Self-Improvement, Inspirational, Soul Growth
2017 Favorite Read
From Beauty: The Invisible Embrace Paperback – March 1, 2005 by John ODonohue. “If we could but find a rhythm of being which could balance a contemplative grace…. our pilgrimage through this world would flow in beauty through the most ragged and forsaken heartlands of confusion and dishevelment.” Venus transit or progression, anyone? Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto? A book to read in a year. In other words, a slow read. I read an essay a day for a while in the early mornings. While the sky changed color, my attitude toward life opened further. My presence felt calmer.
The Purpose of Your Life: Finding Your Place in the World Using Synchronicity, Intuition, and Uncommon Sense, Carol Adrienne I’ve read this book about 3 times in the last 20-ish years during times when my Soul was whispering, “it’s time for change.” When in evolutionary agitation, it’s helpful to read how others bravely changed using principles for aligning with destiny’s call. It turns out, she writes, that what we love and do easily is our purpose. An inspiring read. Not too cerebral. Definitely worth a look. Good for: Venus, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto transits. Adrienne co-wrote an experiential guide with James Redfield of The Celestine Prophecy who wrote the foreward to this book.
Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark by Bernadette Brady Though the focus of Evolutionary Astrology is about the Journey of the Soul, with a psychological spiritual approach, it’s rare to not be asked questions like “What is going to happen…. insert a time frame.” To learn more about the art of Predictive Astrology, I was drawn to this book by astrologer Bernadette Brady. The premise is that while technical skills are required, it’s understood that intuition, or the right brain, is part of the equation in predictive work. She shows how to build a Time Map, work with Secondary Progressions, and Transits. She also has a thorough section in this book called “Eclipses and the Saros Cycle.” She answers practical questions about Eclipse in the natal birth chart and by transits. She addresses the bigger picture of the family of eclipse cycles called the Saros Cycles and offers ideas of how to use it. It’s one of those books, I’m grateful to have on my bookshelf with curled sticky notes referencing pages I return to for inspiration.
Astrology, Karma & Transformation: The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart by Stephen Arroyo At this point, it is hard to remember exactly when those most profound, meaningful, helpful books were read. What I do remember is that this book from Arroyo was a used copy. I must have read it first in the years of first learning the term Evolutionary Astrology back in the mid-late 1980’s. Since then there isn’t a year where I don’t go back to some insights and teaching in these pages.
When I need a perspective on a Uranus transit, or a chart with multiple Neptune to personal planet connections, I grab this book of the shelf. The brain shifts when reviewing ancient yellow highlighter underlines.