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Erin Sullivan's writing has recently been featured on the op-ed page of the New York Times and in other national publications. He is the author of many leading books on astrology.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (May 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585424080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585424085
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erin Sullivan (1947 - ) was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and began her education immediately: "People, and why they do what they do". She was a voice in the consciousness movement in the 1960's both personally and collectively.
And, continues to this day to work to infuse a sense of larger perspective and consciousness into her writing, studies, lectures, workshops and her books.

From Vancouver School of Art in 1964 (now Emily Carr) she moved to "motion art" - creating the now iconic light shows for major rock bands starting in 1965 . . . in Vancouver, as the "TransEuphoric Express" and then in San Francisco. Her group of friends and tribal associates (to this day) The Hog Farm, starting out in LA, also had a light show group which she was integrally involved in "The Single Wing Turqoise Bird".

From there, that group did the lights for the Shrine auditorium, for Who, Cream, Velvet Underground, Airplane, Dead, and everyone. She married, has two daughters, and three grand children . . . Erin studied Classics at University of Victoria, solar system and deep sky astronomy, has a background in archetypal psychology from her work in London England in the 1990's.

Because of her background in Classics, Renaissance enlightenment, all technical and other aspects of astrology, and her ability to work with people, and write as well, she was headhunted for the position of the Series Editor for Penguin, Arkana, Contemporary Astrology Series in London UK . Which she did from its inception through its ending: from 1988 through 1999.

She commissioned and organized the best minds in the astrological field in London, publishing over 20 books, and editing 10 ad hoc.

She published her own first three books, "Saturn in Transit 1991"; "Retrograde Planets": 1992 and The Astrology of Family Dynamics": 1995. All with Arkana. and now with Samuel Weiser Books (RedWheelWeiser).

Her two books with the Centre for Psychological Astrology were published in that period too, 1995-7: Jupiter and Venus: "Bridging the ideal and the Real". As well as "Astro*Carto*Graphy and Relocation charts".

Her most recent book, "The Astrology of Midlife and Aging" was commissioned by Tarcher Books (Penguin NY) editor Mitch Horowitz, and was published in 2005.

From London she lectured world wide, earning an international reputation and is known as "The Astrologers' Astrologer" . . . her practice in astrology has been her work and focus since the early '60's and she began her depth practice in 1972.

She has won Awards from the Fraternity for Canadian Astrologers (4 awards), has lectured for the London Lodge, The Faculty of Astrological Studies, London, was a main tutor for the Centre for Psychological Studies throughout her decade in London.

Erin has lived in many cultures around the world, has an international astrology consulting practice and her work with people is highly regarded.

She resides both in Victoria, BC, Canada and Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. She has two daughters, and three grand children . . . the source of all joy!

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jude Cowell on October 22, 2005
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Ms. Sullivan's latest book is the one you've been waiting for whether you know it or not!

With her usual in-depth, insightful style, Erin gives anyone approaching or in process of the midlife phase of life much information on this cycle we must all navigate.

"To approach aging with a sense of honor and purpose means perceiving it as such: an honorable and purposeful task, one that is not over until it is over".

This speaks not only to the "baby boomers" who are currently in or entering middle age, but to those of us who attempt to counsel and guide those with serious aging issues.

"Even the ancient Greeks worried about it and fretted over the future", she states, and you won't be disappointed with the larger perspective this book will give you on these issues which are common to all humankind!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hedy on September 30, 2014
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I cannot sum up this book easily but it has helped me navigate my midlife while nothing else has. The processes of the past few years and the ones I am entering make sense on a very deep level. The author focuses quite a bit on Jung but not as pop psych. Jung himself focused on adulthood, saying that childhood problems were the parents' problems. Freud helped us see how our formative years affected us, while Jung looked at how in aging we decide if we will become who we are or if we will stay our parents' problems. If you consider predictive astrology as a way to see how you can best grow going with the flow instead of resisting, then you'll probably love this book. The different transits of midlife make a pattern of a major growth spurt, last felt at puberty. Puberty you get some preparation for as school teaches it (we hope) and it's in the media all the time with tons of teenage dramas. Midlife hits with no warning, much like how no one prepares you for the years of peri-menopause where your ovaries run wild. This book helped me identify exactly what happened when and what I did with it and what to expect coming up. Each person is very different, so no one experiences the transits the same way, but the themes are the same and how we have lived our lives and what our temperament is makes the universal themes unique.

I love studying hirstory and astrology ends a fascinating look. This book is the best I have found for explaining the "jobs" of the Great Generation (Pluto in Cancer), Baby Boomers (Pluto in Leo), the Survivors (Pluto in Virgo), and Pluto in Libra, with a look at what to expect in the short time when Pluto is in Scorpio and society is rebuilt after the Virgo and Libra generations clean up the messes made by the Cancer and Leo generations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Graver on February 22, 2015
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Astrology is not, as Sullivan's work highlights, just about birth charts - it is about the planetary cycles that occur throughout our lives.

Planetary returns (such as the solar return that is our birthday) occur at regular intervals during the lifespan and each of these returns is an influential event. In the Astrology of Midlife and Aging, Sullivan gently but firmly walks us through the planetary cycles that occur in the second half of life helping us to meet our own selves head on.

Astrologically speaking, the time we call midlife begins between the ages of 37 and 41 when Uranus opposes its original place in our chart. This is the time, Sullivan tells us, that "something mysterious takes place within the psyche" causing us to recollect our life, examine the things we have not done, and move forward with greater awareness and purpose - something which I definitely feel I have done!

Drawing on her extensive knowledge of astrology and the work of that great pioneer of the psyche Carl Jung, Sullivan explores this important transition as well as those that come after. She reminds us that "midlife - all life, in fact - is a process...not an event" and then offers an astrologer's perspective on how we might align with the available planetary energies to make the most of this very significant process.

Sullivan goes on to provide specific information for the many crossover events of the latter half of our lives, including the Uranian opposition, second Saturn return and the return of the lunar nodes. This information is organized by birth year - making The Astrology of Midlife and Aging a wonderful personal reference for anyone interested in life after forty (or 37).
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I'm still reading this book weeks after I bought it just to savor all the insights offered. I'm definitely adding Erin Sullivan to my list of trusted astrology writers. There's plenty of technical detail, and at the same time the style of writing is very accessible for students. A very useful book.
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