Use Astrology To Find Your Purpose

6 Rules for Consulting Astrology to Improve Your Life

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.


I’ve been following astrology for many years. I like how it connects me to the universe – to the whole – and with the larger, Divine cycles.  When used properly, astrology can help bring meaning to seemingly meaningless events, especially the ones that test our resolve.

When someone questions my belief in astrology, I reply by asking “Do you believe in the phases of the moon?”

The phrase “moon time” was used for eons as a euphemism for menstruation. When women lived together in clans, their menstrual cycles were synchronized with each other and with the moon. As an OB-GYN, I can tell you that more babies are born during a full moon than any other time of the month!

New moons signify new beginnings, and when a new moon occurs with a solar eclipse, it’s a new moon on steroids! A few years ago, I signed a contract to write my book, Goddesses Never Age. Underneath my signature, I wrote, “New moon in Taurus, solar eclipse.” I loved the idea of marrying the energy of this particular new moon with the left-hemisphere legal contract, which I’d been negotiating for months. The fact that everything came together on this new moon felt highly significant to me—like the culmination of forces much bigger than my own rational intellect.

You see, astrology is about aligning with the forces that rule the moon, the tides, and the turning of the planets, and then finding your unique place within this system based on how the planets were lined up at the moment of your birth.

And that’s the whole point of astrology. Understanding there are universal forces that act on us that are far greater than we know, and far greater than we can control, but with which we can work consciously for maximum effectiveness and fulfillment.

6 Rules To Remember When Consulting Astrology

People often seek out astrological readings when their old ways of being aren’t working for them.  And, astrology can be a very good blueprint.  Astrology acts as a reminder that your soul chose this.  It reminds us that we are part of a much bigger cycle and that we are not meant to suffer.

When it comes to astrology, I have a few rules that I live by:

  1. Don’t give it power over you.  Astrology is simply a tool.  It’s like checking the weather forecast to see if you should pack a raincoat.  But, it has no real power over you.
  2. There are no bad astrology charts.  Astrology is like a roadmap designed to help you access your soul’s original blueprint.  But, there aren’t any “bad” charts. Every chart has its challenges and its gifts.
  3. Align with the Divine.  My friend, Astrologer Tosha Silver, teaches that there are no “bad” transits if you know how to align with the Divine. In other words, you are not a victim of your astrologic chart, though some aspects will test your soul’s resolve more than others. For example, wherever Saturn is going through your chart (a transit), it’s likely that that particular area of your life is undergoing a bit of “breakdown to breakthrough.” It all depends on how the degree of orbiting Saturn in the sky coincides with a particular portion of your own natal chart (the position of the planets at the time of your birth.) And each of these positions is associated with a different area of life, such as home and roots, partnerships, career, etc.
  4. Ignore newspaper sun sign astrology.  Sun Sign horoscopes were started in the early the 20th century as a way to sell more newspapers. However, your sun sign is just one aspect of your individual astrologic signature. And, it won’t give you much information unless you also know your rising sign, moon sign, and the positions of your personal planets, including Venus, Mars, and Mercury.
  5. Avoid “doom and gloom” astrologers.  When looking for a trustworthy person to work with or follow, avoid “doom and gloom” astrologers. These are the astrologers who call planets like Saturn “malefic”—as if a planet could reach down and make your life a living hell.
  6. Surrender to the process.  Recently, I listened to Daniel Giamario of talk about Pluto transits, and what we typically do when things get difficult: 1) Act/react, 2) Try to solve with our minds, or 3) Deny it with drugs, alcohol or sugar. When you’re going through some of the transits, there’s nothing to do but surrender to the process, and this is when having a blueprint of your soul’s journey and why this is happening is so helpful.

How to Find a Good Astrologer

There are many different schools of astrology.  For example, there is Vedic, Sidereal (most predictive), Tropical, Constellation, Shamanic, Evolutionary and many others.  They are all different.  And, there is no one way that is better than another – they are just different schools of thoughts.  Plus, there are many types of readings.  And, astrologers use different techniques to get information.

I believe that the school of astrology the astrologer derives the information from is less important than their level of expertise and accuracy of insight.  When choosing an astrologer, you want someone who understands that every single cycle is actually serving the purpose of your soul’s growth.  

Here are some more tips for choosing an astrologer that is right for you:

  1. Find an astrologer who is helpful and informative. Of course, a professional astrologer needs to know astrology inside and out, but they also need the ability to convey their knowledge to you in a way that is useful to you. This will make the difference between having an OK reading, and one that gives you the support and information you seek. And, be sure to avoid anyone who says you are in a “bad transit” or that you have an “unlucky chart.”
  1. Ask if the astrologer makes birth charts. Good astrologers will typically ask you for your birth time and place and then make a complete birth chart. Even if you have a prior birth chart, many good astrologers prefer to make their own.
  1. Ask for referrals. Choosing an astrologer can be a lot like finding the right health care professional, massage therapist, or yoga instructor. Be sure to ask your friends who they like. (You’ll be surprised how many consult astrologers.) Of course, check out the astrologer’s experience and education. And, once you have narrowed the field down a bit, use your own intuition.
  1. Know what you want to gain from astrology. When looking for an astrologer, it’s important to know how you will use astrology in your life. Are you looking for specific answers? For example, are you wondering about a relationship, a job change, a move or looking to understand some recent event? Or, are you seeking high-level information? Do you prefer that your readings be in person? Or, are you OK with virtual readings?

