Astrology is a wonderful, insightful and enlightening subject. Anyone who undertakes to study it has to do so with tremendous commitment and dedication. Once qualified, professional astrologers spread the word about how amazing astrology is by writing about it and demonstrating it's accuracy through celebrity forecasts, etc. Exactly the reason I created this blog - to showcase my work as an astrologer and to tell everyone that astrology is not just about Sun signs, and not just superstition. I want to encourage students who want to learn more and I'm happy to answer their questions.
However, some professional astrologers are so keen to encourage people who know nothing about astrology to actually think that they can 'do astrology' without putting in the years of hard work, that they end up sending out the wrong information and do major damage to our reputation. This was drawn to my attention a few days ago when a professional astrologer - I won't reveal his name - posted an 'at-a-glance' table on his blog claiming that, if you use it, you will be able to find your Rising Sign. This is not how astrology works! Why send out inaccurate information?
Apparently this 'do-it-yourself Rising Sign calculator' has gone viral. Bad news. Now everyone who is superficially interested in horoscopes thinks they have found out how to make their personal analysis more real and exciting. Instead, by using this information, they have been sent completely down the wrong path. As for people who already think astrology is a load of crap, they are having the time of their lives, claiming that this proves their theory.
Astrologers DO NOT use tables to obtain instant information about a person's rising sign by looking at a table of Sun signs and time periods. It can ONLY be calculated using the date, time, and place of birth. If you see this Rising Sign table - don't believe it.