BOOKREVIEWS

Victor Ledeboer: The Master of Time, 2009
Neil Spencer - True as the Stars Above - adventures in modern astrology, London, 2000
Robert Blaschke - Progressions
Robert Blaschke - Sabian Aspect Orbs , 2001
A New Astrology, the art and science of the stars, door Nicholas Campion, 1999
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THE MASTER OF TIME is the title of a new book, written by an upcoming Dutch financial astrologer: Victor Ledeboer. An epos on the mystery of the work of  W.D. Gann (which mysteries the book will not disclose but will explore, in the light of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle. I read the book in one breath as it is a wholly authenthic book, a kind of a novel almost, and because I am interested in planetary cycles. The book  (of 105 pages) is not on financial astrology per se, it is somewhat philosophical. For shipment to Belgian and Dutch addresses the book can be ordered from chta (chta @astrologie.ws), at 19,95 euro, both in English as well as in Dutch (see this page for the Dutch version).  For shipment to other countries contact the author at info @ decyclusanalist.nl

 

True as the Stars Above:
Adventures in Modern Astrology,
by Neil Spencer
REVIEW BY JOYCE HOEN DF ASTROL S

With the exception of the brief "brief guide to astrology" I read this book from cover to cover in a few days. And that is quite exceptional, given the fact that although the author claims to be an astrologer, he actually is taking up the viewpoint of so many modern people who are afraid to wholesale go for astrology, and prefer to almost put it down as some hippyish thing of the past, with little future but in the realms of the profane.

So why did I read this book almost enthralled by it? One of its reasons must be that the author is an extremely good writer. He is a British journalist by profession and writes as enthralling as his counterpart in astrology, the ex-journalist Dennis Elwell. But Elwell gets my heart for astrology going, Neil Spencer certainly doesn’t do that. Spencer however is very well informed, to my amazement he was very well informed on the history of German astrology, though admittedly, he read all the books I read in the past on those, and relies heavily on such books as Ellic Howe’s "Urania's Children". Spencer seems to have informed himself via books and the internet for a great part, but he does present an enormous amount of interesting facts. He spends a chapter on the influence of Alan Leo and Theosophy on astrology (not being too enthusiastic about it himself), a chapter on the various USA birth charts, on the Rise of Financial Astrology, on Lady Diana Spencer’s affair with astrology, on music and astrology, on literature and astrology, and in passing mentions many names in the current profession of astrology. There was not a lot of news for me in the book, and yet, it was great to read all these facts from a slightly skeptical but all the same very well informed point of view. I can hardly imagine that this book appeals to the lay public, or to anybody outside of my own generation who hardly knows all these people. But for those of you not afraid to read behind typical "British cynicism" in the book, it is great reading to get up to date with what has happened especially in the last two decades in Western Astrology. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Astrology: A Language of Life.

Volume 1 - Progressions,

by Robert P.Blaschke.

REVIEWED BY RAYMOND MERRIMAN


Reading this book is like going back in a time capsule to perhaps the most exciting period in the history of astrology prior to the last quarter of this century. Right in the beginning, the author lets you know that his concepts have been heavily influenced by both Alan Leo and Charles E.O. Carter. This immediately caught my attention, for like so many modern-day astrologers, these two pioneers had a heavy influence on my own early astrological training. I loved going into the old musty astrology bookstores and finding the gems that these two wrote. I was enamored with their old English writing style, as well as their abilities to forecast and delineate via astrological principles. I remember thinking that I couldn't wait for the day when I could learn just a fraction of what these gentleman imparted in their works.

Not only does Blaschke re-visit these old masters, but he also writes in a style that is very similar. Reading thus becomes like re-discovering an old friend: it is both solid and comfortable. But it is even more than that, for Blaschke specifically focuses on just a couple of forecasting techniques of these two grand astrologers, and then takes off on his own unique interpretation of the importance of these techniques. Like Carter and Leo, Blaschke's material is not a light read. It is heavy, but it is also very substantial in its value. With this book, you will go slowly, because it will take time to digest the significance of what hen is saying. And significant it is or perhaps a better word to describe this book would be "powerful."

The basic concept of this book the first in a series to be published is that not all transits and progressions are created equally. In fact, all forecasting must go back to the source, which is the natal chart itself. If it's not there to start with, then a particular progression or transit to a natal planet will likely have minimal effect. In fact, for maximum effect, one needs a combination of progressions and transits going on simultaneously that involve the same planets (or dispositors or rulerships) that show up as aspects in the natal chart.

Most of today's astrologers might think that is simple, but there is one very important difference. Blaschke uses not only the commonly practiced secondary progressions, but also the tertiary and minor progressions, which are far less familiar to today's astrologers. In Blaschke's view, the minor progressions correlate with the causal, or mental plane. These then tie into the tertiary progressions, which correspond to the astral or emotional plane. Finally, these energies then continue to evolve through the secondary progressions, which represent the physical body. Just as the different progressions are dependent upon different time frames (related to planetary movements between Earth, Sun, and Moon), so too do these developments unfold in the same time sequence proportions in one's life.

The gist of this concept is that very meaningful changes unfold in one's life when combinations of these progressions occur, involving principles that are inherent in the natal chart, which are then re-enacted with transits.

