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From Here to There: An Astrologer's Guide to Astromapping
From Here to There: An Astrologer’s Guide to Astromapping, edited by Martin Davis, The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, 4A Woodside Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2AZ, England, 2008. Softcover—272 pp.—$40.00 (£20.00) (ISBN 978-1-902405-27-8). Available from: www.wessexastrologer.com
Martin Davis, author of Astrolocality Astrology (1999), brings readers up to speed with this subject in the new book, From Here to There: An Astrologer’s Guide to Astromapping. Davis (who also wrote several chapters) edited this collection of essays on current applications in the branch of astrology that considers space as well as time. The techniques described herein, collectively called “astromapping,” extend beyond the familiar Astro*Carto*Graphy (A*C*G) maps made accessible by the late astrologer Jim Lewis. Although Lewis is recognized as a pioneer in the field (and many of his students have contributed chapters to the book), other computer programmers have designed sophisticated methods to measure how planets relate to location. Local Space (LS) and Geodetics are now available in software programs, along with innovations such as the addition of Chiron, the asteroids, and midpoints; maps for solar return and progressed charts; and much more.
Davis’s first chapter on the history of mapping techniques discloses the interesting account of the developments that preceded Jim Lewis’s work in the 1970s (i.e., interpreting the planets as they become angular around the world). The earliest examples, for instance, are the Babylonian and Assyrian tablets that reflect “the yearning of astrologers over the centuries to associate terrestrial location with the qualities of zodiacal signs.” Davis gives a chronology of the developments in the field, wherein he generously acknowledges his colleagues’ contributions, and ends this chapter with predictions about where technology will take astromapping in the future.
The book is then comprised of 15 essays by experienced astrologers, many of whom are highly innovative in their approach. Topics include personal travel stories related to A*C*G and C*C*G (Cyclo*Carto*Graphy, which shows transits, progressions, and directions to the A*C*G). Martin Davis’s “The Uses of Astromapping in Astrology” is one of the standouts of this genre. The original version of this chapter appeared in The Mountain Astrologer, Oct./Nov. 2006. In this version, Davis offers new material on the Jolie-Pitt relationship, including their individual Local Space and A*C*G maps and the Relationship C*C*G for their baby daughter’s birth in Namibia.
Bernadette Brady’s chapter, “The Stars and Stripes,” explains Ptolemy’s description of Heliacal Rising and Setting Stars, which Brady sees as governing a period of time at a particular latitude. This chapter provides a fascinating look at the time and place for key presidential inaugurations in the United States. (George Washington, for example, became the first president in New York; his second inauguration was in Philadelphia, and the event was moved to Washington, D.C. in 1801.) Brady looks at the Heliacal Rising and Setting Stars and parans for the latitude of the inauguration of significant presidential terms; these stars describe the “quality of this time and place.” She then combines this with the horoscope of the event itself, which shows, of course, the planets on the ecliptic. From this viewpoint — looking at the stars in the sky at the time and place, as well as the chart of the event — Brady considers specific inaugurations (and themes for the terms) of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Nixon, and G. W. Bush.
Another remarkable essay from the collection is by Dale O’Brien. O’Brien conferred with the late David Solté on the “Scorpionic America” chart for the U.S. This horoscope is cast for November 15, 1777, when the Continental Congress approved the“Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.” O’Brien considers this the chart for the elite or ruling class, and his chapter on maps for this chart is carefully researched and specific (e.g., he applies tertiary progressions and the North Node/Lilith paran for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans). O’Brien finds “potentially the most dangerous area of the world for the U.S.” (lying between the “Mars DSC and Pluto DSC” lines) to include Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel.
Arielle Guttman, who collaborated with Jim Lewis, has written a chapter titled “A History Lesson: The A*C*G, Geodetics and Local Space of the George W. Bush Presidency,” which demonstrates an eloquent understanding of the techniques she has long practiced. The book also includes chapters on business issues, relocation for career, and reincarnation.
Anyone studying or using locational astrology will appreciate this book. If you are new to the subject, let me cite one of countless evocative passages to pique your imagination. This is from Robert Currey: “One of the most pathetic news images in recent times was a sad George W. Bush gazing helplessly out of an aeroplane window at the flooded city of New Orleans. Yet, one of the most inspiring sights was the same man addressing the rescue workers at Ground Zero, New York.” Put succinctly (the author elaborates in the text), Mr. Bush has Neptune at the IC in New Orleans and Pluto ascending in New York City. As Currey writes: “Under Neptune in New Orleans, Bush’s fragile ego, incompetence and misplaced sensitivity surfaced. Under Pluto, his instinctive mind, leadership and persuasive powers of speech emerged.”
Linda Schurman has maintained a private practice in astrology for more than 34 years. She is also a studious observer of the larger world stage, including domestic and global politics, climate change, financial markets, and social justice.
What Next? A Survival Guide to the 21st Century is a concise book that addresses the daunting issues of our time. This book is clearly written for non-astrologers. The specific astrology in the text is minimal as the author offers an educated view of these challenges. The information, though directed to the general public, provides a timely and useful context for the concerns that clients bring to practicing astrologers every day.
The first chapter, “Pluto in Sagittarius (Nov. 1995 – Nov. 2008),” sets up the immediate background of where we are now by recapitulating the big themes of these years — Globalization, Financial Speculation, Religion, Law, Education, and the Media.
The next three chapters cover a similar range of themes and are organized around the outer planets’ transits: Uranus in Pisces (Mar. 2003 – Mar. 2011); Neptune in Aquarius (Jan. 1998 – Feb. 2012) (Septile Pluto 2001 – 2011); and Pluto in Capricorn (2008 – 2024), Uranus in Aries (2011 – 2018), Neptune in Pisces (2011 – 2026).Schurman also writes on the upcoming Jupiter–Saturn conjunction in Aquarius (Dec. 2020)and offers a chapter on “Sedna — A Planet of the 21st Century.” Although the book is organized by astrological motif, and there are key astrological charts in the Appendices, the body of the text is informed by the work of (non-mainstream) journalists and economists.
Given the subject matter, Linda Schurman’s book has a necessarily unflinching tone; she diligently refers to research on global warming, the energy crisis, corporate and political corruption, and other such matters. This author writes a large story in accessible language. She combines a view of the forces at work in the greater world with a positive and practical set of ideas for managing life in these often overwhelming times. For example, Schurman makes “prophecies” and suggestions throughout the book: Chapter 4 contains sections on the Worst-Case and Best-Case scenarios, as well as “The Quiet Revolution — Moving into the Solution” and “New Frameworks of Consciousness.” Chapter 3 includes some investment recommendations and has a special section on solar design.
Linda Schurman is facing reality and yet also holds an impressively hopeful vision for the future. If you feel confused by the complexity of the times, her book will help you to sort out what has happened, who is responsible — and what we can do now (as she writes in the Introduction) to help ourselves become “able to ‘invent’ our way out of even the most profound set of challenges.”
— reviewed by Mary Plumb
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