NEW BOOK:

POSTCARDS TO THE FUTURE: MERCURIAL MUSINGS 1995-2021

“Reading Anne  Whitaker’s words is like sitting down over coffee with an astrology friend who has thought deeply about questions you might never have imagined. She’ll not only entertain you, she’ll enlighten you too.”     Steven Forrest

(see more 5 star reviews in comment boxes below)

Anne Whitaker’s new book ‘Postcards to the Future: Mercurial Musings 1995-2021…’ is available everywhere on Amazon, here for Amazon UK , locally in Glasgow G20 at the lovely Opal Moon, in London at The Astrology Shop and Watkins Books – and from The Wessex Astrologer, whose owner, publisher Margaret Cahill, has this to say:

‘…This beautiful collection of essays and articles from the prolific and talented Anne Whitaker brings together her work on a vast array of subjects. Opening the book at random, the very first sentence I read was on p.153 – and it had me right there. “Every so often, I take a vow not to buy any more books.” You just know this one won’t last. Brilliant. A woman after my own heart. The fact that Anne regularly breaks her own vow is crystal clear in the breadth and depth of the essays included here; it very quickly becomes apparent that her mind is like an elastic band as she roves from Cycles to Science to Ethics to Fate to Mary Shelley to Bacon Sandwiches to… just about anything you can think of…Even if you’ve just made a similar vow, break it for Postcards to the Future. You’ll be so pleased you did…’

 

Anne is on Facebook at Anne Whitaker, Twitter @annewhitaker, Instagram @stargazerh12,  and on her website www.anne-whitaker.com

Anne W 2021

Writing from the Twelfth House Publications

12 responses to “NEW BOOK:

  1. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 August 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
     Beautifully written!!
    Highly recommend this wonderful book. Anne Whitaker has the rare quality as both a writer and an astrologer, of immediately grabbing your interest and holding it. Every page is crammed with her wisdom and knowledge. It’s a must have for your astro book shelf!!
    Carole Bone

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  2. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 October 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
     A must read for anyone interested in Astrology

    The book is beautifully written and helps us understand key concepts in Astrology in a real life context. The topics are varied and the many different accounts will make you laugh, cry and wonder -sometimes all at once. Anne is a naturally gifted storyteller whose descriptive and at times poetic narrative is compelling and heartwarming.
    June Orr

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  3. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 October 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
     A Book to Savour

    It is very rare that an astrology book makes a reader pause to savour a particular turn of phrase, to reflect on a concept seen from a different angle or to just sit with the emotions that have been evoked. Whitaker’s obvious experience as an astrologer as well as the care she takes in the craft of astrology itself are things to treasure and, for students of astrology, to emulate. This book is a compilation of some of her blogs and columns and it is wonderful to see references from such a wide variety of sources (I particularly enjoyed the parts about Jung and the Q & A from students). I found myself moved by Anne’s personal narrative carefully framed by the astrology of the moment. This was much more than just another astrology book. This was a piece of the author’s heart.
    Alex Trenoweth

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  4. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
     A Lifetime of Astrological Wisdom

    I have had the pleasure of connecting with Anne and reading her work for the past 12 years. Anne is a consummate astrologer, with a rich store of astrological wisdom stemming from years of practice as guide, counsellor, mentor and teacher. What I really enjoyed about her latest offering is not just the vast array of astrological topics explored here, backed up by practical examples, but her personal stories, told with wry humour, heart and soul. Her writing is evocative, at times poignant. I found myself swept up in her memories as she ranged across the years of her life, seeing how the planets accompanied her on her journey. It’s a beautiful book with plenty of technique and academic detail to enthral beginner students and professionals such as myself alike. On more than one occasion, I had to put the book down and go and look at my chart, inspired by yet another nugget of wisdom. Definitely one for the astrologer’s bookshelf.
    Leah Whitehorse

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  5. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
     Great insights from a wise woman

    I absolutely loved this book. It’s a collection of articles that span many years, so I’ve been dipping in and out, reading whatever takes my fancy. Whitaker just brings such a wealth of experience and insight to the study of astrology. I like the fact that she’s happy to write about how astrology has worked in her own life. She manages to be both intimate and universal.
    Probably one of the best things about this book is how well-written it is. She is a great storyteller, a charming anecdotalists, a writer of parables. She writes about this difficult, complex subject in a way that the lay person can understand.
    I’d recommend this for both the professional astrologer and the dabbler or student.
    from ‘Stella’

