1. Get the Required Software
2. Invest in Clip Art
3. Seek Out Interesting Perspectives/Products Within Your Niche
4. Show Who You Are - Share Your Outside Interests
5. Cover Different But Related Genres
Software (AKA Essential tools of your Trade)
This is the age of social media and the steam engine of this generation is technology. The distance you travel with your blog will be measured by your adoption and intelligent use of the technology at your disposal. One of the biggest hindrances in any artistic endeavor is not having the proper tools for your craft. If you want to be a Rock Star you’ll need a guitar. I want to be an astrologer so I’ve purchased professional astrology software but in terms of my blogging ventures nothing comes in handy more than my professional version of TimePassages I-Phone software. It’s been a crucial aid in enabling me to gather and organize information on the fly. The software helps generate same information that informs my blog posts and often lands on my Instagram feed.
Share Your Outside Interests
Show who you are. I’m a father, jogger, photographer of nature, Baja Blast drinker. Punk Rock has my heart but music in general has my ear and attention. I’m a human. I’m paradoxical. People yearn not just for the final product but for the process. Jogging IS part of my astrological practice. Life is process everything you’ve ever done informs this current moment in which you’re living. Don’t be one-dimensional show a fuller picture of yourself to your audience.
Cover Different But Related Genres
I love Astrology but at its core it’s simply divination. Generally I look at life as similarities. I enjoy all forms of divination like I-Ching, Tarot, Oracle Cards, Lenormand, Runes and Gong Hee Fot Choy. They involve structured observation to gain insights/information you would not otherwise have access to and they do this in a non-linear/non-rational manner. To me, they're all the same family and they all can inform aspects about the other systems. For example, Lenormand is more predictive and can gain psychological ideas from Tarot. When you’re a unifier you see the world differently. I was talking magic with an expert talisman maker. I was talking about how a solar return ritual could create magical results for the year to come. He said, “How?, You don’t have a solid object to retain the magic for the year!!!” I live in Los Angeles and I can assure you Fountain is not the only way to get to Hollywood.
Go forth and share your inspiration!
An Astrological Reflection Method to Aid In the Journey of Self Knowledge
When I first begin getting into astrology, I had an astrologer tell me that I was going to have a career peak. After the period he mentioned was over it was really hard for me to tell how my career really peaked. What went wrong?
What I realized was that unengaged knowledge is a bad thing.
I feel that I theoretically understood the astrologer's point of view but that the theory with all its intentions had no concretization. His claims had no real baring in reality. I wouldn't be able to decipher what to expect and how to set the proper context and expectations.
Learning astrology, YES, requires theory but the richer experience comes from seeing how these natural events are always present and weaving a thread within the personal narrative of our life story. I find introduction to astrology textbooks often all together ignore the human side of astrology to strictly focus on technique. This folly is much akin to an education system that focus solely on science and math at the expense of the liberal arts. it shouldn't be this way and it certainly doesn't have to be.
When it comes to learning astrology strive to understand the theory but always honor your feelings and intuition. I've listed steps below that will help aid you in this process....
Back to my story....Jupiter transited my 10th House so the astrologer predicted a career peak for me...well I also was in my progressed balsamic moon phase, which would have put the breaks on my ability to manifest outwardly. If I had a journal of my astrological experiences for the year maybe I would have found the culprit sooner and set the expectations of my actions more appropriately. It would have helped guide me to trust my instincts based on my personal observation as the year unfolded and not to have been hard on myself wondering why I didn't get as far a I thought I would.
What I learned from all this is there needs to be a marriage of: Technique, Observation, Personal Reflection, Interest and Problem Solving to really get the most out of astrology and to set the context for the proper amount of prediction and expectation. (All key words that personally excite me.)
Don't be afraid to bring your personal stories to the table as you grow in your pursuit of learning astrology. The self awareness you can gain from astrology is priceless. This reflection method is one small way to help you connect with your voice through all the technical jargon.
I wish you the best,
Astrology, Tarot, Mystic Arts, Divination and Other Musings