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11 Astrology Books I’d Want With Me on a Desert Island

Here are some of the best resources for astrologers, whether you're just starting out or looking to explore another branch!
Written by Ada Pembroke

Two liberal arts majors: One bookshelf. It sounds like the making of a reality TV show, but for my partner and I, it has been the reality for the last six months. 

Being short on space for books has been a challenge, but it has also been really clarifying. 

I don’t have to guess which astrology books I would take with me on a desert island because I can see the 11 books that I pulled out of storage and use often enough to take up coveted space on the shelf. 

The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest - Here are some of the best resources for astrologers, whether you're just starting out or looking to explore another branch!

1. The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest

The Inner Sky was the first serious astrology book I ever read, and it is still the first book I recommend to all of my students a decade into my practice. It is as dense as an encyclopedia, and reading the sections for each of the planets in your chart is as good as a complete natal chart reading. 

The Inner Sky: How to Make Wiser Choices for a More Fulfilling Life
The Inner Sky: How to Make Wiser Choices for a More Fulfilling Life
Used Book in Good Condition; Forrest, Steven (Author); English (Publication Language); 344 Pages - 08/22/2012 (Publication Date) - Seven Paws Press (Publisher)
$18.95
Hellenistic Astrology by Chris Brennan - Here are some of the best resources for astrologers, whether you're just starting out or looking to explore another branch!

2. Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune by Chris Brennan

Hellenistic Astrology is the latest addition to my astrology library, but I have already found myself referencing it whenever I lecture on the history of astrology.

Unless you are a serious scholar, you won’t want to read this book from cover to cover, but it is well organized. If you are interested in learning about astrology as it was practiced under the Roman empire, it is easy to find what you’re looking for. 

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Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune
Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune
Brennan, Chris (Author); English (Publication Language); 698 Pages - 02/10/2017 (Publication Date) - Amor Fati Publications (Publisher)
$36.70
The Soul Speaks by Mark Jones

3. The Soul Speaks, Mark Jones

Every astrologer who reads for clients needs counseling skills, even if they aren’t doing astrological counseling.

This book fills in the gaps for astrologers who want to be ethical but don’t want a counseling degree. I return to his section on the psychological work of each of the signs over and over again.

The Soul Speaks: The Therapeutic Potential of Astrology
The Soul Speaks: The Therapeutic Potential of Astrology
Amazon Kindle Edition; Jones, Mark (Author); English (Publication Language); 256 Pages - 08/25/2015 (Publication Date) - Raven Dreams Press (Publisher)
$9.99
The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest - Here are some of the best resources for astrologers, whether you're just starting out or looking to explore another branch!

4. The Changing Sky: Creating Your Future with Transits, Progressions, and Evolutionary Astrology by Steven Forrest

Once you’ve learned the basics of reading natal charts, you’ll want to learn how to deal with astrological weather. The Changing Sky is my go-to source. I appreciate Forrest’s empowering approach and the way he presents transits as choices.

The Changing Sky: Learning Predictive Astrology
The Changing Sky: Learning Predictive Astrology
Forrest, Steven (Author); English (Publication Language); 326 Pages - 11/05/2015 (Publication Date) - Seven Paws Press (Publisher)
$18.95
Ancient Astrology by Demetra George

5. Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques by Demetra George

When I started to get into traditional astrology, Ancient Astrology was my textbook.

It is designed to take you from knowing nothing about traditional astrology to being able to work with techniques such as dignity and debility and the solar phase cycle. It is dense and the book on traditional astrology I find myself consulting most often.

Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques, Volume I: Assessing Planetary Condition
Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques, Volume I: Assessing Planetary Condition
George, Demetra (Author); English (Publication Language); 622 Pages - 01/03/2019 (Publication Date) - Rubedo Press (Publisher)
$49.00
Yesterday's Sky by Steven Forrest

6. Yesterday’s Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation by Steven Forrest

I didn’t believe in reincarnation until I read Yesterday’s Sky. Yesterday’s Sky convinced me, but even if you can’t imagine yourself ever being convinced to believe in past lives, this book is still a valuable tool in an astrologer’s toolkit.

It is invaluable for identifying traumas that have been with clients from the day they were born, and the technique for writing fictional past life stories is excellent for providing clients with a personal myth.

Yesterday's Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation
Yesterday's Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation
Forrest, Steven (Author); English (Publication Language); 408 Pages - 11/03/2012 (Publication Date) - Seven Paws Press (Publisher)
$24.95
A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James Holden

7. A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James Holden

James Holden was a prolific translator before he died in 1996, and A History of Horoscopic Astrology is a who’s who list of the great astrologers from across history. Whenever I run into the name of an astrologer I don’t recognize in a history book, I check to see if they’re in this book. So far, I haven’t encountered anyone who isn’t.