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  6. Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An Exceptional Book on the Sacred Art of Astrology

    Fellow astrologer, Anne Whitaker, has written a wise book that connects the personal to the universal by sharing stories from her life and examples from clients that will fascinate anyone drawn to this sacred art. With academic rigor and deep honesty she knows how to capture our attention.
    Anne and I have much in common, having both written on the Moon’s Nodes, share a love for the Hebrides Islands (from my late mentor Alice Howell), and having our natal Uranus at the astrologer’s point of 25 degrees Gemini. We both found astrology after many careers, and we share a deep respect for science and dismay at “astrology dismissers” –however Anne finds ways to graciously dismiss them with her keen wit! I highly recommend this book to both new and long time lover’s of this sacred art. There is always so much more to be learned!
    Elizabeth Spring

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  7. Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Treasure Trove of Multi-faceted Astrological Musings

    As a practicing astrologer and big fan of Anne Whitaker’s writing, I’m delighted to finally have her scattered digital pieces coalesced into tangible book form.

    As described in the content overview, this book is a collection of aptly-titled “mercurial musings”—60 themed pieces written over several decades, exploring wide-ranging topics that reflect Anne’s depth of experience in a variety of roles: counselor, teacher, researcher, and veritable wise elder. Anne’s trademark lucid writing style and conversational tone make for a flowing, engaging read, enhanced by her genuine candor, sensitivity and wit. There are pearls of wisdom strewn throughout in the form of questions and answers, interviews and impeccable research. And in true Leonine fashion, she shares stories from her personal life and uniquely “12th house” journey (loaded as she is with a Leo stellium in that house), deftly weaving threads of connection between events and cogent analysis of the astrological correlates–i.e. ancestral patterns and their uncanny repetitions; how she survived a deluge of harrowing outer planet transits (inspiring proof that you can too!), and the fateful twists and turns that served as guideposts in her evolution from rationalist debunker of astrology in her youth, to embracing it as her vocation upon receiving her Diploma in Psychological Astrology at the ripe old age of 50.

    While each chapter stands on its own, the cumulative effect of my reading the book in its entirety has stirred my jaded beginner’s mind and refreshed the cosmic wonder that first drew me to astrology. In fact, this wonder is conjured up in the Preface of the book, entitled plain and simply “Six things I love about astrology.” Upon reflection, I realized that I loved those six things too. And simplistic though it may be, it feels good to be reminded!

    I highly recommend this book as a gift to share with other inquiring astrological minds: students of all levels and seasoned practitioners alike.
    Sheri Hartstein

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  8. Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Gem of a book!

    ‘Postcards’ is a pure gem. Full of astro-logical Insights, stories, personal sharings, and wisdom born of an intelligent, articulate and deep mind and heart! Excellent read! I’ve been a professional astrologer since 1978 and I am loving this book!
    Janet Bowman Johnson

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  9. Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A real pleasure

    This is a very personal book – it reads almost like a memoir. Perhaps this is a new genre that Anne Whitaker has created – an astrological memoir. I loved the book, its intimate tone and the willingness of the author to share details of her personal life. Don’t we all learn astrology first and foremost by scrupulously analyzing our own chart? Anne Whitaker’s book offers us just the tools to do that.
    ‘Sagitta’

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  10. Reviewed in Canada on October 26, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An astrology student’s best friend

    Anne Whitaker’s new book is a treasure! She seemingly effortlessly weaves technical astrological detail with evocative personal stories, all told with her signature humour and lucidity. She answers questions I didn’t know I had – such as why twins are often so different despite being born at almost exactly the same time, and what our North and South Nodes have to do with AA meetings. And it was a complete joy to be a fly on the wall listening in on her “Astro-spar” with her fellow astrologer Victor Olliver! Anne’s wisdom and wit is woven through every “postcard” in this book. Highly recommended.
    Eliz

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  11. Reviewed in the UK’s Astrological Journal, November/December 2021:
    by John Green
    Principal
    Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology ( MISPA)

    Postcards to the Future
    Anne Whitaker
    Writing from the Twelfth House Publications, 2021

    There are two types of astrology book I tend to recommend to astrologers and astrology students. The first type are ones that go into wonderful depth about a small part of astrology, a planet, a technique, a philosophical or psychological idea. The second type are those written by someone with a wonderful, working knowledge of astrology who plays with many different ideas on diverse topics. These are like a fruit salad for the soul. Anne’s book is one of the second type and is a real feast for those of us who adore these pick and mix style essays on a wide range of astrological ideas.

