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Not every astrology book I have read makes the cut as one I would recommend to others. Below are the books I love and use often.
For me, no one explains Evolutionary Astrology better than Steven Forrest. If there is a concept that I just can’t wrap my mind around, he can explain it to me in a way that makes sense. Yesterday’s Sky did that for me when it came to understanding how our birth chart can offer up details about our soul’s path, both its history and future. If you are interested in the past you had before this lifetime and how you can use that information to grow into the best version of yourself, this book is a must-read! Get a sneak peek here.
This is my number one go-to book for quick answers. Steven Forrest has decades of experience in astrology and this book hits on the signs, planets, houses, and more with enough detail that you feel like you understand it well, but not so much that it is overwhelming. He also goes into HOW to read a chart quite a bit, as in how to put all of the pieces together for a reading. This is by far my favorite. You can get a sneak peek inside here.
This book is great because it DOESN’T go into great detail. That may not sound like a good thing, but it is actually the perfect resource for when you are looking at a chart and just need a quick answer or reminder. Sometimes you don’t want to have to read through a few pages to try to pick out a quick answer to a question. This book is ideal for those moments and I refer to it often. It is very comprehensive and gives a long list of keywords or phrases to describe each sign, house, planet, and much more. Look inside and see if it is for you here.
Robert Hand is another master astrologer who has authored many books. Horoscope Symbols covers all of the information you need to read a birth chart and he also adds a lot of philosophy and astrological history to his explanations. This helps me to understand WHY something means what it does, which is both interesting and helpful. This is another one I refer to quite often, and you can read a sample of the book here.
Yes, Steven Forrest again! I really appreciate his teaching style and I seem to get a lot from his books. He uses stories to describe astrological concepts and they really help me get the feel of what he is trying to explain because the stories are so relatable. His Element Series is 4 books, Earth, Fire, Water, and Air, but they cover more than just a description of each element. The Fire book, for example, goes into great detail about the three fire signs, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, but he also covers the planetary rulers of those signs, Mars, the Sun, and Jupiter, through all of the signs and houses. These books are great for getting into more detail about a particular sign or planet. For some reason, Amazon has three of the books grouped together as a series here but leaves out Water, which you can find here.
This book is invaluable for understanding the significance of each house in astrology. It can be hard to find information that goes this in-depth about how to interpret the house system, but this one does a great job of it. I find it to be informative but also interesting to read. You can get a sneak peek inside here.