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Guide to Astrology

About the Collection | Journals | Books by Topic | Web Resources

About the Collection

The University Library’s collection of astrology journals and books was enhanced significantly in 2014 by a donation of material from Michael Erlewine, an astrologer, and Internet entrepreneur. Erlewine contacted the University Library in 2009 about possibly donating his collection from the Heart Center Astrological Library in Big Rapids, Michigan. His ultimate goal was to make it available, in its entirety, to a research university for permanent retention. Erlewine’s materials complement the Mandeville Collection of Parapsychology and the Occult Sciences and greatly expand those holdings. Part of the Erlewine collection includes papers from Gary Duncan (Neil Llewellyn Bloch), an important research astrologer. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library already owns some papers from astrologer Sybil Leek making the University Library a nexus for astrology research


133. 5405 AME1a (Main Stacks)
Horoscope Guide. 2004-.
Includes puzzles, book reviews, articles, and monthly forecasts and daily horoscopes for each sign, plus a yearly guide for the dominating sun sign of each month.

Q. 133.5 L771 (SSHEL Reference, Main Stacks, and Oak Street)
Llewellyn’s Astrological Calendar. 1985-.
This twelve month wall calendar provides monthly horoscopes as well as astrological details for each day including the moon’s quarter, phase and planetary motion, planting and fishing dates and daily horoscope aspects. Each month features a full color painting inspired by a zodiac sign and information about that sign. Includes an introduction to astrology, a section on lunar gardening, an aspect key, travel and vacation forecasts, and ephemeris tables. Last 5 years available in SSHEL Reference, previous years in Main Stacks and Oak Street.

Books by Topic

All books are shelved in SSHEL Stacks, unless otherwise noted.


BF1708.1 .S73 2012
Archetypes of Astrology: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Planets, Signs & Houses. 2012.
Explains the elements of astrology in terms of their mythological origins. A chapter is devoted to each of the twelve archetypes in addition to chapters on special topics.

133.5014 M925A (SSHEL Reference and Oak Street)
The Astrological Thesaurus: Book 1: House Keywords. 1992.
This book draws parallels between the organization of astrology into houses and English grammar, words and, ideas.  The first section of the book consists of five chapters which introduce and explain the concept and the remainder of the book is organized by the four quadrants and twelve houses and their associated words. Words for each house are arranged by category, such as things; psychological qualities; and places.  Includes an index by word and appendices including an astrological house formulary, directions on how to calculate house cusps, and keywords by topic heading.

133.5 M454a2000
Astrology: A Key to Personality. 2000.
This book aims to help the reader gain a better understand of themselves through the various components of their birth chart, including planet and moon nodes, zodiac signs, planetary aspects, houses, and others.

133.503 T572c (SSHEL Reference)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astrology Dictionary. 2010.
A guide designed to help laypeople understand astrological terms and apply them to their personal charts.  Includes cross-references and symbols indicating the area of astrology each entry pertains to.  Arranged alphabetically by term.

133.509 C156d (Main Stacks)
The Dawn of Astrology: A Cultural History of Western Astrology. 2 vols. 2008.
A comprehensive history of astrology in the West, divided into two volumes. The first volume covers the prehistoric to classical eras and includes chapters devoted to various ancient civilizations, such as Mesopotamia, the Hebrews, Greece, and Rome.  The second volume covers medieval to modern times and is organized mainly by century.

BF1719 .H47 2016
Essential Astrology: Everything You Need to Know to Interpret Your Natal Chart. 2016.
A step-by-step guide, aimed at beginners, to interpreting all aspects of your natal chart. Includes a glossary and suggestions for further reading.

133.5 G572g 2009
Gary Goldschneider’s Everyday Astrology: How to Make Astrology Work for You. 2009.
Focuses on how each of the twelve sun signs manifest in various types of relationships in the realms of work, romance, friends, and family. Examples include The Aries Boss, The Cancer First Date and the Libra Roommate.  Strengths and weaknesses of each sign in each role are given as well as communication tips.

BF1726 .F465 2012
Unexplained Zodiac: The Inside Story to Your Sign. 2013.
A basic guide to each of the twelve sun signs. Early chapters include a compatibility chart, a list of astrology factoids, and a quick reference guide to the “virtues and vices” of each sign as well as explanations of how each sign bears some of the characteristics of its neighboring and opposing signs on the zodiac.  The final twelve chapters each cover a different sign and include sections on looks, careers, health, and more.


