Sunday, February 27, 2011

Book Review: For Seven Lifetimes



For Seven Lifetimes
An East-West Journey to a Spiritually Fulfilling and Sustainable Marriage
by Vatsala and Ehud Sperling
published by Inner Traditions

Review by Nellie Levine


I started reading For Seven Lifetimes the day it arrived in the mail, and I stayed up half the night with it, thoroughly engaged, touched, and uplifted. What was so compelling that night - what makes up the bulk of the book, is a collection of letters exchanged between two beautiful people, over the course of nearly a year. These letters were an expression of a courtship unique in many ways. They were the way in which two people met, grew to know and love each other, and ultimately, the way they came together in marriage.

In 1995 B. R. Vatsala, a woman of Brahmin heritage living in India, was perusing her newspaper, looking through the "matrimonials." Arranged marriages are traditional in India, though the tradition can take a variety of forms. The matrimonials are ads placed in major newspapers, through which men advertise in search of compatible wives. These go quite beyond the "personals" we are familiar with. Also, rather than a woman herself replying to such an ad, it is customary for a male relation to reply, and to take it from there. A woman may not even meet a groom-to-be until minutes before her wedding.

Vatsala was a little different, and known as a free spirit in her family. A leading clinical microbiologist by profession, she was highly respected in the hospital in which she worked, and was in demand on the lecture circuit. She lived alone with her mother, with whom she shared a meaningful relationship and a modest lifestyle. Although she had a genuine respect for tradition and a pure love for her country and heritage, she had a more independent as well as individualistic approach to marriage. Looking through the matrimonials was becoming a discouraging ritual. Until she saw Ehud Sperling's ad.

Ehud's ad certainly stood out from the rest. In the book we see the page from the newspaper, The Hindu, as Vatsala herself saw it. It was headlined "Brides Wanted," and included several dozen ads. Ehud's ad, which was placed by a close Indian friend, stated his professional background as a publisher of spiritual books, some personal traits, and made clear he was a Westerner of Jewish faith living in Vermont. He was intent on finding a bride, someone to create a family with, and unlike the other men he would welcome replies from the women themselves. The ad spoke to Vatsala, and she soon wrote her first letter of introduction to Ehud.

I am truly a romantic at heart, have been married for twenty years to the man I consider my soul mate and best friend, and simply love a good love story! I was immediately swept up in this story that first night I lay awake with the book - in the way Vatsala and Ehud met, and in the way they got to know each other.

The letters were not what many would think of as love letters, in many cases. Rather, they were the sharing in fullness, of who Vatsala and Ehud were as individuals. In their letters they both spoke intimately and deeply about their thoughts and feelings on society, culture, religion, spirituality, sexuality, family, heritage, and values. Some days they wrote letters about more mundane concerns - for Vatsala, that might mean describing running home from work in the rain during monsoon season; for Ehud, it might mean sharing walks he had taken with his dog Noogie. Whether simple or profound, the letters allowed the other a pure view into who they each were. The two gained a strong respect for each other, and over time, a very strong bond.

The book is not just letters. Vatsala openly shares her insights and reflections on specific points in her correspondence with Ehud. She shares questions and doubts (always short-lived) that she had at the time, her feelings after she mailed a letter and awaited a response, her belief in God and adherence to spiritual values, her work as a doctor and scientist. We also see the progression of this very long-distance relationship into a marriage - the preparations of a wedding and of traveling to the US. Through Vatsala's words, we see a very genuine portrayal of life in India, as well as a portrait of a woman in love - who really could have been any woman, anywhere, for the voice she has given her heart.

