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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; 2 edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892819650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892819652
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An ideal guide for aspect analysis by the beginning student of astrology and an excellent resource for the advanced astrologer. Sue Tompkins clearly and incisively explains exactly what happens in the lives of people as a result of the aspects in their charts, and she offers many brilliant insights regarding how to use this energy constructively. A key text for all those using astrology." (Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Liquid Light of Sex and Chiron: Rainbow Bridge Between the Inner an)

"In this 21st century where relationships are increasing in importance, volume, and complexity, Aspects of Astrology is especially meaningful and timely. This book is a wonderfully insightful and erudite map for managing our relations with others, and for understanding the many aspects within our own innerself." (James Wanless, Ph.D., author of Voyager Tarot)

"It's one of a handful among hundreds of astrology books that will remain a treasure for many years to come." (Dell Magazines, February 2003)

About the Author

Sue Tompkins has been a practicing consultant and teacher of astrology since 1981. She was Director of Schools for the prestigious Faculty of Astrological Studies in London for 15 years and now operates her own school, the London School of Astrology. In addition to her independent courses and workshop offerings, she is a practicing homeopath in central London.

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Every aspect is handled indepth with very good descriptions.
Luc De Jaeger
And this is the reason why I said the book should be addressed to those who already have a certain knowledge of the matter.
silvias
The planetary aspects are given the depth of description and insight I usually only find in describing sun sign types.
Coyote

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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful By bunnyrabbit4 VINE VOICE on September 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I own close to a hundred astrology books which are sitting in my apartment in New Orleans. Hopefully the second story didn't flood. I've not been able to get in to see yet. I went to a local bookstore hoping to replace what may be lost. I started to purchase PARKER's ASTROLOGY again but then I saw this and decided to buy it. After looking up my aspects I have to say I have NEVER seen such a good description of what these aspects have meant in my life, both past and present. At 54 I have lived some but they adequately describe not only current issues but my childhood ones as well. This is an incredibly insightful book that goes well beyond the normal cookbook interps that err on the side of generalities. If you get one book on aspects get this one. My only criticism is that she has chosen not to include CHIRON which experience has taught me is a must. I'm a professional astrologer by the way. Very good effort. I hope to see more from this author.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jill Guntur VINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
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I'm well over the 100 book mark for astrological studies. I'm not entirely easy to please in this day of cookie cutter interpretations. This book won me over and never lost favor. The respect for the craft and the many different forms of expression that two aspected planets can deliver are aptly honored in this book. It is a great reference for those of us who practise astrology and a terrific guide to understanding the layered complication of each chart's aspects. If you are a student, this book is a must have. If you have just begun the study of astrology, it might be a little intimidating, but even then I would encourage you to own it.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Gallanti on April 9, 2000
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The book is used as the main text book at the Faculty of Astrological Studies here in London and for good reason! Although presented in cookbook style it is anything but! It is deep, comprehensive, well researched and more. And for who has had the pleasure to be a student of this amazing woman, it is no surprise. She is definitely one of the great astrologers of this day. A true classic.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2001
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This is the best aspect book I have come across. Although it is written in a "cookbook" style, the descriptions are uniquely insightful. The book starts off laying down the basics of what each planet signifies (some of the best descriptions I have seen), then the meaning of each of the aspect types (clear-cut and insightful with interesting info. on the quintile series and the semi-squares and sesquiquadrates), then the weighting of the aspects, their obs, applying and separating aspects. Qualities, elements and signs in the aspects are then covered. All of this Part I information is so well-presented that the interpretations in the "cookbook" section are a pleasant added bonus. The author presents the information in part I well enough to give the reader a good start on interpreting the placements on their own. The way in which Part I is presented, leading into Part II's "cookbook" section, gives the reader a better grasp as to how it's done--how to begin synthesizing the information beyond the Part II descriptions. And if that isn't enough, there's a Part III on the MC-IC and AC-DC axes as well as each of the planets at the angles.
Most astrology books are either of the "cookbook" variety without information on synthesis or of the type that goes in-depth, but without instruction on application and synthesis. This book takes a unique approach in effectively combining the two. This book is not only great for beginning and intermediate students, but can also be useful for the professional.
It's too bad this author doesn't have any other titles to her name. I would buy everything else she wrote. She is a gifted writer, and through this book, a gifted teacher. At the very least, I hope she puts out a second edition of this book that includes Chiron.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Keeping It Real on April 11, 2011
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I'm very surprised that this book has been out for so long and has never received less than 4-stars. I was extremely displeased with the book and here are the reasons why:

1) Almost all of the book, more than 2/3 I would say, is a cookbook. Normally, I don't have a big problem with cookbooks. In this case, however, I take major issue. The cookbook gives about 3-pages worth on the connections between each of the planets. For example, 3-pages will be dedicated to sun/Saturn connections, 3-pages for sun/Jupiter connections, etc, until all combinations of all planets have been accounted for. The problem is that it doesn't differentiate between the ASPECTS that these planets have. There is only ONE description of sun/Saturn connections even though there are about 7-different aspects, or types of "relationship" that the sun and Saturn could have. In other words, it would have students interpret a sun/Saturn trine the same way as a sun/Saturn opposition or square. One description fits all in this book, but not so in real life.

2) Only 21 pages of the book actually go into detail describing the meanings of each aspect. And two of those descriptions are questionable. Here are the two that I take issue with and the reasons why:

THE QUINCUNX
At the beginning of this description, the author says, "Signs in quincunx [...] are coming from such completely different places and heading in such different directions that they don't even see each other, rather like two planes on unrelated flight-paths." This is in agreement with all respectable accounts of this aspect that I've run across. Other sources have demonstrated that this is not an aspect between planets that are working with or against each other. Its just that when one planet is working, the other is taking a break.
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