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Saturness
16-08-2011, 03:53
Hi!

I don't know if this is the right palce to post this but... I'd like to ask if any of you know any novels or fiction books that are related to astrology, or in which astrology plays an important role. I know there are a thousand of books like this about tarot, but I was curious if there is any literature based on astrology.

I fyou know any, can you recommend it to me, please?

Thank you so much! :)

Minderwiz
16-08-2011, 06:42
That's a cracker of a question!!

There's lots of astrological symbolism in plays, and stories going back to Hellenistic times, such as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dante's Inferno, and in the plays of Shakespeare. Such symbolism was readily understood by the audiences and readers as Astrology was much more dominant in mainstream life, But I'm sure those aren't what you are looking for.

There's a series for 'young adults' called Zodiac Chillers, which you can find on Amazon.

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you can do a search for Astrology references in the books as there's some evidence that J K Rowling actually did some natal charting for others

http://www.astrology.co.uk/news/jkrowlingastrology.htm

There's a book called the Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada

I'm sure there must be more than that.

I don't know whether you want to include films but I've a good idea that the Magnificent Seven characters were loosely based on the classic seven planets.

Barleywine
16-08-2011, 07:27
Well, despite the fact that many well-respected astrology texts showed up on the list when I googled "astrological fiction," I did find "The Astrological Diary of God" by Bo Fowler, which is supposed to be "in the Kurt Vonnegut tradition." A read of the brief synopsis shows it to be absurdist and a bit vulgar. I might like it! :D

Saturness
16-08-2011, 08:15
There's lots of astrological symbolism in plays, and stories going back to Hellenistic times, such as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dante's Inferno, and in the plays of Shakespeare. Such symbolism was readily understood by the audiences and readers as Astrology was much more dominant in mainstream life, But I'm sure those aren't what you are looking for.

Well, I think it wouldn't hurt to check on those! ;)
I'd like to see a novel with astrology ingrained into the plot not just quickly mentioned.


There's a series for 'young adults' called Zodiac Chillers, which you can find on Amazon.

Interesting! Apparently the entire series is OOP, so I'll look on eBay! Thank you!
I like Young Adult books, specially if they are well-written. (I'm 23, guess I qualify as a young adult?)


If you're a Harry Potter fan, you can do a search for Astrology references in the books as there's some evidence that J K Rowling actually did some natal charting for others

http://www.astrology.co.uk/news/jkrowlingastrology.htm

I LOVE Harry Potter! I did not know that Rowling meddled with astrology! Thank you for this link! :heart:


Well, despite the fact that many well-respected astrology texts showed up on the list when I googled "astrological fiction," I did find "The Astrological Diary of God" by Bo Fowler, which is supposed to be "in the Kurt Vonnegut tradition." A read of the brief synopsis shows it to be absurdist and a bit vulgar. I might like it! :D

:bugeyed:

I like Kurt Vonnegurt! I think I may like this one too.
But if you read it first, please do post a review! :laugh:

Apparenly Liz Greene, a fairly known astrologer, wrote a novel called The Puppet Master (http://www.librarything.com/work/864107). It's a book that has disappeared from the market (or so it seems), but apparently it is "filled with Astrological reference" (according to the ONE review I found of it).

I know it has been translated to portuguse. I'll certainly look for it.
Has anyone else read it?


Everybody is writing about vampires nowadays - how come nobody explored the astrology niche yet!? :P

Barleywine
16-08-2011, 09:38
Everybody is writing about vampires nowadays - how come nobody explored the astrology niche yet!? :P

Because astrology doesn't suck? })

jaj
16-08-2011, 10:05
...how come nobody explored the astrology niche yet!? :PYeah, I was thinking about that. Maybe because astrology is very analytical and math-oriented? So maybe astrologers make better technical writers than novelists?

Saturness
16-08-2011, 10:39
Because astrology doesn't suck? })

LOL! An even better reason - we have to keep the sucky literature from taking over! :laugh:


Yeah, I was thinking about that. Maybe because astrology is very analytical and math-oriented? So maybe astrologers make better technical writers than novelists?

Yes, that's what I think. Although I think that a good astrologer - with some storytelling talent - could really make the astrological phenomena entwine with the story somehow. It would certainly be very interesting!

jaj
17-08-2011, 00:57
...a good astrologer - with some storytelling talent - could really make the astrological phenomena entwine with the story somehow. It would certainly be very interesting!Yes, it would have to be a good astrologer. A good story with bad astrology would be like the screech of fingernails on blackboard.

Barleywine
17-08-2011, 01:18
I don't know that they ever did, but certain science fiction writers with a mythological bent would have made a good go at it. I'm thinking Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Piers Anthony. And Terry Pratchett would have great fun with it; he's already taken on Santa Claus, witches, vampires, zombies, Death and postmen . . . come to think of it, looks like he's already done tarot (it might be at the expense of "good" astrology though :)). Unfortunately, Douglas Adams is gone . . .

Minderwiz
17-08-2011, 02:33
I don't know that they ever did, but certain science fiction writers with a mythological bent would have made a good go at it. I'm thinking Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Piers Anthony. And Terry Pratchett would have great fun with it; he's already taken on Santa Claus, witches, vampires, zombies, Death and postmen . . . come to think of it, looks like he's already done tarot (it might be at the expense of "good" astrology though :)). Unfortunately, Douglas Adams is gone . . .

