Turns out, I have been reading Natal Charts for others for over 3 years now! WOW! Time actually flies when you are having fun. But, gaining enough confidence in my self to read astrology charts for others people was not easy - heck it still isn't! I wanted to share a few things for others who are looking to read for their friends, or strangers.
1) Read Your Own Chart First
I began my astrology journey by getting all the deets on astrologycafe.com. When I still wasn't satisfied i purchased a copy of The Only Astrology Book You Will Ever Need by Joanna Woolfolk where she walks you through creating your own chart! I used the book to read more about ALL of my planetary placements and then began to do the same for a few family members. I kept paying attention to the transits, particularly the moon cycles and how they interacted with my signs to begin to create my own understanding and definitions of the planets/signs/houses and their energies. Personal experiences is soooo valuable with astrology because it is through our own feeling and interpretations as we pay attention to our personal astrology that we come to feel confident in pour knowledge and trust in astrology.
2) Listen to Podcasts / Webinars
My favorite way to learn is through the knowledge of experiences astrologers. There are so many who have started podcasts,where they explain a variety of topics and often go through the basics of astrology and walk listeners through hither understanding. My Favorite podcast is The Astrology Podcast. Chris Brennan has creating a huge vault of lectures and lessons as well as monthly/yearly forecasts and Interviews with other renowned Astrologers.
3) Be Comfortable with Constantly Learning
Astrologers are forever students. There is so much to learn, so many different ways to interpret/ factors to take into account. New theories in astrology and its history are coming up frequently. No chart is the exact same and neither are astrology teachers. If you are looking to take reading astrology more seriously you need to be comfortable with the fact that you may not always know everything. You may come across aspects or concepts you don't 100% understand yet all the time. Additionally, you may need to tell your client that!
4) Trust Your Self / Intuition
Although I just mentioned that sometimes there will be things that are new to you while reading a natal chart or discussing Astrology, my BIGGEST tip is for other readers to trust themselves and their Intuition. I am the type of astrologer who sees the practice as a spiritual experience and reads through practical astrology concepts as well as my own intuition. Some of you then may identify as intuitive astrologers, others may not. Either way there will be a point where you need to remind yourself to trust yourself and that "intuitive" feeling or what the chart is telling you. Be fearless!