Surfing the Galactic Highways:
Adventures in Divinatory Astrology
by Barry Goddard
Publisher: Moon Books
Published: January 2023
…This book is aimed at anyone who has a little bit of knowledge of astrology upwards. Astrology is one of those subjects that enters your bones, and if it is there, then it is there, however much or however little you know. It is a primordial connection to the sky that many of us feel… ¹
The quote above succinctly expresses the intention of Surfing the Galactic Highways: Adventures in Divinatory Astrology by Barry Goddard. The twenty-one (21) chapters cover an expansive and fresh perspective that differs from the usual books on astrology and often a more mechanical approach that forms a less intuitive structure for the reader.
There is an abundance of practical and very relatable information within the pages of this title. To that point, Chapter 1: The Power of Astrology begins with the First Vaccination Chart reflecting the date when Margaret Keenan (UK), received the first dose of the COVID vaccine on December 8, 2020.
As you move through the chapters of Surfing the Galactic Highways: Adventures in Divinatory Astrology there is a sense of being part of an adventure in exploration of the astrological basics versus the academia of the subject matter. Chapter 2: Keeping it Simple exemplifies this approach beautifully. Mr. Goddard provides the reader and novice with just enough astrological information to make sense of the deeper explorations of the components of astrological practice.
…. I like to keep astrology simple, because it is then easier to remain close to the symbolism. When you are close to the symbolism, when you feel it strongly, it can speak through you. Anyone can learn the set of meanings of the planets and signs and put them together to read a chart. A computer can do that. But that is not astrology, because it is not the gods speaking through you, but the intellect, which needs to be the servant, not the master…²
This simple approach is sampled in the reading of Barack Obama’s chart; only containing the Sun, Moon and Rising signs. The lesson here is one of using the highlights-Sun-Moon and Rising information as the starting points for analysis of an individual chart. This concept follows the idea of connection and symbolism and allowing those very common things to speak through the astrological reading by way of what is already established as a connection to the readers ideology of what the Sun and Moon mean to them beyond astrological purposes.
Throughout Surfing the Galactic Highways: Adventures in Divinatory Astrology the underpinnings of a scientific approach to astrology are woven with the mythos of sign and planet and the symbolism becomes one infused with reality and intuitive creativity. Each chapter is primed with visual examples of charts that have been simplified in how much is contained within, allowing the reader to properly digest the concepts presented and create new pathways of understanding that can at a later date be expanded upon.
Would I Recommend:
Surfing the Galactic Highways: Adventures in Divinatory Astrology by Barry Goddard has successfully taken some very dry and often challenging principles of astrology and crafted them in such a way that makes them relatable to everyone at all layers of knowledge base. Mr. Goddard’s writing style is one of that elicits an ease of reading that is similar to that of sitting and discussing a complicated subject with a patient and enthusiastic friend whose only goal is one of wanting to share their passion for that topic. All in all, Surfing the Galactic Highways: Adventures in Divinatory Astrology is an excellent resource for those who wish to explore the many uses of astrological application and enjoy the journey of new awakenings.
1. Pg. 2 (Preface)
2. Pg. 14
About the Author:
In his twenties and thirties Barry did a lot of Buddhist practice, but for the last 25 years the main currents have been astrology and shamanism. He regularly writes blogs and Facebook posts about both shamanism and astrology, to which he brings a fresh and sometimes controversial perspective. He also does astrology readings and runs courses on the Medicine Wheel. He has recently written a book about astrology, ‘Surfing The Galactic Highways Adventures in Divinatory Astrology‘. Barry lives on Dartmoor in Devon, UK.
About the Author:
Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path.
Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers.
Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following a practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Elder) degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of two ASW covens since Samhain of 2001 and the Winter Solstice of 2015.
As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she uses Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work.
Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout
the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival. Her most recent projects include a channel on youtube: A Journey to the Inner Chamber. She also shares audio pathworkings and ritual on her bandcamp site: Teachings on the Path with Robin.
Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.
Her books can be found on Amazon or purchased directly through her website:
For more info: http://www.robinfennelly.com/books.html
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