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My colleagues, none too kindly, used to refer to me as Our Lady of Pluto. After 35 years of diligent attention to self-improvement in these areas, I can say I have made progress—by no means perfection, but certainly progress! It is a priceless tool for gaining perspective on the self and for finding the roots of conflict and self-defeat within us. In discovering sources of self-defeat and self- hatred in your chart, you will free the life- affirming facets of your being to work more openly. By accepting all parts of yourself over time and allowing them positive expression, you can become a healthy, fully integrated person.

They are right in that the complete natal chart must be drawn up for a true and thorough understanding of the individual and wrong in belittling the importance of the Sun. The Sun is the center of our solar system from which all life in this system has evolved. Similarly, the Sun in our charts is the center of our being and the origin of our own life force. Its zodiac sign is crucial in forming our character and tells a great deal about us.

We will not be exploring Sun signs in this book, since your own previous exploration of the twelve signs is somewhat of a prerequisite, but this chapter is devoted to understanding the role the Sun plays in our charts and our lives. Two of the strongest modifications come about through the house the Sun is placed in and any major aspects1 to it. Later on, we will devote lengthy chapters to the houses and aspects and their place in interpreting the total chart. Here it is only important to understand what these features are and how they modify the Sun.

Briefly, the birth chart is divided into twelve pie- shaped wedges called houses, see the diagram below each of which is similar in nature to a particular sign and planet. Each house represents a number of related areas of life e. Why, you may wonder, is it important to find out which house your Sun inhabits? Each house is associated with a sign of the zodiac, being similar to that sign in terms of the major interests and concerns they share.

A person with Sun in Pisces but in the second house might be more grounded financially than the average Pisces would be, but would have much more difficulty in remaining down to earth and commonsensical than the average Taurus. As you can see, the result is a blend of the two signs, though the actual Sun sign is the stronger of the two influences.

If you have a copy of your birth chart, scan it to find out the house where the symbol for the Sun, shown at the left, is placed. Inside each house in the diagram, you will see an astrological symbol for one of the twelve zodiac signs. For instance, in the house next to the number 1, you will find the glyph for Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. In house two, you will find the glyph for Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac. The numbering and sign correspondence continues all the way around to the twelfth house and its associated sign Pisces.

For example, people with the Sun in the fourth house may share some qualities of the sign Cancer, since their homes, families, and roots are a major focus of energy and effort. Depending on the actual Sun sign, they may or may not share other well-known Cancerian qualities like emotionality, moodiness, or attachment to the past—Sun in Aquarius in the fourth, for instance, would definitely not be hung up in the past.

As for those with a seventh house Sun, there would be some common ground with the sign Libra, in that relationships would be a major concern. We will learn about the houses in depth in Chapter Use the bookmark at the side of this page to skip ahead to that chapter if you like and read about the house where your Sun is located. A second modification has to do with major aspects to the Sun.

For instance, Pluto is the planet connected with the sign Scorpio—more properly called the ruler of Scorpio. When 2 This practice of equating the planets, houses, and signs was popularized by Dr. Many of Dr. They can be intensely emotional, highly focused on power and how it is used, and no doubt passionate. In fact, someone guessing their sign might name Scorpio rather than the actual Sun sign. Likewise, people with Saturn conjunct the Sun would tend to have many qualities in common with the sign Saturn rules, Capricorn.

They will be concerned with long-range goals, wanting to perfect themselves, and possibly even as cautious and perfectionistic as the textbook Capricorn. For the remaining trios of signs, houses, and planets, refer back to the table given in Chapter One. The Sun as a Celestial Body If we look at the astronomical facts about our Sun, we gain support for the assertion that it is the most important factor in our charts. The Sun contains The weight of the Sun is times greater than the combined weights of all the planets. Thus the sheer immensity of the Sun dwarfs any other part of the solar system, and the Sun in our chart represents that immense influence.

There can be no life in our solar system without the Sun, and there can be no Sun without hydrogen. Hydrogen is the basic building material out of which stars such as our Sun are formed. Other matter is then produced by nuclear reactions inside the star. Incredibly high temperatures fuse hydrogen into helium, then into increasingly more complicated elements. Hydrogen, then, is the basic matter out of which all other matter is formed. It is the simplest of all atoms, a single electron circling a nucleus of one neutron and one proton.

I found the diagram of a hydrogen atom and was stunned to see that it looks exactly like the glyph for the Sun. Significantly, scientists designate hydrogen as element No. Burning hydrogen keeps the Sun alive, and billions of years from now when its hydrogen is gone, it will collapse in on itself and die. The Sun's heat and light gained from burning hydrogen are what keep us alive.

