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Astrology of Midlife and Aging [Paperback]

Erin Sullivan
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13 Oct 2005
Between the ages of thirty-seven and forty-one something mysterious takes place within the psyche. Jung called this phase our 'unlived life' assuming rightly that midlife did not inaugurate a time of rapid decay loss of libido and inevitable death - but rather ushered in a period in which one might review one's life and build upon a strong foundation toward the next phase of adulthood. Acclaimed astrologer Erin Sullivan takes us through the vast changes that astrology reveals as we reach middle age. It is a moment in life that is characterised by the planet Uranus one filled with opportunities to both rethink the past and move toward the future 'witnessing' our lives in the way Uranus connotes. There exist no maps of the terrain - except the natal horoscope.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher (13 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585424080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585424085
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Erin Sullivan has pulled together the predictable crises and turning points of mid to later life in an intelligent and highly practical way.Whilst delineating the universal age points that we will all experience at the same age (eg : Second Saturn Return age 58-59),she also takes into account our unique individual birth chart along with the progressed chart.
Instead of being limited to a description of what might influence us stage by stage,as many astrology books do,she has elegantly synthesised the continuum of major transits.
This is a guidebook to refer to whatever stage of your journey you are in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for you midlife stuff 27 April 2011
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Excellent book, taking you through all the astrological stages of midlife and ageing.
Well written and really useful information to clarify and understand the changes that we all go through. Helping to shed light on why we are feeling the way we are and how we can utilise and evolve through these precious transitions when they occur, rather than missing these valuable lessons at crucial stages of development.
Have also let others (who aren't into astrology) read my copy who have struggled with some of the stages and it has helped them make sense of events and feelings within their lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The passing of the years 16 Jan 2014
By simon
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I found this book very helpful in understanding the course of my life and the astrological "causes" of various events. It is a bit thin on the years after 70 but I expect this is because the author has yet to reach this age. Nonetheless, it is a very useful and well written book, which I can recommend to anyone wanting to understand the various events that have occurred in their life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erin Hits Homer Again! 23 Oct 2005
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Ms. Sullivan's latest book is the one you've been waiting for whether you know it or not!

With her usual in-depth, insightful style, Erin gives anyone approaching or in process of the midlife phase of life much information on this cycle we must all navigate.

"To approach aging with a sense of honor and purpose means perceiving it as such: an honorable and purposeful task, one that is not over until it is over".

This speaks not only to the "baby boomers" who are currently in or entering middle age, but to those of us who attempt to counsel and guide those with serious aging issues.

"Even the ancient Greeks worried about it and fretted over the future", she states, and you won't be disappointed with the larger perspective this book will give you on these issues which are common to all humankind!
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and fascinating on many levels 1 Oct 2014
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I cannot sum up this book easily but it has helped me navigate my midlife while nothing else has. The processes of the past few years and the ones I am entering make sense on a very deep level. The author focuses quite a bit on Jung but not as pop psych. Jung himself focused on adulthood, saying that childhood problems were the parents' problems. Freud helped us see how our formative years affected us, while Jung looked at how in aging we decide if we will become who we are or if we will stay our parents' problems. If you consider predictive astrology as a way to see how you can best grow going with the flow instead of resisting, then you'll probably love this book. The different transits of midlife make a pattern of a major growth spurt, last felt at puberty. Puberty you get some preparation for as school teaches it (we hope) and it's in the media all the time with tons of teenage dramas. Midlife hits with no warning, much like how no one prepares you for the years of peri-menopause where your ovaries run wild. This book helped me identify exactly what happened when and what I did with it and what to expect coming up. Each person is very different, so no one experiences the transits the same way, but the themes are the same and how we have lived our lives and what our temperament is makes the universal themes unique.

I love studying hirstory and astrology ends a fascinating look. This book is the best I have found for explaining the "jobs" of the Great Generation (Pluto in Cancer), Baby Boomers (Pluto in Leo), the Survivors (Pluto in Virgo), and Pluto in Libra, with a look at what to expect in the short time when Pluto is in Scorpio and society is rebuilt after the Virgo and Libra generations clean up the messes made by the Cancer and Leo generations. The different values of each group helped me a lot to understand why my mother's Baby Boomer friends are still so reluctant to be adults and why my generation (Virgo) are so much more realistic. Understanding my younger friends (Libra) is much easier too. The conflict between the Cancer and Leo group is now obvious.

The Pluto transit at midlife only happens for a few generations, starting with the Baby Boomers who grew up in the atomic bomb's constant shadow. That we generations are facing collectively a new midlife with a transit very much about facing death which previous ones did not was interesting. Perhaps the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet and the next younger people to be the last with the Pluto transit at midlife will mean good news about nuclear waste and war.

By seeing how when our ancestors lived shorter lives, their Saturn Return was their midlife crisis, and how new it is to have so many reach the Uranus Return of 84, humans are integrating the transpersonal planets into their lives in a way never before seen even without the Pluto transit. My grandmother lived to be in her 90s and I got deeper insight into how that was for her, how removed she was from the world as she outlived everyone she loved.

The information about how women often handle the emotional and social freedom of aging better than men coincides with the information that post-menopausal women don't make the "need to Mommy others" hormones, while a man often had a woman be their emotional and social self for them, so midlife and aging is very different at times. The information about gay and lesbian relationships I don't know if it is true or not, but it makes logical sense looking at biology and gender socialization.

I like my astrology books to be deep. I dislike cookbooks and superficial, non-humanistic astrology. This has given me much to think about outside of astrology, which is a great sign of a great astrology book. It helped me know parts of the human experience where I was formerly ignorant. Astrology in context of real life. Also the author shuns the "blame the victim" New Age which is WONDERFUL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astrology Of Midlife and Aging 10 Nov 2006
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easy to read. an eye opener. i highly recommend it.
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