Reviews


Astrology’s Hidden Aspects: Quintiles and Sesquiquintiles

“…a must-have book for astrologers…”

Dusty Bunker, author of four previous books, has studied numerology and astrology for many years. Her newest book, Astrology’s Hidden Aspects: Quintiles and Sesquiquintiles, is an updated edition of a book that was published in 1989. (The quintile aspect is 72°; the sesquiquintle is a 108° aspect…[originally called] the tredecile aspect.)

Bunker is an enthusiastic traveler into esoteric lore. She has spent more than 30 years studying metaphysics, sacred geometry, Masonic and religious texts, and various symbol systems. She is also a vivid storyteller and begins her book by recounting the joy she felt at five years old when she first deciphered ‘the strange glyphs’ on the page of her first grade book about Dick and Jane. Suddenly, everything came together---she could read! She knew then that her destiny was “to write books filled with this power that had just filled my soul so that others would know its transforming ecstasy.”  For years, she did not understand what astrological factor could account for the intensity of that formative experience until she discovered what the Egyptians called “the sacred golden bowls”---the 72° and 108° degree aspects.

The nine chapters in Part I explain the geometry (the golden ratio, the Fibonacci sequence, etc.) and numerology of the two aspects (and their relationship, including what she calls the Golden Bowl Rectangle), and also discuss how the ancients understood numbers (as far back as the 6th century B.C.E.). “Let’s raise our bubbly in a toast for our expedition leader, Lao Tzu. He had it right all along.”

[She explains that] the quintile is connected to the 3rd and 10th houses. “The quintile is your hidden talent that should be revealed in this lifetime, bestowing upon you some kind of recognition and fame.” In the extensive delineation sections, she connects the quintile to “Your Career Message,” since it is such a strong marker of talent.

The sesquiquintile, found to be connected to the 4th and 9th houses, “describes the continuing thread of your ancestry and how it has woven the fabric of your current lifetime.” Bunker’s shorthand for the 108° aspect is, “Discover Your DNA Treasure,” since it is connected to “Your Legacy.”

The heart of the book for practicing astrologers is the 150 pages containing the author’s comprehensive delineations of each of the ten planets (the Moon through Pluto) in quintile and sesquiquintile aspect to one another and to the Ascendant. These are renderings that are born of the author’s long study of the aspects in horoscopes; there is a full page of text and imagery for each aspect. The page for Mercury sesquiquintile Pluto (Your Legacy: Listen to your Mother) begins: You come from a long line of magicians, those who understood the laws of Mother Earth and used these laws to bring about fundamental change and rebirth on this earth. You are here to carry on that tradition in full public view. Cast off your black-hooded cloak, and expose the underbelly of corruption!”

This book is spaciously designed, with thick sturdy pages, good use of graphics and illustrations, and a Suggested Reading List. Dusty Bunker is an informal and enthusiastic writer. She takes the reader on a long discovery-of-meaning journey and includes a few charming anecdotes of “Eureka!” moments in her personal life. Astrology’s Hidden Aspects: Quintiles and Sesquiquintiles is a must-have book for astrologers who are eager to find positive and often “hidden” clues in the horoscope.
~Mary Plumb, Book Reviews
The Mountain Astrologer




The Beginner's Guide to Astrology:  Class Is In Session
Dusty Bunker, a frequent contributor to this magazine, explains how to interpret the planets, signs, and houses in The Beginner's Guide to Astrology, subtitled Class is in Session. This straightforward handbook teaches how to translate astrology's symbolic language into ordinary English. Her teaching style is very much like being in an actual classroom, since the narrative is like a lively chat, as if the reader were right there sitting next to the author, dutifully listening and taking notes…
And she's quite insistent that you do [take notes]. For example, at the bottom of the Mercury page, a little flag appears with the inscription, "Are you making notes? I know I'm repeating myself; it comes from years of raising four children." [She writes] The best way to learn this symbolic system is to make the planets your friends…As the astrological language becomes more familiar to you, you will become a storyteller who can weave magical stories that will transform the lives of others.
~ Chris Lorenz, Book Review
Dell Horoscope, The World's Leading Astrology Magazine


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"Bunker mixes the puzzle and suspense with a healthy dose of humor...engaging..."
Lynn Harnett, Herald Sunday Review

"A Real Page-Turner. Sue Grafton move over! I loved this book. Sam is a believable character, with a passion for numerology, writing, and her family...Bonus: a numerology lesson in the back of the book."

Catherine Ward

"Congratulations, Dusty. It's a winner! Dusty adds such life to her characters... especially Samantha. I loved this (book)."

Millicent Hart, romance novelist

Review of "Three O'Clock's Dark Night".
"Dusty Bunker begins her metaphysical mystery with several disparate lives, yet each character is linked. At first, all seem to be lost souls...there is murder, violence, sorrow, fear, and loathing. But as Dusty's plot unwinds, there is love, helpfulness and redemption. And yes, always (against) the background of Chaos Theory.  A great tale!"
~ Shelley Glodowski, Senior Reviewer
Midwest Book Review