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Praise from Around the World for “Growing Pains” by Alex Trenoweth



Growing Pains

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.

Or directly from the publisher, The Wessex Astrologer

Any enquiries, please contact Alex via the contacts page or Growing Pains Facebook page.

Trenoweth and Grishman

Alex Trenoweth, author of “Growing Pains” with Ronnie Grishman, editor of Dell Horoscope the World’s Leading Astrology Magazine. New York City 2018

Praise for “Growing Pains”

Chris Turner, Australia

Teenagers!!! Part child, part adult, sometimes full monster!!! At least they appear so. The sad truth is they appear that way, simply because we adults have forgotten what our experiences of the world were when we were that age; or we simply have no understanding of how their minds work. That will all change when you read this wonderful book by Alex Trenoweth. Her experience as both a high school teacher and an astrologer has made not only an understanding of these years easily available, but she offers wonderful insights as to how to make your relationship with your teenager more meaningful. If you want to help your teen make the most of these changes s/he is experiencing, then this book is a must, whether you are a teacher or a parent.


Hedley Spargo, teacher, UK

Alex has highlighted this area of astrology to the great benefit of parents who care to listen. What she has to say is perceptive and wise. Her pupils would have been nurtured so well by her understanding of ‘where they were coming from’. I commend you to Alex, her books, and what she has to say.


Ana Andrade, Peru

Alex Trenoweth delights us by creating a bridge between astrology and education that informs the readers of the cycles of Jupiter and Saturn in the growing process of adolescents on their way to adulthood. Undoubtedly, this book is a unique combination of Alex’s experience as teacher and astrologer. A must-read!

Anne Whitaker, UK

Growing Pains is a really inspired and useful way of using the Jupiter and Saturn cycles to help kids, parent and teachers through the stormy waters of adolescence.


Roy Gillett B.Ed [Hons Ldn], UK

Astrology is an invaluable tool to understand individual and whole year groups of school pupils. Alex Trenoweth’s Growing Pains draws on her pioneering work in the classroom. It is recommended reading for teachers, parents and, indeed anyone who wishes go beyond projecting their own expectations, and instead relate to children and adolescents as they are.


Shankar Nash Kapoor, Justice (retired) Delhi High Court, India

"Growing Pains" India

“Growing Pains” author Alex Trenoweth with students of astrology in India

Sensitive, kind and caring teacher and author of Growing Pains, Alex Trenoweth has identified herself with troubled adolescents. Her in-depth study of astrology, with psychological input, coupled with an intense urge to search for solutions to help such adolescents, have been brought together in this marvelous book. Alex has paved a mid-path between a highly technical approach and a total ignorance about the synchronicity between cosmic planetary motions. Using the planets of Jupiter and Saturn, she demonstrates the waxing and waning of periods of growth and expansion with periods of trials and tribulations. Studying the cosmic cycles of these two major planets would be extremely rewarding for parents, teachers and guides as well as for the adolescents as themselves. It is a must-read for anyone who works with children—or for adults who still have the child within.


Alan Bronstein, teacher, USA

As someone who taught high school for thirty years, but who knows little about astrology, I can say I found many things that Alex Trenoweth presented had classroom implications and applications. Alex uses astrology in the classroom for a better understanding of individual students as well as transits that correlate to age and grade-level periods of intellectual and emotional development. Her ideas that relate to the Jupiter and Saturn transits can have practical applications in curriculum development. Some of what she conveys has already been learned by practical experience by many teachers. For example, if anybody asked me what are the most difficult ages to teach, I’d say 14 or 15. Astrologically, this would be the period of their Saturn opposition wherein a sense of independence is combined with a “healthy” opposition to authority. We teachers would blame it on puberty, which is also true, but also fail to see it as a rite of passage or coming of age in the educational sense. Perhaps her most practical tip for a teacher might be to simply make a class list of students by their birth dates (oldest to youngest). In the high school classroom, I’ve noticed the difference between the older and younger students in the class both in behavior and ability. In the lower grades, the difference is even more pronounced. Finally, when you get down to it, education is our nation’s number one problem. If we are to have citizens who are both productive and responsible more resources are needed to provide students and educators with more options and not more standardized testing. They’re the ones that will be left to solve problems left by previous generations.


