There’s an unbroken wisdom tradition inside you. This is one way to understand your intuition. It’s your link to an intelligence that predates your birth and knows more about living wisely than you do. Intuition draws from the same inner source that codes the nightly messages in your dreams. And it’s the best resource for reading an astrology chart. Leveraging this innate intelligence is what I mean by practicing astrology “naked.” Your bare equipment is sufficient.
Astrology charts, like crystal balls, are made for intuitive perception. Some people claim that intuition can’t be taught. This is partly true. Having intuition is like having eyes; it’s standard equipment. People with eyes don’t have to learn how to turn on their sight. But natural abilities come in different colors and sizes, and whatever their starting condition, they can be encouraged to grow. Most people with two legs can run, but some are innately faster, and with training, everyone can improve. We can develop our standard equipment.
And that’s what my Naked Astrology program will do for you. It’s designed to awaken your awareness of your own intuition, so that when you look at charts, yours will start mentoring you. My program consists of three books: Naked Astrology and its companion playbooks, The Elements & Modes, and The Planet Playbook.
My promise is simple. If you read the books and do the suggested exercises (an investment of about twenty hours, you’ll be able to look at any chart—naked—that is, without consulting another book or expert—and find something worthwhile to say. Looking at your own chart, you’ll be able to notice truths about yourself you hadn’t seen before. Looking at somebody else’s chart, you’ll be able to ask good questions that can start a meaningful conversation.
You’ll also have a solid foundation for reading charts intuitively, whether you’re new to astrology or have studied it for years. After you explore the raw materials in the signs through the Elements & Modes, you’ll use these to answer the “self” questions in my Planetary Playbook. Through these, you’ll touch each planet archetype in a personally meaningful way. After you’ve journeyed through all three books, I promise that you’ll always be able to find some guidance in your chart. Whenever you’re feeling lost, irritable, or simply bored, you’ll know enough astrology to be able to sit comfortably with your horoscope and gaze into it. There intuition will draw your eye to the relevant archetypes, from whom you’ll see, sense, or hear which step to take next.
Working intuitively doesn’t mean that anything goes. Mars will always be your warrior, even if your “intuition” says that Venus is your anger god. We don’t need to reinvent the heavens. Nor should we discard the millennia of astrology scholarship that’s available to us. Working intuitively is rather like developing core muscles. Your inner wisdom is stabilizing. Intuition keeps you closer to your truth. Without this core strength, it’s easy to lose your balance. This is true of any magical art.
Excerpted from Naked Astrology