The Living Birth Chart
Astrological Psychology in Practice
by Joyce Hopewell
The Living Birth Chart aims to provide insight into the practical use of the life-changing astrological approach to psychology known as Astrological Psychology or the Huber Method. This modern application of astrology to self understanding and personal growth was developed by Swiss astrologer/psychologists Bruno & Louise Huber, and is outlined in the earlier popular introduction The Cosmic Egg Timer, by Joyce Hopewell & Richard Llewellyn.
Many of the topics covered in The Cosmic Egg Timer are revisited in greater depth, with an emphasis on working practically with the material presented, and working hands-on with your own chart. Joyce shares her own experience and understanding, based on over thirty years as an astrological counsellor, teacher, correspondence tutor and training facilitator with the UK-based Astrological Psychology Association. The practical exercises suggested have been tried and tested in training seminars and workshops, bringing deeper understanding and insight to the people who have worked through them.
Huber-style birth charts make extensive use of colour, so it is appropriate that this second edition of The Living Birth Chart now has full colour illustrations, so better illustrates the full power of this wonderful approach to personal and spiritual development.
The Living Birth Chart will be of interest to the general reader seeking more insight into themselves and their own growth process. It will particularly interest astrologers, psychologists and counsellors who are not familiar with the Huber approach, but wish to gain insight into it. Current students of astrological psychology will find The Living Birth Chart a helpful supplement to their studies.
The Living Birth Chart is available in colour paperback, 194 pages, published 2019 (first published without colour 2008).
Also available as a ‘printed page format’ kindle ebook.
Review by Andy Duncan
There are any number of self-help workbooks on the subject of astrology and many other types of self discovery. These books, written for those who seek to find out more about the mysteries of the universe and their individual place within it, often have very little to say for themselves. The Living Birth Chart is certainly not in this category.
This is a book which stimulates the intuition, it awakens the Jupiter in us, (intuitive wisdom), bringing the Huber Method from the written page into our real everyday lives.
It is the second book to be written in English about the Huber Method of Astrology. The first was The Cosmic Egg Timer by Joyce Hopewell and Richard Llewellyn and this second volume takes the reader into a practical understanding of how to penetrate the essence of the Natal Chart. Although it is a stand alone book this reviewer has the thought that both books go an enormous way towards enhancing our understanding the work of the Hubers and the practicalities of their astrological interpretation which can sometimes be difficult to understand— the other volumes of Huber Astrology having been translated from the Hubers’ native German.
It is packed with helpful and easily understood avenues of enquiry. To use the words “easily understood” is to in no way diminish the content, rather to point out the accessibility with which Joyce Hopewell has delivered her ideas and practical methods, gained over many years as a practising astrologer and workshop facilitator. The manner in which this book expresses itself is in keeping with the language and idioms of the current times. I particularly liked the exercises included in each chapter. The visualisation on pages 127/129 on the Ego planets in the Node chart was a special favourite when I tried it out.
Many of these exercises are suitable for those whose understanding of astrology is of a very basic level. For any Counsellors or Life Coaches etc., who have only a very basic level of astrological understanding, this book could well open up other avenues of exploration with their clients. Astrological consultants who are not conversant with the Huber method will find this book offers many new ways of looking at the birth chart and I would heartily recommend it to them.
To finish I would like to quote a brief passage from the chapter “Integrating the Personality”, in which Joyce states: “Many people say that they think they know themselves pretty well already and maybe they do. But if you are choosing to work toward greater self knowledge using astrological psychology, then it would be a huge omission not to explore the possibilities which your own natal chart can reveal.” I think this sums up the book. No matter how well you know yourself or how much understanding you may have concerning astrology, this is a book which is a worthwhile and useful addition to any bookshelf.
Andy Duncan, Conjunction 45, 2009