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December 26, 2004

Aquarian Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey’s birthday is on January 29. She will be 51 years old. She was born blessed with a wonderful natal chart. (See her chart here at AstroDataBank) She is an extroverted mix of Aquarius and Sagittarian energies. In addition to having Sun and Venus conjunct in Aquarius, her Mercury is also here and trining Jupiter and Midheaven. Her Saturn and Mars are placed in the Aquarian 11th house. Her ascendant is in Sagittarius (trine Pluto in Leo) and her Moon is also placed in Sagittarius.

Jupiter is Oprah’s ruling planet. It is positioned in 17 degrees Gemini as part of the grand air trine in her chart, together with Mercury in 19 degrees Aquarius and Midheaven in 18 degrees of Libra. This grand air trine is thus positioned in her three career houses, 2nd, 6th and 10th. Jupiter was retrograde at her birth and for Oprah’s first 50 years her progressed Jupiter has hovered over less than three degrees (between 16 and 19 degrees of Gemini) thus accentuating the natal effect of the powerful grand trine with her Midheaven and Mercury.

I see that transiting Jupiter is right over Oprah’s MC in Libra as she is being written about in this little blog. No doubt she will be the focus of even more media attention than usual over the next year. Oprah’s natal chart is such that she will benefit greatly from the current transit of Jupiter in Libra.The retrograde movement and stations of Jupiter in Libra over the next eight months are perfectly coordinated with her natal chart. Jupiter will station at 9 degrees and 19 degrees of Libra. It’s benefic power will be greatest at these stations. Oprah will reap the maximum positive strength of these stations as her Sun and Venus are conjuct at 9 degrees of Aquarius and her grand trine of MC, Jupiter, Mercury is at between 17 and 19 degrees of the air signs. The lucky Jupiter transit is magnified by Pluto trining Oprah’s natal Pluto at the same time. Perhaps more importantly, transiting Neptune will be forming a long-term trine to her Jupiter and Midheaven for the next two years.This transit is bound to shake the foundation of Oprah’s lifelong grand trine in air. We may see a very thorough transformation in her spiritual beliefs and a major reorientation in her value system.

Not all is completely rosy for 2005, as Saturn will be transiting her 8th house, squaring its natal position and opposing her Sun/Venus conjunction in Aquarius for some weeks in the fall. Oprah’s seventh house cusp of partnerships is in the last degree of Gemini, ruled by Mercury. Jupiter, her ruling planet, will finally progress to the exact trine of her natal Mercury within the next two years. This could signal a big event in Oprah’s personal relationships. Perhaps she will get married at this time, and not necessarily to her long-term partner.

Udate July 2006: The gossip rags are saying that Oprah is splitting up with her boyfriend of twenty years, Stedman Graham. The two have had rifts in the past but this time it looks like it is a final split-up in their relationship. This comes at a time when Saturn is transiting through the most vulnerable area in Oprah's chart. Oprah's Sun Venus conjunction in Aquarius is squared her Saturn in Scorpio. And now Saturn has come to the point in Leo where it is opposing her Sun and Venus as well as squaring it's natal position in Scorpio. So astrologically speaking, this is a very hard point for her in the realm of personal relationships and the rumor of the break-up is probably true. And even worse, the gossip magazines are saying that Stedman has threatened to publish private information about her yo-yo dieting and binging and other very private matters unless she ups the allowance she is giving him.

December 16, 2004

Extreme Aquarians

There was an unusual batch of extreme Aquarians born in 1962. These people are 'extremely Aquarian' in that they have the highest concentration of planets in Aquarius of any people ever born in the entire history of mankind.

The following three superstars are all extreme Aquarians:

Garth Brooks
Link to a short biography
Bestselling Album: The Hits

Sheryl Crow
Link to a short biography here
Best Selling Album: The Very Best of Sheryl Crow

Axl Rose
Link to a short biography here
Best Selling Album: Greatest Hits

Abhi of has contributed the following additions to this list. He found them at AstroDataBank. Thanks!

Lisa Jobe: American musician, a horn player

M. J. Cage : American athlete

Abdullah II, King of Jordan: Jordanian royal family, the Prince of Jordan and the eldest son of King Hussein.

Mary Kay Letourneau : American school teacher who became one of the biggest news figures of the year when she was found to be pregnant by her teen-age lover, a student.

