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ONLY WAY TO LEARN ASTROLOGY, volume 1: Basic Principles - Marion March & Joan McEvers, $19.95


Horoscope data
Foreward by Barbara Watters

Part 1:
1. Introduction
2. The signs
3. The planets
4. The houses
5. Delineating a chart
6. The aspects
7. Aspecting

Part 2:
8. The Sun
9. The Moon
10. Mercury
11. Venus
12. Mars
13. Jupiter
14. Saturn

Part 3:
The Transcendentals
15. Uranus
16. Neptune
17. Pluto

Natural or flat wheel filled in
Answers to quizzes
Completed horoscopes of Franklin Roosevelt & Wolfgang Mozart
Horoscope of Jane Fonda
Horoscopes of Marion March & Joan McEvers
About the authors


In the first volume of the series, an introduction to the signs, the planets & the houses; delineation of planets by sign & house; planets aspecting each other.

ACS/Starcrafts, 295 pages.

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Joan McEvers
ONLY WAY TO LEARN ASTROLOGY, volume 2: Math & interpretation techniques - Marion March & Joan McEvers, $15.95
Acknowledgements; Index of horoscopes; Foreword; Preface;

Part 1: 1. General rules, tools needed, "do you have a computer?"; 2. Formula how to find the house cusps; 3. Formulas to correct the planets; 4. Tips for computer users (and safeguards for all, whether computer generated or manually done);

Part 2: Introduction: steps to refine delineation; 5. Standouts - lack of elements, lack of quality, lack of house emphasis & unaspected planets; 6. Standouts continued - lack of a specific aspect, configurations & final signature; 7. Retrograde planets; 8. Intercepted signs & houses; 9. Mutual reception, final dispositor, chart ruler, planet in high focus; 10. Chart patterns; 11. The overview of the chart; 12. Decanates & dwads; 13. The lunar nodes; 14. Delineating the house cusps; 15. Aspects to ascendant & midheaven;

Part 3: Introduction: steps to give you further insight; 16. Planets in oriental appearance, the prenatal eclipse, the vertex; 17. Arabian Parts; 18. Fixed stars & critical degrees; 19. Odds & ends; 20. Steps to delineation. Appendices.

Comment: From the Preface:

Part I in this book provides the mathematical tools to calculate the horoscope, with or without a computer. Part II provides tools to refine your interpretive ability to enable you to find some of the less obvious areas in the horoscope. Part III provides tools to gain further insight, by showing you some of the sensitive points in each chart - the icing on the cake.

The second in their outstanding series of comprehensive teaching texts.

ACS Publications, 299 pages.

ONLY WAY TO LEARN ASTROLOGY Vol. 3: HOROSCOPE ANALYSIS - Marion March and Joan McEvers, $15.95


Index of horoscopes in volume 3
Data of horoscopes in volume 3

Part 1: Introduction, House rulers:
1. First house rulers
2. Ruler of the second house
3. Ruler of the third house
4. Ruler of the fourth house
5. Ruler of the fifth house
6. Ruler of the sixth house
7. Ruler of the seventh house
8. Ruler of the eighth house
9. Ruler of the ninth house
10. Ruler of the tenth house
11. Ruler of the eleventh house
12. Ruler of the twelfth house

Part 2: The Art of Chart Interpretation:
13: General George Patton, a modern warrior
14. Ernest Hemingway: An American original
15. Princess Diana of Wales: A fairy tale come true (written before her death)
16. Barbara Streisand: The entertainer's entertainer

Part 3: Delineating for a Purpose:
17. Looking for: Physical well-being or health
18. Looking for: Physical appearance
19. Looking for: Relationships
20. Looking for: Vocational aptitudes


Part One of this book, on the planetary rulers of house cusps and their house positions, will get you a good start in reading a chart by means of dispositors. I regret to say the authors do not have the strongest sense of houses and tend to confuse them with signs, but the resulting teasing clumsiness will inspire you to greater efforts, as you sense the prize within your grasp. (The place to sort out houses, signs & planets, once and for all, is in an introductory text, such as the first three volumes of this series, but I digress.)

