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Hi all! As you can see, I've begun to compile astrological resources. If you have a book or website or class etc to recommend to me, please post it here and I will add it to the list!
The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest
An Astrological Guide to Self-Awareness by Donna Cunningham
How to Read your Astrological Chart by Donna Cunningham
I really learned a lot from these three books. They're also fairly straightforward.
I'll compile a list of websites - I have loads of them in favourites. However for all book buyers the absolute best site in the UK (and indeed one of the best internationally) is:
You can take out subscriptions to The Mountain Astrologer and their book list is fantastic.
For learning online & FREE:
Bob Marks' website:
I have to recommend the correspondence course I'm taking. It's "Astrology: The Cosmic Pattern" by Joanne Wickenburg. The course is in six units, and you can pay for one unit at a time. Each unit costs $80 U.S., and consists of five or six one-hour lessons on cassette tape, plus workbooks. There are homework assignments (multiple choice) to send in to Joanne, who will correct and return them. The course is very comprehensive, covering introduction to planets, signs, houses, aspects; chart calculation and construction by hand; introductory, intermediate and advanced chart interpretation; and transits and progressions. She has separate units for solar return charts and horary. After spending much time researching correspondence courses, I can tell you that this course is among the best in quality and is certainly the most cost-effective.
-- Lee :)
Thanks for the suggestions :) I've added them into the list, along w/other gems mentioned in previous posts! Check it out ^_^
Stephen Arroyo: Chart Interpretation Handbook. CRCS 1989
Bernadette Brady: Predictive Astrology, Weiser, 1999
Donna Cunningham: Healing Pluto Problems, Weiser, 1986
Gail Fairfield: Choice Centred Astrology. Weiser, 1998
Liz Greene & Howard Supportas: The Luminaries, Weiser, 1992
Karen Hannaker Zondag: Foundations of Personality, Weiser 1994
Karen Hannaker-Zondag: The Twelfth House, Weiser, 1992
Rae Orion: Astrology for Dummies, IDG Books n.d.
Martin Schulman: Karmic Astrology, Weiser, 1975
Jan Spiller: Astrology for the Soul, Bantam 1997
Erin Sullivan: Retrograde Planets, Weiser, 2000
Not sure whether I've mentioned these :)
All very good
Martin Schulman's Karmic series comes in four volumes
Volume 1 Nodes and Reincarnation
Volume 2 Retrogrades and Reincarnation
Volume 3 Joy and the Part of Fortune
Volume 4 The Karma of The Now.
Erin Sullivan also wrote Saturn in Transit
Bernadette Brady - Predictive Astrology - The Eagle and The Lark
Robert Hand - Planets in Transit
Nancy Anne Hastings - Secondary Progressions A Time To Remember
Tracy Marks - The Astrology of Self Discovery
Carol Rushman - The Art of Predictive Astrology
Kevin Burk - Astrolgoy, A Comprehensive Guide To Classical Interpretation
Robert Hand - Horoscope Symbols
William Lilly - Christian Astrology
Good Introductory Texts
Nicholas Campion - The Practical Astrologer
Alan Oken's Complete Astrology
Thanks, those are both great lists :) I've also opened up the thread so ppl can add their reviews.
Two books I have recently read and would add to resources:
Essential Dignities - Lee Lehman
The Real Astrology - John Frawley
Oh Minderwiz, would you mind elabourating on what the Frawley book is about? I'm not sure which section to paste it into.
The central theme of Frawley's book is that modern Astrology is but a pale and indeed distorted reflection of Traditional (i.e. 'Real') Astrology.
The book is written in an extremely humerous and often hilarious way - though to be honest it often breaks the forum guidelines of Aeclectic :) - there is a fairly devastating critique of psychological Astrology, and of the materialism and scientism of our age . To him Modern Astrology is rubbish.
He accuses modern psychological Astrologers of producing character readings, which cannot be checked (for him Astrology is about prediction') and which basically reduce to the following
'Your are important' 'People do not fully understand you'. Your vices are quite endearing. really'
Everyone wants to here this, so they don't complain that there is nothing of real substance there.
His arguments about astrological time vs clock time are not only fascinating but often hilarious. for example he argues that modern science treats every hour as having the same qualities - time is measured materialy by clocks. He goes on to point out that Astrologically each hour is ruled by a planet and has quite different characteristics - his example is Monday - the day of the Moon. The first hour (astrological days start at sunrise) is rule by the Moon - this is an hour where we feel babyish, want to be nurtured and snuggle up and sleep. However the second hour is ruled by Saturn - the planet of work, discipline, duty and time itself - a most unwelcome visitor. He asks if those who argue that all hours have the same quality have never thrown the alarm clock across the room first thing on a Monday morning.