B. Winter : American athlete, defensive tackle.

Anna Kanakis: Italian beauty queen and model, crowned Miss Italy in 1977.

Clint Black : American country singer and writer, who taught himself music, has won a large collection of country music awards, and several gold and triple platinum records.

Jennifer Jason Leigh : American actress and noted family, the daughter of actor Vic Morrow and screenwriter Barbara Turner.

Steven Anthony: Malaysian homeless man; though disadvantaged and autistic, he tried to compose poetry.

Keith Vineyard: American stockbroker, an avid reader who put himself through college. Later, he rented farmland from the Gallo brothers and raised watermelons.

Eddie Izzard: British heterosexual male transvestite stand-up comedian, actor and entertainer.

K.H. Fields: American athlete

Michael Mair: Italian skier who specializes in downhill racing.

B. Nnan: American athlete.

D. Bracken: American athlete, punter.

S. Fletcher: American athlete, line backer.

T.G. Sluby: American athlete

G. Reasons: American athlete, line backer.

I'd like to eventually expand this list to more individuals. Please drop me a line if you happen to know of some famous 1962 Aquarians and can point me to their biography on the web.

If you happen to be a 1962 Aquarian, see also an article about Aquarians born in 1962 and an article calling for 1962 Aquarians to participate in a survey.

Also visit a meeting place on this site for 1962 Aquarians.

Jupiter Trine Aquarius

Peace and ProsperityJupiter entered Libra in September 2004 and will stay here until October 2005. Jupiter in Libra is a fortunate transit for Aquarians as it trines their Sun and in many cases Mercury as well as other planets.

Transiting Jupiter trine Sun is usually interpreted as one the most auspicious transits possible. Taken together with the lucky conjunction it occurs about every 4th year in the twelve year Jupiter cycle through the zodiac.

The transit usually lasts a fleeting two weeks, but occasionally if it happens that Jupiter retrogrades over the degree of your Sun, the transit can last for up to three months.

Typically it can signify a happy and opportune period where the person feels great positive energy and life flows much more pleasantly than usual. Traditionally this transit has been interpreted as bringing luck in finances, fortunate travel opportunities, uplifting career opportunities and/or increased social or spiritual pleasures.

If you have planets aside from the Sun in Aquarius, take a look at what degree they are in. This cycle of Jupiter will involve stations (where Jupiter grinds down to a stop in order to reverse direction) at nineteen degrees and nine degrees of Libra. These stations occur on February 2nd and May 2nd.

Thus people who have Aquarian planets in the middle third of Aquarius (and those with birthdays falling between about Jan 29th to Feb 9th) will get the most opportunities via Jupiter during this transit through Libra. Also examine what house Libra corresponds to in your chart, what house is ruled by Jupiter in your chart and what house your Aquarian planets are placed in natally. These three houses will likely give you clues about the area of life in which you might experience the greatest opportunities over the next year.

It so happens that during this time Neptune is transiting slowly through the middle degrees of Aquarius. It forms a trine with Jupiter for many of these months. This means that most people born in the first eight days or so of February are also simultaneously experiencing a once in a lifetime transiting Neptune conjunct their Sun.

If you are one of these people who will experience the Neptune conjunction to the Sun at the same time as Jupiter trines this placement from Libra, then you may want to be extra careful about the possibility of being overly optimistic, perhaps with the consequence of behaving irresponsibly or making a poor financial speculation or in opening yourself to deception of some kind. On the other hand, this kind of configuration could also bring a once in a lifetime type of happiness, unprecedented skill at creations of any kind and/or deep spiritual growth.

Take action now and enjoy the benefits of Jupiter in Libra trining your Sun.

For further info, Rose Marcus has written a great article on the transit of Jupiter through Libra here.

If Neptune is also conjuncting your Sun this year, see transiting Neptune Conjunct Sun at Aquarian Digest.

For a 2005 forecast for Aquarians link here at Aquarian Digest.

The above poster is "Peace and Prosperity" by Brian Miller.

If you're looking for a good book about Jupiter, see Exploring Jupiter: The Astrological Key to Progress, Prosperity & Potential

December 14, 2004

Gifts for Aquarians

If you're wondering what to give your favorite Aquarian for their birthday, I've made a new site for Aquarian gift ideas here.

