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Astrology: Why and How I Became an Astrologer

Updated on August 5, 2014

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One of my columns--I was the Dear Abby of the Astrology world

How I Became an Astrologer

My Astrology adventure started many years ago when my kids were in school full time. I made the decision that I was going back to school and take some courses for a new profession. My occupation of choice at that time was to become a Paralegal. I promptly went out and bought the books and paid for the course. I was excited to be back in the academic world and learning something new and what I thought would be a fun profession as well as earn some money.

My husband at that time thought I would last through one class. I proved him wrong. I was in the class until break time and left my book on the table and went home. It was so boring. Now looking back it may have just been the teacher. I never gave it a chance. So what was next? Little did I know that Astrology was on my horizon.

My Beginnings with Astrology

A good friend of mine asked me if I ever had my astrological chart done. I had never heard of astrological charts. Astrology to me was reading the daily forecast and I knew I was a Libra .So just out of curiosity I had my chart done and was quite impressed. The astrologer had a group that met at her house weekly to discuss astrology. I was fascinated enough to join and had fun talking about Astrology with a group of people.

The astrologer announced she was going to teach some serious classes for those wishing to learn how to do charts. I immediately signed up. After the first class I asked her if she would like my books as I could not deal with the seriousness of Astrology. She told me to stick with it as I was the only one in the class who would amount to becoming a real Astrologer. As she said it was serious business.

We decided I needed a special name and Carol Starr was born. I used that name for about 10 years.

Astrology and my Life

I thought I would start out by doing charts. I got some of my friends and other people I knew to pay the $25 that I charged, and everyone thought it was quite worth their time and money. I was inspired. Please don't laugh at this but I decided I wanted to be famous. I was so motivated to make a name for myself and was relentless. And an important fact here is that if you are driven in your passions and pursuits you will achieve your fondest dreams. I did forget to add financial succes.

The First Phone Call

I got together with a girlfriend and we set her up as my Public Relations Manager, and had her call the most popular radio station and actually got me on the morning drive spot. I appeared once a month for two years reading the forecast for all the zodiac signs. It was followed by a two year spot on a major radio news station for twice daily forecasts for the different zodiac signs. I also appeared regularly on TV shows and eventually had my own show. People called in with problems and I gave helped them with some Astrological advice based on their charts. I wrote for The Arizona republic, Phoenix Gazette, Phoenix Magazine soon to be followed by a small syndicated column where I wrote two columns-- Astrology and Psychic Awareness.

A glimpse at the Past of my Endeavors

My tote bag designs
My tote bag designs
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Aries | Source
Gemini
Gemini | Source

On Stage Performing

My career as an Astrologer soon led to speaking engagements, entertaining for conventions and large groups. I was also asked to MC many charity events and even be a judge in the Sun Bowl parade of floats. I never planned what I was going to say when I had a speaking engagement. I just went out on stage and did my thing. I took a humorous bent on Astrology and had lots of fun with the audience as I often called people up to the stage. This was a wonderful time in my life. However I didn't plan on financial success and somehow that eluded me. Looking back I know I would have done things differently and may have figured out a way to enjoy more financial success. I had many avenues to pursue for success. I wish I knew then what I know now. Many of us have said that more than once.

Astrological Designs

You may have noticed some of my Astrological graphics that appear on astrology hubs. I interpreted these graphics on T-shirts and tote bags and sold to many department stores. I had a special showing of my t-shirts and tote bags at a well known store that was in many Las Vegas Casinos-Russo Franks or was it Frank Russo? As you can see I was relentless in achieving my goals. For whatever reason I wanted to be famous.

The Wheel of the Astrological Signs

Fame Never Lasts Forever

I did many charts of well known celebrities. Since Astrology is a personal matter I will just include there were a few movie stars, tennis stars and TV hosts.

As with every profession you have to keep propagating yourself. Astrology seems to go in waves of popularity. You lose a column here or there and radio stations change formats. So I got cold in the business. I worked hard to keep it going, but alas it did not last forever. However I have kept doing astrology charts when the opportunity arises. I have kept my fingers in astrology and spend time going over old charts.

The only thing that lasts forever is your spirit, hope and drive. Life is about accepting the closing doors and the search for new ones to open. I am always opening new doors as you may have guessed reading my hubs.

