When we started this site we got excited about quite a few astrological sidelines, including books. As it has turned out, we did not have the time to keep this section really up to the minute. However, here are some selected Astrology titles you can buy direct from our online Astrology bookstore, which we have arranged partly in conjunction with Amazon.com and in some instances directly with the publishers. We will get this page more into order in the near future, as some excellent books have been coming out lately. In particular, a resurgence in traditional and hellenistic astrology, along with the Fixed Stars, has certainly caught my attention, as well as titles by the more popular writers.
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Cosmic Karma: Understanding Your Contract with the Universe by Marguerite Manning.
(Llewellyn Publications: St Paul 2007.)
So you want to know who you are and why you're here? Before we were born we made a contract with the universe, which is encoded in our horoscope. This is more than a belief; it's a fact of our existence! Viewing the horoscope from this perspective takes us away from therapy and more towards self-improvement through understanding the way our soul works. Difficult situations can be seen as karmic residue. Nothing happens by accident, and the people we have constellated around us reflect our own karmic lessons and life purpose. We are here to learn and grow, and those who feel trapped or stagnant just aren't paying attention to their astrological map, which is our contract with the universe. Essential Reading!
The New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator (revised & expanded) by Llewellyn George.
(Llewellyn Publications: St Paul 1999.)
First published in 1910, this essential classic by Llewellyn George has undergone many reprints and several revisions. For over 50 years, it has been the major text book and reference for astrology teachers, professionals, and practicing and beginning astrologers. It covers all major facets of astrology, including horoscope construction and interpretation, the progressed chart, transits, locality charts, astrological dictionary, and much more. No matter what your level of astrological expertise, this book is an absolute must! Fully indexed and illustrated, the latest version (14th ed.) is edited by Marylee Bytheriver
Astrology by Ronald C. Davison.
(Mayflower Books Ltd: London 1969.)
First published in 1963, Ronald Davison’s Astrology is one of the best general introductions to astrological lore and the basics of chart calculation and interpretation. Davison, a former leading light of British astrology, displays a wealth of astrological and spiritual knowledge in his descriptions of the symbolic meanings of the signs, the planets, the aspects and the houses. Astrology is also of historical interest since it was written before oversimplification and eschewing fatalism became the dominant trends among many astrologers during the 1970’s. Look in second-hand bookstores for this little gem.
Life Cycles: The Influence of Planetary Cycles on our Lives by Rose Elliot. (Macmillan: London 1993.)
Best known for her cookery books, Rose Elliot nevertheless has a fine grasp of astrology. Her accessible introduction to transits demonstrates how the planets, at certain stages of their cycles, coincide with distinct developmental stages and/or major psychological crisis points in our lives. Life Cycles explains what each planet represents, what planetary cycles mean and how to handle their effects in the most constructive way. It includes simple tables and graphs, enabling anyone to see when planetary cycles will be affecting his or her life.
Reading the Future: A Step-by-Step Guide to Predictive Astrology by Sasha Fenton.
(Ed: Caroline Richmond. Judy Piatkus (Publishers) Ltd: London 1996.)
Predictive astrology usually entails complex calculation and requires access to a number of astrological resources. However, these powerful techniques are now readily available to anyone with a computer equipped with astrology software. Sasha Fenton provides a straightforward guide to learning and using the major predictive techniques: day-for-a-year progressions, solar arc progressions, solar and lunar returns, and transits. Reading the Future also offers brief interpretations of how the planets work when moving through the various signs and houses and when in easy or difficult aspects.
The International Atlas (revised 5th edition) by Thomas G. Shanks.
(ACS Publications: San Diego 1999.)
Covers the entire world except the USA (for which see American Atlas below). Contains over 100,000 locations with time change history for each one. Countries and instructions for use are given in English, French, German and Spanish. Cities claimed by more than one country, and countries with more than one name, are cross-referenced. Easy to follow tables.
The American Atlas (expanded 5th edition) by Thomas G. Shanks.
(ACS Publications: San Diego 1999.)
Contains data for over 150,000 locations, with time zones from 1850 to 2000, and the complete clock setting history of every city in the U.S. large enough to have a post office. This supercedes all previous sources and has easy to follow tables, which makes The American Atlas, 5th Edition, the most comprehensive reference for daylight savings time, war time, latitudes, and longitudes.
The New American Ephemeris 2007-2020 (Paperback) by Neil F. Michaelsen, Rique Pottenger & Maria K.Simms.
