Review of “The Time of Your Life”

Timeof-your-Life-3Dby Glenda Leung,  Professor of English at The University of Kansas

The Time of Your Life: Could it be Now? is Rex Lassalle’s much-awaited second instalment on Nine Star Ki, an ancient Japanese astrological system.  In Nine Star Ki astrology, a person’s birth date is used to derive two numbers: their Adult Star number and their Child Number. When these two numbers are taken together, Lassalle has brought a new distinction to this system which is aligned to something he calls their Contextual Winning Field.

In this new publication, Lassalle artfully explores the interplay between a person’s Adult Star number and Child number, discovering the Contextual Winning Field along the way.  In this new publication he expounds on this new coinage of his, demonstrating how the Wisdom Star “frequently highlight[s] a high stress time in a person’s life…[but] can trigger a peak creative period for an individual.” What Lassalle offers in The Time of Your Life is a comprehensive guide on how to identify one’s Contextual Winning Field and what actions and practices one should cultivate to maximize the Contextual Winning Field in one’s life. The book is replete with biographies of trailblazers—such as Steve Jobs, Vincent van Gogh, and Oprah Winfrey—whose lives Lassalle meticulously analyses using Nine Star Ki and the Contextual Winning Field.

These biographies exemplify the rigour of the modified astrological system Lassalle proposes. The Time of Your Life is both an informative and pleasurable read. One of the most endearing aspects of this book is Lassalle’s childhood reverie on his native homeland Trinidad and Tobago.  In this retrospection, Lassalle is able to locate his formative musings related to Nine Star Ki and the Contextual Winning Field, though this would have been unbeknownst to him in these very early years.  Young Lassalle’s curiosity and precociousness are intriguing to say the least.  Lassalle moves the reader through the landscape and soundscape of colonial Trinidad and Tobago, during a time when the steel drum, the only music instrument to be invented in the twentieth century, was being developed by the grassroots in the island’s capital Port-of-Spain. 

Young Lassalle’s fascination with steel drum pioneer Bertie MarshalI is one of the most moving narratives in The Time of Your Life.  Lassalle recounts seeing Marshall craft a steel drums from a discarded oil drum, a long and fastidious process, the metaphor of which has impacted Lassalle for over five decades: “In that silent way of Mr. Bertie Marshall, the silence of the sound of his pounding those drums, persistently, diligently, is a gentle echo that remains as a core inspiration in my life.” More importantly, Lassalle draws the parallel between his work, the Contextual winning Field, and Marshall’s steel drum innovation. He writes, “These Contextual Winning charts are life beings on the page that echo throughout our lives. They are the context for our lives and if we can engage with them like Mr. Bertie Marshall did with the [steel drums], then the sounds of our lives will inspire us and inspire others… [bringing] a new platform for spontaneity, harmony and elegant self-expression to who we are as human beings.”   The Time of Your Life is well worth the read as it provides guiding light on how to integrate ancient principles into our modern-day lives. 

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