Some women reading the book may initially disagree with my last statement... In one of Ehud's letters, he expresses his wish for a wife to "obey" her husband, and in Vatsala's replies she essentially accepts this - though with an appealing sense of wit. This does make one pause. But, his words shouldn't be taken out of context, and the context in which I read them is one of only love and respect for his bride-to-be. One of the main points I came away from this book with, one of its beauties, and one of the things that make it so unique, as well as so wise with regards to making a marriage work, is the vision of marriage as sacred that Vatsala and Ehud joyously share. There is a spirituality to this - it is a balanced sense of selflessness that works both ways, and helps create a more perfect union, as well as an enlightened family dynamic. Also, Ehud clarifies that he would of course fully respect and honor his wife's feelings, thoughts, and wishes, always welcoming her input. He says in one letter, "Ultimately, the marriage should reflect the spiritual ideals of that greater marriage between the masculine and the feminine. The man must worship the goddess in his wife and conversely the wife must see her husband as her god. We are just reflections of the beloved, striving in our imperfect way for union and liberation. Marriage should be the foundation that helps us achieve those goals."  I would hope that the brief reference to obey, would not cause a reader to disregard everything else that this couple openly shares with us. Surely, Vatsala and Ehud have created a beautiful marriage, one of apparent honesty, equality, and shared values.

This book is an updated, revised version of A Marriage Made In Heaven that was first published in 2000, by Ten Speed Press. Vatsala and Ehud have now been married for sixteen years, and this new book reflects those years. I believe the Sperlings' new book is testament to their love and to their approach to marriage. For Seven Lifetimes is beautifully illustrated, and almost feels like a scrapbook in its design. It is a joy to read, fascinating in the way it brings together two cultures that seem very different but find many things in common, delightful for the development of a friendship between two highly intelligent and interesting people, and exciting for the ultimate coming together in marriage. There is much wisdom in For Seven Lifetimes - wisdom on living life well and fully, as well as of course, on creating an enduring, spiritually fulfilling partnership. Whether or not a reader agrees with every point shared in the book, I can't imagine anyone who would not come away from it enriched.




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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spiritual Walking

Shady Grove by Karen Casey Smith
We had a break in the winter weather the last few days and like many people I found myself out for a walk.  Where I live in the New York Metro area, walking, like everything else, seems to have be for a specific purpose or reason in order for people to engage themselves.  Usually a walk means someone has to catch the train or bus, squeeze in some exercise time (because it's "good" for you) or in our neighborhood take the kids to the park.   I occasionally meet someone just out for enjoyment, but not too often.  That said, people here "do" walk.  They are out and about all the time.

I was thinking about all this recently and I remembered an article I read last year in Llewellyn's 2010 Magical Almanac, "Walking with Spirit" by Harmony Usher. In the article, Usher maintains that walking is both a physical and symbolic activity that connects our bodies and spirits with moving forward.  When we move the body, we quiet the mind.  Our circulatory system gets going, we change our scenery and our spirit blossoms.  We are able to view life from a different perspective.

What I enjoyed about reading "Walking with Spirit" was Usher's discussion of seven different types of spiritual walking in which she describes the purpose of each and their intent.  Some of these can be combined with others, but it's still an interesting list to read and think about.  Below is Usher's spiritual walking list.  Some of the descriptions were derived from her article, others are from my own observations and research. 

1.  Walkabouts.  The walking spiritual tradition that native Australians have been practicing for centuries.   During a solitary period in the desert the walker enters into a meditative state during which they connect deeply to the land and their individual spirit guide, who eventually leads them home.  The walker communes with nature and connects with the spiritual realm.

2.  The Pilgrimage, in which the seeker travels by foot to reach a specific place.  In these journeys, once again, it is not only the physical expedition that is of importance, but inner spiritual voyage as well.  A good example of a Pilgrimage in the United States is the yearly Easter Pilgrimage to Chimayo in Northern New Mexico.  Thousands of people participate in this event.  Some leaving their homes and walking as far as 90 miles during Holy Week to reach the Sacred Chapel of Chimayo.

3.  While pilgrimages and walkabouts require time and physical energy, Buddhists around the world undertake a practice called Walking Meditation where the walker pays attention to the walking process.
Walking Meditation develops balance and accuracy of awareness as well as durability of concentration.
The focus of a Walking Meditation is not fitness, but the act of breaking down the walking process into individual smaller movements that allows the consciousness to expand.

BC Memorial Labyrinth
4.  Labyrinth walking has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years through healing centers, spas and retreats as means to relieve stress.  Walking the Labyrinth is the practice of journeying to and then returning from the center.  A Labyrinth has a clearly marked path to follow ascending towards salvation or enlightenment for meditation, prayer, relaxation.  Popular in the Middle Ages, Labyrinths were often created in Churches but the symbol has appeared in a variety of ancient cultures from around the world.  In Celtic tradition they have been found etched in the entrances and chambers of ancient Neolithic tombs.  A Labyrinth is continuous and always begins where it ends.  While a maze has many turns and blind alleys, a Labyrinth always traces a single path, in and out of the center.  They are associated with rebirth and the afterlife.

