About my consultations


Astrology is a fantastic tool, to assist personal development and to guide the timing of significant life actions. My goal is to help you achieve better insight into yourself and your current life situation, so you can make more informed decisions and live more consciously.

If all you know about astrology is your zodiac-sign (i.e., the sign where the Sun was traveling on the day of your birth), you've been missing out on the profound illuminating power that your full astrological birthchart holds.

To calculate your birthchart for our consultation, I use the specific details of your birth (birthdate, place, and exact time) to create a map of where the planets were when you were born. This provides a basic blueprint of the potentials intrinsic to your personality, the fortuitous gifts and inner conflicts (which, of course, it's up to you to actualize). I also look at where the planets are now, and how their current positions trigger certain dynamics in your birthchart. This shows me what's currently going on in your life, what auspicious growth opportunities or challenging circumstances are likely to arise in specific areas, such as relationships, career, money, family and home life.

I combine over a decade of consulting experience with my extensive knowledge and intuition to interpret what I see in your chart, and I communicate my observations in clear concise terms. Throughout the consultation, you are encouraged to ask questions, contribute ideas and guide the conversation in your desired direction, in a confidential, supportive setting.

On Predicting the Future

I believe no astrologer can concretely predict the future, for the simple fact that the future has not yet been written. We are its authors, and we continue writing the story as long as we're alive. As I see it, we each possess the free will to do what we want when we want, to create different outcomes based on our actions and timing… and to, therefore, effectively change the future.

Astrology does offer amazingly accurate 'heads-ups' about upcoming periods of good luck, easy opportunity or potentially difficult challenge. This includes specific information about which areas of life—such as finances, relationships, career or home life—will likely be affected, and what type of effects to expect. Still, it's up to you to work toward making your future happen the way you want.

Things to Know Before Scheduling a Consultation

-I typically schedule consultations at least two weeks in advance, which means I am rarely able to accommodate requests for a last-minute session. If your desire to schedule an appointment is dependent on a particular timeline, I suggest you contact me to first confirm my availability before purchasing a session.

-To calculate your birthchart, I will need the following information from you: birthdate, place of birth (city/town) and exact birth time. Yes, an exact birth time (or within 5-10 mins.) is crucial for experiencing the maximum 'wow!' factor astrology can provide. Without reliable birth info, we can still go ahead with a consultation, but certain specific details and most accurate timing will not be available to us (so please adjust your expectations accordingly). If you have questions about your birth time, it's definitely worth double-checking your birth certificate, contacting the hospital where you were born, and/or asking mom and dad to confirm before proceeding with scheduling an appointment.

-When contacting me to make an appointment, please feel free to provide detail about what's currently going on with you and/or what you're hoping to gain from our session. (I will keep this information confidential.) By providing me background story and/or specific questions in advance, I can reflect upon what you've shared while preparing for our session, ensuring I'm ready to thoroughly address what you're interested in discussing. It's also perfectly fine if you don't have particular questions/issues to share, or wish to wait until our session. In that case, we can just see where our conversation takes us.

-Consultations are available both face-to-face (in San Francisco and Oakland) and over the phone. Phone clients are expected to call me at our designated appointment time, and are responsible for any long-distance charged incurred. I do not currently use Skype, as I find the inconsistent quality of the connection distracts from the power of our session. I also do not provide written or emailed consults, since I believe the best astrological work happens in dynamic dialogue with clients. You are welcome to record our session, but I won't be recording it on my end.

For phone sessions, I must receive payment at least 48 hours in advance of our appointment (by credit card via PayPal, or by check/money order through the mail). If I don't receive payment within the allotted time-frame, there's no guarantee I will reserve our appointment slot.

Occasionally, I also travel and host consultations in other locations (past locales have included New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane). If I have any current travel plans, I'll announce them on the front-page of my website with all the necessary instructions for scheduling. Please be aware these traveling appointments tend to book up very quickly.

To Schedule a Consultation

To make an appointment for a consultation, the best way to contact me is via email at barry@astrobarry.com. Please include your full birth information (birthdate, exact time, and birthplace), as well as any specific questions or issues you want me to consider while preparing for our session.

Standard Session ($180, 60 mins) [buy now]:
-The vast majority of my clients book a Standard Session, during which I'm happy to address your specific questions and issues, or to focus on what I consider to be most significant and timely information.

Relationship Session ($240, 75-90 mins) [buy now]:
-Relationship Sessions are intended to be an interactive conversation including all parties involved in the relationship. I'll look at the charts of the individuals and how they interact with each other, as well as charts for important dates in the relationship (such as an anniversary or a first-meeting), to interpret the relational dynamics and what's currently going on. Relationship Sessions involving more than two parties are subject to higher fees due to the extra work and time required. (NOTE: I will not analyze an adult's birthchart unless they are participating in the session or have given me their express permission to discuss them without their being present. In other words, I will not help you to sneakily collect information about someone else behind their back.)

Specialized consulting options (such as ongoing counsel, choosing important dates for getting married or starting a business, astrological mentorship, etc.) are available. Please contact me to discuss.

*As of Sep 22 2013, I've raised my consultation fees for the first time in quite a while. Existing clients are eligible for a discounted rate upon request.