Soul Signs: An Elemental Guide to Your Spiritual Destiny


In Soul Signs, bestselling author, spiritual medium, and healer Rosemary Altea introduces a fascinating system of soul typing that reveals the dynamics of attraction.

Which energy group do you belong to—the strategic and grounded earth signs, passive and charming air signs, compromising yet unstoppable water signs, the ever-changing emotional fire signs, or the destructive dark sign, sulfur? Are you a strong-willed, emotionally driven, perfectionist Retrospective soul? A ...

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In Soul Signs, bestselling author, spiritual medium, and healer Rosemary Altea introduces a fascinating system of soul typing that reveals the dynamics of attraction.

Which energy group do you belong to—the strategic and grounded earth signs, passive and charming air signs, compromising yet unstoppable water signs, the ever-changing emotional fire signs, or the destructive dark sign, sulfur? Are you a strong-willed, emotionally driven, perfectionist Retrospective soul? A vivacious, radiant, quick-witted Bright Star soul? A thrill-seeking, romantic but fickle Traveler soul? What about your mate? Once readers learn the science behind soul typing, they will enjoy "typing" their friends, family, and even celebrities to better understand why some people seem so happy, others at war with themselves, and—the most fun—who belongs together.

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"Now there's a new compatibility game in town. . . . The signposts to harmony, peace, and contentment can be found in the language of our souls."—Santa Cruz Sentinel
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Imagine a new system of finding people with whom you could be compatible, or who at least understand the nature of your interpersonal dynamic. Based on information channeled from her spirit guide Grey Eagle, spiritual medium Altea (The Eagle and the Rose) has written such a system based on "Soul Signs" or energy groups: Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Sulphur. Although the first four sound similar to the cardinal associations of astrology, Altea firmly asserts that astrological and soul sign typing are different. For example, her mother is an Aquarian, but fire is her soul type. Fire souls are driven by passion; earth by a need to plan and strategize; air by a passive and calming energy flow; and water by a need to evaluate and compromise. The fifth group, sulphur, is a total departure from astrological ideas, as sulphur souls are driven by evil. Within each of the five energy groups there are subsets based on type of energy flow (introvert, central and extrovert), which is not the same as a personality type whom we might consider as introverted or extroverted. These subsets have evocative labels such as Retrospective, Visionary, Peacemaker, Newborn, Bright Star, Warrior Soul, etc. All members of the sulphur sign are considered Dark Souls. Since soul signs, unlike astrological signs, lack an obvious date marker, Altea gives numerous explanations and variations to help readers determine their soul sign and subset throughout. The book's chief merit is in provoking new ways of contemplating the human psyche. (June) Forecast: A six-city book tour, a confirmed appearance on Larry King Live, and a drive-time radio tour should help move this title, which is an alternate selection of the One Spirit Book Club. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594862298
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 630,794
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

ROSEMARY ALTEA, internationally renowned spiritual medium and healer, has been featured on Oprah and Larry King Live as well as in Vanity Fair, People, and The New York Times. She is the founder of the nonprofit Rosemary Altea Association of Healers in England, and is also the bestselling author of The Eagle and the Rose. She lives in Vermont.

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Some things are part of our spiritual destiny and we just can't change them: certain instinctive attitudes and impulsive actions, the inability sometimes to act when we know we should, the way we sometimes allow ourselves to be drawn into situations against our better judgment, and, the biggest thing, our reactions -- the urge to fight, to shout, to protect, to hide, to dictate, to shrink back, to control, to run. These urges come naturally to us, they are generated by the energy that flows through us and propels us forward. It is energy that dictates our behavior, and no matter how hard we try to control or change it-and there will be times when we can -- there will be those times that it will just take us with it and we will not be able to be anything other than who weare.

You may be aware that all beings are made of pure energy, but until now the effects of that energy have never been defined, never been quite understood. We have never really associated a specific type of energy with the way that we think and behave, with what we can and cannot change. No one has explored how the unique kind of energy that has powered us since birth makes us tick.

When your soul was first conceived, that initial spark, that crucial moment of creation came from a particular and special source of energy. While the spark is individual to each of us, the type of energy comes from one of five sources: Fire, Earth, Air, Water, or Sulphur. These are the elemental energy groups, the energy sources from which all earthbound souls are created. As your soul was born, it was surrounded by and infused with energy that was present from the beginning of time, without which there would be no creation, no new beginnings. That energy determines what your soul looks like and how it works.

