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I had an astrology phase when I was younger. I spent hours poring over my birth chart, trying to find anything that matched my personality or events in my life. Did I believe the stars held clues to my destiny? Not really—I just thought it was fun. Despite the myriad controversies surrounding astrology, most of us still enjoy reading our horoscopes when we get the chance. Given my personal experience with the topic, I naturally picked up The Astrology of 2020 - The Dawning of a New World by Gahl Eden Sasson right as I saw it.
This is a book meant for those interested in learning about the astrological events that take place this year, as well as how these events might personally affect them. Don't worry if you don't know what words like retrograde or conjunct mean—the author goes into detail on every major event, describing them in layman's terms. I especially appreciated his writing style: informative, yet friendly and accessible.
I was also drawn in by how persuasive the author is. He doesn't try to convince us with just his words; instead, he provides concrete examples from history that occurred when these cosmic events last took place.
For example, Pluto conjunct Saturn is considered a disastrous alignment in the astrological world, and it will take place this year. Sasson tells us that the last time this occurred was 1982 to 1983, during which the US went through a severe recession, conservatism rose, the AIDS epidemic took place, and Ethiopia went through its worst drought in history.
If that's not enough, Pluto was in conjunction with Saturn in 1946 to 1947 as well. The Cold War began, and some countries that are now nuclear powers first gained independence. Before that, it occurred in 1914 to 1915, during the first World War. And that's barely half of it. As a skeptic myself, I loved these historical details.
After seeing quite a few poorly converted PDFs recently, it was refreshing to read the exceptionally edited PDF copy of this book. There are no clumsy mistakes to be found, and attention has clearly been given to the presentation as well. A minor complaint I had is the lack of a table of contents—since this is almost a reference book to the astrology of 2020, readers might want to check a certain event or what events occur during a certain period of time. Adding a table of contents and a visual timeline would greatly add to this book's appeal.
You don't need to be a hardcore believer to enjoy this—I'm not, and I certainly enjoyed it. I would recommend it to everyone with even a slight fascination in subjects like astrology and numerology. There is no profanity in this book, though there are a few references to sexuality. The only people that might be offended by this book are conservatives, as conservatism is not viewed in a positive light here.
I don't think the small organizational issues are worth detracting a whole star over, so I happily give this book 4 out of 4 stars. 2020 has only just begun, and all astrology lovers would do well to read this well-written guidebook to this year.
The Astrology of 2020 - The Dawning of a New World
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