(Starcrafts Publishing: Epping NH 2007)
In 2006, Rique Pottenger revised and updated Michelsen's earlier work with The New American Ephemeris for the 21st Century 2000-2100 at Midnight, complete with newly-named planets Ceres and Eris, plus much more. Now astrologers will find this new, lightweight 14-year version a "must have!" In easy-to-scan 8.25 x 11 format, it has all the new features of its forerunner and even more. For each month you'll also find a daily Declination and Latitude Table and a detailed Daily Aspectarian. Both Ceres and Chiron are included in daily longitude positions, and in the aspectarian. In Declination and Latitude, Sun through Saturn (including Ceres) are given daily, with Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Pallas, Juno, Vesta and Eris in 5 day increments. One minor disadvantage is that the text is more crowded on the page than in its predecessor, and the Aspectarian is more complex, with aspects to Ceres and Chiron making it harder to make quick judgements. I suppose this is habit on my part, so we shall see how it goes.
The New American Ephemeris for the 21st Century, 2000-2100 at Midnight by Rique Pottenger.
(ACS Publications: San Diego 2006)
In 1976, Neil F. Michelsen compiled, programmed and published the first edition of the ephemeris series that set new standards of accuracy for contemporary astrology. In 2006, celebrating the 30th anniversary of that first publication, Rique Pottenger continues the work with this new full 21st century ephemeris, updated with the latest data. New features include Ceres added to daily longitude listings of Sun through Pluto. Monthly listings for Eris, Pallas, Juno and Vesta, Chiron and an improved position for the Galactic center. Improvements enable finding double ingresses on a single day, astro data phenomena sorted by time as well as date, and more.
American Ephemeris for the 21st Century: 2000 to 2050 at Midnight by Neil F. Michelsen & Rique Pottenger.
(ACS Publications: San Diego 1997)
No astrologer's library can be complete without the ephemeris with the latest data from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The American Ephemeris by ACS is the most accurate ephemeris in the world today. In addition to planetary positions for every day from 2000 through 2050, it includes a wealth of data – solar and lunar eclipses, aspectarian of Jupiter though Pluto, Chiron, Synetic Vernal Point, Moon phases and more. Note that this is a book of 50 years' worth of listings. For more comprehensive data you'll also need the ten-year versions, which include detailed aspects, declinations and latitudes.
American Ephemeris for the 20th Century: 1900 to 2000 at Midnight 5th Revised
by Neil F. Michelsen.
(ACS Publications: San Diego 2000)
The American Ephemeris by ACS is the most accurate ephemeris in the world today. In addition to planetary positions for every day in the entire 20th century, it includes a wealth of data – solar and lunar eclipses, aspectarian of Jupiter though Pluto, Chiron, Synetic Vernal Point, Moon phases and more. Note that this is a book of 100 years' worth of listings. For more comprehensive data you'll also need the ten-year versions, which include detailed aspects, declinations and latitudes. Still, I find that this book is very useful, especially for a quick look at progressions.
The Michelsen Book of Tables: Koch and Placidus Tables of Houses How to Cast a Natal Horoscope Interpolation Tables Time Tables by Neil F. Michelsen (Compiler), Robert Hand, Josh Brackett.
(ACS Publications: San Diego 1997)
Teamed together for the first time—The American Book of Tables and the Koch Book of Tables! Here are house tables for both Placidus and Koch, diurnal motion tables, log tables, time tables and much more. Includes complete step-by-step instructions on erecting a horoscope in the special bonus section written by Rob Hand and Joshua Brackett, "How to Cast a Natal Horoscope." Makes calculating charts simple, painless and accurate. Combine this book with any American Ephemeris and Atlas and you have everything you need to calculate precise planetary positions and house cusps.
Sex Signs by Judith Bennett.
(Pan Books Ltd: London 1981.)
Every woman's astrological and psychological guide to love, sex, men and fulfillment. A brilliant and penetrating insight into every woman's emotional and sexual being. Sensitive, skilled astrology from a genuine female sage, as she shows how to make the most of your creativity, power and personality. Drawing on modern knowledge of human relationships, Judith Bennett provides superb and detailed analyses of every astrological sign, from the woman's point of view. Required reading for men, too!
Here is an astrological guide to love unlike any you've read before. Playful, witty, but dangerously effective, Seduction by the Stars gives you the down-and-dirty secrets you need to make yourself irresistible to any sign under the sun. Each star sign is analysed and recommended modes of seduction for each are playfully outlined, along with insightful comments on the relationship capacity of each sign. A good read which owes quite a bit to Judith Bennett's Sex Signs, reviewed above.
Synastry details the principles of chart comparison and interpretation and shows how to apply this information. While Davison’s proposed “relationship horoscope” is a somewhat questionable technique, this does not detract from the fact that Synastry is a very good summation of the methods of chart comparison. The book includes short interpretations of planetary inter-chart aspects and comparative house placements.
