Lake Worth, FL: Ibis Press, 2016. Paperback, 547 pages. New.
This book approaches the ever-popular works of William Shakespeare with fresh insights as to their deeper significance. The author demonstrates that many of Shakespeare’s plays are keyed to a specific zodiac sign and a particular ruling planet. The first half of the book provides the background necessary for understanding the plays within the context of both classical and Christian thought at the time they were produced. She also explains the Elizabethan worldview, its cosmology, and the use of music, imagery and symbols in the plays. The second half of the study examines six of Shakespeare’s most popular plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Tempest, and King Lear. Each chapter incorporates the relevant information from Astrology, Classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom and the depth psychology of Carl Gustav Jung.
Thoroughly researched and illustrated throughout with images from the plays, Shakespeare and the Stars offers a new dimension to the understanding of Shakespeare’s works that challenges conventional literary criticism.