At first I thought this cannot occur too frequently in an individual's life. I mean, we are mostly concerned with reading secondary progressions or major transits to planets and angles in one's chart, and that seems quite enough. But maybe this is not quite correct. After all, not all aspects between progressions and natal planets also show up between those same two natal planets. Furthermore, not all major transits to natal planets also find those same two planets present in the natal chart. So wouldn't Blaschke's (or Leo's or Carter's) concept occur very infrequently? Well, no. Especially not if you include minor and tertiary progressions, which happen much more frequently than only secondary progressions.

Like most reviewers who understand this material, I immediately set out to see if any of these time periods occurred with anything significant in my own life. I decided to see if my daughter's wedding would show up. She is to be married June 25, 1999. Uranus rules my fifth house of children, is currently transiting through my fifth house, and currently transiting in sextile to my natal Mercury (ruling planet). OK, not bad from a "normal" perspective. Natally, my Mercury opposes Uranus. Still OK, whether normal or via Blaschke technique. However, most astrologers wouldn't think Uranus as a transit would necessarily correspond to marriage of a daughter (well, yes, it is freedom of responsibility???? as a parent, but she is already quite independently well-off on her own). But then here comes Blaschke's suggestion: look at the tertiary and minor progressions. So I did, and lo and behold, there is tertiary progressed Jupiter exactly conjunct my natal Sun, with tertiary progressed Moon exactly square (Jupiter disposes my natal Mercury, which is where we started). Furthermore, at the time of the wedding, there is minor progressed Mercury right back to where it was natally - in Sagittarius, opposed the natal Uranus. It turns out minor progressed Neptune is exactly trine the natal Uranus and minor progressed Mercury, and Neptune rules my 7th house. Every principle Blaschke described for an important life event was there, in every study: it was there in the natal, secondary progression, tertiary progression, minor progression, and transits - and all involving the same natal principle ruling the fifth house of children!

I'm impressed. Thank you, Mr. Blaschke. I always appreciate an enlightening insight, and you just provided one. If you are a serious astrology student who is looking for something beyond the white bread and butter of much of today's astrology, I would highly recommend you read - and apply - this new book on a classic method of astrological forecasting. It's powerful stuff.

May 1 1999

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ASTROLOGY. A LANGUAGE OF LIFE.
Volume II: SABIAN ASPECT ORBS
by Robert P. Blaschke. Published by Earthwalk School of Astrology
REVIEWED BY PAUL F. NEWMAN

Robert Blaschke produced a winner with his critically-acclaimed volume on 'Progressions' (Earthwalk, Portland, Oregon 1998). Now the second volume in his 'Astrology - A Language of Life' series is published, concentrating on the measurements between degrees, and it is certainly as original and thought-provoking as the first.

Dedicated on the inside page to "the marriage of the technical and symbolical realms of astrology", this phrase sets the tone and reflects the spirit behind Mr Blaschke's work. In a highly original way the Sabian symbols (representing the symbolical) are employed to reveal meanings from every possible astrological aspect (the technical). And by every possible aspect I mean just that. The author's premise is that "there is no empty space in the Zodiac" - "every aspect's separating orb touches the next aspect's applying orb". In essence every one of the 360 degrees makes an aspect of some kind with every other degree in the zodiac. And "every aspect tells a story".

Each chapter neatly reflects the number it is discussing, so while Chapter One is 'The Conjunction' and Chapter Two 'The Opposition' etc., this leads logically through to Chapter Ten 'The Decile', Chapter Eleven 'The Undecile' and Chapter Twelve 'The Inconjuncts'. (Chapter 13 covers "obscure harmonics and other applications"). Within each chapter the waxing and waning of each aspect is dissected into specific degrees of applying and separating, so that each has a pictorial symbol to enhance its meaning. (Many specific case histories are given for illustration). What the author has uncovered for us is an underlying energy between any two degrees in the zodiac - no matter what planets may be tenanting them. This precision enables clear distinctions to be drawn between - say - an applying trine of one degree and a separating trine of one degree (or any other combination of aspect and orb). And such precision, which before may have appealed more to the mathematically-minded than the intuitive, is brought out of the abstract realm of measurement and into the colourful realm of meaning by the inclusion of the Sabian symbols (several examples of which are pleasingly illustrated by original drawings in the book).

What a wonderful world this opens up. Pictures to explain technical measurements. Right brain married to left. Robert Blaschke has a Scorpio Sun with a Virgo ascendant (he gives his chart at the front of the book). Using his accuracy to plumb hidden depths he employs clairvoyant symbols to reveal truths. (His Moon is in Pisces). An appendix to the book lists the Sabian symbols in their numerical order cross-referenced to the precise degrees of angular separation and aspect to which each refers.

A remarkable achievement, a fascinating book, and an invaluable reference.

Reviewed by Paul F. Newman for The Astrological Journal (UK) February 2001

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Nicholas Campion : A New Astrology : The art and science of the stars

Book Description
The New Astrology is a masterly exploration of the myths, symbolism, history, beliefs, and current scientific thought surrounding the cosmos, from art and religion to quantum theory and cosmobiology. Myths and theories explaining the existence of the universe have embodied the deepest hopes and fears of cultures throughout the ages, and the profound meanings that mankind has attributed to the stars, constellations, and planets are all explored--their psychological and mystical characteristics, religious and mythical significance, and their astronomical basis. The authors also draw brilliant parallels among world views, from the creation myths of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the most modern speculations of astronomers and physicists. And, for the first time, surprising new evidence is presented for real connections between our lives and the planetary cycles. Exquisitely illustrated with 225 photographs and works of art, The New Astrology will captivate all who seek a deeper understanding of our eternal bond with the heavens.

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