While John Townley is responsible for introducing the composite chart to English speaking astrologers, Robert Hand’s Planets in Composite is the definitive textbook on the subject. Hand explains and demonstrates the effectiveness of the composite technique, and shows how to cast and read a composite horoscope. The bulk of Planets in Composite comprises delineations for all the planets in each house and every major aspect.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Svatmarama Swami.
(tr. Brian Dana Akers. YogaVidya.com: Woodstock, NY 2002.)
Learn about Chakras; Kundalini Yoga; Hatha Yoga; Asanas; Pranayama; Mudras; Bandhas; Meditation; Shakti; Nadis; Neti; Bindu; Siddhis. This book has established itself as the classic work on Hatha Yoga. An Indian yogi named Svatmarama set down the Hatha Yoga Pradipika in the fifteenth century. Drawing on his own experience and older works now lost, he wrote this book for the student of Yoga. He wrote this book for you. Contains the original Sanskrit, a new English translation, and photographs of all the asanas.
Chakras by Harish Johari.
(Inner Traditions Intl Ltd: Sep 2002.)
Indian scholar and tantric Harish Johari introduces classical principles of the chakras, as well as their practical application. Chakras provides tools to activate these centres of transformative energy. Meditating on the beautiful, full-color illustrations of each chakra vitalizes the cerebrospinal centers and harmonizes the entire system. He explains each chakra's connection to elements, colours, sounds, sense and work organs, desires, planets & deities, behavioural characteristics and effects of meditation. For scholars and spiritual aspirants of every level, Chakras is an invaluable, practical source of information and techniques.
This volume features a bounty of rare yogic lore. Beautifully presented it holds a treasure trove of karmic knowledge, including geometric forms used for centuries as tools for meditation, Tantric yantras were lost to the modern world until Johari's research revealed them. His illustrations of yantras are reproduced in full color. Harish Johari (1934-1999) was a painter, sculptor, and composer of Indian music. He authored twelve books on Eastern spirituality, including Ayurvedic Massage; Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine; Breath, Mind, and Consciousness; The Birth of the Ganga; Dhanwantari; and Chakras. He also produced several audiocassettes of mantra meditations, including Sounds of Tantra, Chants to the Sun and Moon, and Sounds of the Chakras.
A clear and easy guide to how the signs of the zodiac influence our physical and mental well-being. It covers the five elements and how they balance; sun signs and the elements; parts of the body and diseases associated with each sign; visualizations and exercises to aid healing; diseases associated with the planets; herbal medicine; and medical astrology in action.
Numerology: The Divine Triangle by Faith Javane & Dusty Bunker.
(Schiffer Publishing: March 1997)
At last a truly comprehensive and authoritative text on numerology! Part I is a complete introduction to esoteric numerology. Part II includes extensive delineations of each of the numbers 1 to 78 and, for the first time in book form, a synthesis of numerology, astrology and the Tarot. Each number is explained as personal number vibrations, as a temporary number vibration, in terms of its astrological correspondence and in terms of its Tarot symbolism. Each of the Tarot cards is illustrated. Numerology and the Divine Triangle is the book to which all books on the subject will be compared from now on. Highly recommended.
Odin's Runes by Neil Giles.
(Starburst Publishing: Adelaide 2002.)
If you are drawn to the runic path and the divine world of the Elder Futhark, there is no better place to learn than Odin's Runes. Neil Giles is a university-bred scholar of the runic tradition. An astrologer, psychic and practitioner of rune magic, Neil's childhood fascination with Odin and the gods of Asgard has become a passion for the path of Teutonic wisdom. A long-time contributor to Astrology on the Web, Neil reads the runes professionally and has lectured and taught extensively on rune wisdom and magic. Odin's Runes, was born from the meeting and melding of a lifetime's work with more than two thousand years of traditional wisdom. An illuminating book. If you click the book cover image to buy this via Paypal or via our order form, the first 100 purchasers will receive their copy signed by the author, Neil Giles. Excellent value!
Asteroid Goddesses by Demetra George. (ACS Publications; June 1986) The asteroids, especially Ceres (now classed as a "dwarf planet"!), Vesta, Juno and Pallas Athene, have pushed themselves forward into the astrological consciousness in recent years. These are all considered to be feminine influences, or "goddess planets", so righting the "patriarchal" prejudices of traditional astrology. This seminal book by Demetra George has been the principal force behind the push and is the definitive authority on the subject. No serious modern astrologer can afford to be without it.
Brady's Book of Fixed Stars by Bernadette Brady. (Red Wheel/ Weiser Books; July 1999) Fixed stars are often overlooked in contemporary astrology. Brady has returned to the art's origins, reviving the ancient meanings ascribed to individual stars. Fixed stars add their influences (sometimes subtly, sometimes with drastic changes) through "paran" relationships with the planets. A star and planet are paran when they simultaneously occupy certain positions in the sky. Her book offers Paran Maps and Star Phases for over 60 stars; new insights into the natal use of fixed stars, plus their use in mundane astrology; extensive appendices of Heliacal Rising and Acronychal Setting graphs and tables.
