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Alchemy: The Soul of Astrology Paperback – Illustrated, 17 June 2020
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An alchemical approach seeks to release the latent potential which resides within the individual and within the cosmos. There was never any question that the work of the alchemists depended upon a knowledge of the planets and their cycles, since alchemical transformations could only be successful if carried out at the astrologically appropriate times. This book has been steadily fermenting and evolving for over twenty-five years, and as such it represents a true alchemical process. It has gone from being an idea to a passion, and then a project and now it is a fully-fledged book. Learn firstly about the mystical process of alchemy, and then discover how it deepens our understanding of the transits of the outer planets to the natal chart. A fascinating book that deserves a place in every astrologer's library.
Thanks to Clare Martin's clarity and depth of writing alchemy, so often confusing and ambiguous, is alive with meaning and full of insight. As an accomplished astrologer, Clare brings the wisdom of alchemical imagination and clinical practice to enlighten and ensoul astrology, honouring the art as an in-depth psychology of the soul. Our understanding of images, symbols and passages is intensified and amplified, which in turn activates a deeper appreciation of both the astrological and alchemical processes as soul making. The alchemical metaphor is animated in a way that reveals astrology as a sacred tool in the laboratory of life; that we are the vessels of our own transformation. Beautifully written, skilfully crafted, allow yourself to be immersed in the transformative process this book evokes; Brian Clark, author of Soul, Symbol and Imagination
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- Publisher : The Wessex Astrologer Ltd; Illustrated edition (17 June 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 154 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1910531391
- ISBN-13 : 978-1910531396
- Dimensions : 15.6 x 0.84 x 23.39 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 86,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is an immediate problem of definition with the word “Alchemy.” – six dictionaries have six different definitions, mainly involving chemistry, less often relating to the esoteric.
The introduction to “Alchemy and Astrology” says “when two entities or energies come into contact, both are changed by the encounter, and a new entity, or third force, is created.” This goes straight to the heart of the matter.
One, two and Three. This is succinct, defines a process not the desired result, and makes a clear starting point. . Number symbolism is key in the birth chart and also informs the alchemical “magnum opus”. Essential to both also are Sun Moon and Planets. Throughout the book the two systems repeatedly interlock and create a complex picture extending into areas of psychology, philosophy and the heart of many kinds of spiritual practice.
The book is densely researched and vividly illustrated, and enriched with black and white engravings of the time like an “Illustrated guide to the Spiritual Path” – but this is no jolly Cook’s tour. The path is clearly not for the fainthearted - but then that's life and there is no way out! There are fascinating and definitely sinister images here that show men, women planets and magical beasts encountering each other in very scary ways. States of the soul under particular planetary influences - identified as calcinatio, sublimatio, solutio – are fleshed out with story and allegorical depiction which can illuminate human experiences which today are negated - medicalised or simply ignored, so denied existence. These images work profoundly and repay intense scrutiny.
This book is enormously provocative of thought – questioning, discovery, recognition, and should be equally provocative of discussion, or meditation. It touches on many areas of psychology, astrology, and spiritual exploration, and is worth revisiting, time after time.
Not particularly instructional regards astrology but great at explaining the convergence and essentials of the arts and their purpose.
I heartily recommend this title.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2022