Are you looking for the best astrology book to get started? Are you completely new to astrology and need some place to get some help? You came to the right place!
Wikipedia defines astrology as “the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means of divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events.” My explanation is a little simpler, astrology is how objects in the universe affect us personally.
While the definition can be simplified and made easier to understand, the multitude of different aspects of astrology can be somewhat overwhelming. This is particularly true to newcomers who are starting with nothing more than the definition or a vague idea of what astrology is. Some people think astrology for beginners is not something you can learn on your own. I disagree.
You certainly can learn a lot about the subject online however I believe having everything organized in a single astrology book designed to teach you is a far easier way to learn. To that end I have compiled a list of the top astrology books for you so that you can get started as soon as possible.
The best astrology book for beginners
No list of astrology books would even remotely be serious without including The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk. This is probably the best selling beginner’s book of all time on the subject and is almost considered a “must have” for even the most casual explorer into astrology.
While I am not sure it really will be the only book on the subject you will ever need it certainly qualifies as the only book a beginner will need to get started. It is one of the few books that includes some substantial historical information on astrology in addition to the standards of creating and reading charts and horoscopes. This is probably the most well rounded of all the books on the subject I have ever found, giving the reader an amazingly complete picture of most aspects of astrology.
At around 560 pages, and available in both print and electronic editions the book is an amazing publication. I personally prefer the print edition just because the book looks and feels impressive, my Kindle reader, not so much. With this subject and the physical book, you can really get immersed in the subject matter. It truly is one of the best astrology books for beginners.
Astrology Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Your Birth Chart and Revealing Your Horoscope is a smaller, more focused introduction to astrology by Alyson Mead. This work, as the title suggests, hones in on birth charts and your horoscope. This is not a bad thing because a lot of beginners are primarily focused on these particular aspects of astrology and are not as much interested in other disciplines.
That doesn’t mean you don’t learn the basics of astrology because you absolutely will. Mead has a long history of sharing her knowledge and is a practicing professional psychic and this clearly shows through.
Running about 150 pages and available both in print and electronically, this book is a lot of fun to read and is chocked full of beautiful color images. It should be fun, the author says right on the cover “The Sassy Psychic”, and after reading this book, you will see why.
If the 560 pages of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need seems overwhelming and you are primarily interested in birth charts and horoscopes, this beautiful book is just what you are looking for.
The oldest book in the list is Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Astrology: The Easy Way to Learn Astrology by Kris Brandt Riske Riske and dates from back in 2008. Fortunately since astrology is centuries old, the age of the book is not as relevant as with other topics. Indeed this book’s age tells of its devout following and excellent presentation.
For many years this has been the “go to” astrology textbook for beginners who consider it the best book to learn astrology. To me this book seems less suited to learning about astrology such as its history, and more about creating and reading charts. And that could be a good thing because you will quickly feel comfortable jumping right in and doing charts for yourself and others.
If you want a lighthearted and sometimes just plain funny introduction to astrology then Whobeda’s Guide to Basic Astrology by Marcha A Fox is your answer. In addition the book explains astrology in simple terms that make concepts easy to understand for just about anyone.
According to the author the book was written to be a textbook for beginning astrology classes. Furthermore, she claims that her ten year old grandson read the book and started analyzing his mother and his sisters. I don’t doubt either statement as this is probably the most fun read of any astrology book I have read and it manages to teach a lot of material while remaining enjoyable. No small feat in my opinion.
Coming in at 276 pages and a little smaller format than the other books listed here makes this the perfect pocket companion, easily thrown into your backpack, or stuffed into your messenger bag. Of course it also comes in electronic format so you can throw it into your Kindle as well 🙂
Whichever book you choose, you are sure to learn a lot and hopefully have a good time doing it. Don’t be put off with the breadth of astrology because it is such a flexible discipline that you can easily start with some small basics and work your way up to more complex ideas over time. There is no need to get in over your head, and with these books to guide you, you will never feel overwhelmed.