Favorite Astrological References
I discovered astrology in my late teens when I was browsing in the book section of a discount department store and found a book that had much more astrology detail in it than simple sun sign descriptions. Bells of recognition went off for me immediately. I purchased the book and knew I had to have more. I became a steady library customer looking for every reference I could in the Lansdowne, PA, library—they actually stocked more material on psychic phenomena than astrology at the time. Bookstores in the Philadelphia area did not sell much astrology material so I purchased what appealed to me from a book seller in New York City, Mason’s Bookstore on Lexington Avenue owned by Zoltan Mason a prominent astrologer. At the time no one used computers to calculate charts and Mason’s sold blank chart forms so the astrologer could use mathematical formulas to calculate the charts in free form. If you were a budding astrologer before the birth of computer technology and had a problem with math you probably wouldn’t make it because your charts were suspect.
I had a field day beginning my early collection of books which include some of my favorites to this day: The Compleat Astrologer by Derek and Julia Parker (own 2 editions); Llewellyn’s A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator (little did I know that one day I would be writing articles for the Llewellyn Annuals Series when I purchased their official astrology textbook) and one of the most influential astrologers to my way of thinking, Ivy Goldstein Jacobson (1893-2000), a beautiful and talented practitioner who introduced the world to horary astrology and the idea that the chart lives on even after death. That’s right it is possible to see what happens to others in the family after someone leaves the planet by progressing their chart. She self-published seven books and I bought six of them. I have very strong connections to her astrological chart and recognize that pattern as a positive in understanding perspectives. I am also grateful to the work of Demetra George who writes about Asteroid Goddesses. I include the main Asteroids (Ceres, Juno, Pallas and Vesta) in all chart calculations and find they explain hidden strengths and add dimension to an individual’s approach to life. Although she is not an astrologer, I am very connected to the works of Alice A. Bailey who wrote 24 channeled books on arcane and metaphysical topics, even one on esoteric astrology. I read the works of Alan Oken who writes beautiful Astrology material using a balanced spiritual approach and admire the work of Diana Stone, astrologer, writer and specialist in horary astrology and the Ascension process.