I offer personal astrological sessions over the telephone for clients throughout America and the world. Individual sessions are the main work I've done throughout the past five decades ('70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, and now the 2010s), and I'm still passionate about talking with people to reveal the meaning and direction of their lives, especially in the turbulent times that have now begun and will increase in intensity over the next decade.
Because of limited energy and chronic pain from the stroke I suffered in 2007, I do fewer sessions per month now than earlier in my life, but working with clients remains the most important single activity of my central life-purpose, especially these days, in what promises to be the most amazing decade of our entire lives.
Before emailing me to request a session, please read the Sessions FAQ page, which explains about scheduling, fees, what personal information you should send me, etc.
The About Sessions page has some of my thoughts and feelings about the work I do.
My astrological textbook, Houses of the Horoscope,
was re-published in 2007 by Kevin Burk's new publishing company, Serendipity Press (thanks, Kevin, for all your work in getting the book out!).
This is the same revised and expanded 2nd Edition that I offer here in an e-book PDF version, now in a wonderful new paperback. The book is priced at $24.95 and is in bookstores now. You can order a copy online now at Amazon. (Order anything else with it to get over the 25 buck hump, and you'll get free shipping.)
Here's a link to the book's page on Amazon:
Houses of the Horoscope at Amazon.com
To learn more about both my books, or to order the PDF versions, click here.
This site won a "Web Site of the Week" award from Astropro. To read Astropro's review and check out Richard's informative site, click here.
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I'm a professional astrologer with 40 years' full-time experience. I've done more than 11,000 astrological sessions, mostly with individuals, but also with couples, families, and groups.
I didn't set out to be an astrologer (far from it), and, though people understandably regard me as an authority on the subject, I'm really not obsessed with astrology itself. Yes, it's an extraordinary, elegant system in the right hands, and the information it provides is endless and often unavailable from any other source. Still, for me at least, astrology is only a means to an end, just a useful tool to explore something else, something much more important.
What I find compelling what really interests me is not astrology, but human beings and the incredible, almost overwhelming experience of being human.
We wake up in these bodies one day, and we don't know where we came from, how we got here, or where we're going. But here we are, as long as we breathe and our hearts beat. And while we're here, we have to figure out how our machinery works, how to live in these awkward bodies and difficult personalities, and how to connect with other, equally complex human beings along the way. It is all a bit much, and often more than any of us can handle.
Despite being members of the same species and sharing much in common, we are very different as individuals. Just beneath the ordinary, commonplace experiences of everyday life, we live alone inside ourselves. Our inner realities are custom-tailored, profoundly unique, and often unseen, much less understood, by anyone else. Most of the time, through happiness, suffering, or just normal life, we remain hidden even to ourselves.
I use astrology to explore those differences that make us unique, to probe into the heart of the puzzle, to reveal what can be revealed, and to reach out across the void to make contact, to find a way for us (and for myself as well) to feel not quite so alone.
For those of you who might be curious, I've posted my own chart and provided a little background info about myself.
Being an astrologer does not require any specific spiritual beliefs, nor does it imply any particular social or political leanings. Some astrologers lean to the right, others to the left. Some focus exclusively on the lofty realms of metaphysics; others are more pragmatic, integrating real-life concerns into their work.
For me, all three levels are relevant, and I tend to have deep feelings and strong opinions about each, as anyone who reads the newsletters and essays archived on this site will no doubt see. That said, I can't claim to have achieved transcendent wisdom or even personal serenity in reconciling the contradictions, paradoxes, and ironies of these often conflicting arenas. Spirituality, culture, and politics continue to be an ongoing challenge for me. Indeed, they comprise a significant part of the struggle in my life to understand and mature.
What I lack in certainty, however, I try to make up for in reverence, the feeling of awe and respect for the often unexpected and always profound mysteries of life.
Below are the MP3s from my 1994 Celtic Fusion CD, "Beyond the Emerald Isle." The selections include Irish, English, and Scots tunes in traditional and original jigs, reels, hornpipes, and slow airs, plus a lullaby, a lament, and an English madrigal. All the instruments were synthesized, and the music was sequenced and mixed on a Mac. My own little one-man show.
Click on the title links to listen to the cuts, or download the MP3s for free.
1. Old Hag You Have Killed Me, Delaney's, Morrison's medley of three Irish jigs
2. When the Winds Begin to Sing permutations of an Irish melody
3. Song of the Chanter Irish slow air
4. Saucy Sailor English seafaring song
5. The Weavers, Kail and Pudding, Loch Roag another medley of Irish jigs
6. The Old Woman's Lullaby slow air from Scotland
7. Drive the Cold Winter Away Irish melody
8. Harvest Home, The Little Beggar Girl two English tunes, the latter by Richard Thompson
9. The April Green, Kasha in the Window original hornpipe and reel, with an embedded jig
10. Taking Missionary Ridge original call-and-response marches
11. Oh the Cutters English slow air
12. Love is Worth it All original English madrigal
13. The Cruel Brother rave-up of a Scots lament