The Sun itself is alive, according to old-time occultists like Vera Stanley Alder. They teach that the stars and planets are living beings, evolved to an extent we cannot conceive of. Most scientists regard occultists and mystics as foolish, yet the borders of modern science—especially quantum physics—are evolving in increasingly mystical directions.

There is a center or nucleus around which all other matter in the system revolves. This principle is shown clearly in the ancient symbol for the Sun, which proves to be a timeless diagram for the understanding of life. It strikes me that when the Bible says that God made man in His own image, it may not be talking about a man-shaped God at all. Instead it may refer to the fact that all life operates out of this same principle of matter revolving around a nucleus, including the atoms and cells that make up the human body.

If all things in life revolve around their center, so must we. In order to live fully and develop our best potential, we must be centered. To be centered is to act out of the innermost depths of our being, out of a sure and comfortable knowledge of who we are. Just as the Sun is the center of the solar system, the Sun in our charts symbolizes our personal center. Studying its sign, house, and aspects can help us find ourselves. Ignoring the Sun in your chart is risking the loss of that center around which everything in our lives must revolve.

A good centering technique is to meditate on the Sun symbol itself, focusing on it until you feel yourself drawing deep inside. It is like a simplified mandala3. The potent symbol for the Sun will have a section all its own, but it is hard to talk about the Sun at all without referring to its symbol. To be centered is not the same as being self-centered, as many people with prominent Sun or Leo placements can be.

When we are children, we believe that every thing revolves around us. We exist in a state that psychologists call infantile omnipotence. That is, we believe ourselves to be the center of our universe, that we create everything that comes to us, and that everything exists only for us. In short, we believe we are God. Actually, we ARE God, but so is everyone and everything else in the universe. The Sun rules Leo, and Leos often retain a lifelong belief that everything revolves around them. The Sun remains the center of our solar system because of gravity. The force of gravity is the weakest of the forces holding our universe together, yet the Sun's gravity is so strong 28 times that of the earth that it keeps all the planets in orbit around it.

Every planet in our chart also orbits around our own Sun, and its in-drawing force should keep the Sun the center of our lives, rather than letting one of the other planets take over. To be centered elsewhere than in your Sun or to let one of the planets assume more importance than the Sun leads us to become eccentric literally, off- center or self-defeating. We can gain insight by thinking about the phenomena associated with the Sun. Eclipses were greatly feared in antiquity; today nobody much is afraid of them 3 A mandala is a circular design common in Asian religions that symbolically conveys the Universe, the totality, the deity, and wholeness.

Since solar eclipses occur in predictable series of a year, astronomers prepare well in advance and travel to those spots on earth where the eclipse will be total. During a solar eclipse, they collect information about the Sun's atmosphere and composition. The Sun in our charts represents both the ego and the basic self. Just as it takes an eclipse to show us the true nature of the Sun, we often learn most about our own true nature in times of stress when the ego is temporarily darkened or shut out.

Sunspots are an interesting phenomenon that occurs in regular cycles. A sunspot is a dark area that crosses the face of the Sun and creates magnetic storms on the earth. An astrological colleague, Robert Knight, explained sunspots to me by likening them to acne on the Sun's surface--places where the Sun's grainy surface protrudes from underneath. This analogy interested me because metaphysically skin disturbances represent identity problems, and we get the most acne as teenagers, when we are least sure of who we are. The Sun in our charts represents our basic identity. This exploration of the Sun as a celestial body should demonstrate that it is by far the most potent force in the solar system and in our charts.

As stars go, the Sun may be fairly small and faint, but we couldn't exist without it. The Sun is the only real source of light in our solar system; the light of the planets is only reflected sunlight. If you want to find the true source of light in your own life, focus and meditate on the Sun in your chart. The Sun Glyph and Its Power The glyph for the Sun is the most powerful of all astrological symbols and the richest in meaning. I taught astrology in a center for the treatment of alcoholism and once devoted an entire session to this symbol.

We kept pushing deeper and deeper to see what lessons we could learn from its form and shape, and we finally reached such a profound level of understanding that several of the men were moved to tears. I only hope I can recapture some of the spirit of that session with you. The symbol for the Sun is at least 50, years old and most likely a great deal older than that.

On the tablets, the symbol stood for the Sun, which was worshipped as the god named Ra. In later tablets, the symbol also represented the king; powerful kings were given the title Ra and regarded as divine. In astrology, the Sun rules the regal sign, Leo.

Interestingly, the outer layer of the Sun is called the corona Latin for crown because of its crown-like protrusions. In occult symbolism, the circle represents totality, infinity, eternity, and all there is. The dot in the middle of the Sun symbol indicates a specific point, place, individual, or time within that totality. For instance, the glyph could represent an atom, the dot being the nucleus. If you were an electron, that atom would seem to stretch to infinity. It could also represent a cell; from the nucleus, your boundaries would seem to stretch to infinity, yet there are millions of cells in one human being.

