The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology

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You're no idiot, of course. You know there's more to astrology than just your sign -- and you want to look beyond the Sun and see the influence of the Moon and the planets in the signs and the astrological houses. Don't lose yourself among the stars! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology, Third Edition, will show you exactly how the heavens relate to your everyday life and reveal your deepest self!
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Overview

You're no idiot, of course. You know there's more to astrology than just your sign -- and you want to look beyond the Sun and see the influence of the Moon and the planets in the signs and the astrological houses. Don't lose yourself among the stars! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology, Third Edition, will show you exactly how the heavens relate to your everyday life and reveal your deepest self!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028619514
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 11/19/1997
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeline Gerwick-Brodeur has studied and practiced astrology for 20 years and is certified as an astrologer by the Washington State Astrological Association. She offers business and personal consultations.
Lisa Lenard is an editor for numerous anthologies, literary journals, and magazines, and is a writer-in-residence at Vermont College.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 All About Astrology 1
1 What Is Astrology? 3
Astrology: The First Science 3
Our Calendar Is Based on Astrology 5
Debunking the Myths 6
Famous Astrologers 9
Steering by the Stars 11
2 Heavenly Revelations 13
What Astrology Can Reveal in Your Everyday Life 13
Horoscope Junkies 19
Astrology Is Everywhere: Going Beyond the Stars 22
3 Astrology Basics for Your Personal Forecast 25
What Is an Astrological Chart? 26
Your Chart Shows the Position of the Heavens at Your Birth 27
Making Sense of the Symbols 28
Energies, Qualities, and Elements (You Thought This Was Gonna Be Easy?) 29
Let the Sun Shine 35
You Are Unique 38
4 There's More to You Than Just Your Sun Sign 39
Ascendants 39
The Sun, the Moon, the Planets, and the Nodes 41
Houses 45
A Tour Beyond the Sun (Sign) 48
Part 2 Touring the Zodiac: Sun Signs and Ascendants 53
5 Spring Signs: Aries, Taurus, and Gemini 55
Aries, the Ram: Leading the Charge 55
Taurus, the Bull: Keeping the Home Fires Simmering 59
Gemini, the Twins: Quick-Witted, Quicksilver 63
6 Summer Signs: Cancer, Leo, and Virgo 67
Cancer, the Crab: Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve 67
Leo, the Lion: King of the Jungle 72
Virgo, the Virgin: Practical Perfection 75
7 Fall Signs: Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius 81
Libra, the Scales: A Fine Balance 81
Scorpio, the Scorpion: Intense Power 85
Sagittarius, the Archer: Flying High 90
8 Winter Signs: Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces 95
Capricorn, the Goat: Ain't No Mountain High Enough 95
Aquarius, the Water Bearer: The Quiet Revolutionaries 99
Pisces, the Fishes: How Deep Is the Ocean? 104
9 Ascendants: The Mask You Wear for the World 109
What's Rising? 110
Rising Signs 114
Rising Signs of Spring 114
The Rising Signs of Summer 116
The Rising Signs of Fall 118
The Rising Signs of Winter 120
Part 3 Heavenly Bodies and Your Astrological Birth Chart 123
10 When the Moon Is in the Seventh House 125
Lessons in Housekeeping 126
The Planets as Landlords 131
When Planets Seem Backward: Retrogrades 133
Why Neptune and Pluto Are Special 133
11 The Inner Planets: Who Are You? 135
The Sun: Mr. BIG 136
The Moon: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered 136
Moonshine: The Moon in Each Zodiac Sign 138
Mercury: Instant Messaging 142
Venus: Beauty and the Beast 145
Mars: War and Peace 148
12 The Social Planets: You and Your World 153
Jupiter: Here Comes Santa Claus 154
Saturn: Just the Facts, Ma'am 157
13 The Outer Planets and the Nodes: The Bigger Picture 161
Uranus: Born to Be Wild 162
Neptune: Dream a Little Dream 165
Pluto: Soul Journey 169
The Nodes: Back to the Future 171
14 Retrogrades: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back 175
A Brief History of Planetary Motion 175
Understanding Retrograde Planets 176
Mercury Retrograde: Crossed Wires 179
Venus Retrograde: What's Love Got to Do with It? 180
Mars Retrograde: Inward Action 181
Jupiter Retrograde: Stepping Back 182
Saturn Retrograde: Restructuring 183
Uranus Retrograde: The Times, They Are A-Changing 184
Neptune Retrograde: Not Just Blind Faith 184
Pluto Retrograde: Transformation Time 185
