The Great Ages and Other Astrological Cycles
by Paul Wright
, ISBN 978-0-9556514-0-3, 92 pages (A4); 2007. £10.95 + P&P.
Reviewed by Helene Schnitzer
Paul Wright may be known to some as
the author of such books as "The Literary
Zodiac" or "Astrology in Action".
With his latest work, "The Great Ages",
he addresses the subject of vernal
precession and the Great Year, as
well as the cycles of Uranus and Neptune.
In true journalistic fashion, he has
collected a multitude of information
to support his theories, drawing on
history, philosophy, various religions,
science and even the entertainment
world to present the reader with evidence
to support his findings. The first
part of this book is basically an attempt
to solve the age-old dilemma
of not being able to pin-point the beginning
of the Great Year or any of its
months. Starting with the Age of Gemini
and working his way through,
Wright's conclusion is that the Age of Aquarius is well under way, having
started somewhere in the 18th century.
The second part concerns itself
with an exploration of Neptune, Uranus
and their cycles, as perceived
from the zodiacal degree of their respective
discoveries. Again, the author
draws on illustrating material from
all areas of life. A special bonus is that
he gives a list of birth details of all celebrities
mentioned in the text at the
end of the book.
The A4 format and black & white
illustrations give the impression of a
magazine rather than that of a book
on a grave subject matter. As in a
magazine, the flowing text is occasionally
interspersed with boxes containing
smaller articles, while it is richly
adorned with photographic illustrations.
Wright's writing style is matter of
fact, yet fairly light, which, indeed,
makes reading this book a very entertaining
In my opinion, this is a book for
people in any stage of astrological
development. The beginner receives
an easily digestible introduction to the
subject matter and lots of material to
work and experiment with. For the
weathered acolyte, there may not be
such a great deal of news in here, but
there certainly is a whole plate full of
food for thought. And with a price not
much dearer than any astrological or
other magazine, there really is no reason why "The Great Ages"
should be missing on your book shelf.
If you ask me, the cover illustration
"The Warrior Age" by Beverly Wright
alone would be worth the money!