Experiential AstrologyFrom the Map to the Territory
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Experiential Astrology revisions the horoscope as a map to access and experience the autonomous forces represented by the planetary symbols and the twelve archetypes of the zodiac. By changing the traditional terms of “planets, houses and signs” to Forces, States and Styles, the author invites you on a journey through the celestial language to discover the very heart of the human condition. Experiential Astrology features interpretive techniques culled from over thirty years of astrological study and practice including: The Nodal Axis, the Four Asteroids, Chiron, Transits, Yods, T-squares, Grand Crosses & Grand Trines, Planetary Forces as Sexual Realities & much, much more...
Not only does Alli deliver a series of snappy sections treating standard techniques with real freshness; he also shares original insights available nowhere else I’m aware of. These bona fide secrets, proffered in a conversational style…add great value to Alli’s solid primer. Recommended for anyone wanting a dynamic and exquisitely illustrated guide that distills a good deal of the most useful knowledge of 20th-century astrology.
Alli offers a view freed from the confining, overly literal tone that haunts some sectors of astrological lore. Describing astrology as a language through which we can experience the planets as living forces, he reframes astrological topics with his unique approach.
The book's subtitle, 'From the Map to the Territory’, recalls the work of Alfred Korzybski and General Semantics. Not surprisingly, Antero Alli had a close relationship with Robert Anton Wilson, who (I think) wrote his doctoral thesis on Korzybski, who had an abiding concern with how a merely symbolic understanding did not facilitate, and often hindered, a person’s freedom of action. You will find in Antero’s book a delightful attention to language—something missing in many astrological books—but fitting, even necessary here, given that we should move through the astrological symbols into empowered, insightful, creative action.
Century after century, Mercury remains Mercury. The miracle Antero Alli has created in these pages is that he manages to shock us into seeing the symbols freshly. He succeeds without becoming so 'creative' that untethered imagination erases their living essence. Even if you are a seasoned astrologer, Experiential Astrology will make you feel young again, as if you were opening your first astrology book for the very first time.
It’s amazing that Antero Alli, an astrologer who has practiced for over 35 years, has created an astrology book as fresh and imaginative and unpredictable as Experiential Astrology. I, too, have practiced astrology for over 35 years, and I was continually surprised and delighted while reading Antero’s subtly revolutionary revisioning of the ancient art. His approach is emotionally intelligent, intuitively savvy, and provocative. I'm grateful for the inspiration he has offered! This book will continue to serve me well in the future.
I love reading Antero's writing because he is a true innovator. Antero reminds me how wide our perspective can be and how vast the cosmos is. And Antero is also an artist of language, a poet. Throughout the book, he casually drops bombs that combine powerful depth of perception with the creative magic of poetry.
Rick Merlin Levine