Thursday, August 23, 2012

Astrology for Yourself (Book Review)

One of the problems that I have with the Golden Dawn material is its general lack of good instructions on astrology. Now mind you, I understand that there are a ton of books out there on astrology; this is as true today as it was in the Stella Matutina days. But for an organization that is supposed to teach occultism and magic, you would think that there would be more.

(This is speaking from the viewpoint of classical [pre-1940s] Golden Dawn and Stella Matutina; it has no bearing on what the modern GD groups are doing. And please note that when you start talking about the "initiated" form of RR et AC astrology--you can fit all the published information on a dozen pages.)

So I am always looking out for possible astrology course books. And a couple of weeks ago, I encountered a new one--well, new to me, that is.

Astrology for Yourself: A Workbook for Personal Transformation--How to Understand and Interpret Your Own Birth Chart. Douglas Bloch and Demetra George.

This is a book that I brought for just a couple of pages. Most of the book's information can be found in other basic astrology courses. But I like the journal aspect of it. And let's be honest--some of the ideas, such as the Moon Phase Wheel, just beg to be expanded and used with other aspects of astrology. (The Moon Phase Wheel could used in one of the Adept Minor subgrades if you are doing a subgrade style course.)

I highly recommend Astrology for Yourself to anyone who is still searching for a supplimental text for their astrology studies.

[Full disclosure: This review is based on a copy that I personally brought.]

1 comment:

ballantrae-reprint said...

This is an unrelated question, but you might have an answer with you background. Did Waite have an special reason for putting the diagram of the Tree on the 10 of Coins?
John Ballantrae