Sunday, January 4, 2009

Book Review: Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain

I recently reviewed Astrology: A Cosmic Science by Isabel Hickey and said that it was the book to buy about astrology if you could only buy one. Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain by Kim Rogers-Gallagher is the book to buy if you can buy two. It's not only comprehensive, but very well suited for beginners. It starts at a basic level, but covers everything from the signs, houses and planets, to advanced topics like transits, composite charts and even asteroids.

The reason I recommend this book for beginners is that it not only starts from the basics, but the underlying principles are given instead of a laundry list of combinations of planets and signs/houses. The author also stops occasionally to review concepts already given.

Ms. Rogers-Gallagher says that the Sun sign "shows your Basic Motivation - your life's quest." Not your personality, which is in my current understanding determined mainly by your Moon and Ascendant. You can even use this as a litmus test. If you meet someone who claims to know about astrology, tell them your sun sign and say "I guess that's why I'm so stubborn" if you're a Taurus, for example. If you don't see at least a little cringe on the other person's face, you have your answer.

If you want a solid grounding in astrology, a good start would be to study this book, followed by Ms. Hickey's work.

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