Astrology's Twelve Great Myths: The Twisted Archetypes of a Dominator Culture

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Astrology’s Twelve Great Myths is a look at the essential building blocks of astrology – the signs – through the lens of myth, fairytale and culture. In this book you will find a myth or fairy tale that captures the essence of each sign and a discussion of what it means to the individual as well as the culture in which we live. More
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About Julie Simmons

It all started on a day in the mid 70’s when I realized that I would never be successful in this world doing what I was supposed to do so I might as well do what I want to do. The first thing to come to mind was astrology.

For the next few years I studied and practiced and turned myself into an astrologer.

Although I didn’t realize it at the time it is clear to me from the perspective of being an astrologer for the last 3+ decades that my formal education (a BA in English from William Smith College) was the perfect training for an astrologer. Not that my professors would have agreed!

In 1978 I left New York and moved to Portland, Oregon where I continued my astrological studies and became a registered massage therapist. For the next 7 years I practiced both astrology and massage but eventually my love for astrology won out over my life as a masseuse.

In 1981, I came to visit in Toronto and have lived here ever since.

In the early ‘80’s I was Jade Athena With Today’s Astrological Insights! on Q107 on the noon hour show. In 1987 I wrote a book called Passion Signs (soon to be re-released in ebook format). In 1987 I also became a mother — an experience that has truly been one of my best teachings — astrology in action!

From the early ‘90’s for about 15 years I was the astrologer for Flare Magazine. I currently write a monthly astrology column for Vitality Magazine (a Toronto based alternative publication). I used to call myself Jollean Shaffer but am now using my real name.

I teach classes and workshops as well as public speaking and at times you can find me as the local oracle at fund-raisers. I see astrology as a great navigational tool in a world that seems rich in information but poor in meaning. I can’t say I know the meaning of life but it seems to me that we come to this planet to awaken consciousness rather than to be comfortable. (Although I like comfort!) Astrology is not a religion. It doesn’t tell me what to think. Its rich imagery and ancient tradition keep me mindful of the need to wake up and give me suggestions as to how I might do that.
I am truly blessed to be able to share this with my clients and students.

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Reviews of Astrology's Twelve Great Myths: The Twisted Archetypes of a Dominator Culture by Julie Simmons

Belle reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

A superb rethinking and exploration of the mainstream meanings of astrological signs. The Paper Bag Princess challenged the traditional story of the powerless princess, brave knight and evil dragon, and Wicked, the Broadway play, was thought provoking and entertaining. In a similar way this book refreshes and repositions the 12 major signs of the zodiac. Well researched and imaginative, it will even delight those without a particular interest in astrology. It is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the area. Through an original exploration of myths and symbols and Greek legends, Julie Simmons, an experienced and insightful counselling astrologer, has created a new way to think about what the signs, the archetypes, can tell us. As the author says: “Understanding who we are as individuals in relation to archetypal patterns is something that can help us act in ways that make a world that is liveable for all people, not just for some”.
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