5.  In Mindful Walking one opens up their senses and engages themselves in the present moment.  You become conscious of where you are, what you are doing, how you feel, how your senses feel and what is around you.  What you do not do is have a conversation with your brain about it.  You hear what is around you, you see what is around you...you experience.  Mindful Walking is a bridge between being in a meditative state and being present in the physical moment.  This is probably my favorite type of spiritual walking.

6.  Ritualistic Walkers engage in some kind of predetermined custom or tradition when they walk.  It may be something as simple as walking at the same time everyday, in the same place, for a certain amount of time.  Some ritual walkers infuse meaning into their practice, such as beginning their day with a walk at sunrise to usher in positive beginnings.  There are also more extreme forms of Ritualistic Walking such as Firewalking in the Indian Culture, associated with the mystical powers of fakirs.

7.  And finally there are Gratitude Walks which help us open our hearts to the abundance of the Universe.  We give thanks for who we are and all that we have by acknowledging the simple pleasures and beauty in our life.  This is something we should all make a regular practice of doing.

Whatever kind of walking you engage in... for fitness, renewal of spirit or enjoyment, just take the time to get out of the house and do it.  You will arrive back home with refreshed eyes and a revived spirit that will not only benefit you but those around you as well.

~ diane fergurson

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book Review: The Book of Enoch the Prophet

 
"And in that place I saw the fountain of righteousness, which was inexhaustible, and around it were many fountains of wisdom; and all the thirsty drank of them, and were filled..."
                                    ~The Book of Enoch the Prophet, XLVIII v. 1

When I first began reading The Book of Enoch the Prophet (which here refers to what is considered 1 Enoch) I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I'd read commentaries on its text before, and had heard the opinions of scholars about its various meanings, and I had even studied the lore behind Crowleyian version of Enochian magic and the sacred hermetic interpretations of its volume. But until recently, I had never actually read the text itself. All of the scholarly material I'd studied before did very little to prepare me for the actual work itself.



The text I chose was decided upon due to the fact that an introduction by R.A. Gilbert preceded its body, and I knew Gilbert's writing from other texts I'd read on Rosicrucianism. I decided to go with what seemed familiar to me, and I dove right in. I was prepared for a volume of heavy allegories, and poetic representations, but I wasn't quite prepared for spiritual "meatiness" of the text. The Book of Enoch the Prophet is, in most circles, considered part of the Pseudepigrapha, that is, a part of a volume of works whose originators are represented or purported as great figures of the past, but whose real authors are at best in doubt and disputed. This fact, however, does very little to subtract from the rich magic of the text itself, and though it is verbose and very deep, it really is a fabulous study for anyone involved in occult and/or hermetic and religious studies.


This particular text consists of several divisions. among which are the Book of the Watchers, referenced in Genesis as the fallen ones or the Nephilim, and is essentially a narrative of Enoch's travels in the heavens. The second division of the Book is considered to be the Book of Parables, and seems to be a continuation or perhaps even a disambiguation of the Book of the Watchers, only it includes a more in-depth look at Enoch's eschatology. The third division is the Book of the Course of the Heavenly Luminaries, which deals primarily with the sun and moon and their apparent journey through the heavens, as well as the Lunar Year. The fourth installment of the text is called The Dream Visions, and is the richest part of the text as a whole. It deals with symbolic representations of historical events within the context of a dream sequence, supposedly experienced by Enoch while in a hypnotic state or trance. This text itself ends with an installment known as The Epistle of Enoch, which appears to be, among other things, an outline for the rewards of the just versus the punishment and/or judgment of the unrighteous, as well as an exhortation from Enoch for generations that follow him.