Part Two uses dispositors, aspects, signs & houses to delineate four charts of interest. Despite the length, these are all quick studies, though in the case of Hemingway, the authors tell his life story with astrology, which is unusually well-done. The authors give the basics & do not clutter things with unnecessary details. Once you get a grasp of dispositors, you can add as much detail as you like.

Part Three tells how to read for several specific details. Some of these are questions clients ask astrologers (who should I marry? what job should I have?), some of them are things astrologers need to know (what does he look like?). Here is an example:

Friendships or Congenial Relationships
The friends you seek are shown by the eleventh house. Whatever sign is on the cusp describes your attitude towards them as well as theirs to you. The planets in and ruling the eleventh add more information about how you get along with them. Saturn here may indicate that you seek stability and maturity through your friends and thus relate well to older people. On the other hand, Mercury may show that you get along best with those younger than you are. Mars here often signifies that you are a leader among your acquaintances and in groups. The Sun in the eleventh may give a person a large following of friends, but it can just as well depict a person who has no need of others. If the ruler of the eleventh is in the sixth, you may meet most of your friends at work. (pg. 248)
Or, depending on the individual & the signs in question, Saturn in the 11th may result in few friends, Mars may have you fighting with them, Mercury may make them come & go, the Sun might have them basking in the glow of your attention, etc.

The book would profit from an index.

Starcrafts, 263 pages.

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Introduction by James Wasserman (series editor)
A brief overview

Part 1: The theory of astrology:
1. The planets: the first place
2. The signs: the second place
3. The houses: the third place
4. Aspects: the fourth place

Part 2: The pratical application:
5. Understanding a chart
6. Example: Oprah Winfrey's chart


Comment: Despite the small size, or perhaps because of it, a fairly solid book. There are few diversions & the actual delineations (the cookbook sections) are succinct & to the point. Aspect delineations are divided into harmonious and disharmonious, which sort of kind of works. I would like to have seen conjunction added to that, but on the other hand, one can always get a good book on aspects as a supplement. Charles Carter's comes to mind.

Weiser, 141 pages.

THE ULTIMATE ASTROLOGER- A simple guide to calculating & interpreting birth charts for effective appliction in daily life - Nicholas Campion, $15.95



1. The Planets: Ten major planets; Minor planets; The asteroids; The planets, their associations & meanings
2. The Zodiac
3. The Planets in signs
4. The twelve houses
5. The planets in the houses
6. Calculating the horoscope
7. The aspects
8. Interpreting the aspects
9. Natal astrology
10. Prediction: transits & progressions
11. Relationships & the comparison of charts
12. Horary, electional, mundane & financial astrology
13. Medical astrology
14. Astrological gardening
15. Indian astrology
16. Chinese astrology
17. Becoming a professional astrologer


Tables: Ephemeris, 1960-2010; Sidereal time (master table, individual years, 1960-2007); Tables of houses (0 - 60 degrees, in whole degrees); Sun-sign changes, 1960-2010 (format: date - sign - time); The longitude equivalent in time; The accleration on the interval; Daylight tables for the UK & US.

Comment: With appendices, the book proper ends on pg. 180. The remaining 113 pages of Tables comprise an ephemeris, 1960-2010, a table of houses, and miscellaneous other minor tables (see list above). With the inclusion of forecasting, synastry, electional, horary, mundane, medical, Indian & Chinese chapters, the result is a book with lots of data but little depth.

Hay House, 293 pages.