From the point of view of a human being in our solar system, the sun seems to stretch to infinity, yet there are at least billion solar systems in our galaxy, which is so vast that our Sun takes million years to rotate around the galaxy's center. Galaxies are not even the outer limits of Creation, because they occur in clusters of up to 10, and are very likely to be revolving around some vast, undiscovered center.

My favorite playpen on the Internet is the Astronomy Picture of the Day, which abounds in images of galaxies, nebulas, and other astronomical phenomena. A session spent looking at their archives helps us grasp the vastness of creation. It therefore is a symbolic confirmation that we are part of All That Is, as well as a pointed reminder that there are far greater things in the universe than we can ever know. We are divine, yet miniscule. If the dot in the center represents us, the circle that represents totality shows that we are separate, yet one with everything there is.

For the person who is heavily self-centered, however, that circle represents a wall between the self and all that is—a separation from the oneness. In astrological symbolism, the circle is also said to represent spirit. The dot in the circle is the center of our being, the soul, so the Sun symbol reminds us that we are spiritual at the core of our being. The dot is surrounded by spirit, and God is all around us.

The circle is a boundary or ring that keeps us from getting lost, and we can never escape our spirituality. Leaving behind traditional symbolism and letting intuition go to work, the symbol for the Sun also suggests an egg. The egg is another source of life force out of which something develops.

The egg is dormant, yet once fertilized contains all that is needed to produce an adult. The egg represents the total potential of an individual, and so does the Sun in the chart. Our oneness with all life is seen in the course of development of the human embryo, for it goes through stages of looking like an amoeba, a fish, a reptile and a bird, before passing into an irrevocably human form about seven weeks after conception. Another idea the symbol makes me think of is a target with a bull's-eye, and the Sun in our charts is what we aim for. This is another reminder that we must focus and center ourselves if we want to hit the target.

It is also like looking down into a funnel or tunnel, both of which require concen- tration if we need to remain in the center. The Sun symbol also looks like the human eye. The eyes are said to be the windows of the soul and are especially revealing of the person's true character and intent. Likewise the Sun in the chart represents the soul and the true character. The Sun in the chart is both the I AM and the ego. The ego can get in the way of real self-development. Then, too, the symbol reminds me of a rapidly spinning wheel. The circle reminds us that life is cyclical and that history is always repeating itself.

The dot in the center shows that the only way to get off the wheel is to become centered in spirit. I believe that the sign, house, and aspects of the Sun in the chart show the most important tasks and goals of this soul in this particular incarnation and the place where the greatest development can occur. As you can see, the Sun symbol is extremely rich in meaning. What we've discerned so far is not the totality, but only the egg.

If you keep meditating on this symbol, still deeper levels of meaning may unfold. It was an object of worship to ancient people all over the world who felt the influence of the Moon's phases on the earth and its creatures. Recently some of the "superstitions" about the Moon have become respectable, as scientists, sociologists, and policemen discover their validity.

In astrology, too, we recognize the strong influence of the Moon on the individual, whether it is through gravity, some mystical force, or something as yet unknown. In Western astrology, the Moon is considered second only to the Sun in shaping our character. In Vedic astrology, the ancient astrological wisdom of India, it is given even greater weight than the Sun.

Moon Symbolism, Moon Worship and Women The symbol for the Moon in astrology and other areas of the occult is the most recognizable of any glyph, but have you wondered why that particular phase of the moon—called the waxing crescent—was chosen? Why not one of the other phases? In her fascinating book, Women's Mysteries, Esther Harding said it was because the Moon meant growth and fertility to the ancients, and the waxing crescent was the phase at which the Moon had the most room to grow.

For instance, I once noticed that a radar screen is shaped like the symbol for the Moon. It does act like a radar screen, whereby we scan, receive, and respond to subtle impressions from the outside. Esther Harding, Women's Mysteries, Harper, My astrological mentor, Rod Chase pointed out that boats are shaped like the Moon.

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Boats hold and protect us—and protectiveness is a function of the Moon. The Moon also describes the way we handle emotions, and this similarity between the Moon and boats taught Rod that the only way to deal with our emotions is to float on them rather than be swallowed up and drown in them. Symbolism based on the Moon is present in many occult studies.

In ancient mythology, the Moon goddess was Diana, who ruled over nature and fertility. Women who wanted children made offerings to her, and pregnant women believed Diana could grant an easy childbirth. She was a very important goddess and was connected with critical maternal functions. Though I knew about these beliefs from astrology and mythology, I was still surprised to make a discovery while doing progressions4 on my natal horoscope. Several times when the Moon made progressed aspects to my Ascendant or Midheaven, or when an outer planet transited my natal Moon, a crucial woman came into my life—and each time the woman was named Diana!

