Question: “I need some astrology books, what is recommended? I am interested in natal chart, synastry, horary and predictions. I am only interested in practical approaches. And my real problem is synthesis. “
Sometimes listing astrology recommendations is such a loaded topic, and this is mainly because people buy a book you personally loved and then don’t like it. Then, blame you for making them waste time and money. Customarily, if I read someone’s astrology, and it is presented in an enjoyable style and resonates with my personal take on the cosmos, then I will always read the back section for other suggestions. The older titles for astrology from years ago are much deeper, and there is more wisdom poured into their pages. Astrology texts from Carter’s, Alan Leo’s and Dane Rudyhar’s day, possess something lacking in future publications. There are still good astrology books today, but I don’t know if we will ever go through another transformational wave of amazing, exciting and inspiring astrological works.
Being a practical astrologer might not be my style. I adore the psychologically incisive, and artful interpretations, personally, any Liz Greene book is worth every penny spent. Astrologers like Sue Tompkins and Donna Cunningham are brilliant for common sense astrology. In fact, if it’s synthesis you are after, How to Read Your Astrological Chart: Aspects of the Cosmic Puzzle – deserves to be on top of the pile for delineating a horoscope. It is the only book which really helps in breaking down the meaning of planets in signs and aspects. The review below sums it up well:
I was reluctant to buy Donna’s book. My bookshelves are already overflowing with astrology books – many of them unread. But I was captured by her premise. “If you have been practicing for a year and don’t feel comfortable reading an actual horoscope, then this is the book you need!” I still get the stunned deer look when confronting a chart for the first time. I start trying to dig through remembrances of past cookbooks I have read. Donna’s anti-cookbook approach teaches you how to reason astrologically so you can deduce the delineations yourself. It is not a primer. You need to have the basics firmly in hand that you learned in the cookbooks. What she does is show you how to cut through the clutter, find and read the essential themes in the chart. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has studied astrology for a while and is ready to consolidate their book learning into more easy, flowing interpretations.
Horary I can’t help with. Predictive astrology, well, if money is short you can use any natal astrology textbook and read the themes as something occurring for this time or in the future. Some prediction books are ultra complicated with all sorts of unnecessary bits added into the mix. Linda Goodman’s book recommendations at the end of Love Signs is rather good.
There are many hundreds of astrology textbooks published, most of them repetitious, some of them of no help whatsoever – and a only a few of them are of any real value to the serious, esoteric professional. One can waste a good deal of money, since astrology books are so expensive, using the slow process of trial and error. I don’t claim that these are the only valued textbooks. There are a number of other fine ones. But these constitute a required library for the sincere student of astrology. They are basic. After these books have been acquired, others may be added according to personal taste. …I’m offering some suggestions for further study – these all being either my past and current astrological “bibles” – or books that have expanded my awareness in the metaphysical fields, at various times.
Some of the recommendations below:
This is perhaps the one book I would place at the very top of absolutely indispensable interpretive textbooks. This book alone can make anyone who has a natural aptitude for such work a competent astrologer of natal science.The Complete Method of Prediction, By Robert de Luce, 1978.
An exceptional and extraordinary interpretive guide on a level with the Sepharial textbook. In particular, this is a fine book regarding transits and progressions in predictive work; whereas the Sepharial book is more helpful concerning the interpretation of the natal horoscope (character and potential, etc.)Heaven Knows What, Grant Lewi, 1962.
A classic, and deservedly so. This book can bring quick comprehension of astrology to even the amateur, and is written in Gemini’s Lewi’s wonderfully readable and witty style, without his sacrifice of a single thread of the scientific foundation of astrology. Lewi was a mathematical genius, as well as a fine creative writer, a rare combination. This book is concerned mainly with character analysis and potential on the basis of the luminary (Sun-Moon) positions and planetary aspects in the birth chart…
The same kind of classic as the above book, except that this one deals mostly with the predictive facet of astrology for the amateur and professional alike. Both books contain a wealth of additional reading material regarding the entire field of astrology, easily understood by those who know nothing about this art and science whatsoever -and are useful as well for the serious student of astrology.Aspects by Charles Carter
Any book at all by Alan Leo
Any book at all by Manly P. Hall
Any book by Margaret Hone
Any book by or about Evangeline Adams