My Go-To Astrology Resources

I consult many astrology resources.  Here are some astrology websites and astrologers who provide individual readings and general information:

  1. Amanda Pua Walsh’s Inner Circle on Astrology Hub. She has created a forum for many seasoned astrologers to share their information. It’s a wonderful service.
  1. Daniel Giamario’s Shamanic Astrology Mystery School.
  1. Anne Ortelee’s weekly astrologic weather via podcast.  
  1. Kaypacha. I like his Pele Report on YouTube. I also subscribe to his email list.  
  1. Chani Nicholas. She does online classes for each new moon cycle. 
  1. Simone Butler: Cosmic Messenger. She combines feng shui with astrology.  She has a YouTube channel I follow. 
  1. Kenneth Bowser is a Sidereal astrologer.  
  1. Deborah Dooley is an Evolutionary astrologer and psychologist. She does wonderful work.
  1. Debra Silverman is also an evolutionary astrologer, author, and psychotherapist
  2. Adam Gainsburg of Intrepid Astrology Software is a Sky astrologer, soulsign counselor, and author.
  1. Tom Jacobs is an Evolutionary astrologer, energy worker, channel, and author.
  1. Monique Leurink. Diamond astrology trainer, teacher, author and counselor
  1. Kathy Biehl. Professional Aquarian, forecasting and storytelling astrologer, columnist, counselor, and actress.
  1. Donna Woodwell. Astrologer and metaphysical life coach.
  1. Divine Harmony. Astrologer, writer, and teacher.
  1. Gemini Brett. Shamanic storyteller and celestial navigator.
  1. Tashi Dos Santos. Astrologer, mystic, and sacred paths mystical tour creator.
  1. Christopher Renstrom. Astrologer, writer and astrology historian.
  1. Arielle Guttman. Author, astrologer, teacher and tour leader.
  1. Stephanie Gailing. Wellness Astrologer
  1. Jessica Shepherd, Moonkissd Astrology. Astrologer, author, wellness coach.
  1. Divina Del-Sol. Astrologer and relationship coach.

Do you use astrology in your life?  Please leave your comments below.


Last Updated: June 19, 2018

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Sam
    4 weeks ago

    Thank you Christina for sharing this valuable information on how to use the ancient art of Astrology to find your purpose – it is very helpful.

  2. Sonu Sharma
    1 month ago

    Please tell me what I can do to learn about myself when I do not have DOB and DOB time

  3. Robin
    2 months ago

    I haven’t believed much in astrology, but being spiritual and a psychic and medium, maybe it has more validity than I give credit.
    My psychic teacher and friend puts information into a computer program to get the astrological chart. What do you think of that? I’m just not sure how to apply the information. I never thought about linking it with a question.
    I’m new to your website from listening to your Hay House encore talk. Celebrating my birthday today and wrote down my past year accomplishments and what I’m proud of. Great contemplating action! It’s been a lovely day!

  4. one face rudraksha
    6 months ago

    What a fantastic post This is so chock full of useful information I can’t wait to dig deep and start utilizing the resources you have given me. Your exuberance is refreshing.

  5. Amanda Wongsonegoro
    8 months ago

    I find vedic astrology to be helpful when life feels tumultuous. Check out

  6. Anna Marker
    9 months ago

    I heard the Hippocrates quote closer to “any doctor who has not incorporated astrology into his practice should not be
    practicing Medicine.

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      Thanks for this. Makes sense.

  7. Anna Marker
    9 months ago

    I am a newbie in astrology. My studies have consisted only and simply in googling a man that I dated for a short time. He is a Sagittarius. I am Virgo. As I watched seemingly countless Youtube videos in addition to pulling free natal charts for both of us on I became very interested in seriously studying Astrology. I found my friend’s personality and behavior almost spot
    on to what I had read about Sagittarius including the “dark” side that might manifest. It did and I was disappointed to realize that he could potentially destroy me emotionally. Admittedly I am super sensitive being pretty much a true Virgo in addition to having my rising sign in Sagittarius. I, too, can be unintentionally blunt but never deliberately hurtful to someone.
    I have loved hearing you on Hay House Radio and the Summit as well. You are a wonderfully knowledgeable professional who I deeply respect. You give a long list of other professionals for charts and studies but I am not sure who to contact even though
    you gave your opinion on their qualifications. Any further help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
    I live according to Metaphysical tenets with meditation practice twice a day but feel I need additional balancing tools. That might be Astrology which I had never taught of before. Not until my recent relationship experience did that register. Then your latest email arrived a couple of days ago. I am deeply grateful. Anna Marker

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      I would go with someone who does evolutionary astrology. Knowing your soul purpose in this way will be immensely helpful for you.

  8. Irene
    9 months ago

    Vedic astrology (sidereal) can can calculate your accurate birth time. You’d need to fill out a 2 page questionaire with specific details about yourself & your family- moles, operations, accidents, outstanding physical traits etc.
    Chakrapani Ullal in Los Angeles did one for me.

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      This is very very helpful information. Thank you

  9. Mayella Reynolds
    9 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your use of astrology – I do use it too and have consulted many different people over the years; I’m currently subscribed to and have had sessions with Gregory Scott – who does astrology, tarot and numerology and I like his positive take on everything that shows up. His youtube channel is here:

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      Thanks for this. Love it!

  10. Cyndee
    9 months ago

    I have always wanted to get my chart done, but my birth certificate does not tell my birth time and my Mother said she doesn’t know. Is there a way one can still be done? Thank you!

