Astrological Recommendations… Learning Astrology. Where to Start?

For those of you interested in taking the leap into the study of astrology. There are some basic things you’ll need. One is an ephemeris, this is a list of the planets, what degree and sign they are in. You will find ephemeris that break down as little as a year or as much as 100 years. I suggest you have one handy to look up transits which I’ll explain a little later.

Now the main thing is understanding the basics. My first book was the A to Z horoscope maker and it’s great for reference but a little confusing. A great series of books that break down everything into an easy system and walk you through the process, allowing you to develop your own style of interpretation are by Marion March and Joan McEvers. The series is called “The Only Way to Learn Astrology.” A bit hyperbolic but none the less a really great group of books. I have listed links to the first few basic ones, as well as links to some ephemeris. I suggest buying an ephemeris for this century and the last for quick reference. Also I like the little yearly calendar/ephemeris for a quick look when on the go. I also like calendars for the home that have astronomical info on them but then again I’m a bit obsessive. You can follow the links to find the series and starter book as well as different ephemeris and calendars.
Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide: Complete Astrology At-A-Glance (Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide)

Llewellyn’s 2009 Astrological Pocket Planner: Daily Ephemeris & Aspectarian 2008-2010 (Planner)
Llewellyn’s 2009 Astrological Pocket Planner: Daily Ephemeris & Aspectarian 2008-2010 (Planner)
American Ephemeris for the 20th Century: 1900 to 2000 at Midnight/5th Revised
American Ephemeris for the 20th Century: 1900 to 2000 at Noon
The New American Ephemeris for the 20th Century, 1900 to 2000 at Midnight: Michelsen Memorial Edition

Astrological wall calendar:
Llewellyn’s 2008 Astrological Calendar: With Horoscopes for Everyone (Calendar)
The best book on the fundamentals of astrology: This is the first volume in the excellent series:

The Only Way to Learn Astrology, Vol 1: Basic Principles
The second book is about the math, which you don’t need. You can get free charts run on Astro.com
Volume 3 helps you synthesize the information after you learn the fundamentals of the first book.
The Only Way to Learn Astrology: Horoscope Analysis Vol. 3 (Only Way to Learn Astrology)
Volume 4 focuses on predictive astrology:
Only Way to Learn About Tomorrow (Only Way to Learn about Tomorrow)
A basic, go to, concise book on astrology and another good place to start:
Llewellyn’s New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Interpreter: A Comprehensive Self-Study Course

An interesting aside, and just plain fun. Sabian symbols are based on the degree of each planet or house in your chart. I haven’t found then to be amazingly accurate but they are interesting and there is no interpretation skills needed. All you have to do is have your chart in front of you and look up the degree and sign of each planet and get a mini-reading.
Sabian Symbols:
The Sabian Symbols in Astrology: A Symbol Explained for Each Degree of the Zodiac

Best wishes and good luck!

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Astrological Recommendations… Learning Astrology. Where to Start?

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