ASTROLOGY FOR YOURSELF: How to understand & interpret your own birth chart - Douglas Block & Demetra George, $19.95
Contents: Figures in this book, Tables in this book, Exercises in this book, Acknowledgments, Introduction

Part 1: Learning the basics:

1. Introducing the zodiac
Astrology as a language of energy
The building blocks of the zodiac: element, polarity, modality, orientation
A final synthesis: writing your sun sign interpretation
2. The structure of the birthchart
How to read your birth chart
Reading your planets by sign & house position
An overview of the alphabet: keywords for the planets, signs & houses
Summary of the astrological alphabet
3. Writing your personality profile
The Sun, Moon & ascendant
The four angles in the birth chart
The planets in the birth chart: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn
The trans-Saturnian planets: Ambassasors of the galaxy: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
The asteroids & Chiron: Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta
The new asteroids in the birth chart: Psyche, Eros, Lilith, Toro, Sappho, Amor, Pandora, Icarus, Diana, Hildago, Urania
4. Work signs & love signs
Astrology & your vocation: Sun sign careers, the work houses
Astrology & your relationships: My birth chart's love potential
Compatibility & connectedness

Part 2: Digging deeper:

5. The birth chart as a whole
Hemisphere emphasis
The Moon's nodes
The Part of Fortune & Moon phases
Retrograde planets & intercepted signs
6. Planetary patterns
The planetary aspects
How to locate the aspects in the birth chart: Interpreting planetary asepcts
Astrological timing: Astrological transits, Looking at transits in a birth chart, Interpreting transits in the birth chart
7. The applications of astrology
Astro-psychology, Vocational astrology, Synastry: the astrology of relationships, Medical astrology, Astrology & child rearing, Electional astrology: the art of timing events, Mundane astrology, Astro-economics, Historical astrology, Horary astrology
8. Looking inward
Discovering what I've learned

Appendices: A. Keywords for signs; B. Keywords for the houses; C. Keywords for the planets; D. How to obtain a computer printout of your chart; E. Martin Luther King Jr. birth chart; F. A planetary emphemeris, Mars-Pluto, 1932-2000; G. Progressions


Comment: This is a workbook, designed to help you teach yourself how to interpret your chart. For the signs & houses, it relies primarily on keywords in the appendix. Planets & asteroids get more extensive treatment.

Workbook entries go like this:

The Sun: Keyphrases:
My source, center, will, vitality & life force
My potential for creative self-expression
My ability to focus my talents & realize a life purpose

1. My planet the Sun is in the sign of ____________________ (from Table 2)
My Sun sign represents my purpose, will & power. I can best express this potential by fulfilling ________________ (keywords from appendix A)
When I am using these sign qualities skillfully, I tend to be _____________, ___________, or _______________ (from appendix A)
However, when I'm using these signs qualities unskillfully, I may be ____________, ___________, or ____________ (appendix A)

If this approach appeals, then this book will work. First published in 1987 & not updated, which means many of the books in the extensive bibliography are no longer available (alas).

Ibis Press, which is Nicholas Hays, which is RedWheel/Weiser, 254 pages, oversize.




Chapter 1:
1. What is an astrology chart?
2. The signs of the zodiac & their symbols
3. The planets & their symbols
4. The planets "what is operating"
5. The signs, symbols & their planetary rulers "how energies operate"
7. The rising sign & the 12 houses of the natural chart "where the energies operate...the stage"
8. A quick review of the signs, planets & houses. Let's see what you remember.

Chapter 2:
1. The four elements & their key concepts
2. The quadriplicities & their qualities
3. The triplicities & their qualities: Cardinal, fixed, mutable: Keywords
4. Flashcards for reviewing chart forms

Chapter 3:
1. More about the houses of the natural chart
2. Coloring the natural chart by elements & qualities
3. The personalities of the ascendant or rising sign
4. Astro keys: How to determine your rising sign
5. The Moon's north & south nodes
6. By signs
7. In the houses
8. Let's see what you remember!

