If you’re the kind of person who checks your horoscope and your bank account every day (hi, that’s me) you may be interested to know that in addition to giving you insight into your relationships, careers, and personal growth, you can also turn to astrology for answers to your most pressing financial questions. In fact, financial astrologers exist for the exact purpose of using your horoscope to help you navigate major monetary decisions.
A financial astrologer, “views your horoscope and what the planets in the sky are doing from a financial perspective,” Susan Gidel, financial astrologer and author of Trading In Sync With Commodities: Introducing Astrology To Your Financial Toolbox, tells me. She says she has a running joke with another astrologer friend about Venus, the planet that rules both love and money. “Where she sees Venus in a chart as telling a love story, I see Venus as telling a story about money. Both takes are valid. We just see Venus through different lenses,” she adds.
Sometimes the way the planets align will affect everyone, regardless of the zodiac sign. “We’re moving into what I call the ‘Air Economy’ on December 21, 2020, which is a paradigm shift in what the economy values for the rest of our lives (ideas, technology, global community) versus what it has valued since the mid-1800s (physical goods, things of the earth). At the same time, “we’re winding down an important 45-year economic cycle,” Gidel says and adds something we’ve all been thinking. “Taken together, the 2020s could prove very bumpy.” Yikes.
We’re moving into what I call the ‘Air Economy’ on December 21, 2020, which is a paradigm shift in what the economy values for the rest of our lives versus what it has valued since the mid-1800s.
But, we can’t wait a decade to make any financial decisions (I, for one, can barely go a day without making a random online purchase because apparently in the midst of an apocalyptic year, getting a package is still a tiny thrill). It actually may be a good time to re-prioritize how and when you spend money. So if there’s a planet that can tell me something major like what the next decade will hold for me money-wise, or even something more trivial like if it’s time to splurge on that Celine wallet I’ve been eyeing for years, or if I should maybe buy Bitcoin, then I’m down to learn more.
How to Choose a Professional Astrologer?
You may be relieved to hear that not just anyone can call themselves a financial astrologer. All financial advisers in the United States must be registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and all U.S. brokers and trading advisors in the commodities business should be registered with the National Futures Association (NFA), Gidel tells me. You can go to these websites to make sure the astrologer you’re planning to see is indeed registered. “Vet them as you would any other kind of professional service provider,” Gidel adds.
Rates will vary depending on the astrologer, so you can shop around for one that fits within your budget. Gidel charges $240 per hour session which includes a Zoom recording as well as the PowerPoint presentation she prepares in advance to guide us through the consultation. She recommends scheduling an hour for the first session, but if you decide to see this person on a more regular basis (as you would an accountant or a more traditional financial advisor) “30 minutes or even 15 minutes is doable — kind of like tune-ups,” she says.
And if you’re imagining how weird it may be to turn over all your personal financial information to a basic stranger, know that you definitely don’t have to do that. “All I ask for is birth data (date, time, place) and a list of markets you like to trade (if you want me to see how well you relate to those markets),” Gidel says. “I don’t need to know anything about your financial situation that would be considered sensitive, emotional or personal.”
What Can A Financial Astrologer Help Me With?
Financial astrology may be particularly helpful when grappling with a major decision like whether to move, invest a large chunk of money, or make a career change. “Financial astrology can pinpoint when it is most opportune to take any action that benefits you financially. From a market outlook standpoint, financial astrology provides a timing tool unlike any other to add to your trading-decision toolbox,” Gidel says. If you’re in a tough spot with money right now, as so many are (there are currently as many as 23 million American renters who soon may face eviction, per a study done by nonprofit, The Aspen Institute, and 51 million Americans 7.9% of Americans were unemployed in September) financial astrology can help you understand why it’s rough and when “the light at the end of the tunnel will get stronger,” Gidel says.
This is not to say that you should fire your accountant or look to the stars when it comes time to pay taxes, just as you (probably) wouldn’t break up with someone or quit your job if your horoscope said it was so. You can think of a financial astrologer as one tool in your financial toolkit. When paired with seeing a CPA or financial adviser, doing your own research, and getting realistic about your goals and your long-term strategy for reaching them, seeing a financial astrologer can be a great way to see what’s in the cards (or in the bank) for your future.
“Big decisions often are accompanied by big transits occurring from planets in the sky to the person’s natal horoscope, which I firmly believe we all ‘feel,’ which is why the question comes up in the first place. Then, we can fine-tune the timing based on planetary motion (direct or retrograde), Moon sign, the Moon’s aspects to other planets, and how it all gels with your own natal horoscope,” Gidel says. I like this idea that feeling indecisive can actually be an indication that you don’t yet have adequate information to make the decision. If you’re pulled in two directions, maybe you don’t yet have the information you need to make a choice, which is why it can be so paralyzing.
“Sometimes it’s to your financial advantage to not do something, and astrology can help with that as well, [by] being aware of timing that is not advantageous,” Gidel says.
Whether you’re deciding to ask for a raise, start a side hustle, or launch a new website, or you’re thinking about how much to contribute to your 401K, investing money for the first time, or making a big decision like spending a chunk of money to go back to school, you can probably benefit from a financial astrologer who will help you understand where you are financially according to your horoscope, and where you’re heading. Hopefully, the stars in the future look bright.