We newer astrologers are standing on the shoulders of giants. I studied under David Cochrane, and his accomplishments in vibrational astrology and astrology in general are epic. Other newbies have studied under other internationally renowned astrologers like Noel Tyl. I don’t have a list of which world-renowned astrologers are teaching and which are not, but suffice it to say the greats have built up a body of knowledge that we all draw from.
Cochrane, at least, is a Boomer as I define it; and how I define it is unorthodox, to say the least. I define it as the Pluto in Leo generation — covering 1937/1939 – 1956/1958 (in the first three years and in the last three years, Pluto goes retrograde for close to half the year, so the planet at the beginning bounces between Cancer and Leo, and at the end bounces between Leo and Virgo).
Say what you will about Pluto in Leo (and I often have said things that were not very charitable) they are capable of extraordinary achievements. We of the Pluto in Virgo generation have our own strengths, but it’s fair to say that every generation after Leo is going to draw from the impressive body of knowledge that the “Boomers” have. The younger generations are going to come up with new values, in particular, but that’s something else.
In my consultations I “borrow from the best.” The Round Art has in many ways been my go-to since its last printing in 2003 (I was aware of it before then, but didn’t have it in my possession). The author A.T. Mann is — guess what? — in the Pluto in Leo generation, born in 1943. (Gary Goldschneider, who passed more than a year ago, just barely missed the cut; born on May 22, 1939, he’s a Pluto in Cancer. I use his books extensively in my ‘General Astrological Services’ product. And no, I couldn’t find Joost Elffers’ birthdate.)
I use Parker’s Astrology’s interpretations for midpoints in my practice. (Julia, who is still with us, was born in 1932, so she’s definitely Pluto in Cancer.) I use Mapping Your Travels and Relocation as well. And finally, I use David Cochrane’s Sirius software, particularly Treasure Maps but also as a good source for Vibrational Astrology — it’s the most complete astrological software programs I have seen.
Nobody has accused me of using ‘canned’ interpretations but I imagine it is only a matter of time. Actually, that’s not true. When I emigrated to Colorado in 2016, before I was able to settle in and while a lot more naive than I am now, I stayed in an AirBnb house for four weeks in Nederland — a high altitude mountain (kind of hippie, but a real mix; I was surprised when I found out how blue it is) community.
I was there in the late spring/early summer, so I had the opportunity to be out and about, but, being something of a recluse, didn’t go out to restaurants that much. My hosts were pretty wonderful people — a young married couple with one child; as soon as I had arrived the male in the couple greeted me by telling him what a profoundly sensitive person I was (he had never met me before; maybe he was reading my emails?)
I offered an astrological interpretation of him and he accepted. I wasn’t even really getting started, but I thought I wanted to develop a website for astrological chart services like Time Passages (only one of the things I offer now). So I believe I gave him an interpretation from the Round Art. It might have been a relocation chart so I might have used Mapping Your Travels. I’m not sure.
He rather laid into me at this point — not really characteristic of him in general, but it was what it was. “I want to hear what you have to say, not your sources.” It was an accusation that my reading was ‘canned.’ It was almost five years ago and, although I had already found out that I seemed to be more capable of this in general, I had not nearly the level of confidence that I gained over the proceeding four-and-a-half years.
Several weeks earlier, as I was staying in a tiny house in Golden, I had the opportunity to do some fun interpretations of the woman hosting me. I invited her into my tiny house and did a general interpretation of her through Time Passages. This was the first time I recognized the difference in location actually making me more capable (hooray 1st house Jupiter!) because I was able to offer insights, and in an organized way, that I would have absolutely no abilities to offer in Pittsburgh. There wasn’t the awkwardness I’d find in the later attempt at a reading, but she was a different person.
I mention to all my clients the “80% rule” with regards to interpretations — 80 percent of it ends up coming true. All of the authors I mentioned did large amounts of research to come up with their interpretation. Some of them also have some psychic and intuitive ability and vision. That always helps in astrology.
With regard to ‘canned’, the extreme of not having anything to offer on your own is called neo-logistic disorder. Those with such an affliction talk a lot, but none of what they say has any content. Most of us are closer to this disorder earlier in life than we are later in life. (Including myself; I learned to read before I learned to talk, and most of my early speech was just reading from a book. In that respect, I had further to go than most people of my level of aptitude, and was probably close to 30 before I knew something of “the content of the world”. Part of this had to do with not having enough serotonin or dopamine going through my brain, but that’s another topic of conversation)
In our Vibrational program, David Cochrane offered us something of a formula to identify planets, 2-planet patterns, 3-planet patterns, 4-planet patterns, midpiont structures, etc. There are so many possibilities to consider that in the end, you have to refer to the text for the most part.
I think the main takeaway is that it takes experience for an astrologer to make it more about their understanding. But in terms of the interpretations, they always remain important. What’s also important is which ones we choose to use, and why, and how can we work with them to add additional value to what we’re presenting.