I am a beginner and I only have a couple of books on astrology. One of them is "The Twelve Houses" by Howard Sasportas. It gives detailed explanations about the houses, why they usually have the attributions the have, how they relate to their ruling signs and, of course, how each planet 'behaves' in each house.
It IS a very focused on psychological Astrology, but the explanations on the Houses are very useful to any Astrology student, I think. He has a chapter about Chiron, but you can easily skip it if it does not interest you.
I am enjoying it and would like to recommend it to other beginners!
I've been working extensively with birth time rectification lately and don't see anything on rectification on any of the lists or on the other astrology forum I frequent. I already have "Rectification of the Birth Time" (AFA, 1954) by Gustav Schwickert but it's poorly printed and hard to use. I also found "The Complete Book of Chart Rectification" by Carol Tebbs on-line but don't know anything about it. I've been using the on-line Rosicrucian material on the Prenatal Epoch with some success and will probably pick up the E.H. Bailey book on the subject. I already use the standard approach of matching major life events to progressions, directions and transits, as well as (to a certain extent) "Ascendant types" and a few obvious "character flags" when I know the native well enough.
Does anyone have a comprehensive, systematic text on rectification they can recommend?