Sue Lewis answers Joyce Hopewell’s questionnaire, which aims to elicit what motivates people to write books about astrological psychology. Sue is author of the book Astrological Psychology, Western Esotericism and the Transpersonal.
1) What inspired you to write this book?
While researching for an MA in Western Esotericism, the many parallels I found between the esoteric form of thought and astrological psychology inspired me to write a book setting Huber astrology in a broader context that is not only historical but also looks towards the future.
2) What did you enjoy about writing it?
Identifying meaningful correspondences between philosophical and symbolic systems relating to astrological psychology and enhancing our understanding of both ourselves and the universe we live in made writing the book hugely enjoyable.
3) What – if anything – surprised you in the writing process?
The act of writing enabled me not only to situate astrological psychology within the fields of Western esotericism and transpersonal psychology but also expanded my own vision and awareness of the interconnectedness of all things.
4) What was challenging?
My biggest challenge was to keep the balance between well-referenced scholarly interpretation and telling a personal story.
5) What did you enjoy most?
Most enjoyable was the sense of achievement that comes with synthesizing many insights gathered over the years into a published volume that is well reviewed.
6) What did you learn about yourself in writing this book?
I recognized my tendency to be ultra-cautious and became aware that I still have room to grow creatively and philosophically.
7) What new insights did you gain about astrological psychology?
I never cease to be amazed by astrological psychology’s capacity to stimulate insights into how we might work with past karma and do more for our present wellbeing and future aspirations.
8) What impact would you like this book to have?
Hopefully, it will act as an inspiration to some readers and as a useful source of reference to others.
9) What are you working on now?
I continue to develop my philosophical self.