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Planets in Composite by Robert Hand
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Mar 24, 2010

bookshelves: currently-reading, astrology, case-studies-jung-vs-freud, nonfiction, friendships, colleagues
Recommended to Fenixbird by: Gloria Sommerer
Recommended for: astrology students & "for fun" astrology reference mat'ls
Read on March 24, 2010 — I own a copy

Some examples of comparisons of charts (aka composites) include Carl Jung vs. SigmundFreud. Here is a glimpse, small, perhaps revealing:

(p. 67): 'The Taurus-Scorpio polarity of the composite opposition is especially revealing, because Freud thought Jung unconsciously wished him dead. Jung had had a dream in which he was in an old cellar & found several deeper cellars below that. In the lowest one were heaped bones & other relics. Jung interpreted the dream to mean that he was being shown the layers of the human subconscious. [Sigmund:]Freud, who was already feeling rather insecure about their relationship, felt that it was a sign that Jung subconsciously wished Freud's death.

'The collaboration between the two men came to an end in 1912. During that year URANUS WAS TRANSITING BACK & FORTH ACROSS Jung's ASCENDANT in early Aquarius, an obvious symbol of breaking away to follow his own course. And IN THE COMPOSITE CHART, NEPTUNE TRANSITING THE 8TH HOUSE indicated changes through dissolution or disappearance, in this case of the relationship itself. WITH NEPTUNE SQUARING COMPOSITE SATURN, the father-son relationship was dissolving. Jung's book, "Symbols of Trans-formation," is largely about the will, psychic energy & the symbolism of the hero, but an astrologer can se that it is also a out the symbol- ism of the Sun. Jung, the Leo, was making his break from the father, Freud (Saturn in the fourth)...'

Leave it to the Germans to find a better way...Mr. Hand's Composite has been dedicated to Frank Molinski & the book's forward was written by John Townley.

In his forward, Townley references the sample cases utilized & incorporated by Hand & describe Hand's "Composite," as "..a classic text for the student of astrology." My copy (new to me) is a 1975 copyright, but EXCEPT for Pluto no longer being considered a "true planet," per international conventions, how much has changed in the sky in that past 36 years?! [Don't overlook his prior works, Planets in Transit: LifeCycles for the Living & Horoscope Symbols, especially if you are rather new to the study of astrology. THIS work is not especially for the beginner novice astrologer but is written clearly without too many technical complexities.]

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