By Planet

133.533 P329m
Mercury Retrograde: Its Myth and Meaning. 2004.
An in-depth analysis of the often dreaded and misunderstood mercury retrograde phenomenon from mythical, historical, astrological, astronomical and spiritual standpoints. Includes a glossary, recommendations for further reading, and a table of Mercury’s positions from 1910-2026.

BF1724.2.V45 M3 2006 (Main Stacks)
Venus: Her Cycles, Symbols & Myths. 2006.
Explore the many different aspects of the often overlooked Venus, ruler of love, relationships, social life and more.  Discusses Venus’ relationship to the four elements and the signs of the zodiac as well as her role in marriage, among many other topics.

133.534 P429m (Oak Street)
The Mars-Venus Affair: Astrology’s Sexiest Planets. 2000.
Explains how the position of Mars and Venus in the birth chart affects each person’s love life. Every possible combination is given for a total of 144 profiles.  Each profile includes a “case history” detailing the romantic history of a public figure sharing that profile.  Includes ephemeris tables.

133.53 AR69E
Exploring Jupiter: The Astrological Key to Progress, Prosperity & Potential. 1996.
Investigates Jupiter’s effect on personal growth and success. Discusses the planet’s effect on each sun sign and house as well as Jupiter transits. Includes illustrated charts for several celebrities and historical figures.

133.53 G833S (SSHEL Stacks and Oak Street)
Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil. 1979.
Challenges the traditional interpretation of Saturn as a purely malignant influence to take into account its role in the process of self-understanding.  The book discusses Saturn’s effect on the signs and houses related to each of the four elements and then examines its aspects in the birth chart.

133.538 T444a (Main Stacks)
Alive and Well with Uranus: Transits of Self-Awakening. 1999.
An astrological introduction to the disruption and change associated with Uranus transits.  Details the effect of Uranus on on each house and planet.

133.5 F391n
Neptune: the 12th House & Pisces: The End of Hope, the Beginning of Truth. 2004.
This book fully explores the role of Neptune, Pisces and the 12th House, all of which symbolize and rule over truth and neutrality. The four chapters cover the 14 phases of Pisces, Neptune in each house, each sign in the 12th house, and Neptune transits.

BF1724.2.P4 D59 2014
Harness Astrology’s Bad Boy: A Handbook for Conquering Pluto’s Tumultuous Transit. 2014.
Explores the traditionally negative influence of Pluto and discusses how it can be turned into a force for good on a personal level. Details the planet’s effect on different generations as well as on each sun sign and zodiac house and includes quick reference charts for each of these topics. Also includes a glossary, recommendations for further reading, and a quick reference chart to figures in Roman mythology.


Special Topics in Astrology

133.5 N462d (Main Stacks)
Declination in Astrology: The Steps of the Sun. 2006.
Declination is latitudinal form of astrology which “measures how far the Sun and the planets move above and below the celestial, rather than around the zodiac circle.” This book explains this “missing half” of astrology, tying it to mythology, culture and historical events.

BF1723 .B677 2012
Moon’s Nodes: Understanding the Dynamic Ties That Bind. 2012.
Moon nodes are “diametrically opposite points, which are created by intersections of the path of the Moon with the plane of the eliptic” and which, according to astrology, influence personal growth.  This books covers facts and mythology about moon nodes along with their interpretation and influence on each of the houses.  Appendices include birth data sources and ephemeris tables.

133.5 M342H1987 (Oak Street)
Planetary Aspects: from Conflict to Cooperation. 1987.
Directed at those trying to come to terms with squares and oppositions in their natal charts.  Covers focal planets and signs; opposing signs and houses; and influences, as well as theory and techniques for handling a T-square.

133. 532 T662I (Oak Street)
Lunar Returns. 2003.
A lunar return is a monthly event that takes place when the moon reaches the same position in the sky that it was when you were born, helping you predict your personal month ahead.  This book explains how to interpret a lunar return and outlines its various delineations. Includes example natal charts.

BF1723 .V53 2013 (Oak Street)
Solunar Returns. 2013.
“Each month when the transiting Moon returns to the natal Sun it is known as a solunar return.” Solunar returns are purported by astrology to offer clues about the coming month. This book demonstrates how to set up a solunar return chart and offers example charts for famous people and world events.  A worksheet is included.

