Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark
Author: Bernadette Brady
Astrology Level: 2/3/4 (Intermediate to Advanced)
Our Rating: A
This outstanding book by Bernadette Brady, author of Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, offers practical tools for astrologers embarking along the road of predictive astrology. Transits, progressions, and lesser-known predictive techniques (such as Saros cycles and Return charts) are explored.
In Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark, an illuminating chapter dedicated to transits offers students of astrology tools to help personalize the meanings of transits in individual lives. The author suggests drawing a grid that helps organize the basic data involved with the transit, and it’s surprisingly useful. This grid incorporates the transiting planet’s natal and transit house positions, the natal planet’s house position, and the houses ruled by both planets involved.
Another chapter is dedicated to secondary progressions. She not only offers interpretations for specific progressions, she points out especially significant progressions, and discusses orbs, waxing/waning aspects, secondary progressed lunar phases, and more.
Brady devotes a chapter to Time Maps, a tool that helps astrologers put the pieces of predictive work together. Saros cycles and eclipses are the subject of another chapter, and “older systems” (planetary returns, luminary and planetary arcs, mundane astrology) are discussed as tools to use when the “eagle fails” (the book opens with a meaningful fable of the eagle and the lark, and the author equates the eagle with technique and the lark with insight/intuition).
This book is outstanding for its clarity. It offers practical tools for organizing predictive astrology work, and offers satisfying interpretations of key details.
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