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