As I experimented with different systems of divination, I was fascinated to find Moon-like images in almost all of them. For instance, numerologists believe that the numeral 2 comes from the symbol for the Moon. The meaning of 2 in numerology is similar to some astrological meanings of the Moon—it is the feminine principle, cooperation, and the helpmate. Numerologically, 2 is emotional and intuitive, like the Moon in astrology.

When you break the name Diana down numerologically, it adds up to a 2. That can't be a coincidence. The Moon and the number 2 are well represented in the Tarot. This card shows a deeply mysterious woman, schooled in ancient occult wisdom such as Wicca. The crescent Moon is at her feet, and she sits between two pillars representing good and evil. There are four suits in the Tarot deck, and if you analyze all four of the 2s, they seem to express variations of the cooperation-helpmate them—or the lack of it.

Its name is The Receptive, and it is made up of all Yin feminine lines. This hexagram denotes devotion, complementarity, and the eternal female principle. Significantly, this is hexagram number 2. The Moon is strong in a chart when it is near the Midheaven or Ascendant or when there are many aspects to it. The other includes the various kinds of progressions, meaning how the planetary positions unfolded in the days and weeks after birth.

In one simple form of progression, called Day for a Year, the positions of the planets on the tenth day after birth correspond to the conditions in your life at age ten. The book mentioned earlier, Women's Mysteries, is extremely important to me, not only for understanding the Moon and its mystical significance, but also for understanding the feminine part of our humanness—whether we are biologically male or female in this lifetime.

The book traces the spontaneous and separate growth of Moon religions in all parts of the world and documents how those religions grew and changed as cultures evolved. In all those religions, the Moon was thought to be feminine and to have special importance to women. In another important book of the s, The First Sex, Elizabeth Davies provided historical evidence that Moon religions took hold during ancient times when there was a matriarchy, and that the Sun-worshipping religions did not take hold until the patriarchy was established. I asked them to pretend they were an extremely primitive and isolated tribe gathering for the purpose of establishing a religion.

They entered deeply into the experiment, assigning themselves roles in the tribe and discarding all knowledge that a primitive person could not gain from observations of nature. They decided to worship the Sun and Moon, neither of which they had control over, and concluded the two celestial bodies were alive because they moved.

The Sun was designated male, as it was stronger and more dominant. The Moon was unanimously regarded as female because of its softness, romantic nature, and constant changes. The growth of the Moon and its phases were likened to pregnancy in women and the monthly menstrual cycle. As we will see, the Moon is extremely dominant in the horoscope, so what role should we assign to it in a man's chart? Many old-time astrologers dismissed the Moon in a man's chart as representing the key women in his life. However, the Moon rules such key psychological functions as emotion and dependency —and it is unhealthy for a man to ignore either of these.

Both exist in men as much as in women, but our culture has forced men to repress them—and, overall, that's hard on men. It is better to accept the Moon as being the feminine side of a man's psyche the anima, in Jungian terms , just as Mars represents some of the masculine strivings in a woman's chart. We'll see that the two are nearly inseparable. A better word for this function is nurturing—after all, we can also get care, food, 5 Elizabeth Davies, The First Sex, Penguin Books, As adults, many men do take care of others friends and relatives, as well as children.

This is one of the functions of the Moon in a man's chart, though it is often suppressed or disguised in Western culture. When the first edition of this book was written, most people had a traditional upbringing in which the biological mother filled the lunar functions, so the Moon in the chart would have been read as the mother. The Moon describes how well we take care of others and gratify their needs, and how well we accept those same needs in ourselves.

Can we accept feeling dependent and work to get those needs met? And, similarly, how do we respond when others are dependent on us? With a Moon in Cancer, for instance, dependency is often strong. These individuals may be extremely dependent on others and show it; or, conversely, they may hide their own dependency, consciously or unconsciously, by compulsively caretaking others. The catch here is that this mother-to-the-world pose can leave them drained and feeling even more needy. A Moon in Aries person, on the other hand, places a high value on independence and has a very low tolerance for other people's dependency.

Caretaking gets in the way of all those bright, shiny new projects they want to work on. Psychology teaches us that our attitude toward depen- dency in others and ourselves comes directly from our parents, particularly our mothers. If the parent dealt with dependency in a loving but balanced way—neither over-protective nor neglectful—then we will also be able to handle dependency appropriately.

Both of these Moon signs might experience the same difficulty in responding to others that their parents did. Like it or not, we generally become the kind of parents our parents were. If we are psychologically aware, we may vow to raise our children differently than we were raised. Nonetheless, when children actually come along, we are often dismayed to find ourselves sounding and acting just like our own parents. Why is this? The Moon represents patterns, habits, and memories from our earliest years, many of which are unconscious.

