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07-14-2016, 11:50 PM
Greetings everyone,

Does anyone have any suggestions on books regarding astrology? I mean,explanations for the houses,the signs,the planets,their relations and their angles and how they are measured,the orbital of the sun,phases of the moon etc. etc.

As for tools,thanks to the electricity based society that we live in and the light pollution it causes,its nearly impossible to study the sky and its movements without a telescope,therefore a quick search rewarded me with a program named Stellarium which gives a real time presentation of the celestial bodies (including distant planets,constellations etc.),current moon phase which i believe is a great tool to observe the sky from the comfort of our houses.

07-15-2016, 05:58 AM
The Tetrabiblos of Ptolemy: http://www.sacred-texts.com/astro/ptb/
The Centriloquium of Ptolemy: http://www.renaissanceastrology.com/liberfructus.html

(These results are simply my first results in google... I didn't check if they were good versions or not).

Manilius' Astronomica: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674995161
Aratus Phaenomena: http://www.theoi.com/Text/AratusPhaenomena.html (not EXACTLY technical, but very focused on the myths behinf each constellation... one of the best sources for the "myths" rather than the technical side).

It may be controversial, but with those 4 books, everything else is a bit of "etcetera".

Another suggestion for the future, once you get the basics, would be the Picatrix... and if you like Qabalah, then study the Shemhamphorasch.

And a nice one, once you know the basic texts, can be Norton's "Ordinal of Alchemy"... which is very much based on Astrology.

As for studying the sky.... I'd suggest seeing this thread: http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?4692-The-New-Zodiac ... which explains the difference between the visible sky and the ideal sky (unless you want to use sidereal astrology, but most people doesn't use sidereal astrology***).

*** Maybe that's the most "controversial" issue, for some people are sidereal fanatics, whilst some others hate sidereal astrology with passion. (in my own case, I don't use sidereal astrology at all).

07-22-2016, 05:25 PM
The best tool for remembering/explaining the aspects, rulerships and exaltations is the Thema Mundi, the "horoscope of the world", found in Firmicus Maternus "Ancient Astrology Theory And Practice".


As for modern authors, John Frawley is a decent introduction.

I can highly recommend two "Little Wooden Books" which are cheap but valuable: "Sun, Moon, and Earth" by Robin Heath, and "A Little Book of Coincidence In The Solar System" by John Martineau.

Michael Sternbach
07-23-2016, 01:46 PM
While the suggestions made so far are valuable for learning about classical astrology (in vogue until about the 18th century), if you are new to the art, that's not where I would suggest you start.

For learning about the meaning of the planets, signs, houses, and their combinations in a very practical way that at once encourages your own creative thinking, I recommend Hajo Banzhaf: Key Words for Astrology.

For insight into the underlying celestial mechanics with the help of beautiful graphs, A. T. Mann: The Round Art is brilliant.

For a philosophical approach to the art, I suggest Dane Rudhyar's works, especially The Astrology of Personality. He also wrote more specialized works about the lunation cycle, and so forth.

Stellarium is nice, but bear in mind that astrology uses a kind of astronomy that has been adapted to its purposes. Walter Pullen's freely downloadable Astrolog is not only a superb software for calculating all kinds of horoscope charts, but also for studying how it all relates to the actual sky.