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      A good astrologer can generally figure it out. Also– look above for the instructions about Vedic astrology and how they can find. it. I’ve also had people know what the birth time was from the Sidereal chart.

  11. Simone Butler
    9 months ago

    Beautifully said, Christiane! And thanks so much for the shout-out!

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      So glad you approve!

  12. Linda
    9 months ago

    Hi Christiane,
    I knew you were a smart woman! This is more confirmation 🙂
    I am an evolutionary astrologer. I have been for the past 30 years. I’m in New Zealand – which is a rather remote but with our information age it is not a problem. I have a website : and a blog site: – and offer astrology consultations via a written or audio report.
    Thank you for putting a good word in for us – astrology has been for many years a ‘shadow profession’…….but our time is coming with the shift to a more right brain (ie holistic) awareness. It’s very exciting!

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      Thank you SO much for weighing in here. May everyone who can most use your knowledge be directed to you!

  13. Carmen
    9 months ago

    Robin Armstrong, astrologer, teacher, musician, spiritual leader

  14. Teri Burton
    9 months ago

    I use Jean Hart for my astrology. She has done this for a long long time. Very accurate.

    1. Lesley
      7 months ago

      How do I get in touch with Jean Hart?
      I am looking for a good astrologer.
      Please advise.

  15. Durelle
    9 months ago

    Kaypacha is my teacher.

    Jeffrey Wolfe Greene is another awesome teacher. He has many books.

    I agree, astrology has changed my life. I’ve use it to empower myself.
    We need more astrologers out there. I would advise you all to be careful. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean “better”
    There are a couple people on Dr. Northrup’s list, who overcharge.
    Knowing your worth is one thing. Ripping people off is quite another.

  16. Dawn
    9 months ago

    Cal Garrison should be on your list! She is an amazing astrologer!! Thanks for all the resources.

  17. A great article & you are really brave.
    I really admire you for posting this article as its very informative & bringing a lot more clarity on our day to day lie.

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      Thank you for this comment. I have my north node in Aries on the 10th house cusp. And Pluto and Mars both at 15 degrees Leo in the second house. South node, Sun, Mercury, and Neptune in the 4th house. Pretty much had NO CHOICE but to have courage. I have a feeling I’ve AVOIDED speaking this truth for lifetimes!

  18. Dianne Deering
    9 months ago

    Can you kindly recommend a medical intuitive for me? Thanks so much!

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      Thank you for this comment. I have my north node in Aries on the 10th house cusp. And Pluto and Mars both at 15 degrees Leo in the second house. South node, Sun, Mercury, and Neptune in the 4th house. Pretty much had NO CHOICE but to have courage. I have a feeling I’ve AVOIDED speaking this truth for lifetimes!

  19. Mary Blake
    9 months ago

    Thanks so much Dr. Northrup, for this excellent perspective on astrology! It totally resonates with how I use astrology as a tool, and is content I will share with my friends.I am a Taurus sun sign, Pices rising and moon in Cancer. i have been following evolutionary astrologer, Kristin Fontana ( for some time. I would highly recommend her as her weekly forecasts are always right on with what is going on with me. I also had her do my transits a while back.I just ended a relationship with a Scorpio sun sign who is a energy vampire. I read Kristin’s weekly forecast for him as well as myself and got amazing insights as to why we met and why we were in relationship. It was a huge life lesson for me, and has already made me a better person. As an empath and energy healer (Reiki), I have made your book Dodging Energy Vampires my bible. Thank you so much for writing this! A dear friend who is in her 5th year of recovery from narcissistic abuse gave me your book for my birthday as a message to wake up and end the relationship. I bought a copy and gave it to a friend of mine whose mother is a narcissist. Thank you, thank you, thank you for ALL you do for women!!

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      Thank you SO much for this comment. I truly believe that my latest book Dodging Energy Vampires is one of those things I was BORN to write. And probably avoided for lifetimes. So glad it LANDED for you. I am finding more and more people who feel the same.

  20. Bette
    9 months ago

    Please tell me what I can do to learn about myself when I do not have my time of birth. I follow a few astrologers but cannot delve into my personal chart.

  21. Valerie
    9 months ago

    Yes I do use astrology, am in the process of learning it, and hope to become an astrologer one day soon!

  22. Becky
    11 months ago

    I’m sure you’ve been asked this before, but I’d love to know, too — do you do astrology readings or do you have someone that you would recommend? Thank you!

    1. Kauakea
      9 months ago

      I do readings! 🙂

    2. Sonja Francis
      9 months ago

      Hi Becky, It looks like Christiane has many recommendations for Astrologers… if you look below her article. I am also an Astrologer, as well as a Life/Relationship Coach. I offer free New Moon videos on my Youtube channel, as well as lots of other goodies on my website. Feel free to check it out, if that calls to you: or Wishing you all the best on your journey! Love and blessings, Sonja

      1. Christiane Northrup
        9 months ago

        Thanks for sharing your information. I really appreciate it!

  23. omshreesai
    1 year ago

    your blog is very helpful, thank you for sharing this valuable information.

  24. Linda Thompson
    1 year ago

    Hi Dr Northrup,

    I’m interested to know more about astrology sun & moon. But I’m unsure how to calculate it if you are born preemie, like really preemie say 12 weeks early. Do you still use your birthday & time or should guess your approx due date with no time?

    1. Ruth Nodel
      1 year ago

      As a Professional Astrologer and Psychic Medium, I believe it is very important to calculate a chart with the exact time a person was born.

