One day when I was twelve I discovered my birth certificate among some papers in my mother’s closet. For some reason, my eyes went immediately to my time of birth and I memorized it: 1:12 p.m. That was my first encounter with astrology.
My next encounter took place during a time of crisis in my mid-twenties. At the advice of a friend, I ordered my first natal chart analysis. Filling out the order form was easy because I had known my birth time for years!
The report was computer generated. Some parts rang true, other not as much, and the pieces didn't fit together well. Nevertheless, I knew I had stumbled upon something great.
A few years later I had my chart 'read' by a coworker who had trained at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London. The spark of interest became a fire, and I knew I had to study for myself. My friend recommended several books to get me started. I read those, then many more. I studied my own chart over time. I started analyzing charts for family and friends.
I loved astrology, but it took me hours to prepare a natal reading. I used the typical ‘cookbook’ approach, relying heavily upon reference material. Although my readings were generally well received, the process was too cumbersome. When it came right down to it I didn't really know what I was doing, even after years of study!
Modern astrology encompasses a wide swath of techniques. The student faces an array of confusing choices: which zodiac to use, and why? Which of a dozen house systems to choose
for dividing up the sky? How many aspects to consider? What about Chiron, asteroids, and 'transneptunian objects'? And—most importantly—what does all of this stuff actually
I wondered how such disparate approaches could all claim to be valid. It made no sense to me. There had to be a better way.
One summer’s day while my daughter frolicked in the local wading pool, I read an article in The Mountain Astrologer interviewing John Frawley.* The article mentioned
horary astrology, something I had never heard of. Horary wasn’t natal, but it involved a clear methodology that produced reliable results. Perhaps this was the method I
Inspired, I enrolled in Mr. Frawley’s horary apprenticeship. I soon realized that I had struck gold. In early 2005 I emerged as a Horary Craftsman, and my journey as a traditional astrologer had begun.
Horary was just the beginning, and I dreamed of enrolling in the natal apprenticeship. The time finally arrived, and in June of 2010 I began my natal studies.
I completed my natal apprenticeship on June 6, 2012, a day made doubly special by the rare Venus transit of the Sun. A few weeks later I received my diploma from the Master himself during
his lectures in Chicago.
I am forever thankful to John Frawley for his excellent teaching and his warm support of my development as an astrologer.
*Plumb, M. (2003). Astrology as a Sacred Science: a Conversation with John Frawley. The Mountain Astrologer, Aug./Sept. 2003, 82–89.