Below are some of the astrology books I own. I was fortunate enough to be gifted many of them by an old friend, and some I bought myself. Some have been read many times, cover to cover, many have been thumbed through or skimmed to some degree. Doing this article took a lot longer than it should have specifically because I kept finding myself getting distracted and immersed in the content of some of these books.
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Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs was the book that started it all for me when I was a kid. My mum had a copy and I devoured it. I don’t know what happened to my mother’s copy but I did end up buying my own copy and have had it for years (albeit it very bad shape now). In any case, it is a good introduction to the different Sun signs, and how they operate as a man, woman, child, boss, employee etcetera.
Linda Goodman died back in 1995 but she is remembered over at LindaGoodman.com where they have an active forum community.
I am not sure where I even got Meet Your Planets: Fun with Astrology, but it is such an entertaining book, even if you know your astrology pretty well. It introduces the planets as different characters, the Sun represented as a King, Jupiter the favorite Uncle, Saturn as an old Math Teacher etc, and the signs and houses as occupations. It then goes through and lists the different planets (as the different characters) through the signs and houses (how they cope with being giving different jobs).
Natal Chart Interpretations
Stephen Arroyo’s Chart Interpretation Handbook is a great book, especially if you already have a little knowledge. He explains the concepts of the planets, the elements (fire, earth, air, and water) and qualities (cardinal, fixed and mutable) and rather than give interpretations for the planets in signs; gives guidelines for how you can go about doing so yourself whilst giving the benefit of his experience. He outlines what he suggests you should look for and focus on in a chart to get a good understanding of it. I really like how he sets things out and found it a very enjoyable read.
The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation concentrates mainly on planetary patterns in natal charts, a technique which Jones developed (he also created the Sabian Symbols with Elsie Wheeler). There is also a section on planetary pairs and interpretations on the aspects of the different planet pairings and their significance. As it was first published in 1941 I personally find the writing a little obtuse and hard to decipher (Mercury in Pisces here) but still a very interesting book and one I look forward to rereading soon.
Planetary Symbolism in the Horoscope is a good book if you are looking for more in-depth planets in signs interpretations. I personally didn’t like a lot of her interpretations, but that may have been down to the author’s interest in Jungian psychology. I personally found some of the descriptions rather negative and some others almost dismissive.
The author explains when the planets are inferior versus superior placements, which is an interesting concept. The back of the book has keywords and descriptions for the planets, the elements, and the qualities.
Moon Signs: Discover the Hidden Power of Your Emotions gives a good overview of the Moon in the natal chart. The author gives a very detailed description of how the various Moon signs behave. There is a section on the Moon through the houses, and what phase the Moon was in when you were born. She also includes information on the secondary progressed Moon by sign/house and conjunctions to natal planets. All in all, an enjoyable book, that bears repeated use, as the progressed Moon changes signs approximately every two and half years and the conjunctions to natal planets will vary.
The Inner Planets: Building Blocks of Personal Reality is an interesting book featuring Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas giving lectures about the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars). This is not a cookbook of astrological interpretations of the planets in signs but rather an exploration of the myths associated with the planets and then a discussion of how those planets might express themselves in signs, houses and by aspects.
The tone of the book is quite conversational, with the authors posing questions and audience members answering, suggesting or posing other questions.
The Gods of Change: Pain, Crisis and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto is an excellent book by the always enjoyable Howard Sasportas. The first part of the book delves into how although sometimes painful and difficult, these planets often bring much-needed change to our lives. He explores the mythology behind each of the planets and goes on to describe in detail how these planets manifest when transiting our planets and through our houses. Examples are given throughout the book and the last section has three case histories. An excellent resource as the planets move through the natal houses and aspects different natal planets.
The Lunation Cycle
The Lunation Cycle: A Key to the Understanding of Personality was I believe gifted to me by a friend. I haven’t sat down and read this thoroughly but I will admit that I have found other books about lunar types and progressions that I preferred. However, having said that, from my understanding, Dane Rudhyar was a pioneer in many ways when it comes to astrology and different techniques and for that alone, the book deserves a more thorough assessment (which I will get around to one of these days).
Dane Rudhyar lived from 1895 to 1985 and the Rudhyar Archival Project has a lot of his articles available online.
Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape is considered one of the best books to read about retrograde planets. The author does state in the introduction that it is “essential to read this book from beginning to end, rather than picking out individual chapters for delineations”.
Having Mars retrograde in my own chart, I was interested to see how that would be addressed and came away wishing that more examples or details had been given. The sections on transiting retrograde planets were extremely helpful and illuminating.
The Houses: Temples of the Sky is an interesting book, especially if you have an interest in horary astrology, or are just curious about how different houses became associated with different themes. The author is an authority on horary astrology and this is reflected in the book, with its inclusion of ancient and traditional associations with the houses, along with the current associations. Each of the house axes is explored for its historical background and then a section for each house is given listing various rulerships (principal, horary, mundane, lawsuits or conflicts, events, medical matters, commerce, colors, direction and quality, associated planets and signs and names).