Christeen Skinner, Cityscopes London Ltd. UK

How I wish that this wonderful book had been around 36 years ago when I became step-mother to a 13 year old! Not only would I have learnt so, so much from this excellent work by an experienced, thoughtful, caring teacher and very fine astrologer, but I am confident that I would have bought copies for his friend’s parents and often exasperated teachers. As it is, I have already gifted this to local teachers and plan to buy a copy for another mother today. This work is a valuable addition to any astrological library but to parents and teachers it should be seen as one of the finest works on understanding the adolescent and working through those Growing Pains.


Rod Suskin, astrologer, South Africa

Alex Trenoweth does that rare thing few astrologers find a way to do: take real astrology out into the world of laypeople and show them how to benefit from its insights. This book can help adolescents themselves, teachers and parents understand one of the most important and powerful pairs of cycles in astrology and discover the wealth they have to offer. Alex draws on her experience as a teacher and astrologer to show how the cycles can be used to grasp and get the best of critical developmental cycles and presents them in a way that brings out the richness and depth of astrology in her inimitable style. I am so pleased this book is out in a new edition: unlike the latest theory on adolescent development, its value to parents and students will never go out of style.


"Growing Pains" at UAC 2018

Alex Trenoweth and Cassandra Tyndall after their United Astrology Conference lectures, Chicago 2018

Cassandra Tyndall, astrologer and mother, Australia

Every parent wants the best for their child, especially when it comes to their education. Growing Pains is an indispensable resource for understanding your child’s unique template for learning. This book offers an objective perspective, along with insightful guidance and practical tips to help you naviagate your child’s journey through school.


Lori Hoyt, practising teacher in the USA

As a teacher, I use astrology, at times, to help me understand at-risk students. Trenoweth’s book Growing Pains is an extremely helpful resource in explaining how planetary birth (natal) Saturn and Jupiter placements help determine how a child learns and relates to others in the classroom. Whether you interact with young people in personal or professional contexts, I think you’ll find her insights to be both fascinating and useful. Highly recommended.


Erin Sullivan, author USA

This is the book for our times! Alex’s personal experience as a teacher, mother, and astrologer is woven together beautifully. I was touched by her caring attitude toward the delicacy of the role of teacher, and educator – and parent! A much needed book in an increasingly complicated world for young people coming of age. All teachers (and parents and students) will learn a lot from reading Growing Pains.


Gopal Bhattacharjee, astrologer, Kolkata India

I have known Alex Trenoweth since 2015 when she participated in 25th International Astrological Seminar in Kolkata, India as a speaker. For her dynamic presentation and superior lecture topic, each board member of Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology nominated Alex as the best speaker. She was crowned as the “Astrologer of the year 2015”. In that very year, she gifted me her book “Growing Pains”. After reading the book, I realized that Alex is not only a good speaker but also a good author. From her book, it can easily be understood the depth of her study and research in the subject. Moreover, her book “Growing Pains” is written in such a simple language and also is so straight forward that learner can understand about the subject easily. It is quite vital for an individual to select proper educational path as well as the professional career track. In astrological prediction, these two tracks hold an important role especially for younger kids. If these kids are directed to select educational or professional track as derived from studying planetary position of their birth charts, they can be well established in their lives. These are the central ideas of this book. It also covers a sound explanation on how the two major planets – Jupiter and Saturn – impact on one’s educational and professional life. Besides, the case studies provided by Alex in her book are also helpful for novices to learn in detail. I believe, “Growing Pains” will improve individual’s life style and provide a deep knowledge about astrology. Hope, Alex will publish more books on this subject in near future.
Best wishes from my end!

Gopal Bhattacharjee
– (Founder, Director and Principal
Of Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology)
– (Director of Institute of Vedic Culture
For Public Welfare)


Will Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc, USA

Alex Trenoweth uniquely situates as a professional astrologer and educator. Her presentation at the 2017 Kepler conference on astrological tools for knowing about stage development in youth was riveting. This book captures the essence of that research, sharing knowledge about childhood development from the viewpoint of an educator. This is a fascinating, quick read, packed with the insights of a well-educated and seasoned practitioner.


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.



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