    The book’s subtitle, Mercurial Musings 1995-20, tells us all we need to know. Here is a collection of over 60 essays written by Anne during that 25 year period which lead us, Hermes like, across a range of topics, thoughts, ideas, teachings, interviews, book reviews and more in-depth analysis of certain subjects. Anne’s mind is eclectic, inspiring and has a delicate yet sharp and insightful focus. Anne thoughtfully includes her own birth chart so we can even track the ideas across her chart, as well as vividly see the 12th house connections alluded to in the company publishing the book. Her essays can be very personal and her generosity of spirit in providing us with her personal transits and progressions as various events unfold in her life give all astrologers a real case study to follow through the work.

    You’ll find essays on the techniques of astrology, aspects, houses, cusps, transits, progressions, eclipses and much more. Each are delicately worked through with real life case examples as well as reflections on the personal impact on Anne’s chart. There are philosophical takes on the subject of fate, astrology and science and the important issues of ethics in our work. You will also find much to digest regarding astrological cycles and ingresses as we get wonderful takes on subjects such as the Saturn Cycles or Jupiter’s ingress into a certain sign. Each of these are explored with world events, a take on celebrity charts as well as the impact on clients. It all makes for a real insight into the mind of a working astrologer and one that we can learn much from.

    My favourite section explores the chart and life of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Like Anne, this is a figure who has always held a fascination for me with her intriguing and often tragic life. Here the astrology really comes alive in showing us how what happens above can illustrate what we are working through here below. This is a great section for students of astrology to explore, showing them how the planets weave their influence on our lives in a real sense. Anne brings great depth to this exploration and links it right up to date with her essay on Mary Shelley, the influence of science and the current state of the environment, it’s a fascinating read.

    There is something for everyone here. For the student there are little snippets of insight that you would not get from your usual textbook readings, a glimpse into the mind of an experienced astrologer. For the intermediate astrologer there is real elucidation from an astrologer who knows their astrology and how to work with it, tips and tricks that will help your daily practice or research. Finally, for the experienced astrologer, here are new ideas and thoughts to set us thinking, questioning or leading us to an ‘aha’ moment as we stretch our minds into new arenas. You want this book not just on your shelf, but open to dip into whenever you fancy a satisfying astrological snack.
    John Green

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  12. from Juliet Sharman-Burke
    Administrator
    Centre for Psychological Astrology
    London
    October 2021

    Postcards to the Future
    Anne Whitaker
    Writing from the Twelfth House Publications, 2021

    “Postcards to the Future” is the perfect book for the present time. Today so many people feel fragmented, too busy to concentrate on anything for long, overwhelmed and exhausted with the amount of information coming at them from the internet, the media and social network platforms and cannot face embarking a long complicated book which has to be read chapter by chapter to make any sense. “Postcards to the Future” offers a range of incredibly stimulating and wise bite-sized essays, articles, interviews and blogs covering all things astrological which can be dipped into by beginners and knowledgeable astrologers alike. There is literally something for everyone in Anne’s “ Mercurial Musings”. Her “musings” are, in fact, packed full of valuable information but presented in such a reader-friendly way that even complex ideas seem simple. Anne uses astrology to frame life events, big and small, in a truly charming way. Her writing style is inclusive, her breadth of knowledge inspiring and she generously shares her own experience and personal opinion in order to bring astrology to life. Anne shares many fascinating encounters , among my favourites is “Encountering fate – in the middle of nowhere” an extraordinary story of an ordinary man, not to mention her account of her own introduction to astrology in a launderette, to name but a very few. Her willingness to share her chart and many significant life events really make the book come alive in a magical way. Anne covers a wide range of astrological themes from planetary cycles, fate, to wounding and healing, to scientific discoveries, lunar cycles, eclipses, planetary ingresses, transits, progressions and more, which are both delightfully easy to read and truly profound. Her dedication to the art of astrology, her clients and students shines through the pages, as does her humanity, humility and sense of humour. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    Juliet Sharman-Burke October 2021

    Liked by 1 person

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