With so many books available on Western astrology, new students are often bewildered as to where to start. Below is a list of books often cited by professional astrologers. It’s not necessary to buy all the books on this list to be deemed a “well-read astrologer.” If you’re completely new to astrology, I suggest you begin by reading several books from the introductory category. If you already have some familiarity with astrology, let your curiosity be your guide — pick a topic that interests you, or authors whom you enjoy, and explore other works.
This list is merely a launching pad for your own astrological adventure — click on the titles to go directly to Amazon and read more. Many astrology books go out of print, so sometimes the best source for books is a used bookstore.
Basic Interpretations & Chart Elements
Textbooks (with Horoscope Math
Lights & Planets
Cunningham, Donna. Moon Signs: The Key to Your Inner Life and The Moon in Your Life: Being a Lunar Type in a Solar World
Hamaker-Zontag, Karen. The House Connection
Paul, Haydn. Gates of Rebirth: Astrology, Regeneration and 8th House Mysteries.
Marks, Tracy. Your Secret Self: Illuminating the Mysteries of the Twelfth House.
Hamaker-Zontag, Karen. The Twelfth House: The Hidden Power of the Horoscope.
Avery, Jeanne. The Rising Sign: Your Astrological Mask.
Fenton, Sasha. Rising Signs: The Astrological Guide to the Image We Project.
Schulman, Martin. The Ascendant: Your Karmic Doorway.
Clement, Stephanie Jean. Power of the Midheaven: The Astrology of Self-Realization.
Pelletier, Robert. Planets in Aspect.
Thompkins, Sue. Aspects in Astrology.
Tierney, Bill. Dynamics of Aspect Analysis.
Marks, Tracy. Planetary Aspects: From Conflict to Cooperation.
Hamaker-Zondag, Karen. Aspects and Personality.
Braha, James. How to be a Great Astrologer: The Planetary Aspects Explained.
Rudhyar, Dane and Rael, Leyla. Astrological Aspects: A Process-Oriented Approach.
Donath, Emma Belle. Minor Aspect Between Natal Planets.
Hamaker-Zondag, Karen. The Yod Book.
Reeves, Ricki. The Quindecile.
Epstein, Alan. Understanding Aspects Series
Sullivan, Erin. Retrograde Planets.
Schulman, Martin. Retrogrades and Reincarnation (Karmic Astrology Vol. 2)
Wickenburg, Joanne. Your Hidden Powers: Intercepted Signs & Retrograde Planets
Peay, Pythia. Mercury Retrograde: Its Myth and Meaning.
Blaze, Chrissie. Mercury Retrograde: Your Survival Guide.
Lunar & Planetary Nodes
Spiller, Jan. Astrology for the Soul.
Dobyns, Zipporah Pottenger. The Node Book.
Schulman, Martin. The Moon’s Nodes and Reincarnation (Karmic Astrology Vol. 1)
Morrish, E. Furze. Nodes of the Moon.
Minor Planets & Asteroids
Clow, Barbara Hand. Chiron.
George, Demetra. Asteroid Goddesses.
Lehman, J. Lee. The Ultimate Asteroid Book.
Lang-Wescott, Martha. Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids.
Rudyar, Dane. An Astrological Mandala.
Jones, Marc Edmund. The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.
Bovee, Blain. The Sabian Symbols in Astrological Analysis: The Original Symbols Fully Revealed.
Charubel and Sepharial. The Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolized.
Mathews, E.C. Degrees of the Zodiac
Hill, Lynda. Sabian Symbols.
Boehrer, K.T. Declination: The Other Dimension.
Teal, Celeste. Eclipses: Predicting World Events and Personal Transformation.
Spiller, Jan & McCoy, Karen. Spiritual Astrology.
Lineman, Rose. Your Prenatal Eclipse.
Hermetic Lots & Arabic Parts
Johndro, L. Edward. The Stars: How and Where they Influence.
Brady, Bernadette. Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.
Ebertin, Reinhold. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation.
Allen, Richard Hinckley. Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning.
Rigor, Joseph E. The Power of Fixed Stars.
Huntley, Janis. Astrological Voids: Exploring the Missing Components in the Birth Chart.
Chart Synthesis, Forecasting & Specialties
Chart Interpretation & Counseling
Marks, Tracy. The Art of Chart Interpretation.
Arroyo, Steven. Chart Interpretation Handbook.
Cunningham, Donna. How to Read Your Astrological Chart: Aspects of the Cosmic Puzzle.