My Future in Astrology

My goal for Astrology is to read charts for people.There is a lot to learn about ourselves, relationships and even future trends ,and Astrology has many answers. The planets are powerful in many forces of nature. Look at how the moon affects our growing seasons and even emotions. There would be no life without the sun. Each planet plays a role in our lives. I am working on getting my blog up and running in the next few weeks and hopefully you will check in, if you find Astrology interesting.

There are many Astrology sites online. Most of them have "canned information". I would like to answer questions according to charts, share interesting information and go from there.

For some reason Astrology keeps popping back in my life, so I am going to follow it.

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      james christeck 4 years ago

      Also check my new Website, Sunworship in a Nutshell.com (one long word) It explains the basics in shortform. I started the project as I was sick of Religions that dwell on Sin. Sin is only a control device they use to keep you barefoot and stupid. Sunworship in its purest sense is about Self Empowerment.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you ryanihoe: I appreciate the visit and comments.

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Thanks for sharing your amazing story. It's wonderful if we can do anything we love. Stay vibrant and never lose hope!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you

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      James Christeck 4 years ago

      I think Astrology is the only belief that makes sense, if indeed there is any sense in the World. I am a Sun Worshipper. See my Website at SUNWORSHIPANDSTRENGTH.COM (one long word) Thank You

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Astrology is far more interesting than people realize. There are so many facets and has a very high accuracy record. Thanks for stopping by and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Carol,

      What an interesting life you have led with respect to what you did with learning and applying astrology. Am sure that your blog will do well. I know very little about the subject except to know that my husband is a Cancer and I am a Gemini. Up and interesting votes!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for stopping by and comment..Always appreciated.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I am very impressed with all you have achieved with your astrology pursuits and am pleased you intend to continue on with it. I will definitely check out your blog and look forward to reading what you have to say.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Lindaces: It is a lot of work promoting what we do as you know. I spent almost two years promoting a book on line...And what I learned ..I made many mistakes. ANyway thank you for kindness, votes and all that good stuff.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Carol, what a wonderfully inspiring story and a fabulous career! So, you didn't make a fortune, but you did achieve fame and enjoyed what you were doing. That's more than many of us can say. I love your Libra graphic! I think you should consider revisiting that business idea as well. Voted up, awesome and interesting! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I did one for another hubber and had one more request. I can do it and it can help with decisions, trends etc. Let me know if you are interested with a PM.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      CAROL, MY goodness!! That is awesome.. I had no idea! So glad that you shared that with us :) Ya know, I would LOVE to have my chart done sometime. I saw it done on a Real Housewives show that I watch.. about 5 of them had their charts done and it was amazing just how accurate those readings turned out. Sounds like you know your stuff and would be the perfect one to do it. I am very open minded about things. I have always loved that saying that it was "written in the stars." Is there a way you can do the chart from afar? Awesome hub!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Victoria Lynn: for dropping in....and yes it was quite a time..and a ride. I will let you know when the blog is up and running...

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good for you for going after your interest! I didn't know about your past in Astrology. It' fascinating. Thanks for sharing your story. Let us know when you have your blog going!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you suzie HQ....How kind of you...Yes we can make our lives interesting and think outside the box and go for it. I obviously am now struck with that kind of drive anymore..however I keep putting my toe in the water. I love your hubs and so enjoy reading them...Thanks for being a wonderfully supportive hubber pal.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      What an interesting path you have led! As you know i have an interest in astrology and find your work in your articles so informative and spot on the money. Reading your journey I see parallels to my own Make Up Artist career. Not starting in it, resolving to be the best, knock on doors, get magazine and radio coverage and work with a celebrity or two. I have done similar and work fried up and different paths were taken but it remains something I love keeping my hand in with and now I find me writing about it! Similar to you. We never know what is going to happen, but having passion is always important.Great job my friend, a great read! Voted and shared everywhere!!

      LOVE your tote bag design!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Nell Rose: There is always something to contend with when promoting a service or product...It is about tenacity and willingness to get out of our comfort zone. Thanks for votes and share.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi carol, thats amazing! that must have been great doing charts for the stars, and being on tv too. I do understand what you mean though, since the internet people are doing charts all over the place, and even though there are real Astrologers like you, many on the internet are just faking. Good luck with your site, and everything you do! voted up and shared!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing. It is always good to see you here. Astrology is an interesting world.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Can do a chart without birthtime...It works well. Let me know.. thanks for support and sharing. Much appreciated.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      viking305..thanks for all the support and votes and Thank you mostly for stopping by.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for sharing this absolutely interesting and fascinating hub. You're lucky to be in such a wonderful world like astrology. I've always been interested in the subject. Passing this on.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Carol,

      The only thing that lasts forever is your spirit, hope and drive. Life is about accepting the closing doors and the search for new ones to open. Amen!