      1. Sharon
        9 months ago

        My birth certificate doesn’t list a time of birth. Not sure how to find out.m? My mother doesn’t remember.

      2. Kauakea
        9 months ago

        If a reative or a birth certificate does not have the aproximate time of brith, there are ways to determine this. My astrology practice deals with it all the time. Happy to help you rectify and find a birth time.

    2. Pamela
      9 months ago

      No matter when you were supposed to be born, you came at the exact date, time and place that expresses who you are. You were always intended to come at this moment, no matter what the doctors told your mother. And the moment you took your first breath, at that date, time and place, you began the journey to discover who you are based on this moment. This is your contract with the Universe.

  25. Paul D Gates
    1 year ago

    To start with I have been hobbyist astrologer for about 20 years. However, most if not all, is self taught. I do not even have a high school diploma, although my two other siblings have degrees and one has taught at the university level.
    Our parents encouraged education, but due to some things that happen when you are born a Pisces with Pisces Rising, I have been in some way or another tortured most of my life. But it had nothing to do with our parents, but from people that use people with 12th houses, and real XP connections not the Mars XP connections for identity theft, and other things
    i was born August 22, 1950 in St Pete Florida. But the real reason I am including this is related to our mom who died on March 20, 1962. When I started teaching myself astrology I decided first of all to get the birth certificates of everyone in our family, most except me, had been born in Dayton Ohio. But when I requested the birth certificates I received them all except our mom’s with the Vital Statistics saying that they could not send it since it was hand written. But finally, about 30 years since that time, i finally was able to get the copy, but there was really nothing wrong with and it was readable. It was questioned when she died why she was heard coughing in the oxygen tent they put her in when she was in ICU. I was not able to even visit then since I was under 12 years old. But I do not think she was coughing because she was a smoker. I think that someone caused her death by means I cannot prove but she does have Neptune in the 12th house along with other planets there as a Leo. She also has the Sun and Saturn in Virgo in the first house opposing Uranus in Aquarius in the 7th house.
    As a medical doctor, and professional astrologer, is there anyway you might be able to help? Our mom was a very important person to me, and the only one that tried to tell me something. Something that most people would not understand about the 12th house and the, and I hate to use the word Karma, because it implies that the person is at fault. But i do not feel as though I am, although I did spend a long time thinking that.
    Excuse me for saying this, but in a way, the zodiac killer came to our house knowing there was a Pisces there

    1. Christiane Northrup
      9 months ago

      I recommend a session with Belinda Womack.

  26. Suki
    2 years ago

    From what I can tell from these posts and Tosha Silvers’ websites, she uses Vedic Astrology, which is an older and reliable system of astrology, based on the constellations in the sky at the time of our actual birth rather than on the time of our birth if we were born 2000 years ago. It is a Sidereal, progressed system that actually works. Thank you for promoting this system as so many people still try to use Western Astrology/Sun Sign and then wonder their readings are inaccurate or they project the misinformation (the scourge of our time) onto their lives and are even more confused. I applaud your continued wise work. Thanks.

    1. Kauakea
      9 months ago

      Just like auruvedic and chinese medicine are both helpful, both vedic and western astrology can both be useful. Western has more of a psychological approach. It has helped me tremendously to navigate my life with more grace.

      I am a western astrologer and honor both traditions!

      1. Christiane Northrup
        9 months ago

        Thank you for this most balanced answer! TRUTH

  27. Dawn Silver
    3 years ago

    “He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool.”
    – Hippocrates (460BC – 380 BC), Father of Medicine

    Medicine has its origins in Astrology. Thank you for your recognition Dr. Christiane!

    1. Christiane L NOrthrup
      3 years ago

      Dear Dawn– you are a rock star!! THANK YOU for the high five!!

      1. Mardi
        2 years ago

        Dr. I’ve been looking for your astrology chart, online – would you kindly share it with us? I Love you! <3

  28. Kazina
    3 years ago

    I was so elated to hear you mention being a Pisces Moon in one of your videos lol ♥ I have a Pisces Ascendant but I am a Libra Sun sign, and I wanted to share that amazingly my weakest point has been my kidneys and I was hospitalized for emergency infections when I was a child. Of course I have had other issues as the body’s health or disorder is generally systemic, but I haven’t been hospitalized like that for anything else. Also an anxiety issue has ruled me so while learning about the body from Dr. Robert Morse, it dawned on me there is a connection with the adrenal glands which control the fight or flight fright mechanism being on top of the kidneys. Five years later at 14 I was so unwell I was put on antidepressants, which messed me up so much more and I battled to get off of them for a decade while drinking alcohol cuz apparently the pills make you crave it and it’s the only thing that temporarily took the anxiety away.

    Well anyways, if I’ve had to be sick to learn how to be well as so many others have then I guess I wouldn’t trade it, but I am sick of it lol. Thank you for the wonderful, inspiring, enlightening and informative videos, you are one of my new favorite people and I’m so glad to scour the rest of your speaking available online ♥

    1. Christiane L NOrthrup
      3 years ago

      Very very insightful. Bravo. And thank you.

  29. Brenda
    4 years ago

    I am actually encouraged by you admitting that you utilize astrology in your life. Others do as well and because they don’t want to face criticism from others who have little understanding of astrology, some would be less forthcoming than you. Your explanation along with examples of the moon phases and seasons is a concept I can use with friends who somehow believe astrology is sacrilegious. To take care of my health and to continue being ageless; I am using every tool available. Thank you for your contribution to my good health.

