The best books on astrology for beginners

Joseph Polansky Author Of A Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs: An Introduction to Spiritual Astrology
By Joseph Polansky

Who am I?

I am a full-time practicing astrologer who’s been in practice for over 35 years. There’s a lot of misconceptions about this noblest and holy science and I’ve written extensively over the years to explain things to the best of my ability. I am the author of Sun Sign Success, Pendulum Power, Your Personal Horoscope (a series that is going on for 29 years now), The Magic Stone, A Spiritual View Of The 12 Signs, The Moving Universe, and numerous articles in the astrological press. I live in Florida and I deal with an international clientele.


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A Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs: An Introduction to Spiritual Astrology

By Joseph Polansky,

Book cover of A Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs: An Introduction to Spiritual Astrology

What is my book about?

This is not your typical sun sign book, though I deal with the 12 signs. It is an explanation of the astrological signs from a spiritual perspective. Beyond its obvious psychological insights and forecasting uses, Astrology is in essence a spiritual science with deep spiritual roots. It is also a spiritual path. Every person - because of his or her Horoscope - resonates with different spiritual paths. Even the advent of major religious movements have their origins in the stars. This book doesn’t cover all the aspects of astrology and spirituality but is meant to be an introduction to it. 

The books I picked & why

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The Modern Text-Book of Astrology

By Margaret Hone,

Book cover of The Modern Text-Book of Astrology

Why this book?

This is a classic way for a beginner to learn the basics of Astrology. It is written clearly and by an expert. The author has been a professional for many years. I’m not sure if she is still alive. But no matter. This is a must-read.

The Only Way to Learn Astrology

By Marion D. March, Joan McEvers,

Book cover of The Only Way to Learn Astrology

Why this book?

While nothing replaces going to school or studying under a real teacher, this series comes close. It assumes the reader knows nothing and starts you off from the fundamental basics (the basic vocabulary) and takes you step-by-step into the more advanced topics. This is not something you just read - like a novel - it is something you study and work with.

I recommend all 3 volumes of this series. 


Heaven Knows What

By Grant Lewi,

Book cover of Heaven Knows What

Why this book?

Grant Lewi was a legendary astrologer. He was the editor of Dell’s Horoscope magazine in the 1930s and '40s. He died in 1951 and this book is most likely out of print, but you can still get it on the Internet. He was such a master that he simplified the casting and interpretation of Horoscopes to a level that beginners could understand. A great entry point into astrology. The legend is that he knew the date of his death from his horoscope and bought a large life insurance policy shortly before that! His heirs did well and he paid next to nothing.

Teach Yourself Astrology

By Jeff Mayo,

Book cover of Teach Yourself Astrology

Why this book?

A short simple book that deals only with essence. He gets right to the heart of the matter. Excellent for the novice to dip his or her toes into the subject. The book is clearly written and the author is an expert.

Astrology: A Cosmic Science: The Classic Work on Spiritual Astrology

By Isabel M. Hickey,

Book cover of Astrology: A Cosmic Science: The Classic Work on Spiritual Astrology

Why this book?

Isabelle Hickey is no longer alive, but she managed to combine astrology, metaphysics, and her psychic gifts into a beautiful whole. This book deals more with the philosophy of astrology rather than the nuts and bolts. A beginner won’t learn how to cast a Horoscope from this book, but will understand more of the cosmic and philosophical infrastructure.

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