- Author: David Pond
- Publisher: Llewellyn
- Publication Date: December 8, 2017
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0738700465
In the introduction to his book Astrology and Relationships professional astrologer David Pond says of his art that “Astrology is a wonderful model for understanding harmony within complexity and change.”
He further qualifies this in the introduction to his book by stating that “Our solar system is a wonderful model of harmony within change. Our lives can be more l8ke that, too, if we heed the lessons the planets teach.”
This establishes the basis of his book which is an in-depth analysis of each of the ten planets of our Solar System from the perspective of their impact upon human relationships.
Harmony of the Spheres
Pond begins his expose of all of the major planetary bodies, and yes, he does consider Pluto to be one of them, by looking at the role that the Sun plays in the scheme of astrological theory. He describes the Sun as “the core spark that animates the heart”s natural urges to experience life: to reach out, touch, and embrace experiences with a sense of wonder and awe.”
From this point, which acts as a point of dissemination for the essential energy to love and be loved, the author then moves on through each of the planets in turn. In each instance he comments upon its role they play in determining a wide variety of circumstances and opportunities that relationships present to us. From the emotional cycles generated by the Moon through to the romanticism of Venus and from the way that love is communicated to our partners through the influence of Mercury to the challenges, pressures, and insecurities that we face via the influence of Saturn the book is an exposition of a complex mix of energies and influences.
In addition to the in-depth analysis that Pond applies to each planet the author also explores the influence of the planets through each of the twelve Sun signs. In each instance he offers his readers guidance on how the energies of each planet are delicately modified through these different constellations. He also offers guidance on the specific actions we can take in order to get the best out of each planetary force.
As he says in the introduction to this work “the path to the divine is through relating to others.”
Our Review of Astrology and Relationships by David Pond
Good astrology books are hard to come by – for writing about the subject in a general way without losing the core of its wisdom is a challenge worthy only of the brave.
In Astrology for Relationships Pond has taken the proverbial Taurean bull by the horns and produced a publication on the subject that is worthy of any reader’s time – whether they have a deep understanding of astrology or not, for here is a clear-cut and engaging commentary that drills down into the heart of the energy of planets.
There are, however, somewhat notable omissions from this book; including a lack of reference to the planets in houses, or the forces that operate within relationship through the synastry of the planets involves. These, I guess, are advanced astrological techniques that are best left to professional astrologers to figure out but I feel they might have been worth mentioning in this book as opportunities for readers to explore even deeper astrological dynamics contained within a relationship.
Nevertheless these omissions do not detract from the overall value of what is an impressive and well-formulated work. It rises well above the simplistic and cliched astrological axiom that ‘She’s from Venus and he’s from Mars’ that others tend to follow. Astrology and Relationships offers a much more mature approach to the subject and as an ex-professional astrologer myself I thoroughly recommend this book as both a work of reference and as an easy-to-follow workbook.
Review copy kindly supplied by Llewellyn Publications, USA