    1. Christiane
      4 years ago

      thanks so much. yes– I’ve certainly been criticized for this. It’s the old case of “What we’re not up on, we’re down on.” A quote from the late Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling.

  30. Kristina Merrick
    4 years ago

    I wish all Dr’s would use astrology,the real solutions would be so easy to obtain.

    1. Kauakea
      9 months ago


  31. Charles Drake
    4 years ago

    Great presentation with fantastic advice for all of us regardless of gender. Thank-you, Charles

  32. malu
    4 years ago

    Since every sign in astrology “rules” a different part of the body, I think doctors would be doing their diagnosis’ a favor by getting familiar with this fact. Aries rules the head; Taurus, the throat; Gemini, the shoulders, arms, hands and nervous system; Cancer. the stomach; Leo the heart and spine; Virgo, digestive system; Libra, the kidneys; Scorpio, the genitals; Sagittarius, the hips and thighs; Capricorn, the knees and skin; Aquarius, the ankles; and Pisces, the feet. There you have it Docs! Use this in your practices however you see fit!

    1. Christiane
      4 years ago

      Medical astrology!!! Nice summary. Thank you!!

  33. Jan H Stafl MD
    6 years ago

    There are many ways to augment our intuition. In addition to astrology, I have found working with the wisdom of Tarot cards and I Ching (and other oracles) to be profound, not as a silly fortune telling tool, but as a means of expressing archetypal symbolism and synchronicity (Jung’s meaningful coincidences). The history of these intuitive divinations is fascinating, and the art history associated with them is amazing. They are often completely misunderstood. Thanks for opening up this topic!

    1. Christiane Northrup
      4 years ago

      Love hearing this! Beautifully stated. Thank you!

  34. Janice
    6 years ago

    I have read every comment here and am so excited to learn more about Astrology. I have an advance beginner’s knowledge of Astrology and a strong intuitive sense of the art of it. Thanks, Dr. Northrup very very much for opening up this discussion. As you probably know, Carl Jung (a revolutionairy psychiatrist) used Astrology to help his patients and gain insights into their difficulties – I believe Paracelsus (correct me if I am wrong) also used Astrology for his patients.

  35. Marilyn Slagel
    6 years ago

    Dr. Northrup, I love your site! I first heard you during the HH Summit, ordered your book for young girls and now follow you here. I’ve always loved astrology and within the last year had my natal chart done. Thanks for giving the address. I’m going to get the book. I’m a 57-year-old widow and can do as I please – astrology is fascinating and I really don’t care who believes in it or not. Their loss if they refuse to accept it.

  36. Mary Caparro
    6 years ago

    I read my horoscope daily and find that whatever I am going through in my life at that time, that day’s reading does correspond to what I am feeling on that day. I can’t say how may times I have felt down or depressed due to the current situation in my life and after reading a particular day’s reading, I become uplifted because the reading indicated that I am where I am supposed to be in my life at that moment and better times are ahead.

  37. Such wonderful company I am in. Thank you!. I daily look at my horoscope, generally after the day has started already and I can go “Aha!” Any help with our individual alignment to the powers that be: God, the Universe, call it what you will, but be awed!
    I hesitate sharing my”astrology aide” with anyone. It is so nice when one discovers one does not HAVE TO share anything, that one has CHOICES and that excusing and explaining puts one “Below the Line of Choice”, makes one a victim.

  38. Christiane NorthrupMD
    6 years ago

    Clearly I’m in some REALLY good company concerning astrology. LOVE reading these comments. And for those who asked where GOD is in this, here is my response. GOD– the CREATOR– created ALL OF IT!!! There’ a quote on the science building up at nearby Bowdoin College–” Scientific principles are the thoughts of God.” Or something like that. Astrologic knowledge also reflects the genius of our Creator. Thank you all for weighing in here!!!

  39. Rhonda
    6 years ago

    I was interested in astrology as a teenager, and didn’t pay much attention after that. Just recently, I joined The Astrology Salon and I am learning how to interpret charts. I am learning so much about myself and other people—it is mind blowing! Also, I never hide my interest in astrology. Although a lot of people say they don’t believe in it, I find that most people want to know what’s in their charts.

  40. Christiane NorthrupMD
    6 years ago

    Many of you wanted to know where to start with astrology. I am a very big fan of the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School. They publish a great book. You can also book a reading with someone trained in the system. For those of you who posted comments who are astrologers, feel free to post your contact info here in the comment section. Thanks everyone for such GREAT comments.

  41. Tafi cole
    6 years ago

    I use astrology as a tool and a guide. My natal chart shows me my strengths and weakness. The transits activate certain areas and challenges of my life. The north node confirmed that I was on the right path. I don’t look at my chart everyday, yet enough to be in flow with the universe.

  42. Debbie Goodman
    6 years ago

    I use psychological astrology to understand myself and other people.

  43. Anold Lane
    6 years ago

    How: “Even though the planets have gotten a “bad reputation” for
    being the cause of human miseries, Revolutionary Astrology
    teaches they are here (there) to serve us and work with us in
    our evolution…
    They represent a portion of our guides, teachers, and elders
    whom we “consulted with” before incarnating
    for our next evolutionary journey in human form.
    Befriend the planetary deities and see them as your allies.”

    from The Zodiac Within You: How All 12 Signs Impact Your Life.

