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Astrology in the Year Zero (Astrology Now) Paperback – 24 Nov 2000

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Flare Publications (24 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953026191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953026197
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a unique book for astrologers, presenting an honest inquiry into our art. One provocative idea truly follows another in this book ... Complicated and subtle concepts are discussed throughout, and Garry Phillipson's remarks and questions steer ideas into a highly readable, intelligent whole ... A wonderful book, heartily recommended to all, especially those who enjoy intellectual jousting within astrology s paradoxical and mysterious 'take' on the world. --The Mountain Astrologer, April/May 2001

Long overdue … a greatly enjoyable book. Reading the book is like watching a very informative TV documentary based on solid research grouped around clear themes … This book, which makes captivating reading, invites astrologers to reflect upon the nature of their art in a spirit of genuine inquiry. It also provides a thorough introduction to the subject for non-astrologers … it will be a rich source of information for future historians about the state of astrology and about the attitude of science at the present time. --The Astrological Journal, September/October 2000

A very fascinating book … very rich reading and offers a wealth of information that is not usually accessible … A really excellent and significant contribution. The balance [between astrologers and scientists] is equitably distributed between these opposing camps … an excellent read. --Horoscope (UK), March 2001, Horoscope (US), April 2001

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Balanced appraisal of astrologers and their beliefs
Balanced appraisal of astrologers and their beliefs

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As a lifelong sceptic about astrology I came to Astrology in the Year Zero in a very negative frame of mind. However after numerous recommendations by friends I read it and was extremely impressed. My main reservation about astrology was that there was insufficient evidence concerning true examples of astrological effectiveness in everyday life. This book really made me reappraise my view. Here are examples from many and varied life styles and professions which depend upon astrology for their planning and direction.
I also found a refreshing attitude to the view that astrology is IT. I found that there is an opinion that astrology is one way of explaining the world. It may not be IT but it is a significant contributory factor - there is something going on out there and this may not be THE answer but it certainly provides some kind of explanation.
I should imagine that this book is extremely interesting to those who believe in astrology, but that it is also requisite reading for those who don't.
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I highly recommend this book for everyone who is eager to look at Astrology from different points of view. Many articles and their eclectic format provide readers with good questions, stepping points and help us to push and understand the limits of contemporary Astrology. Thanks for Garry Phillipson and to Flare publication for this timely book. - Hakan Kirkoglu, Istanbul
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skeptic's review 5 Jan. 2001
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Perhaps it's because I'm so skeptical about astrology, but I just love reading books and other material from both sides of the "believers" fence. I believe that many of the astrologers that Phillipson has interviewed in his book are very well known in the UK, so I wanted to find out if there was anything "behind" astrology (from their point of view, anyway).
I was very pleasantly surprised to find a book that is both educational, well written, and for once puts many astrologers in a place where they are able to truly inform. Excellent !
I like how the book is broken down in a way which doesn't just present a long narrative, but can be picked up at any time, and can help answer questions that anybody might have about the nature and origin of astrology.
Well, I still haven't changed my views, but at least I'm now a lot more informed about why astrologers believe what they believe and practice what they practice - perhaps I would even go so far as to say I have a new respect for them !
So when is somebody going to do the same thing with all the astrologers over here? Let's find out if the American ones have the same view points, and the same basis !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars into the minds of astrologers 28 Mar. 2001
By Ms. Ag Burton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a unique insight into the thinking of contemporary astrologers, and gives a fascinating view of the diversity of the astrological soup, from sun signs to financial, medical and psychological practices. Because of the narrative style, which runs at a fantastic pace, we are given words of wisdom, anecdotes and beliefs straight from the horses' mouths. In this sense, it is a book that will appeal to students of astrology, astrologers and those who are skeptical of astrolgy. The middle section of the book goes into the current scientific research on the validity of astrology, with attempts to prove its truths. This research is inconclusive, and for one who practices this as a profession, it is quite controversial but nevertheless, the value of astrology as a tool for self-awareness and personal growth is reason enough for its continuation. This book is essential reading as there is a vast global interest in the subject but relatively few practioners. It is all to easy to become isolated and treat astrology as a sacred cow, a panacea for all ills. Garry Phillipson manages to incorporate the full spectrum of the state of astrology today in a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astrology in the Year Zero 15 Nov. 2000
By Jenni Dean Harte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Phillipson's book covers largely unchartered waters in modern astrology by giving astrologers the opportunity to say what they really think about it. This book doesn't have a bias, despite Phillipson's own talents as an astrologer, in fact, he seems to bend over backwards to give everyone an equal chance to express their views even when they aren't particularly flattering. You won't find such a thorough (and controversial) overview of the topic anywhere. Shelly Von Strunkle is right, you just can't put it down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent who/what/how of Astrology today. 23 April 2003
By J. Don Le Couteur - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a great many books (including my own) which offer an "overview" of astrology, but all of them give one author's point of view only. Phillipson's book offers 30+ perspectives (largely British) and presents them in a clear and unbiased manner, arranged by topic. I'm adding this book to the Recommended Reading List I pass out to all of my students in Client Centered Astrology, and I've made it a part of my own library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Balanced and Serious Book 7 April 2003
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It's a genuine pleasure to read a book like this about astrology. Usually, writers on the subject have only one aim - to prove or disprove its validity. This book presents both sides of the argument, and the writer has talked to many of the best astrologers working today. It's required reading on courses at Kepler College in the States, and Bath and Canterbury Universities in the UK - deservedly so.
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