We live what we learn, and one of the lessons we learn from our parents is how to be a parent. Since that learning is mainly unconscious or preverbal—that is, it happens before the infant is able to think in words— such patterns are resistant to rational control. Children who were abused, for instance, may be dismayed to find abusive urges arising when they themselves become parents or caretakers of children. The Moon also rules our basic sense of security, which early parenting influences in crucial but unconscious ways.

It comes from the way the infant is held, fed, and responded to when crying—whether all these things are done with love, with anxiety, with indifference, or even with hostility. Thus the type of parenting we get at this stage shapes our attitude toward the world we live in. Is it a safe place or a hostile one?

Do we feel lovable? Do we feel wanted or barely tolerated? An analysis of the Moon in our charts will answer these questions. In the preverbal stage we either develop or fail to develop basic trust, according to the classic theories of psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. Basic trust means that we find the world and the people in it good and trustworthy. This stage has a potent effect on our ability to allow other people to be close to us and on our over-all orientation to life. A person with the Moon in Scorpio, for example, might have learned very early not to trust.

The parent may have pretended concern and caring even to the point of being over- protective , but there was often some other, less loving motivation behind it. Many times, the parent was manipulative and controlling, while pretending to have only the best interests of the child at heart. Thus, the child learned to be suspicious and, in self-defense, to second-guess others to discover their real motivations. As an adult, the person often adopts some of the parents' controlling patterns of behavior in order to maintain a sense of security and control over an unpredictable world.

In contrast, the person with Moon in Taurus, unless the Moon has difficult aspects, had more positive nurturing. The parents were stable and accepted the child's needs. They were more forthright, not so hard to understand or so emotionally intense as with the Moon in Scorpio. As a result, the child grows up secure and feeling that he and the world are basically okay. Naturally, other aspects in the chart can modify this. Taurus is the sign traditionally thought to be the best placement for the Moon—its "exaltation. The Moon in your chart shows the conditions under which you would feel most emotionally secure—different for each of us.

The house position of the Moon reveals more detail about conditions that lend a sense of security. A person with the Moon in the eleventh house would feel most secure when surrounded by friends or in some meaningful group. Someone with the Moon in the seventh usually only feels secure when involved in a long-term, inti- mate relationship. The sign and house position can conflict—to have it in Aquarius means there is security in freedom and change. The Moon in Aquarius in the fourth had better invest in a mobile home, because Aquarius can feel stifled by putting down roots.

Many people judge themselves harshly about the things that make them feel secure. For example, the Moon in Aquarius in the fourth person may say, "It's bad for me to be so restless. Generally, the Moon's sign, house, and aspects will describe your actual mother—to the extent that sometimes the child's Moon sign is the same as mother's Sun sign. What is interesting, however, is that children in the same family may have vastly different Moons. In one family, for instance, the older brother and sister both have their Moon in Aries, but the younger sister has her Moon in Scorpio.

The older children were both encouraged to be independent Aries , but at the time the younger sister was born, the mother nearly died. Scorpio is sometimes associated with death. She was pampered, overprotected, and called "Baby Doll" up to the time she was We can speculate that the mother unconsciously resented that child for bringing her so close to death, but covered up this feeling through overprotection and pampering.

Why do these discrepancies in Moon signs in the same family occur? What the Moon describes is not the actual mother, but the child's experience of her. That is, it doesn't show the mother as a total person separate from the child, but only the child's-eye view of her. Parents cannot treat all children alike—some children are better loved, some rub them the wrong way, and some remind them of people they love or hate.

Then, too, conditions in the home can change or the mother herself may change for the better or worse, and this changes the quality of mothering. You can actually trace the history of a family through the sequence of Moons in the offspring. For instance, an early child or two may have a well-aspected Moon in Taurus, showing a warm and giving relationship with the mother.

After the birth of a third child, however, perhaps economic conditions force the mother to go to work. Perhaps that child is born with Moon in Capricorn, showing that the mother is now more serious and intent on business, with less time to give the children when the work day is finished. There are still similarities—both Taurus and Capricorn are earth signs—but the third child doesn't experience as much warmth from the mother, and isn't allowed to be a baby long enough.

Because she is worn out from working, the mother pushes the child to grow up and be less of a burden. To take another example, sometimes a child with Moon in Libra or other crucial placements in that sign is conceived because the mother feels it will cement a marriage that is breaking apart or, if not yet married, in hopes that it will induce the man to marry her.

This strategy rarely works, because in reality a new baby puts considerable stress on a relationship, even one that is going well. So, if an already-strained relationship breaks up or becomes more distant, the mother often will turn to her Moon in Libra child for the love and closeness she is missing from the child's father. The child then grows up needing that kind of constant closeness and being strongly motivated to form relationships.