  44. Lisa Campbell
    6 years ago

    I find astrology fascinating and sincerely believe that it is about aligning with the powers of the universe that rule the moon, the tides, and the moving of the planets..

    I would be so grateful if you would suggest a good sort of “dummies guide” for me to begin my journey into understanding and learning a solid foundation in order to grow my knowledge.

    I very much appreciate any input you could offer to me.

    Lisa Campbell

  45. Crystal B
    6 years ago

    What an amazing article! Thank you for your moving words and bringing such practicality to a science (yes it is in my eyes – just as the weather is!) that can be so useful and beneficial in “non-kooky”ways! We all should be using it 😉

  46. Marcia
    6 years ago

    I love it and enjoy that it’s a “parlor trick” of sorts. It’s nice to think that in all the randoms of the world some days you read your horoscope and it’s exactly on point.

  47. Laura W
    6 years ago

    I would love to learn how to use it. Any recommendations?

    1. Frankie
      9 months ago

      I have an old book called The only way to learn Astrology basic principles Vol. 101. Don’t know if it will help. I brought an astrologer here to teach my students years ago and she wanted them to have this book before the class. Maybe it may be still in print. It’s old but very easy to understand.

  48. Manon
    6 years ago

    I’m an astrologer since my teenage years. There was a time in my life that I feel ashamed about this “weird” interest! 🙂 Not anymore. It is a wonderful tool to help you to grow and to evolve. I am so please to read that you love it too!

  49. Lorig
    6 years ago

    Hi Dr. Northrup,
    As a “moon child” I’ve always found it challenging to fit into the world. So much of being at peace is deep acceptance of who we are to our very core…without shame. As you said, there are so many factors that contribute to who we are. Therapy was our first attempt to understand the human psyche but really so limited.
    xo Lorig
    PS: Wish I could adopt you as my sister/mother… 🙂

  50. mary graham
    6 years ago

    I believe in astrology, but I keep it to myself. I would love to learn more about it; especially the Saturn aspect of my chart……….. for instance how many years does it take for Saturn to move through?

  51. Jenni Stone
    6 years ago

    Thank you for writing about astrology with insight and awareness.

    I use astrology in my life everyday in every way. I am a realtor and always time my listings and showings by the stars and planets. I don’t always tell colleagues and clients – after all this is The Real Estate – earthbound and pragmatic.

    Some people, however, know me only as an astrologer. I write newsletters and have a blog.

    Again, thank you, thank you for your thoughtful comments – self understanding is empowerment.

  52. Fiona Marks
    6 years ago

    So happy to read your comments about astrology. I find it an invaluable tool on the journey of self-discovery and exploration of patterns and cycles in life. We have lost a willingness to honour the inherent mystery in life, and ridicule that which is not understood or deemed impossible. But I am more interested in using astrology as a useful tool in pursuit of deeper understanding, than trying to convince anyone else of its veracity.

  53. Julie fraiche
    6 years ago

    I’m new at all of this and I’m very interested. Can you please tell a beginner how to start.

  54. I am very curious about all of this and would like to learn more, but yes the stigma and judgment for mostly my ” Christian ” “friends” means keeping it on the down low. Though you work is highly respected it is interesting how they ignore the parts they don’t agree with and judge us that pay attention as ” sinners”

  55. Sheridan Kennedy
    6 years ago

    Absolutely agree with your description “astrology is like checking the weather to see if you should pack a raincoat”.
    I use astrology to take advantage of opportunities (especially those that aren’t so obvious) and in more challenging times its such a great tool for seeing meaning in difficult circumstances. And for knowing how best to deal with them, to add my evolution.
    I think its a far more powerful and accurate self-development tool than psychology.

  56. Terry Lehman
    6 years ago

    I have always had an interest in Astrology & wondered if some of my sleep patterns were related to the planets and mood to the solar flares, but what opened my world was when I went to a Naturopath (because I no Longer wanted to be poisoned by Pharmaceuticals) and he asked my Birth Date and time. It ROCKED MY WORLD!

  57. finstah
    6 years ago

    I use astrology as a guide in my life to help give me insight into the prevailing energies which I can then use to maximize on “Life’s experiences”. I share my love of astrology to those I feel are receptive but mostly I study with an ever deepening appreciation for my own education, for myself and for those I work with. Thank you for this recognition. The more I study, the more helpful and useful I find astrology.

  58. Camilla
    6 years ago

    Dr. Northrup what aresome onlineresources / tools for someone who wants to discover astrology?

  59. Jeni
    6 years ago

    Dr Northrup,

    I have loved reading your Wisdom of Menopause and this article. I have been following Astrology in my life since January 2012 when my daughter and I had our natal charts done. Since then, I have incorporated it into my work as a massage therapist encouraging both my colleagues and clients to become more aware of these factors in their own lives. While still a new avenue for me, it feels very right 🙂

  60. Windy
    6 years ago

    I find astrology fascinating and have always had an interest in it. I use it as a guide and as a tool for a deeper understanding of myself and others. Also, it touches something deep within me and puts a little “magic” in my life. I don’t mention my interest in astrology to others unless they bring it up.

  61. Lesley Horton MD
    6 years ago

    Following my previous comment, yes I keep my astrology tendencies far far away from all my colleagues! Western science tends heavily to dismiss what it doesn’t yet understand or isn’t yet able to measure. Like subtle energies of the body such as the chakras! Thanks so much for opening the door of conversation on this.

