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Moon Tides, Soul Passages Paperback – August 1, 2006
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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
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With this powerful book, author Maria Kay Simms helps readers reconnect with their moon astrology, explaining in great detail how our lives are influenced by the Moon and its phases and cycles, during what Simms calls our Soul Journey. As the Sun is said to affect our actions, the Moon's realm is the subconscious, and astrological techniques, meditation, and journaling will unlock doors to perception and increase self-awareness and faith in oneself.
Enhanced by lovely moon-inspired poetry and vivid moon-goddess paintings, the book includes a CD-Rom with software for calculating personal astrological data, Moon phases for an entire year, and Moon cycles for life. Simms lists examples of the lunar life stories of notable women such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucille Ball.
Life today is filled with ever-increasing challenges and constant change. Tapping into the magical power of the Moon and its cycles can bring great comfort and connect us to an ancient, uniting force, something everyone, everywhere has shared for all time. "As above, so below...As within, so without...As the Universe, so the soul."
Included with the book is software on CD that will instantly calculate your lunar progressions for about 90 years of your lifetime, in both phases and signs, as long as you have the correct time of your birth (or of anyone else for whom you'd like to create a chart). What Ms. Simms does in the 300-odd pages of this book is explain what all that information means.
Simms, also a Wiccan priestess, starts out by dividing the moon's phases into 8, and correlates them with the solar "phases" of solstice, equinox and cross-quarter days - the 8 sacred days in the Wiccan "Wheel of the Year". She then proceeds to explain what the moon's phases mean in terms of the patterns in one's life, and the influences (for good or ill) that are present during those phases. She explains the sign, house and mode (element) of your natal moon, and goes on to discuss the New Moon and waxing phases and the Full Moon and waning phases. Later chapters discuss eclipses (more on that in a moment), and progressed phases. She illustrates the ideas presented here with life stories and case studies.
She delivers all this esoteric information in a straightforward and lucid manner. You don't need to be an expert at Western Astrology to understand what she is saying.Read more ›
"Moon Tides, Soul Passages" is chocked full of detail and insight. The explanations are written in a way that both beginning and advanced students will find equal value from the book. A valuable resource for any astrology library! There's more than a little something for everyone who has ever admired the Moon and its ever constant presence in every day life.
Like any good self-centered astrology student, I went straight to all the explanations for my personal moon placement and progressions first. Then I progressed to all the explanations of extended family members and friends. The descriptions are meticulous. Plus, I learned more about the Moon than I ever expected.
The software is an added perk (especially for beginning students) but installation was a little rough around the edges. I experienced some difficulty with the software and found that I needed to install a patch in order to get it to work better. Despite my issues with the software, the book more than makes up for the minor glitches.
Incorporating the many facets of the Moon into our daily lives at a comprehensive level is a daunting undertaking for any astrologer. To convey that information so well through her book, Ms. Simms has demonstrated once again why she is one of my favorite authors.
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I really enjoyed this book mostly because maria gets you to stop looking in books and go outside and inside to get in touch with nature. Read morePublished on April 8, 2009 by S. Pierre
Moon Tides, Soul Passages is a great book for anyone looking to integrate astrology with other aspects of their spiritual path. Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by Amazon Customer
For more years than I can count (easier to simply research the date of release for the first edition), Ms Simms' book, Circle of the Cosmic Muse; now renamed The Witch's Circle has... Read morePublished on December 11, 2006 by Katrina Rasbold
Written by artist and astrologist Maria Kay Simms, Moon Tides, Soul Passages: Your Astrological Cycles for Personal and Spiritual Development is a guide to understanding the lunar... Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
Few astrology books come with their own program to help you calculate transits, progressions, or birth charts. Moon Tides, Soul Passages is one such book. Read morePublished on July 15, 2006 by Riga Rose
I am honored to be an early reader of Moon Tides, Soul Passages by Maria Kay Simms (Starcrafts Publishing, Kensington, NH) 2004. Read morePublished on July 5, 2006 by Cynthia Jane Collins
I enjoyed this book's discussions of Goddess spirituality, and it got me to thinking about astrology in some different ways. Read morePublished on May 19, 2006 by Jane Raeburn
What could I tell you about this book without being subjective? I was born with the Moon in Cancer; the author, Maria Kay Simms, was born with the Moon in Cancer; and I picked up... Read morePublished on April 11, 2006 by RD