The author’s treatment in The Inner Sky: The Dynamic New Astrology for Everyone is noteworthy for its compassion, humor and common sense. All of the basics are covered – planets, signs, houses and aspects – emphasizing how they reflect the rich complexity of life. Steven teaches the reader how to be fluent in the language of astrology, rather than merely following rote methods of interpretation. The stars are only the beginning; here is your complete guide to the universe of potential within each of us.
A new astrology? Perhaps. We all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. I honor those men and women who have helped create the tradition within which I practice. But that tradition has become clogged and stiff, set in its ways. We are ready now to reach a little further, to redefine the symbols yet again, to see them more clearly, more in harmony with the ebb and flow of human experience.
Anyone reading this book can learn to use astrology. Real skill comes with experience, but the aura of “occult power” that has always surrounded the art is a smokescreen. Astrology is technical, but it is the technology of life. Even someone who never heard of Capricorn until a few moments ago has already been studying these symbols for years. They are part of the human spirit.
All we are doing is learning a new language. The words may be unfamiliar. But the meaning behind them is as universal as breathing. Then why bother with it? Only because astrological knowledge, coupled with an accurate birthchart, can boost our sensitivity to a remarkable degree. It is life’s Rosetta stone. It breaks the code. The chaos, the pain, and the seeming randomness of our lives coalesce before our eyes into an orderly system. And once we grasp that system, we spend a lot less time swimming against the tide.
Learn astrology for yourself and you will make better decisions. Share it gracefully, without preaching, and you will make a better friend, able to push your own fog out of the way long enough to help people you love see through theirs. Whether you keep it or share it, I promise you an absorbing journey into that shadowy borderland, that place where cosmos and consciousness touch: the human psyche.
- Why Bother?
- Symbolic Language
- What Exactly Is a Birthchart?
- The Prime Symbol
- Interpretation I : Planets in Signs and Houses
- Interpretation II : Aspects, Rulerships and the Moon’s Nodes
- Interpretation III : Putting It All Together
- The Englishman
- Dreaming the Universe