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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Life Your Own
by M.J. Abadie
There are a lot of worthless Sun-sign astrology books on the market. This isn’t one of them.
Astrology is a tool for self-knowledge, and with a little background, one that just about anybody can use wisely. Three cheers for Abadie for being on the team of astrologers who are valiantly trying to wrest their craft away from the people who use it as a fortune-telling parlor trick: “Oh, you’re a Taurus. You’re destined to be fat, rich and stubborn.” You’ll find none of that in Teen Astrology.
Abadie has crafted a solid beginner’s guide to astrology, with overviews of the ten planets, the Ascendant (or Rising Sign) and Descendant, the signs of the zodiac, an explanation of houses, the major aspects, the four elements as they relate to the twelve signs, and more. Each section includes keywords and exercises. She throws in extensive sections where you can look up your Sun-Moon sign combination, your Venus and Mars placements, and those of your friends, family and potential mates. There’s an ephemeris in the back of the book and a short list of computer resources. I would have liked to have seen a “Further Reading” section, but at least most of the chapters include an informative quote or two, from which you can compile a reading list.
Teen Astrology also teaches basic synastry — comparing your chart with someone else’s to see how they mesh. You can do synastry with your friends, siblings, parents, or possible romantic partners. Along with that, Abadie details what it means if you have certain planets in the Seventh House, which is the House of Marriage (or in medieval astrology, the House of Open Enemies).
She covers Sun, Moon, Venus and Mars, but none of the outer planets. What does it mean if you have Saturn or Pluto in the Seventh House? Who knows, you won’t find it here.
My only other gripe is that the romance sections of the book aren’t gay-friendly. Perhaps, the publishers surmised, if you’re a gay teen interested in astrology, you’ve got too many things to worry about without trying to present your parents with a metaphysical book that features advice on same-sex relationships. Still, it’s a bit of a disappointment in an otherwise solid effort.
Otherwise, Teen Astrology is a decent introduction to an art and craft that, used well, can guide you throughout your life.
RATING: 3 Broomsticks
» Originally appeared in newWitch #02
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