I never did explain why I've got all of the marital prediction
books: that's because it's easier to FIND said books than anything that
predicts lottery winnings, health issues, etc. And even though I'm
ambivalent (way ambivalent) about marriage, I do get curious if it's
likely or not. Turns out, NOT!
These two turn out to be pretty much the same dang book. I gather WPPL is an "updated" version of WWYM, with a bit more stuff in it. Anyhoo, go buy that one instead, should you choose to order.
I find this book(s) pretty hard to follow for the most part. Mainly because her methods are pretty painstaking and complicated, and I usually just get lost trying to follow them. I suspect this book is for Advanced Astrologers Only.
At first, things start out simply. She discusses sign compatibility- fire and air should be together, earth and water should be, the others shouldn't mix- the usual. Then she goes into the timing of Venus and Mars transits and how when those occur in your sign, your odds for meeting people are better. She helpfully puts dates and times for these into the book, should you wish to up your looks or dating activities around then.
Next, she analyzes birth charts for placements to determine what your planets of romance are. Venus and Mars, plus whatever planets are in your 5th and 7th house natally, plus whatever planets rule the rulers of your 5th and 7th. (This pretty much nails me down to Sun, Venus, Mars, and Neptune. Slim pickins compared to Elizabeth Taylor.) She also goes into what you'll be looking for in a mate, depending on those placements.
Whenever aspects hit those love planets, you should keep an eye out for romantic things happening. Mostly, this will occur when Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, or Jupiter has a conjunction, trine, or sextile with a love planet, but the inner planets hitting trines or sextiles can set things off too. Also, any positive Venus aspect might mean something. She then goes into how outer planet transits influence what kind of partner you'll attract at the time.
Lucky me, I get Uranus conjunct Venus coming up on November 5 in the fall, with Uranus in the fifth house of romance. Which means I get excitement and major love-at-first-sight Fling Potential with people of a drastically different age and personality that'll come up as a surprise. Then I'll get dumped just as surprisingly- whee. Boy, can I not wait for THAT to happen! Why can't I get a Jupiter/Venus on?I can't really speak to the synastry/compatibility/comparison methods since (ahem) I have no test subject around to do that with at this time (I'll check back in November...:P), but the solo methods of pinning down times and ages and numbers that come after that were pretty hard to follow.
I don't understand progressions. I don't get the concept of "a day close after your birth equals a year 28 years later". (Or converse directions, which is "a day close BEFORE your birth equals a year 28 years later.) Plus, my progressed planets really don't do much in the way of aspecting to the natals or each other up until I'm 75 years old (at which point I stopped checking in sheer disgust). I don't get why THAT should be more important than transits. Or maybe I'm just bitter because according to this book, I only once in a great while have ONE marriage aspect, and it takes 3-10 to make something happen, and I don't even have any marriage aspect until I'm 65 or so.
Even more irritating and confusing than THAT is the section on finding marriage years in the natal chart. I'll quote her directly: "Sometimes your marriage year will show up very plainly in your natal chart."
Let's see: It could mean any of the following:
(a) number of degrees between Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars, and the ascendant, descendant, midheaven, and IC. That's as specific as she gets there, other than to say that it's very obvious in Elizabeth Taylor's chart that one of her many marriages was going to be at age 58 because there was 58 degrees between the IC and Mars.
Meanwhile, I am all, "Um, is this checking the closest planets to these aspects? What if I come up with a 24? I wasn't married at 24. What if I come up with 117?"
(b) a number that comes up a lot in your chart. For example, Prince Albert has 21's show up in three places in this degree counting.
(c) Then there's the option of counting degrees between your Part of Marriage and a love planet.
(d) Or you can divide in half the distance between a love planet and an angle to get the right marriage age.
By the time I finished this section, I was all, "WHICH THE HELL IS IT?! WHAT NUMBERS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE CORRECT HERE?!"
It gets worse.
(e) You can supposedly use an ephemeris to spot your marriage year "at a glance" when the ruler of the sign on your first house aspects the ruler of your seventh house sign in progressions.
Lucky me, that's Pluto and Venus. Yeah, Pluto moves ONCE, and Venus doesn't line up with that until...I mentioned age 65, right? The author then goes on to tell the heartwarming story of how Fred Astaire had a marriage aspect at age 80 and married some kid then.
(f) Other things you can look for, should you be kind of screwed astrologically, is to see if the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars make aspects to a slow seventh-house ruler.
I find it funny that my seventh-house ruler being a faster mover, and that I have more than one planet in it, SHOULD mean that I get more marriage aspects... and I don't.
(g) There should at least be one progressed aspect involving the seventh house when marriage takes place. You should also keep an eye out for Venus and Mars being positively aspected to each other, or in the same aspect to the Sun or Moon, or the Sun and Moon being aspected to each other. Or aspects from a love planet to the seventh house ruler.
(h) At this point, she recommends you get a triple wheel computer chart with the natal, progressed, and converse directions altogether. Then you circle all 12 of the angles on the 3 charts, circle the love planets, the seventh-house ruler, and seventh-house planets, and figure out the aspects.
At this point, I don't even know who does triple wheel computer charts and got dizzy.
Then she answers a question that was becoming rather important to me at this point in time: "What if you have no marriage planet interchanges such as the preceding- can you still have marriage aspects? The answer is a definite 'yes.'" She goes on to say that a third or more female charts and more than half of the male charts didn't have any of this going on with them.
At least Carol Rushman admits that some people just aren't going to get married. Ahem. At this point I'm feeling rather bullshitted by all the (so far, eight) different ways to check.
Later, she goes into the various Arabic Parts and how to calculate them, more composite/synastry stuff, and more celebrity charts.
Every time I read this book, I think, "Hey, this is pretty cool!" Then I try her methods and just get confused and depressed. I think it's really for the advanced and the good at math. Grrr.