Charging Money for Astrology

A fellow astrologer asked:

I have heard from many that if anyone charges for an astrology consultation they will have to go through 25% of destiny of that person. But from others, I have heard  that one should not disrespect astrology as profession and must not do it for free.  I don’t know which one to believe… Please guide…

kṣatrīya (leader) or brāhmaṇa cannot do their jobs correctly if they are primarily concerned with money. They will then simply pander to whomever has the most money, saying and doing whatever earns the most.

 

There are four types of people. The śūdra deals with labor. The vaiśya deals with money and resources. The kṣatriya deals with government and military. The brāhmaṇa deals with knowledge. A kṣatrīya (leader) or brāhmaṇa cannot do their jobs correctly if they are primarily concerned with money. They will then simply pander to whomever has the most money, saying and doing whatever earns the most.

Astrology is about knowledge. Astrologers give knowledge to people. Therefore the astrologer must not be primarily concerned with money. If an astrologer is primarily concerned with money, their knowledge of astrology is compromized by whatever will earn them the most money.

Those who treat astrology or any knowledge as a tool for earning money become destroyers of knowledge, and in so doing become adharmic (immoral) and thus suffer very bad karma.

This does not mean that an astrologer will not be paid! It means that the astrologer is primarily concerned with giving knowledge. The person receiving the knowledge must be concerned with reciprocating the gift of knowledge.

Because astrologers give knowledge, they are considered brāhmaṇika and treated as guru. In the Bhagavad Gita (4.34) we find this important instruction from Śrī Krishna Bhagavan about how to interact with a guru (by extension with any brāhmaṇa, by further extension with an astrologer):

तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया
“tad-viddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā”

“Respectfully ask good questions to those who have knowledge,
and reciprocate by serving them.”

It is, frankly, an exploitation propogated by very lazy and selfish people that knowledge should be given out freely to everyone and anyone who merely requests it. This is not in the least bit an authentic Vedic attitude.

It is, frankly, an exploitation propogated by very lazy and selfish people that knowledge should be given out freely to everyone and anyone who merely requests it. This is not in the least bit an authentic Vedic attitude. If you want knowledge there are three things you must do, according to Vyāsa (author of Gita) and Krishna (the speaker of Gita): (1) You have to be very respectful of the source of knowledge. (2) You have to ask intelligent questions. (3) You have to give them something in return!

A person who gives knowledge to one who is deficient in these three (especially the first and third) also becomes a fraud themselves. They have an ambition to become famous as some sort of superhero guru savior, so they give knowledge to even those who do not deserve it at all. Vedic culture never approves of this! In Vedic culture, knowledge is only given to those who demonstrate that they can digest it, and that they have a character which deserves to have it.

People who are unwilling to give in return for an astrologer’s knowledge are fraudulent. A sincere astrologer should carefully avoid them. Worst of all is to become the object of their fraudulent praises. To be criticized by the faulty is a great and true praise. To be praised by the fraudulent is an embarasment.

Therefore people unwilling to give something in return for an astrologer’s knowledge are fraudulent and a sincere astrologer should carefully avoid their company. Worst of all is to become the object of their fraudulent praises. Better to be the objet of their criticism. To be criticized by the faulty is a great and true praise. To be praised by the fraudulent is an embarasment.

Astrology is not “a business” and the astrologer must not treat it as such. But the giving of knowledge must be remunerated by the recipient.

Therefore an astrologer can charge money, but shouldn’t be stingy or very business minded about it. Receiving money is simply an expedient and very useful way of accomplishing the duty of the recipient of knowledge, seva.

In the beginning of Praśna Mārga, in fact, the astrologer is directly told not to answer any questions to a person who comes without gifts.

Vic DiCara

www.vicdicara.com

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