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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905857632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905857630
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lyn Birkbeck is an astrologer, writer and musician. Based in the Lake District, he conducts astrological workshops and consultations and is the author of popular books including the Do It Yourself Astrology series.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MEW on 21 Nov 2008
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This book sets out a well thought, out pragmatic approach and explaination of many of the complex political, spiritual, astrological and ecological factors, which will shape our future. It is a wake up call to humankind. It is also a map and directions for those who wish to participate in an incredible journey. If you are familiar with Lyn Birkbeck's body of work, this is a continuation of his life's mission to make humanity aware of their participation in the creation of our future. We have a choice, so choose wisely.

An excellent thought provoking book.

MEW Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Avi Goodwin on 3 Dec 2008
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As Lyn Birkbeck always seems to take astrology a step ahead of where most astrology is, it's no surprise that his Understanding The Future helps us all to deal with the uncertain times ahead in a way that belongs to the future itself. By seeing planetary influences that affect all of us and the Earth herself as waves of energy, he shows how we can ride or attune to them and change possibly negative outcomes into positive ones. He backs it all up by showing us what these planet-waves were doing in the past, and how we could have ridden them better if only we knew (what he is showing us now) and how each individual one of us can make a difference. Amazing, consciousness-raising, trailblazing stuff!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hatruswell on 20 Jan 2009
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Mr Birkbeck's book is a true revelation .He wrote this in 2007 and it is an incedibly well researched with references to past patterns of planetary alignments and the resultant evidence of what those influences manifested all plainly and clearly presented .
Given the fact that Barack Obama is just taking up the Presidential mantle of the USA ,this fits perfecley into the prediction in the guide where it states that in times of great need a figure will rise and fill the leadership role.
The current middle East debacle is a graphic example of the books predicted cosmic wave, however it does offer an altenative to the conflict that has been evidenced.
I recommend this book to everyone, put aside any negativity that you might have about planetary influences and become a contributing part to the collective cure !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Murray on 31 Jan 2010
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Having read the very positive reviews about this book, I feel a little trepidation about only giving 3 stars. I have been intersted in astrology for over 20 years and have recently spent three years studying it part time so I came to the book with that bias. For me it was very repetitious and I found myself skipping great chunks. Most importantly it did not really INFORM me.
No doubt the next few years will be turbulent...and astrology is a good anchor for all of us hoping to navigate the changes that will be synchronous with the Saturn/Uranus T square to Pluto. Sadly this book has not helped me with that process.
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A Workbook for the Soul of Stars 11 Nov 2009
By M. Katz - Published on Amazon.com
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During my research for an M.A. in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter, I studied the history of esoteric and theosophical thinking over the last century. I am presently in the third year of writing a PhD thesis on Western Esoteric thought. Although I recommend Nick Campion's "The Dawn of Astrology" for a history of Astrology, this book, "Understanding the Future" I recommend for my students to begin to understand their own future and incidentally the future of Astrology.

I have the pleasure of knowing Lyn and he is one of the few people I know who truly "walks the talk" and has become a living voice of Astrological insight. In this book, he reaches deeply and throws far and wide - the ball may indeed be out of a lot of people's courts, but only where they are bound by expectations. This book speaks of "waves" and "storms" as powerful and easily accesible metaphors for astrological patterns - it is a useful companion for the student of astrology to see where they might be themselves in many years to come, being able to communicate astrology so readily and applying it to the real world.

In "Understanding the Future", Lyn Birkbeck has demonstrated the courage to apply Astrology to politics, history, and ecology, amongst a wide net of subjects, whereas others are content to play it safe and keep it small. To do so, he has utilised metaphors ranging from quantum physics and poetry to make this ambitious work easily understood by the layperson, student of astrology or advanced esoteric astrologer alike.

I have recommended this book to students who are professionals in many fields - psychiatrists, police-force trainers, researchers, artists and those just beginning Astrology or other esoteric studies. They have all been equally bemused, challenged, delighted, intrigued, inspired and illuminated by this text.

My own studies, both as a practitioner of 30 years and an academic over the last 6 years, demonstrate to me that history is written by those who are already talking from the future - and understanding it. Books should be challenging, delicious, and be a workspace for your soul. This is precisely why you should buy this book and delight in it for many years to come.
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We can all do our part 25 Nov 2008
By Sue Wang - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I was worried about gloom and doom, given the cosmic patterns/waves described in this book. Fortunately, the author also delineated that we, as individuals and collectively as humans, have a choice: to reach deeply within and clear out/heal our inner junk, and thus clear out the debris in this world (according to quantum rules), or descend into chaos. We have a chance to recognize the chaos indicated in the cosmos, work with it, and clean up the earth, have peace with one another -however different we may be, spread love, justice, develop new commerce...reach our human potential. We can now consciously do the work, raise our own vibrational energy and thus raise that of the world. Start reading and working on it!
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A Wake-up-Call Opportunity 13 Nov 2008
By Sylvia Warren - Published on Amazon.com
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Oprah has not read this book. Yet her What I Know For Sure article in the December 2008 issue of O Magazine describes exactly why the information in Understanding the Future is so timely and essential. In her words, "We have a wake-up-call opportunity to get real and be real."

Understanding the Future illuminates the greater meaning and bigger lessons in the financial and global crises of our time. It shows us the astrological continuity and historical impact of planetary forces in the Universe. Author Lyn Beckwith reminds us that we are one with these forces which shape our world. He clarifies how we can ride these cosmic waves - expressing the best of who we are individually and collectively for the greater good of ourselves, our global community, and the planet.

The wake-up-call opportunity presented in this book invites us to shift our consciousness. It tells us we can do this in simple yet significant ways that unleash our goodness and our greatness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bridging Old Paradigms with New 4 Nov 2009
By Jason Horsley - Published on Amazon.com
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When old tools are applied in new ways, old, stuck-in-the-mud toolsmen can get irritable and uppity about it. Astrology is pretty much the oldest tool of all, and Birkbeck is one of the few people finding new uses for it. Astrologers who want to insist that astrology is a Science do the biggest disservice to their Art. As he showed with Divine Astrology and The Astrological Oracle, Birkbeck (tho he understands scientific principles well enough) is an artist with a magical bent, or a magician with an artistic touch, and his books may sometimes seem less that satisfactory "as books" because they are actually more than simply books: they are systems for the reader to interact with and build upon.

If you tried to "read" Monopoly but couldn't be bothered to play it, you might come away saying what a boring "read" it was. Astrology is not simply for understanding but for playing: the only way to understand it is to play it. To this degree, I've found the flaws in Lyn's books (they do tend to read a bit like computer manuals) to be, in a way, part of their strength: they are "unfinished," because it is up to the reader to complete them by applying the knowledge they contain.

I certainly wouldn't trust what other astrologers say about his books. It's a given that, the more (r)evolutionary the work is, the more the current system is going to resist and oppose it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Lucky Find 1 Dec 2011
By WayneT - Published on Amazon.com
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I first found this book at the public library. Halfway through, I knew I wanted my own copy. A great perspective on the "crazy" times we are living through right now. An understandable and fascinating piece of predictive astrology. Read it as a guide through the next few years!
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