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The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  1,873 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
OVER HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLD! This is the classic guide to astrological history, legend, and practice! Readers will enjoy simple, computer-accurate planetary tables that allow anyone born between 1900 and 2100 to pinpoint quickly their sun and moon signs, discover their ascendants, and map out the exact positions of the planets at the time of their birth. In addition to ...more
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Published June 11th 2008 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published 1982)
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Carolina Dean
Jun 08, 2011 Carolina Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In print for nearly two decades, The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need truly stands up to its title. However, should you plan to make a career as an astrologer you will, of course, need further study. Beginning with the Sun signs and moving on through the remaining planets, as well as more obscure influences such as the Ascendant, Moon signs, Decanates and Cusps of each sign, the book is well thought out and the information presented in a logical and orderly manner In addition the author expl ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Daryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-these
The title of this book could not be truer! I had the original purple first edition when I was only a teenager in high school, casting birth charts for all of my friends who thought this was so cool. I didn't even realize until many years later just how much more I knew about astrology than the average person, as result of reading this book.

In 2003 I moved into an apartment and in 2004 I moved out. At some point in all that ruckus I lost my book. This book is so useful, so valuable, and so essent
Jun 09, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING! I use it as a reference ALL THE TIME! I wish it came in pocket size (lol!)

As a wanna be astrologer I find this information to be incredibly helpful and most importantly incredibly accurate. It has helped me better understand the basics of astrology and I'm not able to put together basic birth charts for friends and family with ease.
May 25, 2017 icedeath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yes , it was truly complete . although birth chart part was a little complicated for me .
i liked it but not as much as love sign by Linda goodman .
and of course it didn't contain Chinese astrology
Dec 30, 2008 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning astrology students
Recommended to Corinne by: Rachel L.
When I started studying astrology, this was the first book I read. Very comprehensive but simply written and great for beginners who are just figuring out what sign their moon is in. The charts in the book are not always going to be the best indicator for planetary placements, so it's best to go to a site such as or to get your natal chart. Then you can use the book to help you figure what all those planets mean.
Feb 18, 2009 Sonja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive and probably pretty good. I had a hard time with it because I don't know my birth time, so I ended up skimming a lot. I can see maybe using this for character sketches for my books, though. Gives a lot of interesting personality combinations to work from.
Oct 31, 2013 Toi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really what the title stated....the only astrology book you will ever need. It was so informative, without being too wordy or all over the place. It goes into every aspect of astrology, (sun signs, moon signs, ascendant signs); categories often overlooked, but equally as important as the sun signs. It even went into detail about the characteristics if you are a cusp. Overall I loved the fact that it identified the person as a whole. "The Sun sign is the part of you that is most app ...more
Badriya  Bintuwaih
The only Astrology Book you'll Ever Need
By, Joanna Martine Woolfolk .
I am done from reading this book but to be honest I didn't read everything because some of the things I need to have another book to go into details.
This book is a big help when you need to know about Planet, houses, zodiacs and even how to read your #BirthChart
The best thing about it is that the writer went into a lot of details to get it right and surely she made it interesting
If you're a beginner like me then this
S.J. Pajonas
Jun 22, 2012 S.J. Pajonas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this book sat on my bookshelf FOR YEARS and was actually my husband's before I "found" it this past weekend and devoured it. It really IS the only astrology book you'll ever need. I found a site through and did my birth chart and with the help of this book was able to learn a lot about my personality. I even got a lot of my friends on twitter to do theirs. What I enjoyed the most was the descriptions of all the signs (Rising, Sun, Moon) and how they should be ...more
Juli Keele
This book used to be my bible.... until I denounced paranormal phenomenon as a means to base my life.
Amanda Bishop
May 04, 2017 Amanda Bishop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the artwork on the cover! and my favorite part is some of the sign comparison to the famous. Check out scorpio. ;)
Laura Monagan
Jul 09, 2015 Laura Monagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not seriously into astrology, but as a hobby I find it amusing and surprisingly useful. TOABYEN really is the book to have in hand whether you are a beginning astrologer or a dabbler like I am. I especially appreciate that J.M. Woolfolk writes from a positive perspective. There's no creepy insistence that we are controlled by the stars, only that we are guided by certain proclivities that we can use to better ourselves and the world around us.

The author clearly explains complicated elements
Alouise Dittrick
If you have any interest at all in astrology then this book is the book for you. It's quite large and indepth, but it's easy enough for someone who is new with astrology to understand. It covers all sorts of information about creating and interpreting a natal chart from the sun signs, to houses, to aspects and more. If you think of astrology as being just daily horoscopes then this book will help you understand what astrology is really about. The part I really liked was reading about the cusps ( ...more
Matty Smith
Aug 29, 2011 Matty Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to this book I've learned that my ruling planet is Venus, my sun is in Capricorn which is in my 4th house, my moon is in Taurus which is in my 8th house, Mercury's in Aquarius in my 5th house, Venus is in Capricorn which is my 4th house, Mars is in Aquarius in my 5th house, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all in Libra which is my 1st house and also my ascending sign, Uranus is in Scorpio in my 2nd house, and Neptune is in Sagittarius which is my 3rd house. And I really had no idea what tha ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An nice book anyone who has given less than four stars is being over critical. The only short comings that this book has are 1.) The aspects for planets are limited (It views aspects as bad, good, and ok but not in those exact words. The only information that she can give you on aspects is the conjunction between planets , which is no more than 2/3 lines, other than that there is no help.) 2.) Recent 'planetiods' such as lilith, chiron, ascendant and midheaven do not have aspect information. For ...more
Silvia Campos
Okay, Okay. I read it out of curiosity. SUE ME... I don't believe that this is really true, however it was a nice read. You know, to understand how exactly they connect these ideas that strangers can tell me about my day with out even knowing me.

