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Announcing the return of
Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson

Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson was one of the great astrologers of the century. Entirely self-published (so far as we know), her method of publishing was to prepare a perfect typewritten master, reduce it in size, print on both sides & bind the result in a hard cover. She passed away in 1990 at the age of 97. Her friends have kept her memory & her books alive. We're pleased to present them to a new generation.

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SIMPLIFIED HORARY ASTROLOGY - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $42.35
Synopsis: In 1960, Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, then 67 years old, wrote this book on horary. When she was younger she studied widely, but in this outstanding book, there seems little overt traces of William Lilly. Ivy's book is an excellent companion to Lilly.

Contents, comment.

277 pages, self-published, hardcover.

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Our solar system
The basic wheel
Time on earth
The houses
The signs
The planets
To set up the wheel
Calculating the planets
Using the midnight ephemeris
The International Date Line
Secondary progressions
Rectification by secondary progression
The Adjusted Calculation Date (A.C.D.)
The Radix System
The Johndro Locality chart
Solar houses
The Ingress charts
The solar return
The lunar return
The terms of the planets
The diurnal chart
The life cycle chart
The present-age planet
Prominent degrees
The Arabian points: Fortune, Marriage, Death, Sickness, Peril, Legacies

Questions & answers

Comment: How to calculate & erect every kind of chart (natal, progressed, horary, solar & lunar returns, ingresses, locality charts, diurnals & "Life Cycle" charts, Johndro charts, etc.) as well as explaining the solar system, time, houses, signs, planets, aspects & rectification. As Ivy says in the Foreward,

This work is designed for use as a textbook in setting up a chart for the exact location of the planets for any given date, hour & place on earth. It also goes further, to include progressing the chart to show the advanced positions at any desired future date.

Because many students are not conveniently close to a school of astrology, and also because many want this type of specialized reference long after they have completed their mathematical training, this work is so arranged that it can be learned entirely at home & may be referred to throughout the following years when the mathematical need may arise.

At the end of each lesson, the pupil should turn to the examination questions covering that lesson, at the back of the book, and try to give the answers, so that any point not sufficiently clear may be gone over once more. Repetition at this time will establish the principles at the outset & in their proper order, making the way clear for the next step. (page ix)

Self-published, 125 pages, 20 charts, hardcover.

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HERE & THERE IN ASTROLOGY - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $22.95

Notebooks for Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Neptune, Uranus
Nodal points of the planets
How do you like being an Earthling?
The shape you are in
what you want & whether you get it
The planet that touches your life today
The T-square in your chart
Who's that knocking at my door?
The decisions you will make
To warn or not to warn
The Solstice points in your chart
The Marriage point
Recorded documents have astrological value
Birth of wife in husband's chart
The diurnal chart
Johndro: best substitute for the natal chart
Correcting the time of birth
When & how progressions operate
The year of greatest peril
The planet's degree is your age at events
The way of a marriage
What else does it say?
Is it true, what they say about Bridey [Murphy]?
You ought to know better by then
Your planets in the natural wheel
Tears for a little boy
What is the nature of this event?

Comment: In the introduction, Ivy writes:

Part One
The first part of this book is comprised of special sections designed to give the student of astrology a new, different & much simplier approach to his work with natal charts - bearing in mind the fact that he learns faster when he studies his own natal chart as he goes along, by applying to it what he has learned example-by-example herein....

Part Two
The last part of the book is devoted to an entirely original branch of the art arrived-at by this writer through diligent & extended research covering many authentic cases, and well provided with proven rules by which the student learns to tell the nature of an event that has already taken place but without being told anything in advance about what really happened.

This is but one of many methods definitively attesting to the value of astrology in our lives; it is unique in that it silences those who may question that fact though we astrologers know that the science needs no apology; and is further unique in that the rules are in great part equally applicable to natal charts. (pg. 1)

Self-published, 215 pages, 36 charts, hardcover.
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ALL OVER THE EARTH ASTROLOGICALLY - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $22.25

Your mission on Earth
As the Earth turns
Planetary arrangement in the chart
The ruler of the horoscope
The retrograde condition
What the fixed signs hide
Solstice points
Your event date of the year
Confirming clues in the chart
Looking backward to see ahead
What shows tragedy in the chart?
The disappointment angle
Mutual reception
You & the other person
The chart & the heart
Your chart lives on
Equilibrium charts
The natal-sign chart
Evaluating an eclipse & occultation
Your personal transits
Transit of an ingress chart
Areas of influence
Synthesizing the transits
Applying the transits
Terminology (astrological dictionary)

Comment: In the Foreward, Ivy writes,

In this book, we will consider that the reader is well acquainted with the terminology of astrology & knows what the horoscope or chart is & how to set it up. In the text of each chapter however we shall cite this writer's textbooks as reference if required by the student for the mathematics & rules, etc. which underlie the work in hand. When we know the principles involved we are equipped to better understand the scriptures we are reading.

