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ISBN: 0609802747

ISBN13: 9780609802748

Making the Gods Work for You: The Astrological Language of the Psyche

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Making the Gods Work for You presents internationally renowned author Caroline W. Casey's remarkable doctrine of Visionary Activist Astrology. In this reverently irreverent mystery school disguised as a book (in which each of the planetary gods is a professor), we are invited to think of our lives as spiritual detective novels. For example, Venus teaches us that our affinities and quirks are clues to our unique mission and contribution to the world...

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One of my favorites

Caroline Casey's book is not a technical read! And yet... she conveys the intricate pattern of planetary influence with a depth that keeps me coming back to this book. She has stories that include ways of honoring particularly intense transits. For so many, learning astrology is not what they want to do. They want to understand their chart. If you have been told that you are going through a transit and you want more practical information for what that might look like... this is your book. If you are an astrologer... this book brings it back to the fine patterns in the sand that you just do not see in the other - very fine - books designed to break it down by study. What you will not get is a cooking recipe for planet in sign to house.... etc. I find myself coming back, frequently to this book to regain the respect that can be lost in too much study!

Suitable for beginners but good for any level astrologer

This book is a delight. Caroline Casey has a degree in semiotics and a marvelous wit, describing planetary energies through anecdotes, myths, and sacred wisdom, all with a light heart, and a reverent irreverence. Perhaps it's best to share a quote. I take this from the section on Uranus:"To grow shiitake mushrooms, one plants the spores in a stick and lets it sit for a year. Then you must strenuously pound the stick to awaken the dormant life within. For the same reason, during midlife and Uranus transits, we get pounded. Like the spores, we are comfortably snoozing when suddenly, "What the...?!" Thump! Thump! Thump!We invoke Uranus by posing the question, "If I feel agitated, restless, or on the brink of a discovery, where in my life do I want lightning to strike?...."If you've got your basics down and want to know more about the planets, or about your transits, this book is such a good choice.

EXCELLENT READ!

A really fun book to read, Caroline has filled it to the brim with astrological and mythological information. She's one of the best writers on the subject, possessing an informed and likeable voice which she uses to teach true practical magic. She makes you realize that magic is still alive and within us all, sleeping within the subconscious, there to be used for self-transformation. If you're even remotely interested in the language of astrology, and enjoy reading authors who love the english language and use it beautifully, this is the book for you.

Celebrating the Mythic Language of Liberation!

How can anyone praise such an intelligent, witty, visionary book so full of trickster compassion and graciousness when other reviewers are saying it so well? For thousands of years around the world, a real education which led to wisdom began with the study of numbers, shapes, music and astronomy/astrology. They were considered by antiquity as portals into the archetypal patterns which inform the entire cosmic harmony. Casey has bestowed a gift on us by revealing its astrological door and allowing us to take a tour of ourselves while pointing out the accessible tools we have to maneuver with. She has obviously done her homework and is a great storyteller. She makes us feel how the language of astrological archetypes is our native language and a scorecard for "ordinary" events which play out the timeless mighty mythic dramas. Highly recommended for those interested in re-creating the world and themselves with intelligence, joy and humor, while getting a set of timeless tools in the bargain.

Read this book and have gobs of fun.

Beware! Yes, be aware. A spell has been cast and tossed into the sea of eternity. There is no escape. What fun. We have a conspiracy of mystics here. I have listened to Caroline Casey's radio program. Although she is clearly creative, intelligent and entertaining, often I have found it redundant, even bording contrite - due mostly to the callers. I always had the feeling that if Caroline could emerse herself in the extended contemplation and focus that comes with writing a book, we would get a truly valuable piece of work. And so it is. Making the Gods Work for You is a living, breathing, dancing alchemy. Fun, insigtful and practical. Whether you know the language of Astrology or not, makes no difference. One thing that got a me smile out of me is how she likes to use the word fierce alot. I did not find anything fierce about it. Dynamic, yes. What was imparted throughout the book is a graceful, delicate, in-depth and respectful offering of the fullness and magic of life. She enters honestly into all the dimensions of ourselves as represented by the signs and planets and invites the reader to explore, experiment, doubt and dance with the scariest parts of ourself - from the most condemend to the most reverent - seducing us into the undeniable understanding that each contains the other. As an astrologer, I was particularly taken with the form of the book. It's inside out. My favorite arrangement. After the usual intro/preparation she begins the journey with Pluto. Wonderful. She then moves on to the rest of the outer planets and closes with the Sun. The layering effect is rich and full of surprises, taking the reader on a juicy pilgrimage, from here to here. She has really contributed a valuable service to our world. Read this book and have gobs of fun.
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