Q+A Interview with Mitchell Scott Lewis
Mitchell has been a professional astrologer in New York City for more than three decades. For twelve years, he worked on the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange as an astrological trader and market analyst. He accurately predicted the unprecedented rise of oil prices, the collapse of the housing market, and the ’08 stick market crash and subsequent recession, which he precisely foretold within days of its occurrence more than a year in advance.
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 my studies in Cambridge Mass when I was quite young. I’ve been giving readings for more than 25 years and have taught classes for many years as well. I know how difficult it is to master this art/science. First of all I tell my students that to be a good astrologer takes a long time of studying and practice. It is not for the feint of heart, or for the impatient. You must read a lot of books and charts before you can begin to see the interconnection between astrology and how we live our lives. I emphasis that astrology is not separate from life, but intertwined and offers us a way of seeing how the different parts of our lives interact to create the whole person and life experience. Although I began my studies years ago I have continued to learn and explore new ways of looking at the charts. The learning process never stops, and in fact has become deeper and more inspirational through the decades. The most important thing is to keep an open mind no matter how long you’ve been studying and giving readings.
Q: Do you have any advice on how to study astrology?
A: We are called readers for a reason. A good astrologer must read many books and thousands of charts to understand the connections. I also believe that in order to be a good professional astrologer you must know about many things in life so you can better understand what the aspects and transits imply. My path took me to the floor of the Mercantile Exchange where I worked for 14 years as an astro-economist, so I have an understanding of the markets and how the financial world works that helps me interpret what I see in the charts and how best to advise my clients. If you are going to give advice about finances, health, or any other situation, you must know something about the topic. You can not just use a chart and predict or counsel how someone should act. When I became interested in health astrology, I took courses in nutrition and spend years working with doctors, acupuncturists, and other health experts, including therapists to best use my astrological talents to aid my clients.
Q: How would you describe your astrological focus or area of study?
A: I deal with many issues through my astrological work. Although I specialize in financial and medical readings, I address all the different problems and considerations my clients bring up, including the past, family connections, relationships, work, career pursuits, relocation and life choices. My path has taken me into the financial markets, and the health profession, so I have a good idea of how to connect these areas through the charts. But I am also a student of history, which helps me interpret world events based on what has happened and what might occur in the future. I have lectured many times to groups of non-astrological organizations, including a decade at the Princeton Club where I predicted the rise of oil prices above $100 a barrel when they were trading at $17, the collapse of the housing market, and the stock market crash of ’08 within a week of its occurrence 18 months in advance. These predictions came as a result of the integration of astrology and historical cycles. Because I was speaking to non-astrologers it required that I put the astrology into language that can be understood by the layperson. It’s a mistake to interpret the charts or the results of ongoing aspects without the background with which to draw conclusions. This is an error many astrologers make, and as a result many of their predictions are wrong.
Q: What are some books that influenced you in your study and practice of astrology? Can you tell us a little about how they were influential?
A: Some of my favorite astrology books that have been important in my style include Isabel Hickey’s Astrology, A Cosmic Science, Martin Schulman’s Karmic Astrology, the Moon’s Nodes and Reincarnation, most of Robert Hand’s books, most of Liz Greene’s work, especially Saturn, a New Look at an Old Devil, Neptune, and The Outer Planets & Their Cycles, Steven Arroyo’s work, and more recently Jackie Slavin’s Finding Success in the Horoscope, among so many others. Bill Meridian’s books have been particularly helpful in my financial work. They have all had an influence in how I interpret charts and view our situation on this planet.
Q: How do you see the Internet changing the face of astrology, in study as well as in practice?
A: The internet is a mixed blessing in many ways. While it allows us all access to a great deal of information, and has opened up the study of astrology to many who otherwise might not have had a chance to do so, there is little filtering to help students pick which are good works and which are not. There are now so many websites, self-published books, etc that many potential students and clients do not know the difference between someone who has spent a lifetime seriously studying our subject, and those who read a few books and decide that they are professional astrologers. There is a lot of bad information being presented in an amateurish or misunderstood way. As a result I often have to spend time correcting wrong and misguided ideas my students and clients have picked up from the internet. Because of so much input and computer generated “readings” many very talented astrologers are finding it difficult to draw in enough clients to make a living. This is a bad situation that seems to be getting worse. This is why organizations such as the NCGR are so vital to the continued advancement of our profession.
Q: If you are an astrologer who works in various parts of the country or the world, do you notice any differences in your clients and their concerns?
A: I don’t see too many differences with my American clients, no matter in what area of the country they live. I find that most of us in the U.S. have similar concerns and attitudes. Those in large urban areas do have a different perspective than my rural customers, especially in regards to real estate and other local issues. But the main apprehension about health, finances, relationships and retirement are very much the same. However, I have clients all over the world and I do see differences in the approach to things from my European and Asian patrons. Their cultures are sufficiently dissimilar to ours to create an alternative point of view and attitude to these issues, which I must address when doing a session.
MITCHELL SCOTT LEWIS AT THE MANY FACES OF ASTROLOGY CONFERENCE
Mitchell Scott Lewis is giving a lecture entitled 'Financial Astrology and Planetary Cycles'. In describing his lecture, he notes:
"Learn what we can expect in our financial markets for the coming year and as we head toward the imposing conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in 2020. We will examine the history of the DOW and the influence powerful configurations such as this one have had in the past. Are we heading for another crash? How can you best protect your investments and diversity your holdings to your best advantage."
His lecture will take place on Saturday, 02/18/17.