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Astrology for Yourself: How to Understand and Interpret Your Own Birth Chart: A Workbook for Personal Transformation

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Astrology for Yourself is designed to introduce you to the language, art, and science of astrology through a series of self-directed, program-learning exercises that will literally enable you to write your own chart interpretation. Aside from providing you a wealth of knowledge about your birth chart, Astrology for Yourself promises to promote personal growth and change yo ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 20th 2006 by Ibis Press (first published May 1987)
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Katreva Martin
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly helpful introduction to astrology, though I used it in combination with many other books to gain a well-rounded perspective on each component of my natal chart. I started off knowing nothing outside of my sun sign (Aquarius). Over the course of a few months I worked gradually through this workbook, armed with a free birth chart I found online. Some concepts were difficult to understand-- particularly aspects-- using only the information in this book, but I think the authors did a f ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started reading this but realized shortly afterwards that using the digital format was not the best option. From what I read, the book is a great start for those looking to learn how to read birth charts. It's written in workbook style and that's where my issues came about. I love the format but trying to easily flip back and forth from the workbook pages to other reference pages was a pain in the rear. I tried using digital bookmarks but it just wasn't working for me. I hope to aquire the act ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book keeps a tight focus on reading your own birth chart, and is really chock full of exercises to help you interpret your placements, aspects, and other features in detail along with journaling prompts to reflect more broadly on different areas of life. Many of the exercises have a kind of "plug and chug" format, but with some flexibility, where you can select a few keywords from a longer list that fit into whatever sentence you're writing in this section of the book. I found that the keyp ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the authors is the woman who taught Chani Nicholas everything she knows, so there are some similarities in the "workbook" format. Really thorough and great for beginner/intermediate astrology enthusiasts. I'll have to revisit some of the information toward the end once over learned a little more. ...more
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a great introduction to astrology for me. There were a few aspects of this book that went over my head, but it was very good for the most part. It is in workbook form, so it really gets you actively involved, and you'll learn a lot about yourself just by your birth chart alone. ...more
Csaba Safrany
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astrology
If you are a beginner astrologer, this is the book for you. The whole book is written in a workbook format guiding you gradually through your entire birth chart.

First you are introduced to the Sun signs, explaining the inner logic of all the zodiac signs. I really loved this! Not just the characteristic features of the signs are mentioned in a cookbook format, but also the reasons behind them.

Then you are introduced to the Big Three, your Moon sign and ascendant besides your Sun sign. It is ama
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Good and thorough intro to studying your own chart. I journaled a ton during the three weeks I read this book, and learned so much more about myself and Astrology by doing so.

When I tell my friends this book is old, I don't mean the Astrology teachings are irrelevant, but rather that it's written in a different astrological social context. The first edition was published in the 1980s, and an effort was made to always refer to clients as he or she, instead of they, for example. The marriage char
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second astrology book that I've picked up and I think it's a good move for me given that this is in a workbook format. It is very helpful, especially with the tables, appendices and guide questions at the end of each topic. This made me decide to make a journal, learn more about astrology and, of course, myself. It's still a functional book notwithstanding the year it was published. I do wish they'd update to cover more recent events and people but otherwise it's still a really good ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: astrology
A good beginner book if you're looking to discover astrology from a modern astro-psychological perspective. It's not perfect, but it's a nice starter, there are a lot of keywords section, and the workbook format is nice. If you want an approach that uses ancient rulerships and is not as focused on psychology, I'd recommend turning to Demetra George's more recent Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice instead. ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty informative book, and even included journal entries to help you apply what you have learned. The cover is beautiful. One interesting thing about this book is that is explained why each of the signs and planets represent what they represent, and they tied the astroids to mythology. If you don't know where to start when reading your chart, then this would be the first place to look. ...more
Marilyn Mann Harris
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The best workbook out there. Beginner or intermediate, it’s great for everyone. I love the way it’s written and organized, it’s simple if you just want to do the workbook part, but also extremely in depth if you’re learning. If you’re learning or interested in astrology, just get it! Especially if you’re a “hands-on” learner.
Juli Anna
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirit
I liked this book so much after a cursory perusal at the library that I ordered a copy for myself. This workbook is meant to teach the principals of astrology by working through the reader's own birth chart. It is a utilitarian affair, but I expect it will be a wonderful introduction. I expect to amend this review once I've at least started filling in the workbook. ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: astrology, guides
Una buena guía para principiantes en el mundo de la astrología. El libro planeta un buen método para construir su carta astral de manera fácil y con conceptos claros sobre planetas, signos, elementos y aspectos. Si ya es un astrólogo estudiado, no creo que le aporte mucho de nuevo.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a self teaching book for astrology so it isn't something to read and then be done with. I will use this book for a long time. It isn't a novel. I set the end reading date, but will continue to consult this book whenever I need a reference for astrology. ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you take more than a superficial interest in astrology, you need this book. It teaches you the basics of chart delineation, along with explanations on how to apply this knowledge in synastry as well. LOVE THIS BOOK.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have studied formally with one of the authors, Demetra George, and find this book to be a wonderful place to begin to develop a personal language and relationship with astrology and one's own chart. ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very thorough and helpful beginner's guide to understanding astrology as a language, with lots of helpful exercises to pick apart each part of your chart and integrate the meanings of how those parts relate to one another. ...more
Krysta Sa
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
maybe the best books written on the basic of understanding your birthchart!
No body special
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zodiac-stuff
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great beginner's book and for continued reference. ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This workbook was super helpful. Now I think all astrology texts should come in workbook form!
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this but found that I wasnt able to find some of the answers as some things were a bit too generalized. Easy to follow and insightful however.
Briana Brown
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
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May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I learnt quite a bit from this book. It got rather complicated and repetitive towards the end though.
Tara Alexandria
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you learn best by writing it yourself!

Such a great way to synthesize the elements of your chart. Great for every level, with comprehensive statements to understand the planets, signs, and houses. But also dives deeply into more complex aspects of chart interpretation. If you're a beginner, just skim over those so you don't get overwhelmed. I skimmed transits, but still gained greater understanding of them!
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The workbook model is a really handy way of learning the structure of chart interpretation. The section on modern asteroids adds insights you don’t get from similar introductory books. But the ending seems a bit sketchy. That’s where my skepticism of astrology as more than a personality test equivalent comes in.
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
A reasonable introduction to the subject. Gets bogged down with rote form filling, diluting the overall context.
Chapter 8 in this book has a lot I can see adopting to talk about type, self-awareness and transformation.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction or refresher.
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