Part 4 The Twelve Astrological Houses: Unlocking the Mystery of You 187
15 Houses in the First Quadrant: Let's Get Personal 189
Houses Are Where It Is 190
Like Four Points of the Compass 190
The First House: Taking Care of Number 1 192
The Second House: Are You What You Own? 195
The Third House: The Street Where You Live 199
16 Houses in the Second Quadrant: Establishing Yourself 205
The Fourth House: It's a Family Affair 206
The Fifth House: Do What You Wanna Do 209
The Sixth House: Nine to Five 213
17 Houses in the Third Quadrant: Out in the World 219
The Seventh House: Forever Yours 219
The Eighth House: Sex, Money, and Other Equally Important Matters 223
The Ninth House: Don't Know Much About History 228
18 Houses in the Fourth Quadrant: Wishin' and Hopin' 233
The Tenth House: They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright 233
The Eleventh House: When You Wish Upon a Star 238
The Twelfth House: Secret Agent 242
Part 5 Getting and Interpreting Your Birth Chart 249
19 Getting Started 251
How Easy Is It to Do Your Own Birth Chart? (It's Not) 251
Your Vital Statistics 252
Resources Your Computer's Replaced (Just to Give You an Idea) 255
Getting Your Birth Chart Done for You 257
20 Lost in Space: How a Computer Calculates a Birth Chart 259
It's About Time; It's About Space 260
To Boldly Seek Those Planetary Positions 261
Houses, Houses, and More Houses! 269
Putting It All Together 272
21 All About Me: Interpreting Your Birth Chart 273
Chart Basics: It's All Greek to Me 273
Aspects: Specifics on Experience 275
Chart Interpretations Even Idiots Can Make 282
A Sample Chart Interpreted, or Let's Be Voyeurs 285
When You Need to Know More: Professional Readings 289
22 Using Astrology to Map Your Life 291
What Transits and Progressions Have to Do with You 291
Progressions, or I Can't Stand Still 292
Transits, or Planetary Triggers 297
Astrology Is Your Compass 304
Part 6 You've Done Your Chart, Now You Want More 307
23 Relationship Astrology: Love Matches Made in Heaven, or in ...? 309
Relationship Astrology and You 310
Charting Your Relationships 310
Stars by the Stars: The Relationship Charts of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones 316
Matches Made in Heaven 320
24 Other Heavenly Influences: The Asteroids and Chiron 323
Goddesses in Your Everyday Life 324
Chiron: Astrology Meets Shamanism 328
But Seriously, Folks: The Asteroids and Chiron in Jay Leno's Birth Chart 330
25 Moon Phases: Our Unconscious Collective Mood Monitor 333
What Are Moon Phases? 334
How Moon Phases Affect the Way We Do Things 337
26 The Best Timing for Better Business 341
Working with Cycles, Not Against Them 342
Time Outs: Don't Do It! 342
Gearing Up and Reaching Out 344
Communications, Travel, and Computers: Mercury 346
Getting to "Yes" and Signing on the Dotted Line 348
27 Larger Astrological Cycles and the Next 100 Years 351
How the Heavens Reflect Our Global Experience 352
Where the Heavens Are Now: The Age of Aquarius 352
A Study of Cycles: As Above, So Below 353
Saturn - Jupiter Challenges and Opportunities 354
A New World Awaits 362
Appendixes
A Online with the Heavens 363
B Resources for the Starry-Eyed: If You Want to Find Out More 365
C Glossary 373
Index 381
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2001

    Astrological Idiocy.

    Once you think you're an idiot and buy this book you've admitted you're a dummy! This book touches on a number of important points concerning astrology but doesn't really give you the real picture. Real astrology is very much more difficult than this book indicates. Even for beginners, this book is self defeating. It's no more than an attempt to pacify those who don't understand the horoscopes in the daily newspaper. It also completely ignores other astrological systems and concentrates soley on western astrology. It only gives you a small piece of the whole pie. If you really want to learn about astrology go find something else!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2001

    Amazin' Astrology!

    This book is way off base. All you have to do to see the errors is look at the Table of Contents. Further, it glosses over critical parts of astrology. It avoids all the schools of astrology, especially those under the Lunar School, other than traditional western astrology. It's just too shallow to give you the real thing. But the book errs further when it tacks on chapters on Numerology and Palmistry, which are separate subject areas and will only confuse the beginner. Anyone wishing to really learn astrology should look elsewhere. If you're an idiot, by all means buy the book! But you won't understand a word of it! If you're not an idiot save your money!

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