Although only a thin book (134 p) it packs a lot into it, including an index of rulerships at the back and discussions of other techniques and house systems. I would recommend this to anyone that has an interest in the art of astrology, even if horary may not be what you are into. Deborah Houlding has a website at http://www.skyscript.co.uk/ which has many articles and a forum for those interested in exploring horary and traditional astrology in more detail.
The Twelve Houses: Exploring the Houses of the Horoscope is an interesting book that describes the areas of life each of the 12 houses encapsulate and then goes on to describe the different ascendant types. Then the planets and their ruling sign are (Sun and Leo, Moon and Cancer etc) described through the various houses. The book finishes with a case study.
Planets in Aspect: Understanding Your Inner Dynamics is an examination of the different planets and descriptions of their aspects to other planets. I see that on Amazon that there are a couple of reviewers that are not at all happy with his writing style; inferring that it was a little too harsh. I personally didn’t have a problem with the ones that I read about myself, I found them firm but fair, but perhaps their aspect descriptions were harsher than mine.
This book looks at the conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, inconjuncts, and oppositions between the planets to other planets and the Ascendant in a natal chart.
The book Aspects and Personality looks at the major and minor aspects in the natal chart. The author also includes sections on unaspected planets, orbs, the ruling aspect and aspect patterns. There is also a section outlining the aspects of all the natal planets to the other natal planets, Ascendant and Midheaven.
A good book for someone that is interested in exploring their natal chart in more depth.
The Sabian Symbols: An Oracle was written by Lynda Hill, who was another speaker that I was fortunate enough to hear lecture back in 2003. At the time, it came with a deck of cards that could be used as an oracle. My cards lasted maybe a week before my then young kids discovered them and they were never to be seen again (the cards, not the kids).
The book is very thorough, a page for each of the 360 Sabian Symbols details a description of the symbol, an understanding of how this may relate as an oracle and keywords and cautions that may need to be heeded. There are also various quotes that are given to illustrate each symbol. Lynda Hill has a blog at https://sabiansymbols.com/ and Facebook Page.
Chiron and the Healing Journey – this is an updated version of the book that I have. The book looks at the mythology of Chiron and Shamanism and about the theme of the wounded healer in today’s world. There are descriptions of the configurations, including by house and planet that Chiron is in, along with aspects to natal planets and angles. There is a section about the transits of Chiron, but at least in my version, it felt a little limited, especially in comparison to the depth given to exploring the mythology of Chiron. As stated above, there is a newer version out which is said to have a “wealth of new material and an elaboration of themes previously included.”
Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine is an interesting book, probably more so for women than men. It explores the mythology of Ceres, Pallas Athene, Vesta, and Juno. It includes the asteroids mentioned in houses and signs as well as aspects to natal planets. There is also a huge ephemerides of 16 asteroids from 1930 to 2050. Asteroids included in this listing are Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Psyche, Eros, Sappho, Amor, Lillith, Toro, Pandora, Icarus, Diana, Hidalgo, Urania, and Chiron.
For those that are interested, Astrodienst allows you to select asteroids to add to your Extended Chart Drawings (included under additional objects)
Finding Our Way Through the Dark is a very interesting book that covers a lot of ground. My copy was printed in 1994 and has tables in the back up to 2010 (I assume the newer versions go further with the tables, but perhaps not). This book first looks at the lunar phases, both at birth and through secondary progressions.
There is a section on the 12th house, including information on planets in the 12th along with when planets transit and progress the 12th. The Dark Goddess Asteroids and Dark Moons are addressed along with information on Pluto, the South Node, Void of Course Moon and eclipses. The book is presented as a workbook and offers keywords and phrases to help you work through your chart in a methodical way. All in all, a fascinating book that covers a lot of ground. This is the companion book to Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess and I think when I buy a copy of that, I will update my version of this book as well. The author has a website at https://www.demetra-george.com/ and a Facebook Page.
Astrology A Language of Life: Volume IV – Relationship Astrology is an excellent book with a lot of information about the different techniques that you can use for relationships analysis and one that I find myself returning to all the time.
I was fortunate enough to hear him lecture at an astrology conference in Victoria, Australia back in 2003 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly he died in 2011 but his audiobooks can still be purchased via Earthwalk Astrology and The Mountain Astrologer has a listing of articles that he wrote for them.
Synastry: Understanding Human Relations Through Astrology is a good book for those wishing to explore more about their relationships. It starts with looking at the individual charts and what that tells about how they approach and are in relationships. There are sections on the first meeting chart and marriage charts and a general comparison of the charts.
The most thumbed sections are likely to be the information on house overlays (what it means to have your planets overlaid into their houses and vice versa). There is also a section the author calls The Relationship Horoscope but has come to be known as the Davison Chart (named for the author).
