The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt (source: Wikipedia)

We astrologers can be a disagreeable lot. Tropical astrologers disagree with sidereal astrologers. Western astrologers disagree with Vedic astrologers. Experienced astrology writers with genuine credentials disagree with third-rate Twitter astrologers who mistake followers looking for free advice with paying clients. Whoops . . . did I just write that?

Anyway, I try not to get too bitchy about what everyone else is doing because there is plenty of room in this world for all of us. Nevertheless, every once in a while I feel the need to vent my frustrations on this blog. Today seems like a good day to blow off some steam.

I loathe astrological post-mortems. Just the other day, I was following a conversation on Twitter between a couple of astrologers regarding something that had already happened. It was interesting because both of the professional astrologers were discussing a particular planetary position in the natal chart and how that likely affected the destiny of the recently-deceased person for whom the chart was cast. Discussions like that are how we learn our craft.

However, on the same day, I also read one of those long-winded astrology features about how we all should have seen the tragedy coming that would eventually take the life of a beloved celebrity.

It’s so easy to discuss events in retrospect. As the saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20.” It’s also exceptionally disrespectful to our profession to write a few thousand words about the death of a celebrity, all the while wondering aloud why we all didn’t intervene and stop the tragedy from happening.

If you want to predict, predict! Don’t insult the rest of us by claiming that things would have been different if you would have seen the subject’s chart earlier. That’s not how this works. You don’t get to dissect the horoscopes of the dead in order to prove how perceptive you would have been if you were given the chance.

Ahhh — it felt good to get that off my chest. Hopefully, it will be another year before I have to post a another lecture for my fellow astrologers. I don’t like it when anyone thinks that I’m the bitchiest person in the room. I’m not a Virgo . . .

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