Let’s face it, astrologers are bookish types, and now we’re keen visual auteurs too. So here’s a reading list of all my faves, plus links and recommendations from some of my illustrious Cosmic Eye monthly forecast co-host guests.
I’ve included recommended books beyond what I’ve read but confident they are worth the reading. Some are popular astrology, some are more technical, some are contemporary, and some have decent astrology but are behind the times in their language or concepts and gender, especially relationally for queer and non-binary folk, so please excuse and insert modern updates!
I’ll be adding to this page as I go, so bookmark or check back when you’re looking for a good read. I’ll include an astrology list, mystic, self-development, and anything else that needs to go here. Note that many of these topics overlap.
With 5 planets in Sagittarius (including Jupiter) this list is by no means finished. More links pending.
Here’s my super long list-Visit my bookshelf HERE, FYI you can purchase from this site to support local bookstores and my work (it’s an affiliate link).
Here’s a short selection. I’ll begin with my Power series trilogy!
Star Power a simple guide to astrology for the modern mystic by Vanessa Montgomery, 2018
Cosmic Power ignite your light, a simple guide to Sunsigns for the modern mystic by Vanessa Montgomery 2020/21
Astro Power a simple guide to prediction and destiny for the modern mystic by Vanessa Montgomery 2022/3
God Herself; The Feminine Roots of Astrology by Geraldine Thorsten, 1981
The Knot of Time: Astrology and Female Experience, by Lindsay River & Sally Gillespie, 1987
Symbols for Women; a Feminist Guide to the Zodiac, by Sheila Farrant, 1989
SuperCouple: Astrology secrets for a sexy, soulful, and satisfying relationship by The AstroTwins 2022 (composite charts)
Astrology for Real Relationships: Understanding you, me and how we all get along by Jessica Lanyadoo 2019
Contemporary Astrologers (Pluto Scorpio/Libra/Virgo): Vanessa Montgomery, Chani Nicholas, Christopher Renstrom, Jessica Lanyadoo, Annabel Gat, Alice Sparkly Kat, Mecca Woods, Tara Aal, Jason Holley, Colin Bedel, Tony Howard, Ophi and Tali Edut | The AstroTwins, Alejo Lopez, Fernanda Paiva, Stormie Grace, Alexander Von Schlieffen.
Classic/Veteran Contemporary Astrologers (Pluto Virgo/Leo/Cancer) – Demetra George, Dane Rudhyar, Brian Clarke, Melanie Reinhart, Liz Green, Darby Costello, Steven Forrest, Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Laurence Hillman, Jessica Murray, Wendy Stacey, Jan Spiller, Rob Hand, Stephan Arroyo.
Guest Book Lists
Books, lectures, podcasts by Natalie Haynes
Books, lectures, documentaries/series by Bettany Hughes
Books, lectures, documentaries by Professor Mary Beard
All things Ancient Egypt-Books, lectures, Podcast, Documentary/series by Kara Cooney
The Celestine Prophecy an Adventure by James Redfield
The Road Less Travelled by M.Scott Peck
My stroke of Insight: a brain scientist’s personal journey by Jill Bolte-Taylor
WELL-BEING, SELF-CARE, SELF-DEVELOPMENT, CONFIDENCE, HAPPINESS
The Confidence Code: The Science & Art of Self-Assurance, what women should know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, 2014 (Feminist)
The Mind/Body Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit your Health, longevity, and Success, by Dr. Mario Martinez
The MindBody Self: How longevity is culturally learned and the causes of health are inherited by Dr. Mario Martinez
The Pursuit of Happiness, why are we driving ourselves crazy and how can we stop by Ruth Whippman
All books by Deepak Chopra
All work by Dr. D. Martini
Methods and systems – Yoga, Pranayama (breathwork), Meditation, Mindfulness, Focussing on a felt sense, N.L.P, Hypnosis, EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Thai Chi, and Chi Gung. E.F.T Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping).
Natural Health Care – Acupuncture (Chinese or Japanese), THC Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Natural Medicine/Nature cure/care). Panchakarma (21-day Ayurvedic cleanse/detox). Naturopathy, The Gerson Diet.
+Regular safe and consensual touch + eye contact, words of affirmation, maintaining a balanced perspective ie in the middle of polarity, experience and accept your feelings, collect multiple points of view/perspectives, curate what you consume/expose your mind and psyche to, own your mind and your power, organic fresh non-GMO food, filtered water, plenty of sleep, sun and time off screens (in nature) both in your own company, with others and in reflection balanced with goals you’re looking forward to. Help others when your cup is full (don’t martyr yourself). Center yourself and make decisions from there ie don’t accept a social role or expectation of 2nd place due to your gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socioeconomic or financial status.
