Frequently Asked Questions
Can you tell me what’s going to happen to me this year?
Energy shifts in your life as the planets in the sky moves. I look at the resulting trends in this movement to see if this will be a big year of change
What can I expect from a consultation?
I usually start our session by asking how much you know about astrology and asking what is going on right now. Usually people come to an astrologer because they are stuck or in crisis and need answers. My style of work tends to be very conversational with a good back and forth. The last thing I want is to talk at you and overload you with information. I want you to feel at ease as this opens you up energetically, allowing me to hear the energy behind your words. That’s where my intuition kicks in, adding another layer to the chart interpretation.
I think a successful consultation is one where the client is willing to share their intimate experiences as it relates to the natal chart. Maybe it’s because I’m a Scorpio, but I don’t shy away from asking the difficult questions, especially if I see a difficult aspect in the natal chart. Note that our time together is sacred and confidential.
Is the consultation recorded?
Yes, the consultation is recorded. After our consultation, usually within a few days, I will email a link for you to download the mp3 file. The link will be active for 1 month, so best to download the recording to your personal computer.
Do I need to prepare anything for the consultation?
No need to prepare anything. If you like, you can find a quiet space for the reading, set an intention of what you want our time to be about, light a candle or incense, and call in the Angels or Spirit Guides that you want us to work with.
If you have specific questions you want answered, feel free to email me those questions in advance of the consultation.
Can you help me learn more about my natal chart?
I am happy to walk you through your chart and help break down themes in a way that is understandable to you. I will ask you questions about what is going on in your life as we go through your chart, which will help to reflect how the planets reflect their energies in your chart.
How often should I talk to an astrologer?
There is no right answer. Trust your intuition. Maybe you need to do some intensive healing work and so talking frequently is the right solution for you. Or perhaps each year on your birthday you would like to know the upcoming energies to work with over the next 12 months. Or you may have one reading and feel it supplied you with all the information that you needed to take you through the next 5 years.
Do you work with clients outside of the United States?
Yes! And I love connecting with people around the world. We can set up the call via Skype, but if you need to connect via local phone number, let me know and I will set up a toll free conference line.
How long is a reading?
They are 60 minutes of psychic, mystical goodness! My goal is leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and enlightened. By the end of the reading you will have had several “ah-ha” moments as well as a game plan to move forward.
How do I book a consultation with you?
You can email me and I will walk you through what’s the right type of reading for you, or you can go to my Consultations page and place your order. After you place your order, I will email you and we’ll set up a time to meet in person or speak over the phone. Or we can speak via Skype if you have an account.
Do you have any payment policies?
All consultations are prepaid.
When you pay for and schedule the reading, your Guides now have a 3D time to connect in with us to lay the foundation for the work we will be doing.
Where are readings done?
Most readings are done over the phone or Skype, especially for my international clients. Reading a person’s energy can easily be done over anywhere and does not have to be in person.
In-person readings can also be held if you are near or visiting Scottsdale.
How do I pay for a reading?
All payment transactions are done through PayPal to ensure the highest level of security as well as convenience. Additionally, all payments are due in full prior to your session and at the time of booking. To book a reading please click here.
Why do I have to pay in advance?
I spend a great deal of time before the reading appointment to prepare extensively for our session together. Therefore, advance payment is required in order to hold your appointment time in order to prevent the problem of no-shows which could keep another client from scheduling an appointment in that time period. But don’t worry, if you need to cancel with overnight notice or have an emergency your payment will be promptly refunded, and see the next question.
How can astrology help me?
Using your birth information (date, exact time, place), I can reveal the layers of your soul. The natal chart — the snapshot of the sky when you were born — shows us why you are here, the adventures and obstacles you are working through this lifetime, and what you need to move through this lifetime with success. I can also look into the future and explain what cycles you are entering and what changes to expect. We can also look at your karmic history, past lives, and reconnect you with your true north of your spiritual compass.
Can I purchase a reading for a friend?
Absolutely! In fact it’s a great idea for a birthday present or if you know someone that just needs some guidance along their path. Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a PayPal invoice for payment. After that I will email you a gift certificate which includes all the details for the recipient. You can email it to them or print it and include it in a card.
Below is an example of the gift certificate that I will email to you.
Is a chart reading confidential?
YES! Anything and everything that we talk about is 100% confidential. As a professional I take your privacy and your concerns very seriously. There is no judgment on anything that is said, in fact I learn from all my clients. We are all teachers for one another in this lifetime – learning goes both ways.
Can I have a relationship reading without the birth time of the other person?
