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The Modern Text-Book of Astrology [Paperback]

Margaret E. Hone
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19 July 2010
It was a long time ago and few alive now remember what life was like in England in the years after World War II. Yes, the Luftwaffe and Vengeance weapons had made a fine mess in the south of the country, but during the war years the Yanks were there, millions of them, seducing the womenfolk, brawling in pubs, and, most importantly, spending their pay with local shopkeepers. May, 1945, the war ended and all the Americans left. Most went home, but a sizeable contingent set up shop in Germany, where, to the best of their ability given the local ruins, they carried on as before, seducing the womenfolk, brawling in pubs and spending their pay with the surviving shopkeepers. The Americans were joined by contingents of English, French and Soviet troops. As a result, the surprising fact, long forgotten, is that after the war, conditions in England were even worse than they were in post-Third Reich Germany. Some in Britain rued winning the war, as deprivation became their fate. In London after the war books were so scarce that used vendors had long lists of people waiting for the few books that turned up. For schools in London which taught astrology, the situation was impossible. Responding to the post WWII book shortage, Margaret Hone published this ultimate Astrology Text-Book. She was born in Birmingham, England, on October 2, 1892, at 2:13 am. Her ascendant was 27 Leo; her Sun was 9 Libra; her Moon was 13 Aquarius. Her midheaven was 15 Taurus. Of Ms Hone, James Holden wrote, "English astrologer, educator, and author. She was a professional astrologer and private teacher for many years and later was Principal and Director of Studies of the Faculty of Astrological Studies 1954-1969 and Vice President of the Astrological Lodge of London. Mrs. Hone was an advocate of the Equal House system of house division. She is best known in the U.S. for her two instruction manuals." This book is dedicated to Charles E.O. Carter, 1887-1968. Carter succeeded Alan Leo as head of the Astrological Lodge (1920-1952) and was First Principal of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, which he helped found in 1948. Hone succeeded Carter at FAS. She passed away on October 14, 1969. In his Preface, while quick to praise Hone, a personal friend, Charles Carter also pointed out that this book's high price was justified, that "padding has been rigorously excluded." He goes on to praise the workmanship, the carefully worded definitions, as well as the fact that the book was complete and entire in itself. Save for ephemeris and tables of houses, this one book would suffice beginning as well as advanced students for some years. In addition, Hone also includes one of the earliest modern histories of astrology, short biographies of leading astrologers past and present, astrology and public opinion (daily horoscopes in the newspapers were a recent innovation). On a more practical side, Hone gives a thorough analysis of the principal house systems of the day (Equal, Campanus, Regiomontanus, Placidus), and even mentions C.G. Jung's recently developed Depth Psychology.

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Astrology Classics (19 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933303352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933303352
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 25 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best standard text books 11 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
First published in 1951 "The Modern Text Book of Astrology" remains to this day one of the best standard text books available to students of astrology.
Everything required by a learner to acquire a firm grounding in the basics of astrology is here; including a brief historical background, sound and easy to follow astronomical framework, a concise explanation of computations. The keyword model of interpertation quickly enables the student to make intrepretive judgements free from reliance on reference to the usual 'cookbook' style of textbooks.
A fair and unbiased account of the various house charting systems and other controversial areas within astrology provide the student with the information they need to partake in and judge for themselves the arguments in favour of one house system against another; the questions of fate v. free will; of sidereal v. tropical.
As well as natal astrology and the interpretation of progressions there is also an introduction to the techniques of electional, horary and mundane astrology; a discussion of the pre-natal epoch and the relationship of the precession of the equinox to eras of time.
In summary "The Modern Text Book of Astrolgy" provides all that is required for a comprehensive understanding of the modern approach to astrology and its development alongside modern discoveries in depth psychology.
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By Miss M. L. English VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Cannot get out-of-date as it includes information on all the planets, signs and if you're brave, how to make a chart using an ephemeris and NO computer.

My edition has a pale blue cover, not the one in the illustration.

That aside, my copy came from my Auntie who had an avid interest in Astrology.

I like the way Margaret explains things carefully and without any fluff. She gets to the heart of Astrological principles. I don't agree that this book can age. How can it? The principles of Astrology haven't changed. They way we make chart is still the same and I, personally, like use and write about in my Astro series book/s starting with How to Survive a Pisces, the Equal House System.

If you really want to learn Astrology deeply, there is nothing more empowering, but difficult, in making a chart from only using the Ephemeris, and Margaret takes you through all the steps in how to do just that.

She even gives a very plausible explanation for the reason 'we' follow Astrology, which will never go out of date.

I celebrate her writing expertise, and only wish it were made into a Kindle E-Book so that more people could read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Book 13 Jun 2010
By Red28
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am currently studying with the Mayo School and this is one of the recommended reading books. It has proved to be invaluable. It is well written and contains all the parts of astrology that the learner needs to take on board. I find everything is written in an easy to follow format and consider this to be one of my 'bible' books for my studies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cobwebs 3 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
I was brought up (astrologically) on this book some 20+ years ago and it was 'old' then. It may be a technically excellent book but astrology has developed so much since MH wrote this book and, whilst the basics may remain unchanged, the way in which teaching astrology has developed leaves this book years behind. We have far deeper insights now than were understood 50 years ago and this book obviously cannot include these. This applies particularly as far as psychological insights are concerned.
There are many excellent books which have come on the market since this book was written but I suppose the fact that the book is still available must say something for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars basic text for all astrologers 4 Aug 2007
By D. Irving - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this was my first textbook when I went to astrology classes. It has not been surpassed over all these years
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eternally Relevant and Useful for Serious Astrologers 11 April 2012
By Miss M. L. English - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cannot get out-of-date as it includes information on all the planets, signs and if you're brave, how to make a chart using an ephemeris and NO computer.

My edition has a pale blue cover, not the one in the illustration.

That aside, my copy came from my Auntie who had an avid interest in Astrology.

I like the way Margaret explains things carefully and without any fluff. She gets to the heart of Astrological principles. I don't agree that this book can age. How can it? The principles of Astrology haven't changed. They way we make chart is still the same and I, personally, like use and write about in my Astro series book/s starting with How to Survive a Pisces, the Equal House System.

If you really want to learn Astrology deeply, there is nothing more empowering, but difficult, in making a chart from only using the Ephemeris, and Margaret takes you through all the steps in how to do just that.

She even gives a very plausible explanation for the reason 'we' follow Astrology, which will never go out of date.

I celebrate her writing expertise, and only wish it were made into a Kindle E-Book so that more people could read it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of information 16 Feb 2013
By Margo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Unknown Binding|Verified Purchase
There is so much information you don't have to purchase other books it's all there. I think every Angel's name is there. Has a lot of detail.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic on Astrology! 18 April 2014
By Savanthar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book covers all the basics of astrology in a clear and readable manner. It is a perfect primer to more advanced study of astrology and this book should be a part of every aspiring astrologer's bookshelf. It was written decades ago, but it is still highly relevant pertaining to a perfect understanding of the essentials of astrological knowledge and practice. I consider The Modern Text-Book of Astrology by Margaret Hone to rank with the best of astrology books written anytime and anywhere! If you want to learn all you can to become proficient in astrology, this book is an excellent starting point in your quest.

Essentially astrology is a complex divination system utilizing knowledge of the Zodiac signs, planetary correspondences and the 12 houses of the Zodiac. The Hermetic Maxim "As Above, So Below" exemplifies the approach and interpretation of astrological correspondences and symbol systems.
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