09/09/2013 09:35 am ET Updated Nov 06, 2013

A Genie and A Road Map: How To Make Successful Decisions

The following post is an excerpt from What the Hell Is Going On in My Life? - Using Your Birthdate to Find Answers About Relationships, Career, Money, Sex & Health by Larry Schwimmer.

Imagine taking a long trip in your car. You're not totally sure where you're going, but you're thinking you can figure it out once you get on the road. Then, as you drive for a few hours you start wondering, "Maybe I'm not exactly sure where I'm headed." Unfortunately, there are no places to stop and ask for help. Eventually, you realize that you're lost. Amazingly, at that very moment, a genie magically appears in the passenger seat next to you. He tells you to open your glove compartment, where you'll find a road map with specific instructions, including the dates when you will get to each stop on your journey. The map is your assurance that you'll get to your destinations on time.

As an astrologer, just like the genie, I'll show you how to find your road map, plus use it to guide you to where you want to go. However, the way to get to where you want to go in life is by the decisions you make. I'll show you how to make your decisions at a time when they will be most successful.

Your road map to making successful decisions is sitting in a file drawer in your home, a safety deposit box, or in the archives of the hospital where you were born. It is called your birth certificate, and it has your precise date, place, and time of birth. All you have to do is find it and I'll show you how you can turn your birth information into a map that shows the major events of your life, and the best times to make those events successful. I'll show you how to use astrology for decision-making.

The good news: You do NOT need to have prior knowledge of astrology. This book will explain everything you need to know to understand the changes you're experiencing in your life, the decisions you may be required to make, and how to make them at the perfect time so they will be successful. The use of astrology is to reveal choices to you - not to make your choice for you. In that sense, as my brilliant astrology colleague Ray Merriman says: "It is a choice-revealer, not a choice-decider." Your own free will can always be brought to bear on any situation you face in life. You are the master of your own destiny.

A Good Time & A Bad Time To Start A Job!

Suppose, for example, after interviewing for a new job - you receive an offer. Your new employer calls you on the telephone, giving you a choice of two potential starting dates. You can start your new job in July; a time when your astrological chart indicates is a bad one because you'll work hard for little recognition and great frustration; or you can start in August, a positive date when your astrological chart says you will be successful, well received, and have opportunities for advancement. Assuming your new employer gave you these two choices, which date would you choose to start your new job?

Therein lies the practical value of using astrology for decision-making. It can give you the perfect time to make your decision a successful one that will benefit you. Of course, the choice is always yours. Yet, while career decisions are important, you can also use astrology for decision-making in many other areas of your life. In this competitive world, why not use every resources available to you. It all starts with your birthdate and an open mind.

Read Larry Schwimmer's latest books, What the Hell is Going On in My Life? Using Your Birthdate to Find Answers About Relationships, Career, Money, Sex & Health;and How To Ask For A Raise Without Getting Fired - And 24 Other Techniques For Resolving Conflicts At Work & In Life; and Winning Your Next Promotion In One Year (Or Less!).

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Larry Schwimmer is president of, a San Francisco-based consulting company. The firm uses planetary cycles analysis to counsel individual and corporate clients on picking the "best dates" to make successful decisions of all types: personal, marketing, financial, and political. The firm currently advises a diverse client base that includes politicians, presidents of major corporations and an MLB baseball team. Schwimmer is an internationally known business consultant, life coach and astrologer (with a Fortune 500 M&A background). Visit his website: