Reader Rita writes,
“I’m wondering if you can recommend books for me to dive into to start studying astrology? I believe the older the editions the truer the teaching. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.”
Absolutely, though bear in mind that my style of astrology isn’t mainstream. That basics of what I practice are in…
- Dane Rudhyar, The Astrology of Personality
- Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle
- Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala
- Joseph Goodavage, Write Your Own Horoscope
- Angeles Arrien, The Tarot Handbook
- Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
- Carl Jung, Synchronicity or Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli, Atom and Archetype
- David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates, Please Understand Me
- Starhawk, Truth or Dare
- Robert Moss, The Three “Only” Things
- Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication
- Felix Wolf, The Art of Navigation
I use astrology as a trigger for Intuition, rather than memorizing what other astrologers have found to be true for people. Using what others have found to be true is more “scientific,” but also more reductionist. As John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” People see what they Expect to see. Also, the Planet is Changing fast; what was true for people ten or twenty years ago may no longer be true.
I focus almost exclusively on the Angles between planets (“aspects” in atrologuese), because they show how a person runs their Energy, but understanding the Signs and Houses is fundamental too, as background. The Goodavage book describes specifics of planets in signs and houses; after you’ve read Rudhyar you can skim through that (and use it as a reference when your Intuition gets stuck) to verify that you understand how the Signs fit together.
My bottom-line rule is that the only reason you’d ever want to tell someone something negative about themselves, is when you’re trying to manipulate them. Like many of the “healing arts,” many astrologers start from pathology – these are good things, these are bad things. As you read, you need to filter out the Judgments of the authors. Rather than trying to herd people into meeting someone’s Norms, educate them to their Skills. If there is something in the chart that might trip them up, ask them if they’ve ever encountered a frustration of that nature, then tell them how to Transcend it.
You’ll need dedicated software, or one of the free internet services, to draw up charts. Some of the “canned” reports on some of these can be revealing. Its a pain to draw up a chart by hand, but it’s good to know how, because you’ll understand a lot more about the underlying concepts if you do learn that.
Learn as much as you can about your own chart first, but practice a lot on the charts of friends. Don’t tell them what their chart says, ask them if what you think you see in their chart might apply to them, while being aware that they might not always provide a “correct” answer, because they may not be Aware, because they’re in hiding, or because you didn’t happen to phrase your question in terms that made sense to them. You’ll need a multi-level understanding of how Hupers work, which you can gain in any number of ways.
Feel free to ask questions about anything you see in this blog, or elsewhere. I’m available to coach if you’d like.