I am so very excited! I want to tell you about my new book, 'Astrology: Art and Science' that will be available through Amazon and Balboa Press (division of Hay House), and on my own website, and elsewhere, in just a matter of weeks. I am hoping it will find its way into many homes this Holiday season. But first, I'd like to tell you the story of how this book came to be.
In 1979 I began teaching astrology to a small handful of students. At that time, there were no books in print that contained the information I wanted to impart to my students. So I wrote a beginner's manual called 'Basic Astrology' to use as a text for my classes. For many years I produced that book on my home copy machine; the binder was a three ring student binder. Recently one of my early student's children, now grown and himself an astrologer, wrote to tell me that my ring-bound astrology book was his own astrological primer. Nothing has ever made me so proud. I remember his mother well - a woman who went on to become both psychologist and astrologer and who has helped many people through her work. To hear that her son is following in her footsteps over 30 years later is such a joy!
During those early years I looked for a publisher for my manual, and was turned down time and again. Finally I gave up the attempt to publish it on a larger scale, and made it available only to my in-person students. My purpose in writing it was to support my teaching, and I was doing that with about three hundred active students every quarter, from my small basement classroom in Bayshore, New York. What did I need approval from a publisher for? I didn't write if for approval. I wrote it to serve my students. That was its purpose, and it was doing it well.
That book, and the student body it helped to generate, became the core of The Astrological Institute of Integrated Studies that John Maerz and I started in 1983. The school started with astrology, and quickly branched out to encompass nearly every area of metaphysics. It was made famous by John Edward, Psychic Medium when he wrote his first book, 'One Last Time' and mentioned in it he had studied psychic development there in his early years. AIIS has evolved over the years, as we all do, and now continues our work by being the distributor for all of my and John Maerz' recorded classes.
Continuing the saga - in 1995 John Maerz and I moved to Florida and opened Starchild Books which also gained international notoriety through John Edward's support. For the first time I began to make my Basic Astrology book available on a larger scale, both in our New Age store and online, through our first website. Our student body grew, and it was during that time that my good friend John Edward began to travel to Florida from New York to study astrology one on one with me. He will never mention it - but this man has a great gift for astrology, just as he does for his Mediumship. He encouraged me to explore the possibility of using the moment of someone's death as a new birth into the world of spirit - and my After Death chart readings were born. You can find a brief example of one of them on YouTube,and on my website, when I met with John and a client of his to explore this new type of reading. I have done many of these since that time, and it is amazing how much peace it can bring to a family to have some insight into what their lost loved one is now doing! These type of charts can also help with the grieving process. I will be eternally grateful to John for his encouragement to use astrology as a tool to explore the afterlife. Perhaps that will be the subject of a future book!
Meanwhile, I still was contentedly self-publishing (in the true sense of the word) my 'Basic Astrology' manual. The first books I actually published through a actual self-publishing house were my 'Tarot Workbook' and 'The Anastasi System of Psychic Development' series published through LuLu press,com. They were all released in the early 2000's. I never thought to add my 'Basic Astrology' as by now I realized how rough the original copy was, how much work a revision would be, and how much more I would want to add to it. Over 30+ years ones experience does tend to expand ones views!
However, my students were asking me for that revision. In case you haven't realized it yet, I always respond to the needs of my students. Over the years, I have helped them to learn, while they have continued to help me to grow and evolve and to reach towards greater and greater understandings on my own. Thank you all!
So several years ago I began the long and tedious process of revising, re-writing, expanding, and editing, 'Basic Astrology'. It was a job of magnificent proportions. The new book that emerged has nothing more than a passing acquaintance with the original - hence I have renamed it to 'Astrology: Art and Science'. I had wonderful support from family, friends, and colleagues. It especially warmed my heart that my friend Alan Oken, a world renowned astrologer himself, who will be hosting the American Federation of Astrologers Worldwide Conference in the Spring of 2014, gave his encouragement and praise, and encouraged me to do this major re-write of my book.
'Astrology: Art and Science' is a book for beginning astrology students and astrologers, for students of astrology, and for astrological professionals who want a better foundation in the underpinnings of their science. But most of all it is a book for anyone who wants to understand themselves and their families, their co-workers, their friends, their lovers, and their world better. Astrologers will love it; but you don't need to be an astrologer or have aspirations to be one to enjoy it and get a lot out of it.
John Edward exploded my world into JOY when he told me he would write the forward to it. Here's a segment from his forward:
"This book is just one of the tools, or keys, that Sandy has written to help you on your journey. In all areas of my work, whether it is a private reading or lecturing to thousands, teaching a workshop or doing radio or television, Sandy’s teachings bleed through as the vocabulary and process that I was empowered with. For that, I thank her openly."
And John, my friend, through the tears of gratitude you made me cry, I want to thank you back in return for all of the people you have stepped out to heal, to educate, and to enlighten. You and I share a journey, each in our own way, each contributing what we are here to contribute. You have also dedicated your life to this cause. I thank you for being a fellow traveller on a lonely, difficult and incredibly responsible path, and for your continued friendship with me.
Love and Light,
PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT LEVEL 6
WEEKEND INTENSIVE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA
December 7th - 8th, 2013
Healing in Spirit Communication
You will learn how to control and conserve your energy when doing mediumship and how the brain functions during spirit communication. You will also learn how spirit communication is used for healing and soul retrieval. Other subjects discussed are spirit attachment, possession, "jumper" spirits, hauntings & exorcism.
This is a stand-alone class. Prior levels are not necessary, but very helpful.
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Free Psychic Fair!
December 7th, 2013 @ 7pm
For the first time ever, Sandy Anastasi is allowing her graduating Psychic Development students to do readings at a Psychic Fair! These students have gone through 6 months of weekend intensives to get to their certifications and as with everything, practicing is one of the best teachers! Come join the fun and have a FREE mini reading from one of our great students! There will be several different types of readings including Tarot, Psychic readings, Mediumship readings and Pendulum readings. It's going to be a fun time and, did I mention, it's FREE!
Hope to see you there!
WEEKEND WORKSHOP IN TAMPA, FLORIDA
December 14th - 15th, 2013
Using and Mastering the Tarot and the Astrological Layout is a dynamic method to using the tarot cards, astrology and numerology in an innovative approach toward interpretation and integration of meanings. Each house represents a specific set of issues and circumstances particular to each area of life such as relationships, traditions, career and more. This method allows you to separate the issues with clarity in a way that the Celtic cross and other layouts don’t. Timing is established through the separate layers and any person in your client’s life can be found simply by counting to the appropriate house then simply reading the wheel as a new client. Learning this method will provide tremendous dimension and insight to your readings. Prior knowledge of astrology is unnecessary
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