Shaun Craik-Horan offers his review of the new colour edition of The Cosmic Egg Timer: Introducing Astrological Psychology.
Astrological Psychology, pioneered by Bruno and Louise Huber, is a fascinating School of Astrology with a wide breadth and multi-layered depth of concepts and techniques. The ‘official’ books (by Bruno and/or Louise Huber) offer extensive details and complexity, which can be overwhelming and difficult to comprehend at first. The Cosmic Egg Timer is an invaluable guide to the main philosophies and core techniques, in a vastly more approachable form. I have found it a great help in orienting myself to the various concepts and seeing the bigger picture, before using the ‘official’ books to dive into the complex details when required.
Astrological Psychology uses Colour a great deal to aid understanding and interpretation, so this new colour version of the book massively improves the readability, presenting charts, information and ideas much more as intended by the Huber’s use of colour, in particular regarding Planets, Signs, Aspects and Aspect Patterns. The book leads one through the main ideas logically and clearly, and is extremely well illustrated, and, to me at least, finds a good balance between these main ideas and the devilish detail that would create a barrier to understanding these ideas at an early stage. One change that I personally miss from the non-colour version of the books is that some drawings that embellished ideas have been removed. A related change is that some small diagrams have also been removed which I thought help illustrate small points. These are mostly cosmetic, and do not detract too much, but as a ‘closet’ Artist, I quite liked them, and often prefer diagrams to words, so will keep both versions of the book!
The theory is enhanced by the use of various examples, with charts in full colour, applying the concepts to real life situations and bringing Astrological Psychology ‘alive’ to the reader.
The order of the main topics is ‘Introduction, ‘The Five Levels of Human Existence’, ‘Looking at the Whole Chart’, ‘Aspect Patterns’, ‘The Planets and Psychological Drives’, ‘The Signs’, ‘The Houses and the Environment’, ‘Nature vs Nurture’, ‘Life Clock’ and ‘Psychological and Spiritual Growth’ .The book ends with a useful section of ‘Bringing it all Together’ , with a concise Bibliography pointing to further exploration.
I think this book is a good read for anyone interested in either Astrology and/or Psychology, who is open to new ideas, and an essential read for anyone wanting to really explore Astrological Psychology. To fully explore Astrological Psychology, the ‘official’ books, which exhaustively expose the extensive details, are pretty much essential, but this book provides a great ‘map’ to get you started.
This review also appears on Amazon UK, along with one in similar vein by Steve Jones.