resources for study ~ all levels

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nb: Please feel free to post reviews of any of the texts/links below. If you want to suggest a new resource, please post here and I will add it asap. Currently, these resources only pertain to Western astrology but you may also suggest resources for Chinese or Vedic astrology etc.
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websites [features luminary reports, chart readings and resources as well as tarot goodies - the website of isthmus nekoi :)] [make your natal chart, use free horoscopes] [up to date articles, searchable archive] [excellent magazine, online articles] [a helpful 'cookbook' beginner's site] [great beginners articles to get you started. Also home to a more advanced astrology forum with some helpful people] [super astrology blog which gives daily and monthly horoscopes and solar return forcasts by the birthday week. Check out the mp3 forcast downloads!] [for books and subscriptions]

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chart interpretation | beginner

On The Heavenly Spheres | Helena Avelar & Luis Ribeiro

The Astrologer's Handbook | Frances Sakoian and Louis S. Acker

Chart Interpretation Handbook | Stephen Arroyo

How to Be a Great Astrologer: the Planetary Aspects Explained | James Braha

Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart | Kevin Burk

The Practical Astrologer | Nick Campion

How to Read your Astrological Chart | Donna Cunningham
An Astrological Guide to Self-Awareness | Donna Cunningham

The Inner Sky | Steven Forrest

The A-Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator | Llewellyn George

The Art of Chart Interpretation | Tracey Marks

The Rules of Chart Interpretation - Rod Suskin

The Only Way to Learn Astrology 1-4 | Marion D. March & Joan McEvers

The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need | Joanna Martine Woolfolk

Astro Essentials | Maritha Pottenger

Complete Astrology | Alan Oken

Astrology for Dummies | Rae Orion

Astrology for Yourself | Douglas Bloch & Demetra George

chart interpretation | intermediate

Work Your Stars | Matthew Abergel [career]

Astrology, Karma & Transformation | Steven Arroyo [focus on Saturn and transSaturnian planets]

Astrology: a Comprehensive Guide to Classical Interpretation | Kevin Burk

The House Book | Stephanie Camilleri

Moon Signs | Donna Cunningham [excellent introduction to in depth study of the moon]
Healing Pluto Problems | Donna Cunningham

Choice Centred Astrology | Gail Fairfield

Saturn: a New Look at an Old Devil | Liz Greene
The Luminaries | Liz Greene & Howard Sasportas

Horoscope Symbols | Rob Hand

Foundations of Personality | Karen Hannaker Zondag
The Twelfth House | Karen Hannaker Zondag
The House Connection | Karen Hannaker Zondag

Temples in the Sky | Deborah Houlding [houses]

Astrological Voids | Janis Huntley

Essential Dignities | Lee Lehman

Christian Astrology | William Lilly

The 12th House | Tracy Marks
The Astrology of Self Discovery | Tracy Marks

Rulers of the Horoscope | Alan Oken [focus on dipositors]
Houses of the Horoscope - Alan Oken

The 12 Houses | Howard Sasportas

Karmic Astrology | Martin Schulman [series of 4 books including nodes, part of fortune, reincarnation and karma]

Astrology for the Soul | Jan Spiller [focus on nodes]

Retrograde Planets | Erin Sullivan
Saturn in Transit | Erin Sullivan

Aspects in Astrology | Sue Tompkins

Predictive Astrology | Bernadette Brady

Planets in Transit | Rob Hand [he writes the blurbs for]

Secondary Progressions: a Time to Remember | Nancy Anne Hastings

The Art of Predictive Astrology | Carol Rushman [good info on progressions as well as sections on marriage, career etc]

Predictive Astrology | Christine Shaw

Synastry: The Astrology of Human Relationships | Sakoian & Acker

Relationships & Life Cycles: Astrological Patterns of Personal Experience | Stephen Arroyo

The Real Astrology | John Frawley [a humerous comparison of traditional and modern/psychological astrology]
The Dawn of Astrology - Nicholas Campion (Stoneage to Roman times)
The History of Western Astrology Vol II - Nicholas Campion. (Roman to Modern times)
A History of Horoscopic Astrology - James H. Holden

myth & astrology
Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans | Theony Condos

Mythic Journey | Liz Greene & Juliet Sharman Burke

Astro-mythology: Celestial Union of Astrology and Myth | Valerie Vaughan

isthmus nekoi

How to understand's charts

If you haven't been to this excellent site already, you should check it out! It's by far the best site I know that offers free natal charts and horoscopes:

This post is for those who've already put in their data and are looking at the chart, but have no idea what all these little graphs etc are... Just open both attachments (sorry I've split them, and they're so grainy and small - file size limit) and the numbers on the chart (w/the circles around them) will correspond to the following explanations.

1) Basic information used to calculate chart.

2) The placement of each planet. For example, the native's sun is at 14 Sag 26'34". This means, at the time of the native's birth, the sun was found at 14 degrees and 26 minutes into Sagittarius. There are 30 degrees in each sign, so 14 Sag 26'34" is almost right in the middle of the sign, as you can see in the chart in the file astro2.jpg . The true node and Chiron are not planets but lists them as well.

