Some people are just so easy to converse with!
That’s how I feel about April Elliott Kent.
When she and I met, I didn’t realize that I’d be taking my astrology anywhere. As a solo practitioner of astrology, I didn’t really have any astrology friends. I was mostly closeted about it for a while. I was discovering it all on my own, with the help of books, while maintaining and editing my own constant reflections upon the transits. To me, it was my private scientific investigation.
Eventually, I had this blog, and I was meeting with the occasional client. I was still feeling out what exactly I wanted to do with my clients in the astro realm. I kept looking for the “WE,” the co-creating. How could I really be of service in a way that also worked within the flexible framework of my highest values and within my integrity? These were the types of questions that I began asking myself while healing from a major back injury, when I met April two years ago, in my new city.
I didn’t realize that April was such a popular and well-established astrologer!
She was just such a great friend to me from ‘go,’ and I noticed that we linked up nicely when comparing our charts, but I really only looked ‘after the fact’ for any astrological connection. Then, after a while, I started to read her blog posts on the New and Full moon (just like I had been writing about on my blog!) and I kept getting more and more of this sense about her as a WISE woman, with a delightful conveyance of the astrological archetypes. Truly her writings are highly accessible, and contribute to anyone’s monthly astrological undertakings.
To say that I have developed a deep respect for this woman as a person far surpasses even my own understanding for what she knows about astrology! That being said, I want to move onto a review of her book. Yes, I will basically be doing that from the perspective of being a friend and a fan.
A Beginner’s Book is a beginner’s book; it is something that you can understand if you don’t have a lot of background knowledge. The full title of her book is Astrological Transits: The Beginner’s Guide to Using Planetary Cycles to Plan and Predict Your Day, Week, Year (or Destiny). Side note, I can admire a woman who uses parentheticals. It’s one of my favorite features for writing in TODAY’s complex world. I applaud her use of parentheses in the title of this book.
If you notice the way I photographed the book, it appears as though it is as big as my heart–no, even bigger. It takes up the entire space of my chest. Why did I photograph it that way? Although this book is a “beginner’s book,” I see the value in all things “beginner,” and recognize that this book is for me. ☺
I commend this text for its concise organization, while containing a lot of solid “How To” information. April writes to TODAY’s astrologer: Astrological Transits makes what is classic, accessible. I am also referring to her writings, here, where her style really shines.
For the non-astrologer: Other books like it (Beginner’s Guides: sure there are some exceptions but…) rarely do they include a tiny little box of helpful tips specifically like, “how long this transit lasts,” and the approximate age that you may experience a particular transit. You do not have to be an astrologer to learn from this book!!! Whether you are an astrologer or not, consulting with another astrologer can be very helpful, as it helps to guide your understanding of what you are learning, experiencing, and evaluating.
Here’s an excerpt: I like April’s advice here about the Sun transiting the 10th house of a natal chart; it’s good advice for anyone, at any time!
The trick to enjoying the Sun in the tenth house is to imagine not that you’re in an inferior position that must be escaped at all costs, but rather that you’re in the perfect position to get where you’re going. Part of that journey begins with a plan—for your career or even for your whole life. If you already have a plan, revisit and revise it. If you don’t know where you are going, you won’t recognize it when you arrive. Also, since you probably work plenty hard already, work smarter—and learn to delegate. Even if you can do anything, you don’t have to do everything. Partner with others who like to do things you don’t care for, and vice versa. You’ll go much further with help from others than you can alone.”
Please visit her here @ BigSkyAstrology.com, where she’s been publishing for 15 years! Astrological Transits: The Beginner’s Guide to Using Planetary Cycles to Plan and Predict your Day, Week, Year (OR DESTINY) is her newest book!
In Astrological Transits, astrologer April Elliott Kent teaches you:
- How Today’s astrological weather affects your birth chart and what is going on in your life
- Ways to make the most of good transits and harness and transform the energy of challenging ones
- The roles recurring planetary cycles play in your life and how to anticipate important transits
14 thoughts on “Astrological Transits: The Beginner’s Guide…by April Elliott Kent”
Ka, you did a lovely job here, reviewing this book with love and passion. The photo of you with the book is a major selling point to! I agree that a great astrology book is also one accessible to the masses. I enjoy a beginner’s book that is done well, why not!
Congrats on branching out further on your tree of living.
I’m so glad you liked it!! ❤ YES! Check out her book.
We can always use more reference material!
Thank you **always** for your kind comments,
I want to echo Linda’s sentiments about such a well-written post, and I loved the way you photographed the book up close and personal! I know zero-zilch-nada about astrology, but I do sense the cosmic weather patterns swirling around, so this is on the list…
Thank you, Michael! That’s a relief. The photograph was an experiment, even though I thought it out beforehand. This book will certainly help you learn about astrology from a great perspective. Yes, we are all privy to cosmic patterns and making interpretations of our signs. So glad this book is on the list! ::claps::
Thank you for taking a moment to comment on it. I want to share my appreciation for this work.
I think I would need more than a beginners Book on such a wonderfully in-depth subject 😉
..Wonderful to have such a good friend in April .. 🙂 Many thanks for sharing her wonderful Book.
Sue, I suspect yes, it could be more than a beginner’s book! I feel so fortunate for your friendship as well ❤ Thank you so much for visiting me! Have a wonderful Week.
Many thanks dear Ka.. the feeling is mutual 🙂
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Are you a student of Astrology? Then here a pleasant tribute to a wonderful and insightful astrologer whose work you should know if you don’t!
Thank you for passing this along!
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From Linda’s comment, I understand that the picture is you! Yea! What fun to know what you look like! Nice post. Sounds like a good book.
I also wanted to tell you something that made me chuckle. For some reason, WP decided to auto correct or translate the blogs I follow. All your posts and comments showed up as “party stars.” Haha. Doesn’t sound nearly as good as FiestaEstrellas! Opher’s turned into Hepher. Haha. The next day it was back to normal. Go figure. 🙂
We are currently enjoying the effects of Mercury Retrograde 🙂
His interview with April seems very interesting to me and the topic, still unknown to me, was very edifying. But best of all is to discover your face. Sometimes it was a curiosity (with all due respect) to know who I was talking to and the truth has been a pleasant surprise. Young and very cute to carry so much talent in your backpack of letters. You have a great future ahead as a writer. I have the pleasure of meeting you. And by the way, your smile is captivating. Greetings.
Yes this review of April’s book is a good memory for me. It was written (the review) back in 2015; and as with the picture, it’s a little while back. I am almost a whole new person by this time. Perhaps I look younger in my photos than I actually am. Regardless, I thank you for your lovely compliments and your confidence in my talents and abilities. I look forward to the future as much as I absolutely appreciate this moment, as brief as it lasts…