Aspect Patterns in Colour
by Joyce Hopewell
First introduced in Bruno and Louise Huber’s Aspect Pattern Astrology, aspect patterns provide a key to understanding our inner motivation.
In Aspect Patterns in Colour, the individual aspect figures from that book are fully illustrated in colour, together with the meaning of each figure, example charts and interpretations.
This book thus provides a comprehensive reference to the Hubers’ aspect patterns, and includes both alphabetical and pictorial indexes, enabling individual aspect figures to be easily identified.
Colour paperback, 100 pages, first published 2010
Also available as ‘flow format’ ebook, published 2012/3
Review by Kathy Rogers
I have to say this is a beautiful book – there are some books I don’t want to put down and this is one.
In Astrology And The Spiritual Path Bruno and Louise Huber set out the importance of colour in the horoscope. They mention the inherent human tendency to think in terms of opposites, in black and white, whilst around us in the natural world are colours of all shades and hues. Astrological Psychology offers us a tool for personal growth and the Hubers suggest that the colour spectrum can also give a picture of personal development. They say: “a rainbow spanning the sky may be viewed as a bridge, or heavenly gateway, symbolising high spiritual advancement. The law of development – of evolution even – lies within it.”
In a Huber horoscope colour is used in specific ways. The aspects are coloured red, blue and green; green being a compromise because yellow often doesn’t show up well. These colours offer a shorthand to understanding the qualities of the aspects with red corresponding to the Sun, the cardinal cross and energy; blue to Saturn, the fixed cross and material considerations; and green to the Moon, the mutable cross and awareness.
As Huber astrologers, the use of colour in the chart enables us to access our intuitive side, arguably strengthening our ability to perceive the inner motivation of both ourselves and our clients within a spiritual context. Therefore, it has been immensely frustrating over the years to learn about aspect patterns when they are printed in black and white.
By way of contrast, it was a delightful experience to open Aspect Patterns in Colour and to find aspect patterns and charts depicted in full colour. The introduction to this book is rather modest: “I aim to present in this book an easy-to-use reference to the aspect patterns given by the Hubers… together with an interpreted example of each individual aspect figure, using a selection of well-known people and people that I know.”
Aspect Patterns in Colour achieves exactly the description set out, as it were, on the tin. However, this introduction underplays the vast amount of research that has gone into finding charts that contain a remarkably clear example of the pattern under discussion – you will not be struggling to fi nd the aspect pattern buried somewhere in the complexities of the chart. It also belies the depth of astrological knowledge and experience that Joyce Hopewell brings to interpreting the example horoscopes.
The book explores each of the aspect figures given in the Hubers’ work Aspect Pattern Astrology. Every aspect figure is illustrated and the essential motivation and features are explained simply and concisely. Forty different charts are used to describe the impact of an individual aspect figure in someone’s character. With her gift for explaining complex concepts clearly, Joyce’s sure hand guides the reader through the aspect patterns, which must be understood if we are to explore the energies animating consciousness.
I have found it difficult to choose a few favourite examples from a book where such care has been taken to ensure a consistently high standard that offers insight after insight. However, the picture evoked by the description of Barack Obama’s megaphone pinned at one end by Dr. Doolittle’s ‘Push me – Pull you’ creature, was surprisingly powerful. I also enjoyed considering the relationship between Tony Blair, his public persona and his UFO, especially given that UFO’s are mysterious phenomena with doubt over whether they actually exist, a quality somehow refl ected in a premiership characterised by spin.
This book continues the approach started by Joyce Hopewell and Richard Llewellyn when they wrote The Cosmic Egg Timer; that of providing books that offer a profound understanding of astrology and, perhaps even more importantly of the human psyche, and presenting this knowledge in a way that is clear and accessible. As a tutor, my students often ask about the availability of material that presents aspect patterns in a way that is easy to understand. This book meets that need and I would have no hesitation in recommending it both to them and to advanced astrologers who would like a quick reference to the aspect patterns of astrological psychology.
Kathy Rogers, Conjunction 50, 2010