Be Fearless

Post by Joyce Hopewell

If you are a graduate of APA or an advanced diploma student of APA, studying astrological psychology, maybe using it with others for practise and almost certainly applying it to yourself, you may find yourself being asked to talk about it. Talking about it informally will (in my experience) certainly arouse interest and possibly a bit of scepticism too. People who have never studied the subject sometimes think they are extremely knowledgeable about it and will argue every which way with you about it. Be fearless. You have studied or are studying it, and you will always know more about it than they purport to.

You may be invited to give a talk – maybe to a local group, maybe at an astrology conference. Again, be fearless (although it will probably help if you get your butterflies flying in formation beforehand, and the best way to do this is prepare, prepare, prepare). You will certainly need to know your stuff, know what you want to say and how you will present it, but once you’ve embarked on your talk don’t allow yourself to be distracted or side tracked by someone in the audience who has their own particular pet technique and wants to interrupt you, confront what you say and hijack your talk. Be fearless. Remember, you know a whole more about what you are saying than they do. This is your talk, your session, and experience suggests that the best way to deal with this is to politely thank them and suggest they come and discuss this with you after the talk.

The same applies to someone in your audience who interrupts or raises their hand to say something complimentary – thank them warmly and say you’d like to hear more about their experience afterwards. Don’t forget that people can add priceless nuggets of personal information of how they’ve experienced something in their own lives/charts. This happened when I was speaking at an astrology conference in Australia. A lady in the audience was very excited when I was speaking about Age Progression, which she’d never heard of before, and which proved very relevant to her own life. Hers was a positive contribution to all present, and to me too, but I kept it brief so I could finish saying all I’d planned to.

If you are invited to appear on local radio, talking about astrological psychology, all the above applies, but you will probably feel even more nervous! A couple of things to bear in mind are

  1. You know your stuff but make it accessible to all – use appropriate language, not astro jargon
  2. Beware of agreeing to make a recording. Live broadcasting is always better as it can’t be edited, altered, changed, even manipulated. Of course, live broadcasting is both scary and exciting, so get those butterflies sorted out well in advance
  3. On air remember you are speaking to just ONE person, not the entire population, so treat your few minutes of air time like you would a one to one encounter
  4. Prepare, prepare, prepare. The DJ on National Talk Radio who was to interview me on a controversial issue in the news sounded like a tough nut when I tuned in to listen to him the day before I was to be interviewed live by phone. I did my homework. I had my answers and what I wanted to say firmly in place and the interview went better than I could have hoped for; he even agreed he’d be interested in me doing his chart!

The points raised above can be applied to all astrological encounters, from live broadcasting to giving talks to seeing clients (although you’ll need to have some additional skills here) to writing articles about astrological psychology. You have studied, and will continue to study, your own chart. You know your stuff and you’re learning more about it all the time. So be fearless, and proudly fly the flag for astrological psychology.

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