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This is one of the most insightful astrology books I have ever read. Profound, yet easy to understand, even for those with a moderate level of astrological knowledge. Mark Jones is intelligent, knowledgeable, human and humble in his approach. An essential read for professional astrologers or students of astrology.
I found this book poorly organized and overly abstract. With a title like that, it should have offered more actual guidance on how to improve a life marked by the trauma indicated by an afflicted Pluto. Instead, it goes into lengthy detail about how afflictions to these planets may indicate that you were strangled in a former life or starved or whatever. It was fairly interesting to read, but I like practical application in this life!
As an Evolutionary Astrologer myself, I’ve been following Mr. Jones’s work, primarily through the astrology conferences developed and promoted by Evolutionary Astrologer, Kim Marie, of Evolutionary Astrology.net. While quite a bit of information is provided by not only the developer of Evolutionary Astrology, Jeffrey Wolf Green and other Evolutionary Astrologers in other venues, Mr. Jones goes into more descriptive detail on the effects of Uranus and its trauma signature in the natal chart, and on the effects of the Nodal Axes or the North and South Nodes of the Moon, especially as the Nodes pertain to the evolution of the Soul and karmic dynamics.
The only thing I had a difficult time understanding, was why the Nodes moving in direct motion, versus retrograde motion, was not addressed (there’s really not a whole lot out there on the meaning and effects of the Moon’s Nodes from an astrological perspective). In private email correspondence with the author, I referenced the fact that my youngest daughter as well as several clients have Nodes that move in direct motion, rather than in retrograde motion. The author assured me that the Nodes only move in retrograde motion. And yet, my daughter’s and my clients’ natal charts clearly show otherwise. However, in Mr. Jones’ defense, he did say he would have to research it, after I responded that if the Nodes are not retrograde, they must be direct. And if they’re direct, there must be a meaning?
Hopefully, an answer is soon forthcoming in regard this enigma. :-)
After reading several astrological works, and getting more confused by the page; I came across Mark's book.
Besides being an excellent astrologer, Mark has the gift of cutting the very complex web that Astrology is into bitesized slices, and then building one on top of the other until you have a complete picture.
His writing is at once simple and clear, a perfect way to bring the student up that steep learning curve.
I only have one complaint. Mark has written just two books, and this is the only book that deals with teaching astrology to folks outside the psychiatric profession. Pretty please Mark, write another book.
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He appears to have been pushed or intimidated by psychiatric or psychological professionals supportive of political status quo resulting in an edge book that is at once too much information apparently to appease and supply those who would abuse it for militaristic, sadistic, power and illusion of control ends and a lack of dimensionality in places the sincere would expect to find greater extrapolation and application. He is brilliant as his second book clearly attests. In the current political context, thé book is bpld, brave, and serves society in multiple aspects. The author deserves tremendous respect, particularly to be able to your the US and be allowed to leave by rogue sadistic government employees without an overly war, guilty of torture without basis scrapping for someone with his credentials to save them from a prison sentence or international execution they have so earned.
Omg - I'm halfway through this book and as painful as it is for me to read - I just keep picking it up and reading it. Mr. Jones sets the book up like a cooking recipe in which you take into account the other factors in the chart that could/couldn't contribute toward EXPRESSION in regards to the Nodes/Pluto/Uranus positions in the Natal chart. I am a firm believer in his perspective regarding "if you know where and what the problem is - you can begin to start addressing it." It's almost as if you're killing a weed by pulling it's leaves off - you have to pull the root. And, this is where Mr. Jones goes. No - it's not pretty, but it's honest. I can work with honesty - in a big way. I can't thank this author enough. I hope to enjoy his other books, as well. Thank you.