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on 4 June 1999
This is a great book for intermediate to advanced astrology buffs. If you like astrologers like Stephen Forrest, Liz Greene, and Stephen Arroyo then you will like Richard Idemon.
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on 4 June 2009
It is so sad that Richard Idemon died so young, his engaging personality and astrological wisdom are evident in the many gems that lie within these pages and leave you wanting more. The Magic Thread is a delight to have in my collection and testimony to a great talent. Transcribed from a series of lectures, this is a very valuable book.
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on 17 April 2011
I was delighted to see that this book had been re-issued.Richard died in 1986 but through this book and through his relationship book "Through the Looking Glass" his articulate and wise presence remains with us.The book is a carefully edited transcript of a 6 day seminar co-led with Liz Greene.Richard beautifully defines his ground breaking approach to Psychological Astrology by taking the seminar group through his method of finding the magic thread in an individual chart.The case studies are clearly deconstructed .Throughout,Richard's experience as a psychotherapist adds to his breadth of vision.He raises issues to do with being a counselling astrologer which are still highly relevant today.The tone is humourous,intelligent,caring and incisive all at the same time.
Highly recommended for any astrologer.
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This is the first book I've read by Richard Idemon and I found it was very interesting and thought provoking. As with many astrology books it takes the format of transcripts of seminars given by the author - in this case in 1986. Surprisingly enough they do not date. The book's sub title - `Astrological Chart Interpretation Using Depth Psychology - explains what the book is about. The author uses myths and Jungian psychology to study astrological charts.

Case studies are provided of well-known people and the audience participation brings the whole thing to life. The subjects covered are: - inferior and dominant functions; shadow issues; the Ascendant as mask; counselling etc. Whether you are engaged in astrological counselling as a professional or are simply interested in exploring your own astrological chart with a view to understanding yourself in more depth this book will be of interest to you.

I was particularly struck by the two chapters which concern incest and the damage it had done to two sisters and the lady who had serious medical issues. I found her own short autobiography included in the chapter titled `The Case of Linnie Ozer' very moving and the exploration of her chart in the light of the autobiography really brings the chart to life.
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