My Astrology: A Personal Grass-Roots Effort

Horoscope wheel chart

Horoscope wheel chart


I’ve been asked a lot lately how I learned astrology and what the best steps are for a beginner. It’s a bit shocking. I am certainly no expert astrologer, but I suppose, without realizing it, I have stockpiled and synthesized enough information over the years that I can now be classified as somewhat learned.

I think perhaps what is appealing to those who have asked me is that I have never made any bones about the fact that the means by which I learned what I’ve learned is not high esoteric at all. It has been a personal grass-roots effort. I have not spent hours upon hours digging through dusty, ancient tomes, nor do I have any desire to do so. Rather, I have collected information from wherever I may have found it, whenever I found it. I kept the good, chucked the stupid, and ended up with a workable melange that makes sense and is as logical as any astrological pursuit can be.

Maybe the barrage of questions coming from all different quarters lately is Mr. Astrology’s way of prodding me into putting together a quick how-to for people who are otherwise intimidated by the subject. It can be a lot to take in all at once. I understand that. That’s why I, personally, did not take it in that way.

This is the prime key: Suspension of disbelief.

First and foremost, any would-be astrologer, no matter how hifalutin, must begin here. If you can’t or won’t, there is no point moving forward. There’s no trick to it. There’s no ritual to perform. There’s no quota of journal pages that must be written on the question. It is a simple choice. Do you or do you not choose to suspend your disbelief? That is all.

Beyond that, the way I got the information to crystalize in my mind is rather unsexy, but it works like a dream. It is the same way I learned tarot, French, Italian, and math. To put it simply: Memorize. Drill. Drill. Drill. Do that long enough and, having input the basic data solidly, you can then easily combine the individual datum and use them in abstract ways by which you create meaning.

As always, It’s one foot in front of the other—one sign, one planet, one house, one aspect at a time. Easy does it until it’s done.


About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.
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1 Response to My Astrology: A Personal Grass-Roots Effort

  1. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology.


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