      I would love to have my chart done but unfortunately, I don't know the exact time of my birth. Years ago my mom told me I was born around 2 in the morning. Now she says she doesn't remember.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      What a wonderful story about your career as an astrologer and your achievement of becoming famous. You have a great optimistic view on life!

      Voted up and shared on Twitter and pinned

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are way too kind. Thank you so much. It was a great pleasure to do your chart. and I am so appreciative. Remember I will be happy to answer any questions you have...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      mperrottet: Thank you so much..and I do remember when figuring charts took some doing...Astrology seems to be returning in popularity as it does every so often. Thanks again.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Carol, I will. I'm reading it in pieces just as I'm trying to catch up on HubMail before I have to get back to work tomorrow.

      I want anyone reading this to know that Carol knows what she's doing! I'm very excited about the reading she did for me. Support her and gain some insight into yourself.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Love those compliments. Anytime breakfastpop the best political writer ever.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I was thinking about you this morning and so glad you are happy. let me know please...Thank you so much bravewarrior.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      CrisSP: thank you for stopping by and taking the time with such nice comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      maralexa: Thank you for stopping by and lovely comments. It is about desire and drive and we can do wonders.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      pstraubie: Thank you as always for stopping by and lovely words.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Carol, I haven't finised reading the chart you did for me, but what I've read so far is spot on. I will email you when I finish reading, with my comments on each segment. You're awesome!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      "The only thing that lasts forever is your spirit, hope and drive." -- follow your heart, is an old cliche' yet so powerful.

      Astrology is a fascinating subject and your story is indeed interesting. Thanks for sharing your love affair (with astrology) with us. I enjoyed it just like I enjoy reading my star every day/week/month.

      Cheers!

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      Marilyn Alexander 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      This is fascinating, Carol. I too learned a lot about astrology (doing charts, etc.) but never became famous. Good for you for taking this farther - it must have been fun! I am Aries with Libra rising. It seems to suit me well. Good article. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      Enjoyed your story, Carol. Fascinating stuff, and fancy you being so famous! I looked at astrology with the idea I might learn it but it was way too complicated for me! Voted up in all directions. xx

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I think you are gifted, amazing and amusing. Your journey is in full swing!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Carol

      It is so interesting to read about your journey into astrology. I have always been interested in reading my astrology forecast for the day which I know is impersonal but have never pursued it further than that.

      How smart of you to find the right fit for you....rather than just settling as some do.

      Have a lovely day today...sending Angels to Arizona right to you :) ps

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I'm impressed, Carol - you really accomplished so much with the astrology. I took astrology classes as you did, and learned to cast natal charts (back when you didn't have help from computers and really had to work at it, remember?). I never did it professionally, though. I think that there is a renewed interest in astrology today, and that it's a good time for you to be pursuing this. Loved your personal story of success in astrology - voted up and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Rajan Jolly: It was an interesting time and Astrology seems to be going through a surge. We shall see what the stars bring..thanks for votes and share.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      glimmer twin fan: thank you as always for dropping in. It is always good to see you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Wonderful getting a peek into this aspect of your life. You were sestined to become an astrologer and touch some peaks in this profession. I hope you do so with your astrology blog as well. Good luck.

      Voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for such an interesting glimpse into your background. Sounds like you've done some fascinating things in your life.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you Eddy: I so appreciate your words and I will keep trying.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      jellygator..That is so cool to be remembered... It has been a long while. Wow I am so delighted. thank you so much for making my day.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting carol and I love this series by you .Please keep them coming as I am enjoying the lesson from a great teacher.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, I've been reading your hubs here and there on HP for a while and I had no idea you are "the" Carol Starr I used to read in the newspaper as a teen. Your horoscope columns actually were part of the reason I decided to learn astrology myself when I was 14-17, though I never tried to make a living with it and taught myself from book after book.

      I felt a wave of Nostalgia as I saw the photos of your clippings. Very cool! And I'm glad you answered the question I always wondered about: Whether "Starr" was a pseudonym that came after the career choice or a given name that prompted that choice.

