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

NOTE: see all reviews in comment boxes below this post

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

26 thoughts on “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

  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

  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

  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

  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’

  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

  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

  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

  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’

  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

  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

  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

  13. From Karin Hoffman
    Editor
    Astrodienst
    December 2021:

    Says Karin:
    “…Present and future astrologers will find in this deep and varied collection nuggets of pure gold, forged in a lifetime, collected and polished for display and – most importantly – for enlightenment and use.

    But not only the contents of this book are noteworthy but also Anneʹs unique writing style. It is story-telling at its finest: humourous, direct, clear, full of with and depth. Combining the ordinary with the extra-ordinary, the biographical and anecdotal with the greater context and the big picture. True to style, Anne never leaves the sphere of everyday experiences, while never failing to lift them up to a cosmic level. She never leaves the metaphysical, while weaving it into the fabric of the plainly physical…”

    To read the whole review, click link below:

    https://www.astro.com/astrology/in_rev_awpostcards_e.htm

  14. 5.0 out of 5 stars …a fabulous new book by Scottish astrologer Anne Whitaker…
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2021
    Verified Purchase
    From astrologer Gavin Carruthers (gavin@astropotential.com) : “Postcards to the Future: Mercurial Musings 1995-2021” is a fabulous new book by Scottish astrologer Anne Whitaker, stuffed full of fascinating information and insights worthy of the time and attention of even the most seasoned astrologer. In true Mercurial fashion Anne’s essays and articles shift easily from subject to subject, while keeping everything fresh, interesting and illuminating. The more I read, the more I feel that I have found a kindred spirit, someone who sees astrology from a similar perspective as myself. In my early studies, back in the mid 1970’s, what really brought astrology to life for me were the excellent writings of Liz Greene and Stephen Arroyo, both of whom, like Anne, were born under the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Leo. As someone with strong Saturn/Pluto themes in my own chart, and throughout my family lineage, I naturally graduated towards this approach. As a Saturn/Pluto astrologer, I find myself much more interested in the inner world of my clients, and their process of becoming more truly themselves. Helping them to reach for the opportunities for spiritual growth that are hidden within the challenges revealed by their birth charts is a great honour. It’s always refreshing to run into another astrologer who “gets it” on this level, and has such fluent language skills to bring the astrological language to life so well. In perfect synchronicity, I am currently experiencing a strong Neptune transit to my Sun, which makes it rather challenging to focus consistently on almost anything! And so in the perfect timing of the universe, along comes Anne’s book, with small bite-sized nuggets of astrological nutrition which I am eagerly absorbing. As an astrologer for almost 50 years, I am very protective of this beloved art, and I am delighted to see that astrology is in good, safe hands with Anne Whitaker. Buy this book!’

  15. Shantam
    5.0 out of 5 stars A book to delight the soul as much as inform the mind
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2021
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    This is a beautifully produced book with a satisfying heft that promises equally solid wisdom and insight to be found in its pages. It actually took force of will for me to open it wide enough to bend the spine and ‘spoil’ the aesthetics of the book’s hypnotic midnight-blue cover. Eventually, then, a spine reluctantly broken but not the book’s promise. Of course not. I know Anne for her integrity, ethics and thoroughly researched, experiential knowledge of astrology. The wide range of areas explored in Postcards demonstrates the flair of a born teacher to convey that intimate understanding. And conveyed it is, with characteristic clarity, lightness of touch and at times a poignancy that reminds the reader these are very human ‘musings’, born of the personal that touches us all. To return to that range of writings: so many fascinating choices, which to turn to next? The frustration of not being able to devour more than one article at a time, the awareness that each needs to be read with deserved close attention. If I ever have to cull my many astrology books, this will be one that will stay with me.

  16. Doreen S
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile & Engaging
    Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2022
    Verified Purchase
    I so appreciated Anne’s clarity, depth& heartfelt writing on planetary cycles, transits & progressions, eclipses…everything. A beautiful overview of astrology with heart & soul.

  17. Carrie Cannady
    5.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful, accessible book
    Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2022
    Verified Purchase
    I took my time reading this wonderful book. Among Anne’s many gifts is her ability to tell the stories of her life in the context of various aspects of her vast knowledge and experience in astrology. The book is an accessible and interesting read. As I wandered the pages, I felt as if Anne and I were enjoying a wonderful conversation in which she was sharing with me an experience in her life that helped me understand the meaning of a specific cycle, aspect or transit, among so many more possible dynamic pieces of the different charts that can be in play in any moment! My respect for her journey and for all of her study and practice is immense and deep. If you are on the fence about purchasing this book, I recommend that you get it. Fix a cup of tea, curl up in your favorite place to read, and enjoy the journey.

