Review: Astrology and Sex by Vivian Robson
Our Bottom Line: A look at relationship potential, synastry, and more through Classic Astrology.
This Astrology Classic by Vivian E. Robson focuses on relationship astrology. Robson, 1980-1942, was a librarian who dedicated much time to researching the works of ancient astrologers, including the likes of William Lilly and Ptolemy.
Astrology and Sex devotes many chapters to uncovering details from individual natal charts, as it explores such things as the "sex outlook of the signs", the seventh house and the influence of planets therein, sexual abnormalities, "irregular and illegal unions", and more.
The author discusses the techniques available to approximate the time when a person is most likely to marry.
He also devotes a chapter to the "details" that can be found in the natal chart. He is a proponent of derivative houses for examining details with regards to the character and position of the marriage partner, for example.
The bulk of the book is devoted to the study of individual natal charts, but quite a few offer details about chart comparison. Interchart aspects between planets include interpretations for all the personal planets with the planets Sun through Neptune (missing are Pluto interaspects, interaspects between the outer planets, as well as interaspects between the same planets, such as Sun-Sun or Moon-Moon). The double-chart method of chart comparison, in which planets of one chart overlay the second chart, is discussed in only a general way. Another chapter discusses the option of progressing each individual's chart and comparing progressed to progressed, and progressed to natal in synastry. The author offers the Hindu method of chart comparison in another chapter, and devotes another to electing a wedding date.
The final chapter collects numerous rules and aphorisms about relationships. Here we have such statements as "When the Moon separates from Mars and applies to Saturn in a nocturnal birth, many inconveniences will be suffered through women." These probably shouldn't be taken too literally. These include house positions of the ruler of the seventh and rulers of houses in the seventh house, and various other details.
This book is not always for the faint of heart! However, it is a delightful read and in many ways instructive for modern astrologers. The work is a classic.
We also reviewed another Astrology Classic by Vivian Robson: see our A Student's Textbook of Astrology review.
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