No matter how knowledgeable we are about astrology, natal chart analysis can still present a challenge – however, understanding chart shapes could make all the difference. Chart Shapes: The Code to Interpretation pinpoints an effective route into the astrological labyrinth using a concept pioneered by Marc Edmund Jones then followed by Robert Jansky in the last century.
Each chart shape has its own central theme: a Locomotive shape has its starting point with the leading planet which may be in any house or sign, a See-Saw shape begins with the core opposition, a Wedge with the confining trine. Not all charts fit neatly into one of the idealised patterns, and those that take a little coaxing are still a revelation in interpretation. Sometimes it is the planet that stands outside the idealised shape that reveals the core of the personality.
With a multitude of worked case histories, this fascinating and accessible book is suitable for all levels.
Wanda Sellar has written an easy to read but comprehensive book, which is packed full of valuable information and practical insights. Chart Shapes does not have a specific target audience; therefore it will not only appeal to budding students alike, who wish to convey their knowledge through conventional and alternative means, but it will be alluring to those who wish to further enhance their overall knowledge of interpretation at the foundational level of astrology. Chart Shapes is a well written book, with coherent and well-informed information within its pages. Clearly the author demonstrates her first hand expertise on this relatively unfamiliar theme – a theme that demands more interest and perhaps curiosity.
There are many well documented and intriguing case studies outlined throughout the book. I was particularly interested in reading about the inventor and scientist Humphrey Davy, and the fictional writer Agatha Christie, and how their chart shapes became the driving force in their lives – influencing all of their achievements. Wanda’s explanations of all the variations of chart shapes, which are evident throughout all of the case studies, are executed with great precision.
This is s fascinating subject that presses you into wanting to know more. And Chart Shapes definitely stirs your interest further. Personally, I have always known that my chart shape is the bucket; however it wasn’t until I read this book that I actually discovered I have a variation of the bucket, notably the sling, which brings further into perspective some of the aspects that are the driving forces behind my day-to-day personality.
Chart Shapes also contains a beautifully-defined and clear explanation of the key elements that are evident throughout the book; and indeed that are used in all genres of astrology. If this Index has been specifically designed in mind for the amateur, then this concluding segment is worth the price of the book alone.
Overall, this is a timely publication, and one that displays the author’s wealth of knowledge. And, within its pages there is no doubt something that will appeal to everyone who reads it. Chart Shapes is a book that definitely heightens the practice of traditional astrology and all of the disciplines that are connected to, and enhanced by it. Therefore, it is a book that I would highly recommend to all astrologers (both professional and amateur alike), and in particular I feel it would appeal to the medical and natural practitioners who are versed in astrology.
Alan Richards-Wheatcroft, medical and evolutionary astrologer.