· By Brenda C.
Astrology, Where to start?
Coming across loads of Tiktoks about astrology? Countless online magazines talking about your moon sign? Listening to an astrologer tell you that you should read your horoscope using your rising sign, and now you finally decided to try to understand what astrology is, you go to Google, type in a phrase and you come across a Natal chart calculator, so you put in your information and for the first time in your life you see a circle chart and you think to yourself, what is this? So, then you start Googling piece by piece. What does the moon in Cancer mean? What, does Venus in Libra mean? And now you're bombarded with millions and millions of different sites with so many words. You begin to read but then you're left with hunger. “I want to understand more,” you say to yourself. You begin to Google books. Then suddenly, hundreds of astrology books pop up. And you don't know where to begin. Well, with this list. I will be sharing some of my favorite astrology books.
Chani Nicholas, You were born for this, is one of my favorite beginner books. This book is filled with digestible information about your chart. It contains reflection questions for each placement to check-ins with your chart, this even coincides with her website. This book is great for somebody who wants to understand their chart with not so much technical talk.
Next, we got Astrology using the wisdom of the stars in your everyday life by Carole Taylor. This book is really fun because it reminds me of a traditional textbook, illustrations are simple yet get to the point and it gives you tons of information, from what the planet in each house means to understand yourself, your beliefs, how to plan celebrations? How to start a family? And other Life events using astrology. This book is a great introduction to the complex world of what is astrology.
Now, if there's somebody who's looking to understand the history of astrology, a Scheme of heaven by Alexander Boxer is a great book to go to. This book is an introduction to astrology's long history through a data scientist's view. It shows you the predictive powers of astrology and how impactful astrology is. It'll show you the deep inside the cultural legacy of what is astrology. This book is for you to understand how astrology was used 2000 years ago and it explores human patterns. This book shows you how the Babylonians presented astrology and how it's made its way to today. This is a great book to start a more in-depth intermediate astrology study. It explains where everything came from, but it doesn't give you the formulas just quite yet. So by the time you're finished with this book. You'll ask yourself "how can I apply these predictive techniques to my chart."
So now my next recommendation is Ancient astrology in theory and practice. By Demetra George. This book will give you anything and everything you need to know about Hellenistic astrology and how to apply these techniques to your chart. This book is 500 and pages with lots of information and exercises to help you understand astrology on a deeper level. You'll learn things about sect, planets in domicile, triplicity lord, bound lord, the speed of planets, etc. This book is great because it helps you understand the complexity of traditional astrology. If you're a student of astrology this is something that you have to have.
Now my final and probably one of my go-to's constantly is Hellenistic astrology. The study of Fate and Fortune by Chris Brennan. Here you'll also learn the history and origins of Western astrology. Study example charts, recover techniques that were lost. Chris is one of the greatest astrologers that we currently have. His knowledge is insane when it comes to astrology and very thankful that this book exists.