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Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope Paperback – September 1, 2002
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"It's one of a handful among hundreds of astrology books that will remain a treasure for many years to come." (Dell Magazines, February 2003)
"An ideal guide for aspect analysis by the beginning student of astrology and an excellent resource for the advanced astrologer. Sue Tompkins clearly and incisively explains exactly what happens in the lives of people as a result of the aspects in their charts, and she offers many brilliant insights regarding how to use this energy constructively. A key text for all those using astrology." (Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Liquid Light of Sex and Chiron: Rainbow Bridge Between the Inner an)
"In this 21st century where relationships are increasing in importance, volume, and complexity, Aspects of Astrology is especially meaningful and timely. This book is a wonderfully insightful and erudite map for managing our relations with others, and for understanding the many aspects within our own innerself." (James Wanless, Ph.D., author of Voyager Tarot)
About the Author
Sue Tompkins has been a practicing consultant and teacher of astrology since 1981. She was Director of Schools for the prestigious Faculty of Astrological Studies in London for 15 years and now operates her own school, the London School of Astrology. In addition to her independent courses and workshop offerings, she is a practicing homeopath in central London.
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- It's very uncanny how accurate the descriptions for the aspects are, I also love the way that she offers us her interpretation of a particular aspect, but also leads the way to developing your very own interpretation of the aspect as well.
- I would also recommend highlighting certain lines and using post-its for certain things that really "jump out" at you. Maybe even getting a mini notebook and write down your favorite things about certain aspects so its easier for you to look at while you interpret someones natal chart reading.
A little technique I use when checking out a book in the store is to skip to the section about an aspect I have in my own natal chart and am more familiar with-- Venus-Saturn, for example --and test the author in that manner. You can't necessarily expect he or she to know every little thing you know about how this aspect seems to play out in your life, but their interpretation should at least tell you something you don't already know.
But even if it doesn't, as long as it sounds accurate, I'll give the book a second chance and look at its treatment of some of the other aspects. You usually can tell when what the author says seems to have the kind of authenticity and convincing detail that is grounded in personal experience, rather than being derived from guess-work or deductive reasoning about what a combination of Venus-Saturn or Jupiter-Pluto *should* mean. Horoscope interpretation is hard enough as it is, because I think that everyone who studies astrology quickly learns that the textbooks are just a guide, and even though they are usually referred to as "cookbooks", relying on the separate ingredients to reach an overall understanding of a real person's complex personality is not even as useful as a recipe. Not that I'm much of a cook myself, and not that I don't admire astrologers who can write these books, because it must be quite difficult.
Given these facts, Sue Tompkins's book passes all the tests and I've returned many times for guidance to the worn, underlined passages in my 1990 copy of her book. And the fact that it keeps getting reissued by different publishers and still can be found in the ridiculously small astrology section of Borders or Barnes & Noble--while so many others are excluded or have gone out of print-- speaks for itself. I whole-heartedly recommend it.
The second part is a planetary cookbook for sun, moon, mars, venus, jupiter and saturn aspects.
The third part of the book contains the ascendant-descendant axis and MC -IC axis, the planets and the angles interpretations(outers included).
I was amazed by the accuracy of Sue Tompkins' interpretations for planets and angles as well as for the hard aspects between planets. There are also some mythological analogies which are very helpful for a better understanding of the planets relationship.
Although this book highlights the hard aspects, there are also explanations on soft contacts for some planets.
This book is unique, the only one with specific details in interpretations which I have never found anywhere else.
It's one of the my top shelf astrology books.