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Planets in Composite (The Planet Series) [Paperback]

Robert Hand
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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (6 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914918222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914918226
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it works 29 Nov 2002
This isn't a "new age" invention to rake in the money from the gullible lovesick masses; the theory has actually been around for awhile, but it took the brilliant talent of Robert Hand to bring it forth in a concise way, and to be understood by anyone who can construct a chart and do some simple calculations.
I can't say enough about Hand. He's by far the best astrologer alive that I know of. He doesn't generalize, and there's a directness to his interpretations that gets to the core of each issue he writes about.
I've done numerous charts using this technique with amazing results. Family, friends, past loves (oh ! if I had only known !), and so far, the accuracy rate has been 100 % .
The book contains 2 chapters on how to cast and read a composite, a chapter with 5 case histories (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Jung and Freud among them), one on the meaning of "houses", and the rest consists of aspect and house placement interpretations of sun, moon, planets and nodes.
Every relationship, no matter how good, will have its problem areas, and this book is an invaluable resource in helping one deal with them. Thank you Robert Hand, for your inspired genius and knowledge...may you live long and prosper.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and comphrehensive reference book for composite charts (where combined chart for 2 or more people is produced) very interesting and insightful for analysing relationships, romantic and otherwise. Analyses aspects, house positions and planetary meanings in composite charts and gives details of how to cast them (or you can just get charts online from and use this book to look up meanings) Highlighted things I'd not really been conscious of before in my closest relationships.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and interesting 5 Feb 2014
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Robert Hand is always interesting to read and whilst i don;t find his astrology books as compelling to read as Liz Greene's they are very interesting and he puts the information across very clearly so that it's easy to grasp what he's on about and where he's coming from.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good resource book to own 11 Aug 2002
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Robert Hand wrote this book back in the 1970s. At that time, composite charts were new to America and to most of the Western world. Although John Townley is the person who is actually credited with bringing the technique to our shores, both Townley and Hand (who have also written the introductions for each other's groundbreaking texts) have pretty much structured the foundation of our contemporary knowledge on the subject. But there are differences to be noted in Hand and Townley's approach.
The most important distinction for me is that Hand describes a pretty unique method of using what's known as the "150 degree rule" for estimating composite midpoints for planets that are approaching a perfect opposition. Although many astrologers use the "150 degree rule" to correct errors that frequently arise in computer generated charts in which calculations yield such impossibilities as say Mercury and Venus oppositions, Hand alone tackles this problem for the other remaining personal planets that can appear as oppositions when you might want to consider them conjunctions. Hand suggests "if the planets in the two natal charts are more than 150 degrees apart, you should use both midpoints" (p 32) in your analysis. The reason for this is that "the two midpoints are nearly equal in strength." (12) This means you will treat the two planets more like an axis than a specific point, which is similar to the way in which we interpret the moon's nodes. This technique, which Hand explores with far greater depth than I can in this review, appears to be unique to Robert Hand. He uses it in his chart interpretations for the cases of Fred and Mary, and Freud and Jung, which are located in the chapter entitled "Case Studies." Townley and other astrologers that I've read do not seem to employ this technique in their calculations for planets that come after Mercury and Venus, or for opposing Suns and Moons. For this reason, I would suggest this book as an important addition to your astrology library, because it contains a few pieces of information that is not as widely quoted as his more commonly known interpretations.
I have practiced astrology for over 25 years, and read Hand for the first time, in 1981. I have experimented with many of his concepts and find his synopsis of configurations to be quite insightful and valid. Some math skills will be needed, if you erect a chart by hand. Otherwise, astrology software may be useful for beginners who do not want to erect a chart manually. Many programs are free of charge and can be downloaded at such sites as zdnet or tucows; just type "astrology" in their search engines.
Although many excerpts from Hand's book have been quoted on various astrology websites, this fact does not appreciably detract from the overall usefulness of this book. However, it is worth noting that Hand states in his introduction to John Townley's revised edition of "The Composite Chart" (which was first printed in 1974, revised, and again published in 2000) that he changed his initial method of computing composite house cusps by location to the method that John Townley uses in his newly revised book; which is the midpoint composite house method. Taking that in stride, I think you'll be happy to own this book because not only was it one of the founding texts on the subject but its cookbook interpretations are very useful to beginners. Both Townley and Hand's explanations work well together, and they both offer their own unique depth and clarity on the topic of composite charts. You may be able to find many quotes from both Townley and Hand's texts on astrology websites, but sometimes it's nice to have the book too.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for the Layperson 12 April 2004
By Barbara Rose - Published on
I found this book to be a fantastic resource for someone such as myself who does not know the technical side of astrological aspects, or how to read the symbols in an astrological chart. When I read: "Composite Moon Trine Composite Jupiter" I didn't have a clue as to what that meant, UNTIL I was able to read what this configuration is all about in the easy-to-understand explanations given in this wonderful book.
As astrological aspects in composite charts are important when entering into any type of relationship, be it romantic, business, family, etc., this book is a great help to see how two people will interact with each other on many levels.
I can tell you that the composite chart interpretations I was given in this book were all astoundingly accurate. This is a great tribute to the exhaustive knowledge, research, and care that went into this book. Highly recommended!

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE and If God Was Like Man
Editor, inspire! magazine
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great relationship book 13 Oct 1998
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This book will definitely let you know if your spouse or lover is the one for you. Before I got married I bought this book to analyze me and my husband's composite chart. Every explanation that Mr. Hand gave for our composite aspects and planetary and house positions were absolutely correct. I really wanted to know if my husband and I were going to be together for a long time. After reading the book, I'm very secure about my marriage and I am confident that my husband and I will be together for a long time. This book will show you the good and the bad parts about a relationship. I recommend it to anyone who is considering marriage.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planets in Composite 21 Sep 2001
By Barbri Zimmermann - Published on
With the exception of Marc Robertson, Robert Hand is the finest Astrologer I've had the privilege to read so far. He uses common sense compiled with the knowledge of Eastern/Western beliefs. His mid-point work and analysis is not only down to earth but very accurate. He includes variables, too, that are exciting to research on your own. His work is something you don't want to put down because you are bored or not getting any satisfaction. When people ask how I understand so much, I tell them. I've been an Astrologer for over 30 years so I know what I'm talking about.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg! Information overload! 29 Nov 2011
By Lisa - Published on
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It's an eye opener. I have studied the stars since I was 17.
Still @ it all these years later.
This particular book, won't be removed from
My shelves anytime soon.
You'll find yourself going back to it time after time!
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