Schulman, Martin. Celestial Harmony: A Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.
Rosenblum, Bernard. Astrologer’s Guide to Counseling.
Tyl, Noel. The Creative Astrologer: Effective Single Session Counseling, Communicating the Horoscope and How to Personalize the Outer Planets.
Forecasting: Progressions, Lunations, Arcs, Transits, Solar & Lunar Returns
Forrest, Steven. The Changing Sky.
Rogers-Gallagher, Kim. Astrology for the Light Side of the Future.
March, Marion & McEvers, Joan. The Only Way to Learn About Tomorrow: Current Patterns, Directions, Solar & Lunar Returns, Transits.
Brady, Bernadette. Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark.
Teal, Celeste. Identifying Planetary Triggers: Astrological Techniques for Prediction.
Rushman, Carol. The Art of Predictive Astrology.
Pottenger, Maritha & Dobyns, Zipporah. Unveiling Your Future: Progressions Made Easy.
Shaw, Christine. Predictive Astrology: A Practical Guide to Progressions.
Rhudyar, Dane. The Lunation Cycle.
Tyl, Noel. Solar Arcs: Astrology’s Most Successful Predictive System.
Sakoian, Frances & Acker, Louis. Predictive Astrology: Understanding Transits.
Hand, Robert. Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for the Living.
Sasportas, Howard. The Gods of Change: Pain, Crisis and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Negus, Joan. Astro-Alchemy: Making the Most of Your Transits.
Sullivan, Erin. Saturn in Transit: Boundaries of Mind, Body and Soul.
Tierney, Bil. Alive and well with Uranus: Transits of Self-Awakening; Alive and Well with Neptune: Transits of Heart and Soul; and Alive and Well with Pluto: Transits of Heart and Soul.
Shea, Mary Fortier. Planets in Solar Returns: Yearly Cycles of Transformation & Growth.
McCullough, Nance. Solar Returns Formulas & Analysis.
Volguine, Alexandre. Technique of Solar Returns.
Townley, John. Lunar Returns.
Relationships: Synastry & Composite Charts
Greene, Liz. Relating and Astrology for Lovers.
Tyl, Noel. Sexuality in the Horoscope and Astrology of Intimacy, Sexuality and Relationship: Insights into Wholeness..
Arroyo, Steven. Relationships and Life Cycles.
Idemon, Richard. Through the Looking Glass: A Search for the Self in the Mirror of Relationships.
Sakoian, Frances & Acker, Louis. The Astrology of Human Relationships.
March, Marion & McEvers, Joan. The Only Way to Learn About Relationships: Synastry Techniques.
Forrest, Steven. Skymates: The Astrology of Love, Sex and Intimacy and Skymates II: The Composite Chart.
Davison, Ronald. Synastry: Understanding Human Relationships Through Astrology.
Kirby, Babs & Stubbs, Janey. Love & Sexuality: An Exploration of Venus & Mars.
Hand, Robert. Planets in Composite: Analyzing Human Relationships.
Townley, John. Planets in Love: Exploring Your Emotional and Sexual Needs and Composite Charts: The Astrology of Relationships
Tyl, Noel. Vocations: The New Midheaven Extension Process and How to Use Vocational Astrology for Success in the Workplace.
Clement, Stephanie Jean. Charting Your Career: The Horoscope Reveals your Life Purpose.
Ann, Sue. Vocational Astrology: Personality and Potential.
Baron von Klockler, H. Astrology and Vocational Aptitude.
Hill, Judith. Vocational Astrology.
Nauman, Ellen. Medical Astrology.
Cornell, H.L. Encyclopedia of Medical Astrology
Dreyer, Ronnie Gale. Healing Signs: The Astrological Guide to Wholeness and Well-Being.
Starck, Marcia. Healing with Astrology and Astrology: Key to Holistic Health.
Avery, Jeanne. Astrology and Your Health.
Milliard, Margaret. Casenotes of A Medical Astrologer.
Tyl, Noel. Astrological Timing of Critical Illness.
Delsack, Lauren. How Emotional Conflicts Trigger Disease: An Astrological View.
Robson, Vivian. Electional Astrology.
Hampar, Joann. Electional Astrology: The Art of Timing.
Lehman, PhD, J. Lee. The Martial Art of Horary Astrology.
Frawley, John. The Horary Textbook.
Jacobson, Ivy Marie Goldstein. Simplified Horary Astrology.
