Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey, Isbn: 9780916360528

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Astrology Books:  Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey

This classical work on spiritual astrology is now back in print as a paper-back, with the addition of updated material on Pluto!

Title:  Astrology A Cosmic Science
Author:  Isabel M. Hickey
Isbn:  9780916360528
Year:  New Edition - 14 April 2011
Format:  Paperback
Category:  Astrology Books

ASTROLOGYA Cosmic Science, by Isabel M. Hickey

This classical work on spiritual astrology is now back in print as a paper-back, with the addition of updated material on Pluto!

The now deceased Hickey’s “straight to the point” presentation provides a most comprehensive grounding for the budding astrologer and a very useful on-going reference for the more experienced practitioner.

The book is sprinkled with ample explanations of charts that highlight the author’s vast and unique knowledge of astrology, presented in the strong spiritual perspective for which she was known. Review by

Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey. Part One: Preface; 1. Signs & symbols; 2. 12 Signs of the zodiac; 3. Planets & their meanings; 4. Keywords of the planets; 5. Table of planetary powers; 6. Quadrupplicities & triplicities; 7. Houses of the birthchart; 8. Meanings of apects; 9. Ascendants & decanates; 10. Signs on the house cusps; 11. Signs on the house cusps (continued); 12. Sun in the houses; 13. Moon in signs & houses; 14. Mercury in signs & houses; 15. Venus in signs & houses; 16. Mars in signs & houses; 17. Jupiter in signs & houses; 18. Saturn in signs & houses; 19. Uranus in signs & houses; 20. Neptune in signs & houses; 21. The moon's nodes; 22. Aspect to the Sun; 23. Aspects to Moon & Mercury; 24. Aspects to Venus & Mars; 25. Aspects to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune; 26. Birth chart calculation; 27. Some information about transits; 28. Progressions; 29. Medical astrology (Comments on Pluto); 30. Art of interpretation; 31. An allegory;

Part Two: Pluto or Minerva: Introduction; 32. Pluto discovered; 33. Pluto's meaning; 34. Pluto in the signs; 35. Pluto & Minerva through the houses; 36. Natal aspects of Pluto; 37. Transits of Pluto; 38. Perversions of Plutonian power; 39. Letters & charts; Epilogue.

Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey. Comprehensive textbook of astrology, karma & reincarnation, including the author's later monograph on Pluto.
Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey a spiritual perspective shows how astrology can be a road map to a more meaningful way of life. Inspirational approach stresses our ability to tap into the power of our higher self to make changes in character to consciously shape our destinies.

Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey. Comprehensive textbook of astrology, karma & reincarnation, including the author's later monograph on Pluto. A spiritual perspective shows how astrology can be a road map to a more meaningful way of life.


Having gotten the Astrology bug a couple of years ago, I have read a number of astrology books and perused many more.
Isabel Hickey's book serves as the astrology "bible" for me. It's stand-out quality is how well it takes one through the fundamentals of astrology while at the same time revealing deep and spiritually profound truths underlying "the cosmic science."
It is really a wonderful book.
I use it so much that my copy is literally taped together at this point to keep it from falling apart. I don't want to use a new copy because I have come to rely on the many notes, annotations and underlining of key passages I've written in the text. I have hundreds of books in my home and can say that for no volume except Astrology A Cosmic Science.
I would recommend anyone - the beginner, the advanced, and the just plain curious - to buy this book.

Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey a deep, thorough astrology text. An interesting tool for budding astrologers as well as anyone interested in human psychology. Some passages are so beautifully worded as to deserve the term 'poetic' and there are also good poems! (Especially "Saturn"). This differs from some astrology guides in that it doesn't gloss over the personal lackings that particular planetary positions may show in individuals.

For instance for 'Venus in Scorpio' it says 'Everything about the love nature needs regeneration and reorientation' and for Saturn in Cancer: 'An ambitious and shrewd person to whom material things are very important.' Perhaps a bit brutal and offensive or do we need these home truths?

The strength of this book is the deep, rich context surrounding each topic. But for many, that would be its weakness.

I use Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey as a reference book - when I'm stumped by a chart, I just page through this book looking for new associations to break the log jam in my mind. But in truth, this is a book to read cover-to-cover, pasting in post-it-notes to mark the bits and pieces of unrelated but illuminating wisdom tossed into various discussions.

For example, in one very illuminating section of this book,  Isabel Hickey discusses each of the signs as it manifests as the Ascendant - then under each sign as the Ascendant, she discusses each of the signs that would be on the other House Cusps if there are no interceptions, or if you use equal-house methods.

Isabel Hickey shows you how the rising sign synthesizes with the signs on each of the cusps - to create some of the characteristics of people with that sign rising, and to color the house involved. This explains WHY a particular ascendant tends to produce people who behave a particular way.
Astrology A Cosmic Science is worth its price for that section alone -- if you're willing to just sit for a couple of hours and read all the rising signs, one section after the other. The faster you read it, the more sense it makes. The section is laid out very systematically, and that system reveals vistas of astrological truths in and of itself.

However, at random throughout the section, a few sentences, "throw away dialog," and off hand allusions are tossed into other topics to point you to bits of knowledge about how astrology works and what it's actually for. These bits are not taken up anywhere else in the book, not assembled, not set into a larger context, and not indexed. They just leap out at you as if outlined in soul-fire.

For example: In the section devoted to Capricorn Rising, which puts Libra on the 10th, Isabel Hickey says, "Venus's sign in Saturn's house is often loving for the sake of expediency. This is not true of the more evolved individual. Students often ask the question, "How can one tell the evolvement of an individual in the chart?" Character is shown by the signs in which the planets are placed. Planets in their sign of exaltation and in the signs they rule are indications of an evolved consciousness. Also the higher-octave planets -- Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, and Jupiter -- in the first, fourth, seventh, or tenth house show that the individual has had much soul experience in other lifetimes".

You see? For that alone, this is worth the cover price, and there are lots and lots of those throughout the whole book.

Maybe these bits of wisdom aren't actually true. But as you go, "Aha!" and pull out a dozen charts of people you know well to check out Isabel Hickey's theory, you learn vast amounts more about astrology than you ever would have without investigating that theory.

I was delighted to find Astrology A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey back in print. I had been paging through this book at random the other day and it gave me a flash of inspiration. I used that insight to write two columns for my sf/f review column called ReReadable Books. Isabel Hickey had connected several sf novels for me, using the 7th House, the 6 of Swords and how they generate the art of storycraft.

I'm a professional sf author, and teach writing online, and I needed to write a handout for the Writing Workshop at the World Science Fiction Convention. Before I leafed through Isabel Hickey's book, I had no clue in my mind what I could offer at that Workshop. Then I produced a 14 page essay which will probably be the October and November installments of my column.

So, the strength of this book lies in the context surrounding the facts, a context which assembles random bits of the universe in which you live into a pattern that makes sense. But that context material is so randomly placed - so "stream of consciousness" in the style of Isabel Hickey's writing that it's impossible to use this book just to find out, say, the signature of the advanced soul.

You'd never find it if you searched the index or the table of contents. You have to read the entire book. (stock up on post-its).

And if you like this style of astrology (with a karmic and spiritual bent) - you really need Isabel Hickey's book on PLUTO as MINERVA, and all about WISDOM. There's a lot in that book I don't agree with - but it surely makes you think.

Live Long and Prosper,
Jacqueline Lichtenberg