Consultation FAQs

Contact info:

Samuel F. Reynolds
return2thesource@gmail.com
484.727.8277

In my nearly 10 years of practice as an astrologer, I’ve found that people usually have a lot questions and concerns about their consultation, especially if it’s their first time. This page is to address some of the bigger questions you might have about a consult with me and the more practical issues like what services do I offer, how much do they cost, and directions to my place.

What can I expect astrology to tell me?
What kind of info do you need to do a consultation?
What if I don’t know my birth time?
What types of consultations do you offer and how much do they cost?
Where are you located?
Are there any extra fees?
How do I pay you?
How often do I need to consult with you?

What can I expect astrology to tell me?

First, a brief word about me and my relationship with astrology. I came to astrology first as a skeptic. I was an academic, pursuing my Ph.D and I found it very hard to believe that planets could spell out my fate.  But I was blown away and baffled by my first astrology reading. Yet I spent the next 10 years attempting to unmask astrology as a fraudulent art. Well, obviously that didn’t work. But that doesn’t mean that I turned off my brain. I still think very actively and critically about astrology as an intuitive art.  I also look at astrology as part of an overall spiritual framework for my life that includes a belief in God. I can’t say that I can describe easily what I mean by God here, but let’s say that I believe in an active sense of the Divine in our lives.  I also believe that your God-given life is your God-given responsibility, not Saturn’s or Pluto’s or any other planet.  I see the planets as our wandering guides, not our lifelong masters.  Astrology is a great tool for understanding what guides are active and present in your life to better fulfill your life purpose with greater pleasure and joy.  I believe “Fate” has two arms. One of them is your own. One arm wrote the instructions that came with your birthday suit, but you still have build your life with the other arm I help you read the instructions.

What kind of info do you need from me to do a consultation?

Most times, I need your birth date (including year), birth time (including am or pm) and place (as in city). If you’re from the Caribbean, be sure to give me your city, not your parish.

What if I don’t know my birth time?

There are several things that can be done. First step is to ask a parent or family member who might remember when you were born.  However, if you have no idea of the time or any kind of approximation, then the next step depends on where you were born. If you were born in the US, you can contact your city’s or state’s department of vital records.  If you were born in one of the five boroughs of NYC, you can start here:  http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/vr/vrbappl.shtml.  Please be sure to request the long form of your birth-certificate, or the form that has your birth time on it. That information does not come automatically anymore.

I can also rectify your chart if you have a rough idea when you were born, like between 3-6pm on a specific date.  Rectification of a chart means that I will send you a questionnaire for you to fill out and email back. I will be asking for dates or months with the year when significant events happened in your life.  From those dates, I can work backwards to see if I could have predicted some of these events by “composing” a chart based on the birth time range you’ve given me.  The tighter the time frame, the greater the possibility of accurately “rectifying” your birth time.

What types of consultations do you offer and how much do they cost?

A consultation is a conversation I have with you for a set period of time, using astrology, to help you understand the cosmic cycles you’re undergoing. There are a couple different ways I could use astrology to help in a consultation:

Natal: This form of astrology seeks to explain your unique set of instructions based on the time, date and location of your birth. From your “natal” chart, I can forecast what are some likely (or unlikely) events that may surface in your life at particular times.

Horary: An astrological chart is created to examine one very specific question that may not be easily addressed from your natal chart (or your unique set of instructions). This form of astrology is divination and like most other forms of divination like Tarot or Ifa. For instance, “Will I get the job I interviewed for on Tuesday?” is a very specific and soundly asked question for this form of astrology.  If you’re interested in this form of astrology, I could coach on how to ask your question to yield the most helpful result.  For instance, “should” questions are to be avoided because you’re seeking to divine an action that’s squarely in your control or ethical power as demonstrated by the use of the word “should”

Electional: This is to figure out the most auspicious and best time to “elect” to start or do something, like have a grand opening, a wedding, or other significant action. If it has a beginning or an ending, astrology can help you time a good time for it.

Synastry:  Astrology is used to figure out what are the areas of difficulty and comfort you can expect with another person, whether that’s a relative, colleague, business partner or romantic/life partner.  I do need as much birth data of the people involved (birth date, birth time and city (not parish for Caribbean friends) as possible.

Astro-locality: Using astrology, we can discover the cities, areas of a city or regional areas that work best with your chart. Many people who think about where to vacation or to relocate benefit from using this form of astrology.

In a consultation, I can use any of these forms of astrology to help you. I currently have two kinds of consultations:  a partial and a full consultation.

Full Consultation comes with:

  • An hour long session that’s recorded in a mp3 format for you to download onto your favorite mp3 player

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Partial Consultation is:

  • 30 minutes to explore a question, issue or area of life that’s pressing.
  • Unrecorded, but you’re welcome to take notes or record on your own.

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For either a partial or full session, I can use any combination of astrology I described above.  So if you’re interested in a partial natal consultation, I can do that. Or I can look at your natal chart and a horary chart in a partial as well. But keep in mind that a partial is only 30 minutes for our conversation whereas a full comes with 60 minutes and a recording.

Where are you located?

I do phone consults, regardless of whether you’re in NYC or elsewhere. However, if you’d like to visit me for the consult, I am located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, along the “A” and “C” train lines. I am equidistant from the Utica Avenue stop (A,C) or the Kingston-Throop stop (C). I can send you specific directions to my place once we’ve confirmed our consultation. At my place, I do have two cats. I have a HEPA filter on my vacuum to catch much of the dander. They’re usually not in the room during the consult, but if you have a severe allergy to cats, please let me know.  We can make other arrangements.

Are there any extra fees?

  • $25 fee for housecalls in Manhattan. Generally, I don’t do housecalls in any of the outerboroughs unless it is within half mile of my place.
  • $25 reschedule fee for a cancellation or no-show within 24 hours of appointment.
  • $25 late fee, if later than 15 minutes for the appointment.
  • $50 to rectify your chart, as described above.

How do I pay you?

If you’re booking a phone consult and you’re not paying by credit card, I will need a check or money order to be mailed to me in time enough to clear in my bank account before the appointment.  If you send cash, then we’re automatically cleared to proceed with the consultation as scheduled.  I will supply my mailing address at the time we book the appointment.  Otherwise, I can accept cash, credit, paypal, a check or money order at the time of the appointment. With phone orders, I usually put the credit card through first and have the receipt emailed to you.

How often do I need to consult with you?

Generally, I recommend that clients consult with me every 6 months. There are occasions when you may have a pressing question or issue, but I find it rare that if you have a full consult with me that you’d need another one within 6 months.  Likewise, I wouldn’t think it financially prudent to have more than two partial consults within 6 months, regardless of what forms of astrology I used.  Of course, it’s up to you, and I’m happy to oblige if time and space permit.

If you have any additional questions that I’ve not answered, please don’t hesitate to call me or write me.  I often can respond to emails faster than voicemail messages, but I understand if the phone proves easier to reach out.  I look forward to consulting with you as astrology has taught one very valuable lesson: everything happens in Divine time and order.

Samuel F. Reynolds
return2thesource@gmail.com
484.727.8277

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