I was driving along in a rollicking thunderstorm. I was thinking about people who deny astrology and its validity and usefulness. Despite their adopted position, they still get affected by what's going on astrologically. They deprive themselves of an understanding of why things happen the way they do, blindfolding themselves and falling over obstacles that are easily visible to astrologers.
It was almost exactly fullmoon, and a lunar eclipse at that. The fullmoon in Aries was conjuncting Uranus - a recipe for sparks and shaky moments. I was listening to the radio while this was going on. Jenny Murray, presenter of the BBC programme Woman's Hour, at that very moment said, falteringly, "You must excuse me, because the studio is in utter chaos this morning"!
Well, yes. That's precisely it. Jenny's studio manager needed to have chatted with an astrologer the day before. This chaos was predictable. But in the rational world, it was not.
Power Points in Time is about this very question. Why things happen as they do - and particularly why there are times when life's details crunch and scrape up against one another, and crises happen. And also why breakthrough opportunities and smiley, happy times arise.
Look at the chapter list on the right, to see what's covered in the book.
Who is the book for?
Two or three of the following possibilities might apply to you:
perhaps you look at the world today, wondering what lies behind the events coming at us with ever greater intensity;
perhaps you're interested in ancient sites and earth energies;
perhaps you celebrate the solstices, equinoxes, cross-quarters, newmoons and fullmoons;
or you might be interested in the underlying processes behind history - psycho-history;
perhaps you love nature and its inherent spirit and intelligence;
or perhaps you're a people-watcher, or you're investigating the meaning of life and why things happen the way they do.
If any of the above apply to you, you'll be interested in Power Points in Time.
One of Jan Billings' illustrations from the book
The book tells about the astrology of time and the way it moves and passes. It is written particularly for people who don't necessarily seek to become astrologers, but they are indeed seeking clues from astrology to augment or deepen their general knowledge. It's all about days or periods of intensity when the course of subsequent events is often set, and moments of dilemma, highs and lows, uplift, reorientation and decision.
There is ticktock time - the time of clocks and calendars - and then there is evolutionary time - the time of experience, imprinting, meaningful actions and intensity of aliveness. These two kinds of time have an elastic relationship - years can go by when little seems to really happen, and then a torrent of experiences and events starts up, during which we might move further in a week or a month than in many years.
Power Points in Time starts at the beginning, gradually building up a picture of the astrological factors you need to understand in order to understand how time moves, and how these power points happen. It's partly a good read and partly a book for reference, it's pretty comprehensive, and it isn't heavy-going.
Power Points in Time - and how time passes
Published by and available from
Penwith Press www.penwithpress.co.uk
or from any good bookshop
Illustrations by Jan Billings www.facetsofavalon.com
and charts and diagrams by the author
Part One: The Basics
1. The Astronomy
Earth, the solar system, seasons, moons and the heavenly realms
2. Cycles of the Moon
Sidereal and synodic lunar cycles, hemicycles, phases, eclipses, void moons
Following a complete lunation cycle
4. Ancient Festivals
and the Four Seasons
Solstices and equinoxes,
fire festivals and the seasons
5. The Round of the Zodiac
Seasonal undercurrents, the zodiac, observing the cycle of the year
6. Wandering Stars
Planets and signs, energies, modulations, stations and retrogrades
7. The Cycle of Aspects
A cyclical tour of
interrelationship between planets
8. Planetary Cycles
Cycles, hemicycles, aspects, orbs
and planetary panegyrations
9. Zodiacal Nuances
Genders, modes, elements,
rulerships, the zodiacal tapestry
Part Two: The Nub
10. Power Points in Time
Power points in space, bigger
and smaller power points in time
11. Identifying Power Points
Varieties and magnitudes
of temporal power point
Part Three: Want More?
Multiple planetary configurations
13. Planetary Combinations
14. Planetary Arrays
Overall spreads of planets
15. The Outer Planets
Historical change and
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
16. Making History
The last 200 years, working history
17. Time and Motion Studies
Putting it all together
– a lifeline if you’re drowning
Glossary: astrological terms used