Chiron and the Healing Journey by Melanie Reinhart. (Penguin Arkana; Revised & Expanded edition June 1, 1999) Chiron, the smallest planet in our solar system, was only discovered in the 1970s. In this comprehensive study, Melanie Reinhart examines its meaning and symbolism, showing how it has added another dimension to astrology. Chiron is identified with the figure of the "wounded healer" and represents a spirit of philosophical independence, compassion, and a sense of trust in our inner selves. Rich in mythological anecdotes, literary allusions, and historical perspectives, with in-depth case studies, information tables, and a completely updated and expanded ephemeris for the twenty-first century, Chiron and the Healing Journey is an indispensable book and will fascinate anyone interested in the subject.
Horary Astrology: The History and Practice of Astro-Divination by Anthony Louis. (Llewellyn Publications: St Paul, MN 1991.) Horary Astrology is a veritable compendium of traditional astrological knowledge, for anyone with a good grounding in astrology. Louis gives a clearly written, thorough, and at times critical presentation of the rules and methods of this traditional divination technique. Explaining the practical application of planetary and house rulerships, planetary strength, strictures against judgment, and much more, Louis outlines his method for interpreting horary charts, plus the reasoning behind the concepts. Includes up-to-date rulership list, glossary of key horary concepts, and many example charts, tables and illustrations.
Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer by James T. Braha. (Hermetician Press: Longboat Key, FL 1993.) This landmark edition is an excellent introduction to the mysteries of Hindu Astrology, as well as being a great book on astrology in its own right. Robert Hand considers this book to be "a masterpiece" and it certainly outlines the essence of the most popular Hindu system with style and aplomb. It clearly delineates the differences between the modern Western methods and the Ancient Hindu system, showing that the Indian system is essentially event oriented and predictive, while the Western tropical system is primarily psychological and analytical. Every serious astrologer should buy this book.
Can astrology encourage international understanding?
Mundane Astrology tackles these problems in a superbly readable way. Written by a troika of highly qualified astrologers, this book is a must for anyone interested in this much neglected area of astrology.
The Gods of Change: Pain, Crisis and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto by Howard Sasportas. (Arkana (Penguin): London 1989.)
Major turning points or crises in our lives are usually signified by the transits of the outer planets to our birth charts. Sasportas provides a psychologically informed account of the distinctive dilemmas, particular type of trauma, test or trial posed by each planet, as it moves through the houses and makes aspects to the planets of the birth chart. By knowing what is in store for us, he suggests, we can learn to cooperate with the inevitable, find meaning behind periods of upheaval, and use our life crises as opportunities for growth and development.
The Arabic Parts, greatly valued by astrologers of an earlier era, have been virtually ignored by Western astrology since the seventeenth century. Zoller opens up this valuable tradition to modern astrologers, gaining a new perspective on the inner meaning of the horoscope. The first section covers the relationship of parts to number and causality (karma or fate). The second section contains his translation of Bonatti's derivation of over 100 parts. The third illustrates the practical use of parts in natal, horary and mundane figures. Clearly written and relevant, this book should be on the shelves of every serious astrologer.
In this book Marc Penfield presents the case for applying the precession correction to annual solar return charts. Solar Returns in Your Face is light on theory, and contains no “cook-book” list of planets in the houses and so forth, rather, it demonstrates that precessed solar return charts aptly describe events in people’s lives by presenting brief analyses of over 140 example charts of famous people, at important stages in their lives.
The Internet Sacred Text Archive has the full text of over 500 ebooks on Religion, Mythology, Folklore, Traditions and the Esoteric. In includes all major religions' scriptures in English and the original languages, and hundreds of other books. Includes many texts scanned from rare books no longer in print. Ideal for schools, libraries and students. Books include: the Bible in English, Hebrew, Greek and Latin, the Qur'an in English and Arabic, the Vedas and Upanishads, the Talmud and Kabbalah, Homer, Virgil, Dante, the Eddas, the Kalavala and even the complete works of Shakespeare. Topics include the Bible, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Shinto, I Ching, Taoism, Confucianism, Jainism, Sikhism, Shamanism, Traditions of Australia, Polynesia, Africa and Native America; Ancient Near East, Egypt, Classics of Rome and Greece, Sagas and Legends, Wicca, Grimoires, Celtic Mythology, Irish Legends, Alchemy, Atlantis, Tarot, Atheism, Philosophy and much more.
Here is a list of some of our favorite books on astrology.