We should remember that a person's birth chart is his pattern & promise of what is to be. From that first moment they both move foreward together, so that we set up a progressed chart for each year & therein see how that promise is being fulfilled by the picture of his progress shown by the planets & cusps in the new places they have reached, because they are his scriptural representatives to be read.

What we aim to do first is to delineate (read) the natal chart & thus weigh the native's qualifications, his good points & his shortcomings as well as his opportunities & whether he will take advantage of them or be blind to them. Beginners should know the keywords for the planets & aspects as well as the general terminology (p. 189) making delineation easier & more certain in every case. (pg. 1)

On pgs. 158-9, she gives these guidelines for eclipses: If the eclipse is visible at the native's birth place AND within one degree of conjunct, square or opposed a planet or angle in the natal chart, it has permanent impact & should be entered into the wheel as a permanent point. If the eclipse is visible at the birth place and it is within one degree of conjunct or opposed a PROGRESSED planet, the eclipse has temporary impact as long as the progressed planet remains within a one degree orb of the eclipse point. Depending on the speed of the progressed planet, it could be a sensitive point for years or decades. If the eclipse is not visible at the place of birth but is conjunct, square or opposed some point in the natal chart, it functions as a strong lunation (ie, full moon) on that point. She says such eclipses are rarely significant. In any event, watch when the sun squares or opposes such points. Ivy calls that Repercussions.

Self-published, 215 pages, hardcover.

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THE WAY OF ASTROLOGY - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $23.25

The way of astrology (Introduction)
The way it was written
The way of a natal chart
Reading your natal chart
The way of a progressed chart
The way of a horary chart
The way of an election chart
The way of an ingress chart
The way of forecasting
Delineation of special charts: Willpower, overweight, moon & physical size, remarkable birthday moon
The Arabian points: Fortune, Marriage, Peril, Death, Sickness
The Hylegiacal places
Solstice points

Comment: In the introduction, Ivy writes:

There are those who, in pursuit of knowledge that may lead to understanding in diverse fields of endeavor, fail to recognize that the most rewarding search of all lies in the study of man himself. In the beginning our greatest concern was not for what was around us, but what was within us -- our reason for being. In those days, man walked & talked with God as the prophets did, the astrologers of the Old Testament who studied the stars in their courses so that Daniel answered Nebuchadnezzar correctly, Joseph answered the Pharoh, & Deborah led the army to victory, to remember only a few. Those forecasters ar long gone, but they showed us the wat and it is THE WAY OF ASTROLOGY (pg. 1)
Each of The Ways shown in the table of contents (above) are extended sections in the book. In the natal section, in addition to unique notes on the planets & ascendant, are notes on retrogrades, besieged planets, intercepted planets, mutual reception, planets changing direction, planetary cycles & years, decanates, intercepted signs, aspects both zodiacal & mundane (by house), parallels of declination, progressed aspects, directions, direct & converse, and Wynn's #14 theory.

In the Way of a Progressed chart, we have progressions, regressions, combining zodiacal & mundane, directing by age arcs, table of major arcs, and oblique ascendant in progressions. The Way of Horary is a brief overview of the basics, as derived from her famous book (see above). In the Way of an Electional Chart are casenotes on a weddding, and cesarians that might have saved the lives of three different children (elected birth). For elected birth, Ivy has a discussion of hylegiacal & anaretic points in the chart. Here is the Part of Peril: The ascendant plus the ruler of the 8th, minus Saturn. Ivy makes the pithy remark that those who have Capricorn on the 8th (myself) have their Part of Peril conjunct the ascendant itself (Ascendant plus Saturn, minus Saturn). In this case, when a malefic planet is square such an ascendant (Taurus/Gemini) the result is to be accident prone.

