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Calling Erin Sullivan “my favorite astrologer” or even “my favorite astrological author” does her a disservice. She’s a truly amazing, insightful astrologer – of that there is no doubt. But it is her vast knowledge of psychology, mythology, archetypes and all things associated with the more numinous realms that make her truly one of a kind.
Two years ago I found myself in a new (and, as it turned out, fleeting) romance and I was seeking some direction – trying to get a bit grounded. Hoping to “get it right this time”. I sought Erin’s services as an astrologer. I ended up being so blown away (in a good way) by our initial session that I hired her for two more. Three sessions with Erin Sullivan was more insightful and helpful that years of psychotherapy. I was in awe of her depth of knowledge, her keen insights – and her kindness.
I had read two of her other books – Saturn in Transit and The Astrology of Midlife and Aging and found both of them fascinating and helpful. But this book – The Astrology of Family Dynamics – has continued to reverberate within me in some surprising (and private) ways.
Astrology has been my hobby for several decades and I’ve done a few astrology posts in this blog – and have thought at times of doing a blog just on astrology (decided not to – there’s plenty of really great ones out there already). If this were a book of interest only to astrologers I wouldn’t review it here – but I believe anyone could glean insights into their own families and family dynamics in general with this far-ranging book.
The book is divided into 3 parts:
1. The Big Picture: The Organic Family
2. Family Dynamics
Her insights into how family systems work are thought-provoking. I had never thought of the importance of boundaries – not in the psychological sense, but more in the sense of providing borders – in defining families, for instance.
And if, like me, you are interested in astrology and happen to have the natal horoscopes of your family members at the ready, you can really get some great ‘ahas!’. It was very clear to me that we had a very strong sign influence in my family of origin (4 of the 6 of us have either sun, moon or Ascendant in Libra). And it was fascinating to see who connected to who and in what way.
As my Uranus conjunct my Gemini ascendant would say, I’m not one to sit still and focus much. But this book had me pulling out family horoscopes, and creating all sorts of charts.
As I said, it still reverberates and gives me new perspectives on my own family and on families in general. As with any typology (Meyers-Briggs, enneagram, etc.) astrology is useful when it helps us to understand ourselves and others, and not useful when it is used to typecast people.
Besides her wealth of astrological, mythological, historical and philosophical/religious knowledge, Erin has a huge vocabulary. it’s rare for me to learn even one new word when I read a book – having grown up with a mother who was in love with words and from whom I caught the bug. But I ALWAYS learn new words from Erin.
Read the book. Visit her website – www.erinsullivan.com . And if you really want to be flat-out amazed, have an astrology reading with her. You’ll thank me.