I know of what I speak, being a reformed dismisser myself. Readers of this blog may recall the tale of my being stopped in my dismissive tracks by a startling prediction – made as a result of a chance encounter with astrologers in a launderette in Bath, England – that I would in fact become an astrologer, too. They were right. You can find the full story in the Fate section of my latest book “Postcards to the Future”.
Moving from ignorant dismissal of a tradition going back at least six thousand years, to gradual acceptance of its validity based on study and experience, was one of the most profound and humbling processes of my entire life.
In this 8 minute reading, “Astrology is a load of rubbish!” Please, NOT that tedious old trope again…” I present the third spoken extract from “Postcards’ …“ sixty essays, articles and columns I’ve had published in a range of websites, magazines and journals since 1995 including Astrodienst, The Mountain Astrologer, Dell Horoscope, and the UK’s Astrological Journal: my ‘Mercurial Musings’.
I hope you enjoy what I have to say!
I’m so pleased that “Postcards to the Future” has been collecting great reviews so far – all five stars. Here is the most recent one, from master astrologer Steven Forrest, USA:
Like a long talk with a wise friend . . .
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2022
‘…Reading Anne Whitaker’s book felt like having lunch and a wide-ranging, fascinating conversation with a friend, only to look down at my watch and realizing that cocktail hour had arrived. Time flies, in other words. I’ve been in the world of serious astrology for a long time and most of what I read are things I have heard before. Such books serve a purpose, but at this point I don’t get much out of reading them myself. Not Anne’s book! I found myself turning the pages as if it were a novel, and rarely did ten pages go by without me learning something new or thinking of something in a new way. She’s not only had a lot of experience, she’s has digested it and turned it to real wisdom. My only frustration was that she wasn’t sitting there with me so I could interrupt and say, “You know what THAT makes me think of!” Thank you, Anne — with these luminous pages, you have advanced our cause…’
Thank you so very much, everyone who has reviewed, promoted in various ways, and purchased “Postcards…”. I am so grateful to you all!
550 words copyright Anne Whitaker 2022
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4 thoughts on “Dissing the Dismissers…an astrologer speaks out…”
I enjoy listening to you as you read your own words. And yes, Stephen Forrest is correct in his review. I felt as if we were having a conversation, albeit a different one as I am not a master astrologer, and yet that didn’t matter. I enjoyed the book very much.
Hi Carrie thanks so much for your support – I value it so much. I shared your review on Facebook etc and it’s also listed in the New Book page comments…so much appreciated. And of course it’s lovely to have Steven Forrest’s endorsement. I’ve reviewed his The Endless Sky which is also a collection of essays: you can find the review on Amazon.com where I recommend his book highly.
Thank you 😊
You are most welcome, Grace! Thanks for dropping by.