Louis, Anthony. Horary Astrology: Plain and Simple.
Jones, Marc Edmund. Horary Astrology: Practical Techniques for Problem-solving with a Primer of Symbolism.
Doane, Doris Chase. Modern Horary Astrology.
Zain, C. C. Horary Astrology. (Brotherhood of Light Astrology Series Vol. VIII)
Appleby, Dereki. Horary Astrology: An Introduction to the Astrology of Time.
Ungar, Anne & Huber, Lillian. The Horary Reference Book.
Location Astrology (Astro*Carto*Graphy)
Lewis, Jim. The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy.
Davis, Martin. Astrolocality Astrology: A Guide to What it is and How to Use it.
Pottenger, Maritha, and Dobyns, Zipporah. Planets on the Move: The Astrology of Relocation.
Johndro, Lorne Edward. Earth in the Heavens: The Ruling Degrees of Cities and The Stars.
Penfield, Marc. Bon Voyage: And Astrological Study of Relocation and Horoscopes of the Western Hemisphere.
Murray, Rose. Moving to Success: The Astrology of Location.
Children & Astrology
Hand, Robert. Planets in Youth.
Star, Gloria. Astrology and Your Child.
Davis, Samantha. Understanding Children through Astrology.
Rudyar, Dane. Astrology of Personality, Astrology and the Modern Psyche, Person-Centered Astrology, The Astrology of Transformation, An Astrological Study of Psychological Complexes and Rhythm of Wholeness.
Meyer, Michael R. A Handbook for the Humanistic Astrologer.
Greene, Liz and Sasportas, Howard. Seminars in Psychological Astrology (Book 1: The Development of the Personality; Book 2: Dynamics of the Unconscious; Book 3: The Luminaries: The Psychology of the Sun and the Moon; Book 4: The Inner Planets: Building Blocks of Personal Reality; Book 5: Outer Planet and their Cycles: The Psychology of the Collective.)
Hamaker-Zondag, Karen. Foundations of Personality, Psychological Astrology and Planetary Symbolism in the Horoscope: Jungian Symbolism & Astrology
Howell, Alice O. Jungian Symbolism in Astrology and Jungian Synchronicity in Astrological Signs and Houses.
Tyl, Noel. Holistic Astrology: The Analysis of Inner and Outer Environments,
Idemon, Richard. The Magic Thread: Astrological Chart Interpretation Using Depth Psychology.
Arroyo, Stephen. Astrology, Psychology and the Four Elements.
Merlin, Katharine. Character and Fate: The Psychology of the Birthchart.
Life Cycles in Astrology
Ruperti, Alexander. Cycles of Becoming: The Planetary Pattern of Growth.
Townley, John. Astrological Life Cycles: A Planetary Guide to Personal & Career Opportunities.
Lundsted, Betty. Planetary Cycles That Get You from Beginning to End Without a Guide.
Suillivan, Erin. The Astrology of Midlife and Aging.
Huber, Bruno & Louise. LifeClock: Practical Techniques for Counseling Age Progression in the Horoscope (Volume 1 & 2)
Sheehy, Gail. Passasges: Predictable Crises of Adult Life.
Schermer, Barbara. Astrology Alive: A Guide to Experiential Astrology and the Healing Arts.
Kirby, Babs. Experiential Astrology: Symbolic Journeys Using Guided Imagery.
Michaud, Joy. The Saturn/Pluto Phenomenon and The Uranus-Neptune Influence.
Casey, Caroline. Making the Gods Work for You: The Astrological Language of the Psyche.
Crowther, Patricia. The Zodiac Experience: Initiation through the 12 Signs.
Reid, Linda. Crossing the Threshold: The Astrology of Dreaming.
Marks, Tracy. The Astrology of Self Discovery.
George, Demetra. Finding Our Way Through the Dark: The Astrology of the Dark Goddess Mysteries.
Vaughan, Valerie. Astro-Mythology: The Celestial Union of Astrology and Myth.
Guttman, Ariel and Johnson, Kenneth. Mythic Astrology and Mythic Astrology Applied.
Spiritual, Esoteric & Occult Astrology
Cunningham, Donna. Astrology and Spiritual Development.
Hickey, Isabel. Astrology: A Cosmic Science.
Lofthus, Myrna. A Spiritual Approach to Astrology.
Adam, C.G. M. Occult Astrology.
Bailey, Alice. Esoteric Astrology.
Leo, Alan. Esoteric Astrology.
