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This is as close as anything gets to a definitive treatment of the twelve houses in modern astrology, although there is of course quality stuff scattered through many other books, including the excellent "The Gods Of Change", also by Howard Sasportas. As the author journeys through the houses, there are profound psychological insights for both the beginner and the more experienced astrologer. The format is straightforward. An introductory section ("a person's reality springs outward from his or her inner landscape of thoughts, feelings, expectations and beliefs"), a quick journey through the houses, and then on to the majority of the book which is given over to a "cookbook" treatment of all the planets and signs in each house. There are countless examples backing up the interpretations e.g. writers and communicators with Sun in the third house, a famous musician and a poet with Neptune in the tenth house and so on. At the end of the book there is a handy summary of the key concepts for each house, and a look at the different house systems astrologers use. Sasportas finishes the main text with the question, "Why don't you become what only you can become?". Why not indeed!? An excellent book.
Just wanted to briefly praise this book and Howard Sasportas. Great for the beginner and as a refresher for a seasoned astrologer. Practical information within along with principles to be applied to a practice rather than just bits of information. Highly Highly recommended...
The 12 Houses is my favorite book on houses and i have read many. I use this book as my main reference guide for houses for all my consultations and I have found it to be accurate, detailed and very comprehensive. All the planetary placements by house are described here and very well, with a deep psychological profile as well as examples and facts. I love this book because although fairly simple in its structure ( it looks after all just any other astrology cookbook on houses), the psychology and insight are excellent. It is after all the work of the great Howard Sasportas, such an influencial british astrologer. This is the man that worked for so long side by side with Liz Green and , if I remember well, co-founder of the CPA in London. A non ordinary book from an non-ordinary man, I thoughroughly recommend this book, as you will find it such a valuable tool in your astrologiucal work.
Que dire de plus ? C'est extrêmement bien expliqué avec une approche basée comme souvent en astrologie sur les mythes grecs qui permettent une vision limpide des phénomènes psychologiques sous-jacent et facilitent aussi énormément la mémorisation des informations. Il s'agit d'un ouvrage d'astrologie humaniste, donc absolument pas tourné vers la prédiction mais uniquement sur la connaissance de soi.
This is the best material I've read about astrological houses so far. One might know the basic meaning of houses, like: 2nd is money, 10th is career etc., but Sasportas really puts it together, explains WHY is it so, why one house is followed by another (what the particular house order is based on), etc. It really helps to see the bigger picture and understand the houses and astrology in general. After reading this book, I started to feel/understand the energy of each house, the essence of each house, what the house is actually about. I like that there are a lot of examples of real people placements, it helps to understand better how does each placement manifest in the house. Anyone who is interested in astrology, will find a lot of valuable information in this book.