Llewellyn's Complete Book of Astrology: The Easy Way to Learn Astrology [NOOK Book]


The horoscope is filled with insights into personal traits, talents, and life possibilities. With Llewellyns Complete Book of Astrology, you can learn to read and understand this amazing cosmic road map for yourself and others.

Professional astrologer Kris Brandt Riske introduces the many mysterious parts that make up the horoscope, devoting special attention to three popular areas of interest: relationships, career, and money. Friendly and ...
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The horoscope is filled with insights into personal traits, talents, and life possibilities. With Llewellyns Complete Book of Astrology, you can learn to read and understand this amazing cosmic road map for yourself and others.

Professional astrologer Kris Brandt Riske introduces the many mysterious parts that make up the horoscope, devoting special attention to three popular areas of interest: relationships, career, and money. Friendly and easy to follow, this comprehensive book guides you to explore the zodiac signs, planets, houses, and aspects, and teaches how to synthesize this valuable information. Riske also explores the history of astrology going back to the ancient Babylonians, in addition to the different branches of contemporary astrology.

Once you learn the language of astrology, youll be able to read birth charts of yourself and others, determine compatibility between two people, track your earning potential, uncover areas of opportunity or challenge, and analyze your career path.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738717241
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 648,555
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Kris Brandt Riske, M.A. (Arizona) is executive director and a professional member of the American Federation of Astrologers, the oldest U.S. astrological organization, founded in 1938. She is also a member of NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) and served on its board of directors.

Riske has been a speaker at various astrological conferences and has written for several astrological publications. She currently writes for Llewellyn’s Sun Sign Book, Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book, and American Media. Riske is also the author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of Astrology, Mapping Your Future, Mapping Your Money, and co-author of Mapping Your Travels & Relocation.

She is particularly interested in astrometeorology (astrological weather forecasting) and is the author of Astrometeorology: Planetary Power in Weather Forecasting and the annual weather forecast published in Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book.

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You've probably read your horoscope online, in newspapers or magazines, or in publications that focus on the year ahead. These forecasts are based on your Sun sign, which is easily determined by your birth month and day. You might even know some of the characteristics associated with your Sun sign and those of family and friends. Sun sign descriptions are amazingly accurate, even though there's no rational explanation why astrology should work. After all, the
Sun, Moon, and planets are millions of miles away from Earth. How can a body in outer space realistically affect a person on Earth?

A Sun sign is just a Sun sign. It's important, yes, because it's the essence of you. It's your ego at work. But from an astrological viewpoint, there's so much more that defines you-your character,
talents, strengths, and challenges.

The ancient Babylonians were as perplexed by this astrological phenomenon as we are today. In the four thousand or so years since they invented astrology, no one has discovered an explanation for why it works. But work it does.

Around the sixteenth century BC, the Babylonians began to observe that events on Earth could be correlated to celestial phenomena. Their brand of astrology is what is today called mundane astrology,
or the astrology of countries, wars, coups, economic conditions, and weather, to name a few. It eventually evolved into what is now known as electional astrology, the branch in which the planetary positions are used to select a favorable time to launch an event, such as a wedding, business opening,
meeting, or job application. Babylonian astrologers used the 360° circle (a zodiac of twelve signs similar to what is used today) and also developed ephemeredes (tables of astrological data) that listed the planetary positions and eclipses. At that point in time, no connection had been made between astrology and the individual.

It wasn't until more than a thousand years later, sometime between the seventh and fourth centuries BC, that the Babylonians developed the concept of natal astrology. The natal horoscopesof the time, which probably were limited to royalty and wealthy people, were inscribed on cuneiform tablets and listed the planetary positions along with comments referring to wealth potential, longevity, family, and status. The natal horoscope was seen as a predictor of the person's life, much as it is today, the difference being that twenty-first-century astrologers-and people-
recognize that everyone has free will; the Babylonians considered the chart fateful.

The Babylonian knowledge was passed to the Persians, Egyptians, and Indians. It was readily adopted in India, where today it is considered not only valid but necessary to a successful life.Great advances in astrology were made in Alexandria, Egypt, in the second and third centuries
AD, partly as a result of King Ptolemy I Soter, who ordered the construction of a great library that attracted scholars. During this period, the following concepts were developed: the Ascendant (rising sign) and Midheaven, astrological houses, planetary rulers, aspects,
and predictive techniques. Astrology was considered a science and spread to western Europe, where educated people knew Greek and Latin.

Although astrology died out in western Europe with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, it survived somewhat in the Eastern
Roman Empire. A general revival of astrology began around 1000 AD and continued for the next five hundred years. Like all else, astrology benefited from the invention of the printing press, which made information more readily available to the populace. Astrology was taught in colleges and universities and was a required subject for medical students.

Astrology then experienced another decline, which began in the late seventeenth century and lasted about two hundred years. It was still popular in England, however, because the annual astrological almanacs that had been printed since the sixteenth century continued to be in demand by the public. Renewed interest in astrology developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but it wasn't until the 1930s that first weekly and then daily horoscopes began to appear in newspapers. The first such column appeared in the London Sunday Express.