December 12, 2004

Are Your Sun and Venus in Aquarius?

Are both your Sun and Venus in Aquarius? If so, here is the partial interpretation for this Sun/Venus combination from Parkers' Astrology:

"This is what Julia calls the 'Snow Queen' combination. The subject has dynamic and magnetic powers of attraction, but may be very difficult to know really well. Independence is necessary, but love and admiration are also needed..."

A few of the many famous people born with both Sun and Venus in Aquarius include Oprah Winfrey, Paris Hilton, Garth Brooks, Mozart, Ashton Kutcher, Phil Collins and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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December 11, 2004

Hobbies and Sports for Aquarians

To continue the previous post, Parkers' Astrology has an excellent section where they sugest what leisure pursuits would be most enjoyable and compatible for people, based on Sun and Rising Sign combinations.

astrology bookSuch a list thus divides humanity into only 144 subsets. Yet it still seems very accurate for the personal preferences I've found in looking at charts of friends. If you are looking for a new hobby or passion, have a look at their suggestions.

Here are three partial excerpts from their book:

Suggested Leisure Activities for:

Sun in Aquarius / Ascendant in Leo
gym workouts, committee work, music appreciation, opera, skating, ballet, dress design and making, acting

Sun in Aquarius / Ascendant in Capricorn
cross-country skiing or running, geology, charity fundraising, entertaining, campanology, glass engraving

Sun in Aquarius / Ascendant in Pisces
gymnastics, sailing, ESP, crystallography, history of the cinema, lampshade making, guitar, video, mime

If you are new to astrology and do not know where your Ascendant is placed link here to see how to find your Ascendant.

December 10, 2004

Careers for Aquarians

San Francisco via TWAParkers' Astrology has a great section on what careers would be most enjoyable and compatible for all people, based on their Sun sign and Rising Sign combinations.

Such a list thus divides humanity into only 144 subsets. Yet it still seems very accurate for the personal preferences I've found in looking at charts of friends. If you are in career transition, I'd recommend looking at their suggestions.

Here are five excerpts from their book:

Suggested careers for Aquarius Sun / Aries Ascendant:
  • Electrician
  • electrical engineer
  • inventive/experimental scientific work

Suggested careers Aquarius Sun / Gemini Ascendant:

  • Optician
  • the airlines
  • astronomer
  • telecommunications
  • disc jockey

Suggested careers for Aquarius Sun / Libra Ascendant:

  • Interior decoration
  • fashion,
  • the airlines
  • film/TV industry
  • charity fund raising

Suggested careers for an Aquarius Sun / Sagittarius Ascendant:

  • Teacher of literature or languages
  • exports
  • veterinary surgeon
  • publishing
  • the law
  • the internet

Suggested careers for an Aquarius Sun / Aquarius Ascendant:

  • The cut glass/crystal trades
  • television
  • airlines
  • humanitarian work

If you are new to astrology and do not know where your Ascendant is placed
link here to see how to find your Ascendant.

Free Chart Interpretation Sites

The best astrology sites I've found which will give you a free natal chart interpretation as well as free astrology forecasts and compatibility interpretations are listed below.

Astrodienst is the best online resource for a vast amount of quality free information. Get started by inputting your birth data (date, time, location) here. After inputting your data, you will be linked to a customized report based on your birth data. The page will tell you where your Ascendant and key planets are placed and will give you an interpretation of what this means. At the bottom of the page you will find your natal chart data. To continue from there with more free information (chart drawings, forecasts, compatibility reports, etc), scroll back up to the top of the page and click where it says "Free Horoscopes".

Astrology3D is second only to Astrodienst as a great site for free natal chart interpretations and free astrology forecasts. Get started by inputting your birth data here. After you've input your birth data and are transferred to the second screen, you will be asked if this report is for you or for someone else. Say "someone else", or you might get an error report with the free version.

Chaos Astrology is another great site for high-quality free natal chart interpretations. Check out your free birth chart here.

If you are interested in free astrology software (as opposed to chart interpretations) check out the section on the best astrology software here at Aquarian Digest.

Aquarians born in 1962

All Aquarians born in January or February of 1962 have a stellium in Aquarius. There has never been another year where there were so many planets grouped together in Aquarius. Some of these people will have all seven personal planets in Aquarius. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were all in Aquarius for a two day period in early February 1962.

