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This is less an astrology book than an opportunity for the author to offer his opinions about most everything under the guise of planetary influence. Hillman is a proponent of merging astrology with depth psychology, his father James Hillman's (The Soul's Code) field. In each chapter, he describes a celestial body and its archetypical meaning, occasionally sharing an insightful view of how that information expresses itself in life patterns. But he more often veers off into folksy, well-meaning advice, with the planets acting as classification scheme (e.g., marriage tips? See Venus). When he gets around to explaining a planet's influence given its placement in one's natal chart (i.e., its position at the exact time of an individual's birth), it is thickly wrapped in the titular stage metaphor. Readers should have their charts in hand, as the slim resources/"how to" section in the back is, well, slim. Great concept, flawed execution; a lukewarm recommendation for public libraries wanting a comprehensive astrology collection.