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by Palden Jenkins

A new and completely revised and updated edition of this book
is published in print by Penwith Press in autumn 2014.
For further details, visit the Power Points in Time website
or, to order the book, the Penwith Press website!

Living in Time was written in 1985-86, published in 1987 and lightly revised for online re-publication in 2000. This book has been a minor classic in its field, opening up an area of astrology and the understanding of time which had never been properly done before, not really fully repeated by another author since. It has been particularly valuable to people interested in nature religions, ancient mysteries and neo-paganism - the key concept here being 'power points in time' and their identification and right use.

Click here to go to the new version of this book

What follows below is from the old 1987 book (no longer available online):

Living in Time

This book opens up still-new territory in working with inner time and changing times, using astrological symbology to understand and generate harmony within ourselves and with our world. It is great for beginners, dabblers and adepts in astrology, easy to follow and starting from basics. This is a back-to-the-roots approach, directly applicable to real life, written for any aware person, whether or not specifically interested in astrology.

• Lunar cycles, solstices, equinoxes, the seasons and the ancient fire festivals
• Natural religion, world transformation and the flow of time
• Power-points in time and quantum leaps

to the 1987 edition
by the late Charles Harvey

former Chairman, Astrological Association of Great Britain

A knowledge of Astrology can open us to the Music of the Spheres, awakening us to the ever sounding symphony of creation which Time and the planets unfolds. Yet all too often the astrologer slices up the Music of Time so that we hear but one bar, the one beat of the individual birth chart, disconnected from the larger harmony.

In this refreshing book Palden Jenkins, of Glastonbury Camp fame, brings us his long experience in helping people attune themselves in an immediate and practical way to both the smaller and larger themes of the time.

Firmly relegating personal birth charts to the end of the book, Palden quite rightly insists that much of the real mystery and magic of astrology, and much of its most important message for mankind, lies in its power to open and sensitise us each day, each moment, to the unfolding ‘energies’ and ‘power points’ of the interweaving cycles of creation.

If the true astrologer is he or she who learns to listen to, to appreciate, and to work with, the creative energies of the moment, then Palden’s book will certainly encourage the growth of true astrologers and a real living astrology. The more we can establish an active relationship with those living archetypal Ideas in the light of which the universe itself is produced, the more genuinely creative we can become, learning consciously to choose our path in tune with the time.

As Palden emphasises throughout the book, it is not what happens to us that is important but what we make of what happens to us, what we do with the potential offered to us, The kind of increased astrological awareness advocated in this book can assist us to optimise that potential each and every day.

This work is in a sense a handbook for the appreciation of Time. It shows that, even without using the individual birth chart, there is great personal value to be had from studying the ever changing ‘climate of ideas’, a study normally reserved for mundane astrology.

As astrologers have always understood, Time is not simply a measurement of duration, it is that dimension in which the Eternal takes on material form, with all its ever changing qualities. As Plato put it, "Time is the flowing image of Eternity" and "the planets are the instruments of Time". The heavenly bodies as "the first-born thoughts of God" can in this sense be said to mark out the very flow of the Ideas of the Time.

The more we can attain to a conscious awareness of those archetypal ideas and processes, the more effectively we can work with them. This book will help in its own way to awaken its readers and students to that daily sense of wonder which awaits all who actively accept the challenge of Living in Time.

One word of warning is perhaps in order. The reader new to astrology will need to take in the ideas here presented fairly slowly.

This is an ambitious and at times complex book. It sets out to cultivate an appreciation of all levels of Time from the simple rhythms of the lunar month and the annual cycle of the year, right through to the great interweaving patterns of the outer planets which unfold the great formative processes of history.

Fascinating and powerful though such intricate analysis can be, it is obvious that nothing less than a state of Cosmic Consciousness would suffice for the effective daily use of all this material by any one individual!

For individuals trying to live their lives more effectively and with greater awareness, the sheer volume of information presented here could at first be overwhelming rather than illuminating.

It should not be forgotten that we each have our own unique relationship with the One. With this in mind it will be seen that ultimately the individual birth chart is essential to filter out our ‘own’ tune from what must at a personal level often come through as collective ‘noise’.

That said, there can be no question that, the more each one of us attunes ourselves to the working of the ‘ideas of the time’ in the world around us, the more creative, understanding and tolerant we will become of the issues facing humanity, and the more we will be able to help turn to the Good all that befalls us individually and collectively.

Charles Harvey
2 December 1986

NEXT: Illustrated Guide to the New Millennium

Or try: The Historical Ephemeris

The background graphic on this Living in Time site is a photo of the Merry Maidens stone circle, Lamorna, near Penzance, Cornwall.
Photo by Palden Jenkins

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