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The CPA Press are pleased to announce that we are starting to release selected titles as eBooks available for Kindle. We will add new titles to this page as they become available.

The volumes in the CPA Seminar Series are meant for serious atrological students who wish to develop a greater knowledge of the links between astrology and psychology, in order to understand both the horoscope and the human being at a deeper and more insightful level.

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Relationships and How to Survive Them Liz GreeneRelationships and How to Survive Them
Liz Greene

Relationships are and always have been the greatest of human mysteries and the chief source of both our joy and our suffering. Astrology offers many profound insights which can help us understand why we become involved with particular individuals, and why we sometimes enact compulsive patterns which work against our conscious wishes and expectations. The two seminars in this volume, although different in focus, both explore the enigma of relationships from an astrological perspective.

The first seminar explores relationship through the composite chart, examining the ways in which this “third” entity carries within it a particular pattern of development independent of the two individuals involved. No existing work on composite charts examines the subject in such psychological depth. The second seminar discusses the archetypal dilemma of the eternal triangle: why we become involved in triangular relationships and what factors in the horoscope might sug­gest a predisposition to this kind of relationship dynamic. Triangles have been the subject of great literature and art throughout history, and while no relationship experience causes us such conflict and suffering, no human experience is so com­mon and familiar to us all.

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Water and FireWater and Fire
Darby Costello

This volume is both a poetic and a deeply insightful journey into the essence of these two astrological elements and what they symbolise in the  human psyche. Part One examines the element of water first through its expressions in myth, alchemy, philosophy and psychology, and then through  the water signs and water houses in the horoscope. Each planet in a water house is described in terms of its meaning and expression; the three water  signs on the Ascendant are examined; and planets transiting through the water houses complete a detailed analysis of all the permutations of water in the birth chart. The chart of Marcel Proust is presented as a vivid  example of the imaginative power and longing for unity reflected by this most mysterious and most primal of elements.

Part Two takes the reader into the chaotic, inspirational realm of fire, beginning with the ways in which fire is symbolised in myth and philosophy, and then examining Mars, the Sun  and Jupiter as planetary rulers of the fire signs. Each fire sign is then  explored in detail, with an analysis of planets placed in fire signs and fire houses, the nature of a fire sign on the Ascendant, and the meaning of the outer planets in fire signs in relation to the the generation group to which the individual belongs. The charts of two very different fire  temperaments - William Blake and Heinrich Himmler - are presented, followed by a discussion of the meaning of a singleton in fire, what lack of fire in  a chart suggests, and the experience of fiery people born into generation  groups when the outer planets are placed in earth and water. Audience participation enriches this unique journey throughout both seminars,  allowing individual experiences to deepen the reader's understanding.

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Earth and AirEarth and Air
Darby Costello

This volume is the long-awaited companion to Darby's earlier CPA Press volume, Water and Fire, completing her dynamic and imaginative exploration of the four astrological elements.

Part One: Earth. Beginning with the importance of the earth rituals of archaic cultures, this seminar goes on to examine in depth the nature and meaning of the element of earth, covering in a richly poetic but thorough and comprehensive way not only planetary placements in the three earthy signs, but also the qualities and attributes of the earthy planetary rulers. The complexity and subtlety of earth is further explored through an analysis of the chart of Teilhard de Chardin, the remarkable Christian mystic and scientist who in his own life managed to integrate two apparently disparate yet intimately connected dimensions of earth which form the great paradox of this element - its rationality and respect for facts, and its profound sense of the magic and transpersonal mystery inherent in the heart of material reality.

Part Two: Air. The element of Air is often mistakenly thought to be "merely" rational. In this seminar Darby takes us on an extraordinarily imaginative flight into the upper regions of the mind, exploring first the meaning and nature of air, and then examining planetary placements in the three airy signs and the attributes and mythology of the airy planetary rulers - which, according to traditional astrology, each govern both an earthy and an airy sign. The fluid and effervescent spirit of air is further revealed through an examination of the chart of the great poet W. B. Yeats, whose vision, fertility of ideas, and love of beauty in form and idea portray the essential nature of this most elusive of the astrological elements.

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Apollo’s ChariotApollo’s Chariot
Liz Greene

Many people are familiar with astrology only through Sun-sign columns in newspapers, but they have little understanding of what it really means to be born “under” a particular zodiac sign. The astrological student may know that the Sun is the most important factor in the birth horoscope; but frequently used terms such as “self-expression” give little insight into this most profound and complex of astrological symbols.

The seminars in this volume explore the many dimensions of the astrological Sun, from the Sun as a father symbol to its importance as a significator of personal identity, vocation, and spiritual values. Also examined are progressions of the Sun to natal planets, and major planetary aspects to the natal Sun. With so little written work available on the Sun in the horoscope, this innovative volume offers psychological and astrological perspectives, which will be invaluable for both the student and the professional astrologer.

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Barriers and BoundariesBarriers and Boundaries
Liz Greene

This book explores the fundamental issue of how we defend ourselves against conflict and suffering through characteristic psychological mechanisms reflected in the natal chart. Both the pathological dimensions of defences and their creative contribution to the personality are carefully explored through the zodiac signs and through the multi-levelled planetary symbols Saturn and Chiron, to reveal the many ways in which we both protect and injure ourselves when confronted with what we experience as life’s threatening face. The seminar format brings complex psychological material alive in an accessible way, and ample case material highlights characteristic human behaviour patterns. This volume is a profound revelation of the creative ways in which we can approach what may initially seem like our greatest failings.

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The Horoscope in Manifestation - Psychology and PredictionThe Horoscope in Manifestation - Psychology and Prediction
Liz Greene

Bridging the apparent gap between psychological and predictive astrology is not easy, and many astrologers feel they must polarise and espouse one while rejecting the other.

The seminars in this innovative volume explore the psychological dynamics which accompany concrete events, focusing on the important psychological model of the complex as both a generator of individual behaviour and an archetypal image of individual fate. This book offers profound insights into the ways in which inner and outer reality coincide and reflect each other.

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The Dark of the Soul - Psychopathology in the HoroscopeThe Dark of the Soul - Psychopathology in the Horoscope
Liz Greene

The three seminars in this book use astrological perspectives to explore a spectrum of extreme psychological states, from the condition known as psychopathy to the collective mechanism of scapegoating as much a pathology as any diagnosed mental illness. Astrologers often avoid confronting the issues of madness and human destructiveness, and political correctness has made it even more difficult to face such issues honestly and without sentiment or hypocrisy. But only by exploring the roots of what we call madness can we find any positive and creative approach to the mystery of why some individuals fail to cope constructively with life 's challenges.

This book will sometimes shock and disturb, but it is an invaluable resource for any practicing astrologer concerned with the dilemma of human suffering, and any lay person wishing to understand how astrology can contribute to our comprehension of human behaviour.

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