My astrology library is like a small back garden; it is very modest but it is growing slowly as each month, I add new items. I like being able to see the books in front of me as the covers and spines have a resonance, even a book I have not read yet lures me to its pages. Its presence on the shelf is significant. While they can be substituted for blocks in home yoga sessions, a real bibliophile would never abuse them. Books mean a lot to me but the entire world is the real library. They are personally chosen. I will give a short review of each book for other students of astrology,which will take time so please be patient while this page is cultivated.
Richard Idemon is the champagne of astrology writers. Definitely not one for the traditionalists. There is a rich taste that definitely goes to your head as each bubble gives you an ‘aha’ moment as he links charts from a unique perspective where signs with no planets actually matter. Extraordinary insight seems to pop up on almost every page. The book was not written so much spoken with the rhythms of his speech during an intensive series of workshops. Any book that has a Burne-Jones painting on the cover wins me over with its layering of interpretations.
This is Kathleeen Burt’s exploration into the archetypal and mythological associations of each zodiac sign from Aries to Pisces, revealing probably what C.G.Jung might have believed about each sign. She gives attention to forgotten Greek deities’ histories and connections, but also draws from other world cultures. These stories offer insight into the resonant meanings of each sign. It is pitched at the opposite end of the scale to the Linda Goodman populist approach to astrology found in magazines. Very highly recommended.
One of the most practical and comprehensive books you can find on astrology. It is literally two-column packed with information on every page with an appendix of essays. It is excellent for students of astrology to learn the fundamentals of Angles in the chart and the Sun, Moon Ascendant trio, and the varieties of chart types. Frank C. Clifford is a great teacher and thorough researcher having worked with Lois Rodden, so there is solid grounding in astrology in these pages, from accurate data, but also making sense of charts. It misses his humorous delivery in person but everyone can benefit.
No astrology library is complete without a book by Liz Greene. I have to say I favour her style above many others because she’s a Virgo and her attention to detail and thoroughness of research leads not only to some rare and esoteric information that she weaves in, but also to some very profound insights into the concept of Fate. She is the kind of writer to return to again and re-read as there is an intricacy of style that bears repeated readings.
When I first read this book while I was in Poros, Greece, I was inspired to create a video review. Some have argued that the premise is too broad and therefore the data too generalised to be applicable, but this book is monumental in its sweep of history and Tarnas keeps all the threads of the narrative flowing with alignments of history to planetary aspects. It also bears repeated re-readings, especially now the recent Saturn-Pluto, and Jupiter-Pluto cycles which we are experiencing-now. Read the full review here..
The analogy used by Brady is that the ‘eagle’ gives the massive sweeping over of the data of astrology and the ‘lark’ is the more right brain ability to make all the symbolic connections and interpret into a ‘song’ that the lark sings. Brady is functional and methodical, so the strengths is that she constructs the picture carefully in stages to help us learn how we make predictions, what they mean in terms of fate and free will, and what is the validity of those predictions.