The Book Grab- What I kept…

Very old book in private library

So anyways, you know how I was releasing many of my astrology books into the wild?

Well, I though that you might be interested in knowing which ones I chose to hang onto- especially if you’re learning. Essentially, what’s left only takes up two-thirds of one shelf now- rather than all of two.

Here goes…

The Basics

  • What’s the plural for ephemeris…ephemeri? Anyways, I have two- one pre 2000 and one post. You should have one (at least) too.
  • Planets in Transit, Robert Hand and Astrological Transits, April Elliott King. The former is a classic, the latter is a newbie that I’m very much enjoying.
  • The Michelson Book of Tables. I bought this when I was doing my FAA exams. I learnt how to cast a chart by hand, and then decided that I’d never need to do it in real life, so why bother doing the exam. Then I got a little political about it all and about exams that weren’t changing with the times, and decided not to do the exam- even though I’d done and passed all the others. For some reason, I’m not parting with the book- in case I ever decide to relax my soapbox stance.
  • Chart Interpretation Handbook, Stephen Arroyo. I can’t express just how valuable a resource this one was when I was learning… and still is now.
  • Astrology For Dummies. This was the first astro book I ever bought. I taught myself so much using this. I haven’t opened it in years, but I couldn’t bring myself to part with it.
  • Jonathon Cainer’s Guide to the Zodiac. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read much of this…but I flicked back through it yesterday and popped it back on the bookshelf.

Traditional Astrology

  • The John Frawley’s…of course. The Real Astrology, The Real Astrology Applied, The Horary Textbook and Sports Astrology. These cover most traditional bases.
  • Zoller’s, The Arabic Parts in Astrology. This is another that I don’t open often, but if I ever need to know the Arabic part for oats, barley or divorce, this is the book I turn to.
  • Not really a traditional book, The Astrological Body Types, by Judith Hill takes traditional techniques to predict astro types based on face, form and expression. Interesting.

Medical Astrology

  • If you only have one medical astrology book, let it be Jane Ridder Patrick’s A Handbook of Medical Astrology.
  • Eileen Nauman’s Medical Astrology, is also worth keeping on the bookshelf.
  • Healing with Astrology, by Marcia Starck is a handy little book for gemstone, crystal, bach flower and aromatherapy remedies using the chart. It also talks a bit about balancing the elements.
  • The Zodiac Garden, by Dorothy Hall is about herbs, gardens and landscaping by the signs. Every time I open it I have fantasies of being a landscape gardener and creating amazing spaces. Then I have a glass of wine and dream of something else.
  • Astrology, Nutrition and Health, by Robert Jansky is an absolute favourite. His work on dietary patterns and taste based on the 2nd, 6th and 10th house is fascinating. Well worth hunting down if you have an interest in nutritional astrology.

Predictive Astrology

  • The Eagle and the Lark, Bernadette Brady. My copy is falling apart. This is an absolute must have. Must. Have.
  • The Art of Predictive Astrology, Carol Rushman. I use this a lot for lunations.
  • The Changing Sky, Steven Forrest. If you’re learning astrology, this should be in your library. Forrest’s thing is intentional transits- the lessons and purposes. Things aren’t happening to you, but rather forming conditions for growth. I like that.

On Planets

  • The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest. You need it.The light and shadow of each sign and planet- and all points in between.
  • Exploring Jupiter, by Stephen Arroyo. I put this on the pile to set free… and took it back off again. I think it’s one of the best books written on Jupiter.
  • Planets at Play, Laurence Hillman. If you’re a visual type of person, this takes the planets, pops them in a costume and sends them onto a stage. It’s a fun way to learn.
  • Saturn- Fatal Attraction, by Adam Smith. There are lots of Saturn books out there. I like this one.
  • My copy of Donna Cunningham’s Moon Signs, is missing the cover…and the spine is peeling away. Enough said?
  • The Lunation Cycle, by Dane Rudhyar. So much of personality can be learnt by looking at the lunation cycle at birth. So much of transit astrology can be learnt by applying the same theory.