The birth time and place sets up the structure of the chart including the Ascendant and Midheaven and exact placement of the Moon. But we can learn a great deal without the birth time if it is not available. We will know the degree and signs of all of the planets and the Sun, and we will have a pretty close idea of the Moon’s placement. If you don’t have a copy of your birth certificate email me with your place of birth and I can direct you to the appropriate place to contact.
I don’t “rectify” charts per se (rectification is a very iffy business and I prefer not to rely on guesswork wherever possible), but if we know whether the birth took place in the morning, afternoon or at night (for example, just after lunch or after the Tonight Show) we can sometimes approximate a fairly specific birth time.
Can you predict the future in an astrological reading?
An astrological reading cannot tell you when you will meet your soulmate or win the lottery and much of what happens to us is part of the world that we create for ourselves. There is nothing in the birthchart that ever says you will never get married or are doomed to be a failure in your career. In fact, sometimes the most challenging placements can be found in the charts of the most successful people.
An astrology reading can reveal patterns that may have hindered your relationships or career in the past, and suggest changes you can make that will enable you to be more successful in the future. We can also see what planetary cycles are coming that will facilitate relationships or career success, and which could bring challenges that will require adjustments in order to maneuver more easily.
What if I have specific questions I want to ask?
I encourage you to give me questions and specific issues in advance so that I can include them in my preparation for your session. This reading is for YOU – I don’t follow any predetermined format. This is why I prefer phone or video sessions, so that we can talk about your needs and how we can make your session the most effective for you.
What is Astrology?
Astrology is an ancient study of the correlation between planetary positions in our solar system, and how those positions affect events on Earth. Astrologers believe that the planetary positions at the exact time of our birth have a direct influence on our psychological make-up, family dynamics, career predispositions, health, love relationships, and general behavior. The purpose of astrology is to educate and empower individuals to learn about their predispositions and patterns so that they may use their free will to grow and prosper from each experience, thus fulfilling their Soul purpose. Astrology has been used for centuries, beginning with ancient cultures and continuing well into our current times.
Why do you need my birth time?
The most accurate astrology readings come to fruition when the client provides not only the date of birth, and city of birth, but also a precise birth time. The time we are born, sets up the stage for our life experiences. The natal chart is divided into 12 Houses, which are spheres of experience. At the time of your birth, a specific zodiac sign, known as the Rising Sign was coming upon the Eastern side of the horizon. This Rising Sign sets up the path of the birth chart, and depending upon the initial sign, the planets will be performing their journey in different areas of Earthly reincarnation. If you do not know your birth time, we can do a general reading which is still very helpful but will not show the fields of experience. This means that we will have to do a bit more investigative work during our session.
It’s important. Let’s be honest. It’s what distinguishes you from all the other people born on the same day as you. A natal chart with an exact birth time is like looking at the fullness of your soul. BUT not everyone has access to their birth time for various reasons. In those cases I can look at something called the solar chart. If you don’t have your exact birth time, we can still work together! However if you can track down the record, it’s worth the effort.
Additionally, my intuition is a major component to what I do, so that is something that I use in the absence of the birth time. Note that if you were born in the US, you can contact the vitals department of the state you were born in and request a new birth certificate. Make sure your request asks for the time.
Types of Charts
What is a Natal Chart?
Also known as a Birth Chart, it is the first step to uncovering your life purpose. It is helpful in an unlimited number of ways. It is a snapshot of universal energies from the moment that you took your first breath. It provides insight into life purpose, past life, karmic debt, emotional responses, family dynamics, one to one relationships, what we fear, and where we restrict our progress. The birth date, birth time, and birthplace for the individual is recommended to ensure the most accurate reading.
I recommend a Natal Chart for all my clients as a first step to uncovering their life purpose. They are helpful in an unlimited number of ways. They are a snapshot of universal energies from the moment that the client took his first breath. They provide insight into life purpose, past life, karmic debt, emotional responses, family dynamics, one to one relationships, what we fear, and where we restrict our progress.
What is a Solar Return Chart?
Every year on your birthday, the Sun enters a new position in the universe, thus creating a unique chart for the year, known as a Solar Return Chart. This provides the client with an excellent idea of what to expect psychologically for the next 365 days, how to tackle challenges, and also how to accept opportunities for success. A lot of my clients feel empowered to make difficult decisions once they realize that their time is ripe for growth and change. The Solar Return Chart makes an excellent Birthday gift for a friend, parent, child, or partner. The birth date, birth time, and birthplace for the individual is recommended to ensure the most accurate reading.
Every year I have clients call me a few weeks prior to their birthday to complete a new Birthday Chart, also traditionally referred to as a Solar Return. On your recurring birthday, the Sun enters a new position in the universe, thus creating a unique chart for the year. This provides the client with an excellent idea of what to expect psychologically for the next year, how to tackle challenges, and also how to accept opportunities for success. My clients often feel empowered to make difficult decisions once they realize that their time is ripe for growth and change. The Birthday Reading Chart makes an excellent Birthday gift for a friend, parent, child, or partner.