Chapter 4:
1. Retrograde planets
2. Planets & aspects
3. Orbs of influence
4. Exercise: drawing aspects
5. Let's see what you remember!
6. My notes
7. Crossword puzzle test
8. My notes
9. Astrological glossary of terms

Chapter 5:
It is time to take a look at your drama! Your chart 2. Crossword puzzle answers
3. Chart forms for you to use
4. Birthdates to remember
5. Natal chart & star map reports order form
6. About the author
7. Order forms for astro reports
8. Astro cards


This is a workbook designed to teach elementary astrology. It has the subtlety of a Mack truck. Big, bold, lots of !!!, lots of theatrics. These will tend to GRAB YOUR ATTENTION and MAKE YOU DO THE WORK. Which is to say, the book is engaging. There are pages to color, pages to cut out & turn into flash cards; there is an astrological crossword to solve. There are lots of illustrations & lots of blanks to fill in. The book is strongest on signs of the zodiac, not so good with aspects.

To use it, you will need your natal chart. The book offers no instruction in calculation, nor does it have any kind of an ephemeris. On page 5, the Introduction, the student is instructed to get a chart by placing an order with the order form in the back of the book. The basic natal chart is free, but the author also offers natal, transit & relationship interpretations for $25 to $45. There is a $3.95 shipping fee, I am not certain if that applies to the free natal chart or not. (Of course, if you're on-line - which you are, as you're reading this - you can get a chart on line, and for free - though, of course, they will want to sell you something, too.)

In this book, the author herself is shown three times. That's strong placements in Leo, without question. The hair does not appear to be a mane, so that rules out Leo rising. Constant theatre references are not compatible with a Leo sun, but are with a Leo moon. But not just any Leo moon. A tenth house moon, perhaps. Which would make for an enthusiastic Sag rising?

A New Day... A New Way!, 106 pages, oversize.

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The Intermediate Self-Discovery Workbook in Astrology belongs to ________________.

1. More of the basics:
A brief chronology of the development of astrology
A review of the planets, signs, elements & qualities
More insight into the rising sign, MC & IC
Decanates, degrees
Aspects & orbs of influence
Let's review!

2. Rulership:
A clock can show you how to determine the rising sign
Using dispositors to determine your major sign ruler
Using elements & qualities to determine your major sign ruler

3. Cycles:
The planets & their cycles
Lunar phases & cycles: Blue moons, moon wobbles, void-of-course moons, lunar eclipses
8 personality types based upon the eight lunar phases
Finding my outlet through lunar phases
My parts of expression
Other cycles (52 day yearly life cycles)

4. Transits & progressions:
Transits & how to interpret them
Watching your cosmic garden grow! The many roles we play! Progressed planets & how to interpret them exercise
Erecting the natal & progressed planets in the chart

5. Horary (electional) basics:
Setting up the horary chart
Glossary of terms & meanings of horary astrology, by Anthony Louis, from his 1991 book on horary astrology (out of print)

Chapter Six:
Other house systems
About intercepted houses & signs
Comets, more planets, asteroids & other rocks
Lilith in the chart

7. Relationship astrology:
Chart comparison/chart synastry/composite charts
The 12 signs & romantic love. How each sign plays the game of love!
An exercise in chart compatibility/synastry
Workplace relationships

Chapter Eight:
The future of astrology


After a brief review, there are short notes on decanates. An extensive section on aspects that does not quite tell us how to actually find them, nor what specific aspects may mean. In chapter 2 in the section on dispositors we puzzle out the author was born on January 23/24, 1946 & that she does not have a Leo moon, as I had earlier guessed. The topics in chapter 3 are mostly brief, with the exception of the 8 lunar phases, and the "Parts of Expression", which go like this: For any pair of planets, ADD the faster of the two to the ascendant, and then SUBTRACT the slower from that. The result is the Part of Expression for the pair of planets in question. For example, Sun & Jupiter. As the Sun is faster, add the Sun's position to the ascendant, then, from that point, subtract Jupiter's position (Sun & Jupiter do not have to be in aspect to each other). The resulting sign & house position is how the two planets relate.

Transits, in chapter 4, are limited to a crude transit of Sun through the houses, as this book lacks an ephemeris of any kind. (Nor does it have instructions for reading an ephemeris.) Instructions to calculate progressions are to count the days in an ephemeris (day for year). Page 71 we are confronted with a bi-wheel, natal inside, progressions outside, which I believe is the first time in this book (or her elementary one, above) where we have actually seen a chart. (We do see a lot of empty wheels to fill in.)

