The book is mainly aimed at students and practitioners of astrology who are interested in learning more about the historical partnership of astrology and medicine, and who may wish to include some aspect of this in their own chart-work. Although it is admitted that the astrological approach is not intended to displace orthodox medical advice in any way, the author argues that, as a complimentary system, the astrological scrutiny of disease can often throw an illuminating light on the role of the psyche in matters of health and disease. Most astrologers will need no persuasion of the viewpoint that astrology can help to clarify the psychological underlay of physical illness, even if it is not specifically used to try to name the offending organ or particular symptom.
The author, Wanda Sellar, wisely sees her role as one in which she acts as a guide and intermediary between the depth and complexity of the subject matter, and the student's need to understand the general overview, as well as the particular application of certain techniques. Wanda is, of course, well known in the British astrological scene as the editor of the AA's Astrology & Medicine Newsletter, a position she has held for the past 12 years. She has over 25 years experience working in astrology and the complimentary/holistic fields, with previously published books including The Consultation Chart, and two books on aromatherapy.
The book is rooted in traditional philosophy and technique, although the author (a qualified horary practitioner) is no fundamentalist, and only recommends the techniques that she believes work best. There does not seem to be an agenda to push the work of any one preferred author or school of thought, and Wanda has taken care to reference her comments across a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Her style very much keeps "the students' needs" in mind, and her writing is clear and accessible, with many relevant practical examples.
Although the text features some modern techniques that I don't personally recommend, I cannot think of any other book that introduces this subject more effectively. Those who choose not to practice the techniques will benefit from feeling informed about the history and the demonstration of technique, whilst those who wish to study this complex subject more seriously will have a good overview from which to start building their experience.
I was SO PLEASED with this book. I have learned Astrology but had not ventured into the world of Medical Delineation. It is a complicated subject made very clear by this author. It is not a subject to learn in one sitting, but the study of it has been made clear and very easy to understand and follow. I am impressed.
Well written and I met Wanda at a talk she was giving and her knowledge in this area is useful and interesting. Decumbiture is an interesting area to discover as to what was going on in one's life when sickness occurred. Wanda is good at giving examples to help.