Taking formal training from Olivia Barclay , he decided to specialise in western traditional astrology, which he perceives as having a rigorously logical approach,   a capacity to deliver precise and concrete delineation,  verifiable judgements   and a foundation in a cosmology inseparable from a religious or spiritual faith. In , he launched his publishing company, Apprentice Books. His first book, The Real Astrology, was commissioned to provide a satirical critique of modern astrology and won the Spica Award International Book of the Year in He asserts that his practice is modern, but with deeper roots than those of modern astrology. All titles have been translated into several languages. In the late s, Frawley regularly appeared on British television, including hosting his own daily program Frawley and the Fish on L!
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Start your review of The Real Astrology Write a review Apr 29, Jeri Massi rated it it was amazing Some readers get angry with Frawley because he is not handing them a step by step recipe book on how to do a chart.
Well, there are a dozen of those books out there that give you step by step instructions. Go read one of them. He defends "Real" that is, traditional, or Renaissance, or Christian astrology. He defends it first from skeptics and then from modern astrology. If you like CS Lewis and have read most of his works, you will find some ideas that Lewis briefly touched upon further elaborated by Frawley.
But, in terms of astrology, Real astrology tells you the hard facts, No, you will not be hit by a bus today, or yes, you will be hit by a bus today.
You can pin down Real astrology: was the astrologer correct or not correct? They will tell you the high side and low side of every planet. And they have scads of aspects to discuss, in which every planet has equal weight with every other planet in the chart.
So anything is possible. Real astrology dispenses with all that. It looks at four possible aspects, and it derives an answer. It gives you a definite prediction. But Frawley barely touches on "How to" in this book. He glosses those concepts quickly. First, he assumes the reader already knows the basics of astrology. And he does a very good job.
His book is also entertaining to read, very witty. In a lot of ways, it can be used to defend a Creationist view of the world. Frawley shows WHY planets are stronger in some houses than in others. He shows WHY they are stronger in some signs than others. He also divides up some of the niceties of distinction between a planet being dignified vs a planet being "in its joy. Read it if you want another opinion on Creationism. A real eye-opener for astrology students. Aug 28, Phenex rated it it was amazing Where do I begin?
This book is both profound but also side splittingly funny. There is real Wit here, of the old-fashioned variety combining learning and irreverence. Throw away almost everything you have on astrology and get this book. But that does not stop me from admiring this tour de force taking in everything from Horary to Mundane Astrology, Where do I begin? But that does not stop me from admiring this tour de force taking in everything from Horary to Mundane Astrology, and plenty else besides. Plus, this stuff really works.
John Frawley (astrologer)
The Real Astrology