The best horoscope books

3 authors have picked their favorite books about horoscopes and why they recommend each book.

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Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook

By Debbi Kempton Smith,

Book cover of Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook

In a refreshing break from standard fare, Kempton-Smith uses humor with deep insight to describe the components of a horoscope in a writing style that is more amenable to the contemporary reader who is seeking the fundamentals of horoscope analysis. Descriptions of planets, signs, and aspects are instructive and instantly applicable in her many clear examples. The unique chapter on "Astrology for Daily Living" illustrates how astrology is used in mundane events and other areas that is not found in most texts. Her techniques for determining the best days for those born under certain signs to undertake endeavors is highly recommended, and her overall mass appeal is up-beat and entertaining. 


Who am I?

As a Certified Astrologer and Education Director of The National Council for Geocosmic Research, I host monthly webinars with experienced astrologers from around the world who present state-of-the-art lectures on every facet of astrology. I taught astrology in-person and online for 10 years, have consulted professionally for 40, and have written many articles in astrological newsletters and magazines, some of which have been published internationally. For the past 14 years I’ve been a staff writer for Horoscope Guide Magazine, and have been interviewed frequently on talk radio, podcasts, and newspapers, including The New York Post.


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Finding Success in the Horoscope: The Slevin System of Horoscope Analysis

By Jackie Slevin,

Book cover of Finding Success in the Horoscope: The Slevin System of Horoscope Analysis

What is my book about?

In my book I outline the Slevin System of Horoscope Analysis, a 12- step system that provides a step-by-step approach to determining the best route to success based on your individual horoscope. Expanding beyond Sun-Sign Astrology, all you need is a computer print-out to discover the aspects of your Midheaven (one of the four angles in a horoscope) and define abilities, develop talents, and ultimately attain your goals. More than 40 example charts are included and delineated to help you follow the specific steps  Extending beyond standard Sun-Sign Astrology, this unique method has not been published anywhere else, and revolutionizes astrological career counseling

The Development of the Personality

By Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas,

Book cover of The Development of the Personality: Seminars in Psychological Astrology, Vol. 1

I was fortunate to have attended a lecture in 1988 presented by Liz Greene, I didn’t quite understand much of what she said because I was just a beginner, but I loved her passion and how other astrologers held onto every word she spoke. This was one of my first books on psychological astrology and I have bought nearly every book she has ever written since. Understanding the very basics of personality gives astrology an incredible foundation on which to then learn how to read the natal chart. This does just that.


Who am I?

I've had a deep passion for the esoteric world since childhood. I read books on everything to do with ghosts, magic, and astral travel, and began drawing up astrology charts from books I had borrowed from the library as a teenager. I studied astrology back in the mid-1980s when the new age was in full swing. Ten years later I went back to university and studied to become a psychologist. I am a firm believer that an understanding of personality through depth psychotherapy, and the hidden wisdom found in alternative schools of knowledge, can enhance one’s personal and spiritual growth in the difficult times we face today.


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Psychological Astrology And The Twelve Houses

By Noel Eastwood,

Book cover of Psychological Astrology And The Twelve Houses

What is my book about?

I spend a lot of time preparing for a reading, and when mentoring students and professionals, by first examining the house position of the planets. The planet’s house position allows you to see a side of your personality that you would normally miss in a general reading. Dig deep and you will find gold. I wrote this book so that I could show astrologers how to do just that.

Heaven Knows What

By Grant Lewi,

Book cover of Heaven Knows What

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.

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. 

Exploring Consciousness In the Horoscope

By Noel Tyl (editor),

Book cover of Exploring Consciousness In the Horoscope

Noel Tyl pioneered the concept of Jungian archetypes that could be translated into astrological signs, houses, and planets. Tyl edits this compendium on exploring consciousness in the astrology chart with some of the early astrologers. Although an older book, it shows how astrology today has stepped forward to embrace a deeper understanding of consciousness through the horoscope beyond what we are told on the six o’clock news.


Who am I?

I've had a deep passion for the esoteric world since childhood. I read books on everything to do with ghosts, magic, and astral travel, and began drawing up astrology charts from books I had borrowed from the library as a teenager. I studied astrology back in the mid-1980s when the new age was in full swing. Ten years later I went back to university and studied to become a psychologist. I am a firm believer that an understanding of personality through depth psychotherapy, and the hidden wisdom found in alternative schools of knowledge, can enhance one’s personal and spiritual growth in the difficult times we face today.


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Psychological Astrology And The Twelve Houses

By Noel Eastwood,

Book cover of Psychological Astrology And The Twelve Houses

What is my book about?

I spend a lot of time preparing for a reading, and when mentoring students and professionals, by first examining the house position of the planets. The planet’s house position allows you to see a side of your personality that you would normally miss in a general reading. Dig deep and you will find gold. I wrote this book so that I could show astrologers how to do just that.

Astrology

By Isabel M. Hickey,

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

This classic takes you to the next step of horoscope analysis, along with a more philosophical approach to how the heavens impact human behavior based on planets’ placements at the time of your birth. Detailed explanations about signs, planets, and houses are presented in almost a “cookbook” presentation that helps the reader make more sense of how horoscopes play a role in a person’s destiny. The language and descriptions may be a bit dated for some tastes, but the timeless message remains intact.


