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The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,591 ratings  ·  121 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
ebook, 549 pages
Published June 11th 2008 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published 1982)
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Carolina Dean
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
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
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.
Dec 30, 2008 Corinne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
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
S.J. Pajonas
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
Nov 29, 2014 Ethan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Matty Smith
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
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
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
Roslyn Ross
If you're going to get into astrology at least go all the way! :) I had a lot of fun doing the full charts of all my friends. Until we turned 25. Then we got interested in… more scientific things.
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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
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
Kristen Overton
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
Emily Costello
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
Ace Heart
This book is amazing! Simple to understand and seriously easy to identify my signs.
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
The title is true!
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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!)
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.
Is may well be the only book you need, presuming you just want a basic primer. I use mine a lot for basic research. For a regular schmoe who does not know anything about the real science of astrology, it could be quite useful. Does a decent job of explaining things in layman's terms.
Over the past year I've really been interested in astrology. I think it's a great way to discover the general outline of a person (though some may disagree). This book really isn't a misnomer! It has all the answers about things I wasn't sure of and it was very interesting to read!
Randi Shoshara
This is the book that can help anyone seriously wanting to learn more than just basic astrology. Its easy to undertstand with great explanations and in depth charting. This is the book that will give anyone a good start to understanding advanced astrology.
Stephanie Lomani
I love it, great way of understanding others and find solutions to deal with total opposites. Especially in the work environment and just in everyday life. Everyone is different and here it tells you the many tales of personalities a person can have.
Kiara Jones
I love it, I never knew that my characteristics has to do with my Zodiac sign. Gives you complete details, and what you like, your relationships (which i never believed until i put my Zodiac sign with my boyfriends, and it describes it perfectly)
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