Did you read my Learn Astrology introduction? You can check it out here if you’re unsure of whether astrology is worth learning more about or not.
Lilith Rebellion’s Learn Astrology Blog Posts & Guides:
- Learning Astrology is like Learning a Language; start with this post if you are unfamiliar with reading an actual 360° natal chart that has all the planet placements depicted. This post will demonstrate how to access your natal chart and how to read it.
- The Lilith Rebellion Guide to the Astrological Alphabet (Word doc); use this document to learn and memorize the astro symbols necessary for chart reading.
- Lilith Rebellion’s Eclipse Primer will take you right from the basic explanation of what an eclipse actually is, all the way to interpreting the meaning of an eclipse in your life using your natal chart. It was written in light of the eclipses in August 2017, but the information can be applied to any upcoming eclipse.
- Follow Lilith Rebellion on Facebook and Instagram for regular cosmic weather forecasts (reading forecasts is a good way to learn astrology by becoming familiar with how planetary bodies interact)
Online Learning Resources:
- Not sure what time you were born? An accurate birth time is essential for a truly accurate reading. For assistance, check out Wiki’s How to Find out What Time You Were Born article, or Laurence Hillman’s suggestions on how to Find Your Birth Time. If you live in the U.S. you can order the “Long Version” of your birth certificate (hopefully containing your birth time) from the government department associated with the state you were born, and also check out Forrest Astrology’s list of information and helpful advice for ordering birth certificates from each state government (+ some tips on obtaining birth certificates outside the U.S.).
- View and print your natal chart at Astrodienst
- “Tips for Learning Astrology and Becoming an Astrologer”; a really great episode by The Astrology Podcast; hosted by Chris Brennan and Kelly Surtees (there are some written tips in the link as well)
- Free beginner astrology lessons @ Astrolibrary; this is a great guide with 18 lessons
- The Mountain Astrologer’s Beginner Series; this online guide, published by the leading astrology magazine, takes you through from signs to chart synthesis
- Overview of the 12 houses of the zodiac @ Astro Style
- Overview of the planet meanings @ Astro Style
- Astrology as an Archetypal Language: Why the Planets don’t Control our Fates; a clear description of each of the planetary archetypes by Antero Alli
- Overview of the four elements & three qualities of signs @ Astrodienst
- Cafe Astrology’s Signs of the Zodiac; interpretations of how each of the signs influence each of the planets
- My Astrology Book; interpretations of the planets in every sign and house
- A beginner’s guide to aspects and orbs in astrology
- Learn how to read an aspect chart @ Astrology Marina
- An introduction to the Lunar Nodes @ The Astrology Club
- Quick and easy view of the current sky @ Planet Watcher
- Explanation of how long each planet takes to move through a zodiac sign @ The Skydog Institute
- The Astrology Dictionary; an online dictionary for definitions of terms and concepts used in astrology
- A comprehensive list of Astrology symbols and glyphs (including Unicode encodings) @ Wikipedia
- The Swiss Ephemeris @ Astrodienst, to help you figure out your transits
- Kepler College for Astrological Education offers regular, free, community webinars in addition to their certificate program
- Astrology University sells recorded educational webinars on different astrological topics
- The Mountain Astrologer is arguably the most respected and popular astrology magazine in the world. It is published bi-monthly (6 issues a year) and is a tremendous learning resource.
- 10 Tips for Learning Astrology, by Chris Brennan
- All about eclipses: A guide for coping with them, by Susan Miller; this is a great introduction to how eclipses work in astrology (you can also check out the table of past and upcoming eclipses from 1994 – 2030, compiled by Miller)
- The Moon Watching Series; a fantastic series of articles by the talented writer and astrologer Dana Gerhardt about each of the eight moon phases
- The Eight Moon Phases as Personality Types; a great article for beginners about Moon phase personalities by Kelly Surtees
- Entering your Saturn Return or know someone who is? Check out these Five Tips for Interpreting the Saturn Return (each one is unique), Ten Tips for Successfully Navigating Your Saturn Return, and The Skinny on Saturn Returns: What Doesn’t Kill you Makes you Stronger
- Find the natal chart of your favourite celebrity through Astrotheme’s Astrology Database, or by selecting a chart feature to find out what celebrities have this feature in their natal chart (e.g. sun in the 1st house, moon in gemini, etc.). You can also check out celebrity charts through the Astro Databank Wiki Project.
