There’s something to be said about ‘creating your own life’ – about reality stemming from that which you believe. Such is the hidden and relatively untapped power of the mind. Soothsayers and oracles throughout the ages have used various means of predicting the future or offering auspicious advice… yet it’s perhaps the acceptance and belief of the masses that lends real power to the eventual actual outcome.
You may or may not be a Horoscope believer but the popularity of star readings in our culture undoubtedly points to a healthy dose of astrological subscription. Having studied astrology, I’m perpetually stunned at its ability to open and reveal astonishing cycles of truth, yet I also believe that offering twelve basic predictions that are deigned to fit everyone is oft taken with a grain of salt. And so it should be … but not in a cynical way.
Astrologers will be the first to tell you that the cycles and rhythms of the stars are as complicated as the people they govern. Every moment that ticks by effects changes in the planetary elements and alignments that oversee our lives … and each birth chart, even those only minutes apart (and dependent on where on the planet you are born), are as unique as the prints on each new baby’s fingertips.
Not only that – where you are born, how you live your life, how you are raised, which economic climate you live in, the choices you make – all govern and affect your astrological birth chart and how we perceive and enhance the ‘reality’ we are destined to live.
Milton Black has been a well-respected authority on Horoscopes for many star-filled years, and his latest tome for 2012 doesn’t disappoint. Written with his typical clarity, warmth and candour, the book is comprehensive yet clear, and thankfully devoid of rambling or complicated jargon.
A neat, tidy intro opens the door to a month-by-month analysis of each sign, broken down into the year at a glance, romance and friendship, career and work, luck and money, health and nutrition.
Each month is then covered in greater detail, featuring general highlights, best days, most stressful days, love and friendship days, best business days, relationships, and opportunities and luck.
The author has also included a section on numerology, giving an overview for each personal year as well as fascinating notes on global finances and the year 2012 at a glance. He has also included notes on hair care and beauty tips pertaining to the year’s moon cycles.
Although I don’t run my life by astrology, I must admit, Black’s book is obsessively joyful to read through and to pluck the juiciest good-news cherries from – allowing the juice to seep deep into my subconscious mind and – hopefully – with my absolute intention, become my reality.
While the entries are by no means doleful or traumatising, Black doesn’t hesitate to also outline less positive cycles of possibility for 2012 (forewarned is forearmed, I say) but overall, the book’s tone is one of positivity and possibility.
So, the question remains. Can we really rely on Milton Black’s predictions for 2012?