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14-11-2007, 06:07
so lately i was thinking that astrology would help me with my readings and add on to them quite nicely. problem is i have no idea where/how to start because i was never that good at remembering the planets to begin with. soo many things to remember it seems, so many different ways to affect people and their moods. its fascinating yet intimidating. so should i just start off with astrology for dummies?? :laugh:

14-11-2007, 07:30
Found this website recently that is quite well laid out and designed to help a beginner get up and running.


Have fun Pao :D

14-11-2007, 07:32
Well, I came to tarot via astrology, the opposite direction from you, and I found it helpful to bear in mind the astrological attributions of the cards when trying to understand them, so it might be a good idea to think of the relevant suits + major arcana cards when trying to get your head around the nature of the elements + various signs and planets. I suppose it depends on the decks you use though - I have always used the Thoth deck (and to a far lesser extent the Rider-Waite), which is particularly strongly integrated with astrology.

To help you get a handle on the houses, you could try using the Astrological house spread, with 12 cards in a circle, each one representing a different area of life. Each house also corresponds to an astrolgical sign (1st-12th = Aries-Pisces), so it's good for giving you a feel for the signs too.

There are lots of good, free, online resources for learning about the basics of astrology. A good outline is at http://www.thelemapedia.org/index.php/Astrology - it provides some good links too. http://www.selfhelpastrology.com/ (click on the 'Basics of Astrology' tab) offers a more descriptive introduction. I have found http://tryskelion.com/ a great resource for learning about tarot, so you might want to look at the astrology section there (click on 'The Arts' tab on the left hand side). Finally, http://www.skyscript.co.uk/ is a massive and very very professional astrology site with absolutely tons of info, ranging from the introductory to the highly obscure!

Hope that helps.

15-11-2007, 05:49
thank you guys! i was checking some of these sites and it looks like a completely different language to me but ill keep reading until i learn!

yes czarner i was looking into the astrological spread for a while now, that is the reason i wanted to get into astrology more. the spread seems very complete but if i knew more on astrology maybe i could add more to my readings like timing, personality types etc.

ill take it step by step and see how it goes from there. thanx for the sites!!

03-12-2007, 05:31
! Very helpful I think. I was thinking about adding astrology to my readings as well.

03-12-2007, 06:55
I came to tarot thru astrology as well. :D

I like astrologyzone.com you can begin there. I bought a bunch of books....but really I began with my chart and then my family and friends.... I bought planets in transit by Robert Hand and The Astrologer's Handbook by Frances Sakoian and went back and forth with it.

Also Astrodienst.com is good. You can cast your chart on it and it will give you some info and then you can go deeper if you want.

It is complex! :D


12-12-2007, 02:38
thank you guys! i will go and search these some more. its very complex indeed but think of how much fuller a reading will be with this knowledge! :D

12-12-2007, 02:55
Here's another astrology site, the forum is very active

You can do free charts here

There's a lot to learn but once you get the basics down it'll get much easier
Have Fun!

12-12-2007, 03:24
omg i just read through the site FoolToThink posted and I am soooo confused!! there must be a astrology for dummies website out there that makes it simpler!:confused:

Ok I am going off to try SMV's site. this is like being in school i just need the basic and then go off and incorporate but i am having a bit of difficulty. i wish the community college around here had astrology classes :(

Little Hare
12-12-2007, 13:23
so lately i was thinking that astrology would help me with my readings and add on to them quite nicely. problem is i have no idea where/how to start because i was never that good at remembering the planets to begin with. soo many things to remember it seems, so many different ways to affect people and their moods. its fascinating yet intimidating. so should i just start off with astrology for dummies?? :laugh:

I have the same problem... and have now signed up for astrology classes in the new year :)... I've never been able to learn astrology from books... Why not try googling Federation of astrologers in your country and see what comes up? That's how i found my teacher :) and i was surprised by how reasonable the cost of classes are :D

13-12-2007, 01:38
ahh they dont have :( it says only online courses :( ufffff

13-12-2007, 03:25
Buy a book on basic astrology that shows you how to construct a chart, buy as many magazines to see how charts are interpreted, and then go on-line and find software that you can download free. I wouldn't bother using on-line services as it is too easy to make mistakes with unfamiliar software. Get your own and work with it. One of several sites that offers free software is
*** http://www.halloran.com/

Once you can cast charts, read as many charts as you can get.
*** http://www.astrodatabank.com/ has lots of charts to use for study
*** http://www.khaldea.com/chartgallery.shtml is another source of charts

Just start doing astrology. Dave

13-12-2007, 04:53
I've been working with an excellent book called Astrology for Yourself. You basically work through your own chart, from start to finish, in ever greater detail. Once you've mastered that, you just go on to practicing on other charts - as Dadsnook says, as many as you can. But I found it useful to start somewhere familiar: myself ;)

13-12-2007, 05:15
but is that chart going to help me with all the planets and things? i feel like i have to start by learning every planet what effect they have etc. its really overwhelming. what is a chart going to help me do?