  18. Annette Dunlop
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely voice, insightful read. Must buy.
    Reviewed in Canada on 20 January 2022
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    Anne’s writing is a pleasure to read. I was torn between digesting as fast as possible and delaying the inevitable finish. Anne has a rare gift of breathing life into symbolic material while grounding it into reality. Her qualitative experiments, such as exploring Jupiter’s ingress into Scorpio through her clients’ lives, flesh out our mysterious connection to an ever changing sky. Definitely recommended; accessible to a novice, but with depths that leave much for me to chew on.

    Thank you, Anne!

  19. Steven Forrest
    5.0 out of 5 stars Like a long talk with a wise friend . . .
    Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2022
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    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.

  20. Book Review -‘ Postcards To The Future’ By Anne Whitaker
    by Trish Marin Astrology Quarterly

    Anne Whitaker’s mercurial musings weave through the last quarter century, unpicking some of the highlights of astrological patterns and mundane events. Postcards To The Future reveals the correspondences and synchronicities between our everyday lives and planetary movements in a convincing display of astrology of the moment.

    The book is an entertaining compendium of some of Anne’s prolific blog posts and articles published over the years by a wide variety of sources. Broad in scope, it whizzes authoritatively through planetary cycles, notable conjunctions, typical beginner’s questions, interview Q&A and correspondence, while scattering generous gems of astrological wisdom.

    As an astrology teacher and meticulous researcher, Anne provides clear explanations of some complex concepts presented in an engaging and memorable way. As she explains in the book, she was initially a sceptic, until her ‘encounter’, described here in humorous detail. Throughout, the astrology is brought to life with witty and amusing examples and stories from her own life experiences and those of her clients and students. Sprinkled with literary references and philosophical reflections it makes an enjoyable, illuminating read.

    I felt compelled to reach for the ephemeris and to look again at the Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions and the part they played in my own past adventures. Secondary progressions had always seemed a rather subtle, internal influence but I was prompted to re-examine their impact with some unexpected insights.
    Anne admits to being obsessed by Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, and has written of her synastry with Dolly the Sheep, as Frankenstein’s real-life enactment. Furthermore, Mary Shelley has a twenty-first century counterpart who, like her, is sounding a siren for the future of the earth; Greta Thunberg, born nearly two hundred years later, carries her message forward.

    A mercurial book, suitable for both beginners and experienced astrologers, delivered in bite sized chunks it can be dipped into or savoured in larger portions. I highly recommend it to all our readers.

    (‘Postcards to the Future, Mercurial Musings 1995-2021’
    Anne Whitaker, Writing from the Twelfth House Publications`
    January/March 2022)

  21. Review by Moon Zlotnick which appeared in the Spring 2022 Issue of USA’s The Career Astrologer:

    ‘…,Part memoir, part anthology, and part deep musings about everything from ethics in astrology to the chart of Mary Shelley, Whitaker shares her ideas thoughts and experiences from over four decades of professional involvement with astrology. Having studied with many well-known astrologers including Liz Greene and Alan Oken, and also read and studied Carl Jung, her musings are deeply psychological and profound.

    The subtitle of the book is “Mercurial Musings” and it does move lightly from subject to subject. The book is comprised primarily of essays and columns written for The Mountain Astrologer, Apollon, FAA journal, Dell Horoscope, and more. In one chapter she is interviewed by someone from the AFA about her book Jupiter Meets Uranus, while in another she reviews a book by Liz Greene. There is a chapter of an exchange of very lively letters between her and Victor Olliver. This book is never boring, as each new chapter covers different areas of astrology.

    Her tone is conversational at times, educational at others, and even deeply philosophical in some chapters. Throughout the chapters she includes very personal experiences and anecdotes that relate to transits and progressions in her birth chart, leaving the reader with the distinct feeling of having entered the inner sanctum of her life.

    The book begins with a discussion of critical degrees and then illuminates what it means to be born on a cusp, and follows with a classroom experience studying the chart of a set of twins, a study that confirmed my own theories, partly from my own twin studies, but more from being a twin myself. She continues with an interesting look at cycles, particularly the Saturn/Pluto cycle culminating in 2020.