In The Way of an Ingress Chart, extensive notes on the Libra Ingress of September 23, 1963, and the death of JFK two months later. A tour-de-force of ingress reading. In the Way of Forecasting, how to read transits, and delineations of progressed angles & planets. In the Way of Special Charts, will-power is denoted by squares to the ascendant, especially if both are in fixed signs, and even more if the afflicting planet is ruler of the 10th house. The section on moon & weight notes the relationship between weight and natal sun/moon phase, as modified by other aspects to the moon. Ivy suggests a good time for a diet is the two weeks from full moon to new: Loose weight as the moon wanes. If the progressed moon is also waning, the job is that much easier. The book concludes with a fascinating table of 36 year cyclic / annual rulers. From 1981-2016 we are in a Sun cycle. 2007 is ruled by Jupiter. 2008 will be ruled by Mars.

Self-published, 32 charts, 233 pages, hardcover.

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ASTROLOGICAL ESSAYS - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $22.25

Introduction: Let there be light!
Your astrological autobiography
Dissident scientist #186
Exact time of conception, and chart
The seven archangels & the seven shemayim
Warning in the birth locality chart
The power of the moon's parallel midpoint
The mighty first-magnitude stars
Finding the hidden truth
The twelve moons in your life, and table
Realistic & unrealistic urges
Who shall have a place in your life
Congenital abnormality, and chart
Your birthdate of themonth
Sailing for some parts unknown
Being backward about coming forward
The case for happiness
The house of the question
Does the incumbent have the advantage?
Presidential affairs at ingress
A matter of matrimony
Simplified Uranian astrology
The planet ruling your day of birth

Comment: An assortment of essays. The 186th scientist was one of the Paul Kurtz's anti-astrology Humanists of 1975. In Finding the Hidden Truth, Ivy explores the "Japanese invasion" of February 25, 1942, in part with Charubel's Degree Symbols. In Who Shall Have a Place in Your Life, she explores the 12th house as your last life, the ascendant as the present life, and the second as the next. Presidential Affairs is an in-depth look at Kennedy's assassination, which was evident from an examination of the Libra Ingress of September 1963, as studied the year before. The analysis pinpointed November 1963. It's followed by a look at the Carter presidency, using ingress & lunation charts. Simplified Uranian Astrology includes once-a-year ephemeris for the 8 Transneptunians, as well as nice basic definitions of the points themselves. The book concludes with planetary tables of days & hours, and a perpetual calendar.

Self-published, 181 pages, 21 charts, hardcover.

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FROM OUTER SPACE TO PLANET EARTH - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $19.00

Introduction: The logical approach
The human entity
Father, daughter & epoch charts
The energetic cosmic ray
Concentrating on this reincarnation: The ruler of the 12th by house
Your predominant first quadrant

Now that you are here:
How successful shall you be?
Straightening out your upset life
Restricting the ego
Reversing the wheel
Evaluating your possibilities
Temporary urges
Those of us born on a cusp
Where do we get our energy?
The duality of the original five powers
The will to live
The vowels in your name tell about you
The horary bonus
How to delineate a chart
The singleton approach
What can we depend on in our charts?
Events by cuspal & meridian distance
Custom proposes but destiny disposes
The diabolical gesture

What the new student wants to know:
What is the data for Lilith?
What about marriage?
When can I expect changes?
The basis of all changes
When will there be a change?
When could I expect trouble?
What is meant by the term Epagomenes?
How shall I read an eclipse in my chart?
What do I do withthe solstice points?
What about Saturn in or ruling the 7th?
Regression & converse notation
How do we read the critical degrees?
What causes abnormality at birth?
What at birth forecasts ill health?
The Apheta & Anareta
What is meant by appeasement?
Why are common signs considered unlucky?
Is a sextile always opportune?
Lacking money, how can I get an education?
What is meant by a double mutual reception?
What signifies divorce in a chart?
What signifies widowhood in a chart?
Are solar & lunar returns important?
Does a natal chart foretell one's death?
Finding cusps beyond Dalton's 22 degrees

Comment: The opening section of the book is metaphysical in nature. Once Ivy gets that out of the way, she settles down for her usual astrological feast. So far as Ivy's part in this book is concerned, the format is the same as in her hardcovers: A line length of 51 characters. The printer, for reasons unknown to me, made this an oversize paperback by failing to reduce the pages in size & not putting a hardcover on it.

Self-published, 129 pages, oversize paperback.

