How much time do you spend preparing before readings?
For people who give readings - how much time do you spend in prep mode? I've always been curious.
That depends on the situation. I could sometimes give readings on the spot so there’s no time to prepare. But if I do have time to prepare, I like having at least a day to look at things and contemplate on them. One time, I had a lot of time because the person wanted it written up. I think I took about two months to complete it. It was pretty in depth and that led to a 2 hour phone conversation after she had processed all of it. It was a totally different experience for both of us. I found myself learning so much from that, but it did take a lot of energy having more time with it as compared to doing it on the spot.
I do believe that people get what they (we) need when it’s time and I truly enjoy observing it unfold. Whatever that may look like.
I usually will spend maybe 15 minutes to an hour or so. Just depends...I just roll with my intuition. I don't want to do a research project unless it is very specific request. I know of a very successful vedic astrologer who doesn't even look at the chart until he is doing the reading! But he is very intuitive and is a counseling based astrologer not predictive based.
I have found that giving all the information all at once and preparing in one shot for that is not the best way. Due to my less available time, i just split an hour reading of four 15 minutes readings over the week and cover important things that catch my eye.
That seems to make a greater impact on the person and less burden on self. It's a very unconventional way but gives me lot of satisfaction.
Thanks for the replies, it's interesting to hear how others do things. I guess on average I prep for 2 hours: 1 hour for technique crunching and writing down the results, the other hour for being distracted/daydreaming/staring at the screen/flipping to other charts, etc. LOL