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                     StarGates 

    Essays on Astrology, Symbolism, and the                                   Synchronistic Universe 

StarGates is a wide-ranging collection of essays on the art and science of astrology, exploring both the practical and philosophical aspects of the ancient discipline. Among the subjects discussed are the Great Ages, the astrology of anomalies, the United States’ “Pluto return,” relationships and the 7th house, synchronicity and astrology, fate versus free will, traditional versus modern astrology, the search for Planet X, the highest planet in the horoscope, the theory of correspondences, and many more.

Ray Grasse is an internationally-recognized astrologer, and author of books including The Waking Dream, Signs of the Times, Under a Sacred Sky, An Infinity of Gods, and Urban Mystic. He worked on the editorial staffs of Quest Magazine and Quest Books for ten years, and has been associate editor of The Mountain Astrologer for 20 years.

“A stunning collection of essays from one of astrology’s most original thinkers. A must-have for every astrologer’s collection.”   —Laurence Hillman, Planets in Play and Archetypes at Work

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Table of Contents 

  1. Musings on Music, Magic, and Astrology  

  2. StarGates: Planetary Portals and Windows in Time  

  3. Do the Physical Planets Hold Clues into their Meaning as Astrological Principles?

  4. Decoding the Most Elevated Planet in the Horoscope

  5. The Horoscope as a Spectrum of Possibilities  

  6. Why Your “Bad Moon” May Actually Be Your Best Friend: Taking a Closer Look at Hard Lunar Aspects

  7. Degrees as Years: A Surprisingly Simple “Time Lord” Technique

  8. Does Astrology Deny Free Will?  

  9. Saturn as the Key “Karmic” Challenge of the Horoscope  

  10. The Limits of Astrology: Or, Does the Horoscope Really Show Everything?

  11. On the Role of Intuition in Chart Interpretation  

  12. Relationships and the Seventh House        

  13. Astrology’s Hard Lesson

  14. Future Shock: Contemplating Uranus’s Next Return to Its Discovery Degree

  15. The Seven Traditional Planets: Do They Correspond to Mathematical Principles?

  16. “It’s Nothing Personal!” On the Fine Art of Relaying Hard News to Beleaguered Clients

  17.  Searching for Planet X: How Will Astrologer Unlock the Meaning of a New Planet?  

  18. Astrology of the Weird: Strange Lights Over Phoenix  

  19. Looking Beyond the Horoscope: Incorporating Synchronicity into our Interpretations  

  20. The Cluster Effect: When Planetary Triggers Converge

  21. The Power of “Stationing Aspects”  

  22. A Tale of Two Zodiacs: Interpreting 9/11 from Both the Tropical and Sidereal Perspectives

  23. Turning Point: The United States’ Pluto Return  

  24. A Mystic Looks at Astrology: Conversations with Shelly Trimmer  

  25. The Challenge of Scorpio: Anger, Power and Transformation

  26. Is Modern Astrology Really More “Vague”?

  27. Rethinking Traditional Concepts of Dignities and Debilities  

  28. Scorpio, Pisces, and Aquarius: Old Rulerships or New?  

  29. When Worlds Collide: The Dynamics of the Shifting Great Ages  

  30. The Problem of the Yugas

  31. Astrology and the Covid-19 Pandemic

  32. The Crowd Within: Multiple Personality Disorder and Traditional Esoteric Psychologies

  33. One Small Step for Man: Astrological Reflections on the First Lunar Landing  

  34. The Challenge of Exo-Astrology: Or, How Would We Construct Horoscopes on Other Planets?

  35. The Invisible Landscape: Seeing Our World through the Eyes of a Different Time

  36. Astrology and the Theory of Correspondences