Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath

Julia Gordon-Bramer

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Synopsis: It has never been a secret that Sylvia Plath and her husband Ted Hughes dabbled in the occult and mysticism. Plath wrote of tarot cards, Ouija boards, astrology, crystal gazing, and much more. Hughes’ work has been widely explored in this light, yet in the fifty years since Plath’s death, no one thought to approach her work in this way.

In Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath, volume one, author Julia Gordon-Bramer aligns Plath’s great poetry collection, Ariel, with the tarot and Qabalah opening it up to entirely new and quite obvious meanings.

--Understand Plath’s Jewish imagery references the Qabalah (Kabbalah/Cabala), ancient Jewish mysticism
--Understand how Plath’s Holocaust, color, and chemical imagery connects to Jungian alchemy and shamanism
--Understand Plath’s concern for African-American, Native American, Women’s, and even LGBT’s civil rights, as well as her fear of the Cold War and nuclear annihilation and how she wove these themes into Ariel
--Appreciate the historical, scientific, and artistic correspondences that support Plath’s themes and thus cast a spell” on the reader, resonating on all levels of consciousness to explain Sylvia Plath’s timelessness

This is volume one of Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath, exploring the first 22 poems in Ariel: The Restored Edition, from Morning Song” through to The Courage of Shutting-Up,” as they reflect the tarot deck’s major arcana cards.

About the Author: JULIA GORDON-BRAMER is an award-winning poet and prose writer, a professor of creative writing and humanities, and a professional tarot card reader. In 2013 she was voted St. Louis’ Best Local Poet by the Riverfront Times, and she is listed as one of St. Louis’ Top Ten Psychics. Julia received her Master of Fine Arts in both poetry and fiction from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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