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An excellent introduction to the synthesis of modern astrology and psychology (mainly Jungian) that characterizes much of the highly influential writing by author Liz Greene. The complex subtleties of both astrology and psychology are clearly explained and interwoven throughout. The style is balanced, intelligent and imaginative. A key theme is that what we meet in our external reality is very much a reflection of our inner life. Liz Greene draws on both the astrological symbols of the birth chart and psychological concepts such as projection, shadow and anima/animus to outline a path towards greater understanding and increased individual responsibility. This approach to life offers an alternative to blaming our parents, partners - or even astrological birth charts - for our problems! Wisely, there are no easy answers here, but there is a great deal of insight into the human condition. Example charts and case histories are used to great effect. Not everyone is a fan of Liz Greene and her psychotherapeutic perspective on astrology, but "Relating" is one of many major contributions that Greene has made to the cosmic science. It is well worth a read, particularly if you are relatively new to astrology. Apart from anything else, there's plenty of general advice on relationships that just about everyone can benefit from!
I picked up this book almost two decades ago while on a Spa Retreat near San Diego. At the same time, I bought my first I Ching. It would be hard to say which book influenced me more. Liz Greene's interpretations and explanations were so fascinating they forced me to go out and learn astrology so I could understand even more -- and one day I was a professional! Watch out for this book. It is amazing!! (Obviously you don't need to know astrology to understand what she says.)
Liz Greene's greatest book. Not only of astrology. To me it is one of the best psychology books that I have ever read, one of the best introduction to Jung's way of thinking. I would like every one I know to read it whether they are interested in astrology or not, because it has helped me understand so many things about myself and my relations with others... It is one of the most influential books that I have ever read. As regards astrology, I have always been interested in it, as something that great minds have paid a lot of thought to. It had an intuition that it could not be reduced to little magic tricks or the silly idea that the Planets have control over your life. Reading Liz Greene, with her deep, rigorous mind, I have discovered what astrology actually is: a system of thought about the human, about what makes destiny (= the personality, not blind planets flying above your head), how a person's potential can unfold or not, how to work on one's vulnerable points. And why the observation of the planets could allow us to grasp what may be at work in ourselves.
Liz Green rises to the top of transformation authors. Insight into the human condition is expressed through her knowledge of astrology, psychology and religious concepts. Her compassion for the human condition is evident throughout...a valuable resource and reminder of the significant part we each contribute to our creation of the world condition.
I like Liz Greene's writing but as a student, I get frustrated when trying to sort out the information presented. Her views are interesting but she tends to jump around when giving her examples which makes it difficult to collate the information later.
As all of Liz Greene's books, this is insightful. It contains many references to ungian psychology, mythology and archetypes. However, I found the seminars even more interesting with many different perspecives.