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EXPLAIN ME WHY ASTROLOGICALLY - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $13.25


Astronomers & astrologers
What motivates us?
Diagram for our solar system
Your hidden power at sunrise
Getting our bearings the solstice way
The basic house, sign & planet chart
Reading a natal chart (Joy)
The mental attributes of the moon & planets
Understanding the chart: Planets & their places in the signs
Your birth date of the month
The Arabian parts & Azimene degrees
The aspects
The solar cycle of the universe
The lunar cycle of the universe & the transiting birthday moons
The heavenly twins of the universe, Mercury & Venus
The motor cycle of the universe: Mars
The business cycle of the universe: Saturn
The academic cycle of the universe: Jupiter
The inscrutable cycle of the universe: Neptune
The iconoclast of the universe: Uranus
The debatable one of the universe: Pluto
Lilith & Adam from 'way back


Comment: Ivy's last book (1989). Supporting the progressed aspect; Pluto as imaginary; 2 interesting rules that makes for bachelors; Mars, Saturn & Uranus as the Three Musketeers; the mental attributes of the moon & planets; Mars as the Motor Cycle of the universe; formulas to calculate Arabic parts, Azimene (malefic) degrees; a table of age arcs (useful) & more. Some minor page numbering problems. The only book set from a laser-printed manuscript, so much easier to read than her other books.

The Preface, To the Reader:

First you must consider yourself as the little sister I once had who always listened with rapt attention to whatever I taught her & then never failed to answer my question "Now, dear, did you understand everything I said?" with "Yes, but explain me WHY!" that has become the title of this book in memory of my Helene, a beginner in the world of astrology even as you & I.

Ivy M. Goldstein-Jacobson
There is a saddness in those words, written in the next-to-last year of her long life.

On the other hand, this book was produced on a laser printer. Which means Miss Goldstein-Jacobson was fully computer-adept in the last years of her long life.

Self-published, 118 pages, oversize paper.

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IN THE BEGINNING ASTROLOGY - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $27.50


Part 1: Prenatal astrology:
The prenatal solstice point
The chart at epoch 1

The exact time of conception
Charts for the embryo #2 & foetus #3

The moon in the gestation charts
Charts for the 4th, 5th & 6th months
Charts for the 7th, 8th & 9th months
The Alpha & Omega of gestation
Table of Age-Arcs & example
The natal chart (and transition planets)

Significant degrees & malefic fixed stars
Combined regressed & progressed aspects

Pathology arising in the epoch chart
Causes & aspects at transition
The esoteric & karmic 12th house

The eternal ego
Epoch chart for King George VI
Epoch chart for President Truman
Reading the future in the epoch chart

Part 2: Rectification
When the birth time is APPROXIMATE
Rectifying by the MC, pm formula
Preliminary & natal chart #1
Rectifying by the ASC, am formula
Correcting the cusps
Preliminary & natal chart #2
Preliminary & natal chart #3
Preliminary & natal chart #4
When the birth time is UNKNOWN
The Johndro & sunrise charts

Part 3: Delineation
The Keeper of the Threshold
The wheel of fate
The solar & lunar points of reference
Fate & your circumstances
The financial point of reference
Finding event dates by right ascension
The natal chart by right ascension
Recognizing a suicidal tendency
Suicide points & age-arc directions
Your susceptible 10th year of marriage
St Germain table, cycles & years
When your planets change direction
The spider & his web
Timing by Meridian & horizontal distance
How the Egyptian terms affect your chart
Training the new horary teachers
Three example horary charts
The solstice points in horary astrology
The nature of an undisclosed event
Using the NOON or MIDNIGHT ephemeris
The influence of the planetary hours

Part 4: Vocational astrology
The three primary indicators
The trine of the chart
The partnership-7th and income-12th
Sign & house combinations
Element, quality & decanate
The planet's condition
The planet's exaltation degrees
Planetary nature of the aspects
Previous preparation (turned chart)
Vocation by sign-ruler & house
Vocation applied to your own chart
Planetary vocations
SATURN THE KEY to vocation
Delineation of six vocational charts
Delineation of physician, accountant, watchmaker
Delineation of secretary, actress, politician

Part 5: Mundane astrology
Incorporation & national charts
Matters ruled by the houses
Planets in the houses & by transit

Setting the basic LONDON ingress chart
The Aries ingress 1945, London
The Aries ingress transposed to Washington
The Aries ingress transposed to Rome/Berlin

Lilith in the ingress chart
Clues given by the ingress sun
Reading the WORLD chart, 1945
Reading for a nation, state or city

TRANSPOSING from Washington, Libra 1970
The EGMT/DIFF, USA state capitals
The EGMT/DIFF for major cities, other countries
The Libra ingress 1970 for Cairo
The ingress by nation, state & city
Narrowing down to a special locality

ECLIPSES: effects of
Sign-rulership of localities
Localities by sign-rulership
How the eclipse registers by season
How the eclipse registers by signe element
How the eclipse registers by sign quality
How the eclipse registers by direction N.E.S.W. How the eclipse registers in angular houses

