“Growing Pains” is a book written to help teachers and parents understand the adolescents in their care. The author, Alex Trenoweth, is an astrological researcher as well as a practising secondary school teacher.
I had the title of my book “Growing Pains” in my head for a long time before I actually wrote the book. “Jupiter” for growth and “Saturn” for discipline, I thought “Growing Pains”was the perfect title for a book on the astrology of adolescence!
I had always wanted to write a book but I didn’t want to write a junky Sun Sign book that would be worthless after the year had passed. I also didn’t want to write a book for beginning astrologers because there’s already enough of those. Wanting to do something unique, I also wanted to write a book that helped readers understand themselves better so they could help the children they love and care for.
I wanted to bring astrology to education.
With these things in mind, I wrote “Growing Pains” during the academic year 2012/2013. Teaching secondary school full time in London and I having additional responsibilities in child protection, I was very busy with my job. But I dutifully wrote two chapters every weekend. I remember being very excited about the book’s progress but also astounded how the case studies I had chosen so beautifully demonstrated Jupiter and Saturn transits.
Originally published by My Spirit Books in 2013 and re-published by The Wessex Astrologer in 2017, “Growing Pains” is an astrology book for parents and teachers and even adolescence themselves. It is meant to ease the suffering of this tricky life stage for all concerned. (I hated being 13!).
I wanted “Growing Pains” to be accessible to non astrologers. Not wanting to be an astrological smart ass talking down my fellow teaching professionals, I kept the astrological concepts clean and easy. I approached writing about astrology exactly the same way I approached teaching Shakespeare to unwilling students. Using humour, careful explanations and a lot of examples of relevance, I wanted to show parents and teachers that with just a little extra reach beyond Sun signs, they could understand how their child learns and develops.
I ended up leaving full time teaching to promote the book, never expecting to the adventure ahead of me. Self promotion is hard work–it’s difficult to tell people how wonderful your work is. It feels weird to be telling people to buy your book when you have been raised to be polite.
But “Growing Pains” has taken me around the world and I’ve met so many really wonderful people who encouraged and supported me. This page features some of their very kind words and support of my vision to bring astrology to education.
“Growing Pains” is available from Midheaven Books, Amazon, Treadwell’s (where the book launch was held) and it’s even on display in Watkin’s Books! Signed copies are available upon request (send a message to the contact page). You can also buy the book directly from the publisher, The Wessex Astrologer who will also publish my next three books!
Any enquiries, please contact me via the contacts page or the Growing Pains Facebook page.
Oh and to celebrate Jupiter moving into Capricorn, here’s a sample chapter!