COMING SOON Astrology and the Lives of People: Finding Compassion, Character and Heroism in the Horoscope

Joseph Crane


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Taken together, the luminaries and five planets express a totality of our human nature and life concerns: our failings and deceptions, the changing conditions of our lives, and our possibilities for living abundantly. They account for both personal uniqueness and our lives as connected to the larger world.

How have the original significance of these planets been reduced in modern astrology and at what cost? By reclaiming and redeveloping the significance of these seven planetary bodies, astrology can become more relevant to the real issues that people have.

This book gives fascinating background on the development of these planets in the pre-modern world, as well as exploring new ways their traditions can be looked at today. Joseph Crane’s scholarship and profound reverence for the importance of virtue and character in our troubled world is evident in his exploration of solar and lunar heroism, wisdom, friendship, and love, and his discussion of how to find these qualities in the natal chart. Wisdom seekers and astrologers of all kinds, looking to deepen their understanding and practice, will find this book a worthy guide.


Also by Joseph:

Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy (2007),

Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (2012)

Weight 500 g
  • ISBN 13: 9781910531846

Background and Offerings

Joseph’s applications of astrology have a broad range: traditional and modern, situational, psychological, and spiritual, including horary and electional astrology as the need arises.  They also reflect his background and interests outside the field of astrology.

From Western Massachusetts, raised Catholic and half-Irish. Before working as an astrologer, Joseph’s academic background was in philosophy, psychology, and literature.  Joseph’s prior vocational background has been in human services, as a teacher and faculty advisor, neurofeedback clinician, and in the kitchen of a meditation center.

Joseph is author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1997), Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy (2007), Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (2012) and Astrology and the Lives of People (currently in completion). He has also written articles on astrological technique, ancient understanding and practice of astrology, and astrology in literature. Over the last decade Joseph has written astrological profiles of extraordinary people and has reviewed many recent books on astrology.

Joseph has taught astrology in many settings, including certificate and consulting skills programs, classes and courses on astrology’s history and interpretative techniques, and more recently with Kepler College. He has also worked with people striving to improve their astrological knowledge and application to establish or further their astrology practice.

Joseph has been a Buddhist practitioner in the Tibetan tradition since 1980. Reflecting his personal background, he has worked extensively as counselor and astrologer for those in addiction recovery.