Posted by: Donna Cunningham | October 30, 2013

Broke but Need Good Astrological Advice? Here’s how to Get It.

©10-28-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

I know times are hard, and with the Pluto-Uranus square nearing exactness again, many of you are trying to figure out what’s happening in your chart and how best to deal with these difficult transits. I’m retired from doing chart consultations for a number of years in order to write. I’d been the advice columnist for Dell Horoscope Magazine for almost 20 years, but the October column was my last one.

I wanted to be sure that my readers would have quality advice from an experienced astrologer with psychological credentials, so I lobbied for my long-time colleague and friend, Eileen McCabe, to replace me. Thankfully, the editors of Dell were equally impressed with her as I was, and now she writes the Astrology at Work column. I feel very good about leaving my longtime readers in her capable hands.

Eileen’s background is very similar to mine. She has a Master’s degree in social work and decades of experience as an astrologer. In addition, she has been a social worker in the junior high division of the New York City public schools for many years, so she is especially knowledgeable about teenagers and their difficulties.

Eileen is very special. She is intelligent and articulate, and is calm and well grounded in working with people in crisis. She’s compassionate and caring, and yet gives honest, common sense advice. 

If you want intelligent, insightful advice about your difficulties, you’d do well to send an email to Eileen at Dell, via If accepted, your letter would appear in the advice column in about four months. (An advice columnist cannot give a personal answer to a letter that doesn’t appear in the column.) You would receive a notice about your question being accepted and when it would appear.

Here are some tips about getting an answer to your email. First, give your entire birth information: date, time including a.m. or p.m., and place. Give as many relevant details as possible. Not pages and pages of your entire life history. Get to the point, but don’t leave out anything important. In the column, the amount of space for each letter is short. Only one or two major questions can be answered per letter, so pick the most essential ones.

For example, if it’s a career question, mention what kinds of work you have done already, your current position, what kind of difficulties you are encountering on the job, and your future career aspirations.

If it’s a problem in a relationship with a partner, family member, or friend, then include the other person’s birth information as close as you can get, even if the time itself is not known.

The column covers a wide variety of questions from readers, and that’s what makes it so interesting to read and for the columnist to write. So, do write to Eileen McCabe at Dell if you’re in need of insight into what’s going on in your chart.



  1. That is so lovely for you to share as there are many people out there with few resources! I guess that is your inner social worker shining through. I am also a LSW and astrologer and psychotherapist. I love your books! I own a few of them and the moon signs is like a bible 🙂 I wanted to see Eileen at NCGR but life interfered on the day of her lecture.

    I would love some tips on marketing as a astrotherapist if you are led to do so.

    thanks in advance! in light, linda

    • Hi, Linda, always glad to hear of another astrologer with therapy credentials. I’m working hard to finish and then do a final revision of my stellium book, so I’m not available for mentoring on marketing now. However, there are lots of articles for professional astrologers on this blog, so check out the tips for professional category on the sidebar of the blog. Donna

      • Hi Donna,

        Thank you for taking the time to reply.
        Cannot wait for your book, I am kinda obsessed with stelliums 🙂

        peace, Linda

  2. When writing up a question for Ellen, is it wise to pin-point it – that is- to ask about a particular house’s transits, “When will my money woes with a natal 2nd house Uranus/Mars conjunction pass?” Rather than being colloquial?

    • Hi, Ej, nice to hear from you. It can be either way. I used to get lots of letters from newbies who didn’t know any astrology and lots from long-time students of astrology. It does help to know what aspects you’re concerned with, but then the answer has to be intelligible to the general reader as well.

      I just heard from the secretary that emails are already coming in, and the post went up only a couple of hours ago. That’s terrific! Donna

  3. thanks so much for this advice

  4. Hi Donna – I’m wondering if you can recommend any astrologers in Portland or Vancouver for a local consult?

    • I’ll send you a list of astrologers whose work I know and respect by email separately. Donna

  5. Thank you for taking the time to reply.
    Cannot wait for your book, I am kinda obsessed with stelliums..

    Muslim Astrologer


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