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Aspects In Astrology [Paperback]

Sue Tompkins
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Oct. 30 2002
Illustrates how aspects can offer a profound depiction of an individual and his or her destiny. *Contains comprehensive sections full of interpretations for every planetary combination. *Concepts are explained through the use of actual birth charts and diagrams. *A core textbook at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London.

Aspects are an essential piece of the astrological puzzle when it comes to interpreting and using the information that astrology can give us. It is not enough to know the placement of the planets on the horoscope. It is the relationships between the stars and planets that let us grasp the destiny of the individual. Aspects describe the drama of our lives-the complex configurations that influence what will happen to us over time.

Sue Tompkins, a fellow of the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London, shows how to interpret aspects when doing daily astrological readings. She uses the lives of real people to plot the aspects and offers examples of every possible planetary combination. Detailing the influence of oppositions, trines and elemental trines, and cardinal, mutable, and fixed crosses, Tompkins shows how aspects provide the energy in the chart that transforms the horoscope into something symbolizing an alive and vital human being. With Aspects in Astrology, Tompkins provides both the novice and the experienced astrologer the evidence and concrete methods needed to grasp the vast knowledge offered to us by our horoscope.


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An ideal guide for aspect analysis by the beginning student of astrology and an excellent resource for the advanced astrologer. -- Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Liquid Light of Sex and Chiron: Rainbow Bridge Between the Inner and Outer Planets

In this 21st century where relationships are increasing in importance, volume, and complexity, Aspects of Astrology is especially meaningful and timely. -- 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book in Astrology! Feb. 17 2013
By Melinda
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The book is very insightful! The explaination is right to the point! I feel hopeful about astrology because of the book. Sue Tompkins did a fantastic job both the research and the writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best Sept. 19 2005
By bunnyrabbit4 - Published on Amazon.com
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I own close to a hundred astrology books which are sitting in my apartment in New Orleans. Hopefully the second story didn't flood. I've not been able to get in to see yet. I went to a local bookstore hoping to replace what may be lost. I started to purchase PARKER's ASTROLOGY again but then I saw this and decided to buy it. After looking up my aspects I have to say I have NEVER seen such a good description of what these aspects have meant in my life, both past and present. At 54 I have lived some but they adequately describe not only current issues but my childhood ones as well. This is an incredibly insightful book that goes well beyond the normal cookbook interps that err on the side of generalities. If you get one book on aspects get this one. My only criticism is that she has chosen not to include CHIRON which experience has taught me is a must. I'm a professional astrologer by the way. Very good effort. I hope to see more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for those serious about astrology. Jan. 15 2006
By Jill Guntur - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm well over the 100 book mark for astrological studies. I'm not entirely easy to please in this day of cookie cutter interpretations. This book won me over and never lost favor. The respect for the craft and the many different forms of expression that two aspected planets can deliver are aptly honored in this book. It is a great reference for those of us who practise astrology and a terrific guide to understanding the layered complication of each chart's aspects. If you are a student, this book is a must have. If you have just begun the study of astrology, it might be a little intimidating, but even then I would encourage you to own it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aspects in astrology April 9 2000
By Catherine Gallanti - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is used as the main text book at the Faculty of Astrological Studies here in London and for good reason! Although presented in cookbook style it is anything but! It is deep, comprehensive, well researched and more. And for who has had the pleasure to be a student of this amazing woman, it is no surprise. She is definitely one of the great astrologers of this day. A true classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRUST ME--BUY THIS BOOK!!! May 27 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best aspect book I have come across. Although it is written in a "cookbook" style, the descriptions are uniquely insightful. The book starts off laying down the basics of what each planet signifies (some of the best descriptions I have seen), then the meaning of each of the aspect types (clear-cut and insightful with interesting info. on the quintile series and the semi-squares and sesquiquadrates), then the weighting of the aspects, their obs, applying and separating aspects. Qualities, elements and signs in the aspects are then covered. All of this Part I information is so well-presented that the interpretations in the "cookbook" section are a pleasant added bonus. The author presents the information in part I well enough to give the reader a good start on interpreting the placements on their own. The way in which Part I is presented, leading into Part II's "cookbook" section, gives the reader a better grasp as to how it's done--how to begin synthesizing the information beyond the Part II descriptions. And if that isn't enough, there's a Part III on the MC-IC and AC-DC axes as well as each of the planets at the angles.
Most astrology books are either of the "cookbook" variety without information on synthesis or of the type that goes in-depth, but without instruction on application and synthesis. This book takes a unique approach in effectively combining the two. This book is not only great for beginning and intermediate students, but can also be useful for the professional.
It's too bad this author doesn't have any other titles to her name. I would buy everything else she wrote. She is a gifted writer, and through this book, a gifted teacher. At the very least, I hope she puts out a second edition of this book that includes Chiron.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously?? April 11 2011
By Keeping It Real - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm very surprised that this book has been out for so long and has never received less than 4-stars. I was extremely displeased with the book and here are the reasons why:

1) Almost all of the book, more than 2/3 I would say, is a cookbook. Normally, I don't have a big problem with cookbooks. In this case, however, I take major issue. The cookbook gives about 3-pages worth on the connections between each of the planets. For example, 3-pages will be dedicated to sun/Saturn connections, 3-pages for sun/Jupiter connections, etc, until all combinations of all planets have been accounted for. The problem is that it doesn't differentiate between the ASPECTS that these planets have. There is only ONE description of sun/Saturn connections even though there are about 7-different aspects, or types of "relationship" that the sun and Saturn could have. In other words, it would have students interpret a sun/Saturn trine the same way as a sun/Saturn opposition or square. One description fits all in this book, but not so in real life.

2) Only 21 pages of the book actually go into detail describing the meanings of each aspect. And two of those descriptions are questionable. Here are the two that I take issue with and the reasons why:

THE QUINCUNX
At the beginning of this description, the author says, "Signs in quincunx [...] are coming from such completely different places and heading in such different directions that they don't even see each other, rather like two planes on unrelated flight-paths." This is in agreement with all respectable accounts of this aspect that I've run across. Other sources have demonstrated that this is not an aspect between planets that are working with or against each other. Its just that when one planet is working, the other is taking a break. They are never working the same shift. Yet this author goes on to describe the aspect as one of FRICTION between the two planets. How can you have friction between things that never meet?

She also says that the quincunx is a major aspect found in synastry charts, though she adds that it is mostly by whole sign, rather than actual 150 degree aspect. Her logic was that they have so little in common that they benefit each other. This made no sense. We all know that relationships don't work well between people that have nothing in common. Studies have proven this. So I did a study of my own. I collected a list of strong couples and studied their synastry aspects. The opposition and quincunx aspects are almost always the least found aspects in all synastry grids - bottom two. Trines and conjunctions are almost always the top two.

Although I didn't look for the quincunx aspect from a whole sign perspective, it should be remembered that the perfect world of "whole sign aspects" doesn't really exist. Bi-quintile and sesquiquadrate aspects can also fall in the same whole sign combinations as the otherwise perfect, whole-sign quincunx defines.

THE SEMI-SQUARE AND SESQUIQUADRATE
She acknowledges that she doesn't know the difference between these two aspects. (If you want a description from someone that does, check out "Predictive Astrolgy: The Eagle and the Lark"). She "suggests" that these aspects are the same as squares and are common in accidents (even though she also says she doesn't commonly find squares in accidents). For those reluctant to accept her theory, she gives an example intended to "banish any such doubts forever." Unfortunately, her example falls seriously short. She uses the example of a passenger ship that sank in 1987, but she only describes the transits that were happening in the sky at that moment. She doesn't compare it with the chart of the ship, which makes it too generalized to apply to anything or anyone specific. She does acknowldge that that same transiting chart will apply the world over at different times of the day. So she mentions the chart of the ships COMPANY at the top of page 59 but she neglects to meaningfully tie that chart in with the events of the day and her reasoning becomes muddled. The contacts between the important transiting planets and the angles of the company chart are not semi-square's or sesquiquadrates and the orbs she's using are very large. We're talking about an 8-degree orb for transiting Pluto. She definitely did not banish my doubts of her theories.

These are the things I would have wanted to know before buying this book - and I probably would've passed it up.
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