Women and Power, a manifesto. By Professor Mary Beard
Invisible Women, Exposing Data Vias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez – Essential reading and a good reminder that dissolving binary gender stereotypes and roles need not come at the cost of erasing women and further entrenching a male gender bias, often as the default or a false neutral. Loaded with stats that will make you fume and ready to take action, stand up for yourself and half the world’s population all at once. My takeaway is to de-aggregate data is everything, and to do that, you need to use a gendered lens to see what affects the female of our species, to design+fund for that, which helps inform designing for gender-neutral spaces, health care and its life-saving as well as saves fortunes of public and private money.
Do it Like a Woman: and change the world by Caroline Criado Perez
Testosterone Rex, myths of sex, science, and society by Cordelia Fine
Vagina Obscura, an anatomical voyage by Rachel E. Gross
MYSTIC | SPIRIT | CONSCIOUSNESS
Dream Yoga: Illuminating your life through lucid dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of sleep by Andrew Holecek
PODCASTS – astrology
Astrology University Podcast incl The Cosmic Eye Monthly Forecast by myself and surprise special guests
Ghost of a Podcast with Jessica Lanyadoo
Evolutionary Astrology Podcast by Steven Forrest
The Astrology Podcast by Chris Brennon and Lisa Shaim
PODCASTS – non-astrological
Sounds True | Insights at the edge with Tami Simon (Mystic)
Your Undivided Attention by The Center for HumaneTechnology
Lady Science Podcast by the editors of Lady Science Magazine
We Can Do Hard Things by Glennon Doyle
Until I create my own I can vouch for;
FAA Federation of Australian Astrologers
A.F.A American Federation of Astrologers
ISAR International Society for Astrological Research
It’s Libra season, ruled by Venus, the Goddess of love, harmony, and all things relational so come on over to the Astro All-Starz Podcast to celebrate and get into the astro love zone. Fresh from Cosmic Love, Amazons astrological dating show (and social experiment), special guest Ophi Edut (Astrostyle.com) chats about the astrology of relationships and her newest book SUPERCOUPLE: Astrology Secrets for a Sexy Soulful and Satisfying Relationship with any Zodiac Sign. Sounds good to me! And it is, I had a sneak preview peek! See below for what happened next.
Tune in to learn about composite charts (the Supercouple chart) and go behind the scenes of the Cosmic Love series. Ophi has Sag Sage Wisdom, Scorpio Soul, and decades of experience. I love her warmth, humor, astro Biz Boss achievements (that Capricorn rising!), and quotes like ‘astrology is a tool, not a rule’, ‘relationships are on a big IOS upgrade, there’s got to be a better model’ and I second that motion! We’re both Pluto in Libra generation + Uranus in Libra for that matter, so I love that Ophi and Tali are doing their bit to bring people together, and provide a framework to open the conversation + practical action steps.
Listen in for the AstroTwins well-aimed intentions for Cosmic Love and SUPERCOUPLE.
✷ Find the Astrotwins at AstroStyle.com
✷ Pick up a copy of SUPERCOUPLE: Astrology Secrets for a Sexy Soulful and Satisfying Relationship with any Zodiac Sign (Scoop the bonuses when you buy it directly through this link) pre-order now, out Oct 3, 2022.
✷ Keep an eye out for the 2023 AstroTwins yearly forecast planner, coming soon.
I surprised Ophi by preparing the Superchart our natal charts make when combined in a composite (using midpoints). Since we reference them in the chat, here they are!
What do you see?? Email or DM and I’ll add your insights below, I’m all ears! The first chart is the composite. The two charts pictured side by side are our natal charts. That super stellium in Sag in the 9th with Jupiter in sign on the Midheaven and north node of destiny in the career house/public. Traveling to and teaching in foreign destinations? I know I can speak for all concerned and that’s a YES from the Sagittarians in the room. Have you ever created a composite chart that was played out in a textbook scenario either positive or negative? Let me know!
What happened next!
I requested a sample pdf to talk about the book with Ophi. Since it was a later-stage draft (a galley) but not quite the final print-ready version, I spotted a few errors with my by now, three books later, eagle eye (who says Sag misses details?). Since I feel invested and want the best possible for the Twin’s fabulous contributions, I marked up the first few typos and sent them back, offering to mark up the rest as I read through since I was reading it anyway. Ophi asked if I’d ever worked as a professional copy editor and if I had she’d hire me in a second. Well, as you know, I’m three books in, so yes, on my own books (we also have my wonderful commissioning editor, a copywriter, and proofreader on the Power series-it takes a village!) I said I’m reading it anyway, so I’ll mark them up. The Twins felt they wanted to give me a credit in the book as a copywriter, then to formalize with a fee, so, of course, I accepted! Add that to my already multi-hyphen C.V. #mutable life I love working with mutable signs because our natures work well together. We can move and adapt spontaneously, and keep things fresh and full of fun and surprises.
