Astronumerology is both an art and a science in that the foundations of astrology and numerology are thousands of years old (science component) but it is up to the practitioner's skill in interpreting the chart (art component). The meanings of the building blocks of astrology and numerology (planets, signs, houses, astrological and numerical transits, number meanings and core numbers) are similar around the world. However, the application of this information to a person's life is left to the practitioner to holistically put together like pieces of a puzzle. In other words, Astronumerology is a language available to anyone but only few people are really capable of truly understanding it. To do this takes years of dedication, study and experience matched by a insatiable passion to constantly learn and grow within the field.
Astronumerology has been of tremendous spiritual and emotional value in my life, and I have done countless consultations in which I was able to help people understand themselves and their karma more deeply, and make sense of what was happening to them at different points in their life. For me there is power in understanding life cycles. Similar to the weather; if you know it will rain outside, you take an umbrella to avoid being soaked. Or if you are in a dark room, why stumble along bumping into things when you could take a flashlight to illuminate your way through. It is the same with knowing ahead of time the energies and themes you will face at a given time, you can take a more active role in learning the life lesson rather than getting stuck on difficulties that are happening. Especially with the long-lasting challenging transits involving Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto which can last for years, things can pile up and cause learned helplessness if one doesn't understand its karmic purpose. We can't always stop things from happening because certain karmas are fixed. Other karmas can be modified somewhat with varying levels of ease or difficulty depending on actions we take. Regardless of how karmically set an event is, we can control our reaction to situations, that is our perception of what is happening, and examining our attachment to preferred outcomes. This doesn't mean you never have negative emotions, or that external events don't cause painful feelings in you, but this ancient knowledge gives an inner calmness when in the midst of a storm. I view it as an additional tool along with your spiritual resources in overcoming difficulties and developing equanimity.
There are five main areas to investigate when doing a psychological analysis. These are career, relationships, health, wealth and spirituality. Every practitioner will see your chart through their unique lens of perception, they will then use their knowledge of your life situation to give you the best advice possible. It is inevitable that their experience in the five areas listed above influences the reading they give you to a certain degree. I believe that if a seeker is sincere, destiny arranges it such that they connect with the professional who can offer them the most insight that is relevant to their stage on life's journey. I think this is wonderful because we certainly connect better with some people better than others and are more able to understand the message spoken to us when told a certain way by a certain person.
In selecting the best practitioner for you, there are some guidelines to consider. First, try to find out more about their work by reading articles on their website. If you feel a connection with their work, you are more likely to feel a connection with them during the reading. Sometimes recommendations from friends work and sometimes they don't, just because a reading was useful for your friend doesn't mean it will be useful for you. Similarly, even if a reading was not helpful for your friend, it doesn't mean that practitioner's insight won't be helpful for you. It is never wise to judge someone just based on another's opinion of them.
There is a saying that we don't see the world as it is but rather we see it as we are. Regardless of experience, it is not a good idea to solely rely on your analysis of your own chart because karma does blind. Personal desires can obstruct vision and we have a tendency to be somewhat subjective in analyzing ourselves. Rather, if you are a student or a professional in the field, you should analyze your chart for self development but supplement your findings by getting another trusted practitioner to reveal to you your blind spots.
Clients should keep in mind that an Astronumerology reading is not a psychic reading. Astronumerologists will be able to provide you a much more useful reading when they know more about your life history. Genuine psychics receive visions about a person that are completely intuitive. They know a lot about you without even speaking with or seeing you. They are extremely rare, very secluded, and don't charge for their gift because otherwise it gets taken away. I've met only two genuine psychics in my life and you should consider yourself quite fortunate if you find an ethical one with true talent.
In the interest of clients getting the most accurate and useful reading possible, I give them a form to fill out detailing their relationship and family status, hobbies or interests, country of residence and past countries of residence, educational background, current and past careers, questions inquiring about their specific concern (how I can best assist them), what they are looking to improve in life, what their overall life goals and dreams are and any blockages they feel are holding them back at the present time. These questions assist me in allowing the chart to speak to me and convey a life story. No one can see your chart in isolation and draw valid conclusions because one's background, upbringing and unique experiences will change important things. For example, two people born at exactly the same moment in two different countries will have very different experiences. To add to these cultural differences is gender, family upbringing, socioeconomic status, religious background and level of consciousness. The time also plays a role as societal influences can change dramatically even decade to decade. People with very similar natural proclivities can behave very differently and have different opportunities depending on the time, place and circumstances they find themselves in. For this reason, these considerations need to be factored into the reading.
In terms of expectations for the reading, it needs to be kept in mind that destiny is not 100% fixed and our karma is constantly being shaped by the choices we make and the actions we take. Therefore Astronumerology is a system of probabilities and proclivities, not absolutes. Once being made aware of challenges and weaknesses, one can consciously work to improve and overcome them. As personal study progresses, so does self awareness. Astronumerology needs to be used as a tool in co-creating our destiny so that we are not passively waiting for events to take place or feeling victimized by unfair events. The experiences that you had were completely caused by you and were not inflicted by an outside source. The Universe is infinitely intelligent and will always give you exactly the experiences that match your level of conscious awareness. It will meet you where you are and conspire to take you to where you need to go. These experiences are not just punishment for misdeeds in past lives but are opportunities intended to purify your karma and assist you in progressing to the next level of awareness. We can either use challenges to make us stronger or we can get caught up in our story and allow it to negatively impact our future choices and behaviour. It is much easier to accelerate your personal progress when the decisions you make flow with the natural current of your karma and life purpose than against it.