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A History of Horoscopic Astrology
A History of Horoscopic Astrology
Used Book in Good Condition; James Herschel Holden (Author); English (Publication Language)
$24.87
The Elements by Steven Forrest: Book of Fire, Book of Earth, Book of Air, Book of Water

8. The Elements Series by Steven Forrest

Technically the elements series isn’t one book. It’s four, but they’re so good, they’re worth taking up 1/8th of the available shelf space. The Inner Sky was the book Forrest wrote when he was young but experienced enough at reading natal charts to write a bestselling book.

The Elements books are his magnum opus, his attempt to record the way he looks at charts after a lifetime of astrological consultations. Even a series of books could never be a full download of the brain of a brilliant astrologer, but these books are a treasure.

The Book of Fire: The Life-Givers (The Elements Series 1)
The Book of Fire: The Life-Givers (The Elements Series 1)
Amazon Kindle Edition; Forrest, Steven (Author); English (Publication Language); 308 Pages - 12/17/2018 (Publication Date) - Seven Paws Press (Publisher)
$9.99
The Book of Earth: Making It Real (The Elements Series 2)
The Book of Earth: Making It Real (The Elements Series 2)
Amazon Kindle Edition; Forrest, Steven (Author); English (Publication Language); 410 Pages - 09/27/2019 (Publication Date) - Seven Paws Press (Publisher)
$9.99
The Book of Air: The Art of Paying Attention (The Elements Series 3)
The Book of Air: The Art of Paying Attention (The Elements Series 3)
Amazon Kindle Edition; Forrest, Steven (Author); English (Publication Language); 524 Pages - 05/10/2020 (Publication Date) - 978-1-939510-07-5 (Publisher)
$9.99
The Book of Water: Healing, Regeneration and Recovery
The Book of Water: Healing, Regeneration and Recovery
Amazon Kindle Edition; Forrest, Steven (Author); English (Publication Language); 546 Pages - 10/11/2020 (Publication Date)
$9.99
The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas

9. The Twelve Houses: Exploring the Houses of the Horoscope by Howard Sasportas

The Twelve Houses were my first book on the houses. While Deborah Houlding’s book has become my favorite book on the houses, Sasportas’s Jungian approach is invaluable, and this book is a classic.

The Twelve Houses
The Twelve Houses
Sasportas, Howard (Author); English (Publication Language); 330 Pages - 06/01/2009 (Publication Date) - LSA/Flare (Publisher)
$34.53
Asteroid Goddesses by Demetra George and Douglas Bloch

10. Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine by Demetra George

Asteroid Goddesses was the first book on asteroid astrology, and it is still the best. George explores the mythology and interpretations of the five main asteroid goddesses in detail and has a section on some of the lesser-known asteroids such as Sappho and Diana. When you’re ready to expand beyond the ten big astrological planets and Chiron, Asteroid Goddesses is a great place to start.

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Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-Emerging Feminine
Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-Emerging Feminine
Used Book in Good Condition; George, Demetra (Author); English (Publication Language); 416 Pages - 08/01/2003 (Publication Date) - Nicolas-Hays, Inc (Publisher)
$16.49
Science of Light: An Introduction to Vedic Astrology by Freedom Cole

11. Science of Light: An Introduction to Vedic Astrology by Freedom Cole

Science of Light is meant to be a textbook, and it reads like one, but it’s like no textbook you were ever assigned in college. Freedom has studied Indian astrology in India for years, and he begins the book with a mantra to Jupiter, the planet of wisdom. I have never worked with Sanskrit, so I’ve found the book slow-going, but reading Science of Light feels like looking through the garden gate into a vast and magical new world.

Science of Light: An Introduction to Vedic Astrology
Science of Light: An Introduction to Vedic Astrology
Amazon Kindle Edition; Cole, Freedom Tobias (Author); English (Publication Language); 03/28/2021 (Publication Date) - Science of Light LLC (Publisher)
$16.00

There are magical books that you read once and that change your life forever. There are dozens of astrology books like that which didn’t make this list, but these are the everyday workhorses of my astrology practice. They are the books that I reference and work with on a regular basis. I believe any one of them would be a valuable addition to your library.

About the author

Ada Pembroke

Ada Pembroke is an astrologer and writer from Portland, OR. She drinks green tea while writing astrology forecasts on her blog and Instagram.

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