The nearest Terry Pratchett has got is the 'Discworld Almanak: The Year of The Prawn' which is written as a parody of the various astrological almanacs so beloved of Astrologers since the
Seventeenth Century.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Discworld-Almanak-Year-Prawn/dp/0385606834/ref=sr_1_68?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313508780&sr=1-68

nicky
17-08-2011, 07:31
http://www.amazon.com/Mercury-Retrograde-Novel-Paula-Froelich/dp/1416598936

Saturness
20-09-2011, 07:58
Apparenly Liz Greene, a fairly known astrologer, wrote a novel called The Puppet Master (http://www.librarything.com/work/864107). It's a book that has disappeared from the market (or so it seems), but apparently it is "filled with Astrological reference" (according to the ONE review I found of it).

I know it has been translated to portuguse. I'll certainly look for it.
Has anyone else read it?

Just to let everyone know that I have read The Puppet master and that I thoroughly enjoyed it, even the confusing parts.

It's a historical fiction of good quality, filled with some astrological and mystical details that can be easily spotted and understood by anyone who studies these subjects. I think that someone who has no previous knowledge of astrology and/or mysticism will be rather confused in some parts, but that would not keep them from understanding the story as a whole.

It tells the story of king Louis XI of France, the "universal spider" who was responsible for dismantling the feudal system of the French noblesse by conquering their lands and creating a unified France. Against him is his uncle, René of Anjou, who is his opposite in every sense. The two are like the different sides of the same coin. Louis is pragmatic, cynical, hateful, brave and fearful at the same time, and constantly battling the 'shadow' he carries inside him. He's a brilliant strategist and a tormented soul. René, on the other hand, is a mystical and an artist, a man of enlightened mind but, unlike Louis, rather incompetent when it comes to politics and war.

Rene's oldest daughter, Yolande de Bar, also plays a very important role. She and Louis alternate the telling of the story, each giving his own point of view about what happened. The both address a mysterious character, they simply call him Monsieur.

It's almost an occult/psychological romance mixed with historical intrigue... and sometimes I found it a bit hard to follow. The Monsieur character is said to be a 'king', and is described as a man with blue-gray eyes. His actions are clear, but his purposes... not so much. By the end of the book I am afraid I could not fully understand what he wanted, and what was his connection to Louis and the purpose behind all the game... Oh well. Perhaps I was too obtuse to understand it, lol! I think I'll read the book again in a few years. :P

All in all, it's a nice little historical fiction, with a bit of romance and a good amount of astrological/mystical references. It's well-written and interesting, but it is not packed with action, so if you like dramatic scenes and battles you won't find it in The Puppet Master. For those who are looking for an astrology-related novel, I have to say that astrology is NOT the central subject in this book, BUT it appears very often specially in the description of people and as a 'time tracker' of some sort.

alan_annand
18-03-2012, 08:06
hi Marina -

I just happened to see your post this weekend and thought I'd take a minute to respond. First off, it's kind of surprising that neither you nor those who've responded to your post are aware of Steven Forrest's "Stalking Anubis" (published in 2002) which is a murder mystery solved by two friends, one of whom is falsely accused of murder, the other of whom is an astrologer. There isn't a lot of astrology in the book, but what exists is very well handled by Forrest, who is a seasoned astrologer and a clever writer to boot.

You can find his book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stalking-Anubis-Steven-Forrest/dp/0964911361

Then there's "The President's Astrologer" (published in 1999) by Barbara Shafferman, which I haven't read, but one of my astrological associates tells me is pretty good.

You can find her book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Astrologer-Barbara-Shafferman/dp/1567186742

Finally, there's my book, "Scorpio Rising" (published in 2011) , which is a mystery/thriller that has received great reviews from The Mountain Astrologer, the NCGR Newsletter, Suite 101 Book Reviews, Astrology Toronto, Steven Forrest, Michael Lutin, Ray Merriman and others to come.

The plot: A criminal profiler using astrology, palmistry and numerology investigates the killing of a New York City heiress, only to discover that her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Here's the link to its Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/scorpiorising.aa
and you can follow various posts there to the original reviews.

You can find it on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Scorpio-Rising-ebook/dp/B0050IOY6I

Just for the record, I'm a Canadian writer, professional astrologer, palmist and tarot reader. I studied first with the British Faculty of Astrological Studies, and practiced western astrology and tarot for 15 years. Then I studied with the American College of Vedic Astrology, and have since practiced Vedic astrology and palmistry for another 15 years.

- Alan Annand
alan.annand@gmail.com
www.navamsa.com

VenusRising
18-03-2012, 08:46
I highly recommend Mercury Retrograde book :-).

dadsnook2000
18-03-2012, 10:59
Destiny Times Six. Katheryn DeJersey, an astrologer from Chicago put out this book which presents six astrological stories of her actual client consultations. Great storytelling and actual chart readings with actual results. A great way to see how a highly capable astrologer works.

The Case of the Missing Moon. Noel Tyl's collection of short stories illuminating astrology at work. A nice read.

What Evangeline Adams Knew. Karen Christino brings stories of the life of Evangeline Adams, highly noted astrologer of the early 1900's, citing many of her actual readings, the charts, and the client's stories --- along with the comments of Evangeline Adams. This is an insightful book about a master of using basic symbolism in a highly effective manner.

Any or all of these books will provide any early-studies student, as well as capable astrologers, a "wish I could do that" insight into astrological practice. Dave

callistoluna
23-03-2012, 12:04
Try Kim Falconer's Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption series - they have a fair amount of astrology in them. They are basically a fantasy series set in a not so futuristic earth with a parallel world and lots of magic :) I thoroughly enjoyed them.

http://www.kimfalconer.com/books.html