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Bookspiration: The Best Astrology Books

"What is your star sign?" Most of us can answer this question and therefore know directly where to look in the classic women's magazines in order to read “your horoscope”. The descriptions in such horoscopes, however, are often very generalizing and, for example, the advice on which zodiac sign goes with which in love affairs can be interpreted very freely.

There is so much more to astrology than your “zodiac sign”.

You can use it as a tool to get to know yourself and your personal life issues better, to understand yourself and others better and to actively shape your life. That goes far beyond the magazine horoscopes.

Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation around the subject of astrology and it does not enjoy the very best image everywhere, although the interest in astrology is growing steadily.

  • What is astrology actually about?
  • How can you best use it for yourself?
  • And how complex is it all?

I would like to answer these questions in this article and provide you with good sources.

There are different schools and forms in astrology.

The books I recommend here are based on approaches from modern western astrology. In addition to modern astrology, there is also, for example, Vedic astrology, Chinese astrology and others.

Most of the authors in my selection refer to psychological astrology, which goes back to Carl Jung at the beginning of the 20th century. Psychological astrology is a branch of modern western astrology and deals with the interpretation of personality and shadow issues of humans.

Astrology is an ancient teaching that deals with the movement of the heavenly bodies and their influences on people and the earth.

The lunar cycles were demonstrably observed as early as the Stone Age and for a long time the terms “astronomy” and “astrology” meant the same thing. The distinction is made today in the fact that astronomy deals mathematically and scientifically with the planetary movement, while astrology refers to this mathematical knowledge, but speaks a visual language and makes symbolic statements.

In short, astrology is about the horoscope, which in principle describes the individual positioning of the planets during your birth, as well as the twelve signs of the zodiac, the planets and the twelve houses. The sun and moon are counted among the planets, even if, of course, they are not astronomically speaking.

Our so-called “zodiac sign” describes the astrological sign of the zodiac that is in the area of ​​the sun on your birthday.

It is therefore also called the sun sign. Your horoscope also includes all other signs and planets. As soon as you know where your moon is and which sign just rose in the east (ascendant) when you were born, you can already gain a much deeper insight and see that the word “zodiac sign” is chosen a bit confusing.

The astrology books that I am introducing to you here explain all of these components in more or less detail.

But they all have different approaches and directions, why there is definitely the right book for your personal introduction.

> Tip: You can for example here create your own personal natal chart for free and find out your moon sign, your ascendant, etc.

Gentle start: Brigitte Hamann, The twelve archetypes - signs of the zodiac and personality structure *

Brigitte Hamann has a background in communication, NLP and hypnotherapy and lets influences from Zen, Buddhism and Taoism flow into her work. I always find that kind of thing to know when choosing a book.

After a general explanation of the term and the historical development of astrology, The Twelve Archetypes * is structured in such a way that you can read everything about the respective signs of the zodiac. So if you know your sun sign, you can jump right in there. If you also know your moon sign and your ascendant, you can read on directly with these signs and get some impulses.

With the respective signs of the zodiac, Hamann goes far and gives an overview in profile form, a long list of typical characteristics, as well as detailed explanations of life topics, motivation, psychology, life's task and goal and then adds interpretations of the symbolism, mythology and fairy tales of the respective sign .

Personally, I find it very easy to get started: a very gentle approach for everyone who is particularly interested in the psychological aspects of the horoscope and may initially be put off by all the astronomical terms and charts.

Beautiful and smart: Vanessa Montgomery,S.tar Power - A Simple Guide to Astrology for the Modern Mystic*

This book is in English and written by an astrologer aimed specifically at women. I personally love it for a variety of reasons.

The book has a modern designed cover and looks almost like a Coffee table book. But it can also do a lot in terms of content. On the first page you will find an overview of all important planetary and zodiac symbols and useful information. The modern reference to everyday life and a focus on prosperity and creativity also speak from my soul.

The structure ofStar Power * is very structured and clear. Vanessa Montgomery succeeds step by step in explaining the topic of astrology, important terms and then elements that I had previously kept away from because they seemed too complex to me. So she goes into the order of planets, nodes, signs of the zodiac, elements, modes, aspects, compatibility and transits without you feeling overwhelmed or confused.

It's a handy guide to help you read your own natal chart. There are different forms in astrology. This book refers to the psychological astrology that goes back to Carl Jung at the beginning of the 20th century.

Understanding psychological relationships: Liz Greene & Howard Sasportas, Development of personality through psychological astrology*

If you don't want to go straight to the topic of astrology with a natal chart, terms, signs, planets and all that, but want to discover practical examples of the connection between the human psyche and astrology, this book could be for you.

Development of personality * also follows the approach of psychological astrology. Liz Greene is a psychologist and analyst and has worked as an astrologer for many years, giving seminars on psychological astrology and authoring many books. Co-author Howard Sasportas co-directed this with her Center for Psychological Astrology in London.

This book deals with topics such as childhood imprints, relationships with parents and psychological conflicts. The writing style takes some getting used to for me because it reproduces case studies, discussions from seminars and dialogues. Psychological terms such as “houses” are explained in the context of a specific topic and not, as in most of the other books I present here, explained individually.

Visually, the pages are very full and closely described and since there are only rough main topics, it is more of a book that you read from cover to cover instead of looking up individual things. But if you are concerned with the basic question of who you are and what was given to you from your childhood, the book is very interesting.

