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Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope

Aspects are an essential piece of the astrological puzzle when it comes to interpreting and using the information that astrology can give us. It is not enough to know the placement of the planets on the horoscope. It is the relationships between the stars and planets that let us grasp the destiny of the individual. Aspects describe the drama of our lives--the complex configurations that influence what will happen to us over time.

Sue Tompkins, a fellow of the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London, shows how to interpret aspects when doing daily astrological readings. She uses the lives of real people to plot the aspects and offers examples of every possible planetary combination. Detailing the influence of oppositions, trines and elemental trines, and cardinal, mutable, and fixed crosses, Tompkins shows how aspects provide the energy in the chart that transforms the horoscope into something symbolizing an alive and vital human being. With Aspects in Astrology, Tompkins provides both the novice and the experienced astrologer the evidence and concrete methods needed to grasp the vast knowledge offered to us by our horoscope. 

Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope


Author: Tompkins, Sue

Brand: Destiny Books

Edition: 2

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 312

Release Date: 01-09-2002


Illustrates how aspects can offer a profound depiction of an individual and his or her destiny.

• Contains comprehensive sections full of interpretations for every planetary combination.

• Concepts are explained through the use of actual birth charts and diagrams.

• A core textbook at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London.


 "An ideal guide for aspect analysis by the beginning student of astrology and an excellent resource for the advanced astrologer. Sue Tompkins clearly and incisively explains exactly what happens in the lives of people as a result of the aspects in their charts, and she offers many brilliant insights regarding how to use this energy constructively.

"A key text for all those using astrology." ― Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Liquid Light of Sex and Chiron: Rainbow Bridge Between the Inner an "In this 21st century where relationships are increasing in importance, volume, and complexity, Aspects of Astrology is especially meaningful and timely.

"This book is a wonderfully insightful and erudite map for managing our relations with others, and for understanding the many aspects within our own inner self." ― James Wanless, Ph.D., author of Voyager Tarot

"It's one of a handful among hundreds of astrology books that will remain a treasure for many years to come." ― Dell Magazines, February 2003


Sue Tompkins has been a practicing consultant and teacher of astrology since 1981. She was Director of Schools for the prestigious Faculty of Astrological Studies in London for 15 years and now operates her own school, the London School of Astrology. In addition to her independent courses and workshop offerings, she is a practicing homeopath in central London. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Page xi-xii I started studying astrology in the 1970s and like most students, then and now, when I discovered it, got quite obsessed. I never thought of it as having career potential; I was just fascinated and, not being in any particular hurry, my apprenticeship was long and slow. As I progressed in my studies, qualified and started seeing clients, it became obvious to me that the most important facet of the horoscope, the bit that one urgently needed to understand and be able to describe, was aspects - and yet, I couldn't find much in the way of contemporary material on the subject. Even then there was much that was excellent on the market as to the nature of planetary combinations. Stephen Arroyo for example on the outer planets and Liz Greene on these and Saturn. Charles Carter's book Astrological Aspects was and still remains a classic in the field but is a little out of date and does not include Pluto.

Languages: English