Eight years ago (in 1996) I wrote an article for the Mountain Astrologer about the 1962 set of Aquastells and what they could expect in the near future as Uranus began its seven year transit through Aquarius. This article is reprinted below.

Many Aquarians have reason to breathe a deep sign of relief and look forward to an exciting year ahead. After thirteen years, Pluto has finally moved out of Scorpio and is no longer relentlessly squaring Aquarian planet placements. Uranus, their Sun's ruler, is making its exhalted journey through Aquarius. Neptune is relatively harmlessly tucked away at the end of Capricorn for the next couple of years, while Jupiter is embarking on its uplifting sojourn through Aquarius for the duration of the year. In sum, 1997 appears to be an exciting and progressive year for many Aquarians. However, the focus of this article is on one particular subset of Aquarians who hold great potential for surging to the centre of collective consciousness -- and perhaps fame -- beginning this year. At minimum, many of them will experience an accomplished, frenetic and unusually satisfying ride in the year to come; a year that happens to coincide with their mid-life Jupiter return.

There are approximately 400,000 of these people in the US. They represent a birth crop of extraordinarily focused Aquarian energy. Born in 1962, many of them have all their inner planets placed in Aquarius. The majority will have the Moon placed in one of the other eleven signs, but are still primarily constructed out of a necklace of conjunctions in Aquarius involving the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and South Node.

It would be an oversimplification to state that these people -- and let us call them the 'Aquastells' -- have met with an unusually high dose of challenges in their lives to date. Many of them came bouncing into this world without so much as one helpful sextile or trine between any of their ten major planets. This would be enough in itself to turn up the tension gauge in daily living. But in addition, at their birth, the oceanic Neptune was hovering in mid Scorpio, thus ensuring nebulous squares to several of their inner planets. Pluto in Virgo was capable only of contributing testy quincunxes in their natal charts. Lastly, we see Uranus, the dispositor of so many forces in their chart; positioned retrograde in the last degrees of Leo; thus magnifying its unsettling influence in virtue of its mutual dispository relationship with the Sun.

Based on natal chart aspects and outer planet transits to the age of thirty-five, life has certainly not been a cosmic dream for the Aquastells to date. Many of them are likely to have experienced unhappy and traumatic childhood's as approximately two thirds of them have natal conjunctions of Saturn/Mars and squares of Sun/Neptune, Venus/Neptune, and Mercury /Neptune. Over two-fifths of them are also challenged with both Saturn/Sun and Saturn/Venus conjunctions.

Taking a brief look at how outer planet transits have impacted on their lives to date, we can see that at the age of seven, many Aquastells experienced serious losses and disruptions in their lives as Saturn began to form its first square to their natal stellium of inner planets. Then just as they embarked on their teen years, Uranus settled in to form a seven year square from Scorpio and was soon followed up with a rapid series of oppositions from Saturn. A calmer period may have ensued once these people graduated from high school, but this period was short-lived. As they turned twenty-one, Saturn again completed squares to all their planets from Scorpio; with Pluto just behind. An intense period of Pluto squares to inner planets would have ensued from their early 20's and would have only let up recently as Pluto finally forged a firm path out of Scorpio. Saturn returns are not generally meant for gliding, but the Aquastells had an unusually thick stack of lessons to learn very quickly as they turned twenty-nine. We might forgive them for feeling unusually lonely, depressed and intense as Saturn hunkered down consecutively on their natal Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn -- all while Pluto was performing simultaneous squares to many of these planets.

This may all sound rather glum. Yet there can be a bright side to having six or seven inner planets all lined up like ducks in a row. For example; imagine the delightful prospect of being ignored by Pluto for the next 25 years! Now that Pluto is in Sagittarius, it won't be forming a single hard aspect to any of the Aquastell's seven inner planets (except possibly the Moon) until they reach their late fifties or early sixties. The churning Plutonian storm is over, and we may very well catch these Aquastells (especially the third with fixed-sign Moons), looking uncharacteristically lighthearted; and perhaps skipping about in an extended streak of Pluto-free sunshine.