- When Astrology Fails, by Steven Forrest; Essential reading for anyone on route to becoming an astrologer!
- A humorous, but insightful article: “Top 10 Problems Astrologers have that are just the Worst“
Astrologers, their Blogs, & other Astrology websites:
- Chani Nicholas; popular activist astrologer who publishes weekly horoscopes for each sign
- Kelly’s Astrology; regular blog posts by Kelly Surtees from Australia (living in Canada)
- Nightlight Astrology; insightful daily cosmic weather forecasts by Adam Elenbaas, one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich
- Steven Forrest Astrology; offers an evolutionary astrology approach with many resources
- Lua Astrology; by Leah Whitehorse in the UK
- Donna Cunningham’s Sky Writer blog; no longer active, but her blog (and the comments section) is a storehouse of astrological knowledge
- SkyScript; a huge collection of high quality astrology articles written or curated by astrologer Deborah Houlding (perhaps more for the intermediate learner than for the beginner)
- Hiroki Niizato Astrology; straightforward and insightful interpretations written by an astrologer in Florida
- Pandora Astrology; an astrology consulting business in San Francisco with some good blog posts (although not updated frequently)
- Astrology Marina; a list of articles by Marina, a blogger and astrology enthusiast, that are insightful and accessible for beginners
- Cafe Astrology; a wealth of astrology information and learning materials that are easy to understand and navigate
- Good Vibe Astrology, by Kim Falconer and Jeannette Maw; interesting blog posts and courses on astrology with a focus on combining astrology with the law of attraction and manifesting your desires
- The Body Astrologer; believes astrology is the “most underutilized tool in alternative healthcare, nutrition and fitness” – really interesting perspective!
- Astrology Arena; an astrology blog with 300+ articles posted since 2014 – the author shares some really profound astrological insights through his wonderful writing
- The Dark Pixie Astrology; a website oriented to beginners with blog posts and horoscopes written by a variety of astrologers
- Darkstar Astrology; astrology horoscopes and learning materials written by Marina, an astrologer in the UK
- ScorpioLand – The Astrology of Scorpio, the 8th House, & Pluto – for Scorpios and the people enflamed by them – the title explains it all!
- Sasstrology – The astrology of sex, love & relationships; silly website name, but some great astrology articles on the topic of relationships
- Saturn Return Stories; a blog about what happens when Saturn returns to where it was when you were born
- The Astrology Podcast, by Chris Brennan
- Exploring Astrology, by Adam Sommer
- Bridging Realities, by Eugenia Krok and Danielle Polgar
- Anne Ortelee Weekly Weather Astrology
- Access Astrology, by Heather Roan Robbins, Mark Wolz and Anne Ortelee
Popular Beginner Astrology YouTube channels:
- Nightlight Astrology, by Adam Elenbaas
- The Astrology School, by Chris Brennan
- Truth in Aspect Astrology, by Jewel
- Astrolada, by Lada Duncheva
- Seagoat Astrology, by Luke Dani Blue
- Alyssa Sharpe Astrology
- Whackowitch Astrology, by Penny
Astrology Phone Apps:
- Deluxe Moon for Android (free); I use this to track the moon’s movement through the zodiac signs and to remind myself when the new and full moon will be.
- Solar System Scope for desktop, Android, and iOS devices (free); this is not an astrology app, but rather a beautiful astronomy app that visually depicts the planets in orbit around the sun. See what the solar system is doing in real time!
- Astro Future – Horoscope & Love Astrology for iPhone and iPad (free, but you pay for extra features); this is a great app for beginners who are just learning the symbols and how to read a chart. It is limited in its capabilities, but the visuals are great – very user friendly.
- Time Passages for iPhone & iPod (free, but you pay for extra features); this is a popular app among beginners and intermediate learners. It provides insightful interpretations and short horoscope readings for your current transits as well as for your solar arc and secondary progressions (for an additional fee).
- Co-Star for iOS (free, $2.99 for premium version – Android version coming soon); I have not tested this one out yet, but it looks slick with a minimalist design. It looks like you can add friends to your profile and compare charts via connecting through another social media platform like facebook.
