I list the types of readings I do, but it's not mandatory that you choose one particular type in order to have an astrology reading done.
If you don't know the particular reading that suits you and your queries best (often the case), just describe your circumstances and give some indication of the type of perspective you're looking for. Using this information, I can determine how to orient the reading. Often, a combination of charts is used to come up with the complete analysis.
On the other hand, if you do know with certainty which reading suits, choosing a single reading type creates solid parameters, and solid parameters make for a very potent reading of that variety.
Interpretations of the major planets, the Nodes of the Moon, Chiron, the four major asteroids, and Black Moon Lilith are used in my readings, though what is included varies from reading to reading depending on the queries.
I'm not a predictive astrologer, and that is by conscious choice. Contrary to what many might desire, I don't want anyone predicting the events of my life ahead of time, and, therefore, that isn't my form of astrology to practise.
I value the helpfulness and effectiveness of astrology as a soulful navigational tool, one that provides context by describing conditions, circumstances, dynamics, themes, and timing in an immediate and detailed way with depth and catalytic power. Through astrology, we can verbalize and "make real" certain feelings, experiences, dynamics, and energies that would otherwise remain vague, potentially throwing us off track.
If it speaks to you, the clarity astrology provides is invaluable.
This is a basic description of the individual readings I offer:
Natal: A natal reading works with your astrological birth chart, a very soulful document, indeed. This is the chart of planets, bodies, and points in the zodiac at the moment you were born, when you became an individual on the planet separate from your mother. My understanding of the astrological birth chart is that it is both a micro and a macro document, indicating how the personal life is connected to broader collective forces and what the broader impetus is for that individual. This type of reading describes your astrological placements and indicated themes. It includes strengths and talents as well as potential pitfall areas. This type of reading is useful for self-understanding and awareness of life's astrological themes.
Transit: A transit reading is a reading of the current placements and movement of the bodies and points in the zodiac and what they indicate in relation to your natal chart.
If a person is looking for assistance and perspective with current circumstances and themes, the reading looks at the recent past, describes the present, and talks about themes that carry into the future. This type of reading is effective for getting to immediate details that can help a person make more informed and clear-headed decisions, taking corrective action where necessary and capitalizing on benefits coming through various transits. It is good for perspective (What's going on in my life?), context (What's some of the meaning of it?), and timing (How long is this going to last? What's up ahead?). It provides an analysis of the astrological indicators as far as successful ways to deal with themes and events.
Transit readings can also be oriented to longer spans of time, outlining themes for 5, 10, 15 years down the road. These readings are good for longer-term perspective and structuring of life but are not as detail-oriented as far as present concerns and circumstances. I would suggest this type of reading only after you have a strong handle on both your natal chart and your current transits.
I sometimes add some analysis of the Secondary Progressed chart to transit readings, depending on the pertinence.
Relationship Synastry: This is a reading for any two individuals within relationship and describes the relational dynamics. This type of reading is most commonly done for romantic pairings but can also be done for business colleagues, family members, friends - anyone in any type of relationship. The natal charts of both individuals are placed in a bi-wheel - a double-layered wheel - and the aspects and interplay between the two are described in order to give an analysis of the relationship and its dynamics.
The internet has made it easier for people to really suss out astrologers before choosing to have a reading done, and I'm all for this. It's important to have an astrology reading done by someone you trust, whose perspective you value. If you enjoy what the astrologer has to say in general, you will probably enjoy your reading.
No one wants to waste time and money on a reading that does not hit the mark, and almost no astrologer wants to waste his or her time and energy doing one. Doing research and using your intuition helps to ensure that the right readings are being done with the right people involved.
If it's your first time having a reading done by a certain astrologer, it's a bit of a crap shoot. There's not much that can be done about that; it's the nature of the astrological beast. I will say, though, if you find an astrologer who gives you the information and perspective you need when you need it, it's well worth its price.