The easiest way to learn astrology is to start with yourself. Your astrological birth chart is a powerful tool for gaining a deeper understanding of your unique gifts, talents, challenges, and life's purpose. As you begin to decipher the wealth of information in your own chart, you'll experience astrology in a personally meaningful way - which makes it easier to understand and remember. Once you learn the basics of astrology, you'll be able to read the birth charts of yourself and others.
This friendly guidebook is the most complete introduction to astrology available. Popular astrologer Kris Brandt Riske presents the essentials of astrology in a clear, step-by-step way, paying special attention to three areas of popular interest: relationships, career, and money. She explains the meaning of the planets, zodiac signs, houses, aspects, and how to interpret their significance in your chart. Over 30 illustrations, plus the birth charts of many famous people - Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, and Tiger Woods, to name just a few - add a helpful visual dimension to your learning experience.
Practical and positive, The Complete Book of Astrology offers techniques for using astrology to identify the qualities you seek in an ideal mate, realize your career and financial potential, calculate your luck, and discover your inner strength.
Kris Brandt Riske, M.A., is executive director and a professional member of the American Federation of Astrologers, the oldest US. astrological organization, founded in 1938. She is also a member of the NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) and served on its board of directors.
Kris has been a speaker at various astrological conferences and has written for several astrological publications. She currently writes for Llewellyn's Sun Sign Book, Llewellyn's Moon Sign Book, and American Media. Kris is also the author of Mapping Your Future and Mapping Your Money and co-author of Mapping Your Travels & Relocation. She is particularly interested in astrometeorology (astrological weather forecasting) and is the author of Astrometeorology: Planetary Power in Weather Forecasting and the annual weather forecast published in Llewellyn's Moon Sign Book.
Kris is an avid stock car (NASCAR) fan, although she'd rather be driving than watching. She also enjoys gardening, needlework, and computer gaming. An Illinois native, Kris has a master's degree in journalism and is a Chinese language student.
Your birth chart is all about you-your potential, talents, and life possibilities. It reflects what comes easily to you, what you can master with effort, and what probably would not be worth your time.
As you unravel your chart, you'll discover many traits you're already aware of and many you're not. Astrology can help you resolve life issues through self-understanding, identify the qualities you seek in an ideal mate, realize your career and financial potential, develop your communication skills, and discover your inner strength. Some of what you learn will amuse you, some will prompt further in-depth learning, and some will motivate and inspire you to become the very best you can be.
You can do the same for your friends, family, colleagues, children, parents, siblings, love interests, partner, and all the other people in your life.
Don't be surprised if this book triggers your thirst for more astrology. Many astrologers got their start by doing just what you're about to do. By reading this book, you can master the basics of astrology and be well on your way to learning how to read a birth chart just like professional astrologers do.
As is typical for those who share my Aquarius Sun sign, the universe has carried me in many diverse directions and always for reasons that were not initially evident. Aquarians seem to attract unusual and unexpected opportunities, almost as if the universe is carving out a new path for them to follow And so it was with me and astrology.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
Medical Astrology (42)
Original Texts (289)
Vedic Astrology (58)
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