      Thanks (from a fan!)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you DDE: It was a fun time in my life and I enjoyed every minute...and when it ended I moved on to other things. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most Interesting about Astrology you tried something different I am glad you shared a part of your experiences with us, you certainly did well in grasping the information.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      btrbell: Thank you for stopping by and commenting..Votes and share always appreciated.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      drbj: I have been fortunate in life to have many interests..it helps when life gets tough. Thank you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Moonlake: thanks for stopping by and votes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you Midget38...I appreciate your comments ....

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sheri Faye: Thank you for visiting and nice words.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Just different hairstyles...thanks for stopping by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Grandma Pearl..What kind words...and we both know life is not always easy and all of us deal with daily challenges..Thank you so much for friendship, votes and shares.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a great hub! I so enjoyed reading a piece of your history and loved the pics! Voted up+ and sharing. Thank you for sharing this.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Wow what an amazing story. I am in awe that you were able to make such a career for yourself. I love reading about astrology.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Isn't it great, Carol, when you can find something that is your passion and become so practiced at it? May you have even more success and enjoyment with astrology in the future.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Very interesting hub enjoyed reading your story. Voted up and more.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing this with us!! I am always fascinated by your astrology hubs!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Well, congrats on your exciting past and I wish you continued success.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for sharing Carol....I couldn't help but notice the differences in your newspaper columns pictures. :-)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Carol, I am so impressed with your drive and enthusiasm for whatever you do. It seems like you move so easily from one thing to another; whenever the door opens, you don't hesitate to see what's there! What a great attitude to have.

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the 'why' and the 'how' of your astrological journey. You have taught me so much in more ways than just astrology, my friend!

      Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting. And I will most definitely be checking out your blog!

      Pearl

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you fro comments I do appreciate. Hope you will check out my blog when I get it up and running. I am certainly not that ambitious gad about that I was. However it is never too late to do many things. I have always got something new up my sleeve. So any questions I will be happy to help.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Interesting. It's true, so many places have "canned" information, like the daily newspaper 'scopes. It is too general, and like the carnival "fortune teller," vague enough to be implied to fit anyone.

      People scoff at the idea that the celestial bodies can have any influence on us, but I look at it like this: the moon pulls the oceans around, and the waters of the oceans weigh many million times more than we puny humans, who are something like 60% water....so why should a pull from the moon affect us any less?

      At age 65, I am in the very early stages of this study, for my own interest, because I've started way too late in life to get anywhere near where you did. Voted up, interesting and useful. Thanks for sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much Susan....It was a fun experience and there were some big bumps along the way..and of course many details too many to write. It gave me a boost in life knowing that we all can achieve when thoroughly driven. Just wanting something is not enough..you have to check every angle. Thanks for votes,sharing and pinning.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Bill..It was part of my history...and I was driven..and I still believe when you really want to achieve you find a way to make it happen. I don't have that kind of drive anymore but I always enjoy new things and making some money along the way. Thank you for all the wonderful support.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      tillsontitan: Well you made my day. Sometimes the past feels like a dram you had. It was quite a while ago and I did enjoy every minute of it. Thank you for acknowledging it. I think maybe the fame is gone but would always enjoy making a few dollars. Thanks for votes and being such a wonderful hubberfriend.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've been hoping that you would write a hub about your life as an astrologer, and here it is. Loved reading all about why and how and found your story so interesting.

      Voting +++, sharing and pinning.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow Carol. You certainly were famous. Newspaper columns, radio shows, TV, celebrities. You certainly accomplished a lot in this field. I have no doubt that you will be successful here on HubPages and with your blog. Keep us posted and thanks for sharing this look into your life.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I too am impressed and understand better now why your hubs are so good. I am so glad you decided to tell us this fascinating story and the wonderful outlook you had and still have. You are a remarkable person and I hope fame and fortune are in your future.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Always keep moving forward...and there are disappointments along the way..but there is always another door to open.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Bill. I was driven to achieve what I wanted. It took a lot of hard work and tenacity. It was a fun time and when it was over, it was over. Like I said knowing what I know now I think things would have been different. And I also had a lot of guts...I would call people that others would never do. I just did it. Things are so different today with technology and there is not so much personalization. Thinking about all the astrology sites by famous this one and that one. Each site has almost the same information. I plunged in...Thanks for acknowledging.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for sharing your story! Very interesting! I am collecting picture to do a visualization board soon....I will make sure that money is there :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is amazing. I didn't know you were famous. :) Seriously, you did a wonderful job of establishing yourself and taking it as far as you could at the time. I am impressed my friend. Best of luck in the future. If anyone can make a go of it, you can.