Archetypes in Astrology – Two Book Reviews

Liz Green’s “The Astrology of Fate” remains one of the best books on the archetypes in astrology. It is also on the few reference type books I sat down and read cover to cover, and that says a lot about the ease of her style of writing. Her discussion of the various gods and goddesses related to Pluto is particularly good and gave me some key concepts for handling Pluto in the natal chart and by transit. Ereshkigal and her mourners, a gift from her brother, illustrate nicely how to handle the darker aspects of Pluto.

At some point most of us who study astrology end up delving into myths and legends to gain a deeper understanding of the Signs and Planets, and to find a good chunk of the available information in one place and “pre-digested” is very helpful. A plus for “The Astrology of Fate” is the book has an index, making it even easier to track the references. I’m very fond of indexes . . . Usually it takes an outer planet transit to shake us up and send us hunting for more information especially if we have lots of natal aspects with the outer planets.

Another book recommended to me by my cyber-friend, Casey, is Kathleen Burt’s excellent book “Archetypes of the Zodiac”. OK, I will admit I haven’t read this one all the way through yet but every time I grab it and read another section on a particular sign, I’m very impressed. With all the attention on Capricorn here recently, I spent some time reading what she had to offer there and was fascinated. I loved the connection to the god Pan especially. As Pluto moves more deeply into Capricorn and we all start feeling the pain, one way or another, I recommend reading what Kathleen has to say about this often misunderstood sign.

Something else I like about this book is she has a good take on what it means to have your Sun progress into the next sign. In my experience this can mean a significant change in perception and it’s useful to get some grasp on this event. Most of us will have our Suns progress through at least the following two signs, for example: Aries Sun progresses into Taurus, then thirty years later into Gemini. Since my natal Sun is 29° Libra, I have had my Sun progress into Scorpio, Sagittarius and now into Capricorn (yes, I’m older than dirt!)

An interesting note about Kathleen’s book is she often refers to “The Astrology of Fate” as a point of reference. This is always a good indicator of well researched quality source material and a very good reason to get your hands on both books. Astrology is a dynamic field of study and all of us here in the astro-blogosphere are part of the process, adding our own unique pieces to the puzzle.

Both books are linked on my right sidebar if you wish to find out more about them and maybe, purchase a copy from Amazon.com. 🙂

17 responses to “Archetypes in Astrology – Two Book Reviews

  1. Neith, I just thought of that book last night in bed!! This is seriously fate! I was having really bad antecipations of my next Saturn square to the Sun and I was thinking of what I could do to help myself (lol) and I remembered I had that book on my computer. The trouble is I hate reading in the computer but I don’t want to ruin the environment to print it neither. :PI love mythology, that’s another thing I really appreciate on Liz Greene’s frame of mind.My Sun moved to Capricorn when I was only 7 or 8. My innocence didn’t last long *wink*

  2. Chrispito, oh I’d really love to send it to you, but this copy is translated to portuguese (it’s probably the only e-book in portuguese that I have) 😦 Damned fate!

  3. I haven’t read The Astrology of Fate in many years. It was very powerful when I was first learning about my own chart, particularly the Ereshkigel mythology and my own Venus/Pluto conjunction. I should revisit it – if I can find it (may be packed away still from my move last summer).Also apparently packed in my book boxes is my favorite mythology-astrology book, Ariel Guttman’s Mythic Astrology. Have you seen that one? It’s not as deep as Liz Greene’s in the particular areas that she dives into, but it’s probably more comprehensive in touching on all the major planets and asteroids, as well as all the signs. It’s a great resource.

  4. I was having really bad anticipations of my next Saturn square to the Sun and I was thinking of what I could do to help myself (lol) and I remembered I had that book on my computer. The trouble is I hate reading in the computer but I don’t want to ruin the environment to print it neither. :PLOL . . . maybe you can track down a used copy?! I have trouble reading too much on the computer too, so have been reluctant to buy more of Donna Cunningham’s latest writing because it’s all online published. And I love her point of view. As i recall Saturn transiting sq the Sun tends to point up our whinier Sun sign traits encouraging us to suck it up and mature . . . or something of that sort! ::grin::

