Psychology and Prediction
It’s an old adage that character is fate, so if you delineate someone’s character, it’s already possible to predict outcomes. For example, someone with Mercury in the 6th house Aries opposing Pluto, will have a tendency to aggressively respond to real or imagined attacks. If transiting Uranus should come to conjoin that Mercury, well, it is not difficult to predict trouble at work, and really it is part of the job of being an astrologer to do so.
The problem is that people trained in psychology understandably see prediction as limiting their client’s options. It is difficult to work on mental insecurity on the one hand and predict someone will be fired on the other. Horary astrologers on the other hand have no problem predicting outcomes, but they are rarely concerned with the psychological aspects of the matter. That is why there is a chasm between these two branches of astrology.
There is a middle way, and this is based on the fact that the client instinctively intuits what the future will bring, because certain needs are being awakened. In the Mercury/Pluto example above, the client will already be restless and longing for change, and maybe that would be a good thing. Prediction, or forecasting, is not a one-way process; it is a two-way discussion of outcomes that involves both client and astrologer. It does not take long for the client to opt for a preferred outcome and work towards it.
Forecasting, when done successfully, addresses both the psychological issues, and the outcomes that the client is heading towards. The client can then leave with a solid sense of where he or she is going, and awareness of the behavior that can help or hinder this process, and a plan of action. Psychologists may spend many, many sessions working on complex issues, but astrologers need to be able to satisfy the needs of a client in perhaps one session only. Perhaps they won’t resolve deep-seated issues, but they can certainly send a balanced person on the right trajectory.
Adrian Ross Duncan