The twentieth century saw refinements in astrological technique and an emphasis on psychological astrology versus event-oriented astrology. But the basics remain the same today as those developed by the earliest astrologers, and there is a growing interest in older astrological literature as more of these works are translated and made available.

why study astrology?

Metaphysics encompasses a wide range of subjects and areas, most of which are focused solely on divination, or predicting the future.
What makes astrology different from the tarot, I Ching, runes, and other forecasting methods is that it is all-encompassing. You can use astrology not only to forecast events but also to gain great insights into your personality. You may think you know yourself better than anyone else walking the planet; that's probably true. But has someone ever commented on a personality trait that you were unaware of, at least on a conscious level? Something that you only then realized was a strength-or a detriment-because it is such a natural part of your personality? Something that made you realize you'd just discovered another whole side of yourself ? This is part of the natural growth process.

Have you ever asked yourself why you react the way you do in certain situations? Why you repeat negative behaviors even though you know better? Have you ever knocked yourself out trying to do something, when your energy would have been better directed elsewhere?

This, too, is part of the natural growth process. It is how we evolve as humans.

Now suppose you had all this information sooner rather than later. You'd be able to use it to your advantage for many more years, to make the most of your potential and in essence speed up that growth process. After all, we don't have all that many years in a lifetime to do everything we want to do.

This is one fabulous reason to study astrology: self-knowledge is the ultimate form of personal empowerment.

You may have heard people say that astrology is difficult, that it requires “all that math.”

Yes and no.

The math of astrology is nothing more than simple addition and subtraction using preset formulas. But in today's world you don't ever have to pick up a pencil. There are numerous online sites where you can get a computer-calculated birth chart in seconds (see appendix
III), or you can take advantage of the free birth chart offer at the back of this book. Later, when you're more advanced in your studies and want to become a certified astrologer, you can learn the math in preparation for taking an exam. Or, if you're not at all intimidated by math or just want to challenge yourself, you might want to learn this nuts-and-bolts side of astrology now. The point is that it's no longer necessary to first learn the calculations.You can get started right now! Now, the question about difficulty. Is astrology difficult or isn't it? Yes, it is, or can be, but no, it's not.

Have you ever done anything in your life that was difficult at first but then came easily, such as playing a musical instrument or sport, speaking in public, or learning a language? Chances are, you have. And each came with a learning curve that began with initial excitement and quickly acquired skills, followed by the middle ground that required more study or practice to jump the hurdle to a comfort zone of confidence.

Learning astrology is no different than learning anything else. It requires some patience and a lot of practice.

But how difficult is it, really, to read a birth chart? To glean all the insightful information about you and your personality? Not as hard as you might think. It's a matter of learning what each factor in the birth chart symbolizes and then blending the information until you have a full picture. Although that might seem like an oversimplified answer, consider this example using astrological keywords, which is the way every future astrologer learns to interpret a chart: Sun (ego) in Capricorn (ambitious) in the personal financial sector (second house)
conjunct (next to) Jupiter (expansion) adds up to an individual whose self-esteem is linked to achievement and high earnings but who also spends freely on status symbols. It's that simple!

