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Astrology: The New Generation Paperback – May 14, 2012
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These 14 rising stars are prolific writers and presenters at national and international conferences. They are
also largely self-published because waiting for a publishing house to recognize and approve your work could
take forever--and there's no time to waste. The writers in this collection have an average
of several books to their name and over ten years of professional experience. They are self-starters and self-promoters for good reason--they know their stuff.
Frank C. Clifford, the man behind the idea of collecting these new voices was first introduced to astrology in his teens and at age 31 took over running the London School of Astrology. His essay "The Sun, Moon & Midheaven in Vocation" offers a new view of combining the influences of these three factors with clear examples. I feel inspired to try this technique with clients after reading Clifford's essay. Clifford's advice to "follow your chart and your heart" resonates strongly with my work in helping clients to move toward authentic and meaningful work. His phrase that describes despair as "Coming from choosing to be someone other than ourselves" is one I believe and will certainly adopt in vocational consulations.
Maurice Fernandez, another astrologer who began his professional work in his early twenties has accumulated over 20 years of experience in teaching, lecturing and writing two substantial books since his beginnings in the field. Fernandez essay "An Astrological and Spiritual Perspective on Mental Health" makes the point that a wide variety of mental illnesses result from either an overactive spiritual center relating to the archetypes of Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces or from an overactive psychological center relating to the archetypes of Cancer, Virgo and Scorpio. In Fernandez' view, such seemingly unrelated disorders as Bipolarity, ADHD, Autism and Addiction stem from imbalances in the spiritual center whereas anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, hysteria, depression and paranoid schizophrenia have their origins in overactive psychological centers. Examples given of Nikola Tesla and Virginia Woolf present these very interesting creative personalities in a new, unbalanced light. With information gained from this well-written essay, I will have much more confidence in assessing and hopefully suggesting effective treatment for a much wider variety of mental health disorders presented by clients.
Gary Caton's essay "The Visual Journey of Venus" is rich in giving detail of the Venusian myth. The beautiful graphics in the piece effectively illustrate the complex journey of Venus from inferior conjuction to morning star to superior conjunction and evening star. Caton has followed his subject's every move very carefully for long enough to provide a very knowledgable view of her heroic journey. Relating the Venusian heroic journey to his example chart, Barack Obama, Caton effectively makes his point that Obama's prenatal conjunction in the sign of Aries, the warrior, is the perfect archetype for this political morning star ground-breaker. The publishing of this article on a much overlooked inner planet in the year of the second of two very rare Venus Transits is very good timing. Caton's essay alerts the perceptive astrologer to the nuances of Venus' complex archetype and offers unprecedented insight into essential needs in the natal chart.
There is real meat for the professional astrologer to absorb in this collection. It is not a vanity project in any way,shape or form. "Astrology: The New Generation" is a refreshing and compelling read. This gathering of well-conceived, well-written and documented research has been stuffed into one relatively compact volume of 325 pages. Project Manager, Demetrious Bagley, Editor Nan Geary and Publisher Frank C. Clifford have produced a collection of new voices that should stand the test of (relative) time and provide thought-provoking reading for much longer than a plane flight or two.
Composed of essays from 14 different astrologers, the book is a delightful gumbo of different perspectives and topics. What I found remarkable was that within every category (mundane, natal, traditional, etc), the essays were all extraordinarily competent. This is not a book of "young people finding their footing"- the essays here are all the product of years of blood, sweat, tears and insight.
Due to my practice and proclivities, I was immediately drawn to the essays on mundane and traditional astrology, which I found highly gratifying. Yet as I explored essays outside of my defined areas of interest, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself learning from perspectives I do not usually consider.
As a full time astrologer myself, I often get the "I've heard this all before" feeling when I crack open a new astrology book. Not this time. Yet not only does the material feel fresh to a veteran such as myself, I also felt that I could suggest many of these essays to a student of astrology without worrying that it would go over their head. The book not only touches on a wide range of topics, it also speaks on a variety of levels. A rare and difficult feat, with kudos due to the editors, as well as the writers.
In summation, I am confident in heartily recommending "Astrology: The Next Generation" to both grizzled astrology buffs and green students of the arte. Bravo!