This book is an interesting and enlightening introduction to astrology for any reader, even one who is entirely new to astrology. It is also an enriching and enjoyable read for an experienced astrologer! From her opening chapter discussion of the mythology of Adam and Eve, and the differences between the patriarchal and the matriarchal matrix, through mythologies at the roots of each of the twelve archetype, Ena Stanley leads the reader to a rich new depth of astrological understanding.
Beginning from the basis of the work of Zipporah Dobyns, Ph.D., who developed a system of astrological interpretation based on a “12-letter alphabet” made of of each sign with natural house and its ruling planet, Ena Stanley adds a wealth of mythological background.
For example in the First Archetype, combining Mars, Aries, First House, Fire, Cardinal and Angular, you’ll meet Ares, God of War, learn of his history and lore, and how he fits into the Greek and Roman pantheons. Comparisons are also drawn with the actual planet Mars and its characteristics and with the significance of number 1. You’ll see how the mythology tells an archetypal story, and the physical world tells a metaphorical story. All is skillfully woven together into a blend of meaning that enriches our understanding of this First Archetype, and what it means when we consider it in astrological interpretation.
Each of the twelve archetypes, of course, has its own chapter, each with a wealth of myth and metaphor, with correlations to psychology and astrological interpretation. In a few additional chapters, Ena draws connections of dwarf planet Ceres, and her three sister asteroids . Pallas, Juno and Vesta, with the 6th and 7th Archetypes.
The study of this book will take you into the essence of astrological counseling, because it takes you into motivations and behavior. It shows that planets, signs and houses are more than simple astrological components. Each archetype holds a significant key to fundamental understanding of human behavior.