For some time I've wanted to learn more about astrology. I've even made it one of my resolutions for 2011. And perhaps fate is also nudging me in that direction as I over the past few months I have been sent two lovely astrology-related things to review.
First I saw sent the Astro Diary 2011, then I got a fascinating new book called The Future in the Stars: The Planets' Message for 2012 and Beyond, which was published just a few weeks ago.
Future in the Stars, by Alison Chester-Lambert, is written in a way that those with very little knowledge of astrology can easily understand it - but it is no beginner's guide to basic astrology. Instead it is a look at the dwarf planets around Pluto, many of which have only been discovered by scientists in the early years of the 21st century.
At the time of the discovery, Pluto was controversially re-categorised to join this group, many which were given the names of little known deities from indigenous peoples - gods and goddesses from ancient civilisations as far apart as the Arctic, Greece and Polynesia - breaking with centuries of tradition of naming planets after Roman gods.
In her book, Alison Chester-Lambert explains the mythology surrounding each of the dwarf planets. Makemake, for example, is the god of Easter Island. He represents fertility, human creation, natural population controls such as pandemics, but he also offers a newly discovered substance that extends life, strategies and a positive resilience.
Alison also says that the influence of the dwarf planets, and the mythology of the deities associated with them, will be important to the human race in the 21st century because in astrological terms, large fundamental changes in awareness of the Solar System usually coincide with fundamental changes in the collective consciousness.
For some time, many people have been concerned about predictions for the year 2012 - with some prophesying doom and gloom .
The subtitle of The Future in the Stars is "the astrological message for 2012 and beyond", and part of the book looks at this issue.
Alison professionally debunks the hype about 2012 and offers researched astrological analysis of the meaning behind the energy of this year. She believes that claims of impending apocalypse are simply metaphors from the collective unconscious. She says that it is commonly accepted in psychology that dreams of cataclysm often precede times of great revelation and evolution. Alison sees 2012 as only part of a major shift in the human race, which began in 2008 and will continue until 2016. She believes this will be a positive process with a happy outcome, leading to greater understanding of our world, the universe and spirituality.
The Future in The Stars is published by Findhorn Press and was released in December 2010.
Author Alison Chester-Lambert trained at the Faculty of Astrology and then completed a further year at the Centre for Psychological Astrology in Regents College, London. She has worked for several national newspapers and opened the Midlands School of Astrology in 2002.
Future In The Stars : The Planets' Message for 2012 and Beyond