I tried doing an exercise with timing and it said something about the moon second quarter or something, ahhh i dont know what i am doing honestly :joke:

13-12-2007, 11:23
Forget about procrastinating. Among all the reasons to keep talking and not doing is the one reasons to just start doing astrology == if you don't start then you never will. Just do it. Everything will come in time. Astrology, like life, isn't a spectatator sport -- just start doing astrology. Dave

13-12-2007, 23:13
I was just thinking, if you can relate planet meanings to certain tarot cards it might be a lot easier to remember

23-12-2007, 22:00
Pao... a chart by itself is not going to help you... you might as well be trying to decipher the Rosetta Stone, *lol*

Following are two very good books on the basics... better than the actual 'Astrology for Dummies' book... These books are funny, witty, very knowledgeable, and concise!... nothing to get bogged down about... Both by Kim Rogers-Gallagher:

'Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain', (about basics), and

'Astrology for the Light Side of the Future', (about predicting)

Another book I highly recommend is by Debbie Kempton-Smith:

'Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook'... Another fun, witty, knowledgeable book that I highly recommend...

Go ahead and have your chart handy... in fact a couple of copies is good so that you can write all over them as you go thru the books to mark what's what in your own chart in plain language...

If I could offer one bit of advice, it is this: for now, forget what 'Signs' the planets are in... pay much more attention to what 'Houses' your Planets are in and read up on the Natural Ruling Planet of the house... for example:

Let's say you have Venus in Libra in the 12th House... The Natural Ruler of the 12th House is Neptune which is ruled by Pisces... So, pay more particular attention to 'Venus in Pisces' and 'Venus in the 12th House', than 'Venus in Libra'... I have found that the 'Houses' and their 'Natural Rulers' are far more instructive than the 'Signs' the Planets are in... and I have found this to be true in every chart I have ever erected...

Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the 'Signs' account for the superficial expression of a Planet's energy and accounts for, maybe, 30-40 % of interpretation... Whereas the 'Houses' the Planets fall in account for a much richer and deeper understanding of our astrological makeup, and range in the 75-100 % interpretive category...

Make no mistake, Astrology is not easy... it is a disciplined study... What keeps one going is how fascinating it all is, *vbs*... So, be patient with yourself because it WILL take time to master it... And when you feel like your brain has become freeze-dried from it all, *lol*, put it all away and go prune the roses in your garden for a few days, *lol*

24-12-2007, 00:22
Pao, you didn't read down far enough
Scroll down to the New York list, there are a bunch of entries.

01-01-2008, 14:22
Hi Pao,

This might sound silly, but find a children's book of myths. I've found that it's easier, for me at least, to remember the aspects of the planets (and fixed stars) by meeting them as "people", with human traits and personality quirks. It's just easier to remember them in the context of a story, a play with many players where each actor is a planet and each situation likened to a house and its traits. That way there's less memorizing to do since everybody can remember the main points of a story, then each time you re-read the story you remember all the little details, little by little : )

I'd second FaireMaiden's suggestion of the Stargazer's Handbook! It's fun, irreverant, practical and easy to learn from as well as remember. It should be in every library along with Parker's Astrology--a big, beautiful picture book that's as rich in detail as it is warm and approachable...*and* it touches on all levels and dimensions of the art, from constructing your first chart all the way up to horary, synestry, locational astrology and more! Plus, it comes with a full ephemeris in the back (if I'm not mistaken, the most recent Parker's, the 2nd ed., goes all the way up through 2012) so for the ephemeris alone it's a worthy resource. Even once you've moved on into the more boring books, touching back with these 2 will re-ignight the interest, joy and passion that started you on this trail. Both are really good books! I think Stargazer sells for just over $20 and Parker's about $25 (although I've seen the first edition second hand for about 10 or 12...although I haven't seen Stargazer's Notebook second hand...)

Little Hare
01-01-2008, 14:50
ahh they dont have :( it says only online courses :( ufffff

Then contact your federation of astrologers and ask them to recommend someone who teaches face to face courses, honestly alot of books are like goobdley gook.

01-01-2008, 14:51
Hi Pao! : )

A great suggestion by Dave, khaldea has a couple great feature, incl. free monthly calendar pages to print out according to your time zone and charts of famous people to check your own work against (in case you'd like the practice.)

Also, if you're near a Borders bookstore, check into their customer rewards program. It's free and they send monthly coupons by email ranging anywhere from 10% to the 40% off coupon they just ran before Christmas--and not just books, but dvds, cds, etc. Their coupon season peaks about 3x/year: just before Christmas, then around May/June for graduates, then again around August/September for students and teachers (by the way, teachers are eligible for extra saving around Fall, I think it's about 25% off, it's a special thing Borders just does.) Also, if you're looking for a calendar (if I remember right, they carry 2 astrological ones: Llewyllen's and Witches) and, if there's any left, mid to late January Borders and it's parent-company Waldens puts these on sale 1/2 off. I guess it's pretty transparent I'm a bibliophile! (blush)

Hope this helps : )

Oh! And there's this site:

The store's in Maryland, but the man who runs it is a real gent and will gladly answer questions re: astrology resources can help point you in the right direction.