Tobey, Carl Payne. Astrology of Inner Space.
Daniels, Estelle. Astrological Magick.
Shulman, Martin. Karmic Astrology and The Karma of the Now. (Karmic Astrology Vol. 4)
Arroyo, Stephen. Astrology, Karma & Transformation.
Greene, Liz. The Astrology of Fate.
Hall, Judy. The Karmic Journey: The Birthchart, Karma and Reincarnation.
Avery, Jeanne. Astrology and Your Past Lives.
Lake, Gina. Symbols of the Soul: Discovering Your Karma through Astrology.
Mann, A.T. The Divine Life: Astrology and Reincarnation.
Yott, Donald H. Astrology and Reincarnation.
Devlin, Mary. Astrology and Past Lives.
Addey, John. Harmonic Astrology.
Hamblin, David. Harmonic Charts: Understanding and Using the Principle of Harmonics in Astrological Interpretation.
Cosmobiology & Uranian Astrology
Ludwig Rudolph, Witte-Verlag. Rules for Planetary Pictures.
Brummand, Ruth, Rudolph, Udo. Handbook of Techniques for the Hamburg School.
Simms, Maria Kay. Dial Detective.
Jacobson, Roger A. The Language of Uranian Astrology.
Ebertin, Reinhold. The Combination of Stellar Influences and The Annual Diagram as an Aid in Life.
Non-Western Astrology for Western Astrologers
Frawley, David. Astrology of the Seers: A Guide to Vedic/Hindu Astrology.
Walters, Derek. Chinese Astrology.
Jhampa Shaneman & Jan V. Angel. Buddhist Astrology.
History & Philosophy of Astrology
Science & Philosophy of Astrology
Segwick, John. Harmonics of History.
Campion, Nick and Eddy, Steve. The New Astrology: The Art and Science of the Stars.
Phillipson, Garry. Astrology in the Year Zero.
Forrest, Steven. The Night Speaks.
Arroyo, Stephen & Greene, Liz. New Insights in Modern Astrology.
Parry, Robert. In Defense of Astrology: Astrology’s Answers to its Critics.
Seymour, Percy. The Scientific Basis of Astrology.
Gauquelin, Michel. Astrology and Science, Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior, The Cosmic Clocks: From Astrology to Modern Science, Birth Times: A Scientific Investigation of the Secrets of Astrology; Your Personality and the Planets and Neo-Astrology: A Coperican Revolution.
History of Astrology
Tester, Jim. A History of Western Astrology.
Whitfield, Peter. Astrology: A History.
Berlinski, David. The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky.
Bobrick, Benson. The Fated Sky.
Naylor, P.I.H. Astrology: An Historical Examination.
Cumont, Franz. Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans.
Kitson, Annabella. History and Astrology:Urania and Clio Confer
Garin, Eugenio. Astrology in the Renaissance: The Zodiac of Life.
Moore, Thomas. The Planets Within: The Astrological Psychology of Marsilio Ficino.
Howe, Ellic. Astrology: A Recent History Including the Untold Story of its Role in World War II.
Ptolemy, Claudius. Tetrobiblos.
Medieval & Renaissance Astrology
Classic Works of the 20th Century
Adams, Evangeline. Astrology for Everyone.
Comte de Saint-German. Practical Astrology.
DeVore, Nicolas. Encyclopedia of Astrology.
Goldstein-Jacobson, Ivy M. In the Beginning, Astrology.
Biographies & Autobiographies
Leek, Sybil. My Life in Astrology: Star-Crossed Adventures, Professional Secrets and Case Histories.
Wright, Paul. The Literary Zodiac.
Astrology as a Profession
Doane, Doris Chase. Astrology as a Business.
Arroyo, Stephen. The Practice and Profession of Astrology.
Edmondson, Edna Carr. A Fifty-Year History of the American Federation of Astrologers, Inc.
Tools & Reference
Gettings, Fred. The Arkana Dictionary of Astrology.
Lewis, James R. The Astrology Book: The Encyclopedia of Heavenly Influences.
Bill, Rex. Book of Rulerships.
Ephemerides, Atlases & Tables
Michelsen, Neil. The American Ephemeris. (volumes from 1900-2000, 2000-2100)
MacCraig. Ephemeris of the Moon (1800-2000).
Rosicrucian Fellowship. Tables of Houses: Latitude 1 to 66 degrees.
Holden, Ralph William. The Elements of House Division.