  62. Lesley Horton MD
    6 years ago

    Great topic- thanks for bringing it up! I am a medical physicianwho was always very skeptical about astrology. Then trusting a mentor, I consulted an astrologist and it blew my mind how accurate she was. I had to accept that my paradigm that followed Western science was too small and needed to expand. it’s become a wonderful tool! I tell patients about astrology when I sense it will help them make sense of their life purpose or a very difficult time.

  63. Claudia
    6 years ago

    Working at an institution of higher education, I most definitely try to keep it hidden. A couple of times, I’ve let a comment slip, such as: “I’ll get back to you after Mercury goes direct” or “you’ll have to forgive me, I have an Aries Moon” have been met with blank stares or laughs. Yes, I’ll use my birth chart road map, but not let my colleagues know. Thank you stating this so concisely and elegantly. I may have to use parts of it next time I let something slip.

  64. Gerri
    6 years ago

    Great newsletter.Just brought your new book for my granddaughter.It is fantastic.

    6 years ago

    What is a great astrology site to refer to & depend on? Ty 4 all the great wisdom you share!

  66. Glenda Vogel
    6 years ago

    Interesting. Where does God come into this? the creator Father God, Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who leads and directs us? One of the key words here is CREATOR. We love, serve the creator….not the creation.
    Interesting reading but it is about the creation, leaving out the creator.

  67. Nyei Murez
    6 years ago

    Thank you! I use astrology daily with clients in sessions of Tensegrity –a practice of well-being. I often go straight for the moon’s nodes to see qualities the person’s soul is here to develop. I’m starting to notice patterns in certain time periods, for example in 1958, the moon’s north node was conjunct Neptune–indicating one is here to share intuitive gifts, and help others trust their own. Think Doreen Virtue, or clairaudient healer and author David Elliott. Viva!!!

  68. Angela
    6 years ago

    I have no idea at this point. Never thought about it till now. After reading your article I am going to find out.

  69. DM
    6 years ago

    I’m in my early 50s, raised in a fundamentalist Christian family, a PhD in science, a writer for big pharma and…wait for it…just passed level 1 astrology certification 2 months ago! An astrology obsession is the best midlife crisis! I use astrology to help me understand life’s difficulties – great for self-development. Still in the closet about it, but working on that. I’m considering “outing myself” by going back to school to be a therapist and using astrology in my practice.

  70. marie lynch
    6 years ago

    I have known astrology for thirty years privately because in the business and academic world it is a joke. Yet, I agree that the moon has an obvious energy release yet there are other undiscovered energies which affect our lives, bodies, moods, etc. The fact that stress causes inflation in the body, and even heart arrhythmias is mysterious. I agree that astrology helps give meaning to the search for self and why you are attracted or repelled by the energies of others.

  71. Jodi Kostal
    6 years ago

    Thank you for your positive words on the art of astrology which I have been practicing as a professional for over 20 years. I read once that Astrology clarifies our place in the universe, and it reminds and connects us with an order that is much greater than our own personal understanding. Astrology can help us transform and shift into greater awareness. At the start of each call I remind them that astrology is simply “the language that catalyzes the memory of your mission here.”

  72. Colleen
    6 years ago

    Every time Mercury goes into retrograde, the 24 hrs prior to that my life is turned upside down. I try and keep my comments to a minimal and not get into any heavy conversations. At this point I don’t read my horoscope daily, but if I notice an off day early enough I check it and judge my reactions for the rest of the day. I don’t hide it from colleagues, but it’s certainly not something I bring up in casual conversation. – Thank you!

  73. Janine
    6 years ago

    Thank you Dr. Northrup for being a successful, grounded person who endorses astrology. I have studied astrology for over 25 years now; I have found it to be a practical, useful tool for everyday living. It has been maligned over the years through unstable people, but anyone who really knows the art, really understands the wisdom behind it.

    It has been imperative to help me understand my gifts and challenges, as well as those of my children!

  74. Jeremy Roberts
    6 years ago

    Seasons and moon phases are NOT belief systems. Their impact on organisms is fact and verifiable through scientific observation. Alignment of distant stars as they may appear from random vantage points on earth acting as “a roadmap for the journey of your soul” IS a belief system. It is a false analogy to claim that the two are similar. To say that consulting astrology is akin to checking the weather for the need of a raincoat is ridiculous and undermines your professional status as a physician.

  75. Jill Tuwhare
    6 years ago

    I was surprised and interested to read about your interest in astrology. I receive an email from astrologer Mystic Medusa every morning and love to start each day with an idea of the astrological influences at play. I am amazed at her accuracy – and her site is beautiful.

  76. Susan HH
    6 years ago

    I find this very interesting. Would you suggest some resources on the subject?

  77. Granny in Nola
    6 years ago

    Great approach to the effects the planets have on us and the force of the moon on our liquidy body!! Thanks …you were fabulous on the Hay House World Summit! Thanks fir the humor too

  78. Tracey
    6 years ago

    My BA is in Political Science. My MA is in International Education. For 5 yrs I’ve been managing a high school exchange program, and for the past 3 yrs, I’ve been building a practice in Astrology 🙂 It’s not a secret from my colleagues, really. ALTHOUGH, just a couple of months ago, the President of our non-profit confronted me about it, wanting me to tell him his future. I’m not sure how he found out, but it’s a small org so these things get around. Thanks for writing this!

  79. Sarah Elizabeth
    6 years ago

    Thank you for this frank and honest overview of what an amazing teacher of mine calls Evolutionary Astrology. We work with what the planets are doing, and a healing takes place.

