When I launched AstroInquiry ten years ago I took an aim that I would create content that had substance, offered insights and had meat on the bone.
If you’re a reader who has grown bored with the vague, go-nowhere nature of most astrological scribing — New Age jargon cloaked in astrological cliches — then my new book — a collection of some of the most popular essays from AstroInquiry, will interest you.
• Would you like a better understanding of Mercury retrograde — both the astronomical phenomenon and the astrological interpretations of this annual event? Then you’ll enjoy the chapter The Truth About Mercury Retrograde. Find new ways to harness the rich imaginal realm within your unconscious, images that are heightened during the Mercury retrograde cycle. Who cares about lost car keys when the heart of your creative nature beckons?
• How about love? Without question, relationships — especially romance-based — offer great potential for psychological maturity. To understand love is to foster compassion and generosity as well as the excitement of deeper intimacy and sexual communion. You’ll find much to explore in the chapter Secrets of the Heart: Love is an Action Not A Feeling. The chapter opens with one of Rumi’s most beguiling poems and then moves forward from that literary close reading into the mysteries of human relating. A must for the intrepid Hero and Heroine of the Heart.
• What about Death? Not an easy topic to broach — especially within the loud buzz of modern Western culture. But with Pluto’s ongoing transit through the most body-centric sign of the Zodiac — Capricorn — there is tremendous pressure on the psyche to integrate a more realistic attitude towards death. To see death as part and parcel life and as a gateway into the Timeless dimension that is now. Never has the Thanatos drive been so emphatic, so unmissable. My article Death is the New Black explores the above themes from several different angles — not simply the astrological.
• Are you an astrologer and you’d like to learn how to write about the subject? Your own book or blog posts or articles for publication? Then my how-to guide How To Write About Astrology (or Not) is a must. You’ll find key pointers for making yourself a better writer (and astrologer) in this essay.
I’ve also included articles that fall outside of the astrological realm, essays that offer ways to become more creative amidst the distraction of smart phones and social media.
• After doing years of research for my upcoming book: Signs of Like: The Astrology of Facebook, I offer key tricks and experiments for you to play with to Make Facebook Your Slave. I suggest ways to avoid the social network’s distraction-making pull by using time on the network to support your own creative projects. Yes, the title of the article is exaggerated, but I consider it fair play. I mean, we all work for Facebook, generating content daily — and we’re paid nothing save for use of their network and having all of our personal data gathered up, chopped and diced and sold to the highest bidder. Doesn’t seem like an equal exchange, does it?
There’s lots more included in my new ebook, so pre-order now while I have the special price of 3.95 in place. Once this moves over to Amazon it will list at 5.95, so order it now for the August 18 release date. It will arive (both Kindle and eBook format) via email.