Accuracy in Astrology Readings

by Hank Friedman

Note: You can learn more about this topic here and here.

Every astrologer aspires to be as accurate as possible in reading charts and predicting the future.

However, because there is always some degree of uncertainty, we as astrologers need to couch our declarations in the context that they may or may not pan out.


(The following story is a brief rendition of a Sufi story presented by Idries Shah.)

Once upon a time, a psychic received the intuition that a disaster was going to strike his village.

On the way to tell the chief, he ran into a friend who said, "tell him that you divined it by astrology, and then he'll believe you."

And so it was.


The art of prediction is fraught with difficulties that often make it impossible to actually know what is to happen.

Only one astrologer saw the possibility of 9/11, and every U.S. astrologer of note failed to accurately predict the outcome of the last Presidential election.

Even in personal matters, astrologers, even very good ones, often cannot foretell what is to happen in their lives or the lives of their kith and kin.

Why is that?


The difference between a natal reading and prediction

It is much easier to be accurate in interpreting birth charts than it is to make future predictions (as long as the birth time is accurate and the astrologer experienced) because:

The natal chart is a static picture that doesn't change, and that reveals the psychology, karma, and lot in life of the native.

On the other hand, how ones life unfolds may be difficult to ascertain, because so many additional factors come into play, but the birth chart is the foundation upon which everything else proceeds.

Predictions can be affected by many factors including:

personal choices
parental and social influences
random events
economic status
temperament (see below)
and a myriad of other factors

Additionally, each person responds to astrological influences differently. I had one client who often manifested hard transits as medical issues, another as car accidents, another as conflicts with a partner, etc.


Temperament and Prediction

It is a huge mistake to assume that we are all very similar in our reactions to life, or to astrological events.

There are many personality type systems that accurately describe different types of people, including:

Myers-Briggs (Thinking/Feeling, Sensate/Intuitive, Extroversion/Introversion, and Perceiving/Judging)

the Enneagram (nine types plus three instincts)

and the Ayurvedic doshas (three types and combinations of these).

If Mars squares the Sun, for example, for an enneatype Five, they are likely to dive into researching, while a type Seven would be likely go out for a night on the town, a type Eight get into a fight, and a type Three undertake a big work project.

A transit to natal Venus would, in the chart of a Thinking (instead of Feeling) person, would be much less likely to impel them to go out on a date than their (Myers-Briggs) Feeling counterpart.

And while a powerful Pluto square might incline a Pitta Dosha person to get aggressive or angry, that would be unlikely for a Kapha or Vata person.

Therefore, the principle that nothing can happen unless it is already indicated by the birth chart needs to be expanded upon.

Perhaps we should add to "indicated by the birth chart" also "and indicated by the person's nature".

That's why the better you know the person that you are doing a reading for, the more likely you'll be accurate in making predictions for them.

P.s. The other very important cause of errors in both natal readings and prediction is an inaccurate birth time. Since the most individualizing factors are the Ascendant and house rulership and placement, if a birth time is wrong, only generalizations can be made, not specific predictions.

I go into issues with birth time accuracy here.

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