So you’re just starting out on your astrology journey. It can be a little intimidating because there’s so much information! You want to go deep, but you don’t want to get overwhelmed.
While I think you can easily learn astrology through blog posts, YouTube, and other free resources, I also personally like having a few great books on hand.
These are my absolute favorite books for beginners! They each cover a topic very clearly without getting too technical, and are all great resources to have as you progress in your study of astrology.
This is an excellent manual for those of you who are just beginning. It goes over all the basics in a really concise way without spitting too much information at you.
I definitely recommend this as a beginner’s manual!
If you’re looking for something a bit more in-depth that you can use long-term, then this is the best cookbook out there. This means that it explains every sign in each house, every aspect, etc. If you’re ever unsure what something means, this book will have a little section explain it. It’s similar to a glossary for astrological terms.
The one thing it does not include is asteroids, but at the moment, it’s tough to find a cookbook that does. We plan to cover most asteroids on this blog, but this book completely suffices otherwise!
This is a fabulous book if you’re wanting to learn to read charts. It’s a bit more technical in nature, so it helps to have some sort of foundation surrounding what the signs each mean, but it is otherwise a beginner’s book.
If you have decent astrological software and want to be able to clearly read your chart (and eventually others!), then this is the book for you.
The houses are a huge part of astrology. To be able to read a chart, or even interpret a sign, you need to know the basics of the 12 houses. You can easily look up a chart online, but I recommend going a little deeper at some point. This book succinctly explains not only what each house means, but how to interpret planets and signs in the house.
I believe that Chiron is a HUGE part of anyone’s birth chart, so in my mind, this book is 100% necessary for beginners. It’s a very simple read and doesn’t go too deep into aspects or houses. It’s useful for an astrologist at any level.
Aspects are HARD. Somehow, this book manages to make them much more simple, so it’s my favorite beginner’s guide to aspects. If you have some idea of how a chart works and how to read it, or you want to learn more about aspects before reading a chart technically, then this is the book for you.