The chapter on horary & electional is useless, aside from Louis's excellent, extensive glossary. In it, at one point he refers to pages in "CA". Which is Lilly's Christian Astrology. Which, in Scott's book, is breath-taking.

In chapter 6, there is not one word on comets. Chiron gets a brief note, along with the observation that "few modern astrologers are satisfied with Mercury as the ruler of Virgo..." There are four entire pages on Lilith, including Lilith through the houses & explicit Lilith/planet aspect delineations. "Lilith/Jupiter: the parasite destroys the host's abililty to give, makes them a miser." No other celestial body gets this kind of extensive treatment.

The major feature of chapter 7, on relationships, are sun-sign delineations of how people go about love & romance. Astrology in the Workplace is a brief article by Alice DeVille. It focuses on elements: Fire signs at work, water signs at work, etc.

Authors of "Intemediate", and, I suspect, "Advanced" astrology books (so-called) seem to run out of astrology to teach us. Aside from the Parts of Expression, and Louis's glossary, there's not a lot in here that will enhance your astrological skills. The author has an Advanced workbook, but, judging by this one, I'm not encouraged. Apologies.

(You want advanced? Learn to read house dispositors. Get started: The sign on the second house is ruled by X planet, located in Y house. Y house tells you where your money does (or does not) come from. X planet tells you how that happens. Use keywords. Construct sentences - hammer it out. (The first one will be hard.) Figure this out & you will amaze yourself. You will astound others. Don't wait for me to write the book, as I am not fated.)

A New Day... A New Way!, 130 pages, oversize.

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PERSON TO PERSON ASTROLOGY: Energy factors in love, sex & compatibility - Stephen Arroyo, $18.95


Author's note: A personal invitation to the reader
Important guidelines for those new to astrology

1. Compatibility & the language of relationships
2. Should I really take astrology seriously?
3. Love, sex & relationships: Throughout history & today
4. Astrology in the 21st century: A new viewpoint
5. How astrology amplifies our understanding of the energy interaction between people
6. The four elements, the twelve signs & the rising sign
7. The Moon: The moods we live with
8. Mars & Venus: Not all men are from Mars & not all women are from Venus
9. Venus in the fire signs
10. Venus in the earth signs
11. Venus in the air signs
12. Venus in the water signs
13. Mars in the fire signs
14. Mars in the earth signs
15. Mars in the air signs
16. Mars in the water signs
17. "Aspects": The energy interactions between planets
18. Using astrology & chart comparisons wisely & realistically

A. Astrology, a language of energy
B. Chart calculation services
C. Moon sign tables, 1927-2000
D. Venus & Mars sign tables, 1927-2000
E. Tables for estimating the ascendant (or rising sign)
F. Bibliography & abbreviations used in the text

About the author.

Comment: While the book says it's about relationships, there is almost nothing in the book actually comparing one chart to another. As the book is otherwise introductory in nature, I have put it here.

Throughout the book, Arroyo illustrates his writing with responses from his own questionnaires that he has collected over the years. Continuing a trend he first started in his book on Jupiter, Arroyo also liberally sprinkles his text with materials borrowed from other authors. In the Jupiter book, he borrowed from Charles Carter, who, having died in 1968 as a very old man, did not object strenuously. In this book he has continued this practice, borrowing from his own works, in addition to those by Grant Lewi, Lois Sargent, Ronald Davison, Debbi Kempton-Smith and some 25 others. Many, like Ms Kempton-Smith, still living. These borrowings were without permission (none are given in the book), and, in at least one case that is known to me, expressly against the author's own wishes. So it is reasonable to conclude the publishers of this book, Frog, Ltd., which is part of North Atlantic Books, of Berkeley, CA, are going to see a pack of attorneys sometime soon.

