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The Houses: Temples of the Sky [Paperback]

Deborah Houlding
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24 April 2006
There is very little written on the most contentious area of astrology and this greatly updated and revised edition more than adequately fills the gap.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: The Wessex Astrologer Ltd (24 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190240520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902405209
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Temples' is at the forefront of astrology's need to take stock of the basic principles and encompass its roots. -- Kimwell Layton, Traditional Astrologer

Destined to become a classic. -- John Frawley, Horoscope Magazine

She has produced a new standard-bearer, one that will become a reference to writers and astrologers everywhere. -- Claire-France Perez, The Mountain Astrologer

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Deborah Houlding is a well known and highly respected teacher and practitioner of horary astrology. Her original version of this book came out in 1998 but has been out of circulation for several years. Its welcome return comes in the form of a newly revised and very much updated version of the 1998 edition. The author has included an excellent Appendix on traditional terms, and a Preliminary Guide to the concept of house systems. In depth information is also given on many traditional techniques, which will prove invaluable to the astrology student. An essential source book and almost required reading for any serious astrologer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tradition comes to light. 5 May 2006
As an essential part of any form of astrology, a clear grounding in the astrological houses should be one of the most fundamental goals of a good practitioner. However, throughout the many centuries of astrological practise, a distortion has arisen as to their precise meaning. Deborah Houlding, in her book `The Houses: Temples of the Sky', not only defines and explains the significance of the houses through a clear approach but also traces the history of the houses so that their functions have once again brought to life in the rich and vibrant way they had previously been used . The layout is excellent making it easy to follow and, even more importantly, to locate any reference. I find the index for the house rulerships particularly useful. Deborah's extensive research has at last clarified much of the confusion surrounding this important issue and brought to light lost techniques that have been buried under a mountain of misunderstanding.

I was lucky enough to get a copy of the first edition of this book a few years ago and found it to be truly groundbreaking work. With the revised and greatly expanded edition it is still the most comprehensive and accurate book available on the houses. As an astrologer I would not be without it and I recommend it to anyone who wants to know the truth about the houses.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I was disappointed by this book, largely because of its over-traditional approach to the subject. It is I think overly unflattering about the meaning of the sixth and the twelfth houses in particular, stressing their negative attributes. These houses relate to the signs of Virgo (relates to harvest, attention to health, detail and work) and Pisces (relates to spirituality, imagination and the arts) respectively which like all the signs have both positive and negative in them (on a similar note one thinks of the traditional scapegoating of Scorpio as the real baddy of the zodiac). It was if though the author wished you could cut out some large aspect of life and humanity not be left wanting in some particular way. I wouldn't go as far as the oft used Australian adage - its all good, but perhaps all the archetypes in astrology are necessary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 18 April 2007
By Matt G
This book was recommended by our Astrology teacher but I had bought it already. The author takes a traditional view of the subject and has clearly researched the older works but presents the material clearly enabling the reader to make use the interpretations. It leans mainly to Horary but would make a useful textbook to those studying other disciplines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best House Book To Date 4 Oct 2007
By Therese Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book on the astrological houses to date (September 2007). The author traces house meanings from the dawn of horoscopic astrology to current times. I can't imagine an astrologer staying current on what's been discovered in translations of ancient texts in the house area without having this book.

Though Houlding is a bit weak on the Hellenistic houses, citing only two authors and summarizing the others in a few words, there is no other book out there like this one. For those interested, there is additional information available on these early Hellenistic authors in the translations from Robert Schmidt's Project Hindsight.

The book is nicely illustrated with diagrams and boxed text that make concepts very clear and information easy to find for study. The book is well indexed with a general index and a supplementary index for house rulerships. The 'Works Cited' is also a very useful reference.

This is a MUST book for astrologers in the 21st century. It's the only book on houses I use for reference except for Robert Schmidt's PhaseWatch web printouts from the 90s.

I tried to give this book a a five star rating, but it wouldn't register.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Clear Sense of the Houses 18 Jun 2010
By Bear - Published on Amazon.com
This book takes a clear step back from the unwieldy fusion of the Planet = Sign = House system of post-Alan Leo Western Astrology. Ms. Houlding does not simply use early sources in discussing the the rationale behind the house system she takes us on a journey through why that rationale makes sense. After years of trying to find a book on the houses that could make sense of them for me this book is at the top of my list concerning astrological houses.

This book is not a final word, Ms. Houlding makes that clear, but I think that it shows us the right place to go to for a better and a deeper discussion about the houses and their meanings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 23 Nov 2010
By Christopher LaFond - Published on Amazon.com
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There is so much fluff written today about astrology, most of it completely anti-historical. This book is well-researched and presents the philosophical foundations for the establishment and development of the houses. Most modern astrologers have no idea where the houses come from, and have even whimsically changed some of their meanings without understanding the consequences.
Ms Houlding does a superb job in reestablishing the philosophical basis for the houses, tracing their original (and still valid) meanings, and disconnecting them from the modern tendency to conflate them with signs and planets. Anyone who is serious about predictive astrology should read this book and buy a few copies for their friends and colleagues.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for traditional (especially horary) astrologers! 20 Nov 2011
By T. Kirkpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of Deb Houlding, and use this book more than any other when giving horary readings (I also use it for natal). I highly recommend it! It is especially useful for horary because we often need to use very basic descriptions of the houses, such as their colors and what areas they rule. Although the ever-generous Deb has posted a lot of this information for free on her website, [...] there is much more to it that you will miss if you do not make the purchase (roughly $20 is a steal anyway). As the astrologer John Frawley said in his review (you can see this on Deb's website), the book is small but packs a lot of useful information (vs. the fluff you will find in more verbose books on the houses). I hope that Deb will publish more traditional books in the future on other fundamental astrology topics, as well as horary, which seems to be her personal favorite (mine too!) and area of expertise.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Houses 1 April 2014
By S. L. Pieper - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard about this book through kind of mysterious circumstances and I'm so glad I did. This book has really interesting information in it that I wanted to learn. Great Book. It arrived in perfect condition.
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