Q+A Interview with David Cochrane
David Cochrane is on the faculty of The Many Faces of Astrology Conference, where he will be presenting a lecture entitled The Zodiac, Sacred Geometry, Fibonacci Numbers & Prime Numbers.
Q: How did you start your practice? And do you have any advice for the student who wants to begin to practice?
A: I started reading books and attending classes in 1972 and I interviewed people. I interviewed about two people a day for several years. The interviews gradually turned into consultations. After about a half year of interviewing people, I started getting thank-you gifts and donations for the interviews and it evolved into an astrological practice. I later abandoned my astrological practice to focus on software development. Software development, research, and teaching are still my focus to this day.
I don't know if the path that I took will work for everyone but it worked for me. I was not even certain that I wanted to be a full-time astrologer but within a few years I had a waiting list of clients and I had a busy practice for about seven years. In addition to doing interviews to get comfortable as an astrologer and to build a practice, I have one other suggestion: consider modest consultation fees. I know astrologers and people aspiring to be astrologers who have part-time jobs that pay only a little more than minimum wage, but they charge $75 to $150 per hour for a consultation. It might make more sense to charge less and do what you love and follow your bliss…just something to consider.
Q: Do you have any advice on how to study astrology?
A: Take advantage of free resources. For example, I have posted over 200 free tutorial videos at youtube.com. The videos are about a half hour long on average and they are real lectures and comparable to what I teach in an online program that students pay for. The advantage of taking classes with an instructor is that you can ask questions, get coached, share with other students, and receive a lot of support in developing your professional skills. The free resources are very valuable whether you also attend classes, workshops, conferences, etc. as well.
Q: What do you feel is the role of astrologer to the contemporary client?
A: People come to an astrologer for various reasons. I have done thousands of consultations and most people come because they would like some clarification about some things and this clarification can help them with decisions that they make. Most of my clients are not seeking therapy nor someone with a crystal ball to tell them what will happen. They are very happy to receive confirmations regarding what their greatest potential talent and opportunities are. They appreciate information on talents, issues, cycles, and opportunities that they were not aware of or had not fully considered. Ultimately, I found that my consultations were about being a coach, a guide. They feel that their eyes are opened and they see things in a new light. They feel much clearer about the direction to head in, how to manage their affairs, and how to conduct themselves. Every astrologer is different and you may have different clients from what I have but this has been my experience.
Q: How would you describe your astrological focus or area of study?
A: I am a Vibrational Astrologer. Vibrational Astrology is built upon harmonic astrology, cosmobiology, humanistic astrology, and also some Vedic astrology with a few ideas also from ancient western astrology. Vibrational Astrology analyzes harmonic patterns in the chart and puts much less emphasis on zodiac signs and houses and even less emphasis on rulerships and dispositors.
Q: Can you tell us about your teachers?
A: I learned a lot from Charles Jayne. Charles visited my hometown and gave lectures here. We also met at conferences several times. He was an inspiration and very encouraging. Neil Michelsen was also a big inspiration. He encouraged me to write astrology software and he helped me a great deal in the early stages of my work. He was also simply a wonderful person and a kind of role model for me when I was in my early 20's. Dr. Chandrshekhar Thakkur was a big influence. He lived in India and came to the USA once a year. I had a bit of correspondence with Dane Rudhyar and he also affected my thinking.
Perhaps the biggest influences were John Addey, Reinhold Ebertin, and Theodor Landscheidt. I met John Addey one time and that was a big moment in my early days as an astrologer. There was also a local astrologer Sherry Thornton who was an enormous help when I first was learning astrology. Some influential astrologers wrote just one or two books that deeply impressed me, such as a book called Theory of Celestial Influences by Rodney Collin, and a book on Vedic astrology by Robert DeLuce was helpful when I had difficulty understanding the books by Vedic astrologers who live in India. I also got great ideas from more popular astrologers like Stephen Arroyo. There are many others, such as people who helped with technical issues in astronomy and with psychology. For example, Carl Jung and Mircea Eliade had an influence on my thinking. Nassim Haramein is another big influence of a person who is not an astrologer but whose ideas greatly impact my ideas in astrology. Sri Yukteswar's book The Holy Science had a very profound influence on me.
Q: How do you see the Internet changing the face of astrology, in study as well as in practice?
A: At least 90% of astrologers should have a website and probably the figure is closer to 98%. A website can be simple and you don't have to spend a lot of money developing it. On your website you can list what kinds of services you provide, what your fees are, and how people can get in touch with you. It seems to me that people are a bit manic about websites and either don't have one at all or feel that they must have a big website with blogs and other bells and whistles that can take up your time. These bells and whistles are great for some people but not everyone needs them. I believe that nearly everyone should have a website because it is a great service to your clients and helps you bring in more clients. The Internet changes astrology in many other ways and all of us are aware of the power of social media, etc. but do make sure you have a website and that you have your own URL (website address) name. You can use your name and perhaps "astro" or "astrology" added to it or whatever you need to do to make a website address that has not already been taken.
ABOUT DAVID COCHRANE
David is the author of two astrology books, a lecturer at astrology conferences since the 1970’s, instructor at the Avalon School of Astrology, computer programmer at Cosmic Patterns Software, has created over 200 free astrology tutorial videos available at youtube.com, author of numerous articles and research papers, and pioneers in the development of Vibrational Astrology. He has collaborated with dozens of astrologers on astrological software products and research projects.
David at The Many Faces of Astrology Conference
David is giving a lecture entitled The Zodiac, Sacred Geometry, Fibonacci Numbers & Prime Numbers. In describing his lecture, he notes:
"Most of us take the tropical zodiac for granted. Why do these 12 sections of the sky have different qualities? It appears to have something to do with seasonal cycles because the Sun enters Aries when Spring begins in the northern hemisphere, but when Autumn begins in the southern hemisphere. Recent breakthroughs reveal there is a beautiful sacred geometry and a relationship of Fibonacci numbers and prime numbers to the tropical zodiac."
His lecture will take place on Sunday, February 19.