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President of the Wisconsin Astrological Association, Rushman has been a professional astrologer for 30 years, using astrology less for its strengths as a "psychological tool" and more for its day-to-day predictive power. Writing with anecdotes from her practice and her life, Rushman starts with the "natal chart" and works through the meanings of various sets of progressions, aspects and cusps.

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Carol Rushman has been a professional astrologer—teaching, lecturing, and doing private consultations—for over thirty years. Her clients include television personalities, movie stars, politicians, musicians, and business people from all over the world, as well as many of her professional peers. Carol has taught and lectured extensively, serving on the faculty of several national conferences, and representing the United States at an international conference in Sydney, Australia.

She was a board member of the American Federation of Astrologers, the American Federation of Astrology Network, and the Wisconsin Astrological Society, and was also a member of the International Society of Astrologers and the National Council for Geocosmic Research. Carol has appeared on television and radio in New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago, as well as locally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was featured in a documentary called "The Making of an Astrologer." In addition, she has had several of her own radio and television shows.

Carol currently resides in Bayside, Wisconsin, with her husband, Dr. Jay Meili.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738701645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738701646
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Thompson on January 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is not an introductory astrology book, but it is an excellent book for intermediate-level astrologers. The reader should definitely have an idea of what planets, houses, signs, transits, progressions, etc. are before buying this book. Rushman explains these terms well, but not extensively because the book is not really aimed at beginners in astrology.
This book is excellent because Rushman presents her system for doing astrological readings in a lucid and well-organized manner. She has clearly been doing professional astrology for quite some time (30 years), and it shows.
She sums up the book well in the introduction when she writes, "This is my system, and it has served me well for three decades. I follow a logical order, which helps me feel organized and comfortable... While this system is not complicated, it is thorough, and a competent astrologer can get what is needed for a good astrological reading." As an intermediate-level astrologer myself, who has done readings for family and friends and is preparing to make the transition to professional astrologer, I appreciated her simple and well-presented system greatly.
In terms of the criticisms given under the "Another average astrology book" review, it has been several months since I read this book but I don't remember it being horribly edited. There may have been editing errors but I don't recall them getting in the way of understanding the text.
As to the "old twelve-letter astrological alphabet", that is certainly a valid criticism and an excellent observation by that reviewer. I think I missed it because I assumed she did it that way for the sake of brevity, rather than adherence to an over-simplified system that makes planets = signs = houses.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Beginners are often overhelmed by the vast array of astrological predictive techniques. Ms. Rushman does a good job of presenting a coherent system that beginners can use to manage all the information.
* On a superficial level, this book is just badly written and edited. There are all sorts of language errors that could easily have been picked up by the grammar checker of a decent word-processing program. My favorite was the paragraph that simply ended with a comma,
* Less superficially, a good editor could have helped Ms.Rushman to organize and tighten up her presentation a bit. She has a tendency to get caught in anecdotal stories and ramble, making it difficult to hold on to the thread of her presentation.
* Sadly, Ms.Rushman espouses the mistaken notion that a sign, a planet, and a house are all roughly the same thing. This is basically the old twelve-letter astroglogical alphabet first proposed (I believe) by Zip Dobyns, and it goes against literally hundreds of years of astrological practice.
For example, this system would have you believe that the Moon combined with ANY "letter-10" element (Capricorn, Saturn, 10th house) produces roughly the same result -- which is clearly not true.
- Moon in the 10th: Your career involves the public.
- Moon in Capricorn: You're painfully shy, or perhaps
you just like living in the mountains.
- Moon conjunct Saturn: Your mother was an ice cube...
So, all in all, an okay book if you need help organizing all the data used in prediction, but not a great source of information about astrological interpretation.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Luc De Jaeger on February 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book gives a very good overview of the art of predictive astrology. The author returns to the astrological basics: what is the psychological profile of the client ? (the elements and modalities, stelliums, configurations, etc..). Only with this information at hand you can better pinpoint when something is going to happen. The natal promise is extremely important too: if something is not promised in your natal chart, it's not going to happen. From the natal promise Carol Rushman goes to the key of all predictive astrology: the (secondary) progressions. Her rules and delineations of the progressive planets as well as the interpretations of the aspects of the progressed moon (most important in predictions !) are a must read. Next come the transits (and stations), lunations and eclipses. Throughout the book Carol Rushman speaks from her own practice. Though the book is not as revealing as Celeste Teal's books, you will find very useful information in it. Beginning and intermediate astrologers will find very much knowledge in this very readable book. Experienced astrologers will be glad to know that with the right methodology and basic principles you can better time your predictions. Recommended reading.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By darkwaver on April 3, 2007
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I have been studying astrology for twenty years and practicing it for a few. I bought this book based on the glowing recommendations here on Amazon. I wish I had not.

The premise of the book is sound. It is that, unless something is promised in the natal chart, then it will not manifest in the life of a client. But the author almost immediately contradicts herself. On page 42 she says: "We are not stuck with the natal promise of our chart. There is always the potential to outgrow the more difficult aspects." WHAT? Does the natal promise matter or does it not? Please make up your mind!

From there it just gets worse and worse. The chapter called "The Natal Promise" is laughable and exemplary of the rest of this book. The author reduces everything to childish, ridiculous generalizations. For example, the entire section on "Success" is about the Nodes. Apparently, at least if you follow her advice, you have no chance of success unless your North Node is in an angular house (1, 4, 7 or 10). In the section "Violence/Rape," all she discusses are hard aspects between the Moon and Pluto. Try telling my friend who was savagely raped and beaten that she must have imagined it happening to her since she has no aspect in her chart between the Moon and Pluto.

Not only is this book shoddily written and edited, as another reviewer mentioned, but there are some GLARING errors. In the section on "Vocation," page 68, she claims that "Jackie Kennedy had her tenth-house Neptune in Scorpio, and she was a book editor." Well, Neptune did not even enter Scorpio until 1956 so unless Jackie O. was about seven years old when JFK was shot, then this is completely impossible.
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