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- Bills, Rex E. The Rulership Book: A Directory of Astrological Correspondences
(Richmond Virginia, McCoy, 1971).
This is an amazingly complete compendium of thousands of suggested rulerships
and correspondences of people, places, and things with the signs of
the zodiac, and the planets and houses. It is diminished in value only
by being almost completly undocumented, that is we are not sure whether
a suggested "rulership" is attested to by centuries of tradition, or
only some sun-sign column on a dull rainy thursday in the old Boston
- Brau, Jean Louis, Weaver, Helen, and Edmands, Allan eds. Larousse
Encyclopedia of Astrology Trans. Helen Weaver,(New York, N.Y, McGraw
This is an English version, not quite a translation really, of the french
Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. The french version was heavily french,
this is heavily english, with some american input. Like all of the Larousse
reference works it sets a high standard for scholarship, is thoroughly
contemporary, and is presented in an attractive "encyclopedia" format,
short alphebetical articles, many pictures and diagrams etc. You can't
do contemporary astrological research without it, and Dean, Recent Advances.
- Bytheriver, Marylee A Short Dictionary of Astrology (New York, N.Y.
A short concise and practical true dictionary with brief clear and reasonably
accurate definitions of frequently used astrological terms. There are
two of these Dictionaries, this is the best, partly because of the superior
graphics, and because a brief bibliography is included.
- Carter, Charles E.O. An Encyclopedia of Psychological Astrology (London,
Theosophical Publishing House,1963).
A basic advanced work on interpretive traditions by a modern master.
It is in this book, which is in essence a condensed casebook, that Carter
expands the tradition of "signatures" for illnesses, note more illnesses
than psychology as the title would seem to suggest. From a condensed
casebook to proper statistical methods a la Michel Gauquelin is only
a hop, skip and a jump.
- Davis, T.Patrick Pronunciation Guide for Astrologers and Astronomers
(Washington, D.C. A.F.A. 1973).
This is a fairly good guide to the pronunciation of the many words not
of English origin in use in Astrology and Astronomy. Very limited in
its scope, it is excellent for the purpose of improving public presentation
of these terms and for that purpose only. Its definitions are too brief
to be particularly useful as a work of substantive reference. It has
only 16 pages.
- de Vore, Nicholas Encyclopedia of Astrology (New York, N.Y. Philisophical
This is one of the two most valuable nearly contemporary Astrological
Reference books. The other is Sepharial's. It would be hard to contemplate
serious historical research without it. De Vore is of the generation
of Frederic Van Nostrand and Grant Lewi, essentially "between the wars",
and had indeed a considerable knowledge of the subject, though he can
be a bit uncritical now and then.
- Dean, Geoffrey and Mather, Arthur eds. Recent Advances in Natal Astrology
(Bromley, Kent, England, The Astrological Association, 1977).
This is billed as a "critical review" and it really is. Many many articles
on every concievable contemporary application and research project on
astrology. It has numerous formulas and algorithms printed nowhere else,
for example. Essential for serious research programs, particularly scientific,
and statistical. It is already slightly dated, and it is to be hoped
that another edition is in the making.
- Dee, John (Dr.) The Private Diary of, and the Catalogue of his Library
of MSS, from the orignial MSS. in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford and
Trinity College Library, Cambridge. ed. J.O.Halliwell (London, England,
This Diary contains much fascinating material on the life, views and
methods of Queen Elizabeth the great's leading astrologer, John Dee.
The Appendix, which is a list of his Astrological, and other occult
MSS is NOT aimed at works in English, for Dee was the master of many
languages, but it constitutes the first attempt at a Bibliography of
astrological books in the English speaking world. Dee is perhaps most
famous for his attempts to contact the spirit world using a crystal,
and his recording of the "Enochean" language and alphabet, but he was
a serious historian, astrologer and mathamatician in addition to his
addiction to a primitive form of seance.
- Fleming-Mitchell, Leslie Running Press Glossary of Astrological Terms
(Philadelphia, Penn. 1977).
This is a brief, conscise, and generally clear dictionary of astrological
terms, intended for quick reference only. There are two such, both quite
good; this is the longer, with slightly more elaborate entries, and
with more entries in "cognate" subjects, such as parapsychology. The
Bythriver Dictionary is probably slightly preferable both because it
is slightly more concentrated, and because of it's superior graphics.
Fleming-Mitchell has no Bibliography.
- Gardner, F. Leigh Bibliotheca Astrologica, A Catalogue of Astrological
Publications of the 15th through the 19th Centuries. with a History
of Astrology which serves as an Introduction by William Wynn Westcott
(North Hollywood CA, Symbols and Signs, 1977).