Fire, Earth, Air, Water, or Sulphur -- the energy group you belong to gives you your power, your personality, and your character traits. It also provides clues about what kinds of friends and lovers you are bound to be attracted to -- and how these relationships might work out over time.

Now you may already be familiar with this concept of the elements from astrology or other ancient disciplines and traditions. Astrology, which involves a study of the stars, has been a fascination to many of us, even if some of us do take it all with a pinch of salt. We are still intrigued, we still want to know. What does the horoscope say today? I'm a Taurean, my daughter is an Aries, and it is fun to know what our star signs say about us and our fortunes. But really, it's more than just fun. You know the old saying, "There are more things to heaven and earth than we can know!"

But while there is a relationship between what you will learn here and other disciplines such as astrology, for the time being, the elemental names -- Fire, Earth, Air, and Water -- are where the similarities end. For example, my father is astrologically a Pisces, a water sign. His soul sign, however, belongs to the Earth energy group. My mother is an Aquarius, a water sign as well, but her soul sign is imbued with Fire energy. My sister, like my father, is a Pisces, a water sign; her energy group is Air. So even though you may be familiar with astrology signs and their effect on a person's temperament, do not confuse the science of soul signs with astrology. While I believe that all things are connected, and that astrology is just a small area of a vast subject, soul signs tell us so much more about who, why, and what we are.

Fire, Earth, Air, Water, or Sulphur. You are one of these five. I am one of these five. As we go along together, you will see for yourself which one you are, and what that means.

A person born under the influence of Fire is someone who is instinctively driven by passion, by emotion, sometimes to the point where they will not be able to stop those intense moments of uncontrollable passion and heat no matter how hard they try. To expect them to behave differently would be like trying to stem the flow of an erupting volcano. Impossible.

A person born under the influence of Earth is someone who is instinctively driven by a need to plan and to strategize and who will not, indeed cannot, be anything other than solid and immovable once they have made a decision on a course of action. Expecting them to behave differently would be like expecting a mountain to crumble to dust in front of your eyes. It won't happen.

A person born under the influence of Air is someone who is instinctively driven by a more passive and calming energy flow and will not be able to, nor would they want to, sustain authority over others, as they are generally far too easygoing. To expect someone with a soul sign in the Air group to be different would be the same as expecting the wind to obey your commands -- a beyond-rare occurrence.

A person born under the influence of Water is someone who is instinctively driven by a need to evaluate and to compromise, who will be for the most part unable to do anything other than flow with the tide. To try to force them to behave differently would be like standing in the middle of a river and attempting to change its course. It won't work.

There is one more energy group, one other force of nature that drives some of us. This force is unlike the other four. The energy of Sulphur is dark and unwelcoming; a person born under the influence of Sulphur is someone who is instinctively driven by evil, a person who will be both unwilling and also unable to be anything other than dark. To desire love or compassion from such a person, born a dark soul, would be like expecting the most foul-smelling and putrid medicine to taste as sweet as nectar. Never.

So we can see that there are some things we simply cannot change, no matter how hard we try. There are some things we absolutely cannot help.

Reprinted from: Soul Signs: An Elemental Guide to Your Spiritual Destiny by Rosemary Altea © 2004 Rosemary Altea. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher.

Copyright © 2004 Rosemary Altea

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Part I A Garden of Souls
Walk with Me Now 3
Some Things We Can't Change, Some Things We Can 9
Our Soul: What Is It? Where Is It? 19
As All Good Gardeners Know 33
Part II Energy Groups
And Then There Are Five 43
It's Elemental 49
Acting In and Out of Character 57
At Work, Rest, and Play-And in Love 67
Part III Soul Signs
A Host of Golden Daffodils 81
Thirteen Souls 89
Going with the Flow 125
Nailing It Down 137
Evil in Our Midst 147
So Now You Know 161
Part IV Relationships
Playmates, Helpmates, Soul Mates 169
Connecting the Dots 183
Our Wider Possibilities 199
Mirror Image 215
Never Again 223
All Creatures Great and Small 243
I Am! 255
Part V The End and the Beginning
The Final Chapter 261
Index 289
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    Her Best Book Yet!

    This is Rosemary's best work yet! It has opened a whole new world for me. It made me aware of why I do some of the things that I do - and why others are the way they are. I will be using this book as a guide before I get into another relationship!

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