Saturday, 7 February 2009

The Real Astrology Applied

The first John Frawley book that I read was The Real Astrology, published before this one and I didn't like it at all. I was intrigued by the title and I was expecting to read something new by a person who is supposedly highly regarded for his work. Instead, I was terribly disappointed because the book was nothing but a vicious attack on modern psychological astrology and how superior traditional astrology is, how modern astrologers know nothing about the real astrology, how the outer planets have no meaning whatsoever ("We don't see them, they don't see us" as he once said in a seminar) and finally how traditional astrology can be psychologically valid, even more so than modern astrology. I remain to be convinced.
However, in this book, I think, he really shows his skill. He explains his technique and he comes up with a thoroughly enjoyable book, full of humour and wit, based primarily on common sense, which is quite refreshing after having read a lot of books about spiritual astrology and all that. He is a no-nonsense astrologer, quite capable of explaining in an easy-to-follow fashion all the traditional techniques. There is no ambiguity present as there is in so many traditional astrology books, where they give all the options and possibilities but seem unable to make a choice, leaving readers more puzzled than before. His views may not be THE right ones, I'm not in a position to tell, but at least he makes himself understood and you can learn a lot from this book, at least about the basics of traditional astrology.
He is supposedly going to write a book about natal astrology from the traditional viewpoint, which would be really interesting. Until then, get a copy of this book, I strongly recommend it.

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