- Love In the Stars by Brad Kronen
- Format: Paperback
Sun sign astrology is the least complex variant of an ancient tradition that goes back to the dawn of mankind. It is the popularized form of the subject that we read about in our daily newspapers.
Astrology of all kinds has been used ever since man first learned to trace the natural rhythms and cycles of the universe via the motion of planets such as the Sun and the Moon and then used them as a way of understanding the mysteries of life.
No greater mystery forms a part of human experience than that of love and so it is natural to look to the stars to determine our romantic and emotional connections to others.
Of course, no planet controls the power or influence of love as it is expressed by each of us as an emotional connecting or magnetizing force.
However, the planets, and some stars, do influence the sort of people that we are and the manner in which we express ourselves.
Love is perhaps that most personal of all dynamics—it really reveals who we are at heart and the sort of people with whom we have a natural empathic connection.
In his book ‘Love is the Stars’, professional astrologer Brad Kronen reveals the perspective that astrology has on the way that we express our solar qualities via our natal sunsign.
There are, as most people are aware, twelve zodiac signs through which our sun travels during the course of a year. For any given birthdate, there will be a corresponding constellation through which the sun expresses itself.
Thus, whilst the sunsign expresses our personality traits, they are also pretty well universal for everyone who has a birthday in the same period.
So, with twelve different sun signs at our disposal and the potential of connecting to loved ones in one of the same number, there are, in essence, 144 possible combinations.
In his book, Kronan describes the sort of personal dynamics that operate or come into play when we connect romantically with a member of the opposite sex through our sun signs.
Whilst the Moon and the personal moonsign offers a closer reflection of our inner emotions, the sunsign is important as it determines how we inter-relate with others at an outer, exoteric or egoic, level.
This can be explained by the fact that we tend to connect to people on our first dates and during our early-stage, non-romantic liaisons via our sunsign.
Once we hit it off with someone and open up our deeper emotional instincts at the point that we fell we can trust our new partner with our intimate feelings, we are working at our Moon level.
Later, when we fall in love with them and engage in closer physical and emotional intimacy, we are effectively expressing ourselves through Venus – in the case of women, and, in the case of men, Mars.
‘Love in the Stars’ is primarily a light-hearted and playful look at the solar connections that we make to others.
Naturally though, we will have a natural empathy towards those with certain sunsigns over others.
When it comes to finding a potential mate, it sure helps to quicken the process by discovering the other person’s sign for potential compatibility.
After all, some signs combinations are likely to produce a state of blissful amour. Others might be a recipe for personal hell!
‘Love in the Stars’ includes a page or two on every possible combination. With an expose of the possible issues that might arise between members of two signs, the places where cooperation and empathy exists and those areas of possible personality clashes.
Rulership and Elemental Bias
Every sunsign has its own planetary ruler. It is also said to be reflective of one of the four elements; namely fire, water, air and earth.
When it comes to deciding on the possible compatibility of two signs, Kronen also weaves into the mix consideration of the compatibility of both ruling planets and their elemental bias.
Thus, it can be generally said that those couples with different sunsigns but the same element ruling them, might have more in common than those who have not.
Some of the greatest personality conflicts can actually emerge in signs that are on opposite sides of the zodiac from one another.
In such cases, we often find conflicts between core psychological characteristics as yin and yang qualities or even introvert and extrovert tendencies.
These are explored in some depth in the book and very often its author draws upon his large amount of personal astrological experience when offering his perspective on any romantic pairing being successful.
As the author explains,
Understanding each sign’s basic energy patterns or dynamics can make winning a prospective partner’s heart a snap, and can also save you a fortune from going to divorce court.
Our Review of ‘Love In The Stars’ by Brad Kronen
If the reader accepts the grave limitations inherent within this book then it has a lot to offer in the way of practical advice in matters related to love.
As it happens though, its limitations are pretty severe given that it is not the Sun that ultimately determines our destiny in love nor is it the sun’s placement in a birth-chart that any experienced astrologer would look in order to resolve relationship issues.
However, as an early-stage guide to the part that basic sunsign astrology can play in revealing the role that our externalized selfs play in courtship, it has a lot of creditable advice and the way the author observes the subtle negotiating postures that humans tend to take up when trying to impress or flirt with the opposite sex is uncomfortably insightful and eerily accurate.
When the book does fail is in its lack of differentiation between the way that the male and female of our species expressing their sunsigns differently. The book aught to have included a recognition of this.
Perhaps an additional chart of dates of their year, the signs they relate to and even the inclusion of elemental associations would have lifted this book above being merely lightly entertaining.
Love in the Stars offers a simple, uncomplicated evaluation of the success, or otherwise, of a relationship. It is a good place to start a deeper evaluation of the subject.
Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.