Customer Review

Reviewed in Canada on February 23, 2017
I'm not sure if it counts to say that I finished this book, because technically I skipped the section on the Daily Moon as I didn't feel I needed it (at the moment). And honestly, if you count all the sections I skimmed I probably read just under two thirds of the whole book.

And really, that tells you something.

I bought this book because I was looking forward to the moon specific information, I should have paid more attention to the write up because all the law of attraction, "new moon wishes" stuff was not what I was looking for. So I skimmed it. The fact that I felt like I was reading something written for someone in 8th grade, with the tone and language always making me feel like I was dumb, whenever she got to in depth explanations probably increased my desire to skim. That's the bad part, now the ugly (or is it just annoying).

I have several notes in my book that ask why the author insists on recommending the exact opposite of the energy that she just described. I.e.: Aries is impulsive, impetuous and energetic so this is the time to... sit down and plan the next 12 months? I... umm... No. Having finished reading the whole section I'd suggest you plan during Capricorn - which loves planning, control and is highly focused - or Virgo - which loves order and is perfectionistic and then do exactly what she says "infuse your plans with drive and determination" during Aries. This was not the only time where the advice went against the energy of the moon and I found this odd. It seems to me that the point of a tool like this is to learn to ride the current of the energy that IS not to teach you to try to force the energy into constraints. Maybe if there had been a section on what to constrain or watch out for (i.e. too impulsive in Aries, or overly controlling in Capricorn) as well as a section on what to nurture in each sign it would have been less grating, but the fact that some signs were all flow while others had these counter suggestions made me feel like we were seeing the author's own biases.

But what TRULY annoyed me (and in fact I skipped almost everything in the Full Moon section because of this) was the Full Moon advice. Full Moon is the peak, it is completion, it's the baby exploding into the world, it's people finally oohing and ahhing over what you built. Why, in the name of all that is holy, at this point would you be releasing, and wrapping things up?

Let's think about this cycle like sex. The New Moon is when you start waggling eye brows and making it super clear what you're interested in. The Waxing Moon is foreplay and getting into it. And Full Moon is the orgasm. No one, in the middle of an orgasm is like: Ok pull out and let's review how this went. No. First you enjoy the orgasm, you celebrate, you reveal in making crap happen. The whole release, review, forgive and gratitude those are all actions done during the Waning Moon. (A whole half cycle which our culture tends to overlook in a LOT of systems, btw.)

I theorize that you can't talk about the point in a cycle where plant seeds, and then talk about the point in the cycle where you get gorgeous flowers and get to celebrate what you grew and then... start the cycle over. The author knew she needed that coming down, but she doesn't mark another phase of the moon (though she does clearly explain all 8 phases in the beginning and you can see how she has the Full Moon repeating what goes with the last few phases there) so those things important to manifestation (forgiveness and gratitude) got shoved on to the Full Moon and we just skip celebration and sharing. Adding a section on something like the Dark Moon would have allowed the three natural points and processes - Planting, Celebrating, Releasing - to be marked in the book without any weird twisting and shaping.

But that said, I DO have a lot of highlights through out the books. I went through and made a reference table for myself on the moon in various signs and houses. I got some good astrological specific information from the book (like the fact that during the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are opposite each other in the chart). But I'm torn on who to recommend it to. Technically I think it should be recommended to people brand new to astrology because it's written directly to them and it's got some great basic information. But it also has somethings that are forced and wrong (ala Full Moon rant above) so then they'd go into their studies with errors. Likewise anyone who knows anything about the Law of Attraction is going to find this to be a basic primer and it might be a little too woo to someone completely new to it (though it is obviously written for them). Experienced astrologers will be annoyed by the little things that annoyed me. And in fact, I have a friend I wanted to recommend it to for the "when the moon is here" parts, but I didn't recommend it because I felt like I'd also need to send notes about what to ignore in it and how annoying is that?

So in the end while I did get some value out of it and it was worth what I paid for my ebook ($2) I can't say that I highly recommend it. Sadly, because I think a good basic book is exactly the thing I needed on my reference shelf. Oh well.
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