Planets in Play: How to Reimagine Your Life Through the Language of Astrology

Planets in Play: How to Reimagine Your Life Through the Language of Astrology

by Laurence Hillman
     
 

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Planets in Play is the first foundational book that lets the reader reimagine his or her inner life through the self-exploratory language of astrology. Author Laurence Hillman-a widely respected astrologer with a loyal following and a formidable online presence-reconnects the planets with the character traits given them by the ancients.

Whether one

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Planets in Play is the first foundational book that lets the reader reimagine his or her inner life through the self-exploratory language of astrology. Author Laurence Hillman-a widely respected astrologer with a loyal following and a formidable online presence-reconnects the planets with the character traits given them by the ancients.

Whether one accepts astrology as being "real," its language and concepts can go a long way toward helping us see the archetypes that play on our lives. In observing the strengths, weaknesses, and character traits of each planet and zodiac sign, readers will receive a toolbox filled with instruments with which to newly understand their lives.

The reader will then be able to make more conscious choices about how he or she is living out these different aspects. To that end, Hillman provides specific tactics and highly practical ideas of how to expressly nourish or minimize these tendencies through choice of behavior, lifestyle, and personal surroundings. Case examples, stories, and anecdotes run throughout the book to demonstrate and ease this process.

In its appendices, Planets in Play provides a guide in how to get a quality astrological reading, with an emphasis on one's dominant archetypes. In addition, Hillman offers a basic grounding in astrology for those readers, therapists, or counselors who wish to learn how the ancient art works at a psychological level without necessarily committing themselves to its study.

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Library Journal

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.
—Janet Tapper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585425877
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/20/2007
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

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