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on 10 December 2012
The innovative and intelligent ORCUS, by Jeremy Neal, adds greatly to the increasing wealth of knowledge that astrology brings to the world.

The first section of the book, which discusses the Hadean triumvirate's influence on a variety of charts, as well as exploring the mythology behind the objects, will be of immense value to both intermediate and professional astrologers.

The second section of the book, which explores the influence of Ixion, Pluto and Orcus on the soul during the so-called "mid-life crisis" is a masterpiece of spiritual wisdom and guidance. The analysis of exactly what spiritual integrity and living an authentic life requires is profound and inspiring, offering insights that will be of value to anyone reading the book, even non-astrologers.

I would have liked a more detailed summary of the house and sign placements of, especially Orcus and Ixion, as I know very little about these objects. On the other hand, generalising these objects and taking them out of the context of an individual's unique and complex chart would not create an authentic understanding of their powerful influence on our lives.

And it is in its authenticity that ORCUS is at its best: the excellent research, the well-written, easy to read style, the cautious and pragmatic approach to astrology as a tool for spiritual evolution, all these and more speak to the immense value of this book.

A must-buy for anyone interested in astrology and, for the second section alone, a highly recommended buy for anyone who is interested in understanding the power plays and ego-drives that unconsciously motivate us between the years of the first and second Saturn Returns (from +- 29 to +-60 years of age.)

I will be returning to this book many times in the future.
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on 21 September 2012
I'm sure you'd all agree that our lives have become much more complex and demanding than those of our forebears. Astrology, with its traditional approach using the sun and its nine planets, is struggling to keep pace, and so we are seeing it evolve. In recent years, astronomers have been discovering many other sun-orbiting bodies, and it is these that hold the key to interpreting the energies that now enfold us.

Since most of the known 'small' transneptunian objects were only discovered this century, there has not been much time to analyse and establish their influence on the human psyche. Jeremy Neal has diligently worked with Orcus, a kind of inverse twin to Pluto, and on a similar 247 year orbit,to produce this insightful book. Drawing on many well-known nativities, he shows how, with the addition of Orcus, it is possible to make more sense of the 'darker' aspects of our lives, and do so with astonishing accuracy. This would have been difficult or impossible with 'conventional' astrology, which seems to be losing effectiveness in the current age.

The book consists of two parts: the first contains a comprehensive exploration of the role of Orcus in mythology, followed by a thorough investigation of how his energies influence us through six facets of life. One of the highlights of the book for me is the author's analysis of the role of Orcus in the modern history of the USA. Using her July 4th 1776 nativity, he highlights how several 'false flag' governmental operations have been conducted as pertinent transits of Orcus were taking place. I am curious to find out what will occur as Orcus makes his first return to his US chart position in 2016-2019 - a return to integrity? (A table of transits of Orcus to the US chart is included as an appendix.)

The author switches gear for the second part of the book, which plots the psyche's course to spiritual integrity by way of the much maligned 'mid-life crisis'. He describes the journey and observes that we need to first learn from Pluto before we can take advantage of lessons from Orcus.

A wealth of information not easy to find anywhere else; a boon to the serious astrologer, yet simple enough to understand by anyone looking for answers from the depths of their 'mid-life crisis'.
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on 15 November 2012
What a fantastic little book. Excellently written and researched, it hones the work of the underworld into a fine point. Orcus currently opposes Neptune and Chiron and is close to Regulus. As austerity measures invade our lives we need to grasp the value of inner sovereignty through solitude rather than see it as imprisonment form the outside. This is a really valuable read.
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on 3 November 2012
A startlingly innovative book on a subject, the trans-Neptunian,astral-body, ORCUS, of which I knew nothing ...until I read Jeremy Neal's master-work; full of ground-breaking, empirically-researched facts, this is a great buy.
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on 6 May 2013
I read this book with no prior background to its core subject of astrology but I'm so glad I picked it up. Even as someone who has no real knowledge of the subject it easily carried me through with its insightful and thought provoking exploration of challenging aspects of humanity and our own collective nature using Orcus and associated astrology to endeavour to make sense of the world. Neal does not leaves us hung out to dry after tackling these thorny subjects however, the second part of this book offers the reader an intriguing and philosophical antidote to destructive potential within us.

Beautifully written and a must for anyone looking to develop spiritually. Wonderful stuff, highly recommended!
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on 22 September 2015
This is a fantastic resource for keen astrologers - and an insightful journey into a subject that is deeply in need of new exploration and examination. Jeremy Neal makes a complex subject not only clear, with case studies and examples, but a compulsive read and a refreshing new look at plutonic influences in our current world. A must-read for astrologers.
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