The Elements

  • Astrology, Psychology and the Four Elements, Stephen Arroyo. By now you’d know that I like to look at the essential natures of signs- hence my absolute love of this book.

Relationship Astrology

  • I kept one book on relationship astrology- and yes, it’s another by Stephen Arroyo. Relationships & Life Cycles. It’s worth tracking down.

Locational Astrology

  • Astrology…on the Move, Sasha Fenton. Not one I look at often, but it does what it says it will in the title.

Workplace Astrology

  • I’ve found most vocational or coaching books to bear little resemblance to how things really are in the partition. This one is good. In fact, it’s the only one I’ve found that I’d recommend. Cosmic Coaching, Lorna MacKinnon. I still say that I’ll write the definitive book on astrology in the partition one day. One day.

What’s left to grab…

There are still a few available to grab hold of…(please refer back to previous posts for details of what size postpak these will fit into…& the first post in the series for the dealio):

The Thoth Companion, Michael Osiris Snuffin

Tarot Made Easy, Nancy Garen (2nd or 3rd hand)

Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, Lon Milo DuQuette

Electional Astrology, Vivian Robson

Astrology and Sex, V Robson

The Practice and Profession of Astrology, Stephen Arroyo

Planets in Locality, Steve Cozzi

Health Signs, Claire Petulengro

The Uranus-Neptune Influence, Joy Michaud

The Hades Moon, Judy Hall

Astro Love, Jessica Adams


Look…a book…
I get a lot of questions from people wanting to know some good books to learn from. Astrology is one of those subjects that you never stop learning from. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on the credit card debt) there are plenty of great authors and publications out there. I tend to not be a real scholarly astrologer or learner. With Venus in Aries, I don’t want to wade through pages of words to get to something I can use, so all of these are books that suit me & my rather weird Piscean way of thinking…& of course the worst Mercury in the world. Check out your local bookstore for others. By the way, the usual fine print applies ie these are my opinions, everyone has the right to my opinion, no one has paid me, blah blah blah.

Some of my favourites are below:

Relationships & LifeCycles, Stephen Arroyo. This is the absolute can’t live without book on my shelf…& its’ condition shows it. I quote him heaps (naturaly with appropriate credit…) whenever it comes to relationship & Venus & Mars signs…in fact he is pretty well the only author that I refer to on an ongoing basis.

Chart Interpretation Handbook, Stephen Arroyo. Another must have. He also has another more comprehensive tome Person to Person Astrology which looks at compatability & energy factors in love & sex- all that stuff people love to know.

The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology, April Elliott Kent. I reviewed it here.

Exploring Jupiter, Stephen Arroyo. The quintessential book for understanding Jupiter…well, in my view, anyway.

Planets in Transit, Robert Hand. If you are serious about getting into your own chart, this should be on your desk always.

Anything by Stephen Forrest, but especially:

The Inner Sky

The Changing Sky

Stephen Forrest has this lyrical way of writing which looks at the purpose & shadow of each planet & sign in a way which encourages you to look at potentials & challenges rather than to say stuff like “I have the worst Mercury in history”, or “Saturn should be de-registered as a planet”. I am reading his Moon book now.

For predictive work, Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle & the Lark is a must have. Absolutely.

For Traditional Astrology and laugh out loud moments, grab anything by John Frawley… I use his Sports Astrology for footy tipping, but don’t tell anyone. He takes dry, stuffy concepts & brings them alive kicking & screaming into the 21st century.Others by him are:

The Real Astrology- If you’re into traditional astrology this is an absolute must have.

The Real Astrology Applied

The Horary Textbook

A little more off centre is Laurence Hillman’s Planets at Play. If you are a visual learner, this book brings the players in your chart to life- like actors in a drama. Really cool concept.

My bookcase is loaded with books- these are just the ones I refer to over & over.