REFERENCE BOOKS on Astrology Basics

By Daniella

HC=Hard Cover TPB=Trade Paperback PB=Paperback *=Recommended

•M.J. Abadie and Claudia Bader, LOVE PLANETS, *

(New York NY: Simon and Schuster / Fireside Books, 1990) 334p TPB

Explains the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars and the Ascendant in detail (and has ephemeris tables for them), but not the other Planets. Gives a clear and interesting explanation of astrology basics and the Signs, and how they relate to each other. This is really a book on romance and relationships, but would be a fine introduction to astrology.

•Evangeline Adams, ASTROLOGY FOR EVERYONE,
(New York NY: Dell Publishing Co Ltd, 1931/71), 302p PB
A classic Sun-Sign astrology book by the favored astrologer of the rich and famous, who went to court to defend the practice of Astrology, and won.
•Donna Cunningham, MOON SIGNS, **
(New York NY: Ballantine Books, 1988), 312p (plus tables) PB

An excellent introduction and reference book regarding the Moon, including phases, transits, "emotional weather" and much more. Includes Moon Tables to 1999 so you can just look up your Moon Sign. Easy to read, interesting, and gives good advice

•The Diagram Group, ZODIAC TYPES, *

(Glasgow, Scotland: HarperCollins / Collins Gem, 1993), 255p PB 3x4.5

Many details about the SIGNS, in point form and lists, including Males, Females, Children, Likes, Dislikes, Lovers, Friends, Work, Leisure, Health. A very thorough little astrology reference book you can carry in a purse and study in spare moments. Not just another pop Sun Sign book, it has a pretty "professional" attitude. Good for any beginner, worth a read by any astrology student.

•Zipporah Pottenger Dobbyns, FINDING THE PERSON IN THE HOROSCOPE, **
(Sebastopol CA: TIA Publications, div. of CRCS Inc., 1973), 64p TPB
A classic work by "Zip" Dobbyns, a Ph.D. in psychology, the inventor of "Astrology's 12-letter alphabet". An easy-to-read introduction to the basics of astrology. Highly recommended for beginners and all astrologers.
•Gail Fairfield, CHOICE CENTERED ASTROLOGY: The Basics,*
(Smithville IN: Ramp Creek Publishing, Inc., 1990), 367p TPB
A sensible approach to astrology, worth reading as your first astrology book.
•Stephen Forrest, THE INNER SKY: The Dynamic New Astrology, ***
(New York NY: Bantam Books, Inc., 1984), PB
(reprinted by ACS Publications, 1989], TPB
An original, entertaining, insightful introduction to astrology. I wish it had been MY first astrology book! Highly recommended.
•Llewellyn George, THE NEW A TO Z HOROSCOPE MAKER AND DELINEATOR,
(St Paul MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1990), TPB
•Joseph Goodavage, WRITE YOUR OWN HOROSCOPE, *
(New York NY: The New American Library, 1968), 239p HC
(Signet) PB
An oldie but a goodie, with tables of planet positions up to 1970. It's still an easy introduction to the planets and signs for newcomers to Astrology. Paperback often sold in used books stores.
•Linda Goodman, LINDA GOODMAN'S SUN SIGNS *
(New York NY: Taplinger, 1968) PB
My first astrology book, and the first astrology book to make the New York Times bestseller list. Linda's gone now, but her work lives on and helps keep astrology alive and growing.
•Liz Greene, ASTROLOGY FOR LOVERS, ***

(York Beach ME: Samuel Weiser Inc., 1980/89), 357p TPB

If you know your Sun Sign, you can experience this psychological analysis by a Jungian therapist. Not just for lovers...for a DEEP look into your psyche. Scary stuff! But something you need to understand about yourself, and understand about the other eleven Sun Signs. Anything by Liz Greene is excellent, including her "Mythical Tarot" book.

