Long interested in the ancient (though still utterly modern) art of astrology, W. Nikola-Lisa uses an old natal chart he had cast in the late 1980s to delve into the history, philosophy, and practices of astrology. And he does so in true Gemini—actually, double Gemini—fashion, dragging two foils along for the ride: Castor and Pollux, the Gemini twins. Hovering somewhere between a Galilean dialogue and a Seinfeld episode, Circles, Lines, and Squiggles will both inform and entertain you. But how to end such a ride: where else but with an exploration of the author's life as a writer as seen through the indicators in his natal chart.
Endorsements and Reviews
Cleverly using qualities of his own Sun sign of Gemini as a narrative tool, W. Nikola-Lisa presents complex astrological material in a fun, engaging format. Beyond simply academic or entertaining, the material he presents is fundamental to understanding the very astronomical, geological, philosophical, and historical concepts that undergird astrology. Why is the Zodiac ordered as it is? What makes the points of the Ascendant and Midheaven special? What were the philosophical concepts behind astrology's earliest iterations? Mr. Nikola-Lisa explores these questions for us, giving voice to our own inner curiosities through the characters of Castor and Pollux. I would highly recommend Circles, Lines, and Squiggles to anyone interested in the primary concepts that have animated the art of astrology since the dawn of civilization. Brian Allemana, Principal Astrologer, Soulrise Astrology, soulriseastrology.com
What makes this astrology book important is the premise of “the Teacher and the Student” (perhaps adult and child, or novice). It attempts to share and discuss broad and subtle topics of wide reaching concepts. The author gives us a way to begin a dialogue on the esoteric, literary, philosophical, and related scientific background of astrology, especially the underpinnings of its theories. I could see my granddaughter reading this book in relation to the philosophers she is studying, as well as myself, who has been a lifetime devotee of astrological interpretation. Bonnie Hartenstein, Artist, Teacher, Natural Healer, bonniehartenstein.com
W. Nikola-Lisa has managed the impossible: finding a fun and engaging way to root the fundamentals of astrology into an interesting narrative. Understanding the underpinnings of the astrological system is challenging, but the author's metaphors create clear images of astrology in motion that anyone can understand.In short, Circles, Squiggles and Lines is a great primer for anyone trying to get a visual footing of astrological concepts, an exceptionally hard task given that the author does so without the aid of tables, charts, or diagrams. Sarah Pickett, Saradipity the Chicago Astrologer, www.facebook.com/sarandipitythechicagoastrologer
Title: Circles, Lines, and Squiggles
Subtitle: Astrology for the Curious-Minded
Author: W. Nikola-Lisa
Design Consultant: Deb Tremper,
Six Penny Graphics
Publisher: Gyroscope Books
Wholesaler: Ingram Content Group
Release: October 2021
Age Level: 15 and up
Page Count: 290
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