Relationship Signs by Linda Goodman is a book that is really easy for a beginner to understand. She first gives a good basic outline of the signs, planets, and aspects. She then outlines what she feels are the karmic interaspects between two charts and then goes on to describe all the various interaspect combinations.
There are also tables at the back (at least in my version) that list what sign your planets are in from 1900 to 2000 as the book was written at a time that access to those sorts of details at the click of your fingers was not as prevalent.
Love Signs by Linda Goodman is another book that brings back so many memories of when I first got my copy in the late 80’s. It listed all the combinations, including an overview of how the two signs get along and then differentiating between say an Aries woman with Taurus man and Aries man with a Taurus woman.
This doesn’t delve into synastry or other comparisons although it does mention from time to time the moon signs and ascendants and is a great book for whetting the appetite of someone that wants to learn more about astrology.
Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark is a great book, full of interesting and thoughtful examples. This is a book that is quite beginner friendly, as she starts out with what she calls “the alphabet”, the planet, aspects, houses, and signs. She then moves on to how to read transits, secondary progressions, returns and includes information about the Saros cycles and eclipses.
Bernadette Brady is perhaps best known for her work on the fixed stars, and her book Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars is one that I need to get around to buying and reading. You can find out more about Bernadette Brady at her website.
Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living is a great reference tool to have around if you are really starting to get into astrology and transits to your natal chart.
The book details what you can expect to occur when transiting planets aspect the natal planets, Ascendant and Midheaven in your chart. It also delineates what it means to have the different transiting planets in the various houses of your natal chart. You can follow Robert Hand on Facebook or via his website.
Predicting Events with Astrology is an enjoyable read that walks you through the different methods of predicting events (progressions, returns, transits, eclipses, horary and nodes). The author focuses the majority of the book on secondary progressions and details what to look for as well as example charts for the most commonly asked about subjects (love and marriage, money and success, health and wellness, accident and other misfortunes, children, death and bereavement and other enterprises).
Celeste Teal has retired and taken down her website which was called The Moon Valley Astrologer.
Astrology: A Language of Life Volume I – Progressions covers a lot of ground in a slim volume. The author covers not only the movement of progressed planets but progressed planetary returns and retrograde motion. The progressed sun-moon relationship is explored as well as the ingress of progressed planets and angles to new signs. The author outlines how to go about preparing for a client reading using the progressed chart and then goes on to outline his thoughts on progressed composite charts. This is one of those books that you seem to have so much info jumping out at you, that you need to underline or mark the page to find it again. Such a shame that Robert P. Blaschke has died, as he wrote fascinating books.
Secondary Progressions: Time to Remember is a good primer for secondary progressions. It first goes into how the different parts of the progressed chart (Sun, Moon, and Ascendant) form the foundation of the progressed chart. The author explores hemisphere divisions and chart shapes as well as intercepted signs and mixed angles.
Planets conjunct the angles are explored before progressions for planets in the signs are explored as they progressed into other signs. This is all wrapped up with several example charts. All in all, an interesting book with lots of information easily presented.
Planets in Solar Returns: Yearly Cycles of Transformation and Growth is a great and easy to understand book about how to read your solar return chart. As the solar return is a yearly chart set for the time that the sun returns to the place it was at the time of your birth this is a book that will become a much-used reference book over the years.
There are explanations of retrograde inner planets in the chart, interceptions, hemisphere and quadrant emphasis along with element and mode balances in the chart. Each of the planets is then analyzed in aspect to planets and in houses. The book closes with information about comparing the solar chart to the natal chart and looking at timing techniques in the Solar Return chart. All in all, an enjoyable book.
Horary Astrology: Plain & Simple is one of those books that makes everything looks so simple and easy to understand, even when it is a subject as intimidating as horary can seem. I don’t pretend to know much about horary, but it is a subject that fascinates me and this book lays out a lot of information that you need to know in a very friendly, and approachable manner. I find myself referring back to it many times, year after year when I have questions about a horary chart, or just to refresh my understanding of a concept.
I just went to find the authors website and am so excited to see he has one at https://tonylouis.wordpress.com/ This looks like a blog that has a lot of information and is current. I see that two weeks ago he posted about the beheading of Charles the 1st, which my macabre, history loving, nerd self cannot wait to read.
The Rulership Book is just what it says it is, a book that details the rulerships of almost anything you can think of to a house or planet or planets. This is indispensable when it comes to horary astrology but also just a good reference book to have if you are curious about what house or planet a particular subject or item may fall under.
Astrolocality or Astrocartography
Astrolocality Astrology: A Guide to What it is and How to Use It. I see that this is an updated version of the one that I own. This details how certain locations seem to bring out the best or worst in us. You can find out more about this topic of astrology at http://www.astrocartography.co.uk/
You can also try out how different countries and cities influence you by using the Astro Click Travel section over at Astrodienst (under the Free Horoscopes section).