Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile Paperback – 16 May 2012
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The second theme is about how to structure the consultation process. This is something that astrologers say little about, and they tend to work off of the single-session "reading" model - a client comes once, and then perhaps comes back for a follow-up every year or six months. There are clearly problems with that model, which most astrologers would recognize: information overload; one-way communication, astrologer to client; and so on. In this book, Faye Cossar offers a different approach that is not only appropriate for vocational astrology, but which could be adapted for other areas. Best of all, like the book itself, the consultation process she suggests is modular - you don't need to apply all of it with every client.
This book gave me a lot to think about on several levels, a real rarity among astrology books. The author's ideas about structuring the consultation are worth the price of the book even if you aren't interested in doing vocational astrology, but odds are you'll find that vocation is an exciting possibility for your work as an astrologer after reading it. I highly recommend Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile.
The model is based on three core questions: `Who am I, What can I do, What do I want' with the content of the book clearly addressing how to work with each question. In chapter 2 Faye helpfully outlines ways in which the material can be most easily used for different vocational issues raised by clients depending on their specific needs at the time.
Starting with an astrological interpretation of the clients biography, the author deftly guides us through the subheadings under each of the three core questions skillfully creating a vocational profile that most suits the core self of each client. This for example, includes pertinent questions to ask clients to support them in fully inhabiting the essence of different aspects of their chart. Although multiple famous people are mentioned, Faye focuses throughout the book on an individual client case study which really helps to bring the material alive. A particularly useful section is the one on clarifying/defining blocks making it clear that the task at hand for us as astrologers is to define the blocks and not to work with them. As well as offering us an excellent model which is immediately and easily applicable, this book offers some helpful practical reminders including that the client is the expert on their own vocation and that is often more productive for them if we encourage them to engage more with the tasks at hand rather than doing the work for them. We are also reminded that many clients would often like more than one session with us if they knew that this was available and what it would entail.
This excellent book is ideal for astrologers at all levels of learning who are interested in applying astrological skills to the task of assisting clients to discover and enhance their vocation for the purpose of feeling fulfilled and living a life that is true to who they are.
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