I have been interested in astrology since I was 8 years old and working as an astrologer for almost 25 years. I don’t think about this much, thank God, but sometimes the veil lifts and it hits me, just how flaky the average person thinks an astrologer is.
I am not talking about people who are part of the astrological community or anyone who is particularly interested in the subject. I am talking about the average man on the street. The average man on the street does in fact think astrologers are kooks.
I became aware of this most recently when four astrologers unanimously predicted that Obama would win the 2012 election. The mainstream news picked up the story and it was run on all the major news sites.
I don’t agree with those astrologers but that aside, what killed me was the comments. The comments on the news sites were 100% mocking of astrology and it really hit me hard.
As an example of the tone of the comments someone said that the stars agreed that Obama would win, and then they named the stars. “Miley Cyrus thinks so, Justin Bieber thinks so, and Selena Gomez agrees…” You get the idea. The comments were full of contempt. It was clear that people making remarks had no concept of how many years of study it takes to become a competent astrologer. I was at least momentarily obliterated when I read the reaction.
Who wants to identify themselves as an astrologer when people believe that “astrologer” and “idiot” are interchangeable terms? Prostitutes are more respected. At least there are people who will step in to defend a whore. Not so, when it comes to astrology.
Now this happened several weeks ago and I have thought about it since, on some level. I haven’t let it preoccupy me or I would have lost function, but I’ve had to process it.
I love my job. I think I am inordinately good at it and I feel very strongly that this is what I am supposed to do. But boy does it come with a high price tag.
All this effort, all the decades of study, and even if you manage to climb to the top of your profession, you’re still get to be just about equal to the gum under someone’s shoe the minute you leave your sphere.
Thinking about this, I was able to see if from the public’s perspective. There are a lot of flaky astrologers out there, it’s undeniable. They’re lumped in with tarot card readers, tea leaf readers, crystal ball people, power animal folk, psychics, rip-off artists and whatever else you can imagine. I can conduct myself in a certain way but I cannot control public perception and that’s just all there is to it.
Ultimately, I resolved this by realizing it’s is no different then being a good cop in a bad precinct, or a priest who does not abuse children, or a soldier who does not go on a rampage. It’s horrible when a peer or peers do something that degrades the whole group, but it happens.
I’m glad I’m married though. It’s easy to get dates as an astrologer but it’s not easy to marry because astrology is simply not respected. It’s something that makes people roll their eyes and it’s just plain embarrassing to bring an astrologer over to meet your parents. “You’re going to marry a WHAT?”
Having an interest in astrology is one thing. Once you go beyond that, you’re going to suffer.
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