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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567187161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567187168
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... a must for libraries... the most complete book written so far on composite chart ...easy to read and understand..." -- Amy Herring, Cataloguer, MARC Link

"... the most authoritative text to date on this subject, based on over a quarter-century of accumulated experiential knowledge." -- NAPRA ReView

"Wise words indeed! This book should receive a warm welcome from many astrologers." -- The Mountain Astrologer Magazine

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The composite chart is the most important new astrological technique available for solving the puzzle of human relationships. For nearly three decades, countless astrologers have added it to their toolkits, opening up vital new insights into the nature and prospects of all types of interpersonal association.

Now, the inventor of this technique, John Townley, has updated and expanded his system with the definitive guide to creating and interpreting these charts, appropriately titled, Composite Charts.

In Composite Charts, you will learn the chart dynamics of how people in a relationship combine to form a single "entity"—the defining character of the relationship itself. In addition to an exceptionally clear presentation of the basis and mechanics of the technique, Composite Charts lays out something to be found nowhere else—Townley's invaluable interpretations of composite planets in signs, and the interplay of the natal charts with the composite.

As a bonus, a coupon for a FREE COMPOSITE CHART is in each copy of Composite Charts. Combined with this book, you'll learn how this amazing technique works and how it has changed astrology forever. Get Composite Charts today.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
John Townley's text is one of the leading sources for understanding composite charts. Townley came across this method of analyzing relationships in 1973 when a Mensa-member friend of his mentioned it to him in New York. He proceeded to chase down its origins to understand it better. He discovered that it was not a new technique and that "Dr. Walter Koch (of the house system) apparently knew of it back in the 1920s" (p. xviii). Townley then discovered published writings from 1919 by biologist Paul Kammerer. Townley believes that the founding concepts that explain what a composite chart is and why it works can be derived from Kammerer's theory of "imitation effect." Townley explains this theory in the chapter "Some Theoretical Groundwork" (p. 3-12). The composite chart is defined by Townley as "a horoscope made up of the mutual midpoints between the natal charts of two persons-the composite Sun is located at the midpoint between the two natal Suns, the composite Moon is at the midpoint between the two natal Moons, and so on" (p. 11). Townley reasons "the composite Sun is precisely the point at which rhythms shift over from one person to the other, and shift from relative increase to decrease and vice versa, one to another. It is really a critical, phase shifting point where one person (usually unknowingly) 'hands the ball' to the other with a mutual shift of energy and responsibility. It is a point of mutual empowerment, the swing point where one gives to the other at the most primal level" (p. 12). Hence, "just as the composite chart itself describes the subtleties of mutual empowerment, the use of the technique further empowers those involved individuals and allows them greater control over their lives" (p.Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "denisdaost" on June 11, 2002
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This book was a major disappointment - shallow and written in the typical "You are ...!"-style (or in this case rather "This aspect/placement, shows that it is extremely important for you to..."), as if each and every single aspect/placement in the chart is THE most important. I actually got the feeling that the main idea with the whole thing, is to provide "computerized" interpretations that can be used on sites...
It also feels as if the author and his friends (Hand et al), believes they are the "elite astrologers" who knows best (and that other astrologers, like Ron Davison, are on a lower level).
If you are already an astrologer, with at least average intelligence, chances are great that you could come up with more insightful interpretations than this book does.
I believe in composite charts, and I've worked with them since 1992. Regarding "Why does it work!?", I simply conclude that composite charts DO seem to work.
I would actually recommend E.W. Nevilles "Planets in Synastry" instead. Perhaps for the beginner, I would instead recommend Robert Hands "Planets in Composite".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mel on May 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book was helpful to me for the simple fact that I dont have any other book on composite charts. However, the interpretation of each aspect was rather bland. Outer planet aspects were interpretted on an individual level, rather than composite, which does not help at all. Aspects to the North Node were mentioned rarely.

My main difficulty with this book is that 1/4-1/2 of each interpretation involves work relationships. This could be helpful to some, but was a waste in my case. The rest of it was about love, which is what I was focusing on, but the amount spent on work relationships could have been spent on friendships or family relationships. Hopefully, they come out with a stronger, expanded edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth M. Guy on August 9, 2002
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What I like about this book is that it is a wonderful reference for working with composite charts. It takes Hand's "Planets in Composite" a step further by speaking to the signs involved. It is not only a reference for insights into composites someone might be working with, but it also is a teaching tool through its examples of composites of US Presidents' charts and the USA's chart. As Hand states in the foreward to the book, using composites in an evolving technique, and Townley's work is based on research and experience. The writing is clear and succinct. Anyone practicing astrological relationship work should have it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenn P on March 13, 2008
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THis is an interesting book and maybe even an important one, since the author is one of the inventors of Composite charts, but it ends up being little more than a cookbook and at times is a stretch of the imagination because the theory of composites is a little too neat. I expected a little more : you'll be disappointed if you're looking for a serious book for professionals.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Scott on January 22, 2001
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I was surprised to discover that the charts of two (people) always create a third entity which has it's own powerful aspects! I have not been a student of astrology, so the way this information is clearly presented is highly appreciated. I don't have to "study" a whole lot to get the benefits from these concepts. I expect the free composite chart to be very useful to me and my partner in our fledgling Web Services business!
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