•Grant Lewi, HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT, *
(St Paul MN, Llewellyn Publications, 1962), PB
Another oldie, but a goodie that helped me learn the basics of Astrology.
•Ursula Lewis, CHART YOUR OWN HOROSCOPE, *
(New York NY: Grosset and Dunlap, 1976), 192p TPB 8x11
All Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects, Transits. Very thorough, yet easy to read. I liked it when I was a beginner to Astrology.
•Myrna Lofthus, A SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO ASTROLOGY, *
(Sebastopol CA: CRCS Publications, 1983), 444p TPB
A fine astrology beginner's book: easy to read and thorough!
•Michael Lutin, SATURN SIGNS: *

A New Astrological Approach to Turning Your Fears and Anxieties Into Success,

(New York NY: Dell Publishing, 1979), 221p PB

Interprets Saturn in each Sign, and gives cookbook style interpretations of Sun/Saturn Sign combinations. Includes a simplified Saturn ephemeris for 1900-1999 so you can look up your own Saturn Sign.

•Tim Lyons, ASTROLOGY BEYOND EGO, *
(Wheaton IL: Quest / Theosophical Publishing House, 1986), 188p TPB
A spiritual approach to Astrology, but easy to read. Recommended for beginners and all astrologers.
•Louis MacNeice, ASTROLOGY,
(London UK: Aldus Books Limited, 1964), 351p HC w/colour plates
(also New York NY: Doubleday and Company Inc., 1964)
An encyclopaedic approach to astrology, with many colour illustrations and historical facts. Includes ephemeris tables to 1964. Look for an out-of-print copy in the bargain book stores and get one for your book shelf!
•The Magi Society, ASTROLOGY REALLY WORKS!, **
(Carson CA: Astro Room, div. of Hay House Inc., 1995), 327p TPB
All astrologers and students could learn an original new view on using those often-neglected "Declinations"; as well as some insightful approaches to Electional Astrology (choosing the best time to begin anything), Progressions, Financial Astrology, and compatibility analysis. Includes 120 famous horoscope charts and some great material on the history of astrology, the outer planets, Darwinism, proving astrology works, challenging the skeptics, success indicators, the U.S. horoscope, corporation horoscopes, and astrology in the Bible. We need more astrology books like this! Magi also publish a special Ephemeris.
•Marion March and Joan McEvers,
THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN ASTROLOGY *
Volume 1: Basic Principles
(San Diego CA: ACS Publications Inc., 1980/88), 302p TPB
Covers all the basics of Astrology thoroughly, and is recommended by many as a good teaching tool for the serious astrology student.
•Bruce Nevin, ASTROLOGY INSIDE OUT: A New Approach to Astrology, *
(West Chester PA: Whitford Press, 1982/87), 300p TPB
Covers all the basics of Astrology, with an original approach.
•Joan Quigley, ASTROLOGY FOR ADULTS,
(New York NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969/78), 245p TPB
All Planets in the Signs, and an Ephemeris for 1890 to 1952.
•Carl Sargent, THE ASTROLOGY OF RISING SIGNS, *
(London UK: Rider/Century Hutchinson Ltd., 1986), 192p TPB
Introduction to the Rising Sign (Sign on the Ascendant) which indicates a person's "style" or "appearance". Want to guess peoples' "signs" at a party? Chances are, you'll be seeing Rising Signs, not Sun Signs. Read this, and learn how to read people, using real Astrology.
•Frances Sakoian and Louis S. Acker, THE ASTROLOGER'S HANDBOOK, *
(Perennial Library / Harper and Row, 1973/89), PB, TPB
(Also published in paperback format.)
A solid and thorough astrology manual in cookbook style, good as a reference for reading your horoscope chart.
•Sepharial, THE MANUAL OF ASTROLOGY,
(London UK, W.Foulsham and Company, 1962), PB
•Carl Payne Tobey, AN ASTROLOGICAL PRIMER FOR THE MILLIONS,
(Los Angeles CA: Sherbourne Press, 1965), 125p TPB
Introduction to Sun Signs by a syndicated horoscope columnist.
•Richard B. Vaughan, ASTROLOGY IN MODERN LANGUAGE,
(Sebastopol CA: CRCS Publications, 1985), 338p TPB
A thorough and easy to understand introduction to astrology.
•Joanna Martine Woolfolk, THE ONLY ASTROLOGY BOOK YOU'LL EVER NEED *
(New York NY: Stein and Day.) TPB 8x11
Haven't read it, only glanced through it, but some friends have said it is a good astrology book for beginners. Despite the grandiose claim in the book's title, I think you'll need some more astrology books beyond this one.

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