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GARY’S FAVORITE ASTROLOGY BOOKS


Over the three decades of his practice as a professional astrologer, Gary has found certain astrology books to be either very interesting or very helpful.  As he has shifted to using the techniques of a traditional astrologer, his interest in astrology books by traditional astrologers has increased while his interest in modern astrology books has waned.  Modern astrology books are those written after 1800.  At the end of the citation for traditional astrology books that have been translated from Greek, Latin, or Arabic, there are two dates separated by a slash.  The first is the date (or circa) of completion or initial publication and the second is the publication date of the later translation.  As you can see from the example on the right, traditional astrology books published during the European Renaissance have very long titles and only enough of the first part of the title to convey the primary content is listed here.  Also, these Renaissance astrology books were published in the days when printers functioned in the role of modern publishers; therefore, their title page typically states for whom or by whom they were printed instead of a publisher.  Gary realizes that most visitors to this page will not have access to some of the traditional astrology books he recommends but, as he locates them, he will add links to sites where his visitors could purchase or access some of the books by traditional astrologers that are listed here.
    Gary’s favorite modern astrology ephemerides, reference books and books for beginners:

    Books for Beginners:
  • Astrology for Yourself by Douglas Bloch & Demetra George, Wingbow Press: Berkeley, CA (1991)
  • The Astrology of Human Relationships by Frances Sakoian & Louis S. Acker, Harper & Row: New York (1976)
  • The Compleat Astrologer by Derek and Julia Parker, Greenwich House: New York (1982)
  • The Cosmic Clocks by Michel Gauquelin, Astro Computing Services: San Diego, CA (1982)
  • Houses of the Horoscope by Bill Herbst, ACS Publications: San Diego, CA (1990)
  • Planets in Signs by Skye Alexander, Whitford Press: West Chester, PA (1988)
  • Planets in Transit, Life Cycles for Living by Robert Hand, Para Research: Gloucester, MA (1977)
  • Planets in Youth, Patterns of Early Development by Robert Hand, Whitford Press: West Chester, PA (1977)
  • Sex Signs by Judith Bennett, St. Martin's Press: New York (1980)


  • Ephemerides and Reference Books:
  • The American Ephemeris for the 20th Century, 1900 to 2000 at Midnight by Neil F. Michelsen, ACS Publications: San Diego, CA (rev. ed., 1990)
  • The American Ephemeris for the 21st Century, 2000 to 2050 at Midnight by Neil F. Michelsen, ACS Publications: San Diego, CA (2nd ed., 1997)
  • The Astrological Thesaurus, Book 1: House Keywords by Michael Munkasey, Llewellyn Worldwide: St. Paul, MN (1992)
  • The Encyclopedia of Astrology by Nicholas deVore, Littlefield, Adams & Co.: Totowa, NJ (1980)
  • Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology by Jean-Louis Brau, Helen Weaver and Allan Edmands, New American Library: New York (1982)
  • The New American Ephemeris 2007-2020, Longitude, Declination, Latitude and Daily Aspectarian by Rique Pottenger, Starcrafts Publishing: Exeter, NH (2007)
  • The Rulership Book by Rex Bills, Macoy Publishing & Masonic Supply: Richmond, VA (1976)


  • Gary’s favorite modern astrology books for intermediate and advanced study or research:

    Intermediate Modern Astrology Books:
  • The Art of Chart Interpretation by Tracy Marks, CRCS Publications: Sebastopol, CA (1986)
  • Aspects in Astrology: A Comprehensive Guide to Interpretation by Sue Tompkins, Element Books Ltd.: Longmead, U.K. (1989)
  • The Astrologer's Astronomical Handbook by Jeff Mayo, L. N. Fowler: Romford, U.K. (1976)
  • The Astrological Chart of the United States from 1776 to 2141 by Gar Osten, Stein & Day: New York (1976)
  • Davidson's Medical Astrology by Dr. William M. Davidson, edited by Vivia Jayne, Astrological Bureau: Monroe, NY (1979)
  • Dynamics of Aspect Analysis, New Perceptions in Astrology by Bil Tierney, CRCS Publications: Sebastopol, CA (1983)
  • Horary Astrology: The History and Practice of Astro-Divination by Anthony Louis, Llewellyn Publications: St. Paul, MN (1991)
  • How to Handle Your T-Square by Tracy Marks, Sagittarius Rising: Arlington, MA (1983)
  • An Introduction to Political Astrology by Charles E. O. Carter, L. N. Fowler: London (1973)
  • Planetary Cycles, Astrological Indicators of Crises & Change by Betty Lundsted, Samuel Weiser: York Beach, ME (1984)
  • Psychology of the Planets by Francoise Gauquelin, Astro Computing Services: San Diego, CA (1982)
  • Saturn, a New Look at an Old Devil by Liz Greene, Samuel Weiser: York Beach, ME (1982)
  • Weather Predicting by C. C. Zain, Church of Light: Los Angeles (1949)
    Advanced or Research Books:
  • Astrological Research Methods, Volume 1, An ISAR Anthology edited by Mark Pottenger, International Society for Astrological Research: Los Angeles (1995)
  • The Elements of House Division by Ralph William Holden, L. N. Fowler: Romford, U.K. (1977)
  • Recent Advances in Natal Astrology, A Critical Review 1900-1976 compiled by Geoffrey Dean, Astrological Association: Bromley, U.K. (1977)
  • Simplified Horary Astrology by Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, Frank Severy Publishing: Alhambra, CA (1975)
  • Tables for Aspect Research by Scott G. Vail and Mark Pottenger, ACS Publications: San Diego, CA (1986)
  • Tables of Planetary Phenomena by Neil F. Michelsen, ACS Publications: San Diego, CA (2nd ed., 1995)
    Gary’s favorite traditional astrology books and books about traditional astrology concepts or history:

