Star-Crossed by Clare Martin
In this intriguing exploration of human relationship patterns, Clare Martin compares two hitherto unrelated approaches, to see what, if anything, they can offer each other. Astrology has a rich historical, philosophical, and cultural background. Its categories are archetypal and its language is mythic, symbolic and imaginative.
Personality theory is an extension of the medical model pioneered by Freud. Based on extensive empirical research and clinical practice, its approach is secular, rational and causal, and its language is analytical. Astrology and personality theory share the recognition that all human experience takes place in the context of relationship, between subject and object, self and other, internal and external, at both conscious and unconscious levels.
We find ourselves in a world of duality and polarity, caught between opposites. Stories and story-telling weave these two approaches together and expand our understanding of human nature, with all its paradoxes and complexities. Clare uses a variety of well-known stories with relationship themes at their core - from enduring myths, books and films - to breathe life into the paradoxical themes of each axis in the birth chart, and each character style in personality theory.
The stories we are drawn to - or repelled by - tell us more about ourselves. Recognising the stories in our own birth charts generates increased insight, psychic integration, flexibility, and greater acceptance of ourselves and others. Suitable for anyone interested in the way we develop, and for astrologers of all levels or none at all.