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The Zodiac (source: tribune.com)

I don’t get a lot of love from my fellow astrologers. As one of my oldest, dearest friends told me, there’s not a lot of work to go around, so people get defensive and disparage the work of their peers. It sounds just like the fashion business!

I don’t go out of my way to criticize people in the business who don’t share my beliefs; there are plenty of different ways to approach a subject as broad as astrology. However, I do enjoy pointing out the people who shouldn’t be getting any work at all. Many of those people aren’t astrologers at all.

How do I know? Well, when you write a horoscope column, you never start with the signs that mark the beginning of the calendar year. Why is that? Because Aries is the first sign. Sure, the zodiac is a circle with no beginning and no end, but Aries corresponds to the first house. Taurus corresponds to the second house, and so on and so forth. If you don’t know that, then why are you writing horoscopes?

I don’t pretend to be an expert in things that I don’t understand. This isn’t a blog about Major League Baseball or how to achieve financial success — things I would be wise not to discuss. I do have a wheelhouse, though, and that is astrology and its relationship to self-expression. I also think I’m hilarious, so if I goof around and make fun of the stereotypes that define the signs, it’s because those are the blog posts that attract the most traffic to my site.

So, if you’re a non-astrologer and someone asks you to write an article where astrological expertise is required, at least learn the basics of the discipline. If you can’t do that, then back the fuck up before you make a fool of yourself.

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