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Book Review- Midlife Is Not a Crisis: Using Astrology to Thrive in the Second Half of Life by Virginia Bell

April, 2019

Book Review
Midlife Is Not a Crisis
Using Astrology to Thrive in the Second Half of Life
by Virginia Bell
Published by Weiser Books
Pages: 242

What
others call a midlife crisis, Virginia Bell calls a Mid-course
correction, saying, “Whatever we’ve left out of the equation,
whatever we’ve ignored, begins to rise up and can no longer be
disregarded. This cycle involves four planets and is spread over a
decade.”

With
that, she welcomes readers to understand life’s most important
cycle.

As
she began to study astrology in her early-50s, Bell came to realize
it wasn’t about something happening in the sky, but something
happening within each of us, “and could be a valuable tool for
self-discovery.”

In
the introduction, she explains the Chiron Return takes place between
49-51, when the comet returns to its place in the birth chart.

“In
mythology, Chiron was a great healer and teacher, and this passage is
one of the best times to become fully conscious of whatever has not
been healed. For many of us, our lives take off in a different
direction from what we had anticipated, and often there is failure or
loss that serves as a catalyst for this,” she wrote.

She
had had my full attention. That’s when I got divorced, moved and
changed jobs.

On
the next page she notes that Uranus takes 84 years to come back to
its place in the natal chart, and that in our early 60s, it makes the
last aspect, giving us a second wind.

“There’s
a sense of freedom that comes from this edgy aspect, provided we are
willing to take some risks and extend ourselves beyond our comfort
zone. It’s worth doing, because the actions we take now will impact
who we become at eighty-four when Uranus comes full circle,” Bell
wrote.

That
aspect happened as I made a commitment to find a school bus, renovate
it to be an RV and make my future a life on the road, a witch on
wheels. That will finally come to fruition this year.

Now
I was hooked. I wished I’d had this book starting with my Saturn
Rerun around age 29, because “Midlife Is Not a Crisis” serves as
a guidebook to the landscape on the second half of our journey. She
explained, “[I]t helps to have some knowledge of the terrain, so
you can prepare and pack accordingly.”

At
the beginning of the book is a concise overview of astrology that
introduces beginners to astrological terms, and the concepts of
planets, signs and houses.

Bell
paraphrases Carl Jung, writing, “Anything born a moment in time has
the characteristics of that moment. The birth chart is a picture of
the sky at the moment of birth. It is a snapshot of the heavens and
all the planets. It is frozen in time. In the next moment, everything
moves, but that picture is yours forever; it is eternal, a piece of
cosmic DNA.”

Equating
power places on the planet to power years in our lives, Bell lays out
the lifecycle we all share at the same age.

29 First
Saturn Return (Growing up and getting real.)
37-45 Midlife
Journey (Breakdowns and breakthroughs.)
49-51
Chiron Return (The youth of old age.)
58 Second
Saturn Return (The new elder.)
62-63 Closing
Uranus Square (A second wind.)
70s The
Seventies (Real problems, real possibilities.)
84 Uranus
Return (The homecoming,)

She
presents information in a gentle and encouraging manner, always
pointing to the gifts, strengths, lessons, vulnerabilities and tools.
She’s like a tour guide, helping you navigate the map of your life.

“These
cycles or power years are the great turning points in life; at every
juncture there will be challenges, lessons, and losses – in this we
have no choice. Our freedom lies in how we respond: consciously or
unconsciously, awake or asleep, with fear or with love,” Bell
wrote.

She
sums up the astrology chapter by saying, “It’s all good. There is
no such thing as a bad chart or a bad aspect. Hopefully, we all have
some great aspects in our birth chart, as well as some challenging
ones. Why challenging ones? We’re here to learn. The hard aspects
are the ones that push us to grow, change, and achieve. Too many
‘easy’ aspects can make us lazy. Nothing is written in stone. We
all have free will. The chart represents potential. Ultimately, it is
up to us what we do with it.”

I
intend to keep this book until I’m 84.

Midlife Is Not a Crisis: Using Astrology to Thrive in the Second Half of Life on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Lynn
Woike
 was
50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before
she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She
draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her
Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae,
Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling
from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses
Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making
her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the
work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with
her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can
follow her boards on Pinterest,
and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Book Review – Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential by Cass and Janie Jackson

October, 2018

Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential

by Cass and Janie Jackson

Being an astrologer, I am always on the look out for books that are clear and concise in a format that is easily understandable by the lay person. Astrology for Success by Cass and Janie Jackson fills that niche quite nicely. In fact, their other books seem to also follow this premise that simple is best.

The authors have chosen to focus on the Sun Sign in a natal chart as the tool of use in understanding your innate potential. This decision aligns quite nicely for those who are accustomed to reading daily horoscopes that, most often, are Sun Sign based. I would venture to guess that most people know at least their astrological Sun Sign, if for no other reason that as a fact of trivia and identification. So, this book already speaks to a broader audience than many books on astrology would.

Each of the thirteen chapters is dedicated to a single astrological sign, in accord with their placement around the flat wheel. The thirteenth chapter is a charming teaser for anyone who wishes to explore another biggie in the natal chart- your Rising sign. This little tidbit at the end adds another layer of interest beyond the personality and traits of the Sun Sign.

Each chapter analyzes the Main Characteristics of the astrological sign, the Plan for Success based upon the innate potential of that sign’s characteristics, Health, Relationships, Career Paths and highlights of Chronological Patterns that potentially play out in the course of the individual’s lifetime. Although the chapters are short, there is enough to sink your teeth into and prompt a deeper look in self-analysis and awareness.

This is definitely a book I would recommend to my students and clients who are interested in having some usable information on hand in a simple format.

Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

 

The Inner Chamber Volume One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2)

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1)

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.