    One of my favorite parts of this book is how Whitaker includes her students and clients’ feedback. In the chapter called “Ingresses” she chronicles four of her students’ lives as Jupiter entered Libra in 2016. After giving us basic chart information she includes quotes from her students illuminating both their inner and outer experiences, a true hands-on learning experience. In the chapter called “Healing and Wounding” she includes letters from her clients describing the healing impact astrology has had on their lives. Each one of these case studies is a gem.

    The final section of the book looks to the future and expresses Whitaker’s ideas on the supposed “Age of Aquarius” with the Jupiter/Saturn 20-year cycle having moved in December 2020 into Aquarius – and the Air element for the next 200 or so years, and Pluto due to move into Aquarius in 2024.

    I skipped around while reading this book, and read several chapters over and over, finding new gems and insights all along the way. If you’re a seasoned long term professional like me, or someone who is early in your studies there is much to be enjoyed and learned from Postcards to the Future…’

    Thanks so much, Moon!

  22. From Dr Armand Diaz, USA, Spring 2022: published in the NCGR MemberLetter:

    When was the last time you curled up in your favorite chair and opened up an astrology book that you knew was going to be informative, entertaining, and would really get you to think?

    Pretty often, if you’ve been reading the books I’ve been reviewing in this and past editions of Memberletter. But Postcards to the Future offers something different, because it’s a collection of essays on a wide range of topics, from specifics like the cycles of the planets, to professional issues like ethics, all the way to the “Big” questions about astrology, life, the universe, and everything.

    That’s a tall order, but Anne Whitaker is up to it, as she takes a heart-centered and thoughtful approach to the topics. The essays contained in this book were also written over time, so that they are the products of the author’s reflection and consideration. One outstanding characteristic of her writing, to me at least, is that Whitaker doesn’t come from one hundred percent within the realm of astrology. As much as she is an astrologer, and an accomplished one at that, and as much as she has extensive knowledge and experience, she comes across as curious about astrology, and that curiosity leads to an openness that is very refreshing. There’s no dogmatic insistence that she has the right answer, and no tacit understanding that the reader will agree with everything she says.

    One of my favorite essays is on “The Art of Astrology: Healing, Wounding, Or Both?”, an extended discussion of how astrology helps, but also how it can wound. Encouraged by the report of a one-time client she had seen years ago, Whitaker asks her long-term students to write about their experiences with astrology. Typical of her style, the author assumes little going in, and is cautious in dealing with the (encouraging) results.

    Science and astrology is always fertile ground for debate, and Whitaker doesn’t disappoint. After a brief introduction to the topic, she states – correctly – that “I know it’s not like me to rant.” Her first short essay in this section should be required reading for astrology students, not because it will help convince skeptics (it will not), but because astrologers themselves need to understand enough about why astrology can be valid while not fitting into the scientific-materialist paradigm.

    There’s so much more. A section on the Moon. Mundane transits, like Saturn’s ingress into Aquarius. There’s a section on fate, and one on teaching. Throughout all the many topics, Anne Whitaker’s friendly, comforting, insightful style pervades, inviting discussion. She’s probably out on a walk in the lonely Scottish landscape, and you’re curled up in your favorite chair. Have some tea. And read this great astrology book.

  23. Brian Cormack Carr
    via Instagram, on 2 June 2022: ·
    Thoroughly enjoying my friend Anne Whitaker’s collection of astrological essays. For someone my age – with Chiron in Aries and an imminent Chiron return approaching (in the 8th House for me) – pages 143-148 are a must.
    These words in particular spoke to me:
    “It is not our fault that we have this particular (wound) allocated to us, any more than it was the centaur Chiron’s fault to be in the wrong place at the wrong time in the centaurs’ battle with the Lapiths: he was grazed in the thigh by a poisoned arrow which would not heal because it was dipped in the blood of the Hydra.
    We are not directly responsible for our share of humanity’s wounding. But if we can work with as much honesty and humility, and with as little bitterness as possible with that share as indicated by Chiron’s placement in our natal chart, then we can begin to transform that woundedness into something which can be offered for the healing of others.”

