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Horoscope Snapshots: Essays in Modern Astrology

by Frank C. Clifford

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Not surprisingly for a collection of essays, there are several different topics covered in this book. Clifford begins with essays directed towards near-beginners, starting with an essay just on Sun signs, then one on how the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant differ from each other, and moving on to essays that help you learn how to tackle a chart. Much of this covered stuff I already knew, but I thought it was worth the read. His concept of the Sun as character, the Moon as behavior, and the Ascendant as personality was a new way for me to see them, and I think it'll be useful to me.

The middle of the book has essays on a variety of intermediate topics. They may go over a beginner's head, but I think they're worth at least attempting to read. Even if the technical stuff is a bit much, it was fun seeing all the ways Clifford found to put astrology into practice: identifying childhood scripts, looking for vocational indicators, an examination of the charts of talk-show interviewers, and so on. Several essays throughout the book use musicians as examples: I'm guessing this is a particular interest of the author, and your interest in these essays may depend on how close your interests match his.

The final five essays will probably be of the most interest to intermediate and advanced students. Clifford looks at several specialized techniques like the lunar gestation cycle or the Huber Life Clock as applied to Pluto in the chart of the United States. These intrigued me—at some point, I'll be sitting down and working out my own lunar gestation cycle. I'm glad I read the book, even if I don't ever reread some of those essays from the middle section. ( )
  Silvernfire | Jul 28, 2016 |
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Eighteen thought-provoking and entertaining essays on modern astrology by an award-winning astrologer. In 'Horoscope Snapshots' discover: • The deeper, hidden sides to your Sun sign • How your Sun, Moon and Ascendant differ • The real nature of Jupiter • Parental significators and childhood 'scripts' • How to identify which planetary type you are • The key vocational indicators in your chart • Forecasting tools, including the pivotal Saturn Return • The role of Pluto in America Along the way, you'll see astrology brought to life in the modern world with essays on famous vocalists, the USA's horoscope, the links between interviewers and their subjects, and much more. Its author, Frank Clifford, has built an eclectic career as a consultant, publisher, columnist, media astrologer, lecturer and a writer of a dozen books, including his textbook 'Getting to the Heart of Your Chart'. Frank runs The London School of Astrology and teaches astrology and palmistry in person and online. He writes for (and has guest edited) 'The Mountain Astrologer'. In 2012, Frank won The Charles Harvey Award, a lifetime achievement award for 'exceptional service to astrology'.

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