Astrology Book Review: Planets in Composite
Planets in Composite: Analyzing Human Relationships
Author: Robert Hand
Astrology Level: 2
Our Rating: A
This slightly older book, dedicated to interpreting the composite chart, is a useful reference. Besides introductory chapters that give an overview of the whole process of casting and reading the composite chart (the chart of a relationship), the book offers case studies as well as delineations of each luminary and planet in the houses and in aspect. The Moon’s Nodes, and their special meaning in the composite chart, get a whole chapter to themselves, too.
If you frequent the Astrodienst site, you’ll find that their interpretations of the composite chart are pulled from this excellent work.
The interpretations given in Planets in Composite are insightful; they’re also decidedly realistic and practical. Some of them can even sting, which is probably a good thing.
Another composite chart manual, entitled Composite Charts: The Astrology of Relationships, is available. This book is written by John Townley who is credited with the invention of the wonderful “composite” technique. This book interprets the planets and nodes in aspect, house, and sign. Both books are excellent reads, and they complement each other well–instead of overlapping. Townley’s writing style is a little more conversational then Hand’s. I find both books, however, quite useful.
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