BF1717.5 .E44 2017
Horary Astrology: The Practical Way to Learn Your Fate: Radical Charts for Student and Professional. 2017.
Horary astrology is concerned with whether or not something did or will happen at a certain point in time, as opposed to natal astrology which is concerned with how the arrangement of the universe at an individual’s time of birth affects their personality.  This book explores the theory of horary astrology, discussses its practical application, and provides dozens of example charts for various fate-related questions.  Includes a glossary.

BF1724 .K46 2015
Astrological Transits: The Beginner’s Guide to Using Planetary Cycles to Plan and Predict Your Day, Week, Year (or Destiny). 2015.
Where our birth charts are said to determine our personalities, astrological transits are said to determine everything that happens to us after our birth.  This book is divided into three parts: an overview of transits, a section on planetary transits to other planets, and a section on transits in houses.

133.53 Sa78t (SSHEL Stacks and Oak Street)
The Twelve Houses: An Introduction to the Houses in Astrological Interpretation. 1985.
The twelve houses, alongside the planets and the signs of the zodiac, are the third basic element of astrology.  This book discusses the themes of each house and how they relate to each other, then follows each of the planets and their corresponding sign or signs as they move through each house. Includes a summary of key concepts, suggestions for further reading, and sources for chart references.


Practical Astrology

HG4661 .B83 2013 (Main Stacks)
The Bull, The Bear, and the Planets: Trading the Financial Markets Using Astrology. 2013.
An investment advisor explains their method for astrology-guided trading. Appendices include lunar event dates, retrograde event dates, sun-planet aspect dates, mercury aspect dates, and first trade dates.  A glossary is also included.

BF1729.M68 D38 2014
Astrolocality Astrology: A Guide to What It Is and How to Use It. 2014.
A guide to the sub-discipline of locality astrology which is concerned with the dimension of space as it relates to astrology. The book explains the concept and demonstrates how it applies everywhere, from different rooms in the home to different spots on the globe.  Includes appendices by several guest authors, including Michael Erlewine.

BF1729.O25 L66 2014 (Main Stacks)
Zodiac Guide to Successful Relationships and Careers: How Research-Based Western and Chinese Astrology Can Help You Make the Big Decisions in Life. 2014.
Aims to help the reader make decisions about both personal relationships and  business matters using both Western and Chinese astrology to determine personal strengths and weaknesses.

BF1701 .L86 2007 (Oak Street)
Sunshines: The Astrology of Being Happy. 2007.
This book acknowledges the differences between people born under the same sun sign and how those differences connect to formative experiences, upbringing, and cultural background.  It then attempts to leverage this deeper understanding of what sun signs mean into greater happiness for the individual.  The first part of the book gives an overview of each of the twelve sun signs and the second half delves into the areas of life affected by sun signs such as money, religion, love and communication.

133.5 Or336p (Main Stacks)
Political Astrology. 2005.
This book discusses the astrology of national and international events in the political sphere and provides “methodology to validate a national horoscope”, including a Scorpio-rising horoscope for the U.S.  Also covers in detail the effect of the asteroids on the so-called Kennedy Curse.  Includes lists of horoscopes, tables, and figures; a list of national horoscopes; recommended reading; and the U.S. presidents’ planetary positions through George W. Bush.

BF1711 .P76 2015 (Oak Street)
The Professional Astrologer: Building a Successful Astrology Practice. 2015.
This guide, sponsored by the Organization for Professional Astrologers, is aimed at professional and aspiring professional astrologers.  It is divided into three parts.  The first part is a survey of working astrologers; the second part covers advice on building a sustainable business, creating various streams of income, and professional development; and the third part consists of interviews with professional astrologers.  Also includes ethical guidelines and a list of references and resources.

BF1718 .C736 2013
Dictionary of Medical Astrology: A Compilation of Astrological Terms (Physical, Emotional and Medical) and Disease Significators Used in Traditional Medical Astrology. 2013.
This dictionary lists various medical terms and gives the different planets, houses and signs, or combination of the preceding, that rule over them. Also includes a special section on the hypothetical Uranian planets and their role in medical astrology.

BF1729 .C75 S25 2012 (Oak Street)
Forensics by the Stars: Astrology Investigates. 2012.
Forensic astrology is the art of trying to determine what happened in unsolved crimes, missing persons cases, and disasters using event horoscopes. The author discusses her astrology-based theories on several famous and less well-known cases. Includes a glossary, astrological tables and other appendices.