The text is a rigorous read, to be sure. It may follow that any seeking reader might want to read the installments not necessarily in sequential order, but rather as their whim leads. This may very well go against the prescribed method of study by some scholars, but to ingest the entire text sequentially is definitely a laborious undertaking. However, it does prove to be a worthwhile study, and after finished the installments, I came to understand with some surprise how it was that Crowley and his colleagues determined the book to contain within itself a secret magic, or perhaps a hidden esoteric message.

Overall, the Book of Enoch (again here referring to I Enoch) - while certainly a text requiring dedicated and careful study- is also most certainly a book that must be read by any seeker or spiritualist intrigued by hermeticism or even Gnostic Christianity. While not included in the currently-defined mainstream Christian canon, it is included in the canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and is a very worthwhile and recommended read.
                                         ~  Christina Dudley


The Book of Enoch the Prophet
R.H. Charles
introduction by R.A. Gilbert
Weiser Books, 2003

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Monday, February 14, 2011

The History of Valentine's Day


Researching the historical roots of any Holiday practice usually produces interesting findings!  That's what happened to me while reading about Valentine's Day.  The excerpt below was taken from a wonderful book, "Saints Preserve Us" by Sean Kelly and Rosemary Rogers.  Enjoy your Valentine's Day!
        ~ diane


"The martyrdoms of three different Saints named Valentine are celebrated on this day; in various Roman churches eight complete bodies (and one head) of Valentine are venerated.  One of these a priest and/or physician beheaded in 269, is traditionally invoked against blindness and epilepsy.

The association of this date with courtship may arise from the mid-February pagan fertility feast of Lupercalia, and/or from the medieval belief that birds chose their mates on this day.

"Valentines" were originally cards that boys drew by lot, inscribed with names of girls to be courted.  An attempt to improve this custom by substituting the names of Saints to be emulated was once made, without much success, by Saint Francis de Sales."

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Mind Body Spirit Artist Series: Laura Milnor Iverson

As part of our continuing Artist Series we are pleased to feature an interview with San Francisco Bay Area visionary artist, Laura Milnor Iverson.  Laura was "very" first person to join the Mind Body Spirit Marketplace when we set it up on 1000 Markets many moons ago and I knew exactly at that moment that we were headed down right path!  Enjoy the interview, and I 'm sure you'll find Laura's work as uplifting and enchanting as we do!    
                                                         ~ diane fergurson
              

Green Buddha Meditation
MBS: Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started as an artist? How did your career develop.

Laura:  I've always done art. My first recollection is having a free hand deer drawing I did in crayon put up on the board in 1st grade. My goal in high school was to do something with art daily--a sketch or work on a painting. The first free-hand oil painting I did was when I was 12. I did this Madonna and Child (to the right) when I was 16:

My father took up oil painting when I was in my teens. It would be hard to separate his involvement in my development as an artist. Just being in the environment of art, being so important to him, was an influence. Some of his work is online.  He passed away in 2001.

As an adult, I switched to watercolors when I moved to a tiny apartment with bad ventilation. Acrylics, at the time, were not the medium they are now. I did that up until my father passed away.

Due to that traumatic event, I felt an overwhelming need to return to oils and found the water-soluble ones. I started experimenting with acrylics around 2006 or so, and found the switch quite easy. I still work in both mediums although, with the new "open" acrylics, I find I use oils less & less. The long drying time makes them less practical for online sales, in my opinion.

Bent Pine Tree at Moonrise
Around 2005, I broke out of traditional landscapes, seascapes and figures, and into the Zen Series, which remains my most popular.

In 2006, I started working with polymer clay, primarily as a vehicle of offering my paintings in the form of unique, hand-sculpted jewelry

My most recent exploration has been into fantasy, ghosts and graveyards. I've always loved ghost stories and the paranormal.

MBS: I can see there have been several different series that you have worked on over the years. What interests you to a particular subject matter enough to make you want to spend time with it and paint it? Is it a specific idea that you are pursuing, or maybe the challenge of capturing something in particular with paint? What sparks your interest?


Laura:  I guess I got a little ahead of myself and answered some of this in the previous answer :-).

I tend to paint things I love, to capture a place or moment or feeling. I live in a beautiful area of California and I often go walking out in nature. I find constant inspiration. In the tree branches for the zen and Peace Tree series, many of the tree branches are the old gnarled oaks I see on my walks.

