The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology: 4th Edition

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology: 4th Edition

by Madeline Gerwick-Brodeur, Lisa Lenard


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592575817
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 313,563
Product dimensions: 7.31(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. Founder of Astro Cycles Consulting, LLC, she publishes an annual business timing calendar and newsletter, the Good Timing Guide: Better Business Through Better Timing. She contributes Sun Sign forecasts to the Zodiac Zone website and is a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Table of Contents

Part 1All About Astrology1
1What Is Astrology?3
Astrology: The First Science3
Our Calendar Is Based on Astrology5
Debunking the Myths6
Famous Astrologers9
Steering by the Stars11
2Heavenly Revelations13
What Astrology Can Reveal in Your Everyday Life13
Horoscope Junkies19
Astrology Is Everywhere: Going Beyond the Stars22
3Astrology Basics for Your Personal Forecast25
What Is an Astrological Chart?26
Your Chart Shows the Position of the Heavens at Your Birth27
Making Sense of the Symbols28
Energies, Qualities, and Elements (You Thought This Was Gonna Be Easy?)29
Let the Sun Shine35
You Are Unique38
4There's More to You Than Just Your Sun Sign39
The Sun, the Moon, the Planets, and the Nodes41
A Tour Beyond the Sun (Sign)48
Part 2Touring the Zodiac: Sun Signs and Ascendants53
5Spring Signs: Aries, Taurus, and Gemini55
Aries, the Ram: Leading the Charge55
Taurus, the Bull: Keeping the Home Fires Simmering59
Gemini, the Twins: Quick-Witted, Quicksilver63
6Summer Signs: Cancer, Leo, and Virgo67
Cancer, the Crab: Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve67
Leo, the Lion: King of the Jungle72
Virgo, the Virgin: Practical Perfection75
7Fall Signs: Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius81
Libra, the Scales: A Fine Balance81
Scorpio, the Scorpion: Intense Power85
Sagittarius, the Archer: Flying High90
8Winter Signs: Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces95
Capricorn, the Goat: Ain't No Mountain High Enough95
Aquarius, the Water Bearer: The Quiet Revolutionaries99
Pisces, the Fishes: How Deep Is the Ocean?104
9Ascendants: The Mask You Wear for the World109
What's Rising?110
Rising Signs114
Rising Signs of Spring114
The Rising Signs of Summer116
The Rising Signs of Fall118
The Rising Signs of Winter120
Part 3Heavenly Bodies and Your Astrological Birth Chart123
10When the Moon Is in the Seventh House125
Lessons in Housekeeping126
The Planets as Landlords131
When Planets Seem Backward: Retrogrades133
Why Neptune and Pluto Are Special133
11The Inner Planets: Who Are You?135
The Sun: Mr. BIG136
The Moon: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered136
Moonshine: The Moon in Each Zodiac Sign138
Mercury: Instant Messaging142
Venus: Beauty and the Beast145
Mars: War and Peace148
12The Social Planets: You and Your World153
Jupiter: Here Comes Santa Claus154
Saturn: Just the Facts, Ma'am157
13The Outer Planets and the Nodes: The Bigger Picture161
Uranus: Born to Be Wild162
Neptune: Dream a Little Dream165
Pluto: Soul Journey169
The Nodes: Back to the Future171
14Retrogrades: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back175
A Brief History of Planetary Motion175
Understanding Retrograde Planets176
Mercury Retrograde: Crossed Wires179
Venus Retrograde: What's Love Got to Do with It?180
Mars Retrograde: Inward Action181
Jupiter Retrograde: Stepping Back182
Saturn Retrograde: Restructuring183
Uranus Retrograde: The Times, They Are A-Changing184
Neptune Retrograde: Not Just Blind Faith184
Pluto Retrograde: Transformation Time185
Part 4The Twelve Astrological Houses: Unlocking the Mystery of You187
15Houses in the First Quadrant: Let's Get Personal189
Houses Are Where It Is190
Like Four Points of the Compass190
The First House: Taking Care of Number 1192
The Second House: Are You What You Own?195
The Third House: The Street Where You Live199
16Houses in the Second Quadrant: Establishing Yourself205
The Fourth House: It's a Family Affair206
The Fifth House: Do What You Wanna Do209
The Sixth House: Nine to Five213
17Houses in the Third Quadrant: Out in the World219
The Seventh House: Forever Yours219
The Eighth House: Sex, Money, and Other Equally Important Matters223
The Ninth House: Don't Know Much About History228
18Houses in the Fourth Quadrant: Wishin' and Hopin'233
The Tenth House: They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright233
The Eleventh House: When You Wish Upon a Star238
The Twelfth House: Secret Agent242
Part 5Getting and Interpreting Your Birth Chart249
19Getting Started251
How Easy Is It to Do Your Own Birth Chart? (It's Not)251
Your Vital Statistics252
Resources Your Computer's Replaced (Just to Give You an Idea)255
Getting Your Birth Chart Done for You257
20Lost in Space: How a Computer Calculates a Birth Chart259
It's About Time; It's About Space260
To Boldly Seek Those Planetary Positions261
Houses, Houses, and More Houses!269
Putting It All Together272
21All About Me: Interpreting Your Birth Chart273
Chart Basics: It's All Greek to Me273
Aspects: Specifics on Experience275
Chart Interpretations Even Idiots Can Make282
A Sample Chart Interpreted, or Let's Be Voyeurs285
When You Need to Know More: Professional Readings289
22Using Astrology to Map Your Life291
What Transits and Progressions Have to Do with You291
Progressions, or I Can't Stand Still292
Transits, or Planetary Triggers297
Astrology Is Your Compass304
Part 6You've Done Your Chart, Now You Want More307
23Relationship Astrology: Love Matches Made in Heaven, or in ...?309
Relationship Astrology and You310
Charting Your Relationships310
Stars by the Stars: The Relationship Charts of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones316
Matches Made in Heaven320
24Other Heavenly Influences: The Asteroids and Chiron323
Goddesses in Your Everyday Life324
Chiron: Astrology Meets Shamanism328
But Seriously, Folks: The Asteroids and Chiron in Jay Leno's Birth Chart330
25Moon Phases: Our Unconscious Collective Mood Monitor333
What Are Moon Phases?334
How Moon Phases Affect the Way We Do Things337
26The Best Timing for Better Business341
Working with Cycles, Not Against Them342
Time Outs: Don't Do It!342
Gearing Up and Reaching Out344
Communications, Travel, and Computers: Mercury346
Getting to "Yes" and Signing on the Dotted Line348
27Larger Astrological Cycles and the Next 100 Years351
How the Heavens Reflect Our Global Experience352
Where the Heavens Are Now: The Age of Aquarius352
A Study of Cycles: As Above, So Below353
Saturn - Jupiter Challenges and Opportunities354
A New World Awaits362
AOnline with the Heavens363
BResources for the Starry-Eyed: If You Want to Find Out More365

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