"Software that does dials can outperform paper...in both speed and accuracy...but it won't teach you as much as working through real examples by hand. What you get from that is the think time that helps you absorb the information your teacher is trying to impart to you.j The teacher, in this case, Maria Kay Simms, also has a good deal of experience with her subject, and thus is worth listening to. The original edition of this book has probably taught the subject to thousands of students and its success is founded on the simple principle that a picture is worth a thousand words. Uranian astrology and Cosmobiology are both complex and highly visual...oriented toward answering very explicit questions that often can be timed down to the minute...Far from being outdated by the advance in computer between the first edition (1989) and now. Maria's book is new and fresh and provides a great learning environment." --Kenneth Irving, American Astrology, March 2002
If you're trying to master the 90 degree dial techniques...this book is an absolute must-have and probably the next best thing to a live teacher...Writing style throughout is extremely clear. Those of you who are visually oriented will also appreciate the numerous well-done illustrations. This is truly a user-friendly book and is both fun and extremely easy to follow without being simplistic...Even if you have the first edition...you may want to have a look at the latest version. There are 16 additional pages of instruction, much of it on Cosmobiology and on using dial techniques for rectification. I recommend Dial Detective as both a reference and a teaching aid. --Donna Van Toen, NCGR Memberletter, April-May 2002
About the Author
Maria Kay Simms, an astrologer for over 30 years, is the author of eight books and contributor to several others. She is also an artist and illustrator. Her astrological credentials include professional certification from American Federation of Astrologers and from National Council for Geocosmic Research, Inc., an organization of which she served six years as the first woman Chairperson. She is a member of Association for Professional Astrologers International.