You will find a discussion of the geocentric universe, the planets, houses, aspects and the various branches of Astrology - but all from the point of view that Astrology should be useful and help us in our day to day decision making. Traditional Astrologers were employed to provide accurate predicitions on business, diplomacy, warfare, politics, etc. If they had not been at least mainly accurate they would never have survived. The did so by applying clear rules - no intuition, or psychic stuff.
This book has cause uproar and controversy in Astrological circles - there are even side swipes at Liz Greene - and you should prepare to be shocked but you will learn much of positive value from it. You will also get a different perspective on what Astrology is and more particularly, why it works.
In a nutshell, the book is about why we should throw out Jung and bring back Lilly.
For anyone wanting a more extensive review of Frawley's book(s) the following link will take you to a fairly full review.
Hello isthmus nekoi,
Would you consider adding these books to the list?
(The links following the book title lead to amazon.com where more information is available.)
* The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk
* How To Be A Great Astrologer: The Planetary Aspects Explained by James Braha
* The House Connection by Karen Hamaker-Zondag
* The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas
* Astrological Voids by Janis Huntley
* Work Your Stars by Matthew Abergel
I have more books in my astrology collection, but they are already on your list.
Mystic Chris :)
I can certainly recommend the Sasportas book - its great and Hamaker-Zondag is also well worth recommending.
I'll check out the others and see if there's anything there to add to my wishlist :)
A long time ago, and far, far away I studied with the Faculty of Astrological Studies in the UK. I studied with Jeff Mayo who had succeeded Margeret Hone. This was, truly, a long time ago. Is that facility still in operation, Miderwiz? Dave.
You'll be pleased to know that it is thriving and you can visit its website at:
For others information; This is a well respected and well established organisation one that has done much to advance Astrology as a profession and a discipline. Liz Greene, Charles Harvey, Julia Parker, Melanie Reinhart and Howard Sasportas started out with the FAS and Rob Hand is a patron. Dane Rudyhar and John Addey were patrons during their lifetimes.
You certainly are in illustrious company Dave - I'm several shades of green envy :)
resource link has been updated. Thanks for the amazon links, Mystic Chris.
Hi isthmus nekoi,
As an absolute beginner, I am finding http://www.north-node.com/tutorial/ to be extremely helpful and I wonder if it's something that could be added to your resources list? I'm still working through it so I don't know how much it covers but it's certainly a very clear and well-explained summary of the basics :)
Thanks for all the info in the astrology forum, especially all the recommendations for study (you've saved me a lot of time!)
Most certainly Pipstrelle - the thread shall be updated :)
Check out "The Fated Sky" by Benson Bobrick--it's a historical overview of astrology's beginnings and how it's influenced mankind, history and culture for the last 6,000 years or so. It's a bit academic, but very clear to read and makes for and otherwise smooth and compelling primer. I'd give it about 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
It actually makes you want to read the books under "works cited" for more info. Also, bare minimum, it's chock-full of facts for rebuffing people who want to debate astrology's legitimacy., esp. with regard to it being shunned by major world religions that once had it as an integral part of their belief systems and the whole tropical v. sidereal debate. Makes me want to read the very old-school works to learn more about how astrology's been used for weather divination and other more esoteric events. Also, b & w glossy pictures showing critical influences astrology has has on history. And since it's written by a well-reknown historical documentarian, it may be a little less biased than most books on the same subject.
It seems to be focused most on it's Middle eastern, Egyptian, Roman and Greek accounts with just a tinge of info on other signigicant cultures, such as China, etc. It feels like about 1/3 to 1/2 of the book is missing by leaving out a larger variety of world cultures and belief systems. The book would get a 5 star rating if it said that it was primarily just focusing on astrology's influence in the Western world.
It's a new book ( Nov. 2005,) so it's still in hardcover (industry standards say it takes about 18 months to make it into a quality paperback release.) List price is $26. Amazon has it currently for $17.60, with used copies averageing roughly $11-$15, which wouldn't be bad for keeping it on-hand as a reference book. The works cited list alone would probably justify the cost. Link to Amazon to read the first few pages: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743224825/ref=pd_cmp_rvi_1_a/103-8465606-4439006?n=283155
For people new to astrology and browsing the thread, I wrote a short guide to reading a natal chart. http://www.mysticwicks.com/showthread.php?t=117497
You cannot leave out Linda Goodman and her two books, Sun Signs and Love Signs. They are merely about the sun signs, but have a world of practical, indepth and intuitive information about the basics. After 30 years, I still refer to them.
All of Robert Hand's books.... all.
"The Twelve Houses" by Howard Sassportas