Supercouple is dedicated to the team (that village) who made it happen, which now includes me! So, of course, a story came out of this one, and Sag loves a long-winded yarn. Remember, you always get more with Sag, and Jupiter!!
I’d only just decided I wanted to interview more authors (I hadn’t known about Supercouple coming out at that point) and later thought, ‘I wish I were paid for reading books I want to read’! The rest is well read herstory.
Keep an eye on the sky and predict your destiny (planetary transits) with my new book Astro Power – see below. Yes, you can check transits to your Supercouple (composite) chart-VERY revealing!!
Astro Power is a simple, practical, and revealing handbook that reloads the wisdom of classic astrology for the modern mystic. It will show you how to use the planets, signs, and elements to forecast what, when, and where in your life to expect the unexpected, utilize challenges, and plan for changes.
Through easy-to-follow chapters, this book breaks down all you need to know to understand your cosmic calendar. You’ll be able to tap into the cosmic universe to see what life has in store for you and how you can adapt and change within various transits, time periods, or moon phases to get the most out of life and avoid missing out.
Use this book to understand your cyclical evolution, predict your destiny, and plan ahead to make the most of a particularly favourable period. Discover when cosmic periods of your life will begin and end and what you can do to get the most out of them. Understand which archetypal themes are at play, what areas, moods, or industries will rise and fall, and work out the best times to go for something, or when to be patient yet persistent when challenges arise.
Like my previous two books, Astro Power uses empowering language focussed on female readers, emerging non-binary and queer (yes, you Starling!) identities. Astro Power is fun, packed with useful astro and herstorical info, as well as simple change techniques. You’ll want to share it with your friends and family, take notes, create your own artwork and start tracking your cycles today. So, don’t delay; hit up the pre-order, so you’re first in line and let retailers know they need to order big.
”Astrology and archetypes never change, it’s the social context that changes”.“The archetypal stream, source, isn’t binary (it’s unity)..(it’s been) caught in a cultural dynamic”.Brian calls us to honor the archetypal streams that flow underneath, and I second that motion!
Ooh la la! Now in FRENCH! French language translations of Star Power and Cosmic Power were published this week on the new moon – want to learn astrology AND practice your French? Now’s your chance.
Thank you to the gorgeous Lotus Et L’elephant for translating my poetic, empowering, and holistic take on the stars into the language of love. ♥️
Do you know your sign in French? Here they are;
From the Publishers
"This week, we bring you two books that you will love: - Star Power: an astrology guide for modern mystics - Cosmic Power: this guide to sun signs will make you shine with a new light ✨ In "Star Power:" you will find: - Easy, clear and detailed correspondence tables, for an interactive and meaningful astrology from the first steps. - A vibrant and modern description of each astrological element, to explore all aspects of a chart with ease and clarity. - Interpretation examples associated with each explanation to actively integrate theory by understanding practice. ✨ In "Cosmic power" you will find: - An enlightened and practical study of the role of the Sun in astrology and of its concrete meaning in our own chart. - A fresh and different look at the notions of ego, identity, shadow and light, through the cosmic prism of solar symbolism. 📓 Our author Vanessa Montgomery @astro_allstarz continues to make astrology accessible, fascinating and new meaning on our path to awakening! ✻ Titles: Star Power / Cosmic power ✻ Author: Vanessa Montgomery ✻ Price: € 14.95 ✻ Available in bookstores"
Cette semaine, on vous propose deux livres que vous allez adorer :
– Star Power : un guide d’astrologie pour les mystiques modernes
– Cosmic Power : ce guide des signes solaires vous fera rayonner d’une lumière nouvelle
✨ Dans “Star Power: ” vous trouverez :
– Des tables de correspondances faciles, claires et détaillées, pour une astrologie interactive et pleine de sens dès les premiers pas.
– Une description vibrante et moderne de chaque élément astrologique, pour explorer tous les aspects d’un thème avec aisance et clarté.
– Des exemples d’interprétation associés à chaque explication pour intégrer activement la théorie en comprenant la pratique.
✨ Dans “Cosmic power” vous trouverez :
– Un approfondissement éclairé et pratique du rôle du Soleil en astrologie et de son sens concret dans notre propre thème.
– Un regard frais et différent sur les notions d’ego, d’identité, d’ombre et de lumière, à travers le prisme cosmique de la symbolique solaire.
📓 Notre auteure Vanessa Montgomery @astro_allstarz continue de rendre l’astrologie accessible, fascinante et porteuse d’un sens nouveau sur notre chemin d’éveil !