Review: A Student’s Textbook of Astrology by Vivian Robson
A Student’s Textbook of Astrology
Author: Vivan E. Robson, B.Sc.
Astrology Level: 2
Our Bottom Line: Black-and-white astrology basics from a classical astrologer.
This book presents classical astrology basics. Vivian E. Robson, 1890-1942, studied works of ancient astrologers and produced a number of astrology books, including this one, A Student’s Text-Book of Astrology. This work offers traditional natal chart interpretations. Be prepared for black-and-white, sometimes dire, interpretations of natal planets, signs, and aspects. For example, Saturn in Pisces in the chapter, “Love and Marriage”, is interpreted as “unfavorable ties, beginning romantically and ending tragically, ailing partner, unhappy marriage, trouble through servants after marriage.” In the chapter, “Health and Accidents”, is this interpretation: “Malefics rising cause accidents or acute and painful illnesses; if setting long and tedious diseases.” This is not for the faint of heart! However, it is fun, and in many ways instructive, for modern astrologers, if only to learn some of the basics of classical astrology.
Topics include personal appearance, infant mortality and length of life, character and mind, health and accidents, finance, occupation, home and parents, friends and enemies, love and marriage, children, travel, and even death. Directions and how to use them to rectify charts are also explored.
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