Arroyo doesn't actually need these borrowings to make his points, but if he, like chefs everywhere, wants to flavor his stew with selected spices, he must still pay for those spices. What he borrows from Lewi & Kempton-Smith, to name only two, are their choicest nuggets, after all. I myself am annoyed. Arroyo, when he's not cribbing, is a B-grade writer. Borrowing, whether with permission or not, will not boot him into the front ranks, despite Richard Tarnas's puff inside the front cover, one of two advance reviews for this book. (And why did Mr. Arroyo seek out reviews, rather than permissions? I wonder.) Arroyo only makes the rest of us look bad.

Frog, Ltd., 403 pages.

THE ASTROLOGY BIBLE: The definitive guide to the Zodiac - Judy Hall, $14.95

The zodiac
The elements
The qualities & polarities
The planets
The houses & angles
The aspects
Piecing it all together
The unfolding chart
Relationship astrology
Astrology & health

Comment: It was hard to decide if this book was fancy dictionary, or a fancy introduction to astrology. As it is organized with a view to teaching the subject, it got stuck here. In places the writing is quite good. This is lavishly illustrated, with color on every page. Read it, and it will make you feel as if you know something about astrology, but not, alas, enough to actually make use of it. This book measures 5.5 x 6.5 inches.

Sterling Publishing, 400 pages.

Foreword; 1. Introduction; 2. The zodiac; 3. The planets; 4. The houses of the horoscope; 5. The aspects; 6. Casting the horoscope; 7. Judgement of the horoscope - preliminary considerations; 8. Judgement - particular considerations; 9. Example delineation; 10. Conclusion; Appendix; Index.

Comment: Long one of the most accessible & popular books on astrology, this classic explains the author's famous keyword system for interpreting the birth chart. Keywords for each planet in every sign & house give tremendous insights into personal (often unconscious) motivation, a simple, useful & reliable system. Davison was the editor of the British journal Astrology for many years. He succeeded Charles Carter as the president of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society.

175 pages including appendix and index. CRCS, paper.

Contents: Introduction; 1. Astrology at the threshold; 2. How to use this book; 3. The four elements & the twelve signs; 4. The planets; 5. The planets in the signs; 6. The ascendant & the midheaven; 7. The houses - interpretative guidelines; 8. Understanding planetary aspects; 9. Guidelines to chart synthesis.

Comment: The usual planets in signs & houses & in aspect to each other, the ascendant, elements, etc. Guidelines to interpretation, rather than explicit delineations.

181 pages. CRCS, paper.

BREAKTHROUGH ASTROLOGY: Transform yourself & your world - Joyce Levine, $21.95
Contents: Forward, by Michael Lutin; Introduction;

1. The wheel of life
2. Elements or triplicities - your temperament
3. Quadriplicities - your mode of activity
4. The houses - here on earth
5. The Sun - your sense of identity
6. The Moon - your emotions & feelings
7. Mercury - how you think & communicate
8. Venus - your love nature
9. Mars - how you assert yourself
10. Jupiter - what you value
11. Saturn - your work ethic
12. Uranus - your freedom needs
13. Neptune - your idealism
14. Pluto - your inner drive

15. Aspects - how the planets relate to one another
16. Aspects of the Sun
17. Aspects of the Moon
18. Aspects of Mercury
19. Aspects of Venus
20. Aspects of Mars
21. Aspects of Jupiter
22. Aspects of Uranus, Neptune & Pluto.

Comment: This is a basic introduction to astrology, it covers the usual planets, signs, houses & aspects. Delineations of planets in signs are generally good, though she's better with Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus & Mars than with the outer planets. Her descriptions of planets in houses suffers from a weak grasp of houses, however she does manage to distinguish between houses & signs. Planet-to-planet aspect delineations are largely formalistic & should be better. Sextiles are conflated with trines, squares with oppositions. Levine has been a professional astrologer for some 30 years, but nowhere in the book did I sense hard-won, hands-on experience.

Weiser Books, 312 pages.

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