to interpret an astrological chart — a skill that comes with practice and experience
* He has to be a good counsellor and be able to communicate astrological knowledge in a manner easily understood by clients
* Should have the ability to effectively communicate all types of news to the clients without upsetting them

Getting there
Anybody can get interested in astrology. There is no age limit.
Those interested in studying the subject seriously can pursue a BA or an MA in astrology. They can even pursue research in the field depending on their interest

Institutes and URLs
* Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi www.bvbdelhi.org/ins_astro/ins_astro.html
* Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, New Delhi www.slbsrsv.ac.in/home.asp
* Future Point, New Delhi   futurepointindia.com/education/courses.aspx
* Institute of Vedic Astrology, Indore              www.ivaindia.com

Pros and cons
* An astrologer can prepare a client to overcome the worst
* He helps him be in control of his life and the events around it
* He can help him understand himself better and counsel him on issues such as personal and professional growth

Astrology might seem very fascinating. But aspirants should consider it a hobby first rather than a career-- Bejan Daruwalla, a Mumbai-based astrologer


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