“This book starts with a meticulous explanation of terminology used in astronomy and astrology. This can be considered as a splendid example of how to explain strictly scientific notions to readers who are not necessarily skilled in the exact sciences.
From an astronomical point of view, the most interesting part of the work is the presentation of the old Egyptian world system, which the author concludes was the same as the system of Tycho Brahe (1546-1601). He considers this astronomical system not just as a transitory historical conception, but as something which possesses permanent value.
The author’s deep historical studies made it possible for him also to solve the problem of the interchange of Mercury and Venus, something indicated many years ago by Rudolf Steiner. This is an important achievement in the history of astronomy.
The main astrological finding of this book is that the zodiac of the stars (sidereal zodiac) – as employed by the Babylonians, Egyptians, and ancient Greeks – is the authentic zodiac. Moreover, the auther promotes a new type of astrological chart (hermetic chart) for the conception, birth, and death of personalities under consideration, in addition to the customary geocentric horoscope and in place of the heliocentric horoscope promoted by Willi Sucher (1902-1985). With the hermetic chart the auther places a new tool in the hands of astrologers and opens up new possibilities for astrology as a science.
On this basis he develops his two “laws” of reincarnation, illustrating them by striking examples. These “laws” express themselves by way of certain planetary configurations coinciding at the moments of birth and death in successive incarnations. He believes that with these “laws” the significance of the tropical zodiac is disproved.
This work of Robert Powell, presenting a new astrological system, is a valuable step in the development of a new wisdom of the stars in line with the ideas of Willi Sucher. Willi Sucher’s books and articles are full of charm – deep in a spiritual sense – representing a star wisdom in an embryonic state. With this book by Robert Powell, the ideas of Willi Sucher are born as an earthly reality and something new is brought into the world.”
~ Professor Konrad Rudni_ki Astronomical Observatory Jagiellonian University Cracow, Poland