Even a fanciful scene like this: http://zenbreeze.com/store/zenwishes.htm owned its origin to a spot in a local park, Los Gatos lakes. I was intrigued by those three pine trees on the hill in the distance.

The new ghost series was also inspired by a local site, an old abandoned cemetery on the coast. That combined with my love of ghost stories, especially Poe's The Raven.

Books are also an inspiration. I read a lot of urban fantasy, children's/juvenile series, ghost stories and such. The Shaman's Gate series: http://zenbreeze.com/store/gatespring.htm was inspired by a scene in a children's book. The character goes to a mysterious house and he notices that, over the wall, it's winter & snowing, although it's summer where he is. 
Lenore in Lavender Moonlight
MBS: I think it's interesting the way you chose to portray the ghosts in your new ghost series. Transparent women with long flowing hair and gowns. Graveyards. A very, romantic traditional representation. Any particular reason?  

Laura:  I suppose I am influenced by some of the old illustrators, such as Rackham and Brock. I also researched Victorian fashion plates and illustrations from the time. I use long flowing hair in the mermaids too but their hair is loose.

MBS: I love the cats in your work. The cats and the moon seem to be a re-occurring theme. Can you tell us a little about that?

Laura:  Thank you. I love cats. I always have. Originally, I just painted the moons and branches. That went on a couple years before I started adding animals. Cats were first. Then crows. Then various flying things (other birds, moths, butterflies, dragonflies). But the cats are the most popular. People seem to relate to that setting and often send me photos of their cats, which further inspire me.

MBS: What format do you normally work in? A specific size...large, small...or does it depend on the project? Also what materials do you use.... Acrylic, on canvas, boards, paper etc...

Laura:  The size depends a bit on the project, although I tend to work on canvases 16" x 20" or smaller. The reasons are practical. I don't have a separate studio so my workspace is limited and I find the smaller sizes easier to pack and ship. My favorite size is 16" x 20" because I feel it's also the best for making prints (I run prints at home and the maximum size I do is 11" x 14").

The only time I work on paper is for ACEOs (miniatures) and those are pretty rare for me. I mostly offer that size in limited edition prints of larger work. I feel the paint moves easier over canvas than paper.

MBS: What is a typical work day for you? Do you keep "hours" and go to work painting like a 9-5 job? Or are you less scheduled about it?

Laura:  I wish I could keep a regular schedule but the demands of family make that a bit impractical. Typically, I get up before everyone else, at 5 or so. That's my best creative time. I check messages and that while I make tea & breakfast. After that, it somewhat depends. On days I have orders in, I pack those (and run prints, if necessary), then get them out to the post office. Customer service is important to me and that accounts for my repeat customers.

In the afternoons, I like to work on my pendants in clay or painting, if I get a little alone time then. Otherwise, I do listings and other administrative tasks. That and social networking and visiting with my online friends. That often goes on through the evening.

Blue Moon Tea
MBS: I know many artists who are very hesitant about selling their work online. I've noticed that you actively sell quite a bit of of your work that way and are on several different selling sites. How has selling online worked out for you as an artist? Any advice you can give to other artists who are thinking about selling their work this way?


Laura:  I went straight to online so I can't really give informed pros and cons. Working with galleries seemed too difficult and cost prohibitive. I don't know how galleries are in other areas but, in mine, you're talking about spending hundreds of dollars just to have your work looked at. Some even charge so much a piece per month to hang there. For shows, you seem to be too much at the whim of factors, such as weather, how much advertising the venues do, etc., and all the artists I talked with said they were pretty much just selling cards and small prints, often not even covering the booth fee.


MBS: You mentioned above that you spend time social networking in the evening. There are so many artists I've run across who really don't understand what social networking is about or how important it is as a tool to promote their work. What has your experience been as an artist using social networking?

Laura:  Social networking is fantastic for artists on a number of levels. This is one small example. I was chatting on a thread and someone asked me if I did 5" x 5" prints. She collected them. I'd never heard of that size before. It was easy enough for me to offer them, once I knew they existed. Although someone could have sent me a message directly, it's more "committal" than chatting on a forum, twitter or facebook. Social networking also provides a way to cross promote with other sellers. I got a fairly large print order as a result of someone else posting about my work on facebook.

