Astrology Book Reviews
The Art of Predictive Astrology by Carol Rushman (£12.99/US$23.95)
The book begins with an exploration of the natal psychological profile and provides insight into understanding how the natal chart interacts with progressions and transits. It covers all the basics, very simply and insightfully. Much of the book revolves around the idea of the natal chart being the promise of what one can expect throughout the course of ones life. Indicators of marriage, kids and divorce are all handled in a very easy-to-follow manner. The author sets particular interpretation steps for the reader: the natal promise, progressed charts, and finally transits. By the end, the reader is in no doubt how to approach a full reading. The book is very focused on understanding the progressed chart and includes excellent coverage regarding the progressed Moon, progressed house cusps and critical degrees. It does not try to cover transits in any great depth, but refers the reader to Robert Hands Planets in Transit.
This book is not designed for beginning astrologers, as it assumes the reader is familiar with the rudiments (signs, elements, planets and houses). However, for the astrology student who is looking to expand from basic knowledge, it is, quite simply, a wonderful starting point for predictive astrology. It is insightful, easy to follow and thoroughly thought-provoking. In the United Kingdom, astrology books are relatively expensive, so at £12.99, it has to be one of the best-valued books on the market.
Bradys Book of Fixed Stars by Bernadette Brady (£19.99/US$24.95)
An astrological Bible that focuses initially on the astronomy of fixed stars, Bradys Book of Fixed Stars takes a little hard work to understand initially. It covers Paran maps and star phases for more than 60 fixed stars and focuses on interpretation of these stars in natal horoscopes. It handles the constellations from the perspectives of both Egyptian and Greek mythology. After the preliminary astronomy section, the book provides wonderful insight to 176 fixed stars. Clearly a very well researched book, it provides for each fixed star an exploration of current location, mythological connections and, where relevant, a Ptolemy interpretation of the star. To illustrate interpretations, the author frequently includes information about how specific fixed stars figure prominently in the charts of a variety of famous people.
While certainly not a book for astrological novices, nor what I would call bedtime reading, it is a wonderful reference resource and probably one of the best of its kind on the market. Solar Fire software offers Bradys interpretations as one of its standard interpretation options. This book is an excellent value for the money and should prove useful for many years after its purchase.
Horary Astrology Rediscovered by Olivia Barclay (£16.99 /US$24.95)
Barclays book makes a great introductory text for horary enthusiasts. Horary astrology uses a chart calculated for a specific question and moment in time. It explores as the key issue, the questions chart, cast for the moment the question becomes ripe. Horary interpretation uses the traditional meanings and interpretations for planets and houses. It also covers chart turning, planetary hours, collection and aspects, and relies upon quite rigid rules for chart reading and interpretation. This book also discusses elements of mundane astrology and has an excellent resource section on early astrologers.
The book is easy to follow; however, I personally was irritated by its constant references to William Lillys medieval texts, which are considered the definitive books for this subject. Horary Astrology Rediscovered does succeed at making a rather complex subject fairly clear, although it could stand to offer more on the subject of the establishment of final outcome in a horary chart. The book is inspiring and definitely offers natal and predictive astrologers another avenue for further study. It does offer some value for money, although I personally wanted to know more when I finished this one.