The Moon Walk (John Herschel Glen)

KAHOUTEK, the ingress, eclipses & president
The Capricorn ingress, 1973
Richard M. Nixon's natal chart
Delineating President Nixon's chart

Comment: Ivy's prenatal chart is a straightforward exchange of natal moon & ascendant, which is one of four possibilities discussed in E.H. Bailey's Prenatal Epoch. Among many interesting observations is that Mars, in the natural chart, rules both the incarnating 1st house, as well as the 8th, the house of death. Planetary rulers are given for each of the 9 prenatal charts: 1. Saturn. 2. Jupiter. 3. Mars. 4. Sun. 5. Venus. 6. Mercury. 7. Saturn. 8. Moon. 9. Mars. Ivy uses the example chart to show how prenatal afflictions ended a woman's life at age 33. She advances a unique explanation for adjacent houses with the same sign: The first house acts as a drag on the second.

Ivy's Age Arcs are better known to us as Solar Arcs. She does a lot with them, including using them in rectification. There are several detailed examples. Ivy also tells how to use the Johndro chart, not merely as a substitute for the natal, but as a means of rectifying it. Ivy gives an extensive set of rules for delineating the ruler of the ascendant.

It is moreover true that a mutual reception gets us into & out of conditions & situations with ease. (pg. 89)
As fine a definition of mutual reception as I have yet read. In this book, innovative ways to read a natal chart, find transits, determine death, useful notes on horary, the use of planetary hours, how to determine vocation, mundane/national astrology, much more. After her famous book on Horary, this is easily her finest book.

Self-published, 233 pages, 53 charts, hardcover.

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THE DARK MOON LILITH IN ASTROLOGY - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $25.95

The Dark Moon Lilith:
Her cycle & daily motion
Finding her exact position
Biblical & Talmudic lore
Keywords for Lilith
Special rulership & childbirth
Lilith in the houses

Lilith in the natal chart
Lilith in the horary chart
Lilith in the mundane chart
Lilith in the ingress chart
Lilith by progression
Lilith's solstice point
The Parts of Death & Peril

Ephemeris for Lilith

Comment: This book fills a great need for further knowledge about this satellite of the Earth & her effect in all types of charts (natal, mundane, horary, pre-natal, etc.). It also includes information relating to Lilith's origin, nature, keywords, delineation, etc., as well as an ephemeris from 1860 to 2100. Of the two books available on Lilith, this is the best, even though brief. Of the 62 pages in this book, only 25 of them are text. The ephemeris (1860-2200) takes up the rest. Positions are given monthly, the rate of daily travel is 3 degrees, 2 minutes.

Self-published, 62 pages, 7 charts, hardcover.

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Natural wheel & individual wheel

1. The natural wheel, signs & planets
2. Finding the cusps
3. Calculation of planet places
4. The houses & list of house rulerships
5. The signs: Name, date, element & quality
6. The aspects: Keywords for aspects
7. The planets, dignity, detriment, etc.
8. The sun, meaning of his symbol
9. The moon, meaning of her symbol
10. Saturn, meaning of his symbol
11. Mars, meaning of his symbol
12. Mercury, meaning of his symbol
13. Jupiter, meaning of his symbol
14. Venus, meaning of her symbol
15. Neptune, meaning of his symbol
16. Uranus, meaning of his symbol
17. Pluto, meaning of his symbol
18. The nodes of the moon & planets
19. Reading the natal chart
20. The ascendant & its ruler
21. Your pattern in life

Part 2: Methods of progression
22. Secondary method of progression
23. Radix directional method
24. The Adjusted Calculation Date
25. Reading the progressed or directed chart
26. The solar & lunar returns
27. The diurnal chart & specimen chart
28. The Johndro locality charts
29. The solstice points & diagram
30. The ingress chart
31. Solar houses & transits
32. The life cycle chart


Comment: In the opening Instructions, Ivy says the 32 lessons can be completed in four months or less. This book is to be used with her two primary textbooks, Foundation of the Astrological Chart, and, Here & There in Astrology. This is a "how to do it" book, but it also functions as a "do it yourself" index to the two textbooks: Pick a topic & the course will direct you to the exact book & page where she explains it. At the end of every lesson are homework questions.

Self-published, 66 pages, oversize paper.