What might these people actually be like? They will undoubtedly vary greatly from each other to the extent that their stellia house placements, Moons and ascendants will be unique in each case. Yet, because of their concentration of conjunctions and planets in one sign, they are more likely to have characteristics in common than would typically be the case for people born a few days or weeks apart. We're all familiar with Aquarian key words such as eccentric, inventive, friendly, absent-minded, rebellious, progressive, detached, and independent. We see these traits in our Aquarian friends who may have one or two Aquarian planets in addition to the Sun. How might we describe the personality and potential of a group of people who are so extremely focused on one-twelfth of the zodiac?

We can list several hypothetical traits and life-experiences that astrology would predict for this group of people.

1) Extreme Stubbornness

These people are in no small measure stubborn and willful. Some of them have nine of their ten planets in fixed signs. Such a concentration of rigidity does not bode well for an easy dance through life. Aquastells are unlikely to excel in any career requiring a great deal of teamwork or flexibility. Neither are they apt to be conciliatory in matters of the heart or friendship, particularly if the disagreement involves one of their many strongly-held principles. We might also expect them to be unusually detached kind of folks; people who rarely get emotional and who actually have a great deal of trouble with expressing their inner feelings. With such a dollop of independent spirit, a disproportionate number of these people are likely to still be single or at least long rid of their first marriages as they turn thirty-five this year. Nevertheless, few people are likely to attract as many friends as this amiable bunch. Lots of Aquastells can effortlessly light up a social scene with the cheery flames of a Sun, Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius.

2) Electric Minds

These people are highly and precariously wired! It's likely that many of them suffer from occasional whirling thoughts and resulting insomnia, given that Mercury, along with so many other planets, is disposed by Uranus. Mercury's opposition to Uranus in some of these charts will only amplify this condition. These people are born mental twirlers. Give a serious ear to their off-base and original ideas. With all those Aquarian mental vibes we can hypothesize that in some respects, their mental process is way ahead of the rest of the human race. Don't expect them to be mushy and sentimental. Unless their Moon is otherwise strongly disposed, they'll actually process all feeling through the intellectual channel. Their Mercury is exhalted in Aquarius and is typically conjunct with Jupiter. This conjunction does a lot to temper their serious side, and is wonderfully auspicious for encouraging a broad curiosity in life. It also indicates a predisposition for spiritual and progressive beliefs and aspirations.

Any 'future-oriented' careers will naturally attract these people. We'd expect to find a disproportionate number of them in the high-tech industry (especially careers in telecommunications, aerospace and computer science) as well as in the forefront of social science research and analysis (including astrology, psychology, economic reform and science fiction). These people are leading edge. Regardless of their unique career paths, we can confidently hypothesize that a disproportionate number of them would have discovered the potential of electronic networks long before their friends.

2) High Risk of Mental Illness and Addictive Experiences

Neptune plays a pivotal role in these charts. Many Aquastells are living with close Neptune squares to the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter. With their ultra-fixed and focused Aquarian energy, they already strike us as being significantly more eccentric, highly-wired and unpredictable than standard folk, but the addition of multiple Neptune squares to inner planets also hints at intimate experiences with addictive substances such as alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs. This may have as much to do with their attempts to try to self-medicate the super-charged electric mental energy as it does with the foggy disillusion of Neptune. Nevertheless, the fixed Neptunian squares indicate a serious longing to somehow merge into the oceanic bliss. Only mind-altering drugs, spiritualism or creative work can satisfy such strong cravings in this reality.

Such aspects can also indicate an intimate experience with psychosis and the devastating mental illnesses of manic depression and schizophrenia. It's highly likely that many of these Aquastells grew up in a home environment where one of their close relatives suffered from such an illness. It's also possible that in adult life they may have subconsciously sought out partners with such ailments or been afflicted themselves.

4) Lack of Self-Confidence and Slow Starters at the Gate

We often think of Aquarius as the sign of group leaders and organizers. Yet it seems as though Aquastells were born in this lifetime to experience severe self-esteem challenges. The Vedics would cringe at the rate of combustion in a chart where the Sun -- already located at the farthest point from shining Leo -- also throws its detrimental and burning rays at up to five other inner planets. Squares from Neptune reinforce this weaker ego with poorly defined boundaries of self. We also find Saturn co-ruling and inhabiting this wired environment. The melancholy planet forms strong conjunctions to the Sun, Venus and Mars in many of these charts. Aquastells have an unusually high sense of responsibility but it's unlikely that many of them have been able to achieve their ambitions in the years up to and including their first Saturn return. Mars is the planet of determined action, yet even the first third of Aquastells who were born with an exhalted and ambitious Mars in Capricorn, will often find themselves restrained by virtue of the close Saturn presence.