This may be a person who can't stand to be alone—it makes him or her insecure and unhappy. The Moon and Emotions The Moon in our chart also shows our emotions and how we deal with them, as well as how we respond to the emotions of those around us. This, again, relates back to the nurturing we had as a very young child. How well our parents responded to our emotional expressions powerfully shapes what emotions we allow ourselves to feel and how we deal with them and with other people's emotions.

We can learn much about the nature of a sign by considering its element6. In the case of people born with the Moon in an air sign 6 Based on a medieval system, the zodiac signs are divided into four elements—fire, earth, air, and water. Fire and air work well together air keeps a fire burning, and fire warms up cold air , but they do not work so well with water or earth. Water and earth complement each other—no crops would grow without both—but they do not work so well with fire and air.

As a result, this child learned to cut off emotions and to be detached from them. It was either that, or lose the mother's love and approval. In an extreme case, this can lead to a person who is detached from most emotions. Often, with air sign Moons, the mother could handle feelings best on an intellectual basis, asking the child to explain them away or make them rational.

But there is little that is rational about our emotions! As adults, these people intellectualize feelings rather than being in touch with them. They want to talk away their emotions and the emotions of other people. There is even a study on dung beetles. You can buy the book from the ANS website — www. I give Astrology Considered five stars. Review by Victor Olliver. Compiled by no less an august body than the Organization for Professional Astrology in the US, it fizzes with the kind of go-getting positivity not always overly abundant in Britannia.

Yes, you too have the capability to succeed as a business class astro pro — and how can you doubt this message given the tribe of stellar contributors on show? It tends to confirm what could have been guessed. A lack of professional status may explain why astro males are thin on the ground. So what? Now it is potentially global, thanks to the internet.

Financial astrologer Ray Merriman, for instance, began studying astrology at 20 and was practising by The Professional Astrologer is the next best thing to a good friend who has made it big in our field. Its upbeat message is inspiring while its readable and priceless insights offer credible routes to astro success. Oner Doser is a leading Turkish astrologer.

He has a school in Istanbul, Astroart, and runs Astrology School Publishing which has released 14 books. He blends traditional and modern techniques while combining modern psychological and spiritual interests with realistic attitudes about fate and determinism. This book focuses on predictions and gives a thorough explanation of the many techniques, both old and newer, that can predict events in a person's life. His main theory is that it is important to use predictive techniques to gain knowledge of what will happen so that one may be best prepared to handle the events.

He organizes the book from big to small. He starts with the seven ages of man and follows with a chapter on triplicities. The ancient astrologers considered a normal human life to be 75 years and this made for easy math when divided by three, the basis of the triplicites. Firdaria is a technique similar to the Vedic Dasha system where a planet takes prominence over a portion of the life. Here he teaches the importance of diurnal versus nocturnal charts, as the starting point of the Firdaria is the Sun or Moon depending on the type of chart.

Profections move the Sun along by a sign each year, while transits show the planets real time effects on us. There are chapters on secondary progressions, directing by bounds, primary directions, eclipses, solar and lunar returns, and the book ends with a chapter on rectification. This is a lot of information and each chapter is a complete explanation of the technique, with references to a source if you want even more detail.

His chapter on transits, a familiar technique to most astrologers, is excellent and a great tool for reference. Oner is a natural teacher with his Jupiter in Gemini in the 9th house. Oner uses his chart as the example for the various techniques he teaches. As you read the book you get to know this intelligent and likable colleague. This is a book that fills in gaps in one's education. It is a book that can replace the many books you bought but couldn't understand. This is the textbook you want if you want to learn a new predictive technique.

Each chapter is complete on its own so you can pick the things you want to learn. I finally understand Triplicities but know that the math in primary directions is something that I may not want to tackle. You will be happy that you own this book. Mountain Astrologer Review by Mary Plumb. This book from Fernandez is a contribution to what is sometimes known as Evolutionary Astrology, basically an astrology that assumes the notion of reincarnation and considers the spiritual growth of the individual.

He establishes his foundational points thoroughly and then builds from there, repeating as necessary and thus making the work accessible to beginners. I was captivated at the very beginning by his understanding of the elements as indicators of a way of experiencing life. Although this approach may sound oversimplified to more advanced students, Fernandez offers a description of the essence of each archetype that is deeper, and yet easier to grasp, than similar delineations in many other books.

Although this is a fine, all-around book for those who are drawn to this kind of spiritual approach, the author is particularly insightful about the Moon. He describes the Moon, in part, as where and how we take in new experiences, and he sees it as a key to evolutionary growth. Fernandez then describes the three stages within each level and gives examples of each, making this part of the book an in-depth exploration of how evolution occurs and how it can be understood through the astrological archetypes.

