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I just got the book a week ago and I am so glad I bought it. Braha has revised the original in many subtle (and not so subtle) ways, and has again given us a major contribution to the study. In this day of spinoffs, it is nice to see timeless traditions being supported and the writing seems to come from a sacred place. Any student of astrology needs to have this book! You won't be disappointed.
There are some important and relevant chapters to this work, but overall this is very much a traditional approach to the science of the stars, which is what some are looking for but many new-agers will not relate to. While I cannot speak on the success of the methods this book suggests, the author is very confident in his adjustments made from his previous edition. Ironically, it is inevitable that many of these techniques he teaches in this edition will also be filtered through trial and error and yet he maintains his certainty in many places throughout the work. With statements such as "This is absurd," in regard to techniques that have been employed by other Astrologers I am turned away from this author's choice of language and perception of his abilities in comparison to that of other Astrologers. Another red flag I noted was the importance placed on the days of the week and their planetary associations in the use of chanting Mantras. The days of the week may be historically named after the planets, but as far as I know there is nothing else connecting the two as calendars have changed over time. Making this association seems trivial and not related to astronomy as far as I have learned. Belief is more powerful than anything, and this is a good thing to remember when studying Astrology in general-- especially when books like this one choose to organize the practice in language that limits the mind more than it expands it. Maybe this approach works linguistically for some, but my intuition says it's not for me. The quote from the Bible was the last straw before I was pushed to write this review. Hope this helps anyone who would be put off by the same things I was.
I just downloaded my copy of this book that has been on my physical shelves for 20+ years. No longer will I wish I had it with me to check something. Thank you SO MUCH for making it a Kindle. If you haven't read this book and you have interest in any type of astrology, let me recommend that you start here. I am a semi-professional astrologer approaching retirement from my midlevel government job...planning my hobby life in retirement. I have had a life reading from James Braha back in 1996. I have spoken with him a few times since then. Read his book.