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Aspect PatternsAspect Patterns
by Stephanie Clement; review by John Townley

Llewellyn—s —Special Topics in Astrology— series has been doing a good job on covering just what its title suggests, and this effort by their longtime astrology acquisitions editor is definitely one of them.

One of the more daunting aspects of astrology for the would-be student is the thought of having to learn the meaning of every single planet, in every sign, every house, and every possible aspect. Even if you—re keeping your numbers simple, that would be over 10,000 combinations. How do you separate the wheat from the chaff, cut to the chase, just find a door into all this complexity?

The most obvious way should be to look at the whole gestalt first and then chase the details that suggest themselves from there. See what the overall pattern looks like, then address its relevant parts. Strange to say, there are precious few books on how to do that well — really only two, one by Marc Edmund Jones and the other by Robert Jansky — so it—s nice to see another new one which includes the older observations plus a compendium of more recent ones garnered elsewhere.

When you look at a horoscope with its planets all laid out in a circle, you are usually struck at once by its pattern. Everything is on one side, or maybe there—s two bunches opposite each other, or perhaps a single planet sticks out all by itself, or they—re just all over the place. The meanings of these different natural clusterings was originally delineated by early 20th century astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, which is why they have come to be called —Jones Patterns,— and later further refined by Robert Jansky in the 1970s. Most astrologers are familiar with the Jones terminology of chart types: bundle, bucket, bowl, locomotive, see-saw, splay, and splash, each describing a separate overall personality type, especially characterized by the dominant planet involved. Jansky further dissected the approach by associating the types with the nearest or most likely aspects involved in each, hence —aspect patterns.—

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Below you'll find some of the astrology books reviewed by professional astrologers.
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Author     Book Title
Skye  Alexander   Hidden Agenda
Michael  Baigent   Mundane Astrology
Benson  Bobrick   The Fated Sky — Astrology in History
Philip  Brown   Cosmic Trends
Stephanie  Clement   Consciousness and the Midheaven
Stephanie  Clement   Aspect Patterns
Diane L.  Cramer   How to Give An Astrological Health Reading
Doris Chase  Doane   Astrology: 30 Years Research
Jodie  Forrest   The Ascendant
Steven  Forrest   The Book of Pluto
Demetra  George   Finding Our Way Through The Dark
Edith  Hathaway   Navigating by the Stars
Debbie  Kempton Smith   Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook
Wendy  Leigh   True Grace: The Life and Times of an American Princess
Grant  Lewi   Astrology for the Millions
Michael  Lutin   Sunshines: The Astrology of Being Happy
Trish  MacGregor   Your Intuitive Moon
Don  McBroom   Midpoints: Indentify & Integrate Midpoints Into Horoscope Synthesis
Jessica  Murray   Soul-Sick Nation: An Astrologer’s View of America
Maritha  Pottenger   Planets on the Move
Mark  Pottenger   Astrological Research Methods, Volume 1, An ISAR Anthology
Kim  Rogers_Gallagher   Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain
Edna  Rowland   Destined for Murder
Edna  Ryneveld   Transits in Reverse
Gloria  Star   Optimum Child
Richard  Tarnas   Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View
Bernie  Taylor   Biological Time
Celeste  Teal   Predicting Events with Astrology
Celeste  Teal   Identifying Planetary Triggers
Noel  Tyl   Noel Tyl's Guide to Astrological Consultation
Noel  Tyl   Vocations
Paul  Wade   Home Astrology: Creating the Perfect Home for Your Star Sign

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