Maurice Fernandez writes with a sense of familiarity and yet humility about this tricky business of consciousness levels. There are other models for measuring levels of consciousness out there Gurdjieff and Dr. Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness obviously covers expansive themes, and the layout and design of the book serve it well. There are attractive chart wheels and bold and bulleted points. He achieves his goal.

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Maurice Fernandez writes about our fall from the universal oneness symbolized by Pisces that happens as we take birth and how we can best handle the fact that we are now alive in a world of duality. Chapter 1 describes the seven evolutionary phases of development. It is important to read this section first before skipping ahead to read about your particular signature so that you will understand the deep meaning of the book. The developmental phases of the Pisces archetype are:. After explaining these stages so that one can understand their meanings, Maurice goes on to Section 2 which brings in the specifics of the signatures of Pisces with each sign and in each house.

He is scarily correct in these descriptions. You recognize yourself and your friends and family and feel that Maurice is talking to YOU. You realize that this is accurate information and therefore safe to use when working with clients. At the end of each sign description he tells you the things that you must Forgive and Accept, gives you an affirmation, a challenge, a gift, and the path to happiness.

There are a couple of chart examples for each sign. The third section is called Neptune in Transit. Maurice describes the current transit of Neptune in Pisces, which is happening while the book was being written and rewritten. He then looks back to the previous transit of Neptune in Pisces and draws parallels to the present transit He gives suggestions of what we might expect in the coming years as Neptune proceeds towards his entry into Aries.

He steers your thinking in the right direction so that you may become a force towards the positive outcome of the transit.

Neptune and Pisces and the 12th house teach surrender, and this is a good way to read this book. Trust that you can absorb this material and be influenced by it with good results. Your left brain will be happy that the writing is well organized with good summaries of each segment, making it easy to refer back to and also to get the gist of the meaning so that you can remember it.

Maurice is a good writer who writes with clarity and gives images and specific details. This is a big book with a wealth of information. He uses many words yet there are no excess words so that it is a pleasure to read. It is not redundant with the other books on Neptune as it has its unique slant, that of Evolutionary Astrology, making it spiritual yet realistic. Maurice is talking to your soul about its journey in this incarnation.

This book takes a place among the classics of astrological literature. It belongs on your bookshelf. Why are the planets named as they are? Who decides the name for a planet, especially for the newly discovered objects? What has been the result of astronomers deciding that Pluto is no longer to be designated as a planet?

These are the questions that form the basis of this book. Ancient astrology was based on observation of the night sky We no longer do this. The new names have not yet stood the test of time. There is also the fact that astronomers are discovering belts and zones of planet-like objects. The book ponders how we, as astrologers, deal with these new discoveries. There is a chapter on the importance of naming, stating that names create reality and that once perceptions are set it is hard to change them.

She describes in detail the interesting processes of how Uranus and Neptune received their names. Pluto has his own chapter and in it she suggests that the reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet is indicative of an astrological paradigm shift. Pluto has now been reclassified to his status as a planet. This does not change the purpose of this book. It holds its value as the history of the event and will be of use to astrologers in the future who wonder how such a thing happened and why Pluto was seen as a dwarf planet between and This book makes us think about the astrology that we take for granted and opens questions as to how to use the new discoveries.

It is well documented with footnotes. My only suggestion is that I would have preferred to have the many charts she discusses printed. Patricia gives us a good summery of the work done by some master astrologers such as Rob Hand, Nicolas Campion, and Bernadette Brady. We are introduced to their work so that we become familiar with it even if we have never read it. She quotes and credits many other astrologers. It is a great read for the thinking person who loves new ideas to chew on.


This is a good book. Night sky lovers who enjoy looking at the stars can use this book as a reference to identify major constellations and learn about star legends and lore. Aleksandar Imsiragic, describes fixed stars with mythological codes for the corresponding constellations. He intelligently designs his book in very specific sections, with important illustrations including how the stars align with each degree of the Zodiac, and many detailed reference tables throughout.

In the first extensive section, the author outlines where the fixed stars are located through the 12 Zodiac signs by each degree. The next section lists the fixed stars as they appear in the Zodiac constellations. The continuing chapters expand the descriptions of constellations beyond the ecliptic, with a special emphasis on the "Royal Family of Constellations".

The author summaries in detail the mythological origins and astrological influences behind these constellations. He adds richness by listing the seven visible planets and the meaning associated with these planets align with specific stars.

In the final chapters of the book, the author includes a very rich section called "The Anatomy of Constellations". For example, stars in the head of a constellation are symbolic of taking the lead, arms are associated with practical detail, while stars in the legs represent social connections. Here, the author asserts " by understanding the anatomy of a constellation, we can see how the meaning of a star will literally manifest in the body ".

