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The Magic Thread [Paperback]

Richard Idemon , Gina Ceaglio
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25 Mar 2010
Back due to popular demand! For centuries, philosophers, alchemists and pychologists have been intrigued and fascinated by the intricacies of the labyrinth as a metaphor for human experience. Richard Idemon sees the birth chart, a symbol of inherent universal order, as a labyrinth - a logical but complicated and elusive structure. The interwoven symbols in the horoscope are made up of a single thread that, when unravelled - like the magic thread of Ariadne - lead us through the maze to the heart of the chart and our own nature. This book is transcribed from a six-day lecture given in 1986.

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: The Wessex Astrologer Ltd (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902405463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902405469
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Idemon gained a warm and enthusiastic following around the world with his highly provocative and original teaching style. He was a founding member of AFAN, and was affiliated with the NCGR and the Jungian Society. He died in 1987.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of treasure 4 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
It is so sad that Richard Idemon died so young, his engaging personality and astrological wisdom are evident in the many gems that lie within these pages and leave you wanting more. The Magic Thread is a delight to have in my collection and testimony to a great talent. Transcribed from a series of lectures, this is a very valuable book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magic Touch 17 April 2011
Format:Paperback
I was delighted to see that this book had been re-issued.Richard died in 1986 but through this book and through his relationship book "Through the Looking Glass" his articulate and wise presence remains with us.The book is a carefully edited transcript of a 6 day seminar co-led with Liz Greene.Richard beautifully defines his ground breaking approach to Psychological Astrology by taking the seminar group through his method of finding the magic thread in an individual chart.The case studies are clearly deconstructed .Throughout,Richard's experience as a psychotherapist adds to his breadth of vision.He raises issues to do with being a counselling astrologer which are still highly relevant today.The tone is humourous,intelligent,caring and incisive all at the same time.
Highly recommended for any astrologer.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 4 Jun 1999
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Format:Paperback
This is a great book for intermediate to advanced astrology buffs. If you like astrologers like Stephen Forrest, Liz Greene, and Stephen Arroyo then you will like Richard Idemon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Thread 21 July 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the first book I've read by Richard Idemon and I found it was very interesting and thought provoking. As with many astrology books it takes the format of transcripts of seminars given by the author - in this case in 1986. Surprisingly enough they do not date. The book's sub title - `Astrological Chart Interpretation Using Depth Psychology - explains what the book is about. The author uses myths and Jungian psychology to study astrological charts.

Case studies are provided of well-known people and the audience participation brings the whole thing to life. The subjects covered are: - inferior and dominant functions; shadow issues; the Ascendant as mask; counselling etc. Whether you are engaged in astrological counselling as a professional or are simply interested in exploring your own astrological chart with a view to understanding yourself in more depth this book will be of interest to you.

I was particularly struck by the two chapters which concern incest and the damage it had done to two sisters and the lady who had serious medical issues. I found her own short autobiography included in the chapter titled `The Case of Linnie Ozer' very moving and the exploration of her chart in the light of the autobiography really brings the chart to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Taurean Labyrinth 17 Mar 2002
By Jude Cowell - Published on Amazon.com
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The Magic Thread, done from conference notes, is chocked full of
ways to "distill" the chart by looking at functions (missing/inferiors are covered), polarities, major aspect configurations,& degree significance. The lack of organisation in the material, due to the format, can be overlooked as the nuggets are worth the effort!
The info on Transpersonal (universal) planets--Uranus, Neptune, & Pluto-- in their interactions with personal planets, is invaluable, and goes well w/ Dane Rudhyar's Transpersonal work. The info on singleton planets, inferior functions, and T-Squares, yods, etc. is well-explained, although sometimes disjointed by the conference format.
Idemon's method of distillation is a quick way to see the "legend" of a chart, keeping the many layers of a chart more manageable. Follow Ariadne's Thread with this book!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful 8 Jun 2003
By Luc De Jaeger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can only agree with the other reviewers. In this book Richard Idemon explains some very intresting points on horoscope delineations/interpretation. Though this book is a transcript of his seminars, it's very readable and structured. You will learn how to read an astrological chart as a logical but complicated and elusive structure: the horosocpe as a magic thread. You will learn about dominant and inferior functions, the meaning of singletons, final dispositors, the ascendant as mask and incest in the family etc... Due to the untimely death of the author in 1987 we will miss quite a lot of other insights he could have given us. If you can get this book, get it because in it you will find some insightful opinions that will broaden your astrological view.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 4 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for intermediate to advanced astrology buffs. If you like astrologers like Stephen Forrest, Liz Greene, and Stephen Arroyo then you will like Richard Idemon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Thread 21 July 2013
By Damaskcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the first book I've read by Richard Idemon and I found it was very interesting and thought provoking. As with many astrology books it takes the format of transcripts of seminars given by the author - in this case in 1986. Surprisingly enough they do not date. The book's sub title - `Astrological Chart Interpretation Using Depth Psychology - explains what the book is about. The author uses myths and Jungian psychology to study astrological charts.

Case studies are provided of well-known people and the audience participation brings the whole thing to life. The subjects covered are: - inferior and dominant functions; shadow issues; the Ascendant as mask; counselling etc. Whether you are engaged in astrological counselling as a professional or are simply interested in exploring your own astrological chart with a view to understanding yourself in more depth this book will be of interest to you.

I was particularly struck by the two chapters which concern incest and the damage it had done to two sisters and the lady who had serious medical issues. I found her own short autobiography included in the chapter titled `The Case of Linnie Ozer' very moving and the exploration of her chart in the light of the autobiography really brings the chart to life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic! 2 April 2012
By Outis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been studying Astrology for years, own at least 40 some books, but it was not until I came upon this book that it all made sense in a cohesive way. Richard's delineation techniques are wonderful- especially for those of us who approach astrology from a depth/Jungian point of view, and want to help our clients evolve in a meaningful way.

I can't recommend this book highly enough- too bad the limit is five stars.
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