Celestial Configurations of Africa and the Caribbean
by Kevin D. Raphael Fitch
Spirit of Brotherhood Publications, $27.38; 626 pages; ISBN 978-0983096207
Review by John Townley
Mundane astrology is a difficult branch of the starry art, not because of any innate problems in analyzing the charts of nations as opposed to individuals, but for lack of easily-available and authoritative charts of the countries themselves. That’s understandably difficult for older nation-states like those in Europe or even America itself, as exact times and sometimes even the dates themselves that saw their precise beginnings can be unknown or in dispute in various historical records. In more modern times, when records and timekeeping are fuller and more exact, that shouldn’t be so much of a problem – and yet it is, usually because the simple records for each small nation aren’t always conveniently to be found in a readily accessible place, in a book or on the Net.
There are a handful of good collections of national birth data that have been around for a while, but until now nothing has exhaustively covered the many, young nation states of Africa and Africa-spawned regions such as the Caribbean. Finally, thanks to the tireless efforts of astrologer and researcher Kevin D. Raphael Fitch, that gap has been filled to overflowing in this 600+ page reference work. Over sixty independence charts are included in this fulsome work, organized by region, as well as charts of other important events that led to the historical formation and eventual independence of various states throughout .
And since the average astrologer will not likely know too much about how any one nation came to be, a history of each is included, with a brief cultural and developmental thumbnail (including photos) to better understand the charts’ contexts. So, reading through this book is actually a broad historical tour of Africa itself, its history, and leaders. It’s also an introduction to how the author analyzes a mundane chart, what planets and houses represent what divisions of a nation, especially in the context of the rapid and often forced evolution of tribal societies into a modern European governmental and social model. Replete with personal tales and illustrative anecdotes, it’s a window into the author’s astrological philosophy – or, rather, where he feels astrology interfaces with culture and philosophy.
The book boasts a surfeit of horoscopes, as each chart is rendered in three forms: sidereal, tropical, and Vedic. The author favors the siderealist view, as that is the first option and also the option along which the organizing tables are structured, but the book is equally accessible to tropicalists as well. Actually, the charts themselves are available online as a free database but that includes only the sidereal versions and without the highly-valuable histories and background that make this book so interesting and useful. The book is available in electronic or hard-copy (soft cover) versions, and although digital is cheaper and convenient, we happen to love the weight and feel of the physical book itself, a worthy tome, a weighty shelf-marker that earns its space among the best.
All in all, this invaluable work is a ready-made classic that fills a long-empty gap in the understanding of mundane astrology and the nations that individually and collectively make up the evolving halls of history. Much kudos to Mr. Fitch for this welcome culmination of years of devoted and faithful research, to be found nowhere else.
About the Author
Kevin D. Raphael Fitch, is a native of Mount Vernon, New York, which is where he received his first lessons in astrology. He is a practicing astrologer and the author of Celestial Configurations of African and the Caribbean, an original astrological work. The book's thoroughly researched content and leading edge format has earned it high praise, from world-class astrologers, university professors, and students and teachers of spiritual science. "All in all, this invaluable work is a ready-made classic that fills a long-empty gap in the understanding of mundane astrology and the nations that individually and collectively make up the evolving halls of history."