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THE TURN OF A LIFETIME ASTROLOGICALLY - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $40.00

Part One: Basis & Usage; Celestial Equator & Ecliptic; Declination; Right Ascension; Natal Chart & Speculum; Meridian Distance; Tables of Sines & Tangents; Ascensional Difference; Semi-Arcs, Diurnal & Nocturnal; Circle of Position; Pole of a Planet; Table to convert degrees-&-minutes to Time; Oblique Ascension & Oblique Descension; Fortune, Part of Marriage, Sickness, Death; Nodes of the Moon

Part Two: Directing to Aspects in the Zodiac; Sun Speculum; Moon Speculum; Directing the MC & Ascendant in the Zodiac (with Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars aspects excepting parallels, Sun, Moon, MC & ASC to parallels)

Part Three: Directing Aspects in Mundo; Mundane Chart & Speculum; Aspects in Mundo excepting parallels

Part Four: Directing to Jacobson Parellels in Mundo; Four Types of Parallels

Tables of Logarithms
Rectifying the time of birth

Comment: From the introduction:

There is another and quicker turn of the wheel however and it is completed in six hours after birth - the time it takes all four 6-hour quadrants to turn as one. It is not based on the zodiac (ecliptic or Sun's path) but on the Celestial Equator where distance is measured in degrees that are arcs (part of a circle) called Arcs of Right Ascension. Aspects are formed here first & so take "primary" place & we calculate them by Primary Arcs, a fast process.

The proceedure heretofore as given by Pearce, Simmonite, Sepharial, Wilson and others is so complicated in presentation as well as lacking in examples that this valuable branch of the science is nearly lost. To this writer's knowledge, only one school teaches it, which is a pity because our method of directing is so accurate in pinpointing event dates in life. We will not be satisfied with the 3-month leeway on either side of exactitude the other methods allow - it must be the exact year & month & nearly the day, and the work is both easy and a pleasure to learn. (from page v)

The example chart used in the book is for George VI of England, born 3:04:40 am, December 14, 1895, Sandringham Castle, England. Died, February 5, 1952. Ivy gives Primary Directions for 40 specific dates & events, including five after his death. Originally published in 1964.

This reprint published by permission of the author's estate. 115 pages, oversize, comb-bound.

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MELODY OF LIFE AND LOVE - Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, $30.00



Scenes Revisited:
San Francisco Way
Afternoon in Yosemite
The Salton Sea
Dawn in Palm Springs
The road to Indio
Mission San Fernando
White Dove of the Desert

To One I Loved:
Somewhere in eternity
The oncoming separation
I will remember you
The sea at Malibu
Love's language
So near my love, so near
As moonlight goes
When I was young
Morning and evening star
You know, of course
Bend to my heart
Now is our delight
An open door
Youth is for happiness
The one you never lost

The Planets:
Twins for every one
Where the Sun shines
Sun to the departing new Moon
The Sun's pursuit
The Moon and I
The Sun and Moon in Leo

One look at Venus
A husband's love song
Ivucia to Luigi (with apologies to Verdi)

Mercury and Venus Retrograde
Words (age 11)
Mercury retrograde
Son of Apollo
On meeting a pretty girl
Mercury the questioner

The confidence of Mars
Mars the warrior

Israeli tapestry
Jupiter the comforter
Jupiter the optimist

On meeting an old friend
Hyacinths to spare
Chance meeting
Saturn the jealous
Saturn the despairing

Thoughts of a Child:
A child who talks to God
When God looks down
The widowed woman
When I was 5
When I was 6
When I was 7
When I was 8
The little dead baby
My mother died
Flowers for my mother
The love that never dies
Where the violets come from


Did you know that Ivy was a poet? (She was a better astrologer.) In the Introduction, she has this to say
In time of sorrow it eases the heart to write down in significant words in rhyme or poetic prose, what it meant to us: perhaps it was neither joy nor sorrow but a moment of Infinite appreciation caused by something we saw, or heard-about, whose majesty matched the soul.
And then, perhaps sensing she had said too much, she added,
But not only the serious has its place in life. There is also the joyously humorous side. Whatever strikes us as humanly funny has a special impact when expressed in rhyme . . . .
In the newsletter of March 2, 2010, I quoted three of the shorter ones. Here is one of them:
Mercury and Venus Retrograde
They married for companionship
drawn by the human flame,
But nothing came of it at all,,
and life went on the same.,

The magic words of love they sought,
and the romantic rapture,,
Were fantasies that went unwrought,,
and dreams too shy to capture.

But that was many years ago;,
they saw it through somehow,,
Never to know what made it so ,
unless they know it now?

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