Aleksandar Imsiragic concludes his epic reference book over pages with a surprising and touching chapter called "The Son of Orion and The Virgin". Here, he includes research indicating planet patterns for the birth of Christ and the Star of Bethlehem. Seasoned astrologers may easily use this book as a great reference for personal or professional practice. New astrologers may be intrigued and inspired by the rich depth of mythology and wisdom encoded in the meaning for each star. The author is doing a great service to the filed of astrology by compiling such an extensive resource.

He's done it again. Steven Forrest has written another great book. For those of you old enough to remember the joy of hearing that the Beatles had put out a new album, or that Tom Robbins hasd written a new novel, or that apple had released a new Iphone, there is the same happiness that there is a new book by this favorite author and teacher. Steven has aced it with The Book of Neptune. He gives us the planet through the eyes of an evolutionary astrologer. Reading this book is a process, more of a transformative experience than a cognitive event.

Steven starts the book teaching us astronomy. This section sets up the main metaphor of the book - Neptune is the window to the transNeptunian planets, which symbolize the world of consciousness, what lies beyond and within. Neptune is the window through which consciousness peers at the cosmos-and through which the light of the cosmos pours into us.

A window is both inside and outside of the house. In a similar fashion, Neptune belong both to the known planets and the unknown, newly discovered, and yet to be discovered planets in the Kuiper belt. Once he establishes this image, he tells us in the rest of the book, how to polish this mirror. He states: taking care of our souls boils down to window washing. He teaches meanings of Neptune in aspect with the planets, Neptune in the houses, and finally Neptune in the signs.

Steven uses both popular music and religion to describe how Neptune affects the culture as he moves through the signs. He has a chapter on Neptune in Pisces and speculates on what that may bring. Periods of Neptunian stimulus correspond to periods in which one's consciousness might be becoming more spacious.

Most of what is truly important in such a time happens invisibly. It is more centered in the category of "realization" and less focused on actual existential events. He makes the point that Neptune does not evolve you, that he does correspond with a time of evolutionary opportunity, but the work is up to you.

Steven gives good suggestions as to how to make the best of such times in your life. This book is a great help to the counseling astrologer. There is good advice on how to work with clients and Neptune. He is thorough and explains how to impart these ideas about Neptune to those who come for a reading. Steven Forrest is a great writer and a great teacher. This material is taken from workshops from his Apprenticeship Program. He writes in a dynamic way and it feels as if we are sitting in a class- room with him.

From the beginning of his publishing career, his books have been filled with clear meanings for the astrological symbols. As he grows older and ripens, his books reflect the evolution of his consciousness. He is thus able to tell us how to do so ourselves.

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He makes our understanding of Neptune come alive. It is more than the Mercurial meanings found in other books, because he frees us from words and takes our understanding to a new realm. Steven tells us that Neptune coincides with synchronicity, not coincidence, and my Neptunian self resonated with this book as I read it a few weeks before the Lunar eclipse which fell by degree on my natal Neptune. From now on I will look at Neptune in a client's chart with new depth of understanding.

Thank you, Steven, for writing this book. If you want to enhance your dreams, find your path to higher consciousness, and honor your spiritual life, buy this book. There is something new in this book that comes from something very old. Adam Gainsburg has added information to our astrological knowledge by using the ancient method of observation.

He looked at the night sky for nine years and while doing so he received understanding from Venus about her phases as she moves through both the night and morning skies. Adam defines phases as the dynamic sub-section of a planet's complete cycle with another body that conveys a broader meaning than the planet itself. In this book Adam uses the archetypal meaning of feminine when he speaks of Venus.

He then goes on to differentiate between the personal feminine and the dharmic feminine, which is ones spiritual responsibility to the collective and thus objective and beyond self, the place where one moves from me to we. Venus has thirteen phases in her relationship to the Sun. Each phase has a specific meaning that Adam delineates. The meat of the book is these detailed descriptions of each phase. Adam gives factual data, the personal and dharmic soul growth meanings of each phase, and a meditation image. It is all good advice that helps you obtain a deeper look at who you are.

He has excellent graphics and diagrams that add a visual dimension towards understanding what he is saying. You can see the phases as Venus moves from morning star to evening star and back again. There is a table that spans the time period from , which enables you to find the Venus phase at birth for you, your parents, your children, and grandchildren, and all your friends.

This makes it easy to study Venus phases by using the information in reference to those you know. The book contains thirteen appendices. One of these is on Venus-Moon aspects, adding another dimension. There is a table that makes it easy for you to find your Venus-Moon conjunction with information on the sign it is in and what it means for you.

This is an easy book to read but is not a book for beginners since you need to know your basics to understand it. It is a book that will make you think. The best advice on electability I have ever heard comes not from any TV pundit or elite columnist, but from a bottle cap still sitting on my bureau: Good things come to those who hustle.

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