What is a Relationship Chart?
A Relationship Chart describes the chemistry between two individuals in terms of how they influence each other. When I explore the synastry in a relationship, I examine the planetary placements of both individuals in an effort to determine their energy flow and likelihood of relationship success. I observe the cosmic dance between the charts. It's an opportunity to counsel my clients on developing more meaningful and emotionally fulfilling relationships. Relationship Charts will often show if the karmic patterns between both Souls is from a past life, and if so, what is the past connection. I recommend this chart to clients that are seeking more guidance in their current partnership, or are considering a committed love or business relationship. The birth date, birth time, and birthplace for both individuals is recommended to ensure the most accurate reading.
A Relationship Chart, describes the chemistry between two individuals in terms of how they influence each other. When I explore the charts in a relationship, I examine the planetary placements of both individuals in an effort to determine their energy flow and likelihood of success. I observe the cosmic dance between the charts. It's an opportunity to counsel my clients on developing more meaningful and emotionally fulfilling relationships. I recommend this chart to clients that are seeking more guidance in their current partnership, or are considering a committed love or business relationship. We also examine karmic indicators to determine if the Souls have traveled together in the past. The birth date, birth time, and birthplace for both individuals is recommended to ensure the most accurate reading.
What is a Starseed Chart?
About Donna Diane
How does your work differentiate from other astrologers?
While I work within the traditional framework of astrology (i.e., self discovery and predictive work), I have a slightly different view on the planetary energies in the birth chart. When I look at an astrology chart, the planets reflect back with a vibration. I connect into that vibration, as it pulls me into past, current and future lives. The other component that I bring is my psychic medium work, and with each reading, there will be a confirmation message that comes through.
What type of astrology do you do?
Sometimes I call what I do karmic astrology, sometimes I call it spiritual astrology. Regardless, I look at the natal chart as an expression of the soul’s intentions in this life time and the journey completed thus far.It’s a unique energetic schematic that reflects lessons learned, lessons yet to be completed, and baggage that needs releasing. The birth information — date, time, place — is like a passcode to the causal or Akashic plane of information that I can retrieve information from.
Where are you located?
I am located along the 33rd degree parallel in the Phoenix area, specifically North Scottsdale.
Do you ever see clients in person?
Although the bulk of my readings are over the phone or Skype, I am happy to do in-person readings. If you are in the Phoenix area, email me and we’ll work something out.
Are you a counselor or a therapist?
I am not a psychotherapist, social worker, clinical psychologist or licensed marriage counselor. I am not a substitute for mental health services or a physician. If you are experiencing physical or emotional difficulties, please reach out to a skilled provider. I recommend www.psychologytoday.com for a directory of mental health providers. My scope of practice extends to astrology, tarot readings, spiritual/esoteric journeying, meditation/ chakras discovery, and crystal recommendations.
How did you learn astrology?
My love for astrology began in the late 80’s as I picked up several of my mom’s magazines and books. I continued to self-study for many years while completing traditional schooling to receive my Master’s in Occupational Therapy. I continue to work part-time as a Certified Occupational Therapist in New York City, while growing my practice into a full-time dream. I study astrology on a daily basis. The field continues to grow, and I wish for my clients to receive the most cutting edge feedback. My love for the Karmic and Soul Journeying aspect of Astrology has brought me toward enrollment into the Jeff Green’s Evolutionary Astrology Certification Program.
Are you a psychic/medium? Why do you call yourself an “intuitive” astrologer?
If you are looking to connect with deceased loved ones I will not be the best person for your needs. If you are looking to sit down in my office and for me to tell you your past, present, and future without engaging in astrology, tarot, or conversation, I’m not the right person for your needs. My intuitive ability is primarily focused on getting in touch with your deepest Soul yearning. This is achieved through synthesis of your chart, tarot, conversation, and energetic exchange. Think of me as a bridge between the Earthly/Physical part of your existence and the Spiritual part which may be difficult for you to access without my guidance.
There is an intuitive element to my readings, but much of the information comes directly from the birthchart. I will always clarify when the information I am giving you is from intuition rather than the chart, as any intuitive information must be run through your own intuition.
Intuitive ability helps to fill out the bones of the astrological chart and add color and detail where it may otherwise be missing. However, there are many times in our life when specific answers are not provided because it is the process of discovery that is important, and none of us can be truly clairvoyant in those cases.
I do offer intuitive readings and coaching sessions which are not based on chart analysis, but during these sessions I still use the astrology as a window for guidance.