MBS: Any advice you have for those who wish to (seriously) pursue an artistic path?

Laura:  Create what you want to create. If you love it, there will most likely be buyers. And, if not, the creation is important. Never try to create "what sells". You'll always be playing catch up and miss out on true creativity.

MBS:  Thank you so much for spending time with us Laura!  We appreciate it and the best of luck to you!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Mind Body Spirit Odyssey Book Review: The Zen of Financial Peril


 By Diane Fergurson


Sometimes people have to hit rock bottom before they allow themselves to open up to a hard self examination of their behavior and beliefs.  That's what happened to Jay G.M. Taffet, and his journey inspired him to write about it in "The Zen of Financial Peril: The Art of Happiness in Crisis".

When this book first came across my desk, I really didn't know what to expect.  Was it about finance?  Zen?  Zen and Finance?  I had no idea.

According to Taffet, "The Zen of Financial Peril" is a motivational guide whose goal is to demystify spirituality and put it into a more practical context. This is done primarily by encouraging the reader to change the perspective they have on their life by learning how to distinguish between decisions made by the mind and by the soul.  For most people who read and write about spiritual issues, this theme may not seem to be a new one.  But for someone who is not familiar with this concept, when the discovery is made it can be quite overwhelming.

Taffet writes his book in bullet style.  Every phrase and thought he presents is a theme in and unto itself. There were times I wished he would have expanded his thoughts and explanations a bit.  Also, this is not really a book about Zen and business or finance.  The title stems from Taffet having made his discovery while he was at the brink of financial peril and his ability to achieve happiness by changing his outlook and choices. 

I have no doubt that many readers will find "The Zen of Financial Peril" a very helpful, motivational tool that they can use to improve their lives.  It is a very readable, pratical book and quite absorbing once you start it.  If you are stuck in the funk of winter and need to gain a new perspective about yourself or your business, this book will definitely activate your thinking and help you gain new insights about what you are doing and why you may be doing them.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 Year of the Rabbit (Hare)

Many scholars consider Chinese astrology to be one of the world's oldest forms of Astrology.  Unlike the other Moon-school traditions; Tibetan, Vedic and Judaic, which are couched in religion, Chinese astrology is purely secular, a direction shared by Sun-school astrologies (Western and Arabian).

Ming Shu (Circle of Animals), is just one form of Chinese astrology, but it seems to be the one that is most commonly recognized by westerners.  This system is what Sun signs are to Western astrology, meaning, you only have to know the year of your birth to create a general personality profile.  Like all of the world's major astrological traditions however, a person's time, date and place of birth are essential to create an accurate, true birth chart.

2011 is the year of the Hare (Rabbit).  Although there are general behavioral patterns associated with the Hare sign, the delineation is further augmented according to which element (earth, metal, fire, water, wood)  happens to be in control the year that you are born.  For example, the personality of a fire hare is very different from that of a water hare.

You are a Hare if you were born the following years:

1939 earth
1951 metal
1963 water
1975 wood
1987 fire
1999 earth
2011 metal

In general, the Hare person does not like change.  They are a creature of comfort and a keen observer of other people's strengths and weaknesses.  Virtue and prudence are essential traits in their nature.

An Earth Hare is steadfast.  They move in a calculated fashion.   Their aim is for personal fulfillment and desire.

A Fire Hare is more outgoing then the rest of the Hare personalities.  They may be temperamental and  outspoken and are often easily swayed in situations.

The Metal Hare is very observant and does not compromise well.  They usually try to fullfull their own ambitions.

The Water Hare is born with an empathic nature.  Their memory and intuition is very sharp.  They tend to be emotionally fragile, however, and worry about the future and the past.

A Wood Hare is compassionate and generous.  They need to watch that other people do not take advantage of their generous nature.

What ever your particular Chinese birth sign may be, we hope you enjoy and celebrate this wonderful New Year!

~ diane


In formation for this post was taken from Miller and Brown's "The Complete Astrological Handbook for the Twenty-first Century"; Understanding and Combining the Wisdom of Chinese, Tibetan, Vedic, Arabian, Judaic, and Western Astrology.

The hare graphic is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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