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Charts and Figures / xv

Birth Charts / xvii

Introduction / 1

Chapter One: The Basics of Astrology / 5
Why Study Astrology? / 6
What Your Birth Chart Reveals / 8
The Language of Astrology / 11
Signs / 12
Planets / 15
Retrograde and Direct Motion / 16
Houses / 19
Angular House Cusps / 21
Aspects / 23
Ephemeris / 23
Chapter Two: The Signs / 27
Sun Signs / 27
Elements and Qualities / 28
Masculine and Feminine Signs / 29
Polarities / 30
Decanates / 31
How to Spot an Aries / 33
Aries / 34
Aries Sun Sign / 35
How to Spot a Taurus / 38
Taurus / 39
Taurus Sun Sign / 40
How to Spot a Gemini / 43
Gemini / 44
Gemini Sun Sign / 45
How to Spot a Cancer / 48
Cancer / 49
Cancer Sun Sign / 50
How to Spot a Leo / 53
Leo / 54
Leo Sun Sign / 55
How to Spot a Virgo / 58
Virgo / 59
Virgo Sun Sign / 60
How to Spot a Libra / 63
Libra / 64
Libra Sun Sign / 65
How to Spot a Scorpio / 68
Scorpio / 69
Scorpio Sun Sign / 70
How to Spot a Sagittarius / 73
Sagittarius / 74
Sagittarius Sun Sign / 75
How to Spot a Capricorn / 78
Capricorn / 79
Capricorn Sun Sign / 80
How to Spot an Aquarius / 83
Aquarius / 84
Aquarius Sun Sign / 85
How to Spot a Pisces / 88
Pisces / 89
Pisces Sun Sign / 90
Chapter Three: The Planets / 93
Easy Interpretation / 95
Sun / 95
Moon / 96
Moon in the Signs / 96
Mercury /99
Mercury in the Signs / 100
Venus / 103
Venus in the Signs / 104
Mars / 106
Mars in the Signs / 107
Jupiter / 110
Jupiter in the Signs / 111
Saturn / 113
Saturn in the Signs / 114
Uranus / 116
Uranus in the Signs / 117
Neptune / 119
Neptune in the Signs / 120
Pluto / 122
Pluto in the Signs / 123
Planetary Rulership / 125
Planetary Power / 126
What Is a Planet? / 127
Mercury Retrograde / 127
Void-of-Course Moon / 129
Brad Pitt / 131
Condoleezza Rice / 132
Anderson Cooper / 133
Dr. Phil McGraw / 134
Willie Nelson / 135
Ted Kennedy / 136
Tom Hanks / 137
Al Gore / 138
Tiger Woods / 139
Oprah Winfrey / 140
Chapter Four: The Houses / 141
The Houses / 147
Hemispheres and Quadrants / 149
House Classifications / 151
Elemental Houses of Function / 151
Individual Houses / 153
First House / 153
Second House / 153
Third House / 153
Fourth House / 154
Fifth House / 154
Sixth House / 154
Seventh House / 154
Eighth House / 155
Ninth House / 155
Tenth House / 155
Eleventh House / 155
Twelfth House / 155
Sun Sign Tip / 156
Derivative Houses / 156
Easy Interpretation / 157
Signs on the House Cusps / 157
Aries House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Mars / 158
Taurus House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Venus / 159
Gemini House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Mercury / 161
Cancer House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Moon / 162
Leo House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Sun / 163
Virgo House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Mercury / 165
Libra House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Venus / 166
Scorpio House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Pluto / 168
Sagittarius House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Jupiter / 169
Capricorn House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Saturn / 171
Aquarius House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Uranus / 172
Pisces House Cusps-Ruling Planet, Neptune / 174
Planets in the Houses / 175
Sun in the Houses / 175
Moon in the Houses / 178
Mercury in the Houses / 181
Venus in the Houses / 184
Mars in the Houses / 187
Jupiter in the Houses / 190
Saturn in the Houses / 193
Uranus in the Houses / 196
Neptune in the Houses / 198
Pluto in the Houses / 201
Al Gore / 205
Tiger Woods / 206
Oprah Winfrey / 207
Ted Kennedy / 208
Willie Nelson / 209
Tom Hanks / 210
Robert Redford / 211
Dr. Phil McGraw / 212
Condoleezza Rice / 213
Anderson Cooper / 214
Brad Pitt / 215
Dale Earnhardt Jr. / 216
Chapter Five: The Aspects / 217
Aspect Configurations / 227
Mutual Reception / 232
Planetary Aspects / 232
Sun Aspects / 233
Moon Aspects / 238
Mercury Aspects / 244
Venus Aspects / 248
Mars Aspects / 253
Jupiter Aspects / 257
Saturn Aspects / 260
Uranus Aspects / 263
Neptune Aspects / 264
Pluto Aspects / 265
Al Gore / 267
Tiger Woods / 268
Oprah Winfrey / 269
Ted Kennedy / 270
Willie Nelson / 271
Tom Hanks / 272
Robert Redford / 273
Dr. Phil McGraw / 274
Condoleezza Rice / 275
Anderson Cooper / 276
Brad Pitt / 277
Dale Earnhardt Jr. / 278
Chapter Six: Astrology in Action / 279
Reading the Chart / 279
Dale Earnhardt Jr. / 281
Love, Money, and Success / 284
Love / 284
Venus, the Love Planet / 285
Mars, the Sex Planet / 286
Opposites Attract, Like Attracts Like / 287
Paul Newman / 288
Joanne Woodward / 289
Synastry / 290
Money / 291
Career Success / 293
Aries/Mars / 293
Taurus/Venus / 294
Gemini/Mercury / 294
Cancer/Moon / 294
Leo/Sun / 294
Virgo/Mercury / 295
Libra/Venus / 295
Scorpio/Pluto / 295
Sagittarius/Jupiter / 295
Capricorn/Saturn / 295
Aquarius/Uranus / 295
Pisces/Neptune / 296
Appendix I: Chiron, Asteroids, Fixed Stars, Moon's Nodes, Vertex, Part of Fortune / 297
Appendix II: The Branches of Astrology / 301
Appendix III: Astrological Organizations and Websites / 305
Suggested Reading / 307
Glossary / 313

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2015

    The book is easy to read and packed with information. As I'm ju

    The book is easy to read and packed with information. As I'm just starting out, I cannot speak for the usefulness of it just yet, but it seems to be a good book for a beginner.

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    I recommend this book especially the beginner who want to study

    I recommend this book especially the beginner who want to study astrology.  Unlike other books, this book can cover all basic needs to understand about astrology.
    If you are looking for the book that can help you to deep understand about yourself, this book can help you a lot.

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    Its a nice book

    I boought this book yay!

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