- Aura Astrology for Android (free or $9.28 for the Pro version and $14.91 for the Plus version): This app has plenty of options (even with the free version) with lots of detailed information available. I appreciate how you can view the aspect tables, you can easily progress a chart through time, and you can access secondary progressed charts, solar return charts, and even lunar return charts. This is probably best for the beginner who already has a general grasp of what a chart looks like and how it works.
- Time Nomad for iPhone, iPad, & iPhone (free); this is a lovely app, 100% free. It has clean graphics and a wonderful “slider” feature that allows you to advance a chart through time and focus sequentially on different aspects between planets. I also really like its unique, astronomical “solar system view” of a chart. This may be a little advanced for the beginner, but perfect for the intermediate user and useful as well, for advanced learners.
- Astrology Ephemeris for Android (free); it is handy to have a simple ephemeris app when you want to quickly check the position of a planet.
- iPhemeris for iPhone and Mac OSX (US $17.99); a great astrology app that provides a full ephemeris as well as a number of different chart calculations and display capabilities. This app is more appropriate for the intermediate or advanced learner.
- Astrological Chart Pro for Android (US $25); an advanced app for professional astrologers that allows you to work with many different types of charts, aspects, and the addition of multiple androids and points. This app is more appropriate for the intermediate or advanced learner.
- Astro Gold for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and Android (US $24.99); an astrology app created by the same people who created Solar Fire – arguably the most popular astrology software program. This app is more appropriate for the intermediate or advanced learner.
*Prices for professional astrology software range from about $100 – $700 US, and most programs have several different packages with more or less features for varying costs*
- Solar Fire, by Astrolabe (Windows-based – also available as an app); this software program appears to be a widely referenced program of choice among professional astrologers and it is the program that I use. It has a wide range of capabilities and options, although its user interface and graphics are clunky and could use an upgrade. For a beginner it would likely be daunting – the learning curve is steep. If you are just starting out, try first experimenting with creating astrological charts at Astrodienst for free or use an app (see above).
- Time Passages, by Astrograph (Windows & Mac – also available as an app); this program may arguably have the easiest, most user-friendly interface to navigate. There are various packages available for beginner up to advanced astrologers.
- Kepler, by Cosmic Patterns Software (Windows-based)
- Sirius, by Cosmic Patterns Software (Windows-based)
- WinStar, by Matrix Software (Windows-based)
- I.O. Astrology Software, by Time Cycles (designed for Macs)
Astrology Books for Beginners:
- The Inner Sky: How to Make Wiser Choices for a More Fulfilling Life, by Steven Forrest
- Astrology for Yourself: How to Understand and Interpret Your Own Birth Chart: A Workbook for Personal Transformation, by Douglas Bloch, Demetra George
- The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology by April Elliott Kent
- Parker’s Astrology: The Definitive Guide to Using Astrology in Every Aspect of Your Life, by Derek and Julia Parker
- Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart: A Comprehensive Guide to Classical Interpretation, by Kevin Burk
- Principles of Practical Natal Astrology, by Kevin B. Burk, Jacquie Rolston
- How to Read Your Astrological Chart: Aspects of the Cosmic Puzzle, by Donna Cunningham
- Stephen Arroyo’s Chart Interpretation Handbook: Guidelines for Understanding the Essentials of the Birth Chart, by Stephen Arroyo
Astrology Books for Intermediate Learners:
- The Twelve Houses: Exploring the Houses of the Horoscope, by Howard Sasportas, Liz Greene (Foreword)
- Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope, by Sue Tompkins
- Planetary Aspects: From Conflict to Cooperation-How to Handle Your T-Square, by Tracy Marks
- Living Lilith: Four Dimensions of the Cosmic Feminine, by M. Kelley Hunter
- Lilith: Healing the Wild, by Tom Jacobs
- Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology and Astrology of the Re-Emerging Feminine, by Demetra George, Douglas Bloch
- Chiron and the Healing Journey: An Astrological and Psychological Perspective, by Melanie Reinhart
- Vocation: The Astrology of Career, Creativity and Calling, by Brian Clark
- Planets in Solar Returns: Yearly Cycles of Transformation and Growth, by Mary Fortier Shea
Books for Astrology Nerds:
- Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil, by Liz Greene
- Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark, by Bernadette Brady
- The Changing Sky: A Practical Guide to Predictive Astrology, by Steven Forrest
- The Gods of Change: Pain, Crisis, and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, by Howard Sasportas
- Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, by Richard Tarnas
**This page is a work in progress – check back soon for more resources!**