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.