The Best Astrology Books to Guide Your Way

Written by Dayva Segal
Published: August 26, 2023
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Reading about astrology is one way to learn more about the topic.

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You could literally spend a lifetime learning about astrology, and many people do. There are so many areas of focus. Delving into astrology is like visiting the Louvre. You could spend days wondering through the famous Parisian museum and still only see a fraction of their collection. 

One of the best ways to learn about astrology is through reading. Amazing astrologers have written books on all sorts of different aspects of astrology.  

The books listed here are general astrology guides, geared toward people at the beginning of their astrology journey. However, these books may also have some gems of wisdom and insight for those experienced in astrology. This list is not in order from best to worst, or most informative to least informative.  

1. You Were Born For This – Chani Nicolas

Chani Nicolas has been a professional astrologer since 2011. She is known for her encouraging, mindful, and inclusive perspectives on astrology.  

Her book is solely about the Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs. The text offers helpful forms to fill out so you can identify planetary aspects for each of your “big three” as well as which house your Sun and Moon are in.  

While this book isn’t a fully comprehensive guide to astrology, it is a compassionate, delicately written, and considerate overview of how to interpret your Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs in your natal astrology chart in an empowering way. 

2. Astrology For The Soul – Jan Spiller

Jan Spiller is an astrologer who has written a few classic texts on the topic. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2016. However, she leaves behind a legacy of great astrology texts. Astrology for the Soul is a favorite. 

This book focuses on the North Lunar Node as a way to gain insight into your life. This powerful position indicates where the Moon’s path crosses the Earth’s ecliptic path. She focuses on both the sign and the house of the North Node, from which you can learn a surprising amount. This book is ideal for personal use, but it’s also a great tool when learning to read other people’s charts. It can help you do a deep dive into how the North and South Nodes may affect life’s directions and desires.  

3. Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Astrology – Kris Brandt Riske MA

Llewellyn’s is one of the largest (maybe the largest) publishers of esoteric, occult, and holistic topics. Many of their own self-published books, like Llewellyn’s A To Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator, date back over 100 years. However, this book is from 2007. This astrology textbook features easy-to-read, informative sections on the signs, planets, houses, and aspects. The book uses the natal zodiac charts of well-known figures as examples. There are also tons of visual aids in the back of the book.  

Once you are comfortable with the basics, you may want to try the second book in this series: Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Predictive Astrology.  

4. Astrology: Using the Wisdom of the Stars in Your Everyday Life – Carole Taylor

This colorful and fun book is a great primer for those who want to know more about the basics. It goes into the signs, planets, and houses of astrology, staying primarily on the surface level. This book may be useful for visual learners because it has lots of color, explanations of symbols, and pages that look more like infographics than thick text. 

It is published by Dorling Kindersley (DK), the same company that creates the Eyewitness book series for children. Even though it’s probably made with adults in mind, pre-teen and teenage astrology hopefuls may enjoy Taylor’s book more than others. 

5. Postcolonial Astrology: Reading the Planets through Capital, Power, and Labor – Alice Sparkly Kat

Postcolonial Astrology is a must-read for those who want to view astrology through a comprehensive societal lens. Alice Sparkly Kat started their astrology practice in 2015. Their astrology website is a mixture of explanations of Western Astrology concepts and explorations of a form of Chinese astrology called BaZi. Their writing is relatable, perhaps especially for Gen Z and Millennial astrology enthusiasts, and is also often a little humorous. 

This book seeks to unearth what we can achieve through esoteric practices by examining our own biases and experiences in our flawed world. The author illuminates the power of the planets in a unique way — by going into the histories of the mythology behind them and showing how these histories interact with our current social structures. Kat explores the ways in which astrology has interacted with white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy throughout history. 

6. The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology – April Elliott Kent

April Elliott Kent’s work is another option similar to an astrology textbook. It even has special highlighted sections for important definitions and tips. It includes information on how to read a natal chart. Additionally, the sections on the signs, planets, and houses are rather in-depth. There is also a useful section about how astrology works with the seasons. The book ends with several sections on planning for Discover the best astrology books to guide your way in understanding all things zodiac, including important signs. astrological transits, such as the Moon moving through each sign every month, or the annual cycle of eclipses. Read Kent’s book cover-to-cover or just as a reference when needed. 

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Dayva is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering astrology, animals, and geography. She has over 12 years of experience as a writer, and graduated from Hofstra University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Music and a Minor in French. She has also completed course work in Core Strengths Coaching, Hypnotherapy, and Technical Communication. Dayva lives in the SF Bay Area with her cute but very shy cat, Tula.

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