Maria Simms has a knack for weaving ancient traditions with the complexities of modern life in her writing, and this book is the finest example to date. Complete with software designed by Rique Pottenger...allows readers to follow Simms on her latest odyssey through the cosmos completely equipped with personalized information about our individual Progressed Moon journeys...we are initiated into a whole new way of studying our emotional and psychological development...magnificent art, plus the author's gripping writing, make Moon Tides, Soul Passages well worth owning and cherishing for many years to come. --Judi Vitale, The Mountain Astrologer, Aug/Sept 2005
As a basic textbook for understanding the Moon in the birth chart, this book works like a charm...it is clear the author herself not only uses this technique, but is deeply involved...giving her both an intellectual understanding of the lunar phases and a passion for them, a passion that comes alive in every page...well packaged with beautiful paintings by the author herself and her daughter..accompanying software by Rique Pottenger, which is not merely icing on the cake but a main ingredient..The book is a joy to read, but being able to use the printout for my own chart as I read through it proved to be enlightening. I have never quite looked at the Moon in my chart in such a thorough--and yes, accurate--way. Simms' book is destined to become a classic. --Ken Irving, Horoscope Guide, June 2005
Her artistic, mythological and analytical style presents a straightforward road map to personal empowerment, whether that means enhancing spiritual growth, making smart professional choices or developing healthy relationships...accompanied by a CD that readily boots up all the astrological data you'll need to get the most out of the book...paintings and poetic prayers...awaken the reader to an inspiring, aesthetic presentation...After reading, the astrologer will have a new appreciation for the power of the Moon...gain a solid interpretive tool and forecasting technique. --Chris Lorenz, Dell Horoscope, June 2005
About the Author
Maria Kay Simms, who began her career as artist, segued into astrology and writing in the '70s. Now, after 30 years as a professional astrologer, she has combined astrology and art with the Goddess spirituality of her practice as a Wiccan High Priestess within this, her eighth published book. Maria, a former Art Director and then President of ACS Publications, then served as Chair of National Council for Geocosmic Research 1999-2004. She is a member of Association for Professional Astrologers International. Her bios appear in various of the Marquis "Who's Who" volumes. Maria lives in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Several of the paintings reproduced in Moon Tides, Soul Passages are by her talented daughter, Molly Sullivan. Rique Pottenger, who has his M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA, never formally studied astrology, but absorbed quite a bit of it from his mother, Zipporah Dobyns, Ph.D. and sister, Maritha Pottenger, both of whom achieved international recognition as astrological authors. Rique, who became head of programming for ACS Publications following the death of founder, Neil F. Michelsen, has since been responsible for updates and revisions to the popular Michelsen "American Ephemeris" series. Rique lives in Opelika, Alabama.