The Astrological Journal recently asked some eminent astrologers what books they’d want with them on a desert island, which got us talking, and here’s the start of our list.
Lynda Hill, 360 Degrees of Wisdom: Charting Your Destiny with the Sabian Oracle with Cards. There are a number of great books on the Sabian Symbols – not least Dane Rudhyar’s Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases – but Lynda Hill’s book is a real labour of love, and her exploration of the images is so helpful and evocative. No lover of astrology should be without it. It’s also worth checking out her blog here.
Melanie Reinhart, Chiron and the Healing Journey: An Astrological and Psychological Perspective (second edition available direct from the author). These pages would not exist without Melanie’s profound depth of insight and every single page of this is full of wisdom and compassionate insight. We’d also like to take a full collection of her lectures, which are available as MP3 downloads.
Liz Greene – just about anything she has written. It was no surprise that almost every list in the Journal piece contained something of her work. The most common choice was The Astrology of Fate which makes sense both because of the incredibly subtle and scholarly approach to the use of myth in chart reading, but also because it engages with the most central question of the astrologer’s work, that of fate and free will. The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption is also breathtaking and far the most successful attempt to manifest the unmanifest on the printed page.
Bernadette Brady, Astrology – a Place in Chaos. Bernadette’s exploration of the philosophical basis for the astrologer’s art in chaos theory is mind expanding in the best way.
Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. Astrology claims to be able to identify the ebbs and flows and patterns in world history, but nobody has come anything like as close as this to articulating what the driving forces are. It’s a tour de force of the most astonishing scholarship: is there any part of intellectual history the author is not intimate with?
Demetra George, Astrology and the Authentic Self: Traditional Astrology for the Modern Mind: Integrating Traditional and Modern Astrology to Uncover the Essence of the Birth Chart. The wonderful thing about medieval-influenced approaches to astrology is that they grapple directly with the really important questions like ‘What am I here for?’ and ‘How can I best achieve what I signed up to do?’ This book is also as clear a guide as there is out there for the person who wants to move beyond a knowledge of the components of the birth chart and in to doing real consultation work for others.
We’ll probably come back to this as we think of other key items in the future. This is a good start for now!