    Introductory, Intermediate, or Historical Books:
  • The Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology, together with the Medieval Latin Translation of Adelard of Bath by Abu Ma'Shar, edited and translated by Charles Burnett, Keiji Yamamoto and Michio Yano, E.J. Brill: New York (850 AD/1994)
  • All About Astrology - History of the Houses by Robert Powell, ACS Publications: San Diego, CA (1996)
  • Christian Astrology, Modestly Treated of in three Books... by William Lilly, printed by Tho. Brudenell: London (1647)
  • Chronology of the Astrology of the Middle East and the West by Period, 2nd ed., by Robert Hand, ARHAT: Reston, VA (year unknown)
  • Collectio Geniturarum, or A collection of nativities, in genitures, viz. princely, prelatical, causidical, physical, mercatorial, mathematical, of short life, of twins, &c.: with many useful observations on them, both historical and astrological, being of practical concernment unto philosophers, physicians, astronomers, astrologers, and others that are friends unto Urania by John Gadbury, printed by James Cottrel: London (1662)
  • de Fundamentis Astrologiæ Certioribus: The More Certain Fundamentals of Astrology, A New Brief Dissertation Looking Towards a Cosmotheory together with a physical prognosis for the year 1602... by Johannes Kepler, translator unknown, Clancy Publications: New York (1601/1942)
  • Late Classical Astrology: Paulus Alexandrinus and Olympiodorus with the Scholia from Later Commentators translated by Dorian G. Greenbaum, ARHAT: Reston, VA (late 4th century - mid 6th century A.D./2001)
  • Liber Astronomiæ, Parts I & II by Guido Bonatti, translated by Robert Zoller, edited by Robert Hand, Golden Hind Press: Berkeley Springs, WV (c. 1282/1994)
  • Liber Astronomiæ, Part III by Guido Bonatti, translated by Robert Hand, edited by Robert Schmidt, Golden Hind Press: Berkeley Springs, WV (c. 1282/1995)
  • Night & Day, Planetary Sect in Astrology by Robert Hand, ARHAT: Reston, VA (1995)
  • Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos or Quadripartite, Being Four Books of the Influence of the Stars, Newly Translated from the Greek Paraphrase of Proclus with a Preface, Explanatory Notes and an Appendix Containing Extracts from the Almagest of Ptolemy and the whole of his Centiloquy... by Claudius Ptolemy, translated by J.M. Asmand, Symbols & Signs: North Hollywood, CA (c. 150 A.D./1976)
    Traditional Astrology Reference Books:
  • The Degrees of Life (anonymous) transcribed by Chanda Dhi Manthri, Astro-Analytics Publications: Van Nuys, CA (year written unknown/1976)
  • Mathematicks Made Easie: or a Mathematical Dictionary, Explaining the Terms of Art and Difficult Phrases used in Arithmetick, Geometry, Astronomy, Astrology, and other Mathematical Sciences, Wherein the true Meaning of the word is Rendered, the Nature of Things signified Discussed, and (where Need requires) Illustrated with apt Figures and Diagrams... by Joseph Moxon, 2nd Ed., "corrected and much enlarged by Henry Coley," printed for J. Moxon: London (1692)
  • Opusculum Astrologicum by Johannes Schoener, translated and edited by Robert Hand, Golden Hind Press: Berkeley Springs, WV (1539/1994)
  • The Thesaurus by Antiochus of Athens, translated by Robert Schmidt, edited by Robert Hand, Golden Hind Press: Berkeley Springs, WV (2nd Century A.D./1993)
    Topical Traditional Astrology Books:
  • England's Propheticall Merline, Fortelling to all Nations of Europe untill 1663 the Actions depending upon the influence of the Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, 1642/3... (see the title page shown at top right) by William Lilly, printed by John Raworth: London (1644)
  • Observationes Astrologicæ, an Astrological Discourse of the Effects of that Notable Conjunction of Saturn and Mars and other configurations concomitant from Whence is Rationally predicted the Quality and Time of those principal Transactions that are probably to Ensue in England and several other parts of Europe (almost) until the year 1661... by Richard Edlin, printed for Samuell Speed: London (1659)
  • Præ-Nuncius Sydereus: An Astrological Treatise of the Effects of the Great Conjunction of the two Superiour Planets, Saturn and Jupiter, October the 10th, 1663 and other Configurations concomitant, Wherein the Fate of Europe for these next twenty years is (from the most rational grounds of Art [astrology]) more than probably conjectured... by Richard Edlin, printed by T.G.: London (1664)
  • de Rebus Cælestibus; or an Ephemeris for the year of Humane Redemption by Jesus Christ, 1663... Together with Astrological Judgements upon the Eclipses, an Ingress of the Sun into the Equinoctial and Solsticial Points of Heaven, as also Predictions upon the most famous and remarkable Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Sagittary this year, 1663 by William Andrews, printed by Tho. Ratcliffe: London (1663)

Title page of William Lilly's 1642 book about the
1642/3 Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction Title page of William Lilly's book about the 1642/3 Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction and its effects on Europe and London, published in 1644 (listed below left under Topical Traditional Astrology Books).

Portrait of Johannes Schoener at age 69 Portrait of Johannes Schoener in 1546 at age 69, from his book Opera Mathematica..., published in 1561 (he is also author of Opusculum Astrologicum, listed below left under Traditional Astrology Reference Books).  This book was printed on thin paper so there is some bleed-through of ink from the other side of the page.

Portrait of Joseph Moxon Portrait of Joseph Moxon, from the frontispiece of his book Mathematicks Made Easie: or a Mathematical Dictionary..., published in 1692 (listed below left under Traditional Astrology Reference Books).

Portrait of John Gadbury Portrait of John Gadbury (Johannes Gadburius in Latin) in 1627, from the frontispiece of his book The Doctrine of Nativities, published in 1661.  He also authored "Collectio Geniturarum, or A collection of nativities...," listed on the left under traditional astrology books that are "Introductory, Intermediate, or Historical."

English astrologers' portraits and charts Portraits of English astrologers in the center of their birth charts. From A New and Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences... by Ebenezer Sibly, published in 1784-1791 (p. 882).
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