  5. It was very powerful when I was first learning about my own chart, particularly the Ereshkigal mythology and my own Venus/Pluto conjunction. I should revisit it – if I can find it (may be packed away still from my move last summer).I can see where having Venus/Pluto conjunct would send one searching for information . . . between the Ereshkigal story in Liz’s book and Donna Cunningham’s suggestions for working with Pluto, my sanity was pieced back together after Pluto transits by conjunction. don’t you hate it when you KNOW where something is and you can’t find it?! I get these visuals of an object’s location but sometimes it will be in the wrong house. but it’s probably more comprehensive in touching on all the major planets and asteroids, as well as all the signs. It’s a great resource.Hey thanks!! I will put that on my book list and see if I can find a used copy. The asteroids & Ceres have been drawing my attention lately and a good reference book is always welcome. I either worked or hung out in libraries for many years and have a great appreciation for good reference works.

  6. Poo! I’ll take it as a sign that I’m not ready for it :)Maybe I can download it myself. Where do you download ebooks??

  7. Neith: My first square was pretty catastrophic, as was the opposition. Hopefully I’ll be more aware of it this time…Chrispito: I got mine from one of those peer-to-peer programmes of downloads but these files are relatively rare.

  8. Neith: My first square was pretty catastrophic, as was the opposition. Hopefully I’ll be more aware of it this time…Jupiter was in Sagittarius then and i recall other Sagittarius Sun people being really thrown by Saturn in Pisces squaring their Sun. Jupiter may have played into expectations of something far better than was delivered. This time Jupiter will be trine Saturn and I’m betting all the Sagittarius folk will have a much easier time of it.

  9. That’s a bit of a relief. I noticed Jupiter was in Scorpio for the beginning of Saturn in Pisces but, when the latter squared my Sun, Jupiter had already moved to Sagittarius.But I’ve also realized that the worst period was even before Saturn squared my Sun, it was perhaps in 7-9 degrees of Pisces, so maybe it’s was something other than Saturn. I just tend to blame most of things to Saturn.Or do you think we might feel the effects of the square with such antecipation? Perhaps it was simply Saturn in my 12th house, that can’t be easy to anyone, not even when you’re 10 years old…

  10. Or do you think we might feel the effects of the square with such anticipation? Perhaps it was simply Saturn in my 12th house, that can’t be easy to anyone, not even when you’re 10 years old…I usually go with Betty Lundsted and use a 10 degree waxing orb for transits. In your situation, I’m wondering if Jupiter conjuncting your Saturn/Venus by transit could have been a contributing factor. Have you looked at the transits to your progressed chart at that time? Sometimes those will show what’s going on. It’s so fun to talk astrology with astrologers . . . 😀

  11. Yes, it’s fun but you get me a little dizzy with so many possibilities. lolI will have to analyse this period with more attention. On astro.com I can only see the tables between Natal-Transits and Natal-Progressions, although we can get the three combined in a chart only.I’ll have to see the transits to the progressions by “hand”.By the end of 1994/beginning of 1995 Jupiter had already passed my Venus-Saturn but I’m not excluding that possibility.Well, I’ll e-mail you if I reach any conclusion. Thanks!

  12. Wow, I’m surprised we survived 1990Neith. Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were all in Capricorn around that time, squaring all things Aries and Libra. ;)Ok, I’ll finish time-travelling for now.

  13. Wow, I’m surprised we survived 1990Neith. Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were all in Capricorn around that time, squaring all things Aries and Libra. ;)Ok, I’ll finish time-travelling for now.It was a pivotal year in my life, that’s for sure. Pluto was starting to close on my Mars and I was being forced to let go of a whole bunch of expectations. If we can make it through some of those places, we usually emerge with more clarity than when we went in. During those transits?! just plain nutz . . . 🙂

  14. Hmmm…The only other ‘serious’ astrology book that I have is Isabel Hickey’s Cosmic Science. Was a bit disappointed by it to be honest. Some of her descriptions of planetary placements were a bit … negative to say the least. Might take a gander at these two … I did have a huge shopping list on amazon at one point last year that I haven’t gotten around to getting any of yet.

  15. Might take a gander at these two … I did have a huge shopping list on amazon at one point last year that I haven’t gotten around to getting any of yet.LOL! I have a looong list of books I want to have there too. But I keep dithering about which ones to get first! Thing I do like about Amazon is you can often get pretty good used copies.

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