  24. The Mountain Astrologer Magazine, USA, Spring 2022:
    Review by Brian Clark https://www.astrosynthesis.com.au/

    ” ‘Astrologers operate on the margins of our fragmenting, reductionist culture. But we represent an unbroken line to a time which in many ways was wiser than ours is now’

    This line from the preface of the book is a clue that we are in the hands of an author and astrologer who honours the time-honoured traditions of her art and craft. For over two decades Anne Whitaker has written essays, articles and columns on a wide variety of astrological subjects that have been published in leading magazines such as The Mountain Astrologer, Dell Horoscope and The Astrological Journal or prominent websites like Astrodienst (astro.com), as well as her own outstanding blog (anne-whitaker.com). In Postcards to the Future, Anne gathers together this rich collection of resources to compose a diverse, yet coherent volume of astrological themes meaningful to anyone interested in, studying, or practicing astrology. Anne’s skill at the art of storytelling seamlessly weaves the astrological symbols and their storylines into a literary fabric that is both engaging and colourful.

    Postcards bring to mind mercurial journeys, explorations and imaginative tales. The manuscript is like a votive to Mercury, as the subtitle suggests. Mercury’s archetypal presence is honoured on each page through the connections, reflections and revelations that astrological thinking induces, as well as in-depth and humorous insights into our human circumstances. When Mercury guides the pen, we have well-crafted and evocative images. Apparent too is that all the astrological essays are connected by timeless themes and images, both practical and philosophical, mechanical and metaphoric. From the present, Anne introduces and reflects on what she has written in the past, like postcards to the future.

    The book is sectioned thematically; for instance, two major sections are dedicated to planetary movements – one called Cycles includes observations and inspirations on the Jupiter, Saturn and the Saturn-Pluto cycles. Then in Planetary Ingresses, Transits, Progressions, Anne shares her insights into transits and ingresses, looking back to Uranus in Aries and forward to Pluto in Aquarius. I particularly enjoyed what Anne reveals in Secondary progressions: stepping into the mystery.

    Other sections on Ethics and Practice, Fate, Healing & Wounding, Astrology Meets Science, and Teaching Astrology are reflections and anecdotes shared by a seasoned astrologer to help others on the path to consider the practice of and participation with the art. Anne’s extensive experience in these areas is inspiring. Students will appreciate the sections Angles & Degrees, Cusps, Houses, Twins, Lunar Stuff, and The Big Picture as she explores the confusions and questions that arise for us all as we become more absorbed in this endlessly fascinating and imaginative study.

    The book is published by Writing from the Twelfth House and as we discover at the beginning, Anne has a crew of planets in the 12th house – Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn and Mars – and Mercury too if we do Equal or Whole Sign houses. As suspected, her tales from The Twelfth House are rich and beautifully written. She also shares with us her passion, or obsession as she says, for Mary Shelley and the links and legends that arise from her chart.

    Throughout the manuscript, Anne shares with us her personal stories to animate the depth of astrological images that she is illustrating, and to bring the continuity and coherence of planetary cycles to light in the context of a life. Besides being captivating case studies, these accounts remind us that astrology is not only an objective study, but a deeply personal and subjective narrative which illuminates the depth of our experiences through the symbols of our sky.

    Prolific writer, creative thinker, caring soul and in-depth astrologer. Anne Whitaker reveals all these characters in this superb compilation of astrological writings and musings, inspired by her forty years of immersion in astrology. I greatly admire the way Anne animates astrological symbols so they live in the moment and touch us deeply. ‘Postcards…’ is brimming with these moments.”

  25. 5.0 out of 5 stars : from DL Gordon, Chair, Aquarius Rising, Glasgow UK.
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2022 – Amazon:

    …I’ve found this book absolutely captivating from the first page! Anne’s writing has such depth and richness, it’s a joy to read and I think could be enjoyed even without any great knowledge of Astrology. The Astrological insight and wisdom is an added bonus for Astrologers. A book that’s difficult to put down and will no doubt be revisited again and again :-)…”

  26. The latest 5 star Amazon review, by Carmelo:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    ‘A mosaic on astrology’
    (Reviewed in Italy on 3 August 2022)
    “…The tesserae making up this canvas, depicted as a mosaic, shine in the colours of knowledge, wisdom and precious details the author shares with the reader through a rare generosity and clarity. The added value of this collection is stamped by its format, style and informative content which envelop the lector and bring them to an enjoyable experience that bears comparison with the moment you get a postcard from someone you love, when you find out news and facts which build up cognition and expand insight…”

    Thanks so much, Carmelo!

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