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The Great Ages and Other Astrological Cycles, by Paul Wright

Book Review

The Great Ages and Other Astrological Cycles
by Paul Wright

Parlando Press, 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 experience.

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!


Helene Schnitzer: May, 2009.
(As published in Astrology Quarterly: vol. 78, no.1; the journal of The Astrological Lodge of London.