For example: That I'm being a moody bitch today, and it's all because Neptune's moon and Saturn's orbit are in an alignment (I'm so bs'n here) and NOT because a customer spilled Merlot all over my new uniform and the other server I work with Jerry is bei
Nov 29, 2014 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginners of Astrology
Just as the title says, this book offers you a very complete overview of Astrology, ranging from explanations to time tables which you can use for calculating your Birth Chart. However the book falls short when it comes to deepgoing analyses. Compared to other books such as John Jocelyn's "Meditations on the signs of the Zodiac" and many others of similar depth, this book can turn out to dissappoint. In this book, it's completeness rather than deepgoing knowledge that thrives. Still, it is a ver ...more
I truly agree with the title: with detailed descriptions of how to draw up your own charts, descriptions of every planet in your chart, descriptions for every house and charts to tell you were everything was, you can truly to everything with this book. I learned facts about astrology in this book that people would not believe when I told them. The only downside is the size: it is great if you are drawing up charts for your friends (as I was in high school) but it is an awful waste of space if yo ...more
May 13, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a really great book if you're wanting to get beyond the basic checking-your-weekly-horoscope-in-the-newspaper-astrology. Not that there's anything wrong with that kind, but if you're wanting to know about birth charts, love affinity, the placement of your other planets (Moon Sign, Venus Sign, etc) and Rising/Ascendant Sign, this is a great choice. It's fun and interesting to read, very clear and easily understood, and boy do I regret not picking up that copy I saw at the flea market (I o ...more
Emily Costello
Nov 03, 2013 Emily Costello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: astrology
This is my go-to for all things Astrology related. I cannot tell you how many times I have read and re read every single chapter in this book. I have physically BOUGHT copies to give to friends who show strong interest in astrology, because I feel that this book covers everything important, through and through! I love how simple Joanna Woolfolk makes it to understand the more difficult parts of astrology, that many other authors fail at doing. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is ...more
Arij Tagorti
Exactly as the author stated, this is merely a brief introduction to the huge subject that is Astrology.
I went into it wanting to expand my knowledge on the topic of astrology, but found myself reading stuff I already learned on my own before. Actually you can easily find most of the stuff mentioned here on the Internet.
The analysis of each "topic" was very concise, and lacked depth.

I like that it clears up some useful things like chart interpretation, chart types, etc. But some things said in t
Kristen Overton
May 07, 2008 Kristen Overton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The depth that went into writing this book is phenomenal. It covers basically everything you could ever want to know. From Sun Signs to Moon Signs, to All other aspects of a birth chart. If you're seriously interested, this is the best book to start out with. Also, the "History in Astrology" at the back of the book was fascinating. Astrology has been documented as far back as 30,000 years and only during the time of St. Augustine was it considered a sin to consult astrology. I frequently look at ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have a interest in learning more about Astrology then this is the book you need to read. It covers just about every concept, from your sun sign, the houses, your birth chart, planets and their affects. I bought this book as a birthday gift for a friend and out of curiosity I began to read, I did not put it down until we parted ways. It sparked within me a desire to learn more about the cosmos and astrology. the title is as it claims to be. Possibly the only Astrology book you will ever ne ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Jer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book I found that quickly allows the reader to see the planet's positions on the day of birth. The geometry of our solar system on that day is shown clearly enough, and can be jotted down in mere minutes. Once the physics of that first moment are in hand, the curious can decide what Jung, or symbolism or mythology or anything else have to do with it~!

Concise and unpretentious... and groundbreaking when I found it. Thanks, Ms. Woolfolk for making an ancient science available for the 'u
Jun 22, 2013 Khansa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it is easy to use... has very useful information almost about every aspect... lot of things got on place once you understand the personality of a sign...
I recommend it for everyone.. who wants to understand people better...
I'm a scorpio woman.. i loved what has been mentioned about me which was mostly true.. i've realized more about myself too.. things i used to do or act subconcsiously while it was of my nature... i've recomended it to my friend & she used it to kn
Aug 17, 2011 Chantelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge astrology nut, and this book is exactly as it says in the title. The only astrology book you will EVER need. It's easy to understand the information, and doesn't use words only Astrologists would know. I recommend this to anyone who has any interest in astrology.

My copy also came with a CD for the computer to see your birth chart to give you even more of an understanding of the planets in your sign. It's great.
Jun 17, 2007 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: astrology lovers
Shelves: spiritual, reference
This book is so much fun! Regardless of whether or not you buy into Astrology, figuring out your entire star chart can be a great evening activity. And this book gives you the means to do just that. It's also a great birthday idea. With relatively little information, you can make a chart for someone else. I've really enjoyed having it around (and have found much of what it says to be true!)
Sep 17, 2009 Jillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jillian by: Alyssa Sharpe
Shelves: astrology
This book is excellent for beginner astrologers. I've read quite a few astrology books and have taken some classes in vedic astrology, but I still refer back to this. I just bought the latest edition (as of 2015) of this classic, and the only difference between this and the 2008 version is that the chart calculator is now online, rather than on a CD.
Jul 23, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found an old copy from a book store from the year I was born (1990) and I loved reading it so much that when I failed to receive it back from a borrower, I bought the same copy again! It's a really nice book to reference to besides looking on the Internet. Very good for beginners who are just being introduced to astrology.
Jul 10, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It's a great reference for your astrological signs. You learn your sun sign, your moon sign, your planet, your cusps, your decanets (sp?) your houses, etc. You can even create a whole chart for yourself! This book is recommended for all to have in their library.
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