The Evolutionary Path Round The Horoscope
by Phoebe Wyss
The myths of Hercules’ labours are used as keys in this book to unlock the deeper significance of the twelve houses of the horoscope. These are interpreted archetypally and seen as reflecting the same twelve principles as the signs. Its light and playful style makes Hercules’ Labours very accessible – also to readers unversed in astrology. In order to hear the ancient myths speak to you personally, and uncover your personal agenda of labours, you need to know only three factors from your birth chart. The monsters Hercules encountered, and we must wrestle with, are in the mind. They are projections of the fears and negativity that have prevented us so far from taking our seat on Mount Olympus and realising our true nature as a god among gods.
Treetongue Publishing, 2007
In essence this is a journey around the houses of the birth chart with Saturn, relating each house to our own evolutionary path through life, and putting this in the context of the twelve mythological labours of Hercules. Having said that, I found this book written in a very entertaining way, containing a wealth of psychological ideas relating to each of the houses.
The idea of relating the Labours of Hercules to the astrological birth chart is not new but Ms Wyss has written in a way that readers will find very accessible and with a wealth of modern insights into the psychological meaning of the houses.
In following Saturn’s journey round the twelve houses, each is explored in depth, interpreting each task and learning experience in the context of the archetypal energy of the sign and planet with which each house is associated. The restrictions Saturn can impose on us are really projections of our own fears and negativity, which can inhibit us from achieving autonomy and realising our full potential in life. In this book we are reminded of how Saturn can bring about difficult situations which appear to disrupt our life, but importantly how these very situations are opportunities to break through our own barriers and free ourselves from our self-imposed restrictions, which are as Ms Wyss says, ‘preventing us from taking our seat on Mount Olympus and realising our true nature as a god amongst gods.’
I would certainly recommend this book to any astrologer, student or qualified, who wants to expand their understanding of the deeper meanings of the houses, and the ways in which Saturn can affect our lives.
‘Simply written, though never simplistic, this insightful archetypal tour of the astrological houses provides rich food for thought for novice and experienced astrologer alike. Highly recommended as an addition to any astrologer's library.’
Jane Ridder-Patrick, Principal, Scottish School of Astrology.
'Phoebe leads the reader on a poetic and insightful journey through the houses of the horoscope, with particular reference to Saturn, the great taskmaster and teacher of the heavens.'
Frank Clifford, Principal, London School of Astrology.
'Phoebe has used the myth of the labours of Hercules in a delightfully playful way to track the challenges the planet Saturn presents us with at the different stages of our spiritual journey. If you are fascinated by symbols and the interconnectedness of things, this is the book for you.'
Pankaja Brooke, novelist.
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