3) House cusps. You can see from the chart that the angular house cusps are darkened creating the ASC (ascendent), IC (imum coeli), DC (descendant) and MC (mid heaven), and the degrees are given. But *all* the house cusps are given here: for example, the 2nd house cusp is at 16 Ari. See how the thin line (moving counter clockwise to the right) ends up hitting Aries? This is the degree of the 2nd house cusp, where the 2nd house begins. As you can see, they do not list the 8th house cusp b/c it is directly opposite of the 2nd house cusp (follow the line of the 2nd house cusp up past the center of the circle, and you will find yourself hitting 16 Libra. This is the 8th house cusp). 3 and 9 are also opposites, as are 1/7 (ASC/DC) 4/10 (IC/MC), 5/11 and 6/12.

4) This breaks down the elements/polarities of the planets, and one quick glance will show you how the chart is distributed. Fire planets are red, Air are orange, Earth are green and Water are blue. As you can see, this native is very firey, w/a singleton earth. Looking at the chart vertically, you can see Cardinal signs on the left column, Fixed in the middle, and Mutable on the right.

5) Aspect chart. This chart shows you the aspects between planets (as well as the north node, Chiron, your ASC and MC). uses very large orbs. Up to 10 degrees for oppositions/conjunctions (This means a planet at 2 degrees Sag will be marked as conjunct to one that is 12 degrees Sag - too wide for some ppl!). To see how tight or wide the orbs are, you can go to the 'extra chart selection' in, and view your natal chart there. It will also show you whether the aspects are applying (moving tighter) or separating (moving further apart). You may also choose to widen or tighten the orbs in the extra chart section.

[Don't recognize some of the aspect symbols? Check out this site:]

6) This is a sign. Signs are coloured according to element much like the chart in 4). This number is in Capricorn, an earth sign, so it is green. You can see little divisions, these divide the 30 degrees of the sign into 5 degrees. The planets move in a counterclockwise direction, so the degrees do as well.

7) This section of the chart is the house. This number is in the 11th house (the number is probably too small to see on the file, but it is clear when the chart is sized normally) As you can see, the houses do not have to be a perfect 30 degrees like the signs. House size can change according to which system you use - there is an equal house system that you can choose in the extra chart section.

8) The little symbols represent the planets, and the numbers show you the degree the planet is at. This number is pointing to Pluto who is at 6 degrees Libra, in the 7th house.

9) These lines are aspect lines. Red lines indicate 'stressful' aspects such as oppositions or squares. Blue lines indicate 'harmonious' aspects such as trines or sextiles. The dotted lines indicate minor aspects, green for quincunxes, black for sesquiquadrates. Other minor aspects such as the semisextile, quintile etc are not shown.


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I'd like to add the cool to the collection !
Free chart interpretations, also partner compatibility and Sabian symbols reports! Yay !! You can post questions with your birth data too. The site requires you to sign up, but it's free.
Bibi x


Two Additional Books

I'm spending the Summer holidays catching up on my reading - two books that particularly have impressed me are:

Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum - 'Temperament, Astrology's Forgotten Key'. Greenbaum has done some translations for Project Hindsight but this is her first solo book. It is divided into three parts - a historical review of the ideas about temperament; an empirical study of the temperament of a group of school children with a comparison between Astrological indications and teacher assessment; a final part that looks at how we can use temperament in a modern Astrological practise - with sample charts, including those of George W Bush and Tony Blair.

For those who wish to look at character analysis without the psycho babble this is an excellent book and I've tried using Greenbaum's principles in Isthmus' threads on mystery charts, with interesting results. The only learning curve is picking up the four types of Choleric, Sanguine, Melancholic and Phlegmatic (roughly corresponding to Fire, Air, Earth and Water).

The other book is 'A History of Horoscopic Astrology' by James H. Holden. The Greenbaum book has just been published but this has been around for nearly ten years. It basically goes from the Babylonians through Greeks, Arabs and the Medieval period to the present day (or about ten years ago). It's an excellent account of how Astrology developed and how techniques and methods have changed. It really does give the background and context to our practise.

One of a whole series of intresting asides is in the review of Dr. John Dee, the Astrologer to Elizabeth I. Apparantly Dee used to sign his notes to the Queen with the monogram '007', with the top of the '7' extended over the zeroes to convey the impression that he was the Queen's eyes. It was this that gave Ian Fleming the idea of giving James Bond the designation 007. If you want to understand where Astrology came from this is the book to read.


Extensive but not "vast"

This site does have extensive topics explained but it is certainly lacking in many of the technical terms and terms used in some forms of astrology beyond natal and progressed charts. For most, this would be a sufficient resource, IMO. Dave


Is there any site?

Is there a site that will do search's

Example. I want to find if transiting Saturn is making any quincunx's (I would give the time period for search) to a specific natal chart . Or is Transiting Neptune making a square (within 5 seconds) to any natal chart.

Probably isn't but was hoping there was.


Astrologer herw

Just thought I'd add my work into the body of knowledge here. Using the Thoth Deck myself and soon launching that again. Stop by sometime and leave a note - Astrology is my main profession so I can help out with symbols you're confused about.