    So powerful, thank you for writing this today.

  80. Robbi
    6 years ago

    Hi Christiane,

    I recently had my chart done by a reputable astrologer David Hawthorne. He recommend that I wear a mystical pendant blessed by his guru to balance the ups & downs that take place in life. The pendant is on this web site – I’d love your opinion on this.

    1. Gourav
      1 year ago

      Did u wear the pendant Robbi wat was ur experience did it help u I also wanted to go for it .plz share ur experience

  81. Claire
    6 years ago

    I’ve been using my knowledge of astrology to manage my relationships with people for years. While it’s not the only factor I use when figuring out how to relate to someone, it definitely plays a large part. It is also helpful in understanding children who are not always adept at recognizing and stating their emotional needs. I wish more doctors and other professionals would incorporate astrology in what they do; I think we’d all be a lot better off!

  82. Margaret Sweet
    6 years ago

    I am an astrologer and was so happy to see you give such a positive spin on astrology. My clientele are mostly operating within metaphysical fields, so it’s been a long time since I met someone who had to be ‘convinced’ of the true value of astrology. I also love the way you describe your connection with it.
    Thank you!

  83. Barbara Allen
    6 years ago

    I’m a fan of Western astrology. The language of astrology is unlike any other, explaining the inexplicable in ways that are empowering. In a world that worships rational thinking, it provides the great healing power of enchantment. I’ve watched it play out in my business life in ways that never fail to amaze me. I am careful never to promote my interest at work but occasionally it comes up and sparks a deeper conversation. By the way, I’m a Libra with a Scorpio ascendant and a Capricorn moon.

  84. Annalisa
    6 years ago

    I use it when meeting new people, to give me a basic idea of their personality and how to interact with them. It works about 85% of the time. I let some people know I use it, but only as simplistic guide and used with a grain of salt 😉

  85. Aubrie De Clerck
    6 years ago

    This is wonderful, thank you so much! I use astrology in my career coaching practice and it is so useful. Having this article available for clients who are new to astrology is extremely helpful.

  86. Brigitte
    6 years ago

    I already think it has some truth especially since I have seen the gospel in the stars starting with the virgin and ending with the lion!

  87. Billie DeJohn
    6 years ago

    I have always been connected to the moon. The celebrations of new and full moons are often my anchor, helps to keep me grounded and focused on what is important in life. Recently I have learned the value of using astrology in creating the proper flow of energy within the home. This has opened a whole new and exciting viewpoint of how I align the different parts of my home with my family and my soul.

  88. susan
    6 years ago

    Brilliant description of the best way to incorporate astrology into other tools in living a divinely guided life. Have to find a good astrologer to do my chart – something I had done a long long time ago and have since lost. I’ve been more open in recent years about using a variety of tools to learn more about myself (Tarot, Goddess Cards, Archtypes, etc.). Thank you for sharing your personal experience and how you use these tools.

  89. JeanGirl
    6 years ago

    Love the AWESOME astrology article! I myself go super-crazy and put my love of astrology and my use of it OUT THERE, to the point I love to clarify and refine someone’s understanding of what a great tool it can be! Oh, that’s my Cancer Rising, Virgo Moon, Leo Mercury, and Cancer Venus/Mars talking … : )

  90. Katie Pfeiffer
    6 years ago

    Astrology became important in my life when I was in my early 20s ( I ‘m now in my late 40s). I experienced a profound psychic awakening at that time. Studying my own chart, I have come to understand myself better. The planets are always in moving. This knowledge helps me to go within for the answer . This journey can be scary and exciting. Astrology teaches all of us that change is constant.

  91. Maryanne Razzo
    6 years ago

    When I first started learning astrology, about 35 years ago, I was so enthusiastic about it that I wanted to share everything with everyone. But, truly, the language and the way the system changes your perception of the world, isn’t for everyone, so I communicate with my astrology peers nearly all the time. It is an amazing, amazing tool for growth and insight, but, you need to have a curious, open mind and a broad perspective to allow it to enter your consciousness.

  92. Janine
    6 years ago

    Thank you Dr. Northrup for relaying how important astrology is to you. It is a beautiful thing to hear that someone so grounded and accomplished realizes the important tool that astrology is. I have studied astrology since I was 15, many moons ago, and was always impressed by the guidance that it provides. Astrology has been a spiritual, practical gift to me, and it has helped me realize not only the talents and challenges that I have, but also those of my children.

  93. Marisa
    6 years ago

    How can I get my astrology chart done.? Thank you

  94. Christiane Northrup
    6 years ago

    So- how do YOU use astrology in your life? And if you do, do you keep it hidden from your colleagues? I’m really curious. Post a comment here!!

  95. Joanne
    6 years ago

    JP Morgan said “millionaires do not follow astrology but billionaires do” – some people will not understand some things – like some do not understand quantum physics however it has no impact on it existing and being a governing force. Dr Northrop is brilliant and I admire her speaking to the wisdom found in astrology. It is further demonstration of her pioneering spirit and her connection to truth and wisdom and her being authentic is communicating what is truth.

  96. marlene
    6 years ago

    I listened to your conversation on Hay House World Summit with Dr. Boborysenko. I have to say that was the best hour I have spent. I learned more than in my entire adulthood. I am going to get your book now. Have Intuitive Listening. Just want you to know what a profound effect that conversation had with this 65 years old twice divorced woman who was drying up and bitter. Thank you for a new lease on life. With deepest appreciation, Marlene Herself

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