Who am I?

As a Certified Astrologer and Education Director of The National Council for Geocosmic Research, I host monthly webinars with experienced astrologers from around the world who present state-of-the-art lectures on every facet of astrology. I taught astrology in-person and online for 10 years, have consulted professionally for 40, and have written many articles in astrological newsletters and magazines, some of which have been published internationally. For the past 14 years I’ve been a staff writer for Horoscope Guide Magazine, and have been interviewed frequently on talk radio, podcasts, and newspapers, including The New York Post.


I wrote...

Finding Success in the Horoscope: The Slevin System of Horoscope Analysis

By Jackie Slevin,

Book cover of Finding Success in the Horoscope: The Slevin System of Horoscope Analysis

What is my book about?

In my book I outline the Slevin System of Horoscope Analysis, a 12- step system that provides a step-by-step approach to determining the best route to success based on your individual horoscope. Expanding beyond Sun-Sign Astrology, all you need is a computer print-out to discover the aspects of your Midheaven (one of the four angles in a horoscope) and define abilities, develop talents, and ultimately attain your goals. More than 40 example charts are included and delineated to help you follow the specific steps  Extending beyond standard Sun-Sign Astrology, this unique method has not been published anywhere else, and revolutionizes astrological career counseling

Classical Scientific Astrology

By George C. Noonan,

Book cover of Classical Scientific Astrology

Early on in my research on Neronian astrology I had the good fortune to discover this book and visit its author, a real live astrologer. When he showed me the chart he had done for me I felt a  shiver of excitement, convinced that I was the first person to pay an astrologer to cast Nero’s horoscope in 2,000 years. Dr. Noonan’s book is an excellent introduction to astrology as it was practiced in the ancient world. 


Who am I?

The deeper I looked into Nero’s history the more references I found to astrology about which I knew nothing except that it was a “pseudo science”. Then an idea hit me like the proverbial lightning bolt. It didn’t matter that astrology was mere superstition. All that mattered was that Nero and his contemporaries believed in it. Nero’s birthday and time are known so it must be possible to re-create his horoscope. With this mysterious wheel in hand, anyone familiar with ancient astrological lore should be able to make some very intelligent guesses about what Nero’s astrologer would have been advising his imperial client on perhaps a daily basis.


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The Nero Prediction

By Humphry Knipe,

Book cover of The Nero Prediction

What is my book about?

Nero is widely regarded as the most despicable Roman emperor who “fiddled” while Rome burnt. In fact Nero was a man of considerable generosity, talent, great ingenuity and boundless energy intent on making his life a work of art, dreaming of an age in which music, not military force, is power. What’s missing here?

Astrology, the seductive mixture of astronomy and superstition which in Nero’s time exceeded every religion in power and influence. So ardent was the belief that horoscopes were roadmaps to the future that believers tailored their actions to match astrological predictions. Meet the self fulfilling prophecy. When Nero’s horoscope became widely known it bedeviled his reign because it predicted when he would be fortunate and when he would be vulnerable, invaluable information for his enemies in the aristocratic class who believed that he was dishonoring the imperial throne by performing in public. All this seen through the eyes of the ex-slave who rose to the position of Nero’s right hand man but who also had a star-crossed destiny hanging over his head.

Personality Isn't Permanent

By Benjamin Hardy,

Book cover of Personality Isn't Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story

There's a theory in psychology that alongside our basic traits, our personalities are also defined in part by the stories we tell about our lives – what's known as your narrative identity. In this inspirational book, Hardy shows how you can change who you are by reinterpreting your own past and, in effect, retelling your own story. As part of this process, you can think of past events as happening 'for you' instead of 'to you'. What's especially compelling about this book is that Hardy has made these changes in his own life and personality. You get to hear how he left behind his difficult youth, transformed into a dramatically more conscientious person, built a successful career as a psychologist, and became a loving husband and father.


Who am I?

I'm a psychologist and neuroscientist and I've been writing for the public about all things mind and behaviour for more than two decades. Something I've noticed in that time is that the question people want to know the answer to, perhaps more than any other, is how much we can ever truly change, deep down. After all, self-help advice is seemingly endless, but does any of it really work, or are we ultimately destined to always revert to type? That's what motivated me to begin delving into the latest science of personality – defined by psychology as the habits of emotion, behaviour, and thought that make us who we are.


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Be Who You Want: Unlocking the Science of Personality Change

By Christian Jarrett,

Book cover of Be Who You Want: Unlocking the Science of Personality Change

What is my book about?

Whether you're an introvert or extravert, creative and open-minded or focused and disciplined, psychology has always taught that there are various personality types. The common perception is that we’re stuck with what we’re given. However, drawing on the latest psychological theories and methods, interviews with leading experts, as well as a personal anecdote, in Be Who You Want I argue that although your initial personality type is moulded by a combination of genetic influences and early experiences, it is not fixed. It is malleable, voluntary even. In my book, which is packed with quizzes and practical exercises, I help you understand how your personality was formed and give you the tools to further shape your traits in the ways you desire and that will benefit you most.

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