5) Potential to make a Widespread Impact on this World

Now that we've discussed many of the more trying characteristics, it may seem as though the Aquastells are doomed to a life of eccentricity, addiction and obscurity. But this is not the case. Aquarius is the one sign that has as much potential for genius and leadership as it does for mental illness and self-imposed obscurity. We are all familiar with the wisdom of there being a fine line between genius and madness. This particular group of concentrated and tightly wound Aquastells holds the potential for truly extraordinary intellect and talent. There are undoubtedly more geniuses than the truly-lost amongst its ranks. The diverse combinations of Jupiter, Mercury, Sun, Venus, Saturn and Mars contacts in the progressive sign of Aquarius represent an extremely potent force for revolutionary contributions to humanity.

This potential was first noted about 30 years ago by the best-selling writer and psychic Ruth Montgomery. She predicted that the 1962 crop of Aquarians would somehow in their lifetimes put a concrete meaning to 'The Age of Aquarius'. Through their achievements and innovations, they would place humanity onto a new course and usher us spinning firmly into a New Age.

However, when we seek out the accomplished and famous amongst the ranks of the Aquastell group, we come up empty-handed. There is a disproportionate absence of these people in the cliques of famous inventors, actors, writers, and business leaders. To be fair, the Aquastells are still a young bunch; but even accounting for the fact that they are relatively young to be crowding the wider hall of fame, we can safely state that they have not emerged as some sort of recognized force with respect to their contributions to our social, cultural, humanitarian or business spheres.

This may all soon change, however. A look at the outer planet transits to their natal charts confirms that this obscure period is about to make a dramatic end. In 1997, many of the people in this group are about to leap into a whole new reality, with a subset of them almost guaranteed to attract the limelight of outer fame and achievement. For one, their stellium ruler, Uranus, has made it into Aquarius and is beginning to consecutively conjunct one inner planet after another. This influence is likely to be very personally positive this year -- though still unexpected and sudden -- due to the simultaneous crossing of Jupiter over all their Aquarian placements. Meanwhile, the big heavies of Pluto and Saturn will be contributing very steady and powerful sextiles to the stellium of inner planets as both planets move in trine to each other throughout Sagittarius and Aries.

Never have the astrological circumstances been this collectively supportive and powerful for the Aquastells -- and indeed for any heavily laden Aquarian chart. To the extent that we can predict outer-world manifestations based on transits to natal planets; we can expect to witness a Uranian surge of creations and humanitarian contributions as these people seize their moment in 1997 and beyond.

Are you an Aquarian born in 1962?

If you are a 1962 Aquarian, see also a post calling for you to participate in a survey and a meeting spot for 1962 Aquarians.

Best Astrology Software

If you're looking for the best free astrology software program, there is one outstanding resource out there and it is Walter Pullan's Astrolog software.

Astrolog has been around since before the advent of the web and it's the best of the free choices. Once you download it, it's yours. It doesn't expire and no one bugs you about shareware updates. It has loads of quality features for people who already understand a bit about astrology. However astrolog does not provide interpretations of the data and it may be too complex for people who are still at the beginning stages of their astrology studies.

I'm not sure what's happened to Walter Pullan since he provided this software online for free many years ago. But I do know that not much else of value is available in the free software realm of astrology. This is for a good reason, it requires a great deal of time and expertise to come up with a quality product.

When we look at non-free software, the top website for providing comparative reviews of customized reports and software programs is the Astrology Software Shop. They are resellers for over seventy different products. The site is useful in providing screen shots, descriptions and feedback from users.

If you are looking for personalized astrology reports rather than astrology software, here are the options at Astrology Software Shop:

Natal Reports:
Are you a beginner and looking for a good natal report that you are willing to pay for? Link here to view the best natal reports recommended at Astrology Software Shop.

Compatibility Reports:
If you want to compare two charts for long-term relationship potential, they review the best compatibility reports here.

Forecast Reports:
To get a customized report of your transits for the next twelve months, check out the selection of reports here.

