The Astrology Page Blog: Planets in Therapy

Friday, July 20, 2012

Planets in Therapy

The book Planets in Therapy, by Greg Bogart, is a great book. Many astrology books are called “cookbooks”, giving you only "recipes" for planets, signs, and aspects. But this is a book about processes, as well as information on prediction, analysis, with a little cookbook type information. Everything has been included that anyone could possibly need to do a good consultation or learn more about astrology. This book is informative, and yet, it is easy to understand. Reading this book is like reading an entrancing story. It is not a dry tome. I have been a professional astrologer for years and I found things in this book that will improve my work, as well as my own life. 

There are excellent discussions on signs, planets, houses, aspects, transits, progressions and even solar arcs, and there is a good chapter on predictions. Included are stories of how planetary events affect real people. He explains what they are and how to use them. There is an easy to understand chapter on Dane Rudhyar and his writings, including Rudhyar’s Lunation Cycle. I especially like this section since Rudhyar’s writings are often obscure and hard to understand. 

He emphasizes the importance of engaging a client in the session and encouraging give and take. I have been doing this for years, even though I was trained in the old “meat and potatoes” way. The therapeutic way is the best way to balance out astrology. Many psychologists are quietly using astrology in therapy with incredible success. The information in this book will help you become a therapeutic astrologer. Being able to predict events is wonderful, but you don't want you, your friends, or your clients to go home wondering, "now what I do with this information about my life; what do I do when the event happens?" This book solves that problem.

Throughout the book, there are many examples of meditation, cognitive therapy, and specific exercises to help you work with the birth chart and upcoming transits. So whether you are working with other people or your own chart, you will have the knowledge and tools to get more out of life. 

Few books go into such detail on how to process the information given by the birth chart. The birth chart is a blueprint of your life. By using the methods in this book, you will learn ways to become the architect of your life, building and molding events to help you evolve and create a better life. 

This is a must-have book if you want to help yourself and others. You do not have to be an astrologer to enjoy this book. Planets in Therapy is definitely on my bookshelf 
 and will be well used.



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