This valuable work, which is the only reasonably full attempt at a Bibliography
in the English language on this subject, was first published in 1911
under the title, A Catalogue Raisonne of works on the Occult Sciences,
Vol II, Astrological Books. The only other valuable book for this purpose
is the Catalogue of Dr. John Dee's Library, for which see the seperate
entry. Gardner's Bibliography is not up to date, and it mostly deals
with books to be found in England, and within these limits it is excellent.
- George, Llewellyn Perpetual Planetary Hour Book (St. Paul, MINN,
Every practicing astrologer needs an hour book, this is a good one.
- Gettings, Fred The Arkana Dictionary of Astrology (London, England,
Another modern encyclopedic dictionary of astrological lore. Good research,
and fairly sound articles. Competitive with the LaRousse Encyclopedia,
which is perhaps less individualist in its point of view. The Arkana
Dictionary is very much an english school project. The greatest strength
of the Gettings book seems to be in its better use of sources like Tester,
and other classical/science history sources, in the articles on ancient
- Hall, Manly Palmer Astrological Keywords (Los Angeles CA, 1958).
A handy manual or compendium of short phrases as a key to interpretation
drawn from traditional sources.
- Lee, Dal Dictionary of Astrology ( New York, N.Y. Coronet, 1968).
This "Dictionary" fits into the same time space filled more adequately
by the de Vore Encyclopedia. Lee's book is basically part autobiography,
part astrological textbook, and part dictionary. He is a long time astrological
publicist, and editor, who did function as an astrological consultant
at one point in his life. The book is very personal,and anecdotal, displaying
his own system or synthesis of astrology as it was commonly practiced,
basically in the late 30's and 40's of this century in the U.S.A. It
is interesting to browse through, occasionally records something rather
poorly documented elsewhere, but is actually inferior as a dictionary
in every respect to the de Vore volume.
- Leo, Alan ed Vivian E. Robson, Alan Leo's Dictionary of Astrology
(London, England, 1929).
This is also an essential tool in understanding the turn of the century
English school. These are those who maintained and restored England's
traditional astological teaching, by reinterpreting it in the light
of Theosophical teaching. Previous astrologers, such as Pearce and Wilson,
were occultists but of a highly individual sort, each with his own set
of convictions drawn from this or that occult source, either classical,
ie the Taylor translations of Plato and the neo-Platonists, or some
Reniassance teacher such as Henry Cornelius Agrippa. With Alan Leo we
get into the kind of synthesis of previous occult strands with world
mythology which is represented by H.P.Blavatsky and Annie Besant, and
indeed Leo was a close associate of Blavatsky's and Sepharial (Walter
Gorn-Old) was close to Annie Besant. This dictionary, along with Sepharial's
similar work, should be taken as a record of that transition. It has
value. Many of the standard formulas for things like House Cusps, and
positions and aspects of fixed stars, or the formulas for primary directions
are preserved in this book.
We also see here the beginning of the influence of, and mixture of western
astrology with, Indian Astrology, and astrological theories. The Hindu
article in this book is identical with Sepharial's writings on that
subject and should therefore be attributed to him, as the Editor's note
correctly points out. The Editor Robson is perhaps the most sober and
serious minded of this generation, and is also a most valuable source
of information about traditional classical/reniassance teaching.
- Sepharial, (Walter Gorn-Old) New Dictionary of Astrology, (New York,
N.Y. Arco, 1964).
This valuable book has alas all the flaws of Sepharial's other works,
A very great knowledge, but a slap-it-together quality which makes it
much less complete than either Wilson's or De Vore's similar publications.
However on the other hand, Sepharial's greater knowledge of mathamatics,
astronomy, and historical methodology gives his work a special importance,
and makes this an essential work. Some important information can be
found conveniently only here, ie the periods of the planets as the Ancients
knew them, or how to do Primary Directions in other than the Placidian
- Wilson, James A Complete Dictionary of Astrology (New York, Wiser,
Originally published in the very earliest years of the 19th century,
this is at one time the most complete and essential astrological reference
available, and at the same time very much a document of its time. Wilson
is opinionated and quirky, but at the same time thorough and encyclopedically
aquainted with his subject. Wilson has a high opinion of Placidus, but
an even higher one of Ptolemy. He resists the emphasis on "rulerships"
to interpret charts, and relies on aspects, which he views as a "scientific"
tool. However, even where he disapproves, he reports all, reasonably
if not always completly fairly. He does understand the mathamatics of