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Planetary Threads is a revised edition of Lynn Bell’s brilliant book, subtitled Patterns of Relating among Family and Friends. It is a rich, readable and informative collection of ideas, observations and case histories based on Lynn’s work as a counseling astrologer. Early in the book she lays down a solid foundation with the section called “The Family of Planets” that provides concise interpretations of each planet’s role in the family. This is vital material for any astrologer or student of astrology interested the kind of psychological counseling in which Lynn excels.

The book reflects Lynn’s high level communication skills as much of it comes from edited transcriptions of talks she presented at the renowned Centre for Psychological Astrology in London. This format includes questions from the audience that bring the subject matter to life. Yet this less structured format is well integrated with the rest of the material. Lynn is a Gemini and her literary education shows with organization and erudition that make Planetary Threads a lively and engrossing read.

In the first section of the book, Lynn explores the Second, Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Houses as sources of information about family values, inherited characteristics, success and socialization that are useful for any serious astrological work. She goes further with family myths, the genogram (family patterns), genealogy and identity, and inheriting a notion of self. Each topic is illuminated with examples and case histories that put these principles into practice.

Part Two of Planetary Threads, Siblings and Friends, covers twins and brothers and sisters through myth, synastry and the lens of the Third House. Friendship is explored in the Eleventh House with a discussion of several planetary combinations in this part of the natal chart.

This book is filled with astrological gems that will enhance anyone’s counseling work and deepen their self-understanding. The material is always intelligent but easily accessible and applicable for ourselves and with our clients. Lynn Bell is not only a masterful communicator but she has a rare combination of psychological awareness and astrological skill that make Planetary Threads a valuable addition to everyone’s library.

Reviewed by Jeff Jawer.


Jeff Jawer is a founder of He has been a professional astrologer since 1973 and is well-known as a writer, counselor and lecturer in North and South America, Europe and Australia.

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  • The Astrology of Intimacy   6/4/2004
  • Saturn in Cancer: Security and Insecurity   4/22/2004
  • The State of Astrology   10/12/2003
  • Being and Becoming   9/29/2003
  • Jupiter Opposite Neptune   2/10/2003
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  • Astrology's Archaic Truths   6/27/2002
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  • Pisces to Aquarius   11/10/2001
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  • The Art of (Non) Communication   10/20/1999

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