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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, a relatively practical, intelligent and informative book., 2 Jan 2010
This review is from: Temperament - Astrology's Forgotten Key (Paperback)
Having studied traditional astrology for 5 years, I was excited to find this book. A new book on astrology which goes into any level of detail is very, very rare. All in all it's a good book, very accessible, with an extensive introduction covering the history of temperament from a range of sources, and with numerous case studies.

However I was disappointed in the later sections of the book, which seemed underdeveloped compared to the historical parts. Particularly, the points-based method that the author uses in her Waldorf school study was not what I had expected. It seemed that the author was attempting to design a "fool-proof" method, but in my opinion it went too far and became overly simplistic. It's not too much to expect that the reader (or a computer program) could identify an angular planet or a close aspect to the Ascendant; the exclusion of these factors from the method restricted discussion of the example charts.

A more comprehensive glossary would also have been useful for the reader (oriental and occidental were not defined, despite the fact that most readers would be unfamiliar with these terms).

All in all this book felt to be a game of two (unequal) halves. The historical background and discussion of temperament theory was very thorough, yet the application of temperament theory was superficial. Allusion was made to defining "manners" but no detailed information was given, which was disappointing, and left a sense of incompleteness. Thus the use of this book to a practising astrologer was limited.

Personally I found this book a little disappointing, but I would strongly recommend it as an accessible and thoughtful, clearly laid out introduction to the topic.
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Temperament - Astrology's Forgotten Key by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum (Paperback - 4 May 2005)
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