BF1708.1 .D53 2014 (Oak Street)
Separating Aspects: The Astrology of Break-Ups, Divorce, and Other Partings. 2014.
A guide to understanding break-ups aimed at readers with a sophisticated understanding of astrology. Insights are based on the natal charts of the parties in question as well as the timing and nature of the relationship itself.  The book also delves into modal and generational astrology.

BF1729.L6 A53 2013 (Main Stacks)
Finding a Soul Mate with Astrology. 2013
Aims to help readers find the ideal match by using astrology to first understand themselves and their needs in a relationship. Advice is based on various aspect’s of the reader’s birth chart.

BF1729.P8 B635 2012
Planets in Therapy: Predictive Technique and the Art of Counseling. 2012.
This guide, aimed at “therapeutic astrologers”, explores how astrological transits may affect how we operate on a psychological level.  The book begins with an overview of astrology and a look at the foundations and philosophy of “therapeutic astrology”, before going on to discuss astrology as a therapeutic tool in different life situations.  Includes several case studies.


Non-Western Traditions

The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology. 1980. (Oak Street)
A nature-based Native American form of astrology based on the moon, the cardinal directions, and the four elements. The book discussed each of these components and their variations and includes a guide to understanding the medicine wheel as well as creating one yourself.

BF1714.H5 M36 2017
Jyotish: The Art of Vedic Astrology. 2017.
Jyotish, or “the science of starlight”, is India’s traditional astrology. This book discusses the roles of the moon, sun, planets, zodiac and houses in Jyotish as well as its connection to Ayurveda, among other topics. Appendices include a quick reference guide to the planets, a seasonal calendar, and more.  Also includes a list of further resources.

BF1714.C5 S44 2006
Simple Chinese Astrology. 2006.
The book attempts to be a simplified guide to the complex art of Chinese astrology. One chapter is devoted to each of the twelve signs. Each chapter includes the sign’s associations, a personality overview, the different types of each sign (based on the element associated with a particular year), and the influence of time of birth on the personality. Also includes a general outlook through 2020.

F1219. 76.A83 S36 2017
Day-Signs: Native American Astrology from Ancient Mexico. 2017.
In this Pre-Columbian Mexican form of astrology people are born under the influence of one of twenty day-signs, based on animals and other elements of nature, as well as the 13 day period in which they were born, similar to the Western sun and moon signs.  This book includes tables for finding your day-sign and 13 day period, and the chapters of the book help you interpret their meanings.

133.50902 W892208 (Main Stacks)
Works of Sahl & Masha’allah. 2008.
These collected and translated works of two of the most influential and celebrated astrologers of the Arabic period cover natal, horary and predictive techniques, among others. An extensive introduction helps explain some of the unfamiliar terms and mechanics of this medieval form of astrology.


Web Resources

General Resources

Astrology Online Catalogue (Alexandria iBase Project)This online catalog has over 9,000 records for materials associated with astrology, including digital versions of works in the public domain, individual issues of publications, and donations from private libraries of professional astrologers. Alexandria iBase Project also includes a special collection of digitized copies of The Mercury Hour magazine.

Cafe Astrology: Free Astrology Birth Chart
Upon entering your date, time and place of birth, this website will generate your birth chart, accompanied by a detailed explanation of each of its aspects. Also offers a tailored daily horoscope and the option to add a second person for a compatibility profile.

Associations and Organizations

American Federation of Astrologers
Offers courses and certification in astrology in addition to publishing manuscripts on the topic.

Association for Astrological Networking
Organization concerned primarily with legal concerns affecting the practice of astrology.

Centre Universitaire de Recherche en Astrologie
Centre Universitaire de Recherche en Astrologie (or The International Astrology Research Center) is a French website, readable in French, English, Italian and Spanish that contains scholarly explanations of the mechanics of astrology and its history as well as various theoretical and critical works on the subject.  The site also maintains a forum in both French and English.

International Society for Astrological Research
Dedicated to astrological research, this organization publishes a journal, offers certification and accreditation programs, holds conferences, and provides news coverage on astrology via its website.

United Astrology Conference
Conference featuring workshops, lectures, and social events of interest to practitioners of astrology.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Resources

Bibliography on Hindu Astrology
Includes a variety of practical and analytical works on Hindu astrology.