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Relating: Astrological Guide to Living with Others on a Small Planet

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An enduring astrological classic, insightful and erudite, drawing on Jungian archetype, mythological analogy, years of practice and study as an astrologer and some very sound common sense.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published by COVENTURE (first published November 1st 1977)
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Jeffrey William
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of the handful I've read, this is my favorite astrology book. It doesn't really focus on particular signs all that much, but rather elemental groups (wind, water, fire, earth) and moving astral bodies (Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, etc) that effect us. I found the element characteristics really dead on and they provided a fresh light on a perspective of myself and people close to me. As well, she has an excellent way of intertwining Jungian psychology, fairy tales, and mythology. I would expand ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a whole, I thought it was okay. There were some portions that resonated with me, the topic of projection for example. This is one of those books I wish I could have meandered through at the library instead of buying it. It gave the same impression as an essay.
Mario Brooks
A classic. A great introduction to psychologically based astrology.
Berna Labourdette
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otro libro más donde se entrecruzan temas de mitología con astrología en un lenguaje muy didáctico y comprensible, incluso para quienes no tienen noción de astrología. Greene además entrega multitud de ejemplos y realiza un análisis de tipos junguianos con respecto a cómo se relacionan con otros de muchísimo interés para todos. ...more
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very different approach to astrological integration. Signs are dealt with by contrast to their opposing polarities; so Earth & Fire are discussed together, as are Air & Water. Not the book to read if you are looking for a basic breakdown of the signs, or even more direct interpretations of placements, but this offers a far richer experience (of course, it's by Liz Greene!) This book is a psychologically deep and resonant exploration of how archetypes function in personal relationships, ...more
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book. Goes far beyond Astrology into Psychology, Jungian concepts, Philosophy. It's definitely not for people only beginning their astrology readings, but will be a valuable book for medium/advanced students. Fantastic insight into relationships, unconscious patterns, types. It also gives a very general vision over Astrology, explaining some concepts very clearly, for instance the Eras (Pisces, Aquarius etc.)
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book of mine is so falling apart. Greene's insights are so nonchalant that they strike you like lightning out of the reading lull. I've literally jumped straight up out of my bed and laughed. She is so right, so many times.
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Liz Greene is held in high esteem by astrologers all over the world, professional and non-professional alike. She is a prolific author of books and various publications and has been instrumental in shaping modern psychological astrology.

She holds doctorate degrees in psychology and (as of 2010) in history and is a qualified Jungian analyst. She also holds a diploma in counselling from the Centre
“Individuals blind to the sexual opposite within them, be they men or women, never realise that the partner they choose is chosen because he or she bears some resemblance to the anima or animus. The anger and hurt felt at the 'true discovery' of the partner's failings is really anger and hurt directed at oneself; and this would become apparent, were one to see the dark figure within one's own unconscious impelling one into a particular relationship. Like always attracts like; rather than railing at the partner, one should take a long, close look at one's own psychic makeup. But it is easier to complain bitterly --- to analysts, marriage counsellors, and also astrologers --- that yet another relationship has collapsed and yet another partner has proved to be a bad choice. It is also fashionable to blame this on the failures of the parent of the opposite sex; but the past continues to live within a person not only because in some way it is part of his own substance, but also because he permits it to do so.
When a disastrous relationship occurs once, we may fool ourselves into believing it is chance; when it occurs twice, it has become a pattern, and a pattern is an unmistakable indication that the anima or animus is at work in the unconscious, propelling the helpless ego into relationships or situations which are baffling, painful, and frighteningly repetitive. Again, it is much wiser to look within oneself for the source of the pattern, rather than at the inherent failure of the opposite sex. For these destructive patterns are the psyche's way of making itself known, although great effort is often required to fulfil its demand for transformation. And great sacrifices also are required - of such precious commodities as one's pride, one's self-image, one's self-righteousness.”
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