December 09, 2004

Ten Best Astrology Books

I've culled through my library of several dozen astrology books to select the ten best.

With the exception of the first two books, this list is not for beginners.

best astrology book
Astrology: A Cosmic Science
By Isabel Hickey
This is probably the best general book for interpreting your birth chart. It’s the standard cookbook format, but deeply and wisely written. It’s a classic and treasured by beginners as well as advanced astrologers. The new edition includes excellent chapters on Pluto aspects and transits.

best astrology book
Parker's Astrology
By Julia & Derek Parker
This is the most beautiful astrology book out there. It’s got an enormous amount of info (about 500 pages) that you won’t find anywhere else. It features a very thorough coverage of birth chart interpretations, transits and progressions. Together with Hickey’s book it is a valued resource for both beginners as well as advanced astrologers.

Planets in Transit
By Robert Hand
If you only buy one book on interpreting transits in your chart, than it would have to be this one. It was published almost thirty years ago but is still the best transit book out there today.

best astrology book
Astrology, Karma & Transformation
By Stephen Arroyo
This is a wise and uplifting book. All the chapters are fascinating. I especially enjoyed the section on relationships and how interaspects between two people’s charts will play out. All chapters, but especially the one on Ascendant/ Midheaven interpretations are deep, informative and obviously written by someone very learned in astrology. Arroyo has a profound understanding of astrology and it shows on every page. I recommend it as a must for every student in astrology and I believe it will help everyone in difficult times of life transition. I think the low sales ranking on Amazon is due to the word '“karma'” in the title. The book really has little overt spiritual content. But it is definitely written by an evolved soul. Even if you are not consciously aware you are on a spiritual quest via astrology, you will love this book.

Delineation of Progressions
By Sophia Mason
This is probably the best book dealing with progressions. The angles are central to the analysis and there is an excellent chapter on interpreting the progressed ascendant through the three decanates of each sign.

best astrology book
The Combination of Stellar Influences
By Reinhold Ebertin
This is the ultimate book about midpoints and transits to midpoints. But the usefulness is much broader, because in discussing any two planets such as Sun/Mars for example, there is a very knowledgeable interpretation of what it means for these two planets to be in aspect, both positive and negative. I use this book all the time. It’s a classic that won’t be surpassed for a long time.

best astrology book
The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption
By Liz Greene
This is a 500-page masterpiece, all about Neptune and its astrological interpretation. I was in awe when I read it. To write just this one incredible book would take most professional writers a lifetime, but it’s only one of Greene’s many excellent books. Her knowledge of astrology and how it ties in with mythology and how it has impacted the movers of history is unsurpassed. If you'’re looking for a quick read of what your Neptune square Sun might mean, this book is not for you. If you want the best researched and inspirational interpretation of Neptune (and Neptune aspects) read this book.

best astrology book
Saturn in Transit: Boundaries of Mind, Body, and Soul
By Erin Sullivan
You might want to read this book if you are feeling depressed, especially if under a heavy-duty Saturn transit. It is a scholarly and highly evolved book about the different stages of Saturn as it goes through the four angles in your chart and as it aspects natal Saturn. Ms. Sullivan knows her mythology and ties it in beautifully with astrology. It is a book about ‘the heroic quest for meaning”.

Cycles of Becoming: The Planetary Pattern of Growth
By Alexander Ruperti.
This book is incredibly rich with knowledge for the intermediate and advanced student of astrology. Ruperti was born in 1913 (Uranus in Aquarius) and I believe this was his only book, published in 1978. The book focuses on explaining planetary cycles, including nodes, personal planets and outer planets. The book is out of print and may be very hard to obtain although I see Amazon lists a few used copies beginning around $6. At this price, I really recommend buying a copy. It may be worth much more in the near future. The book is a masterpiece in the astrology arena.

Man and the zodiac
This book is out of print. If you are one of the first people reading this post you might want to pick up one of the used copies available online. There are about five copies going for between six and twelve dollars on Amazon. The major part of the book is devoted to describing ascendant types. Ascendants are divided into three decanates for each sign. The author is also an artist and depicts the typical look and personality of each of the 36 decanates. This artistic rendering is absolutely fascinating and seems eerily accurate much of the time.

December 08, 2004

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