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The Astrology of Sex by Kim Farnell

Book Review

The Astrology of Sex by Kim Farnell

Published by Swan Island, 2004
Reviewed by Deborah Houlding

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Price: $23 US (or equivalent).

As a medium for public access, the World Wide Web is less than 12 years old - not even a prepubescent teenager and yet it has already made a profound impact upon society and the way we gather and transmit information. As computer technology advances and downloads speeds accelerate, we can expect an ever-increasing reliance upon the internet as a means to, not only order books, but receive them as well.

Kim Farnell's latest title The Astrology of Sex is one of the first commercial astrology publications to fully exploit the potential of the internet and is only available as electronic copy, to be viewed or downloaded from the web. Published by Swan Island, payment is arranged through credit card or paypal and at a cost of $23, (about 12.50), customers receive a personal pin number to allow them access to the book. The text is clear, well-structured and surprisingly comprehensive, with 29 main sections featuring everything that is relevant to consider when diagnosing sexual attitudes and behaviour.

Any astrologer will know that love, romance and sexual desire are key drivers that lead to demand for consultation and astrological advice. Most instructional texts offer something on this issue, but few have focussed purely upon it. Vivian Robson may have been the first to realise the need to gather all the useful bits of information together to create an aid to astrological judgement, but his Astrology Guide to Your Sex Life, written in 1923, is necessarily dated and partly inappropriate for modern views and lifestyles. Homosexuality, for example, is referred to as 'a particular abnormality', with the culminating Saturn in Oscar Wilde's nativity implicated as a symbol of his 'perversion' rather than society's rejection following the exposure of his homosexual liasons. By contrast Kim refers to these as 'same sex affairs', explains the traditional indications that point towards a proclivity for homosexuality, reviews the whole issue, yet concludes that, in reality, a tendency towards same sex affairs is as difficult to establish in the horoscope as race or gender.

Of course, not all romantic relationships involve sex, and not all sexual relationships involve romance; but sex, or the prospect of it, is a complicating factor in most relationships borne of desire, and the manifestation of that in the natal chart is the essential theme that Kim has taken up. Her research has involved studying and cataloguing the traditional sources, reviewing a large number of famous case-histories, and engaging the active cooperation and feedback of a popular astrological email list. The result is an all-inclusive presentation of the most successful and appropriate techniques that relate to the sex life, bound by Kim's sensitive and informative commentary. The first part of the book establishes the basic principles - looking at the sexual signification of planets in houses, aspects, signs, etc - and then the book delves into areas that have never been presented in such detail before - such as establishing the size of the male sexual organ, or looking into specific sexual behaviour, conventional or not. Some of the information is unavoidably graphic, but Kim has been keen to ensure that no doubt remains as to the meaning of each interpretation, having ploughed herself through too many texts that fall back upon dubious terms such as 'marital relations'.

We can't ignore the validity of sexual drives in the horoscope. This is a very compelling and legitimate subject area and Kim Farnell's treatment of it is more extensive, illuminating and applicable than any other text I've come across before. If information is an important as the collection on the bookshelf, this text can be unreservedly recommended.

Deborah Houlding
July 2004