Growing Pains: Book Reviews

Book Review from Organization of Professional Astrologers

Kathryn Andren

This book is dedicated to the astrology of adolescence. It answers questions for educators and parents how to best support children during school years. Growing Pains addresses issues of learning style, communication and discipline through the lens of the social planets, Jupiter and Saturn.

The author asserts throughout the book how valuable understanding astrology can be for supporting a child’s growth and development. What drives these children? How do pupils learn when they have specific planet patterns? There is a focus on transits, viewing Jupiter cycles as opportunity for growth with reminders how Saturn then supports discipline and refinement.

Growing Pains is neatly structured so the reader knows what to expect. Each chapter begins by examining in depth Jupiter or Saturn through one sign. This signature is then further refined by exploring the ruling planet through each of the twelve Zodiac signs. Finally, at the end of each chapter, the author uses celebrity charts as case studies to illuminate how social planet transits correlate to transition points over a lifetime for well known people.

The author is clearly passionate about supporting children make the most of their lives. Readers receive suggestions how to be a better parent or teacher based on the aspects in their own chart. Growing Pains gives readers empowering suggestions to consciously encourage the growth and development of the adolescents in their lives.


Book Review from Astrology News Service

Armand Diaz

Parents are likely to focus on the many individual differences among their children, or between their own children and others’. Educators are perhaps more likely to note that this year’s class is somehow different from last year’s class, and in fact as college professor I have not only noted this but have heard other professors making similar observations. Beyond the curious inconsistency, most teachers don’t know what to make of the differences between one class and another. Growing Pains provides an excellent framework for understanding the subtle but real differences between one year’s cohort and the next, based primarily on the astrological signs in which Saturn and Jupiter are found.

Growing Pains is written to educators, but it is a valuable tool for parents and other interested people as well. Because it focuses on two planets that are not considered personal in nature (after all, they remain in the same sign for a year or more), the book is not a comprehensive guide to personality via astrology. Yet learning strategies and becoming part of one’s culture are critical for children, and a greater understanding of these processes could be helpful from preschool through adolescence and into college. Challenging the notion that there is a single best practice in education, Growing Pains adds an extra dimension to debates about how we educate children and what we expect as the outcome of the process. It is also very helpful for getting a sense of the social milieu in which children are living.

While the book can be read from start to finish, most people will probably want to dive into a relevant chapter and read about themselves, their children, or their current crop of students. Starting with some background on Saturn and Jupiter provided at the beginning of each of the two main sections of the book, it is easy for someone who has no previous astrological knowledge to read through Growing Pains in any order.

The use of astrology as a regular facet of education may be a way off, but there’s no reason that interested parents and educators can’t begin using it now, and Growing Pains is an excellent start. It is clearly written and easy to use, offering insight into the joyous but turbulent process of growing up.

Book Review from Astrological Journal of Great Britain

Every schoolteacher is familiar with the experience, that one year’s class can be so different from the year before, and how can that be? Here at last is a book which explains the astrology which schoolteachers really need to know – and it isn’t hard. It concerns the basic cycles of Jupiter and Saturn as they impact upon teenage life. These are character-building cycles. Moreover, they are great rhythms which a whole year of pupils are going to share in common: the journey of these heavenly spheres through the twelvefold zodiac, and the chiming of their ‘returns, mainly the Jupiter-return at twelve years and the half-cycle of Saturn’s opposition at fifteen.

Concerned parents are going to find this book helpful, as regards guiding and encouraging their teenage children, and what kind of encouragement is likely to prove effective. The different zodiac signs lend ‘colour’ to the working of these two spheres. Its author Ms Trenoweth is a mother, schoolteacher and professional astrologer so is able to explain these things out of real experience. There are cheerful books giving tips about bringing up teenagers, however this one gives that much needed help in terms of the different zodiac signs of Jupiter and Saturn. Plus, modern readers will not fail to appreciate use of a celeb bio-pic for each one of these, to help build up the picture.

For any teacher who believes character-building is more important than exam results, this has to be an important book. By using celebs in this way, Trenoweth focuses on the concept of success, to show how people have used their God-given talents to make something of their lives. In today’s schools, encouraging pupils is far from easy and the twelvefold pattern here described indicates how this should be done. As a head-of-year in a modern Academy she has put these findings into practice, in a way that made sense to her schoolteacher colleagues.

We all know how Saturn is introvert and Jupiter is extravert. Saturn is a grey planet, while Jupiter glows with psychedelic colouring, its surface illumined by continuous lightning-discharge. Teachers can tend to become Saturnine is a somewhat negative sense, and repress maybe unwittingly the cheerful optimism that is brought by Jupiter. As the latter moves into a new sign once a year, a class can have a mix of two Jupiter-signs, and here Ms Trenoweth’s book describes how separating the younger and older pupils in a class in the teacher’s mark-book helps to distinguish them.

One could say that this book advises the parent or teacher how to strategically intervene in order to ease the process of growing up, while the huge biological changes of adolescence take place. Thus, helpful tables in the book enable the teacher or parent to determine whether the ‘returns’ are single or triple, because a Jupiter-return can chime thrice (from its retrograde motion). If a class is going to be hit by three returns of the storm-god in the course of a year, then that’s a powerful collective experience, and a teacher needs to know of it – to prepare ahead with events of gladness and celebration, rather than retrospectively applying punishment for disorderly behaviour.

To summarise the advice: it is to encourage Jupiter’s role at the return and work with Saturn’s role at its opposition in order to rein in the potential risks of Uranus and Jupiter at their sextiles.

With 260 pages, it’s real value from Amazon

Amazon Reviews

Chrissy Philp

If every parent and every teacher read this book it would be a better world. Kids have suffered educationally, not because teachers don’t care, but because a lack of understanding of their inbuilt dissimilarities and associated specific needs is not conducive to the flowering of their potential. This book, written by a teacher and astrologer, will put this right. Not only does it offer insightful and humorous descriptions of character, and methods of getting the best out of that character, it also offers descriptions of famous personalities that come with handsome portrait drawings, and these descriptions allow you to see how the character traits you learn about manifest in the real world. I love this book.

N. Oakly-Smith

This book provides excellent insights for both parents and teachers in understanding what each child needs to help them fulfil their potential. It’s very accessible so that it doesn’t require a knowledge of astrology to make good use of it, but at the same time, even for seasoned astrologers, there are plenty of valuable nuggets here.


As the mother of three young daughters, I found this book to be informative,helpful and entertaining. The author explains everything clearly and with humor.

Are you a parent of an adolescent who is in trouble, in danger of exclusion from school or is struggling through the most difficult years of their life?


Are you a teacher struggling with a difficult and unruly class?


Are you an adult who is yet to come to terms with your past?


Are you just curious about when and how to maximize opportunities?

“Growing Pains” is a book designed for anyone who has answered yes to the above questions!

Buy this indispensable book via Midheaven Books, Amazon Or Treadwell’s. Signed copies available upon request.

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