Karen Hamaker-Zondag is a highly prolific and acclaimed astrological lecturer, teacher, author and educator world-wide. She lives and works in Holland, and has lectured and taught extensively in over 18 countries, including Japan, Russia, Croatia, Australia and the USA.
Karen has been an astrologer since 1975, and started teaching and lecturing soon after. In 1980 she founded an astrology school in Holland, Stichting Achernar, and in 1987 started a 2nd one, Stichting Odrerir. The 1st school is 4 years of theoretical astrological training, followed by 2 years of professional training. The 2nd school is in symbolic psychology, based on Jung, and is a 5 year training programme. Many students graduate from the 1st school and then join the 2nd in order to further understand the deeper dynamics of the psyche.
Karen authored and published her 1st astrology book in 1978, Psyche and Astrological Symbolism. She has since gone on to author over 30 books, which have been translated into several languages. She and her husband Hans started their own publishing company in 1997, having already successfully started their own quarterly astrological journal, Symbolon, in 1990.
In 1997, she joined the staff of the Centre for Psychological Astrology, Liz Greene's highly esteemed school in London. Then n 1998 she was the recipient of the highly prestigious Regulus Award for Education in the field of astrology.
Karen's achievements, and honorary awards would cover countless pages. Most recently, since 2003 she has been on the faculty of Kepler College, and she teaches several modules there.
In 2009 she was appointed an Honorary Member of the Dutch C.G. Jung Foundation.
The mysterious and misunderstood 12th house is the subject of this book. Called "the house of self-undoing" by the old astrologers, this house has signified sorrow, misfortune, illness, imprisonment and secret enmity. It does, however, mean much more than that. Karen Hamaker-Zondag considers this house from the perspective of a Jungian psychologist, and shows the creative potential that can be tapped here if we choose to cooperate with it. The 12th house symbolizes the collective unconscious and non-rational ways of perception--such as working with dreams. The effect of planets in the 12th house and how to work with them, they way in which the house reveals parental/ancestral inheritance, the working of fate and unconscious processes are all discussed in detail. The book offers a clear and intriguing interpretation of this difficult to understand house and will be of value to students at all levels, particularly those who want to combine psychological theory with astrological symbolism.
I use this book constantly when I'm interpreting horoscopes. Its main feature is a delineation of all major aspects (the geometric relationships between planets). Hamaker-Zondag's interpretations are clear, psychologically observant and non-dogmatic; there's a refreshing open-endedness here. The delineations are preceded by a helpful general discussion of aspects, with an emphasis on their elemental basis. A chapter on unaspected planets is also handy. If you want to start interpreting astrological charts, or get a deeper understanding of your own chart, this is definitely a book you can use.