The unconventional entry: Jan Spiller, Astrology and soul: the lunar knots as the key to personal development *

In my opinion, this very practical book is great for an introduction to astrology or a great addition if you already know something, because it is about the lunar knots.

The lunar knot axis reflects the life path in astrology. The descending (southern) lunar node shows what has been experienced, while the ascending (northern) lunar node shows the goal in life. Depending on when you were born, the lunar knots are in one of the twelve signs of the zodiac and the American astrologer and columnist Jan Spiller goes into each of these individually in her book *.

After an introduction to the topic of lunar knots, you can look up your personal position in a preceding table and then scroll through to the chapter that deals with your constellation. There you will get more detailed insights into the topics of personality, needs, relationships and goals. What I like about this book is that you are picked up directly on the topic and can start very individually without having to learn and understand all the terms directly.

Pragmatic and light-footed: Carolyne Faulkner, The Signs - Decode the Stars, Reframe Your Life*

This book is also in English and has a beautiful blue cover too Coffee table book-Tendencies. Author Carolyne Faulkner is the official astrologer of the Soho House Group (hipness factor guaranteed!) And usually works with 1: 1 counseling sessions worldwide. Your approach cannot be classified in the classic categories; she calls it "dynamic astrology" herself.

By dynamic astrology she understands the interpretation of the stars in the context of Life coaching. What I particularly like about this book is Faulkner's pragmatic and honest approach: astrology should be accessible, practical and fun.

In addition, she does away with misconceptions and misinterpretations. According to Carolyne Faulkner, understanding astrology will help you get into your own rhythm and live according to it. In the book itself you will find various images of an unfilled natal chart and you can gradually enter your own positions. This is how you learn, yours Chart to create and read at the same time. In doing so, it focuses The Signs* on the concepts of planets, signs and houses. A wonderful book for beginners.

Activism instead of selfishness: Chani Nicholas, Astro-Power - It's in your stars *

I've been following Chani Nicholas's work for a while and I'm happy to present her first book now. Chani Nicholas, 44, queer and based in Los Angeles, is a modern day internet astrologer. Your approach is empowering, empowering and different. She speaks openly about homosexuality, political events, and especially feminism.

Their playlists, online programs and news on social media invite you to grapple with your horoscope in order to discover yourself and your path and to actively shape it instead of narcissistically analyzing yourself down to the smallest detail.

Astro-Power - It's written in your stars * is about astrology for everyday life, as a path to personal development. Chani explains step by step and with reference to reality how you can discover your meaning and your true potential if you distance yourself from generalizing magazine horoscopes and see astrology as an aid. At Chani, astrology is a way to come into contact with yourself, to put confusing experiences and everyday chaos into context and to use them for you.

You will receive practical support with affirmations, ideas and journaling tasks. A modern, empowering, and political book on astrology.

For skeptics: Fritz Riemann,Astrology life support: thoughts and experiences *

This book is an older work that I am not directly calling Life coachingTitle, but which takes a similar approach to astrology. The author, Fritz Riemann, was a practicing psychoanalyst who deals in this book with the connection between psychoanalytic and astrological concepts.

As with Life coaching Fritz Riemann is about to develop an understanding of himself and others through astrology, to see himself as an active designer of his own life and not to categorize it into “luck” and “unhappiness”. After a personal derivation, which may particularly appeal to you if you approach the topic of astrology more skeptically and scientifically, Lebenshilfe Astrologie * explains the basic concepts of astrology, its way of thinking and possible objections and then presents the various signs of the zodiac, planets, fields and aspects in detail.

It is a good entry-level book for you if you are interested in psychology and want to approach the whole thing more scientifically. Since the book is a bit older, the language and layout are a bit more difficult to grasp for my taste.

The small 1 x 1: Rae Orion, Astrology for dummies*

Of course, when it comes to novice books, there is also a “for dummies” book. The author, Rae Orion, is an American astrologer and the book is provocative, funny and simplified, as you may know from this book series.

My favorite page of the “for dummies” books is again the first, the so-called “cheat page”, on which all symbols and terms are explained at a glance. No matter which book you choose or which one you will read again at a later point in time, the “cheat page” is great to put it next to you.

The book * takes up the topics of birth horoscope, signs of the zodiac, planets, aspects, approaches to interpretation and love in a very pragmatic, relaxed and funny way. This is followed by topics such as transits, reversals and the lunar cycle.

In addition, the author gives a brief insight into further topics, such as the lunar knots, and explains briefly the different types of astrology. So the book is bursting with information; but since they are very snackable are processed, it is fun to read.

Astro meets Yoga: Kirsten Hanser, Cosmos and Body: Astromedicine - The Practice Book*

In this book, Kirsten Hanser combines basic astrological knowledge with practical health tips and yoga exercises under the heading of “astrological medicine”.

Especially if you are interested in yoga and looking for physical access to the subject of astrology, this is a great book to get you started. After an honest introduction, in which the author warns of dangerous half-knowledge in the field of astrology, it is about your cosmic purpose, personality and the connection between body and astrology.

You will find out which body regions and exercises can be assigned to which zodiac sign and you can look up specific physical complaints under the twelve zodiac signs.

I find the approach of cosmos and body * so beautiful because your body is brought into learning and understanding and not just your mind: an attractively prepared practical book with illustrations and explanations.

I hope you have found the right book for your entry or of course your further education here.

Please let me know in the comments how you liked the books or which ones you recommend.

A few more tips for further astrology books:

I hope you enjoy browsing and reading horoscopes!

Love, Hannah

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